The Message of the Covenant

Epilogue

Chapter 10

The Message of the Covenant

The Message of the Covenant

Malachi 3:1 Behold, I send My messenger, and he shall clear the way before Me; and the Lord, whom ye seek, will suddenly come to His temple, and the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in, behold, he cometh, saith the Lord of hosts. 2 But who may abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap; 3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver; and there shall be they that shall offer unto the Lord offerings in righteousness. 4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in ancient years. 5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers; and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not Me, saith the Lord of hosts. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Malachi 3:22 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 23 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: 24 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
(Malachi 4:4-6 in some translations)

Take notice in Malachi 3:1 above that "the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in, behold, he cometh, saith the Lord of hosts." One possible meaning of the word delight is amused and amusement will be the initial reaction to this Message of the Covenant. Some will initially deride this message, but since it is indeed the word of the L-rd, it will not go away. The more they try to put it to rest, the more often it will return. After a period of making sport, however, the realistic aspects of this message will be absorbed and the initial reaction of merriment and derision will soon give way to sheer terror.

Isaiah 28:19 As often as it passeth through, it shall take you; for morning by morning shall it pass through, by day and by night; and it shall be sheer terror to understand the message. (JPS) (Emphasis Added)

Virtually all messages such as this throughout history have largely been met with scorn. Noting has really changed even since the days of Y'shua, however, G-d's handling of such situations is about to change radically, dramatically and conclusively and this is the essence of this message.

2 Chronicles 36:15 And the Lord, the God of their fathers, sent to them by His messengers, sending betimes and often; because He had compassion on His people, and on His dwelling-place; 16 but they mocked the messengers of God, and despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy. (JPS) (Emphasis added)

ConfidentiallyIn the case of this Message of the Covenant, there really is not anything revealed in this book that has not been in clear view for thousands of years to anyone with a Bible. In fact, most of these things are mentioned in the writings of Moses. The only things that are recorded herein that actually appear to be startling revelation are simply the result of correct interpretation despite the fact that this will initially be controversial and in some respects perceived of as heresy. This is due to theologians that are wise in their own eyes having misinterpreted vast quantities of scripture. They teach as precepts the teachings of men, but unfortunately, their teachings have been foolishness. In fact, this phenomenon was well prophesied in scripture as follows:

Isaiah 29:9 Stupefy yourselves, and be stupid! Blind yourselves, and be blind! ye that are drunken, but not with wine, that stagger, but not with strong drink. (JPS)
Isaiah 29:10 For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes; the prophets, and your heads, the seers, hath He covered. 11 And the vision of all this is become unto you as the words of a writing that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying: 'Read this, I pray thee'; and he saith: 'I cannot, for it is sealed'; 12 and the writing is delivered to him that is not learned, saying: 'Read this, I pray thee'; and he saith: 'I am not learned.' 13 And the Lord said: Forasmuch as this people draw near, and with their mouth and with their lips do honour Me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear of Me is a commandment of men learned by rote; 14 Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the prudence of their prudent men shall be hid. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
1 Corinthians 1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and set aside the understanding of the understanding ones. 20 Where [is the] wise? where scribe? where disputer of this world? has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom has not known God, God has been pleased by the foolishness of the preaching to save those that believe. (Darby) (Emphasis Added)
Matthew 15:7 Hypocrites! well has Esaias prophesied about you, saying, 8 This people honour me with the lips, but their heart is far away from me; 9 but in vain do they worship me, teaching [as] teachings commandments of men. (Darby) (Emphasis Added)
Isaiah 29:10 For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes; the prophets, and your heads, the seers, hath He covered. 11 And the vision of all this is become unto you as the words of a writing that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying: 'Read this, I pray thee'; and he saith: 'I cannot, for it is sealed'; 12 and the writing is delivered to him that is not learned, saying: 'Read this, I pray thee'; and he saith: 'I am not learned.' (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Isaiah 29:18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of a book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness. 19 The humble also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the neediest among men shall exult in the Holy One of Israel. 20 For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner ceaseth, and all they that watch for iniquity are cut off; 21 That make a man an offender by words, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just with a thing of nought. (JPS) (Emphasis added)

That book is now before you.

Isaiah 40:3 Hark! one calleth: 'Clear ye in the wilderness the way of the Lord, make plain in the desert a highway for our God. (JPS)
(Emphasis added)
Isaiah 48:3 I have declared the former things from of old; yea, they went forth out of My mouth, and I announced them; suddenly I did them, and they came to pass. 4 Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass; 5 Therefore I have declared it to thee from of old; before it came to pass I announced it to thee; lest thou shouldest say: 'Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.' 6 Thou hast heard, see, all this; and ye, will ye not declare it? I have announced unto thee new things from this time, even hidden things, which thou hast not known. 7 They are created now, and not from of old, and before this day thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say: 'Behold, I knew them.' (JPS) (Emphasis added)

One can find a bit more information about this in the New Testament. Some have concluded that the passages in Malachi apply to John the Baptist; however, it should not be very difficult to discern that John really did not do any of the things spoken of by Malachi so that factor alone should cast great suspicion on that interpretation. Since that interpretation is derived from the words of Y'shua, if it is not true then some details must have been missed for those that have concluded that the passages in Malachi do apply to John the Baptist.

Matthew 11:7 But as they went [away], Jesus began to say to the crowds concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? a reed moved about by the wind? 8 But what went ye out to see? a man clothed in delicate raiment? behold, those who wear delicate things are in the houses of kings. 9 But what went ye out to see? a prophet? Yea, I say to you, and more than a prophet: 10 this is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee. 11 Verily I say to you, that there is not arisen among [the] born of women a greater than John the baptist. But he who is a little one in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he. (Darby) (Emphasis added)
Matthew 11:12 But from the days of John the baptist until now, the kingdom of the heavens is taken by violence, and [the] violent seize on it. (Darby)
Matthew 11:13 For all the prophets and the law have prophesied unto John. (Darby)
Matthew 11:14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, who is to come. (Darby) (Emphasis added)
Matthew 11:15 He that has ears to hear, let him hear. (Darby)
(Emphasis added)
Matthew 14:8 But she, being set on by her mother, says, Give me here upon a dish the head of John the baptist. 9 And the king was grieved; but on account of the oaths, and those lying at table with [him], he commanded [it] to be given. 10 And he sent and beheaded John in the prison; 11 and his head was brought upon a dish, and was given to the damsel, and she carried [it] to her mother. (Darby) (Emphasis added)
Matthew 11:14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, who is to come. (Darby) (Emphasis added)
Matthew 17:10 And [his] disciples demanded of him saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first have come? 11 And he answering said to them, Elias indeed comes first and will restore all things. 12 But I say unto you that Elias has already come, and they have not known him, but have done unto him whatever they would. Thus also the Son of man is about to suffer from them. 13 Then the disciples understood that he spoke to them of John the baptist. (Darby) (Emphasis added)
Matthew 11:14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, who is to come. (Darby) (Emphasis added)
John 1:19 And this is the witness of John, when the Jews sent from Jerusalem priests and Levites that they might ask him, Thou, who art thou? 20 And he acknowledged and denied not, and acknowledged, I am not the Christ. (Darby)
John 1:21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he says, I am not. Art thou the prophet? And he answered, No. 22 They said therefore to him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? 23 He said, I [am] [the] voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the path of [the] Lord, as said Elias the prophet. (Darby)

