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Monday, August 19, 2019

My Sheep Hear My Voice

My Sheep Hear My Voice

Before Jesus was crucified He told the disciples to watch and pray, something so simple, but they let their physical bodies take over and they fell back asleep. In these last hours of time you need to hear His voice. When He tells you something, it is very important, but most ignore my voice or just discuss it and go on with what they were doing. You will see many things start to happen shortly and if you do not hear and obey His voice,... it will mean death for some of you....Jesus has only your best interest in mind. Christ knows you heart, and if you are truly His you will hear His voice. He awakes many of you at 3am on the dot, but most will roll over and go back to sleep. There are a few who will get up and pray. Your day is filled with so many things and Jesus is the last thing many of you give your time to. But Christ needs to talk to you,... to fellowship with you and only when you are still and quite (3am) can you hear Him,... the rest of your day is so busy you do not have time for Him,... but you need to make time, for time is short and the Lord has instructions for you.

Revelation Chapter 11
The Temple of God and the Two Witnesses
(Parenthetical Rev. 11:1-13)
This parenthetical passage includes from (Rev. 10:1-11:13) continues with the measuring of the temple of God and the revelation of the two witnesses, who will be on earth the last three and one-half years of Daniel's Seventieth Week.
And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. Rev. 11:9

And they of... The most supernatural event of those times will be televised instantly around the world, "to the people, tribes, tongues, and nations."
three days and... Then an even more incredible thing happens. John prophesies that "those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three and a half days" (Rev. 11:9). How could the whole world see their dead bodies? Not many years ago, it was impossible to fulfill that prophecy, but today it could happen at any moment. We are the first generation ever to have that televising capability through Satellite transmission technology! The entire world will watch (undoubtedly on the latest form of visual media), and glorify the Antichrist as the bodies of the dead prophets who have been killed begin to decay.
These bodies lying in the street shows great scorn and contempt, even rejection.
shall not suffer... And then the unsaved people of the world that hate the witnesses so much will comment an incredibly evil deed. They refuse them a decent burial, leaving their dead bodies to decay in the streets of Jerusalem. They even make a Christmas like celebration out of their murders by sending and receiving gifts "in honor" of the occasion.
Among other things, this will be a loving gesture by God Almighty, not only to resurrect and take to heaven His two prophets, but also to make known His existence and power around the world. We have no doubt that millions of souls to whom the 144,000 Jewish witnesses will be speaking and whom the Holy Spirit will be convicting will see this demonstration of the divine and respond to the Savior.
For three and one-half days the whole world gloated over their dead bodies. This implies some worldwide display, now made possible by television. Their deaths were considered a great victory for the world ruler and Satan, and were celebrated by people sending each other gifts.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The Decree of Darius

The Decree of Darius

Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon. Ezr. 6:1

Then Darius... Then—after Darius I received this letter, he searched the records of Cyrus for the decree. A roll containing it was found, even giving certain dimensions of the temple (Ezr. 6:1-5). Darius then decided that the work on the temple should proceed as decree by Cyrus (Ezr. 6:6-7). He even commanded Tatnai and others of his provinces west of the Euphrates to help the Jews with the king’s tribute, and to give animals and other things necessary for sacrifices. Whoever hindered the work from this time on would be destroyed (Ezr. 6:8-12).

And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of the Medes, a roll, and therein was a record thus written: Ezr. 6:2

in the palace... Tattenai had requested that Babylon’s archives be searched for the document (Ezr. 5:17) but it was not found there. Instead the scroll (of papyrus or leather) was found in… Ecbatana (modern Hamadan), 300 miles northeast of Babylon and capital of Media (Ezr. 6:1-2). The scroll was in Ecbatana, because that is where Cyrus had spent the summer of 538, when he issued the decree.

In the first year of Cyrus the king the same Cyrus the king made a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be builded, the place where they offered sacrifices, and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid; the height thereof threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof threescore cubits; Ezr. 6:3

thereof threescore cubits... The temple height was to be 60 cubits (90 ft.), the same as the width (really the length). This was the same length as Solomon’s temple, but the height (twice that of Solomon’s) here seems out of proportion (2Ch. 3:3-4).

With three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber: and let the expenses be given out of the king's house: Ezr. 6:4

This Ecbatana record was an official “minute” with three details that the verbal and written proclamation (Ezr. 1:1-4) apparently did not contain: (1) The temple was to be 90 feet high and 90 feet wide, with three courses of large stones and one of timbers (cf. Ezr. 5:8; 1Ki. 6:36).

