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Old Testament Revelations Long Hidden In The Dust

Old Testament Revelations Long Hidden In The Dust

The Old Testament and long hidden secrets are gently coaxed from their hiding place. Understandings and relevance to everyday life with the bright light of revelation and common sense.

When I entered into the Holy of Holies, I was met with the breathtaking vision of the Ark of the Covenant. It was richly aglow and seemed to have a light of its own with a skin of highly polished gold. The contents contained therein are two weighty stone tablets covered in the holy commandments deeply inscribed by the mighty finger of God. These are divine instructions imparted to Moses on Mount Sinai. Sinai means: Bush in the clay desert—the place of enmity. The commandments remain our beacon and our light so that we might navigate back into the presence of our loving Creator. Eli, if you abide strictly by their principles, you will not fail or falter in this life’s uncertain perils. A bowl of fresh ‘manna,’ or ‘what is it?’ also known as The corn of heaven, with the texture and taste of coriander: warm, nutty, spicy, and sweet orange-flavored. The manna not only fills the belly but it also guards against illness and plague. Remember Eli—it was only one days’ helping that was the required allotment. Hoarding was discouraged by worm and by rot. On the eve of the Shabbat, a double portion remained delicious. And this, Eli, is a reminder that God’s word is fresh and alive, and to be feasted upon daily—and twice again on a holy day. This is an old testament rule that remains fresh and alive.

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‘And God created the rod of Aaron; also enclosed in the Ark; And He did so in the twilight of the sixth day of Creation. The scepter is representing the power of the priesthood, and an everlasting conduit to God Almighty. Aaron’s rod put forth buds and produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds—an acknowledgment that the house of Levi were the keepers of the eternal priesthood. From the Old Testament to the modern eyes.

Eli, this is the very same priesthood we are commanded to honor. And please ponder that the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven. Eli, sear into your memory that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled, only upon the principles of righteousness and with an eye single to the glory of Jehovah. ‘Another of the essential elements found on the ledge in the holy place, a vial of anointing-oil, made of flowing myrrh, sweet smelling cinnamon, fragrant cane, and olive oil—for a sweet savor to set apart the things God holds most sacred. And also be aware, young Eli, of the urn containing the sacred ashes of the red heifer next to the brimming pitcher of living waters. When mixed they create a barrier between the living and the corpse; between holy and unclean, righteousness and sin. It is a likeness of the coming judgment of the quick and the dead. Bathe your hands in the mixture before touching the Ark. Ground yourself in this ritual—or you will fall down dead.” Phinehas’ eyes brightened, and his aged burden seemed lightened as he brought the knowledge of God back to his remembrance. Taking a deep breath and renewing his vigor he continued, “There are two sentinels that protect the Judgment seat. The holy Sentries patiently sit on the lid of the Ark. Their golden wings are barely separated, and they are forever facing each other for a reminder that none can approach or ever pass through the narrow way without their permission. They are Jachin, who defends the right, and whose name means: ‘He will establish’—and Boaz, who guards the left, and whose name means: ‘Quickness.’ And before you are allowed to approach the Judgment seat where God ruleth and reigneth forever, your righteousness will be ‘quickly established’ before you are granted access. I sprinkled the perfectly prepared incense onto the coals, and the room exploded in a thick cloud of ghostly smoke, that instantly invaded every seam and stitch in the sanctuary. My sight could not penetrate the mist even to the length of an inch, and I struggled and strained to regain the smallest amount of vision. Then in the haze in the vicinity of the Judgment Seat, I perceived a thickening cloud where a faint outline appeared—a barely discernible silhouette. The image was whiter than its surroundings. A head and shoulders were supposed through the haze. There were shoulder-length curls as thick as a sheep’s winter coat. I stared into the emptiness in the direction of the image for as long as I dared, and as of yet, there were no facial features. Then suddenly two eyes burst open; they were burning orange and had a look of something hotter than fire. My heart stopped, and my breath caught in my throat. I had to look away. I felt that by lingering a moment longer, I would have crumbled into dust. Afraid and confused, I scrambled to find the pass-through back into the Holy Place. The old testament was originally established by word of mouth, so understandings become clouded in time and with the retelling.

 

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Jesus, The Opening Page for The Christian Book Era.