It should be obvious that having one's head placed on a platter sans the rest of his body would tend to cast a shadow of suspicion upon the relative quality of acceptance John the Baptist received. The point is the Messiah, Y'shua, also could have come at that time; however, it was not to be. Just as the Messiah was rejected, so was Elias - or actually vice versa. In fact, it is probable that the rejection of John necessitated the rejection of Y'shua - that is to say that the course was inalterably set at that point.

Isaiah 29:9 Stupefy yourselves, and be stupid! Blind yourselves, and be blind! ye that are drunken, but not with wine, that stagger, but not with strong drink. 10 For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes; the prophets, and your heads, the seers, hath He covered. 11 And the vision of all this is become unto you as the words of a writing that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying: 'Read this, I pray thee'; and he saith: 'I cannot, for it is sealed'; 12 and the writing is delivered to him that is not learned, saying: 'Read this, I pray thee'; and he saith: 'I am not learned.' 13 And the Lord said: Forasmuch as this people draw near, and with their mouth and with their lips do honour Me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear of Me is a commandment of men learned by rote; 14 Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the prudence of their prudent men shall be hid. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Isaiah 29:18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of a book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness. 19 The humble also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the neediest among men shall exult in the Holy One of Israel. 20 For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner ceaseth, and all they that watch for iniquity are cut off; 21 That make a man an offender by words, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just with a thing of nought. (JPS) (Emphasis added)

The way that this actually works is that the spirit of Elijah can rest upon others as has occurred from time to time. In fact a double portion of Elijah's spirit rested upon Elisha. Apparently, at least up until some point, the spirit of Elijah rested upon John the Baptist. Since John the Baptist was rejected, he did not fulfill the duties of Elijah spoken of by Malachi. This also explains the occasional interchangeable use of the names Elijah and Elisha.

2 Kings 2:1 And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah by a whirlwind into heaven, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. 2 And Elijah said unto Elisha: 'Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me as far as Beth-el.' And Elisha said: 'As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.' So they went down to Beth-el.-- 3 And the sons of the prophets that were at Beth-el came forth to Elisha, and said unto him: 'Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to-day?' And he said: 'Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.'-- 4 And Elijah said unto him: 'Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Jericho.' And he said: 'As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.' So they came to Jericho.-- 5 And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came near to Elisha, and said unto him: 'Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to-day?' And he answered: 'Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.'-- 6 And Elijah said unto him: 'Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to the Jordan.' And he said: 'As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.' And they two went on. 7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood over against them afar off; and they two stood by the Jordan. 8 And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground. (JPS)
2 Kings 2:9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha: 'Ask what I shall do for thee, before I am taken from thee.' And Elisha said: 'I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.' 10 And he said: 'Thou hast asked a hard thing; nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.' (JPS) (Emphasis added)
2 Kings 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, which parted them both assunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried: 'My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and the horsemen thereof!' And he saw him no more; and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. 13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 14 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said: 'Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?' and when he also had smitten the waters, they were divided hither and thither; and Elisha went over. 15 And when the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho some way off saw him, they said: 'The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha.' And they came to meet him, and bowed down to the ground before him. (JPS) (Emphasis added)

The following material from the Jewish Encyclopedia outlines some longstanding and undoubtedly wild speculation about the role of Elijah just prior to the appearance of Messiah. However, there are probably some significant discrepancies between the projected view and reality.

Elijah as the Forerunner of the Messiah
Elijah Announcing the Coming of the Messiah
(From an illuminated Mahzor in the town hall of Frankfort-on-the-Main)
(Jewish Encyclopedia; Elijah; by Emil G. Hirsch, Eduard König, Solomon Schechter, Louis Ginzberg, M. Seligsohn, Kaufmann Kohler)
Isaiah 29:10 For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes; the prophets, and your heads, the seers, hath He covered. 11 And the vision of all this is become unto you as the words of a writing that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying: 'Read this, I pray thee'; and he saith: 'I cannot, for it is sealed'; 12 and the writing is delivered to him that is not learned, saying: 'Read this, I pray thee'; and he saith: 'I am not learned.' 13 And the Lord said: Forasmuch as this people draw near, and with their mouth and with their lips do honour Me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear of Me is a commandment of men learned by rote; 14 Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the prudence of their prudent men shall be hid. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
The climax of Elijah's activity is his appearance shortly before the Messianic time. "He is appointed to lead aright the coming ages, to restore the tribes of Jacob," says Ben Sira of him (Ecclus. [Sirach] xlviii. 10, 11). In the second half of the first Christian century it was expected that Elijah would appear shortly before the coming of the Messiah, to restore to families the purity which in the course of time had become doubtful ('Eduy. viii. 7; this is the opinion of Johanan b. Zakkai). A century later the notion prevailed that Elijah's office was "to bring peace and adjust all differences" (ib.). It was expected that all controversies and legal disputes which had accumulated in the course of time would be adjusted by him, and that difficult ritual questions and passages of Scripture seemingly conflicting with each other would be explained, so that no difference of opinion would exist concerning anything (Men. 45b; Ab. R. N. xxxiv.; Num. R. iii., near the end; compare also Jew. Encyc. i. 637a). The office of interpreter of the Law he will retain forever, and in the world to come his relation to Moses will be the same as Aaron's once was (Zohar, Zaw, iii. 27, bottom). But the notion which prevailed at the time of the origin of Christianity, that Elijah's mission as forerunner of the Messiah consisted mainly in changing the mind of the people and leading them to repentance, is not unknown to rabbinical literature (Pirke R. El. xliii., xlvii.). His real Messianic activity-in some passages he is even called "go'el" (="redeemer"; compare Friedmann, l.c. pp. 25, 26)-will commence three days before the coming ofthe Messiah. On the first day he will lament over the devastation of Palestine, but will close with the words: "Peace will now come over the earth"; on the second and third days he will speak words of comfort (Pesik. R. xxxv. 161; Elijah as the "good messenger of salvation" is a frequent figure in the apocalyptic midrashim). When the archangel Michael blows the trumpet, Elijah will appear with the Messiah, whom he will present to the Jews ("Otot ha-Mashiah," in Jellinek, "B. H." ii. 62, 125; see Eschatology). They will ask of Elijah, as an attestation of his mission, that he raise the dead before their eyes and revive such of the dead as they personally knew (Shir ha-Shirim Zuta, ed. Buber, 38, end; compare also Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch; Bousset, "The Antichrist Legend," p. 203).
The Seven Miracles
But he will do more than this, in that he will perform seven miracles before the eyes of the people: (1) He will bring before them Moses and the generation of the wilderness; (2) he will cause Korah and his company to rise out of the earth; (3) he will revive the Messiah, the son of Joseph; (4) he will show them again the three mysteriously lost sacred utensils of the Temple, namely, the Ark, the vessel of manna, and the vessel of sacred oil (see Antichrist); (5) he will show the scepter which he received from God; (6) he will crush mountains like straw; (7) he will reveal the great mystery (Jellinek, l.c. iii. 72). At the bidding of the Messiah, Elijah will sound the trumpet, and at the first blast the primitive light will appear; at the second, the dead will rise; and at the third, the Divine Majesty will appear (Jellinek, l.c. v. 128). During the Messianic reign Elijah will be one of the eight princes (Micah v. 4), and even on the Last Day he will not give up his activity. He will implore God's mercy for the wicked who are in hell, while their innocent children who died in infancy on account of the sins of their fathers, are in paradise. Thus he will complete his mission, in that God, moved by his prayer, will bring the sinful fathers to their children in paradise (Eccl. R. iv. 1). He will bring to an end his glorious career by killing Samael at the behest of God, and thus destroy all evil (Yalkut hadash, ed. Radawil, 58a). (Jewish Encyclopedia; Elijah; by Emil G. Hirsch, Eduard König, Solomon Schechter, Louis Ginzberg, M. Seligsohn, Kaufmann Kohler)

