Monday, March 4, 2024

WeekLy BooK oF Acts 24 1-14

    a paraphrased study

1 - And when he (Paul) had been brought to the court, the lawyer for the national leaders, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying to the court, “Because of you, most excellent Felix, we enjoy much peace, and by your foresight, reforms for this nation are being made, 3 in every way we accept this with all gratitude. 4 But, to detain you no further, I beg you in your kindness to hear us briefly. 5 For we have found this man to be a pestilent nuisance who stirs up riots among the Jews everywhere he goes. He is a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. 6 He even tried to profane the temple, but we seized him and according to our law we wish to judge him. 8 By examining him, you find out from him everything of which we accuse him.” 9 The leaders stood and joined in the charge, affirming that all these things were so. 10 When the governor nodded to him to speak, Paul made his reply, “I know the many years you have been a judge over this nation, so I happily make my defense. 11 You can easily verify that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship, 12 and they did not find me disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd, not in the temple nor in the synagogues or in the city. 13 Nor can they prove to you what they now bring up against me! 14 But this I testify to you, that according to the Way, which they label a sect, I worship the God of our fathers. I believe everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets.

Mar-04 From Mt-17 Ro-15

   Enter The Story Daily

a paraphrased scripture study

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GospeL Verses ~ Matthew 17:14-27

14 - When they came down off the mountain there was a crowd waiting, and a man came up to him and kneeling 15 said, “Lord, have mercy on my son! For he has seizures and he suffers terribly. Often falling into the fire, or into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.” 17 Jesus said, “Oh you lacking in faith and twisted, how long will I be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 And he rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. 19 The disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why couldn’t we cast it out?” 20 And he said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I tell you, if you have faith like a mere grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

     22 Later in Galilee, Jesus said, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, 23 and they will kill him, and he will be raised up on the third day.” And they were greatly troubled. 24 When they had arrived at Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax came up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax?” 25 Peter said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, before Peter said anything Jesus said, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of earth take toll and tax? From their sons or from others?” 26 And when Peter said, “From others.” Jesus said, “Then the sons are free. 27 However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea (of Galilee) and cast a hook in and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel. Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.” (I wondered why this? Asked the Lord and what came to mind is some are called to go out and proclaim the message and some to go home and live it in their lives proclaiming it that way, and in words when and how the Spirit/Presence gives place for it.)

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From New Testament Letters

     (In the Order Believed Written)

                  ~ Romans 15:22-33 ~

(I’m a fan of numbers. Something special in today’s study? Though there always is!) 22 - This is the reason why I (Paul) have so often been hindered from coming to visit. 23 But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come, 24 I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain. And to be sent on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while. 25 At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing a collection of aid to the believers. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints (believers) at Jerusalem. 27 For they were pleased to do it, and indeed it all balances out. If the Gentile believers have come to share in their spiritual blessings, why not they be of service if they can to the poor of them in material blessing? 28 When I’ve completed this and have delivered to them what’s been collected, I plan to leave for Spain by way of you. [We don’t know for sure if Paul made it to Spain, he was arrested in Jerusalem because of his message. 🤔Thought police? This is where our weekly Acts reading and study is. Rather than be in the hands of his adversaries in Jerusalem, being a Roman citizen (even by birth) he “appeals to Caesar” and “in chains” (not literally, but under arrest) they bring him by ship to Rome.] 29 I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ! 30 I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus and by the love of the Spirit/Presence of God, to strive together with me in prayers on my behalf, 31 that I may be delivered from the unbelievers (leaders) in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 and that by God's will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company. 33 And may the God of peace be with you all, amen. (💎 - It’s the Lord who put this schedule together.)

                       ~*~

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Tomorrow’s Verses:

Matthew 18:1-11

Romans 16:1-12

Acts & Rev - weekly

And currently Daniel

Is.11:7 - The lion will eat straw like the ox!⛲️

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Sunday, March 3, 2024

Mar-03 From Mt-17 Ro-15

   Enter The Story Daily

 a paraphrased scripture study

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GospeL Verses ~ Matthew 17:1-13

1 - Six days laterJesus took with him Peter and the brothers James and John, and went up a high mountain, 2 where he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became radiant and white as light. 3 And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. (A vision.) 4 And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here! If you wish, I will make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (It was Tabernacle week?) 5 He was still speaking when a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased, hear and listen to him.” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were afraid, 7 but Jesus came, touched them, and said, “Rise, and have no fear.” 8 And when they looked up, they saw no one but Jesus. 9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from death.” 10 And the disciples asked him, “Then why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?” 11 He answered, “Elijah does come, and he will restore all things. 12 But I tell you that (the spirit and power like) Elijah did come, and they didn’t recognize him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man will certainly suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist (the baptizer).

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From New Testament Letters

     (In the Order Believed Written)

                  ~ Romans 15:14-21 ~

14 - I am confident about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, and all knowledge and are able to instruct one another. 15 But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder. This is because of the grace given to me by God 16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles (nonHebrew nations) in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, made sacred by the Holy Spirit. 17 In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God! 18 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience of following the way, by word and deed, 19 and the power of signs and wonders, by the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I (Paul) have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ. 20 And so I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been proclaimed, lest I build on someone else's foundation, 21 but as it is written, “Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.” (A repeating pattern, like widening ripples of a pond.)

                       ~*~

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Tomorrow’s Verses:

Matthew 17:14-27

Romans 15:22-33

Acts & Rev - weekly

And currently Daniel

Is.11:7 - The lion will eat straw like the ox!⛲️

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Saturday, March 2, 2024

Mar-02 From Mt-16 Ro-15

   Enter The Story Daily

a paraphrased scripture study

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GospeL Verses ~ Matthew 16:21-28

21 - From this time Jesus began to tell his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, rulers, leaders, chief priests and scribes, and to be killed, and on the third day be raised back up. 22 Peter took him aside and said, “Not so Lord! Far be it from you! This shall never happen!” 23 But Jesus said, “Get behind me, adversary! You are acting as a hindrance to me. You are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

     24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone will come after me, let them deny their self, take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would (compromise, relent, in order to) save their life will lose it (the real life and self, the higher calling) but whoever loses his (worldly, earthly, lower) life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a person if they gain all the world and forfeit their soul (self, real being)? Or what shall a person give in exchange for their soul? [Psyxḗ - from psyxō - to breathe, blow, which is the root of the English words psyche, psychology – soul (psyche); a person's distinct identity (unique personhood), i.e. individual personality] (self). 27 For (what matters is) the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father! And then shall he repay each person according to what they have done.  (And been.) 28 Truly, I say to you, there are some here standing, who won’t die until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” (Logically, upon the first ‘church’ age Pentecost, and the gospel’s onward march conquering and to conquer openly victorious - until the “falling away” has occurred, all mankind’s empires on only sand. Then when all is done and completed, all the world and existence conquered.)

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From New Testament Letters

     (In the Order Believed Written)

                  ~ Romans 15:8-13 ~

8 - For I tell you, Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God's truthfulness — in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs — 9 and — in order that the Gentiles/nations might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise you among the nations! I will sing to your name!” (Name - reputation.) 10 And again it is said, “Rejoice, O nations, with his people.” 11 And again, “Praise the Lord, all you nations! Let all the peoples praise him.” (All will praise him, according to how when God says “let” as in “let there be light” and “let us create mankind in our likeness”/character. Is.45:23!) 12 And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the nations. In him the nations will trust [elpizó - to expect, hope for, anticipate].”

     13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing! So that by the POWER of the Holy Spirit you may ABOUND in hope [elpis - expectation, hope, trust, confidence, from elpō - to anticipate, welcome – properly, expectation of what is sure]. (Our trust depends on letting our conscience be appeased by that strong happening and image of the faithful love and earnestness of God toward us - Christ Crucified, which surely? There was no other way, as it has to cover and work for even the most cruel, vile and merciless, and for the most lost of us, throughout this unavoidable and all important contrast we call history - which is obviously not done yet.)