And also let the golden and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of the temple which is at Jerusalem, and brought unto Babylon, be restored, and brought again unto the temple which is at Jerusalem, every one to his place, and place them in the house of God. Ezr. 6:5

And also let... The project was to be financed by funds from the royal treasury. This shows the earnestness of Cyrus’ repatriation program. The returned gold and silver articles were to be put in their places in the temple.

Now therefore, Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shetharboznai, and your companions the Apharsachites, which are beyond the river, be ye far from thence: Ezr. 6:6

Now therefore... King Darius then gave three instructions to Tattenai and his associates: (1) He told them to leave the Jews alone and not interfere with the building of the temple (Ezr. 6:6-7). The words stay away from there were a common Aramaic legal statement.

Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in his place. Ezr. 6:7

Let the work... Let them to go on with it, and do not hinder them. It looks, by these expressions, as if he had some suspicion or hint given him that they were inclined to molest them, or that there were some that stirred them up, and were desirous of it.
let the governor... Of the Jews, and the elders of the Jews, build this house of God in his place": Where it formerly stood; that is, go on with the building of it.
Darius warned Tatnai not to interfere in any way with the building of this temple. They were to be left alone to build the temple of God.

Moreover I make a decree what ye shall do to the elders of these Jews for the building of this house of God: that of the king's goods, even of the tribute beyond the river, forthwith expenses be given unto these men, that they be not hindered. Ezr. 6:8



Moreover I make... This must be considered as an additional decree of Darius, which was peculiarly made by him, in which more was granted in favor of the Jews, and as an encouragement to them to go on with the building of the temple.



That of the... The king's goods, even of the tribute beyond the river": What was collected out of his dominions on that side the river Euphrates, towards the land of Israel. According to Herodotus, this Darius was the first of the kings of Persia that exacted tribute.
forthwith expenses be... Be given unto these men, that they be not hindered": From going on with the building, for want of money to buy materials, and pay the workmen.
Darius commanded Tatnai to give the tribute money to them to pay their men for the work on the temple. They must not be hindered in this work. Darius would make sure they did everything that Cyrus promised to do.

And that which they have need of, both young bullocks, and rams, and lambs, for the burnt offerings of the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the appointment of the priests which are at Jerusalem, let it be given them day by day without fail: Ezr. 6:9

And that which... King Darius then gave three instructions to Tattenai and his associates: (2) Tax money was to be used to help finance the project and animals were to be supplied daily so that sacrifices could be made at the altar of the new temple along with food items for the offerings (Ezr. 6:8-10). Flour (from wheat), salt, and oil were to be used in the grain offerings (Lev. 2:1-2, 2:7, 2:13), and wine for drink offerings (Lev. 23:13) on feast days.

That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons. Ezr. 6:10

pray for the... Darius recognized his need of prayers for himself and his sons—a good characteristic in any man!

And the God that hath caused his name to dwell there destroy all kings and people, that shall put to their hand to alter and to destroy this house of God which is at Jerusalem. I Darius have made a decree; let it be done with speed. Ezr. 6:12

that shall put... King Darius then gave three instructions to Tattenai and his associates: (3) Anyone who disobeyed the edict was to suffer a horrible fate (Ezr. 6:11-12). He was to be impaled on a beam taken from his own house, and his house was to be demolished. Execution by impaling was practiced in the Assyrian and Persian Empires. Darius wanted no disturbance in this part of his vast kingdom. The pagan king acknowledged that God had caused His name to dwell at Jerusalem. Darius probably thought of Yahweh as a local deity (Ezr. 5:6-10), whereas Ezra, in recording that statement, knew of the covenantal significance in Yahweh’s name dwelling in Jerusalem.

alter and destroy... So Tattenai’s inquiry backfired. Instead of stopping the temple work, he had to let it proceed and even had to help pay for it out of his revenues! Darius’ curse on anyone who would destroy the temple was fulfilled in: (a) Antiochus Epiphanes, who desecrated it in 167 b.c., and died insane three years later; (b) Herod the Great (37-4 b.c.), who added extensively to the temple to glorify himself, and who had domestic trouble and died of disease; and (c) the Romans, who destroyed the temple in a.d. 70, and later had their empire destroyed.