There is likely a bit of over-expectation in some of the preceding material; however, some of those things are included in this book in previous chapters.

The Message

2 Chronicles 36:15 And the Lord, the God of their fathers, sent to them by His messengers, sending betimes and often; because He had compassion on His people, and on His dwelling-place; 16 but they mocked the messengers of God, and despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy. (JPS)

Audience

While some Christians might have found this material interesting and enlightening, they are not the intended audience for this message. They are not excluded from it, but for a number of reasons it is important to make note of this fact because it is very important. The intended recipients of this message are Jews and all of this material is written specifically to them.

Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: that I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me; 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done; saying: 'My counsel shall stand, and all My pleasure will I do'; 11 Calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of My counsel from a far country; yea, I have spoken, I will also bring it to pass, I have purposed, I will also do it. (JPS)

Therefore, it should be obvious that an epoch is coming to an end.

New Testament

Since the intended audience of this book is Jewish, the New Testament has been avoided as much as possible. This is because many Jewish readers do not accept the New Testament as valid scripture. In fact, as far as many Jews are concerned there is no New Testament or Old Testament. There is only the Tanakh, and this is more-or-less what Christians call the Old Testament. A major purpose of this message is to remedy that situation and tie together the Old Testament and the New Testament, demonstrating the urgent need for acceptance of the New Covenant. New Testament actually means New Covenant, and this is now the only hope of salvation for Jews and Gentiles alike.

Presumptuousness

While it might seem presumptuous to examine these mysteries in detail, that was the mission of this book. While some assert that no new revelations are anticipated, this is based upon flawed interpretation. In fact, there are several references to this exact document in existing scripture purporting that it will appear near the End of Days. This is no longer just a hollow claim in that this long anticipated document is now before you. Furthermore, in many portions of scripture from the prophets one cannot escape that the many mentions of anticipated prophecy expected during the last days and Tribulation.

Isaiah 29:18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of a book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness. (JPS)

The Ark of the Covenant

The Mystery of the Ark of the Covenant was the key to discovering the remaining mysteries revealed in this book and that is exactly why the Ark was lost.

Heresy

Upon superficial examination, some reading this book will come to the conclusion that the ideas presented herein are heresy. If the word heresy is defined as it is in most dictionaries, to wit: that heresy is an opinion, doctrine or practice contrary to generally accepted beliefs, standards or church dogma, then it is without any doubt that one may safely make that charge against this work. It is important, however, to keep in mind that the guilty plea is restricted to the specific definition that was included above where the determination of heresy is based on the judgment of men or the status quo. The author will joyfully plead guilty as charged. However, this is not to say that the author concedes that the thoughts and ideas recorded herein are inaccurate or flawed. One can certainly extrapolate the included position that it is the prevailing and generally accepted beliefs, standards and dogma that are flawed.

One should consider that if it is anticipated that something will occur that will change the understanding of those that claim to understand scripture, then obviously substantial misunderstanding of scripture must be extant in order for that prophecy to come to pass. That prophecy will come to pass as the prophecy clearly notes.

Isaiah 29:14 Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the prudence of their prudent men shall be hid. (JPS) (Emphasis added)

There is a type of error that can be promulgated in works such as this and that breed of misinterpretation is also called heresy in scriptural passages of certain translations of the Bible. In some translations of the Bible, the word heresy never appears. Heresy is somewhat of a New Testament concept because the Levites were supposed to correctly interpret the law in the original design. To this Biblical concept of heresy, the author pleads completely innocent and there are exhaustive scriptural proofs included to support nearly everything that is related herein. Notice also that in most cases the relevant scripture is included along with its broad passage so that the context of the entire passage can be considered along with the relevant phrase or verse. Where some translators have used the word heresy in scripture, it is used to describe specific types of errors. According to scripture, there is a blanket test for heresy so by applying that test, one can determine the validity of any new thoughts or ideas concerning the Lord. The reader must put the ideas presented herein to that test before accepting any of it.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, if they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby ye know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses Jesus Christ come in flesh is of God; 3 and every spirit which does not confess Jesus Christ come in flesh is not of God: and this is that [power] of the antichrist, [of] which ye have heard that it comes, and now it is already in the world. (Darby)

Heretic

While digressing onto the subject of heresy in and of itself, that concept of heresy specifically as defined in dictionaries and as it is presented by some churches - a reinforcement or entrenchment of the status quo - is diametrically opposed to the teaching of scripture. There are many passages in New Testament scripture that clearly instruct all believers to study scripture and openly discuss and consider all scriptural arguments for instruction. It is not an activity exclusively for those men that teach or guide. If this is being done - that is to say if scriptural instruction is being observed - then there is no room for even the rudimentary concept of "heresy" as it is commonly understood and applied. That concept of heresy is directly in opposition to the teaching of the Bible. Frequently, the idea of heresy has become an authoritarian bureaucratic muzzle used to reinforce flawed understanding for the sake of tradition.