                       ~*~

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Tomorrow’s Verses:

Matthew 17:1-13

Romans 15:14-21

Acts & Rev - weekly

And currently Daniel

Is.11:7 - The lion will eat straw like the ox!⛲️

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Friday, March 1, 2024

€XpLoR!n9 ReVeLaTion - 1 1-8

     WeeKly BooK oF Revelation

                paraphrased study

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1 - The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him to show to his servants “what things it behooves (is sure?) to happen in quickness”. And he sent it by his angel to his servant John. 2 Who bears witness to the message of God and to the life and works of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. (John talked about himself in this way also in his gospel account/recollection.) 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy [not everyone has a scripture scroll] and blessed are those who hear it and keep what is written in it, for the time is near. (When it’s understood, the time approaches!? And blessed are those who hear.)

     4 John, to the seven churches that are in Asia —

     Grace to you and peace from he who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits (“seven angels of the churches”?) who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn from death, and the ruler of kings upon earth. (Rules kings, a repeated theme in both old and new testaments, ‘code’ for it makes no sense to make wars against kings? Instead say prayers.) To he who loves us and has freed us from our sins [hamartia - missing the mark] by his blood (life given) 6 and has made us (who are being saved/rescued, from death and its cause, now) to be a kingdom. A kingdom of priests to his God and Father. (To serve! When? Especially during the latter part of the Lord’s long second advent? The advent a longer and wider version of his first so brief one. Initially some Pharisees, etc? Rich man, Lazarus conditions of inner outside of the light darkness? Even like the outside of the vision narrative of Rev.22 ..But 144,000 plus a great crowd from all nations serving ..called reigning, for to do his works, is surely? to reign.)

     And to him gLory and dominion forever and ever! Amen! 7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and EVERY eye will see him (on GWTJ ‘day’) and anyone who pricked/pierced him, and all tribes of earth will mourn because of [epi - on, upon, what fits, on account of] him (regrets, etc? Gut wrenching remorse experienced by some. Think cruel despots, etc.) Even so. Amen. 

     8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Who forever was, and who forever shall be.)

     Bookend events of the Lord’s long second advent -

     2Pet.3:10 ->the advent ->2Pet.3:11-12.

                         ~*~

Previous posts:

INTRO - This Year’s Revelation Study

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Mar-01 From Mt-16 Ro-15

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GospeL Verses ~ Matthew 16:13-20

13 - When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who are the people saying the Son of Man is?” 14 They answered, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and some Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” 15 He said, “And who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter said, “You are the Christ! The Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus said to him, “You are blessed, Simon Bar-Jonah! For no person has revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven has. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock (of being told by God) will I build my church! And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give to you (to such, to those God causes to follow) the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and (it shall come to pass that) whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you may loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he told the disciples, “Tell no one, I am the Christ”.

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From New Testament Letters

     (In the Order Believed Written)

                  ~ Romans 15:1-7 ~

1 - We who are strong in faith have an obligation to bear with the weaknesses of those weaker in faith, and not to please ourselves. 2 Instead let each of us please our neighbor for theiR good. To build up and encourage. 3 For Christ did not please himself! But as it’s written, “The insults/trespassing of those who insulted you fell upon me.” 4 For whatever was written in former days was all (pas) written for our instruction, that through the endurance and encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope [elpis - expectation, hope]. (The literal - “the expectation have”.) [All of what is written is for our instruction so-that through the steadfastness and encouragement of the scriptures we will have the (sure and strong) expectation.] 5 Indeed may the God of endurance [hupomoné - endurance, steadfastness, patient waiting] and encouragement give to you, to be of one mind with one another, as it is in Christ Jesus - 6 that with one voice we may glorify the God and Father of our Lord. 7 Therefore be welcoming toward one another, even as Christ has welcomed us, for all is for the glorification of God.

                       ~*~

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Tomorrow’s Verses:

Matthew 16:21-28

Romans 15:8-13

Acts & Rev - weekly (starting new today)

And currently Daniel 

Is.11:7 - The lion will eat straw like the ox!⛲️


Thursday, February 29, 2024

Intro - This Year’s Revelation Study

About The Vision: Ladies and gentlemen take your seats..

     And hold on to your seats! We are about to take the journey of all journeys. It’s the journey into Truth. Not many may care about Truth.. Let the blind lead the blind.. It “aLL” comes out in the wash best and pure in the end! [Greek word tel, telos, the end-aim. We are zooming toward the target. In the spirit of the translators, all things come out best and pure in the ‘end’. In the spirit of the Spirit/Presence of God - All come out best and pure.. Greek pas - all.]

     Life as we presently know it, is the sieve. The crucible and laver. It’s the ‘parable’ of the decomposing ‘apple’ and its worm that simply cannot quit. God (surely?) is Life. And he “is perfect” Mt.5:48, and 100% unfettered Genius.

     And if there had been no option to stray in Eden??

     In spirit this is where our story begins..

     The man of lawlessness / the anthropoi of lawlessness / the mankind of lawlessness iS “seated (as) in the temple as god”/highest power. “Christendom haS “fallen away”. The world iS following a “false prophet” and yes this one has a prophecy. On the wing (pinnacle) of desolations of course will come the infamous and notorious triple six. But that’s down the road a ways.

This a weekly study. This blog has daily studies from the gospels and letters, so the Revelation study may be more easily found on my other blog - bible prophecy for today, linked below.

€XpLa!ning ReVeLaTion

         Some KEYS to get us started..

🍃 [#1] - the vision (scroll) is the ride and victory (Ps.2) of the white horse rider, the gospel 6:1-2 

[#2] - the vision is told 3 times — 6:1-2 to 11:19 - ch.12 a stand alone history and insert (but vs 17 needs Mt.23:39) - and 13:1 to 19:11. All 3 meet again at the seventh trumpet.

[#3] - the seals are described - at their first occurrence (ch.6) as their fuLL effects on planet Earth, first to very last, veiling what, especially seal 6 is and why Rev.7:1,3 (9,4)

[#4] - the Rev.13:13 event pinpoints an office, not (yet?) a person

[#5] - The “false prophet” is not the 13:13 office but enabled the event/seal. Its “strong delusion” of “seating man in the temple as God”/highest power (man/anthropos, this too not yet? a man) caused western culture to “fall away”. It has modern wonders, “miracles to mislead” and of course a prophecy.

Next posts:

Rev.1:1-8

Revelation & DanieL- It looks like the study of the prophecies of Daniel will be progressing during the study of the letters to the churches..

 https://bibleprophecy4today.blogspot.com/


Wednesday, February 28, 2024

WeekLy BooK oF Acts 23 16-35

  a paraphrased study

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16 - Now the son of Paul's sister heard of the planned ambush (against Paul to kill him on the road). So he went to the barracks (jail) and told Paul. 17 Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the tribune, for he has something he needs to tell him.” 18 So the centurion took him to the tribune and said, “Paul the prisoner asked me to bring this young man to you, as he has something to report to you.” 19 The tribune took him aside and asked him privately, “What is it that you have to tell me?” 20 And the boy said, “The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they want to question him further. 21 But more than forty men are lying in ambush and have bound themselves by an oath to not eat or drink until they have killed him!” 22 The tribune dismissed the young man, and said, “Tell no one you have told me these things.” 23 Then he called two centurions and said, “Get ready two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go as far as Caesarea at the third watch of the night. 24 Bring mounts for Paul to ride and bring him safely to Felix the governor.” 25 And he wrote a letter saying, 26 “From Claudius Lysias, to his Excellency the governor Felix, greetings. 27 This man was seized by the Jews and they were about to kill him when I and the soldiers came upon them and rescued him. Then having learned he is a Roman citizen, 28 and desiring to know the charge for which they are accusing him, I brought him down to their council. 29 I found he was being accused about questions of their law, but charged with nothing deserving death or imprisonment. 30 And when it was disclosed to me that there would be a plot against the man, I at once sent him to you, ordering his accusers to state before you, what it is they have against him.”

