Commentary - Year 2
- Ezekiel 20:40-44, 41:10-11 - Psalm
71 - Revelation
Tishrei 1, 5763 / Sept 7, 2002
Elul 27, 5765 / Oct 1, 2005
Elul 27, 5768 / Sept 27, 2008
Elul 25, 5771 / Sept 24, 2011
Elul 25, 5774 / Sept 20, 2014
News - The Future of Gaza:
Gather yourselves together, yes, gather, O nation without shame,
2 before the decree
takes effect – the day passes like the chaff – before the burning anger of
Yahweh comes upon you, before the day of Yahweh’s anger comes upon you.
Seek Yahweh, all you humble of the earth who have carried out His ordinances;
seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden in the day of
While these are a minority of the population, they are still many (Talmudic).
Going from south to north up the Mediterranean coast:
For Gaza (southwest Israel on the banks of the Mediterranean) will be abandoned
and Ashkelon (north of Gaza) a desolation; Ashdod (north of Ashkelon) will be
driven out at noon and Ekron (between Ashdod and Jerusalem) will be uprooted.
5 Woe to
the inhabitants of the seacoast, the nation of the Cherethites (immigrants from
Crete?)! The word of Yahweh is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines
and I will destroy you so that there will be no inhabitant.
6 So the seacoast will
caves for shepherds and folds for
And the coast will be for the remnant of the house of Judah,
they will pasture on it. In the houses of Ashkelon they will lie down at
evening; for Yahweh their God will care for them and restore their fortune.
Going north up the eastern shore of the Dead Sea and the Jordan River:
‘I have heard the taunting of Moab (eastern shore of Dead Sea) and the revilings
of the sons of Ammon (east of Jordan River), with which they have taunted My
people and become arrogant against their territory.
9 "Therefore, as I
live,’ declares Yahweh of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Surely Moab will be like
Sodom and the sons of Ammon like Gomorrah – a place possessed by nettles and
salt pits, and a perpetual desolation. The remnant of My people will plunder
them and the remainder of My nation will inherit them.’
10 This they will have
in return for their pride, because they have taunted and become arrogant against
the people of Yahweh of hosts.
Yahweh will be terrifying to them, for He will starve all the gods of the earth;
and all the coastlands of the nations will bow down to Him, everyone from his
Ammonites and Moabites are the illegitimate offspring of Lot from when he was
forced to leave Sodom.
While it is generally taught that this was fulfilled 2500 years ago (the
Babylonian exile), there is yet an ultimate fulfillment to come. It has never
been all fulfilled.
Vayim tzevach shalamim
/ If a Feast Peace-Offering
SCRIPTURES (should be read first)
offerings are brought to express one’s love for God, as recognition of His
goodness toward us. The very name, Shelamim (peace offering) means peace
voluntary offerings, in contrast to required sin offerings of the next chapter.
first words, zevach shelamim, mean feast peace-offering. This is the only
offering with which the word zevach / feast appears. It was a feast,
because the owner would invite his family, friends, and acquaintances to eat it
with him, whereupon he would praise God for His graciousness before them.
owner leans on the animal, not to confess sin, but to praise God.
first offering of the day was a lamb that was offered each morning (the
continual elevation offering). The peace offering, a lamb or a goat, has its
fat, kidneys, diaphragm, and liver placed on the altar beside the daily
elevation offering, to be burned with the same fire. “Aaron's sons shall
offer it up in smoke on the altar beside the (daily) elevation offering, which
is on the wood that is on the fire; it is an offering by fire of a soothing
aroma to Yahweh.”
Festival offerings are appropriate to the symbolism of each one’s Festival. The
offering for Hag Shavuot / Pentecost – the betrothal feast – is a peace
offering, to indicate love for the Groom.
we learn that, at the future Millennial Temple, the Levites will again slaughter
the elevation offerings for the people. God’s people will serve Him, they will
bring their choice gifts, and they will be accepted as a soothing aroma. They
will loathe their past evil deeds, and praise Yahweh Who dealt with them in
grace for His own Name’s sake. That will be a glorious time!
David says (Psalm 70:15-17, 23), like at a feast peace-offering, “My mouth
shall tell of Your righteousness, and of Your salvation all day long; for I do
not know the sum of them. I will come with the mighty deeds of Lord Yahweh; I
will make mention of Your righteousness, Yours alone. O God, You have taught me
from my youth; and I still declare Your wondrous deeds.” “My lips will
shout for joy when I sing praises to You; and my soul, which You have redeemed.”
Today’s Apostolic reading is from
The Revelation of Yeshua the Messiah. This title does not mean a book of
various revelations about the future, but rather it means that, by the things
written therein, people might be able to see Yeshua unveiled – recognize Him for
Who He is in the end times.