The Temple Finished and Dedicated

Then Tatnai, governor on this side the river, Shetharboznai, and their companions, according to that which Darius the king had sent, so they did speedily. Ezr. 6:13

Then Tatnai... Then—after Tatnai had received the decree from Darius I, they obeyed quickly. Thus, the Jews prospered and finished the temple, according to the commandment of:
1. The God of Israel (Ezr. 6:14)
2. Cyrus the Persian
3. Darius the Persian
And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia. Ezr. 6:14

And the elders... The work was done by the Jewish elders who were encouraged by the preaching of the Prophets Haggai and Zechariah (cf. Ezr. 5:1). Ezra noted that the ultimate decree for the building of the temple was from God Himself. God worked through the commands of the pagan Persian kings, Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes.

And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king. Ezr. 6:15

house was finished... The temple was finished on the third day of the month Adar (March), in the sixth year of the reign of Darius I.

And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy, Ezr. 6:16

kept the dedication... After the temple was finished, it was then dedicated. The comparatively small number of animals sacrificed (100 bulls, 200 rams, 400 male lambs, and 12 male goats) contrasted sharply with the tremendous amount sacrificed by Solomon at the dedication of the first temple (22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep and goats; 1Ki. 8:63). This points up the comparative poverty of the postexilic community. The 12 goats for the sin offering show that the postexilic community still envisioned a unified Israel consisting of all 12 tribes even though only 2 had survived with any strength.

And offered at the dedication of this house of God an hundred bullocks, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and for a sin offering for all Israel, twelve he goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel. Ezr. 6:17

according to the... Dedication Sacrifices

100 Bullocks
$80,000
150 gal. flour
300
300 qts. wine
1,500
300 qts. oil
2,400
200 rams
25,000
200 gal. flour
400
400 qts. wine
2,000
400 qts. oil
3,200
400 lambs
32,000
200 gal. flour
400
600 qts. wine
3,000
600 qts. oil
4,800
12 goats
600
6 gal. flour
12
18 qts. wine
90
18 qts. oil
144

__________
Total
$155,846

And they set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God, which is at Jerusalem; as it is written in the book of Moses. Ezr. 6:18

they set the... The twenty-four courses of the priests and Levites were started again. Though these courses weren’t written in the law of Moses but in 1 Chron. 24-25, they were a part of the worship of the temple as written in the law of Moses. This is the true meaning here.

Passover Celebrated

And the children of the captivity kept the passover upon the fourteenth day of the first month. Ezr. 6:19

kept the passover... This is the first passover mentioned in the twenty years since the exiles returned, though it doesn’t say this was the first one they had at all. It plainly implies, however, that this was the first one at the new temple of Zerubbabel (Ezr. 6:19-21).

For the priests and the Levites were purified together, all of them were pure, and killed the passover for all the children of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and for themselves. Ezr. 6:20

all of them... They were all to a man pure, and all purified as one man. All were of one mind to purify themselves, and took care to do it, and did it with as much dispatch as if only one man was purified. So that they were more generally prepared for service now than in the times of Hezekiah (2 Chron. 29:34).
and killed the passover... For all the children of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests and for themselves”. Which seems to have been done by the Levites, for themselves and for the priests, and for all the people, who were not so pure as the priests and Levites. Or otherwise they might have killed it themselves (Exodus 12:6).
their brethren... The priests were anointed to the LORD while they were in the temple for service. In this case, it seems that all of the Levites, for all of the various services were anointed with the anointing oil for service.
And the children of Israel, which were come again out of captivity, and all such as had separated themselves unto them from the filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek the LORD God of Israel, did eat, Ezr. 6:21


And the children... The Israelite returnees ate the Passover with all who had separated themselves from the unclean practices of their Gentile neighbors. This second group might have been: (a) Gentiles living in Judah (cf. Num. 9:14), or more likely (b) Jews who had remained in the land and had defiled themselves by practices that went against the Law, and then repented of those sins, thereby “separating” themselves.

And kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy: for the LORD had made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel. Ezr. 6:22

kept the feast... Like the passover (Ezr. 6:19), this is the first mention of keeping the feast of unleavened bread in the twenty years since the exiles returned.

Turned the heart... This was Darius I (Ezr. 6:8-12), but why he was called "the king of Assyria" can only be explained by the fact that the Assyrians had been the great ruling power in western Asia for so long that the sacred writers continued the title with those who inherited the old Assyrian power and dominion (2Ki. 23:29).