     31 So the soldiers took Paul and the letter by night to Antipatris. 32 They returned home the next day, and the horsemen went on to Caesarea. 33 When they got there, they delivered the letter to the governor, and presented Paul before him. 34 On reading the letter, Felix asked what province he was from. And when he learned that he was from Cilicia, 35 he said, “I’ll give you a hearing when your accusers arrive.” And he instructed him to be guarded in Herod's praetorium.


Feb-28 From Mt-16 Ro-14

    Enter The Story Daily

 a paraphrased scripture study

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GospeL Verses ~ Matthew 16:1-12

1 - Some who were of the Pharisee and Sadducee parties came to test him, and asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered them saying, “When it’s evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 Or in the morning you say, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the signs of the sky, but you don’t see the signs of the times. 4 An evil and unfaithful generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left there and departed for the other side of Lake Galilee. 5 When they reached the other side, the disciples had forgotten to bring any bread. 6 Jesus said, “Keep a watch and beware the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7 And they began discussing among themselves, saying, “We forgot to bring bread.” 8 Aware of this, Jesus said, “Oh you of little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves that you have no bread? 9 Do you not see or remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets of left over bread you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 11 How is it that you don’t see I’m not talking about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood he wasn’t warning them about the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. (Who “bound heavy rules upon others” while “robbing widows of their houses”!)

     [Bread! Mt.13:33 key word 3 w/ 1Cor.15:22-24,28; three loaves / three harvests.]

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From New Testament Letters

     (In the Order Believed Written)

                  ~ Romans 14:8-23 ~

(Vs.7 “We don’t live only unto ourselves nor die unto ourselves.”) 8 - For while we live, we live unto the Lord, and when we die, we die unto the Lord. So then, whether alive or dead, we are the Lord's! 9 After all, it’s for this reason Jesus died! And lived again. That he be Lord of both the living and of the dead. (Do you see any limitations on that? ..It’s like he “descended to the lowest part of earth” into the grave and into the deep sleep of death, but “not able to be held by it” - You see God our father and creator, source of Life, is not only life itself (“in the beginning God”) but he also “is PERFECT”. Now the option to stray had to be in Eden, in creation, or what? Total Ant Farm! Yes? But if you stray from God who iS life.. Can’t be good! And then you’re imperfect - the opposite of Life.  Double whammy. Triple. So there we all were, kidnapped by death! All headed there with no way out. But the Son, the “firstborn” and “only” straight out from God one, made entrance there. And he opened the door for the rest of us. “For as indeed in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive” - 1Cor.15:22. Jesus said he “will draw all” (Jn.12:32) and said - “All those in the tombs/graves will hear God’s voice and will come forth” (from the graves/tombs) “some into the resurrection/rising of life (into THE millennium). And some into the resurrection of judgment” (Jn.5:28-29) which elsewhere He calls agelasting correction [“kolasin aionion” oR “eonian correction” Mt.25:46, the completing of drawing all. So he is truly Lord of all the living and of all the dead”.)

     10 So why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your sister? For we will all stand [parístēmi - from pará - close-beside and hístēmi - to stand — properly, stand close beside, i.e. ready to present, be presented] before the judgment seat of God, 11 for it is written, “As I live, says the LORD, every knee shall (happily) bend to me, and every tongue shall confess - ‘God!’” — Is.45:23. And it was an “oath” God spoke! (To his prophet, and thus to us.] 12 So then each will give an account [logos! - a word ..as embodying an idea, a statement, reasoning expressed in words, a speaking] about [peri] their self to God. (And maybe the best speaking will be no speaking at all..?)

     13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of another. 14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that foods, drinks, days (sexual love in marriage) are not unclean, but are unclean for one who thinks it is. 15 And if your (weaker) brother or sister is grieved by what you eat, you are not walking in love. Don’t destroy the one for whom Christ died by what you eat! 16 Don’t (bring it up and) let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil (tripping yourself up). 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat and drink but of righteousness! Of peace and joy in God’s Holy Spirit! 18 Whoever in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by their fellows. 19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual building up and encouragement. 20 Don’t, for the sake of food (or days) destroy the work of God. It’s all clean (is okay) but it’s wrong to make another stumble by what we eat. 21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. (Don’t eat meat in their presence, nor make it an issue.) 22 The faith that you have about it, keep between yourself and God. Happy and blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment upon their self for what they approve. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin - greek hamartia - (it) misses the mark.

                       ~*~

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March 1 Verses:

Matthew 16:13-20

Romans 15:1-7

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Daniel Intro - Pre Study Notes

 study notes

          before beginning Daniel

598bc babylonia conquers Judah (Israel has already been carried off to Assyria, Israel had split into two.)

586bc Nebuchadnezzar sacked Jerusalem, carried many off to Babylon.. Babylon later fell to Persia:

    Belshazzar (Nebuchadnezzar’s son and last Babylonian king) - the writing on the wall king; Darius the Mede (Otherwise known as Nabonidus?) “received the kingdom” (under?) Cyrus the Great of Persia 550bc to 538bc - Cyrus decreed all Israel in all his kingdom should go home, and some/many did, led by Zerubbabel, and they began to “rebuild the TEMPLE” (and at the time of Cyrus’ proclamation, the massive empire included once again Assyria)

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Then there’s 3 kings (Dn.11:2) Cambyses; Smerdis; Darius the Great

516bc the rebuilt temple is dedicated

Note - “the captivity” and resulting “diaspora/dispersion” is when synagogues were first established, they were needed for observing the Sabbath, and for holy days, etc, and this is when **prayers were substituted for temple sacrifices** (a biblically repeated theme..)

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(4th king, Dn.11) 486bc Xerxes’ great and famous war against Greece …non-consequential reigns are left out of the prophecy list. Alexander such a while later said his war against Persia was in revenge, then he died, the kingdom going to four of his generals.. which became the wars of the Ptolemies (Egypt) and the Seleucids (Syria) up to Antiochus Epiphanes the villain, super persecuter, in the prophecy’s immediate, more ‘micro’ fulfillment, and of course in the Maccabean account.

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464bc to 425bc Artaxerxes (son of Xerxes) ruled the Persian empire, Esther was one of his queens, it was from his court, around 440bc that Ezra and Nehemiah traveled from Persia to Jerusalem to start rebuilding the rubble that was Jerusalem’s WALLS - Artaxerxes’ decree to - rebuild Jerusalem - fulfilled part of Daniel’s 70 weeks (of years) prophecy (very technical, um, code?) 9:25 - from the decree (and support) to rebuild aNd restore Jerusalem - until the coming of Messiah/an anointed one (on Palm Sunday, the declaration of) - there will be seven weeks (of years, 49 years of building, until the 16th year of Darius the Great, lion’s den king, the ancient Persian empire was at its largest) . And (then) sixty-two (more) weeks (of years, 7x62/434 years) until Messiah (entered Jerusalem in the Triumphal Entry).

     So, the prophecy was 7 weeks of years (49 weeks) of rebuilding Jerusalem, then 62 more weeks of years, which is 434 years, to Messiah’s Triumphal Entry.

     49 plus 434 is 483, so in prophecy, leaving one week of years (left) - 7 years of the total 490.

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The first two of the large prophetic visions in Daniel end with obvious, last days fulfillment. These two visions are, first, Nebuchadnezzar’s dream statue of earth empires (Dn.2 and 2) which impressive statue is struck upon the feet (the ten toes/divisions called kings of the last hour in Rev.17:12,16) with a stone, so that the statue topples, and the stone (kingdom) becomes a great mountain/kingdom that fills the earth.

     And the second vision, of the four, succeeding one another beasts, the last one “more terrible” (7:7,19 & Rev.13:1) with the iron and bronze of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream statue. The iron and bronze representing the empires of Rome and Greece, that shatters/roman and subdues/greek - also - concludes with an obvious last days reference, as it ends with — as Daniel watched “thrones were set in place and the ancient of days took his seat”. (All the world is a stage - Shakespeare.)

