Rev 1:3 3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
by Pastor Cynthia Tamayo
Ten years ago two major events occurred in close proximity to one another:
1).The Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip and
2). Hurricane Katrina.
Beginning on August 15, 2005, the Israeli government, led by then prime minister Ariel Sharon, launched a plan to dismantle all Jewish communities
in Gaza and hand over the territory to the Palestinians.
Over 10,000 Israelis were displaced due to political pressure from the US government. The unilateral disengagement was unaccompanied
by any peace agreement. Since then, the Gaza Strip has turned into a hotbed of terrorist activity, with thousands of rockets threatening the Jewish state over the last 10 years.
Katrina was undoubtedly one of the worst natural disasters that have ever struck the US.
Eight days after the beginning of the Gush Katif pull-out, the category 5 hurricane hit the
Gulf Coast on August 23, 2005, causing over $108 billion in damage and the deaths of 1,833 people. Approximately 1.3 million people were displaced by flooding and many areas, including parts of New Orleans, have still not been restored to their pre-Katrina
Like those affected by the hurricane, most of the Gush Katif families that were expelled have not recovered emotionally or financially from the man-made catastrophe.
Many still remain without permanent housing promised by the government and high rates of unemployment have left Gush Katif families living in poverty.
Jerusalem Rabbi David Batzri sees
a clear cause and effect relationship bridging the two events – one carried out by man, and the other brought down by God’s judgment. Divine retribution is meted out according to the principle of ‘measure for measure,’ just as the Jews
were forced out of their homes as a result of US pressure on Israel, …so too were Americans forced out of their homes,” he told WND.
According to the Hebrew numerology system
called gematria, which assigns each letter of the Hebrew alef-bet a number, the value of the name Katrina in Hebrew is 374, is the same value as two phrases found in the Bible with startling significance.
PSALM 90:12 12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” NKJV
Pythagoras, the father of mathematics, discovered
a great truth when he said 'Numbers are the language of the universe."
In the writings of the ancient philosophers there is common agreement that the purpose of number is for the investigation
of the universe. From the atom to the galaxy in the heavens, the same unchanging laws apply the laws of arithmetic, the language of number.
We finish our years "like a sigh" and marvel that
it all went by so fast!
So, now is the time to ask God for wisdom to become better students and stewards of our time and opportunities (v. 12; Deut. 32:29).
We number our years, not our days, but all of us have to live a day at a time, and we do not know how many days we have left. A successful life is composed of successful days that honor the Lord.
In an interview with Christian filmmaker Richard Shaw, director of the film Torah Codes: End to Darkness, author and Bible Codes expert Rabbi Mattityahu Glazerson demonstrates how multiple Hebrew phrases hint
that the Hebrew year 5776 (2015-2016) will be a significant year for the appearance of the Messiah. Hebrew years are counted from Creation and begin on the Jewish holiday of Rosh Ha ‘Shana, which always falls in September or October in
the Gregorian calendar. As of sundown on September 13, 2015, the New Hebrew year will be 5776. (Rosh Ha ‘Shana)
Why do Hebrew dates change at nightfall rather than at midnight? When days
are counted in the Bible, evening comes before morning, as it is written in Genesis 1:5, “And there was evening and there was morning, the first day”. Thus, in Judaism, each new day begins in the evening. (8 Watches)
In gematria, all Hebrew letters have a numerical value. The numerical value of a word, phrase or sentence is derived from the simple addition of the numerical value of each letter. In an interview, Glazerson
reads and translates eight Hebrew phrases and sentences which all have the numerical value of 776. The English translations of the eight Hebrew phrases that Glazerson mentions are:
The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob = 776
The kingdom of David will be eternal = 776 (The Messiah will be a descent of King David.)
