Jeremiah accurately prophesied that after 70 years were complete for Babylon, the Jews would be permitted to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the city and the Temple. After Media/Persia conquered Babylon, King Cyrus of Persia issued a decree allowing the Jewish people to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the city and the Temple. 2 Chronicles … Continue reading Rebuilding Jerusalem and the Temple
The Prophet Daniel, and other "nobles" were taken exile into Babylon during the 1st siege of Jerusalem in about 605 BC. Daniel was only about 15 or 16 years old at this time. He and his young friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah determined very early in their hearts to follow only YHWH, and not walk … Continue reading Daniel’s 70 week prophecy
Blessings to all of you! Happy Purim! Tonight, at sunset, the Festival of Purim begins. Purim is a "minor Jewish festival" that falls on the 14th of Adar. A "Jewish" day is always sunset to sunset, so the Festival of Purim begins tonight, March 20th at sunset and will continue through March 21st. Purim is … Continue reading Purim Blessings
The Southern Kingdom of Judah, whose capital was Jerusalem, lasted for approximately 150 years longer than the Northern Kingdom of Israel (aka Samaria or Ephraim) before they, too, were finally sent into exile. YHWH did not divorce Judah, like He did Israel (Samaria). Every single King in the northern Kingdom of Israel was evil. In … Continue reading Judah’s 70 year exile
Have you ever awakened from a dream and immediately thought "Thank You Lord, that was a really awesome dream?" That's what happened to me this morning when I awoke from a dream that made me smile. Here's the dream, then I'll give the interpretation. There was a group of us visiting a small coffee shop … Continue reading Good “coffee” or swill?
As Prophesied by Moses 1000 years earlier, the Northern 10 Tribes of Israel refused to worship the Lord their God only, they refused to give up their idols, and eventually were sent into exile never to return. The northern tribes have simply vanished into thin air. Although some groups have claimed to be the lost … Continue reading The Lost 10 Tribes of Israel
Because of Idolatry, God split the nation of Israel into two kingdoms, the Northern Kingdom of Israel (aka as Samaria or Ephraim) and the Southern Kingdom of Judah (Jerusalem). The Northern Kingdom sank deeper and deeper into idolatry with each of its 19 evil kings, starting with Jereboam, including Ahab and Jezebel, and ending with … Continue reading Exile – the final punishment