     So in the same pattern (?) a third vision. In chapter 8. And we know the ram is the same old (Media) Persia, and the goat that charges at it is Greece - so maNy wars! Spanning so long - Xerxes.. Alexander.. Antiochus Epiphanes (who claimed he was Zeus incarnate) —> to today? As west against east.. Verse 23, the power of the west (of today, goat which charged so far east) becomes diluted by breaking off (dividing, division) into four different powers. (“A house or kingdom devided will fall.”) Or two powers (the liberal and conservative of the west?) - but each with their extremes.. Making four. Weakness, division. BUT one of them, portrayed as “a horn with eyes” will rise.. (A SAME seat/oFFice, which Revelation, verse 13:13 pinpoints/pinpointed. Not yeT? pointing to an individual.)

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History, thus prophecy, repeats. Having a more or less immediate ‘micro’ fulfillment, and then later a culmination of all history, macro fulfillment - 9:26 - “After the sixty-two ‘sevens’ (weeks of years) the Anointed One will be put to death and will (appear to) have nothing. (After that) The people of the ruler/prince (Caesars, emperors) who will come, will destroy the city and the sanctuary (70A.D.). The end will come like a flood.

Julius who wasn’t an emperor; Augustus first Roman emperor, Luke 2:1 - “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered” -> just before Jesus was born; Tiberius; Caligula; Claudius under whom the Jews thus Priscilla and Aquila had to leave Rome, Acts 18:2; Nero; Galba; Otho; Vitellius; Vespasian; Titus who sacked Jerusalem as a general under Vespasian before he (Titus) became emperor; Domitian who banished disciple/apostle John to Patmos — Note: Napolean Bonaparte crowned himself emperor of a Roman Empire.

   War will continue - until, the end. And desolations are decreed [decided] (made into laws?) 

The 70th week starts when the ‘prince’/a.c. of-the-day, makes and confirms a strong covenant (concerning Israel) with many for one week.

(Rev.13:1-5)  Daniel 9:27 - In the middle of the week he, final prince/a.c. will “put an end to sacrifice” (of prayers?) in 12:11 it’s worded as “takes away the perpetual sacrifice” — oR, imo (current) place of? Lk.19:41,44.

     …will put an end to sacrifice and offering. [Yes, did occur under Antiochus Epiphanes whom the Maccabees valiantly fought and routed.]

      Dn.12:11, 9:27 - ..Will end/prohibit/take away the perpetual sacrifices. Wars to the ‘end’. And on the wing of abominations (as one exceeding them all, of that day?) will set up an abomination that causes desolation.

     Dn.12:11 - “From the time - that the daily (hebrew, perpetual) sacrifice is abolished - and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days (3.5 hebrew years plus 30 days). Verse 12 - Blessed are they who wait, and come to, the 1,335 days.”

     So what is set up lasts/runs for 45 days? Escalating the last “ten days”? Rev.2:10.

     The abominations in the past - which desolated, had to do with the temple(s). The brick and mortar temple. Could the final one have to do with the human temple made for God’s Spirit/Presence?

     “..Until the end [kalah: the completion, consummation]” 9:27 - “And on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, until the decreed (ordained) (natural?) destruction is poured out (upon him).”

     Rev.15:1, 16:1 - “..seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last.. Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.”

      Verse 9:24 (at day 1,335) Jesus returns and anoints a holy place (with his presence).

(I forgot to post this earlier. So it is out of order.)

Feb-27 From Mt-15 Ro-14

   Enter The Story Daily

a paraphrased scripture study

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GospeL Verses ~ Matthew 15:21-39

21 - And Jesus left there (Capernaum) and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that region was following after him and crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is terribly oppressed by a demon!” 23 But he didn’t answer her and his disciples came and said, “Send her away! For she keeps crying out after us.” 24 And then he answered her, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and knelt before him, and said, “Lord, help me.” 26 And he answered, “It’s not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the table.” 28 Then Jesus answered, “Oh woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you want!” And her daughter was healed that very instant.

     29 Jesus walked on from there and beside the Sea of Galilee. And went up on the mountain and sat down. 30 And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them all. 31 And the crowd marveled, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel.

     32 Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now for three days and they have now nothing to eat. And I don’t want to send them away hungry. They may faint on the way.” 33 And the disciples said, “Where are we to get enough bread in such a desolate place to feed so many!?” 34 Jesus asked, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” 35 He told the crowd to sit upon the ground, 36 and took the seven loaves and the fish, and after he gave thanks he broke the loaves and gave bread to the disciples, and the disciples gave the bread to the crowd. 37 And all ate and were satisfied. And they collected seven baskets of left over bread. 38 Those who ate were four thousand men, plus women and children. 39 And after sending them away, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.

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From New Testament Letters

     (In the Order Believed Written)

                  ~ Romans 14:1-7 ~

1 - As for one who is weaker in their faith, welcome them, but not for passing judgment on their opinions. 2 For one person believes he may eat anything, while the more feeble in faith may eat only vegetables. 3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who doesn’t, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God welcomes both. 4 Who are any of us to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before their own master that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make us all stand.

     5 One person esteems one day as better than the others, while another esteems all days as alike. LET each one be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains (from the day, or from meat) abstains in honor of the Lord and also gives thanks. 7 For none of us to ourself lives, and none of us to ourself dies. (So try to live in harmony!)

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Matthew 16:1-12

Romans 14:8-23

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Is.11:7 - The lion will eat straw like the ox!⛲️


Daniel 7 Study

             Paraphrased

     With Suggested Interpretation

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This story actually precedes Daniel chapter 5 which was the handwriting on the wall chapter, which concerned Belshazzar king of Babylon. (Note: Prophecy often is a repeating pattern.)

     In the first year of Belshazzar, Daniel had a dream and “visions of his head”. So he wrote down the dream. 2 ..In my vision by night, I saw the four winds of heaven stirring up the great sea. (These following kingdoms were around the Mediterranean Sea.) 3 And out of the sea (of humanity) came up four great beasts (empires) each different from the others. 4 The first was like a mighty lion with the wings of an eagle. But then as I looked its wings were plucked off, and it was made to stand upon legs like a man. And the mind of man was given to it. (Babylon and Babylon humbled from its high mystical reputation.) 5 And behold, another beast, a second one. It was like a bear. And it was raised up on one side and had three ribs between its teeth. It was told to, “Arise, devour much land.” (Persia came after Babylon, or actually Media-Persia did, but the Persian ‘side’ surpassed Media, and spread widely. The ribs in its teeth are said to be Babylon, Egypt and Lydia.) 6 After this I looked, and behold, another beast! This one was like a (swift) leopard, but it had four wings of a bird upon its back. And the beast also had four heads. Dominion was given to it. (Greece and its four divisions after Alexander.) 7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast. This one was more terrifying and dreadful, and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth (Roman columns?) with which it devoured and broke in pieces. (The iron, see chapter 2, Nebuchadnezzar’s dream statue.) Then it stamped what was left with its feet. It was different from the beasts that came before it. It had ten horns [Rev.13:1]. (It ended up birthing a cluster of ten?) 8 As I was wondering about the horns, behold, coming up among them was another horn, a little one (a little brother? ..from my own studies, Rev.12:14 inserted) before which three of the first horns were pulled up by the roots (out of the land). This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man, and  a mouth that began to speak great pompous things. (This later horn ends up producing the last days a.c.)

      9 Then as I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. (“All the world is a stage” - Shakespeare.) His clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head was like pure wool. His throne was flames of fire, and its wheels were great fiery swirls. 10 A stream of fire issued from before him, and a thousand thousands served him. Ten thousand times ten thousand were standing before him. The court was seated for judgment, and the books were opened.

     11 I looked then because of the fierceness of the words the horn was saying. But as I looked, the beast (the many headed and many horned geopolitical beast of the hour) was killed. It’s body was destroyed and given over to be consumed by fire. (Effects of war.) 12 As for the rest of the beasts (nations of earth) their rulership was taken away, but their lives continued for a season and a time.

     13 As I was watching in the night visions, behold, with the clouds of heaven came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days, and was brought before him. 14 And was given to him a kingdom, and dominion and glory, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which will not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not come to ruin.