My Sheep Hear My Voice

My Sheep Hear My Voice

Before Jesus was crucified He told the disciples to watch and pray, something so simple, but they let their physical bodies take over and they fell back asleep. In these last hours of time you need to hear His voice. When He tells you something, it is very important, but most ignore my voice or just discuss it and go on with what they were doing. You will see many things start to happen shortly and if you do not hear and obey His voice,... it will mean death for some of you....Jesus has only your best interest in mind. Christ knows you heart, and if you are truly His you will hear His voice. He awakes many of you at 3am on the dot, but most will roll over and go back to sleep. There are a few who will get up and pray. Your day is filled with so many things and Jesus is the last thing many of you give your time to. But Christ needs to talk to you,... to fellowship with you and only when you are still and quite (3am) can you hear Him,... the rest of your day is so busy you do not have time for Him,... but you need to make time, for time is short and the Lord has instructions for you.

Revelation Chapter 11
The Temple of God and the Two Witnesses
(Parenthetical Rev. 11:1-13)
This parenthetical passage includes from (Rev. 10:1-11:13) continues with the measuring of the temple of God and the revelation of the two witnesses, who will be on earth the last three and one-half years of Daniel's Seventieth Week.
And their dead bodies [shall lie] in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. Rev. 11:8
their dead bodies... Refusing to bury one’s enemies was a way to dishonor and show contempt for them (compare Acts 14:19). The Old Testament expressly forbids this practice (Deut. 21:22-23).
the great city... Identifying Jerusalem as a city like Sodom and Egypt stresses the city’s wickedness. Its Jewish population will apparently be the focus of the witnesses’ ministry, leading to the conversions (of verse 13).
which spiritually is... Jerusalem is so-called because of becoming the headquarters of sodomites (homosexuals, Isa. 1:9-10; Eze. 16:46, 16:53) and whoredoms (sex and religious perversions, Eze. 23:3, 23:8, 23:19, 23:27) during the last 3 1/2 years the Gentiles control the city (Rev. 11:1-2). This indicates that sexual and religious perversions will be predominant sins ending this age (Mat. 24:37-39; Luke 17:26-30).

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

My Sheep Hear My Voice

My Sheep Hear My Voice

Before Jesus was crucified He told the disciples to watch and pray, something so simple, but they let their physical bodies take over and they fell back asleep. In these last hours of time you need to hear His voice. When He tells you something, it is very important, but most ignore my voice or just discuss it and go on with what they were doing. You will see many things start to happen shortly and if you do not hear and obey His voice,... it will mean death for some of you....Jesus has only your best interest in mind. Christ knows you heart, and if you are truly His you will hear His voice. He awakes many of you at 3am on the dot, but most will roll over and go back to sleep. There are a few who will get up and pray. Your day is filled with so many things and Jesus is the last thing many of you give your time to. But Christ needs to talk to you,... to fellowship with you and only when you are still and quite (3am) can you hear Him,... the rest of your day is so busy you do not have time for Him,... but you need to make time, for time is short and the Lord has instructions for you.

Revelation Chapter 11
The Temple of God and the Two Witnesses
(Parenthetical Rev. 11:1-13)
This parenthetical passage includes from (Rev. 10:1-11:13) continues with the measuring of the temple of God and the revelation of the two witnesses, who will be on earth the last three and one-half years of Daniel's Seventieth Week.
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. Rev 11:7
And when they... The beast or Antichrist, the man of sin, will hate the two witnesses, make war against them, and kill them. However, note that he will have no power over them until "they have finished their testimony." In other words, they will be "immortal until their work is done", which can be said of all God's servants who walk in obedience to His will.
the beast that... The first of 36 references to this person in Revelation, who is none other than the Antichrist, that he will ascend out of the bottomless pit indicates that his power is satanic.
ascendeth out of... The beast that comes up from the Abyss refers to the beast described (in Rev. 13:1-7), and is an expression used here for the first time. The fact that he will come up out of the Abyss is a reference to the death and resurrection of the Antichrist. However, let me interject something here. Satan indwelled two people in the bible. Do you know who they were? If you said Judas and the Antichrist you are correct.
and kill them... With the ministry of the two witnesses completed, God will withdraw the two witnesses’ supernatural protection. The beast will then be able to accomplish what many had died trying to do. God permitted the beast that comes up from the Abyss (cf. Rev. 9:1-2, 9:11; 17:8; 20:1, 20:3) to overcome them. The beast, that is, the Antichrist, is mentioned nine other times in Revelation (Rev. 13:1; 14:9, 14:11; 15:2; 16:2; 17:3, 17:13; 19:20; 20:10).
The completely degenerate and inhuman characteristics of people living during the Tribulation period is seen (in Rev. 11:8), which informs us that the bodies of the two witnesses will be left open in the streets of Jerusalem.
The Holy City will be so degenerate spiritually that she will be called Sodom and Egypt, Sodom being a symbol of immorality and Egypt a symbol of materialism. The lives of the people going back to occupy the Holy Land today are anything but Holy. They seldom even attend synagogues on the Sabbath.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Rebuilding Begins Anew