1 Corinthians 14:26 What is it then, brethren? whenever ye come together, each [of you] has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done to edification. 27 If any one speak with a tongue, [let it be] two, or at the most three, and separately, and let one interpret; 28 but if there be no interpreter, let him be silent in [the] assembly, and let him speak to himself and to God. 29 And let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. 30 But if there be a revelation to another sitting [there], let the first be silent. 31 For ye can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all be encouraged. 32 And spirits of prophets are subject to prophets. 33 For God is not [a God] of disorder but of peace, as in all the assemblies of the saints. (Darby)
2 Timothy 3:16 Every scripture [is] divinely inspired, and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; 17 that the man of God may be complete, fully fitted to every good work. (Darby)
2 Timothy 4:1 I testify before God and Christ Jesus, who is about to judge living and dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom, 2 proclaim the word; be urgent in season [and] out of season, convict, rebuke, encourage, with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time shall be when they will not bear sound teaching; but according to their own lusts will heap up to themselves teachers, having an itching ear; 4 and they will turn away their ear from the truth, and will have turned aside to fables. (Darby)

Heretical Context

While it is possible that the a charge of taking scripture out of context could be leveled against this work, it is without any doubt that one can observe that all of these revelations are not the product of taking something out of context, but rather, putting things into context. If there is any question about this, one only need to consider this work as a whole in order to realize that it would be impossible to take the volume of scripture included herein and put forth explanations that expand understanding so dramatically if it were not accurate. It is no doubt odd, but the information recorded in this book serves to put most of the Bible into context and perspective, both in the Tanakh and in the New Testament. Furthermore, one will observe that few passages are quoted where the context of the entire passage is not readily available for consideration.

The Unfolding Pattern

This book actually serves to put a great deal of scripture into context. While this is certainly a grand claim, the greatest support for this is simply that one will see a pattern emerge throughout the entire Bible where most of scripture especially in regard to the work of the prophets directly addresses certain events. It reveals why certain things are as they are and why certain things are set to occur as is foretold. The point is, it would not be possible to weave so much of scripture into this discernable logical pattern of real events if the pattern were not there. There are a series of initiating events somewhere back in history that set all subsequent events into motion. In short, this work does not reveal anything that was not revealed long ago - it simply explains many things in a manner that should be easy to understand. However, it is possible that this message will be largely ignored until the darkest hour that the world has ever seen unfurls.

Research and Scripture

One aspect of this work is that it is the result of a great deal of careful research in scripture. However, there are some references apart from scripture used. Some of the references outside scripture include commentaries, dictionaries, encyclopedias and various historical records. There are more extensive explanations of those things where they appear. While some of these resources were used, most of this text is simply the result of using scripture to define scripture. This process in known as midrash while a similar but more loosely defined process is called exegesis to Christian Bible scholars. Midrash generally has a more narrow meaning than exegesis because of the emphasis upon the process. This book might fit into the more-narrow category of midrash. While this work is largely the product of careful research, the factors of divine inspiration and special understanding are also evident. The author suspects that this is due to his encounters with Gabriel, Michael and Adonai.

Jeremiah 9:11 Who is the wise man, that he may understand this? And who is he to whom the mouth of the Lord hath spoken, that he may declare it? Wherefore is the land perished and laid waste like a wilderness, so that none passeth through? (JPS) (This verse appears as Jeremiah 9:12 in many translations)
1 Corinthians 1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and set aside the understanding of the understanding ones. 20 Where [is the] wise? where scribe? where disputer of this world? has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom has not known God, God has been pleased by the foolishness of the preaching to save those that believe. 22 Since Jews indeed ask for signs, and Greeks seek wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews an offence, and to nations foolishness; 24 but to those that [are] called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ God's power and God's wisdom. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For consider your calling, brethren, that [there are] not many wise according to flesh, not many powerful, not many high-born. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world, that he may put to shame the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world, that he may put to shame the strong things; 28 and the ignoble things of the world, and the despised, has God chosen, [and] things that are not, that he may annul the things that are; 29 so that no flesh should boast before God. (Darby)

Literal Interpretation

Many of the disclosures in this book are the result of interpreting scripture very literally. In many cases, scripture is interpreted so literally as to offend and chagrin the all-too-famous declared fundamentalists for not actually interpreting scripture literally. This is the result of applying the hypothesis that most of scripture is about specific events and not simply a collection of broad philosophical concepts. In other words, when a prophet states something, it is not an undiscerning remark, but a very specific statement with a very direct point. Applying the premise that the word of G-d is mostly about specific incidents to the interpretation of scripture results in uncovering many details about fascinating events and stories that anyone will find interesting, not just from a religious or theological perspective.

While this book is the product of looking at scripture very specifically and literally, this does not necessarily invalidate the interpretations of scripture that use broad philosophical approaches. It is evident in many parts of scripture that passages have several levels of meaning, all of which are valid. Some Jewish Bible scholars maintain that all scripture has at least seven levels of meaning, a concept that may indeed be correct. If one studies scripture very deeply, they might begin to notice passages that in just a few words impart a great deal of information; so much as would require several paragraphs for a typical human to write. Many passages of just a few verses would provide ample material for an entire book to explain them.

If there is no other evidence that the Bible is the word of G-d that factor alone should be enough to prove divine authorship of the Bible.

Repetition, Repetition, Repetition

Some readers may have become annoyed with the apparent repetition in the presentation of this material. The author apologizes to those that are thusly annoyed. Nevertheless, there are several reasons for this apart from bad exposition. Much of the scripture dealt with in this text says a very great deal in very few words. The Bible frequently imparts so much information in two or three words that it completely overwhelms the perception of humans.

There really is very little presented in this book that has not been in clear view for thousands of years to everyone with a Tanakh (Old Testament). Nevertheless, much of the material presented herein takes on the appearance of startling revelation. That is because of the fact that two or three words of scripture sometimes convey so much information that it overwhelms the reader's perception and this is the reason for a good deal of the appearance of repetition. In order to explain a passage where information overload occurs, it is necessary to break down the examination to individual aspects of small phrases. In order to examine a whole sentence, this must be done numerous times. Therefore, things might initially appear to be more repetitive than they really are.