     15 As for me, Daniel, my spirit within me was troubled, for the visions of my head alarmed me. 16 So I approached one of those nearby and asked him the truth concerning the vision. So he made known to me the interpretation, saying, 17 “These four great beasts are four kings/kingdoms which will arise out of the earth. 18 But it’s the saints of the Most High who will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever/age to age.” 19 Then I wanted to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from the others, very terrifying, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze (Greece) which devoured and broke in pieces with its teeth, and trampled what was left with its (bronze) feet. (Greece subdues what Rome doesn’t break; a ‘world’, then entity/institution with Roman/Graeco foundations.) 20 And I asked about the ten horns on its head, and the other horn that came up later, before which three of them fell (after Rev.12:14) the horn that had eyes and a mouth and was (or that is, ended up) speaking pompous and great things. - (This is the same office that is/was pinpointed by the Rev.13:13 event.) - Which horn seemed (to end up) greater than its companions. 21 And then as I looked, this horn made war with the saints and prevailed over them! 22 That is, until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was given for (on the side of) the saints [qaddish - sacred, holy] of the Most High, and the time came for possessing the kingdom.

     23 The angel said, “As concerning the fourth beast, there will be a fourth kingdom of earth. It will be different from all the kingdoms/nations, and it shall eat up all the earth, and trample and break to pieces. (Mighty “iron fisted” Rome.) 24 As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings/royalties shall arise (arose) and then another after them, which will be different from the ten, and shall put down, overcome three. (By its expansion.) 25 But it shall (come to) speak pompous words against the Most High and shall weary the faithful (Rev.12:14 and worldwide) and shall think to change the times [zeman - time, epochs] (history?) and laws. And they shall be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time (Rev.13:5,6). — 26 But the court shall sit in judgment, and his dominion shall be taken away, and utterly consumed and destroyed. (Apocalypse.) — 27 And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the faithful of the Most High. And his kingdom shall be an enduring and unfading kingdom, within which all dominions will serve and obey him.”

     28 So here is the end of the matter! As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly alarmed me, and my face paled, but I kept the matter close to heart.

Previous parts of this study:

Intro Before Study

Summaries Chapters 1- 6

Chapters Remaining, 8 - 12


Monday, February 26, 2024

Feb-26 From Jn-6 Ro-13

   Enter The Story Daily

a paraphrased scripture study

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GospeL Verses ~ John 6:52-7:1

52 - The Jews then argued among theirselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” (His mortal life.) 53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. (📜🍞+🍷🕊️) 54 Whoever feeds on my flesh (life/logos) and drinks my blood (the Spirit/Presence of God) has unfading life, and I will raise (resurrect) them on the last day. 55 For my flesh is food that is true, and my blood is the drink that is true. 56 Whoever feeds and drinks of it abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of Him, so too, whoever feeds [trógó - chews] upon me (chews it over! And digests) he also will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. It’s not like the bread [manna] the fathers ate, and later died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever [“to the age/aion” (probably into the age? “eis” - to or into (“the” millennium?)]. 59 Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he was teaching at Capernaum. 60 And when many who had been following him heard it, they said, “This is a hard teaching, who can understand it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his followers were complaining, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It’s the Spirit who gives life. The flesh is no help at all. But the words that I’ve spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who don’t believe.” For he knew from the beginning who those were who didn’t believe (were not persuaded) [pisteuó - “believe, entrust, from pístis - faith, derived from peíthō - persuade, be persuaded, the believing from God's inbirthing of faith”] and who it was who would betray him. 65 And he said, “This is why I said no one can come to me unless it’s granted to them by the Father.”

     66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, where would we go? You have the words of unfading life, 69 and we have believed, [entrusted, been persuaded] and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” 70 Jesus answered, “Did I not choose you twelve? And yet one of you is a devil?” 71 He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, one of the twelve, for he was going to betray him.

7 After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the leaders were seeking to (silence and) kill him.

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From New Testament Letters

     (In the Order Believed Written)

                  ~ Romans 13:9-14 ~

9 - For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not covet,” and any other commandment, is summed up in this - “You shall love your neighbor [plésion (reminds me of plebe, which most of us are?) - near, neighboring; the original in the Old Testament is rea - friend, companion, fellow] (love) as yourself.” 10 For love does no wrong to a fellow person! Therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

11 Besides, you know the hour, that it’s time to wake from sleep. For deliverance is nearer to us now than when we first trusted. 12 The night is far gone, the day is at hand! So then let us cast off the workings of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus, and make no provision for the unlawful of self, to gratify its desires. (We should get over it and get with it!? “Those who overcome” …“inherit”. Besides “what does God ask of you oh man, but to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God..?” Micah 6:8.

                       ~*~

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Matthew 15:21-39

Romans 14:1-7

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Is.11:7 - The lion will eat straw like the ox!⛲️


Sunday, February 25, 2024

Feb-25 From Jn-6 Ro-13

    Enter The Story Daily

a paraphrased scripture study

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GospeL Verses ~ John 6:41-51

41 - The people grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Isn’t this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he say, ‘I’ve come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Don’t murmur among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who hears and learns from the Father comes to me— 46 not that anyone has seen the Father except he who came from God. He has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has unfading life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 But this is the bread that comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live into the age. And the bread that I will give for the life - of the world - is my flesh”/mortal life.

     [“Into the age” - INTO - eis: to or into; THE - ho, hé, to: the; AGE - aiṓn: a time span, an age, era, time-span, see also the adjective, aiṓnios - age-long – properly, characterized by a specific quality - of that age.]

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From New Testament Letters

     (In the Order Believed Written)

                  ~ Romans 13:1-8 ~

1 - Let every one be subject to the delegated authorities. For the civilized order is arranged of God. 2 Therefore whoever resists, resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For the civil authorities are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? (The sheriff? The judge?) Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not have the power of retribution in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath [orgé - a settled indignation] upon the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in civil subjection, not only on account of wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Render to all what is owed to them, taxes to whom taxes are owed, toll to whom toll is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. 8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves -> fulfills the law.

                       ~*~

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John 6:52-7:1

Romans 13:9-14

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Is.11:7 - The lion will eat straw like the ox!⛲️


Saturday, February 24, 2024

€XpLa!ning ReVeLaTion 22 3-21

        WeeKly BooK oF Revelation

                paraphrased study                        

3 - And there shall be no more curse nor cursed (accursed) for all [pas - all] curse [katanáthema  - from katá - according to, down, which intensifies anáthema - a curse – properly, an oath-curse which "devotes something to destruction" literally, to take it down] shall no longer be. And the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it (the New Jerusalem) and his servants will serve him. [Latreia - from latris - render technical, acceptable service because qualified.] 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. (No more ‘mystery babble’/all confusion.) 5 And by-night will be no more. They will not need the light of a lamp nor of the sun, for the Lord God will be the light of them, and (so) they will reign [basileuó - exercise dominion] (over creation and well being, not over others, lol) age to age.

     6 “These words are faithful and true” the angel said, “and the Lord God of the spirits [pneuma: wind, breath, spirit] of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must come to pass in quickness [tachu - quickly, speedily]”.

     7 “And behold, I come quickly [tachu]. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

     8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw all these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, 9 but he said, “You mustn’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”

     10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of this book of prophecy, for the time is near at hand.11 The ones being unrighteous, let them be unrighteous still. (Until then! And INITIALLY during GWTJ ‘day’.) And the ones who are vile, let them be vile still. (Until then! And INITIALLY during GWTJ ‘day’.) And those being righteous, let them practice righteousness still, and those who are holy [hagios - the fundamental (core, basic) meaning of hagios is "different" – thus a temple in the 1st century was hagios - holy, sacred because different from other buildings; different from the world because like the Lord] let them be so still. 12 Behold, I am coming quickly, bringing with me what’s due [misthos - pay for service, literally or figuratively, good or bad] to repay each for what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by its gates. 15 Outside (now, and initially during GWTJ ‘day’) are the dogs and sorcerers [pharmakos - poisoner, sorcerer, magician] and the sexually immoral [pornos] and murderers and idolaters [eidólolatrés - an image worshiper] and everyone loving and making/doing a lie. 16 I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you these things to the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

     17 The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And the one hearing let them say come. And the one thirsting let them come, and the one desiring, let them take the water of life freely. 18 And I testify to everyone hearing the words of the prophecy of this book, if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described. 19 And if anyone should take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in what is described in this (Rev.) book, the share out of the New Jerusalem and out of the tree of life (the healing of the nations). (See vs.3b?) 20 And He who is testifying of these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! 21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen. 