Come back to Me and I will come back to you = 776
God says, “I will do for Myself. For Myself I will do.” = 776
back to Me like naughty children. = 776
The final one is the most fascinating:
- The coming of Messiah = 776
When questioned by Shaw, Glazerson explains
why the numerical value of all these phrases is 776 and not 5776, which is the full number of the upcoming Hebrew year. “Because you see, according to the Jewish tradition, Messiah will come in this millennium – in the sixth one. This is why the
numbers don’t have the 5 here, because it’s self-understood that when you speak about Messiah, you relate to 5,000, the sixth millennia.”
Isa. 62:10 10 “Pass through, pass through the
gates! Prepare the way for the people.Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones .Raise a banner for the nations.”
Rev. 19:7 7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the
wedding of the Lamb has come,and His bride has made herself ready.
When Babylon fell on the earth, the command was given in heaven, "Rejoice over her!" (Rev 18:20) and what we read in this section
is heaven's response to that command. The word alleluia is the Greek form of the Hebrew word hallelujah, which means "praise the Lord." This is heaven's "Hallelujah Chorus" and it will be sung for three reasons:
1). God has judged His enemies (vv. 1-4).
Since the "great whore" of Rev 17 was destroyed by "the beast" and his fellow rulers (Rev 17:16) in the middle of the Tribulation, the "great whore"
referred here must be Babylon the Great.
Comparing Rev 17:2 with 18:3 and 9, the connection is obvious. Both the apostate religious system and the satanic economic-political system led the world astray and polluted
mankind. Both were guilty of persecuting God's people and martyring many of them.
2). God is reigning (vv. 5-6).
The literal translation is, "The Lord
God omnipotent has begun to reign." This does not suggest that heaven's throne has been empty or inactive, because that is not the case. The Book of Revelation is the "book of the throne," and the omnipotent God has indeed been accomplishing His purposes on
earth. This burst of praise is an echo of Ps 97:1 - "The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice!"
3).The bride is ready (vv. 7-10).
The bride, is the
true church (2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:22-33); and Jesus Christ, the Lamb, is the Bridegroom (John 3:29). At a wedding, it is customary to focus attention on the bride; but in this case, it is the Bridegroom who receives the honor! "Let us be glad and rejoice, and
give honor to Him."
"What did the bride wear?" is the usual question asked after a wedding. The Lamb's bride is dressed "in the righteous acts of the saints" (literal translation). When the bride arrived in heaven
at the judgment Seat of Christ, she was not at all beautiful (in fact, she was covered with spots, wrinkles, and blemishes according to Paul in Eph. 5:27); but now she is radiant in her glory. She has "made herself ready" for the public ceremony.
Jewish weddings in that day were quite unlike weddings in the Western world. First, there was an engagement, usually made by the parents when the prospective bride and groom were quite young
This engagement was binding and could be broken only by a form of divorce. Any unfaithfulness during the engagement was considered adultery. When the public ceremony was to be enacted, the groom would go to the bride's house and claim her for himself.
He would take her to his home for the wedding supper, and all the guests would join the happy couple. This feast could last as long as a week.
Today, the church is "engaged" to Jesus Christ; and we love Him even
though we have not seen Him (1 Peter 1:8). One day, He will return and take His bride to heaven (John 14:1-6; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).
At the Judgment Seat of Christ, her works will be judged and all her spots and blemishes
This being completed, the church will be ready to return to earth with her Bridegroom at the close of the Tribulation to reign with Him in glory (see Luke 13:29; Matt 8:11). Some students believe that the
entire Kingdom Age will be the "marriage supper."
Rev 19:9 contains the fourth of the seven "beatitudes" found in the book (see Rev 1:3). Certainly the bride is not invited to her own wedding! This invitation
goes out to the guests, believers from the Old Testament era. During the eternal state, no distinctions will be made among the people of God; but in the Kingdom Age, differences will still exist as the church reigns with Christ and as Israel enjoys the promised
If we did understand it, we would not waste our lives as we do in useless endeavors.
We must fear the Lord and honor Him, and use our brief lives
for His glory.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Since we are frail, and we are sinners, we need a Savior; and the only Savior is Jesus Christ.
1:3 3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.