Jesus, The Opening Page for The Christian Book Era

The one single event that is the foundation of all Christian book understandings. The exact circumstance and moment of Jesus’s Crucifixion and its consequence for all of mankind.

Rumor Saturday

The Passover by ancient Christian book tradition remained celebrated on the fourteenth day of the month. At that time, the crucifixion of Jesus would have occurred on Friday the thirteenth.  According to the law of Moses-“you could not have someone killed on the Passover.” This sacrilegious circumstance made it essential to the Sanhedrin who were the governing religious body of the Jews. This pious assembly needed to ensure that Jesus was dead, taken down and buried before eventide. The start of the Passover feast was a high holy day commemorating the passing over of the destroying angel and Israel’s freedom from bondage.

Caiaphas, the presiding high priest, insisted on having Jesus’s body removed speedily and heavily guarded at the tomb. This request was perplexing to Pontius Pilot, the military prefect for all of Judea. This because the Sanhedrin had orchestrated Jesus’s death sentence in the first place. These Pharisees had employed subtle and calculated schemes to end the reign of this alleged Nazarene troublemaker.

Caiaphas then explained that if Jesus’s zealot followers scurried away from his lifeless body and thus fulfilled his prophecy of achieving his personal resurrection,-then Jesus could very well be viewed as a martyred Messiah. He then he would be even more trouble dead than if he had remained alive and thus crucified in the house of his friends and therefore confirming the words of the prophets.

Pilot pondered,-“ Why and how had he that had no sin, who was innocent, and without guile on his lips cause so much turmoil in his desert outpost garrison?”

The Romans did not take convicted criminals down from the heights of wooden crosses after their long and lingering killings. They were left up and rotted in a festering feast for flies, crows, and ravenous Ravens. Crucifixion was a harsh warning to all passersby. It was a stern reminder of what to expect for committing high crimes or daring to challenge the supremacy of the Roman Empire.

The Nazarene suffered a merciless spectacle witnessed by the scourging of scorpions. The weight of the world was then placed on his shoulders and this the very tree of his execution. Sharp gore encrusted spikes were hastily employed to make an exceptional point of torment for this persecuted Rabbi. Nails punctured the soft skin of open palms. With the fear of tarring flesh nails pierced the sure place between the strong bones of the wrists to support the weight of his ripped and quivering innocence. A small standing plate was mounted below the souls of blistered feet to help support a prolonged and agonizing end. A rude placard was hastily scribbled mocking his title, ‘king of the Jews.’ hung prominently just over his crown of thorns in words that could not be mistaken by any and all present.

Agony hung in the air thick and unyielding until the ninth hour when he was heard to say in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachina,” that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? The torment only known to the souls in Hell was the very depth of his suffering. Going below all things, he could now rise above all things and now knowing all things said,” Father, into thy hands, I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

The spear of Longinus

 

 

 

The sticking misgivings of the rigid Pharisees observed the letter of the law giving thrust to the spear of Longinus. The spike was used to confirm Jesus’s death by a sharp stab to the soft flesh just below the rib cage and in line with the underbelly.  Water and blood gushed out from the gaping wound proving that his heart had stopped pumping and that the last of his life-giving blood had all been used up. The need to break legs to speed up the killing process before the rapidly approaching sunset was no longer necessary. Grave’s had yawned opened, and the long dead once again walked amongst the living. The temple veil was rent in twain as it was no longer necessary. The separation was now bridged, The Christan book and the heavens were again opened in the meridian of times.

According to the Christian bible, the three requirements for the paschal lamb were that it had to be without spot or blemish and that no bones were found to be either splintered or broken.

The name of the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is Rumor Saturday because there were rumors of trickery, rumors of Egyptian black magic, and rumors that Jesus’s followers had fooled  Jerusalem with an elaborate conspiracy.

Everyone waited to witness if the dutifully guarded body would disappear and then reemerge alive, unharmed, and perfect as promised. It was the time of wagging tongues and gossip mongers. Was this lowly Nazarene Carpenter truly the Holy Messiah foretold by Isaiah?

For the natural man is an enemy to God and has been since the fall of Adam. The winter of doubt only prolongs the chill of separation from the tender mercies of an all-loving heavenly Father.  Spring does come with the promise of renewal and the resurrection. By Summertime, the glow of sunlight fans the warm breeze of reconciliation. Fishers cast their nets to gather in the faithful and cotton is spun to make spotless white the garments of the penitent. The Christian era had begun.