                The End.

                     ~*~

📜🗞️ The revelation vision is told 3 times: 6:1-2 to 11:19; chap.12 w/ Mt.23:39; and 13:1 to 19:11, the three meeting at the 7th trumpet’s sounding.

Jesus’ brief first advent perfectly fulfilled the ancient Spring Holy Days, more perfectly than is easily seen. So logically his long second advent will fulfill the Autumn Holy Days, their names and pattern:

  TRUMPETS (of Rev, return at 7th during the concurrent bowls) - 10days/1000yrs - to ‘DAY’ oF ATONEMENT - 5days/500yrs - to TABERNACLES — a fiery regenesis, “All new.. God will now tabernacle with mankind” Rev.21:1-5.

Rev/Apoc Cast of Characters & Events ~ is pinned📌


Feb-24 From Mt-15 Ro-12

    Enter The Story Daily

 a paraphrased scripture study

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GospeL Verses ~ Matthew 15:1-20

1 - Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came from Jerusalem and asked Jesus, 2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? By not washing their hands before they eat!” 3 Jesus answered, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother in death ends.’ 5 But you say that if someone declares what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ 6 they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you contradict the word of God for the sake of your tradition! 7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, 8 ‘They may honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 9 They worship me in vain for their teachings are merely human rules.’”

     10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. 11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not pollute them, but what comes out of their mouth, this is what pollutes them.” 12 Then the disciples came to him and said, “Do you know the Pharisees were offended by what you said?” 13 He answered, “Every plant my heavenly Father hasn’t planted will be uprooted. 14 Let them be, they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the ditch.” 15 Peter said, “Explain what the parable means.” 16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked. 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and this is what pollutes. 19 For out of the heart comes evil thoughts of hate and murder, adultery and immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what pollute a person. But eating with unwashed hands does not pollute.”

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From New Testament Letters

     (In the Order Believed Written)

                  ~ Romans 12:10-21

10 - Love one another with true affection. And esteem and respect one another. 11 Don’t be lacking in zeal, be enthusiastic in spirit in serving the Lord. 12 Rejoice in expectation [elpis - expectation, expectant hope], and be patient in tribulation, constant in prayer. 13 Share in the needs of one another and pursue love of strangers. 14 Bless those who persecute you. [Diókó- to put to flight, pursue, by impl. to persecute (In Rev.12:13, imo, inquisition.)] Bless and don’t curse. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and be sad with those who are sad. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Don’t be haughty and prideful. Be a friend to the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, and give thought to do what is best and honorable for all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends upon you, live peaceably with everyone. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath (cause and effect) of God, for it is written, “Vengeance [vindication, avenging, full retribution] is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” (For victims of great oppression, cruelty, genocide, someone stole, assaulted and murdered their child, etc. that is good news! Jesus “will draw ALL” but great evils must be faced. And surely there will be closure for all things and all victims will be healed and will forgive. Then after, and by, heart wrenching remorse, even the most cruel will also be healed.) 20 And so to the contrary, “if an enemy is hungry, feed them, if they are thirsty, give them something to drink. For your kindness will heap burning coals (of remorse, thus purification) on their head.” (A quote of Proverbs 25:21-22.) 21 Don’t be overcome by evil. But overcome evil with good.

                       ~*~

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John 6:41-51

Romans 13:1-8

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Is.11:7 - The lion will eat straw like the ox!⛲️


Friday, February 23, 2024

Feb-23 From Jn-6 Ro-12

    Enter The Story Daily

 a paraphrased scripture study

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GospeL Verses ~ John 6:30-40

30 - They asked him then (day after he fed 5000 with five loaves and two fish) “What sign do you do, that we may see and believe? What work do you perform? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, as it’s written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven.’” (He had told them they were looking for him because they had been ate with satisfaction. Guess he was right.) 32 Jesus then said, “Truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father. And he gives the true bread from heaven. (You cannot separate the metaphor from the literal and vice versa.) 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives Life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always!” 35 Jesus answered, “I am the bread of life. And whoever comes to me will not hunger, and whoever believes in me will not thirst. 36 But I have said to you that you have seen me and yet you don’t believe. 37 All the Father gives me will come to me (Jn.3:35 - The Father loves the Son and has given all - “pas” all - into His hand. Translators changed all to all things, still true, but!!) And whoever comes to me I will not cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my will, but the will of he who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose none that he has given me, but will raise it [autos - he, she, it] on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son and believes in him should have unfading life, and I will raise them on the last day.”

     …Jesus said he “will draw all” (Jn.12:32) and said - “All those in the tombs/graves will hear His voice and will come forth” (from the graves/tombs) “some into the resurrection of life (into THE millennium). And some into the resurrection of judgment” (Jn.5:28-29) which elsewhere He calls agelasting correction [“kolasin aionion” oR “eonian correction” Mt.25:46, the completing of drawing all.]

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From New Testament Letters

     (In the Order Believed Written)

                  ~ Romans 12:1-9

1 - I (Paul) appeal to you therefore, brothers (it was a man’s world, what can I say? the greek word actually means “of the same parentage”). By the mercies of God! - present your bodies (and your self) as a living and sacred sacrifice to God, which is only reasonable. (Logical!) 2 Do not be conformed to thiS world/age. But be transformed by the renewal [anakainósis - renewal, change of heart and life, from anakainoó - to make new, which is from aná - up, completing a process, which intensifies kainō - make fresh, new, properly, a new development/renewal, achieved by God's power] of your mind, that you may be able to discern what is the will of God, and what is good and acceptable and perfect. 3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of their self more highly than they ought to, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has given. 4 For just like our body has many different parts, and the different parts or members, don’t all have the same function. 5 So us too, we believers, though many, are one body in Christ. And individually, we are members one of another. 6 We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, so let us use them. If we prophecy, it will be in proportion to our faith. 7 If our spiritual gift is in serving, let us do so. The one who teaches, by his/her teaching. 8 The one who encourages [parakaleó - para - with and kaleo - call] by their encouraging. The one who gives and contributes, in generosity. The one who leads, with zeal! And the one who portrays mercy, with cheerfulness! 9 For love should be genuine! Abhor what is evil (harms) and hold fast to what is Good.

                       ~*~

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Matthew 15:1-20

Romans 12:10-21

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Is.11:7 - The lion will eat straw like the ox!⛲️


Thursday, February 22, 2024

Feb-22 From Jn-6 Ro-11

   Enter The Story Daily

a paraphrased scripture study

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GospeL Verses ~ John 6:22-29

22 - The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat, and that Jesus hadn’t gotten into the boat with his disciples, and knew they had set off alone. 23 Other boats from Tiberias had come near where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus wasn’t there, nor his disciples, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum, looking for Jesus. 25 And when they found him on the other side of the sea, they said, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered, “Truly, you are seeking me, not because you saw a miracle, but because you ate your fill of bread. 27 Don’t look for the food (etc!) that perishes, but for the food that endures into unfading life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” (At baptism, the Spirit/Presence of God like a dove? Love also being the seal.) 28 Then they asked, “What must we do? To be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus told them, “This is the work of God — that you believe in the one he has sent.”