Another factor at work in creating the appearance of repetition is the fact that sometimes these small phrases may have multiple meanings and ramifications. A simple analysis of this would be something like, this happened, and the results were this, this and this. Since the examination of the incident is sometimes separate from the analysis of the consequences, this results in the appearance of repetition. Overall, the events examined in this book are extremely complex, so the reader might wish to be somewhat forgiving toward the presentation. Nevertheless, the repetitious nature of this presentation may tend to authenticate and validate this message.

Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall one teach knowledge? And whom shall one make to understand the message? Them that are weaned from the milk, them that are drawn from the breasts? 10 For it is precept by precept, precept by precept, line by line, line by line; here a little, there a little. 11 For with stammering lips and with a strange tongue shall it be spoken to this people; 12 To whom it was said: 'This is the rest, give ye rest to the weary; and this is the refreshing'; yet they would not hear. (JPS)

Since there is very little contained in this book that is actually new and has not been available for the whole world to see for thousands of years, it should be apparent that many people have poured over these very phrases hundreds if not thousands of times without realizing their full meaning. While examining phrases in minute detail may seem tedious, not many have truly grasped the meaning of much of the scripture examined here. Therefore, it is reasonable to postulate that repetition may be very beneficial.

Due to the extensive scope of this project, it took a lengthy time to complete the research and the book, a process that in some cases was undertaken simultaneously with the writing because of its ever-expanding scope. Unfortunately, the presentation may suffer a bit because of that. Because of some personal problems similar to those experienced by Job or the Apostle Paul, the project ended up in a hiatus for months. After some degree of order seemed to return to the author's life, he was jolted awake again early one morning being told to get back to work on this project. In fact, that day every radio Bible program that the author listens to was on that exact topic, not being derelict in carrying out the work of the Lord. Some time after this, the author became very concerned about whether or not he had indeed figured out everything correctly. In fact, due to the paramount concern about spreading error about the Lord, he almost abandoned the project entirely. At just the right moment, a magazine article addressing the exact topic of concern arrived with the issues neatly addressed. There were many other such incidents during the preparation of this book and it is not possible to mention all of those that influenced its preparation. Unfortunately, after some order seemed to return to the author's life, complete chaos set in, a state of affairs that continues.

Indiana T. Zones

Indiana T. Zones is obviously a pseudonym.

Author's Interest

The author has always been interested in the many things that this book reveals, but it was not a consuming interest up until the time that the location of the Ark of the Covenant was revealed to him. Perhaps he might have read a magazine or watched a television show or listened to someone speaking about some of these things, but that was about the extent of any interest in heavy-duty Biblical research. While he has always had some interest in prophecy and the several other things revealed herein, never would the author of this book have conceived of undertaking such a project nor would he have believed it possible just a few years ago. In fact, it would just about be the most unlikely undertaking for this person imaginable. The author never had any interest in theology as a pursuit, and frankly, still doesn't. It is completely out of character for the author of this book to study or write anything of this nature. Frankly, writing any book would tend to be out of character. Nevertheless, it is apparently G-d's calling and here is the book and a message that have been waiting for thousands of years specifically for this exact moment and this exact person to put forth.

Isaiah 28:19 As often as it passeth through, it shall take you; for morning by morning shall it pass through, by day and by night; and it shall be sheer terror to understand the message. (JPS) (Emphasis Added)

Books of this nature are usually the products of theologians and the like, but this one is not. In fact, the author never expected that the L-rd could make much use of him, especially not to this extent. One might say that he only wanted to get to heaven by the skin of his teeth. Had he had any inkling that such a thing as this would be his calling, there might have been more than a few things that he would have done differently over the years. Nevertheless, it is also highly probable that G-d specifically shielded the author from formal studies in theology until the time to present this message.

Close Encounters

Reality really can be stranger than fiction. As bizarre as it might seem, this message can be attributed more to the appearance to the author of Gabriel, Michael and Adonai than to him. Gabriel and Michael came to rescue the author in 1998 at a lounge named "g" on west 19th street in Manhattan due to events of a few days earlier. For several reasons, the actual appearance of angels was not unexpected, although it was quite disconcerting to have angels of such distinction journey to the rescue. At the time, it was not suspected that there might have been more to their mission than simply rescue. It was, however, reminiscent of Lot, and that may actually have been an aspect of their mission. Adonai appeared in Indiana somewhat later and this project began some time after that. The specific details of all of this are not going to be divulged further. Some of the intricacies are likely unknown even to the author. This will all no doubt make fertile fodder for brazen gossips that will never get anywhere close to the truth - not that that truth would ever be of any concern to them.

Zechariah 2:11 Ho, Zion, escape, thou that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.' 12 For thus saith the Lord of hosts who sent me after glory unto the nations which spoiled you: 'Surely, he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. 13 For, behold, I will shake My hand over them, and they shall be a spoil to those that served them'; and ye shall know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me. (JPS)

There are several aspects of this verse from Zechariah that need a great deal more explanation because of prevailing misinterpretation. Unfortunately, the Daughter of Babylon is New York City. It also should be noted that all (100%) mentions of harlots in scripture not respecting specific persons refer to Israel.

About the Author

It is bizarre that the author is from Indiana and that most of this book was written there. This is because of the series of great feature-films including Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. It is extraordinary that there are more than a few astonishing similarities between the motion-picture character of Indiana Jones and the author. In retrospect, one may wonder if the film and its characters were the product of some type of divination or the direction of the hand G-d.

Isaiah 46: 9 Remember the former things of old: that I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me; 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done; saying: 'My counsel shall stand, and all My pleasure will I do'; 11 Calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of My counsel from a far country; yea, I have spoken, I will also bring it to pass, I have purposed, I will also do it. (JPS)

The Scepter

The previous material from the Jewish Encyclopedia mentions the scepter received from G-d. This is subsequently revealed; however, it is not going to be as expected in that the scepter is actually a vestige of Aaron's staff that budded that was enclosed in the Ark of the Covenant so many years ago. Recall that the staff that budded was an almond branch preserved as a symbol to the rebellious of G-d's choice of leaders.

It was noted earlier that the staff was not in the Ark when it was brought into Solomon's Temple. The staff and the jar of manna could only have been removed by G-d Himself because nobody could remove something from the Ark since they could not touch without being killed.