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Revelations, The Fine Dust of Enlightenment

Revelations, The Fine Dust of Enlightenment

In the beginning. The following is a platform of understanding. Going forward, explaining the landscape, the time period,  and the varied unique characters that inhabit a lesser known and less appreciated parts of the old testament. Heroes and villains put on an emotional skin.  The dust of the ages come’s alive, with flesh, bone, and blood. Untold mysteries unfold that had remained hidden in plain sight for three millenniums.

Everything in this book is good, except for the things that are a knot, and the knots are not so tight. If you can hang in there
long enough, you will undoubtedly enjoy the flight.

To my sweet granddaughter and fifth-grade proofreader Claire Wellborn, violinist, and philosopher extraordinaire.

I believe in God as I believe in the sun, not because I can see the sun but because I can see everything because of the sun. And so, to his son the holy Messiah, the prince of peace, wonderful, counselor, the only begotten of the Father, my savior, my redeemer and my
friend, the everlasting Father, Jesus the Christ.

 

Gideon The Sound and the Glory. cover art

Gideon The Sound and the Glory. cover art

 

Moses flew away, for his work was done upon the earth, and the full mantle of “prophet” fell on the broad shoulders of Joshua, who had chiseled the laws of God into stone, given to all of the people of Israel. The people of Israel were now on the outskirts of Canaan, just beyond the River Jordan in the plains of Moab. They were within sight of the Promised Land, approaching the border of the land God promised to Abraham and his descendants. To assert their spiritual legacy through revelations would not be an easy undertaking. They would have to proceed by faith and rely solely on the strong hand and outstretched arm of God. The land of milk and honey was peopled by mixed and hostile populations who were violently opposed to yielding a cubit of ancestral lands—they would not go without a struggle. Canaan controlled the fertile valleys and the coastline with its unfriendly strongholds of walled cities. The high valleys were the domain of the Amorites. The Hivites, (Neo) Hittites, Jebusites, and Perizzites peopled the villages, towns, and hamlets of the central lowlands. This was Israel’s time of conquest and settlement, often by force of arms. Occasionally, an attempt was made to infiltrate peaceably.The dawning of the Age of Iron created tools and skills in the form of the Kenite heavy metal wagons of war. Superior weapons were forged to drive out the rapidly multiplying immigrants before they could lay claim to all the land of Canaan.
The three chapters, Six through Eight, of the Book of Judges, consist of exactly one hundred verses revelations that speak of the adventures of Gideon. He is an unsung hero who has been hidden in plain sight for three thousand years. The account starts with the Battle of Tabor in Judges Four, where the sons of Gideon’s mother—or Gideon’s brothers—are murdered by two princes, who were now the twin kings of the Midianite horde. The slaughter of brothers had planted the seed of a blood feud in a collision of wills. This was the dry kindling that took the spark of Gideon’s confidence and ignited in him a firestorm of resolve, resulting in the toppling of kings, gods, and generals and in the revelations of the finding of perfect love. Three ferocious battles conclude in the wake of two ruined cities. The determined pursuit of their enemies by Gideon and his men is a testament to their faith, after being refused the bread of life by both Succoth and Penuel. All this was for the redemption of Israel by the hand of God in the appearance of the least likely of heroes. Gideon was a man who was lost in the forest of fear and doubt, a weak thing of this world, who through revelations became God’s instrument of vengeance and determination, a mighty man of valor. Gideon(means hewer) a simple woodsman, one who chops and hacks and makes a path through trees. Abimelech was Gideon’s willful love child who grows to be a vengeful predator and personally kills his seventy brothers, a congress of judges, to claim to be the first king of Israel.Abimelech returns Israel to the worship of Baal, and the Ephod of Gold becomes his cornerstone. He is short-lived when his head is crushed in another attempted holocaust of fire. The Ephod of Gold is resurrected by Eli, the young priest who miraculously finds a home for it, first in Shiloh, and then in the house of God in Nob, where the shepherd boy-king David takes possession of the accursed artifact. Your eyes will be opened, and deeper understandings will be shouldered, for any and all who read these five episodes will have no doubt that there is a God in Israel.

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