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From New Testament Letters

     (In the Order Believed Written)

                  ~ Romans 11:25-36

25 - I (Paul) don’t want you to be unaware of this particular mystery - lest you consider yourself overly wise - that a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles is come in. [Fullness - pléróma - fullness, a filling up, from pléroó - to make full, complete, and plḗthō – properly, fill to the maximum (full extent), "the limit" - full.] 26 And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob” (the original name of Israel, before separated to God, mortal name). 27 “And this will be my covenant (agreement, treaty) with them when I take away their sins [hamartia - missing the mark (imperfect, which can’t work because God is life, and he “is perfect” Mt.5:48. What patience he has! As life he lives through everything, and he endowed thinking and reasoning ability anyway! And waits as it runs its course.)] 28 As regards the gospel, those under the law are adversaries for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of the forefathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable [ametamelétos - not repented of, not regretted]. 30 For just as you (Roman believers) were at one time disobedient to God, but have now received mercy because of their disobedience [apeithéō – literally, (their) refusal to be persuaded] 31 so now they too, have been disobedient, so that by the mercy shown to you, they also may receive mercy. (Kind of like the endless mirror to mirror image? Or am I just tired? Lol.) 32 For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all. [For GOD has — sugkleió - shut together, i.e. enclosed, from “sun” and “kleió” — so that all, he may show mercy to.]

     33 Oh! The depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments! How unknowable are his ways! 34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor!” 35 “Who has given anything to him that he might owe them?” 36 For from him, and through him, and to him.. are all things. To him be glory forever! Amen. (See yesterday’s study.)

                       ~*~

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Tomorrow’s Verses:

John 6:30-40

Romans 12:1-9

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Is.11:7 - The lion will eat straw like the ox!⛲️


Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Feb-21 From Mt-14 Ro-11

    Enter The Story Daily

 a paraphrased scripture study

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GospeL Verses ~ Matthew 14:22-36

22 - Then he had the disciples get into the boat and go before him over to the other side, while he sent away the crowds. 23 And after he had sent them off, he went up on the mountain alone to pray. And when evening came, he was still there. 24 But the boat by this time was a long way off from shore, and was being beaten by the waves, for the wind was working against them. 25 Then in the fourth watch of the night he came out to them, walking upon the sea. (Walking upon and above the tempests of life.) 26 But when the disciples saw him they were terrified! And they cried out in fear, “It’s a ghost!” 27 But Jesus said, “Take heart! It is I. Don’t be afraid!” 28 And Peter answered, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 And Jesus said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water to Jesus. 30 But then he saw the wind, and he saw the thrashing waves, and he became afraid. And he began to sink, and cried out, “Lord! Save me!” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying, “Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased to blow. 33 And those in the boat worshiped, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

     34 When they reached shore, it was at Gennesaret. 35 And when the people of that place recognized him, they sent around to all the region and brought to him all who were sick 36 and asked of him that if they might only touch the fringe of his garment they would be healed. And as many as touched, were made well.

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From New Testament Letters

     (In the Order Believed Written)

                  ~ Romans 11:12-24  ~

12 - Now if Israel’s misstep means riches for the world, if their failure means riches for the nations, how much more will their full inclusion mean!? (Mt.23:39) 13 I am speaking to you Gentiles because I am an apostle to the nations/Gentiles. And I am shining a light on my own ministry 14 in order that somehow I may make my kinsmen jealous, and so save some of them. 15 But if their rejection means for the world - reconciliation, what will their acceptance bring? But life from the dead! [Mt.23:39 - “You won’t see me again until you, Jerusalem, say ‘blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD’”. Life from the dead of course is resurrection.] 16 If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump. (Of the nation, and also of humanity as the ever widening pool ripple. “Jesus the firstfruits” 1Cor.15:23.) And if the root of the tree is holy/sacred, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you - a wild olive shoot - were grafted in among the others, and now you share in the nourishment from the root of the olive tree. 18 So why be arrogant toward the natural branches?! For it is not you who supports the root. But the root supports you. 19 You might say, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in!” 20 That’s true. But they were broken off (dry, withered branches pruned, but would fall off after a while anyway) because of their (own) unbelief, but you are there through faith. Don’t be puffed up, rather fear, 21 for if God didn’t spare the natural branches, how will he spare you? (If you become dry and withered?) 22 Note then - the kindness and the (unavoidable, cause and effect) severity of God. Severity toward those who have fallen (fall off). But kindness (nurturing/fertilizing) to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. (Separated from God’s Spirit/Presence with us. And what kind of fruitful tree is allowed to just grow wild, hampered and hindered by a bunch of dead branches hanging off it?) 23 And even they, if they don’t continue in their unbelief (during this life as we presently know it drama) will be grafted in (even now) for God has the power to graft them in again. 24 If you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be easily grafted back into their own olive tree.  

                       ~*~

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Tomorrow’s Verses:

John 6:22-29

Romans 11:25-36

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Is.11:7 - The lion will eat straw like the ox!⛲️


WeekLy BooK oF Acts - 23:1-15

         a paraphrased study

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(Paul is in Jerusalem, wanting to pass through on his way to Rome, but brothers and sisters had prophesied of nothing but trouble for him at Jerusalem. Because he had been traveling and arrived with Greek (nonHebrew) brothers, when the temple leaders saw Paul in the temple they assumed he had broken the law and brought a Greek uncircumcised/unruled by The Law brother into the temple. Pretty much a riot had broken out, but now the next day, Paul makes his defense before the council/court.) 

     1 - And looking steadily at the council, Paul said, “Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this very day.” 2 But Ananias, the high priest ordered those who stood by Paul to strike him on the mouth! 3 Then Paul said, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting to judge me according to the law, and yet contrary to the law you order me to be struck?” 4 Those who stood by said, “Would you revile God's high priest?” 5 And Paul said, “I didn’t know, brothers, that he was the high priest, for it’s written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler [archón - ruler, leader, chief, elder] of your people.’”

     6 When Paul realized half the court were Sadducees and the other half were Pharisees, he said loudly, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial!” 7 And when he had said this, an argument broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel or spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge both. 9 Then they became noisier and more boisterous and some of the scribes of the Pharisees' party stood up and contended sharply, “We find nothing wrong with this man! What if a spirit or an angel spoke to him?” 10 And when the dissension became violent, the Roman tribune, afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him away from among them by force and bring him into the barracks.

     11 The following night the Lord stood by Paul and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must bear witness also in Rome.” 12 But when it was day, some of the Hebrews/Jews made a plot and bound themselves by an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. 13 There were more than forty who joined this conspiracy. 14 They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have strictly bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food until we have killed Paul. 15 If you request the tribune to bring him again to the council, as though to determine his case more exactly, we are ready to kill him on the way.”


Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Feb-20 From Jn-6 Ro-11

   Enter The Story Daily

a paraphrased scripture study

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GospeL Verses ~ John 6:14-21

14 - When the people saw what he had done [he fed 5,000 from five loaves and two fish] they said, “This is indeed the Prophet! The one coming into the world.” 15 Seeing then that the the people were ready to take him by force and make him king, Jesus withdrew to the mountain alone. 16 And when evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 and they got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. The sun had set and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 Then as they were on the water, the sea became rough because a strong wind had come up. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea toward the boat! And they were sore afraid! 20 But he said to them, “It’s I! Don’t be afraid.” 21 Then they were glad to take him aboard, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

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From New Testament Letters

     (In the Order Believed Written)

                  ~ Romans 11:7-11 ~

7 - What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect [eklogé - chosen out] (by a lucky shake of the heavenly dice?) obtained it. But the rest were hardened. 8 As it’s written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes unable to see and ears that cannot hear, right down to this very day.” (But! If creation/Eden had no option to stray, we’d be a forever mere ant farm. So GOD “has subjected all to disobedience” See how he engineered it so “all in heaven and earth” are travailing through this all important contrast, as it’s not so much a matter of what God created, but what he iS creating. And this life as we presently know it is the crucible and laver of purification/katharia and correction. The very straying is the cure!) 9 And David says, “Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution. (The human condition. Or that is, the present condition.) 10 

Darkened are the eyes of them, they cannot see, so the backs of all are bent.” 11 So I (Paul) ask, did they (we too) stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! (Of course not! ..And as with Israel, so with the world.) Rather, through their falling away [paraptóma - false step] salvation [sótéria - deliverance, salvation, rescue] has come to the nations, thus provoking Israel to jealousy/passion.