In a later chapter, it was noted that the staff actually became the symbol for G-d reclaiming His role as supreme leader. From Isaiah, one will notice this scepter is called the Branch or Shoot.

The symbolism of the staff goes far beyond the dynasty epoch of Israel, however, because it also clearly delineates G-d's choice of leaders into the future. The staff that disappeared is not only a symbol to the rebellious, but it also becomes a symbolic reference for G-d Himself. It is important to recall that G-d actually served as king up until the time that the Israelites requested a human king just as all of the nations around them had. In the words of the prophets, the staff is also referred to as the Branch or Shoot, depending upon the choice of translators.

Zechariah 3:8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou and thy fellows that sit before thee; for they are men that are a sign; for, behold, I will bring forth My servant the Shoot. 9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone are seven facets; behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the Lord of hosts: And I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Zechariah 3:8 Hear now, Joshua the high priest, thou and thy fellows that sit before thee -- for they are men of portent -- for behold, I will bring forth my servant the Branch. 9 For behold, the stone that I have laid before Joshua -- upon one stone are seven eyes; behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith The Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of this land in one day. (Darby) (Emphasis added)

While this explanation of the symbolism might be somewhat unclear, notice that in Zechariah 3:9 the symbolism now changes to a Stone with seven eyes and this is obviously a symbolic reference to G-d Himself. One can find addition parallels in Zechariah with the lamps on the single gold lampstand and this shares symbolism with the lampstand from the tabernacle. The Stone was and is the Rock of your salvation - that is to say G-d - and the symbolism is parallel with the Branch. This Shoot or Branch shot up in similar symbolism to the staff budding and bring forth almonds back in the days of Moses. Considering that all of this looks forth upon thousands of years of history, the days of a man's life probably would share a similar percentage of overall time as the overnight sprouting of the almond branch did. However, this prophetic Shoot has further symbolism and alludes to something of a man, the true Messiah. Tragically, apart from being prophetic, many of the characteristics have ancient historical aspects for Jews; something that will eventually be examined further.

Isaiah 53:1 'Who would have believed our report? And to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 For he shot up right forth as a sapling, and as a root out of a dry ground; he had no form nor comeliness, that we should look upon him, nor beauty that we should delight in him. 3 He was despised, and forsaken of men, a man of pains, and acquainted with disease, and as one from whom men hide their face: he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely our diseases he did bear, and our pains he carried; whereas we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded because of our transgressions, he was crushed because of our iniquities: the chastisement of our welfare was upon him, and with his stripes we were healed. 6 All we like sheep did go astray, we turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath made to light on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, though he humbled himself and opened not his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before her shearers is dumb; yea, he opened not his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away, and with his generation who did reason? for he was cut off out of the land of the living, for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due. 9 And they made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich his tomb; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.' 10 Yet it pleased the Lord to crush him by disease; to see if his soul would offer itself in restitution, that he might see his seed, prolong his days, and that the purpose of the Lord might prosper by his hand: 11 Of the travail of his soul he shall see to the full, even My servant, who by his knowledge did justify the Righteous One to the many, and their iniquities he did bear. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion among the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the mighty; because he bared his soul unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Isaiah 52:13 Behold, My servant shall prosper, he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high. 14 According as many were appalled at thee--so marred was his visage unlike that of a man, and his form unlike that of the sons of men-- 15 So shall he startle many nations, kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which had not been told them shall they see, and that which they had not heard shall they perceive. (JPS)

The Branch or Scepter is now G-d and this is all symbolic of Y'shua (Jesus Christ), your savior. Since King Solomon broke the covenant beyond repair, the Covenant of Moses only contains curses, so a New Covenant is the only hope for salvation. Y'shua is the mediator of the New Covenant and there is absolutely no salvation apart from Him.

Acts 4:10 be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazaraean, whom ye have crucified, whom God has raised from among [the] dead, by him this [man] stands here before you sound [in body]. 11 He is the stone which has been set at nought by you the builders, which is become the corner stone. 12 And salvation is in none other, for neither is there another name under heaven which is given among men by which we must be saved. (Darby) (Emphasis added)

It was mentioned that the answer to that famous question posed by Jeremiah, "is there no balm in Gilead?" is - or was - actually NO, despite abundant erroneous wisdom on the matter. Recall that balm means something that heals and there was no possibility of healing the breach that Jeremiah is addressing, as scripture clearly supports. It is extremely important to keep the time context of various passages in mind when determining their applications. For example, one might wish to explain why Jeremiah would continue weeping as Jeremiah's passage subsequently notes if there was at that time a remedy available. Furthermore, there is nothing even remotely allegorical or symbolic about Jeremiah's mention about the slain of the daughter of his people. This refers to spiritual death.

8:21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I seized with anguish; I am black, appalment hath taken hold on me. 22 Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered? 23 Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people! (JPS) (Emphais added)
Isaiah 6:9 And He said: 'Go, and tell this people: hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. 10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they, seeing with their eyes, and hearing with their ears, and understanding with their heart, return, and be healed.' (JPS) (Emphasis Added)

There is healing available now; however, this healing has nothing to do with balm or Gilead. Incidentally, in most cases the healing spoken of by the prophets has absolutely nothing to do with healing from physical maladies. This healing is actually much more important because it refers to spiritual healing, salvation or reconciliation. This should be evident upon consideration that the context of the passage in Isaiah 53 clearly pertains to remedy of sin, not sickness. The subject of the entire passage is spiritual remedy explicitly in respect to Israel. Furthermore, consider that the Israelites had little problem with physical sickness during the Exodus because G-d prevented or healed most illness. In short, living waters were available in ancient times and will be again.

It should not be necessary to include the following references, but nonetheless the thinking on the subject of this healing has become so muddled that some clarification could be of great service.

Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded because of our transgressions, he was crushed because of our iniquities: the chastisement of our welfare was upon him, and with his stripes we were healed. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Matthew Henry's Commentary - Isaiah 53 Verses 4-9 In these verses is an account of the sufferings of Christ; also of the design of his sufferings. It was for our sins, and in our stead, that our Lord Jesus suffered. We have all sinned, and have come short of the glory of God. Sinners have their beloved sin, their own evil way, of which they are fond. Our sins deserve all griefs and sorrows, even the most severe. We are saved from the ruin, to which by sin we become liable, by laying our sins on Christ. This atonement was to be made for our sins. And this is the only way of salvation. Our sins were the thorns in Christ's head, the nails in his hands and feet, the spear in his side. He was delivered to death for our offences. By his sufferings he purchased for us the Spirit and grace of God, to mortify our corruptions, which are the distempers of our souls. We may well endure our lighter sufferings, if He has taught us to esteem all things but loss for him, and to love him who has first loved us. (Matthew Henry's Commentary - Isaiah 53)
Adam Clarke's Bible Commentary - Isaiah 53 Verse 5 The chastisement of our peace "The chastisement by which our peace is effected." Twenty-one MSS. and six editions have the word fully and regularly expressed, wnyml shelomeynu; pacificationum nostrarum, "our pacification; " that by which we are brought into a state of peace and favour with God. Ar. Montan.
(Adam Clarke's Bible Commentary)
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary - Isaiah 53:5. wounded--a bodily wound; not mere mental sorrow; literally, "pierced"; minutely appropriate to Messiah, whose hands, feet, and side were pierced (Ps 22:16). The Margin, wrongly, from a Hebrew root, translates, "tormented."
- for . . . for-- (Ro 4:25; 2Co 5:21; Heb 9:28; 1Pe 2:24; 3:18) --the cause for which He suffered not His own, but our sins.
- bruised--crushing inward and outward suffering (see on Isa 53:10).
- chastisement--literally, the correction inflicted by a parent on children for their good (Heb 12:5-8, 10, 11). Not punishment strictly; for this can have place only where there is guilt, which He had not; but He took on Himself the chastisement whereby the peace (reconciliation with our Father; Ro 5:1; Eph 2:14, 15, 17) of the children of God was to be effected (Heb 2:14).
- upon him--as a burden; parallel to "hath borne" and "carried."
- stripes--minutely prophetical of His being scourged (Mt 27:26; 1Pe 2:24).
- healed--spiritually (Ps 41:4; Jer 8:22).
(Jamieson - Fausset - Brown Commentary)
Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded because of our transgressions, he was crushed because of our iniquities: the chastisement of our welfare was upon him, and with his stripes we were healed. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep did go astray, we turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath made to light on him the iniquity of us all. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, though he humbled himself and opened not his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before her shearers is dumb; yea, he opened not his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away, and with his generation who did reason? for he was cut off out of the land of the living, for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Isaiah 53:9 And they made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich his tomb; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.' (JPS)
Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the Lord to crush him by disease; to see if his soul would offer itself in restitution, that he might see his seed, prolong his days, and that the purpose of the Lord might prosper by his hand: 11 Of the travail of his soul he shall see to the full, even My servant, who by his knowledge did justify the Righteous One to the many, and their iniquities he did bear. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion among the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the mighty; because he bared his soul unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (JPS) (Emphasis added)

Who is the Servant spoken of in Isaiah 53:11?

Zechariah 3:8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou and thy fellows that sit before thee; for they are men that are a sign; for, behold, I will bring forth My servant the Shoot. 9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone are seven facets; behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the Lord of hosts: And I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Zechariah 3:8 Hear now, Joshua the high priest, thou and thy fellows that sit before thee -- for they are men of portent -- for behold, I will bring forth my servant the Branch. 9 For behold, the stone that I have laid before Joshua -- upon one stone are seven eyes; behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of this land in one day. (Darby) (Emphasis added)

It should be obvious by this point that the Stone that the builders rejected, to wit: Solomon, was not a stone for building the temple, but rather, the Rock that bore thee, that is to say, the Rock of Salvation, G-d Himself.

Deuteronomy 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked--thou didst wax fat, thou didst grow thick, thou didst become gross--and he forsook God who made him, and contemned the Rock of his salvation. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
Deuteronomy 32:16 They roused Him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations did they provoke Him. (JPS)
Deuteronomy 32:17 They sacrificed unto demons, no-gods, gods that they knew not, new gods that came up of late, which your fathers dreaded not. (JPS)
Deuteronomy 32:18 Of the Rock that begot thee thou wast unmindful, and didst forget God that bore thee. (JPS) (Emphasis added)

Recall the Levitical adage that "the Ark bore its bearers and passed."

The Only Plan of Salvation

Since there is no salvation apart from Y'shua at this point as one can clearly see, it is important to be aware that this salvation is by no means automatic based on heredity as it was in ancient times. Since Solomon broke the covenant of Moses beyond repair, the only remaining provisions of that Covenant are curses for all Israelites.

It is therefore necessary to avail oneself of the salvation available through the provisions of the New Covenant and a great deal of information about that can be examined in the New Testament as that is actually what New Testament means, a New Covenant.

This is all actually fairly simple in that one must accept the salvation available through Y'shua and there is a three step process for doing that.

The first of the processes for accepting that salvation are to admit that one is a sinner, that is to say you the reader. This needs to be done in earnest with the realization that unless one is completely guiltless in respect to terms of the Decalogue, then that person is a sinner. It is impossible for ordinary persons to be guiltless in respect to the Decalogue.

Romans 3:20 Wherefore by works of law no flesh shall be justified before him; for by law [is] knowledge of sin. 21 But now without law righteousness of God is manifested, borne witness to by the law and the prophets; 22 righteousness of God by faith of Jesus Christ towards all, and upon all those who believe: for there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 being justified freely by his grace through the redemption which [is] in Christ Jesus; 25 whom God has set forth a mercy-seat, through faith in his blood, for [the] shewing forth of his righteousness, in respect of the passing by the sins that had taken place before, through the forbearance of God; 26 for [the] shewing forth of his righteousness in the present time, so that he should be just, and justify him that is of [the] faith of Jesus. (Darby) (Emphasis added)

The second step in the process is to believe in the sufficiency of the sacrifice offered by Y'shua in spilling His own blood as the sacrifice for sin.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only- begotten Son, that whosoever believes on him may not perish, but have life eternal. 17 For God has not sent his Son into the world that he may judge the world, but that the world may be saved through him. 18 He that believes on him is not judged: but he that believes not has been already judged, because he has not believed on the name of the only-begotten Son of God. (Darby) (Emphasis added)

The third step is to confess with one's mouth the saving power of Y'shua (Jesus) to others.

Romans 10:8 But what says it? The word is near thee, in thy mouth and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach: 9 that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised him from among [the] dead, thou shalt be saved. (Darby) (Emphasis added)
Romans 10:10 For with [the] heart is believed to righteousness; and with [the] mouth confession made to salvation. 11 For the scripture says, No one believing on him shall be ashamed. (Darby) (Emphasis added)
Romans 10:12 For there is no difference of Jew and Greek; for the same Lord of all [is] rich towards all that call upon him. (Darby) (Emphasis added)
Romans 10:13 For every one whosoever, who shall call on the name of the Lord, shall be saved. (Darby) (Emphasis added)

Condensing all of the aspects about salvation under the New Covenant of Y'shua or Jesus Christ, one would want to say a prayer asking Y'shua for salvation and admitting that you are a sinner. One might confess some of your sins in that prayer. Then, one would need to confess to others your belief in Y'shua and His plan of Salvation to complete and seal the process. Despite the frequent incidence of persons attempting to blend in with their surroundings and still claim to be saved, one cannot be an undercover recipient of the salvation available through Y'shua (Jesus). One must confess their faith at some point in order to complete the process.