In chapters 5-8, we see a scroll in
the right hand of the Holy, Almighty, Eternal One. This scroll has a page,
written on both sides, rolled up and a seal holding it closed. Then a second
page, written on both sides, is rolled on top of the first page, with a seal
also holding it closed. Seven pages are finally rolled up, on top of another,
each one having its own seal. But no one is found who is worthy to break the
seals, to read the pages, except the Lamb that was slain (v.5:6-9) – Yeshua.
In today’s reading (Ch.8), Yeshua
broke the seventh seal, and we learn of the events of the last page.
An angel will approach the Altar with
a golden censor having its smoke going up to God – representing the prayers of
saints. The angel will then throw the fire from the censor to the earth.
Thereupon, seven angels, who stand before God, will consecutively sound seven
trumpets. Then we see a future likeness of the Egyptian Passover.
When the first angel sounds his
trumpet (v.7), and there is fire and hail mixed with blood falling upon earth. A
third of the vegetation will be burned up. Consider what a catastrophe this will
be for those on earth! Remember, this is because of the praise and requests of
the saints who desire righteousness on earth – and thus it relates to the
offerings of Leviticus.
When the second angel sounds his
trumpet (v.8), a third of the sea will turn to blood. Will our scientists try to
copy this in their labs, like the Pharaoh’s magicians did?
When the third angel sounded his
trumpet (v.10) –
A little girl was drawing pictures of
angels, and they all looked like little girls in dresses. When she was asked why
she didn’t draw any little boy angels, she said, “I have never seen any little
When he sounds his trumpet, a third
of the waters will become bitter – “wormwood” – and many men will die because of
the waters. Wormwood is the second most-bitter herb known to man; it is toxic in
large doses, and is used in insecticides. Deuteronomy 29:18 speaks of those who
do not turn away from Yahweh to idols, that “there will not be among you a
root bearing poisonous fruit and wormwood.”
Interestingly, “Wormwood” in Russian
is “Chernoble” – the name of the city where a Russian nuclear reactor that
melted down, and is is poisoning aquifers over great distances.
When the fourth angel sounded his
trumpet (v.12), a third of the sun, moon, and stars were darkened. While the
meaning is not clear, it may mean that for a third of the day and a third of the
night these will not shine.
Then we hear “Woe, woe, woe!”
because of the three angels who are about to sound their trumpets.
This tribulation will come upon
earth, preceding the Millennial Temple (Ezekiel 40-48) where we will offer peace
"Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King
of the Universe,
Who chose us from among all peoples by
giving us Your Torah.
Blessed are You, Yahweh, giver of the
'Now if his offering is a sacrifice of peace offerings, if he is going to offer
out of the herd, whether male or female, he shall offer it without defect before
Yahweh. 2 'He shall lay his hand on the head of his offering and slay
it at the doorway of the tent of meeting, and Aaron's sons the priests shall
sprinkle the blood around on the altar. 3 'From the sacrifice of the
peace offerings he shall present an offering by fire to Yahweh, the fat that
covers the entrails and all the fat that is on the entrails, 4 and
the two kidneys with the fat that is on them, which is on the loins, and the
lobe of the liver, which he shall remove with the kidneys. 5 'Then
Aaron's sons shall offer it up in smoke on the altar on the elevation offering,
which is on the wood that is on the fire; it is an offering by fire of a
soothing aroma to Yahweh.
6 'But if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offerings to Yahweh
is from the flock, he shall offer it, male or female, without defect. 7
'If he is going to offer a lamb for his offering, then he shall offer it before
Yahweh, 8 and he shall lay his hand on the head of his offering and
slay it before the tent of meeting, and Aaron's sons shall sprinkle its blood
around on the altar. 9 'From the sacrifice of peace offerings he
shall bring as an offering by fire to Yahweh, its fat, the entire fat tail which
he shall remove close to the backbone, and the fat that covers the entrails and
all the fat that is on the entrails, 10 and the two kidneys with the
fat that is on them, which is on the loins, and the lobe of the liver, which he
shall remove with the kidneys. 11 'Then the priest shall offer it up
in smoke on the altar as food, an offering by fire to Yahweh.
12 'Moreover, if his offering is a goat, then he shall offer it
before Yahweh, 13 and he shall lay his hand on its head and slay it
before the tent of meeting, and the sons of Aaron shall sprinkle its blood
around on the altar. 14 'From it he shall present his offering as an
offering by fire to Yahweh, the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat
that is on the entrails, 15 and the two kidneys with the fat that is
on them, which is on the loins, and the lobe of the liver, which he shall remove
with the kidneys. 16 'The priest shall offer them up in smoke on the
altar as food, an offering by fire for a soothing aroma; all fat is Yahweh's.