                       ~*~

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Tomorrow’s Verses:

Matthew 25:22-36

Romans 11:12-24

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Is.11:7 - The lion will eat straw like the ox!⛲️


Monday, February 19, 2024

Daniel Summaries Chapters 1 - 6

      Adventures In Babylon!

           >> Ch 1 and 2 <<

The Imposing Dream Image of Empire

 • Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.. he carried off to Babylon many of the people, and some of the articles from the temple of God, he took and put in the treasure house of his god. Daniel is drafted into King Nebuchadnezzar’s court (of wise men and astrologers) and becomes known for his insight and wisdom. King Nebuchadnezzar has a troubling dream so that “his sleep escapes him”. But he can’t even remember the dream, so he calls in the wise men of his court and wants them to not only interpret the dream but tell him what the dream was. They say “Tell us the dream and we’ll interpret”. But the king says tell me the dream or you will all be executed”.

     “No one can do such a thing!” they say. Daniel asks the steward what the deal is.. Then he tells him, tell the king not to execute the wise men, there’s a God who can tell you the dream. And he tells his friends also in service to pray, and later in a vision of the night God revealed the dream, and Daniel tells the king the dream and its interpretation.

     Ch.2 - You saw, O king, a great statue. This image, was mighty and of exceeding brightness, and it stood before you, and its appearance was frightening [dechal - fearful, dreadful, intimidating]. The head of this image was of shining gold, its chest and arms of silver, its middle and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. As you looked, a stone that had not been formed by human hands struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, were all broken in pieces, and became like chaff blowing in the wind. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. 36 This was the dream. And now we will tell the king its interpretation.”

     37 “You, O king, as a king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, power, might, and glory, 38 and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the children of man, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens, making you rule over them all—you are the head of gold [Babylon]. 39 Another kingdom (Media-Persia, the silver) inferior to you shall arise after you, and yet a third kingdom of bronze (Greece) which will rule all the earth. 40 And there shall be a fourth kingdom (Rome) strong as iron, because iron breaks and shatters all things. And like iron that crushes, it shall break and crush all the rest. (The two legs of Rome.) 41 And as you saw the feet and toes (an ignored last days empire) partly of potter's clay and partly of iron (west), it shall become a divided kingdom, but with some of the strength of iron still in it.. 42 And as the (ten) toes (seats, divisions, “‘kings’ of the last hour”-Rev.17:12,16) were of iron and of clay, so the kingdom shall be part strong and part broken (broken by the iron?) 43 As you saw the iron mixed with clay, so the peoples will mix with one another, but will not hold together any more than iron mixes with clay. 44 But in those days the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed or hurt [chabal - to destroy, hurt]. It shall stand forever ..The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.”

  >> Chapter 3 <<

The Fiery Furnace

 • King Nebuchadnezzar had a large image made of gold set up on the plain and decrees that all must worship it whenever they hear the call upon any instrument of music to do do so. But Daniel’s three companions are reported for not doing so, furious the King has them thrown into the fiery furnace, but then the king says, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire? Yet I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.” ..satraps, prefects, counselors, and magistrates saw that the fire had not had any power over the three. The hair of their heads was not singed, their cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them. (Rev.7:16) 28 Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego!”

       >> Chapter 4 <<

A Stump In The Field

 • King Nebuchadnezzar has another troubling dream ..so he summoned Daniel, and said, “I saw, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, its height was so great it was visible to the end of all the earth. Its beautiful leaves and fruit abundant was food for all. The beasts under its shade and the birds in its branches. But then a watcher, a holy one, came down from heaven, proclaiming loudly, ‘Chop down the tree! Leave the stump amid the grass of the field, bound with a band of iron and bronze for seven times”.

     “It is you, O king” Daniel said, “who has grown and become strong. Your greatness has grown and reaches to heaven, and your dominion to the ends of the earth. It shall be for 7 years ..as it was commanded to leave the stump, your kingdom shall be returned to you from the time that you know that Heaven rules”.

     At the end of twelve months Nebuchadnezzar was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, and the king said, “Is not this great Babylon! Which I have built by my mighty power! As a royal residence, for the glory of my majesty?” Immediately the word was fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar. And he was driven from among men and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles' feathers, and his nails were like birds' claws.

     At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just, and those who walk in arrogance he is able to humble.

     >> Chapter 5 <<

The Writing On The Wall

 • King Belshazzar made a great feast for a thousand of his lords and while they were drinking wine, 2 he ordered that the vessels of gold and silver be brought in that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem so the king and his lords, wives, and concubines might drink from them. 4 And so they drank wine and praised the gods of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone. 5 And right then the finger of a hand appeared and it wrote upon the wall in the light of the lampstand. The king saw the hand as it wrote, 6 and his face paled in alarm, and 7 he called loudly to bring in the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers.  “Whoever reads this writing, and shows me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around his neck and be the third ruler in the kingdom!” 

     But no one could, then the queen declared, “O king, live forever! Do not be alarmed. 11 There is a man in your kingdom.. 12 ..let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.” 

     …Daniel said, “Oh king let your gifts be for yourself, and give the rewards to another..18 The Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father kingship, greatness, glory and majesty. 19 And because of the greatness that was given to him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. Whoever he would, he killed, and whoever he would, he kept alive. He raised up, and he brought low, and 20 his heart was lifted up, his spirit was hardened..21 ..Then his mind was made like that of a beast, he was fed grass like an ox, and his body was wet with dew ..until he knew God Most High rules ..22 And you king Nebuchadnezzar’s son, Belshazzar, though you knew all that, 23 you lifted yourself up against the Lord of heaven. And you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have used his vessels for praising the gods of silver and gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose power is all breath, you have gone out of your way to dishonor. 24 So from his presence came the hand and this writing, 25 Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin. 26 ..God has numbered the days of your kingdom, you have been weighed in the balances.. 28 your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

     29 Then Belshazzar gave the order, and Daniel was clothed in purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and proclamation was made that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. 30 And that very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed. 31 And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old.

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Daniel In The Lion’s Den

 • Darius set over the kingdom 120 satraps.. 2 and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one..  3 ..And Daniel became distinguished above the other high officials and the satraps, because of the excellent spirit in him. (Advancement isn’t aLways through conquest, colonizing and extortion/oppression.) And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom! 4 But the high officials and satraps looked to find a ground for complaint against Daniel and they could find none but said, “We shall not find anything against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.”

     6 So they went by agreement to the king and said, “The king should establish an ordinance and enforce an injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions! 8 ..Sign the document, that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians..” 10 And although Daniel knew the document had been signed, at his window open toward Jerusalem, he still prayed three times a day to his God, and gave thanks. 11 The officials and satraps went again to the king and said, “O king! Did you not sign an injunction, that anyone who makes petition to any god or man within thirty days except to you, shall be cast into the den of lions?” The king answered, “It stands fast. According to the law of the Medes and Persians, it cannot be broken.” 13 They answered him, “Daniel, one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or the injunction you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day!”

     14 Then the king, was much distressed and set his mind to pardon Daniel, worrying until the sun went down how to rescue him. 15 But the men came again by agreement again, “Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or ordinance that the king establishes can be changed.” 16 So the king commanded, and Daniel was cast into the den of lions. He said to Daniel, “May your God deliver you!” 17 A stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own stamp. 18 And his sleep fled him, and 19 at break of day, he went in haste to the den of lions, “O Daniel, servant of the living God! Has your God, whom you always serve, been able to deliver you?” 21 Then Daniel said, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths..” So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. 24 And the king commanded, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions. (“Your doings will return upon your own heads” Obadiah 1:15.) 25 And King Darius wrote a decree to all the peoples, nations, and languages: “Peace be multiplied to you. 26 I make a decree.. in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel (such was the ancient view) for he is the living God, enduring forever, his kingdom will never be destroyed, and his dominion never end. 27 He delivers and rescues, works signs and wonders in heaven and upon earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.” 28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.