Vessel of Holy Oil

It is a side note that the following information is being included. This locates a lost treasure from the temple. Unfortunately, this particular item lacks much description because it was not possible to find reference material describing it in detail. Therefore, it is necessary to rely exclusively on the word of the L-rd to discover the nature and whereabouts of this particular utensil, the vessel of sacred oil.

The vessel of sacred oil was made by Bezalel at Horeb, so it is actually much older than believed.

Exodus 35:30 And Moses said unto the children of Israel: 'See, the Lord hath called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 31 And He hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship. 32 And to devise skilful works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, 33 and in cutting of stones for setting, and in carving of wood, to work in all manner of skilful workmanship. (JPS)

The vessel of sacred oil was actually shaped like a horn. The object did not originally have nine rings on the horn, but twelve before it was broken. Nevertheless, it is not to be repaired.

1 Kings 1:39 And Zadok the priest took the horn of oil out of the Tent, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the ram's horn; and all the people said: 'Long live king Solomon.' (JPS)
1 Samuel 16:1 And the Lord said unto Samuel: 'How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from being king over Israel? fill thy horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Beth-lehemite; for I have provided Me a king among his sons.' (JPS)

The vessel ventured from the temple in Jerusalem to Babylon when Jerusalem was plundered just before the Babylonian Captivity.

2 Chronicles 36:14 Moreover all the chiefs of the priests, and the people, transgressed very greatly after all the abominations of the nations; and they polluted the house of the Lord which He had hallowed in Jerusalem. 15 And the Lord, the God of their fathers, sent to them by His messengers, sending betimes and often; because He had compassion on His people, and on His dwelling-place; 16 but they mocked the messengers of God, and despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy. 17 Therefore He brought upon them the king of the Chaldeans, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man or hoary-headed; He gave them all into his hand. 18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon. 19 And they burnt the house of God, and broke down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof. 20 And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; and they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia; 21 to fulfil the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had been paid her sabbaths; for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years. (JPS) (Emphasis added)

Eventually, Babylon declined and the vessel made its way to Persia. Recall the fate of King Belshazzzar, where, after drinking from the temple goblets, he saw the writing on the wall.

Daniel 5:1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand. 2 Belshazzar, while he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king and his lords, his consorts and his concubines, might drink therein. 3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his lords, his consorts and his concubines, drank in them. 4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone. 5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king's palace; and the king saw the palm of the hand that wrote. (JPS)
Daniel 5:17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king: 'Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; nevertheless I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation. 18 O thou king, God Most High gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father the kingdom, and greatness, and glory, and majesty; 19 and because of the greatness that He gave him, all the peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew, and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he raised up, and whom he would he put down. 20 But when his heart was lifted up, and his spirit was hardened that he dealt proudly, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him; 21 and he was driven from the sons of men, and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses; he was fed with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; until he knew that God Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and that He setteth up over it whomsoever He will. 22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thy heart, though thou knewest all this; 23 but hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of His house before thee, and thou and thy lords, thy consorts and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know; and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified; 24 then was the palm of the hand sent from before Him, and this writing was inscribed. 25 And this is the writing that was inscribed: MENE MENE, TEKEL UPHARSIN. 26 This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE, God hath numbered thy kingdom, and brought it to an end. 27 TEKEL, Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. 28 PERES, thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.' 29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with purple, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made proclamation concerning him, that he should rule as one of three in the kingdom. 30 In that night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was slain. (JPS)

Thus ended the greatness of Babylon.

In Persia, the vessel passed through the reigns of Cyrus and Darius. It then fell into the hands of Alexander the Great through his conquest of Persia. At some point during the reign of Alexander the Great, it was broken or cut off, probably in a disrespectful act. This was apparently the exact reason that Alexander died at such a young age and suspicious-types might ponder the coincidence that he died at the age of 33.

Its history following that time is unclear, but apparently it remained more-or-less in Persia which is modern day Iran. From there, it made its way to New York City where it is housed in the excellent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Vessel of Holy Oil

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Vessel terminating in the forepart of a fantastic leonine creature
Achaemenid; 5th century B.C.
Fletcher Fund, 1954 (54.3.3)
Gold; H. 17 cm
Iran
Photo and Description: Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City, New York, USA
www.metmuseum.org
Description
Horn-shaped vessels ending in an animal's head have a long history in the Near East as well as in Greece and Italy. Early Iranian examples are straight, with the cup and animal head in the same plane. Later, in the Achaemenid period, the head, or animal protome, was often placed at a right angle to the cup, as in this piece. In the manufacture of this gold vessel, several parts were invisibly joined by brazing, which demonstrates superb technical skill. One hundred and thirty-six feet of twisted wire decorate the upper band of the vessel in forty-four even rows, and the roof of the lion's mouth is raised in tiny ribs. Typical of Achaemenid style, the ferocity of the snarling lion has been tempered and restrained by decorative convention. The lion has a crest running down his back; his mane has the disciplined appearance of a woven material; and his flanks are covered by an ostrich plume. The inclusion of the plume, a departure from convention, suggests that this lion is winged and has some supernatural significance.

If one wished to acquire this item for use in the temple it would be advisable to pay the fair price for it regardless of any other considerations since one would not want to present to the L-rd that which cost them nothing.

2 Samuel 24:22 And Araunah said unto David: 'Let my lord the king take and offer up what seemeth good unto him; behold the oxen for the burnt-offering, and the threshing-instruments and the furniture of the oxen for the wood.' 23 All this did Araunah the king give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king: 'The the Lord thy God accept thee.' 24 And the king said unto Araunah: 'Nay; but I will verily buy it of thee at a price; neither will I offer burnt-offerings unto the Lord my God which cost me nothing.' So David bought the threshing-floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. 25 And David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings. So the Lord was entreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel. (JPS) (Emphasis added)
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The reader's appropriate response to this material:
Acts 17:11 And these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, receiving the word with all readiness of mind, daily searching the scriptures if these things were so. (Darby) (Emphasis added)