17 'It is a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your
dwellings: you shall not eat any fat or any blood.'"
"Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King
of the Universe,
Who in giving us Yeshua, the Living
Torah, has planted everlasting life in our midst.
Blessed are You, Yahweh, giver of the
"Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King
of the Universe,
Who selected good prophets, delighting
in their words which were spoken truthfully.
Blessed are You, Yahweh, Who chose the
Torah, Your servant Moses, Your people Israel,
and the prophets of truth and
Amen. 40 "For on My holy
mountain, on the high mountain of Israel," declares Lord Yahweh, "there the
whole house of Israel, all of them, will serve Me in the land; there I will
accept them and there I will seek your contributions and the choicest of your
gifts, with all your holy things. 41 "As a soothing aroma I will
accept you when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you from the lands
where you are scattered; and I will prove Myself holy among you in the sight of
the nations. 42 "And you will know that I am Yahweh, when I bring you
into the land of Israel, into the land which I swore to give to your
forefathers. 43 "There you will remember your ways and all your deeds
with which you have defiled yourselves; and you will loathe yourselves in your
own sight for all the evil things that you have done. 44 "Then you
will know that I am Yahweh when I have dealt with you for My name's sake, not
according to your evil ways or according to your corrupt deeds, O house of
Israel," declares Lord Yahweh.'"
Amen. 10 "But the
Levites who went far from Me when Israel went astray, who went astray from Me
after their idols, shall bear the punishment for their iniquity. 11
"Yet they shall be ministers in My sanctuary, having oversight at the gates of
the house and ministering in the house; they shall slaughter the elevation
offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to
minister to them.
(To be sung.) 1 In You,
O Yahweh, I have taken refuge; let me never be ashamed. 2 In Your
righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline Your ear to me and save me.
3 Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come; You have
given commandment to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress. 4
Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the grasp of the
wrongdoer and ruthless man, 5 For You are my hope; O Lord Yahweh, You
are my confidence from my youth. 6 By You I have been sustained from
my birth; You are He who took me from my mother's womb; my praise is continually
of You. 7 I have become a marvel to many, for You are my strong
refuge. 8 My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all
day long. 9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake
me when my strength fails. 10 For my enemies have spoken against me;
and those who watch for my life have consulted together, 11 Saying,
"God has forsaken him; pursue and seize him, for there is no one to deliver."
12 O God, do not be far from me; O my God, hasten to my help! 13
Let those who are adversaries of my soul be ashamed and consumed; let them be
covered with reproach and dishonor, who seek to injure me. 14 But as
for me, I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more. 15
My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and of Your salvation all day long;
for I do not know the sum of them. 16 I will come with the mighty
deeds of the Lord Yahweh; I will make mention of Your righteousness, Yours
alone. 17 O God, You have taught me from my youth, and I still
declare Your wondrous deeds. 18 And even when I am old and gray, O
God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your
power to all who are to come. 19 For Your righteousness, O God,
reaches to the heavens, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You?
20 You who have shown me many troubles and distresses will revive me
again, and will bring me up again from the depths of the earth. 21
May You increase my greatness and turn to comfort me. 22 I will also
praise You with a harp, even Your truth, O my God; to You I will sing praises
with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. 23 My lips will shout for joy
when I sing praises to You; and my soul, which You have redeemed. 24
My tongue also will utter Your righteousness all day long; for they are ashamed,
for they are humiliated who seek my hurt.
Amen. 1 When the Lamb
broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were
given to them. 3 Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a
golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the
prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne.
4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up
before God out of the angel's hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer
and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it to the earth; and there
followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
6 And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves
to sound them.
Amen. 7 The first sounded, and there came hail and fire,
mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth
was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass
was burned up. 8 The second angel sounded, and something like a great
mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea; and a third of the sea
became blood, 9 and a third of the creatures which were in the sea
and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed. 10 The
third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch,
and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters. 11
The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became
wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.
12 The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the
moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be
darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the
same way. 13 Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in midheaven,
saying with a loud voice, "Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth,
because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about
"Blessed are You, Yahweh
our God, King of the Universe,
Rock of Ages, righteous
throughout all generations.
You are the faithful God,
promising and then performing, speaking and then fulfilling,
for all Your words are true
Faithful are You, Yahweh
our God, and faithful are Your words,
for no word of Yours shall
You are a faithful and
merciful God and King.
Blessed are You, Yahweh our
God, Who are faithful in fulfilling all Your words."