Rebuilding Begins Anew

Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, even unto them. Ezr. 5:1

Then the prophets... Then—while the work was stopped, the Lord began to stir up the prophets Haggai and Zechariah who were at Jerusalem. They encouraged the Jews to resume work on the temple, regardless of whether the decree was confirmed. They were inspired by the Holy Spirit who knew the decree would soon be confirmed and all hindrances would be defeated by civil authority. When they prophesied, Zerubbabel, the governor, rose up and began to build again. Their enemies then sent a letter urging Darius to stop the work if he wanted to keep control of this side of the Euphrates. After learning of Cyrus’ original decree, however, Darius reconfirmed it and the work continued without further hindrance. The temple was finished in the sixth year of the reign of this Darius, but the walls weren’t completed until many years later, under Nehemiah (Neh. 2-6; Dan. 9:25).

Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of God helping them. Ezr. 5:2


Then rose up... The messages these two prophets of God brought to the people from God, showed Zerubbabel and Jeshua the error of stopping the work on the temple. Zerubbabel represented the civil law, and Jeshua was over the spiritual. The people were commanded to go up the mountain and bring wood for the building.
The prophets of... These would be in addition to Haggai and Zechariah.


At the same time came to them Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shetharboznai, and their companions, and said thus unto them, Who hath commanded you to build this house, and to make up this wall? Ezr. 5:3


At the same... At the same time—when the Jews began working on the temple again, the governor on the western side of the Euphrates came and demanded to know who had given such authority when Artaxerxes had commanded the work to cease. He wanted the names of the men who were responsible (Ezr. 5:3-4).

governor on this... Tatnai was governor of Syria, and Zerubbabel was governor in Judah (Ezr. 5:6, 5:14; 6:6-13; 8:36; Hag. 1:1, 1:14; 2:2, 2:21). Shetharboznai was a Persian officer under Tatnai. Tatnai seemed to have the same rank as Zerubbabel, so it was alright to ask, but not to command the stoppage of the work.

Who hath commanded... Questions 3-4. Next, Ezr. 5:9.

to make up... Another proof that the walls weren’t finished.

Then said we unto them after this manner, What are the names of the men that make this building? Ezr. 5:4

then said we... It is impossible that the existing text can be sound here. Ezra must have written, "Then said they to them." Tatnai and Shethar-boznai followed up their first question by a second, (compare verses 9-10).
What are the... Names of the men that did make this building": Or employed them in it, namely, Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the chief men of the Jews. They made no scruple of telling them who they were; neither ashamed of their masters nor of their work, nor afraid of any ill consequences following hereafter.
This had to be a statement made by Tatnai and the men with him. His inquiry was to set blame on the one who started the work.



But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned answer by letter concerning this matter. Ezr. 5:5



But the eye... Though their enemies kept trying to hinder them, the Jews continued the work until they heard from the new king.

was upon the... Because God was with them, they couldn’t stop building. He was also dealing with Darius, called Darius I in secular history. This ruler is not to be confused with Darius the Mede of sacred history (Dan. 5:1-31) who was the Ahasuerus of Est. 1:1, the husband of Esther and father of Cyrus, a man who had reigned some seventeen years before. Darius I considered the decrees of Cyrus and Artaxerxes, and concluded that he should confirm the order of Cyrus instead of the one made by the man he’d executed for pretending to be the rightful heir to his throne (Ezr. 6:1-18). God knew the outcome, so He stirred the Jews to continue rebuilding the temple even before this.

Tattenai's Letter to King Darius

The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shetharboznai, and his companions the Apharsachites, which were on this side the river, sent unto Darius the king: Ezr. 5:6

The copy of... The first letter was written by Rehum of Samaria; this one was written by Tatnai, governor of Syria. He was the one who had heard about the Jews working on the temple again after being ordered to stop, and had gone to Jerusalem to investigate (Ezr. 5:3-5) . He now considered it his duty to write Darius I to get his final decision on the matter.

They sent a letter unto him, wherein was written thus; Unto Darius the king, all peace. Ezr. 5:7

They sent a... Or this was the inscription of it.
Unto Darius the... Wishing him all kinds of happiness and prosperity.

Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands. Ezr. 5:8

house of the...This Syrian governor called Jehovah "the great God." No doubt it was well known among all pagan nations what the God of Israel had done in the past.

with great stones... Rolling stones, that is, stones too great to handle without moving them on rollers.

Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to make up these walls? Ezr. 5:9

Who commanded you... Question 5. Next, Ezr. 7:23.

The elders of the province of Judea; the chief men of it.
Who commanded you... To build this house, and to make up these walls? (Ref. Back to Ezra 5:3).



We asked their names also, to certify thee, that we might write the names of the men that were the chief of them. Ezr. 5:10



We asked their... The names of the elders, those that set men about this work.
to certify thee... To certify that we might write the names of the men that were the chief of them. Take the names of them in writing, that they might with certainty acquaint the king who they were, and that if it was necessary they might be called to an account for what they were doing.
This was a true statement, but actually this was out of his jurisdiction. Cyrus had put Zerubbabel in charge of this area.



And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and build the house that was builded these many years ago, which a great king of Israel builded and set up. Ezr. 5:11



these many years... About 520 years before.



great king of... King Solomon (1 Kings 1-11; 2 Chron. 1-6). Of course they were speaking of the temple that Solomon had built so many years before. They did not answer as individuals, but called themselves the servants of the Most High God.

But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven unto wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and carried the people away into Babylon. Ezr. 5:12

he gave them... These Jews were humble and honest about their past, explaining who they were (Ezr. 5:11), how they had provoked God and were sent into captivity (Ezr. 5:12), how Cyrus had decreed to send them back to build the temple, and how even the vessels of the former temple had been sent back with them (Ezr. 5:13-17).

into the hand... Of Nebuchadnezzar, See 2Ki. 24:2; 25:8-11.

But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon the same king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God. Ezr. 5:13

in the first... see Ezr. 1:1-4; 2Ch. 36:22-23. That is, the first year he was king of Babylon, having taken it, otherwise he was king of Persia many years before.

Cyrus the king... The same king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God. The Jews were perfectly warranted according to the principles of the Persian government to proceed with the building in virtue of Cyrus' edict. For everywhere a public decree is considered as remaining in force until it is revoked but the "laws of the Medes and Persians changed not" (Dan. 6:8, 12, 15).
Cyrus had preceded Darius by a few years. Cyrus had become the king of Babylon at the defeat of Babylon. Actually, Cyrus was king of Persia and took over the Babylonian empire. He had commanded the building of the temple in Jerusalem, so these servants of God were not breaking any Persian laws.



And the vessels also of gold and silver of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that was in Jerusalem, and brought them into the temple of Babylon, those did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered unto one, whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he had made governor; Ezr. 5:14



And the vessels... Ref. Back to. Ezr. 1:7-8; 6:5.

Sheshbazzar... Jewish name was Zerubbabel (Ezr. 5:16-17; 3:8; Zec. 4:9).

And said unto him, Take these vessels, go, carry them into the temple that is in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be builded in his place. Ezr. 5:15

said unto him... The three imperatives in this verse, without a copula, followed by a fourth, vividly express the feeling of the suppliants in the remembrance of the decree. Thus, we have another note of historical truth.
let the house... Of God be builded in his place, upon the old holy site, the place where Abraham offered his son Isaac, in a figure (Heb. 11:17-19). Where the angel stood and stayed the pestilence in David’s time (2 Sam. 24:16-18). And where "the glory of the Lord descended and filled the house" under Solomon (2 Chron. 7:1).
This would be something that would convince Darius that this was true. He knew that no Persian king would allow the Jews to run off with all of this gold and silver, unless he sent them with it.


Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and laid the foundation of the house of God which is in Jerusalem: and since that time even until now hath it been in building, and yet it is not finished. Ezr. 5:16


then came the... Until now hath it been in building, and yet it is not finished.

Years Building the Temple

Exactly how many years it took Zerubbabel to rebuild the temple isn’t stated, but certain facts suggest a period of at least eighteen to twenty years. The work was begun in the second year of the return from Babylon (Ezr. 3:8-13), and was completed in the sixth year of Darius Hystaspis (Ezr. 6:15). The work began in the second year after their return from Babylon, which was the second year of Cyrus’ nine-year reign. Add these seven years to the seven-year reign of Cambyses. Then they worked six years into the reign of Darius I (Ezr. 6:15), making a total of twenty years and seven months (counting the seven-month reign of Artaxerxes). Compare this to the seven and a half years it took Solomon to build the original temple, and the forty-six years it took to build Herod’s temple (John 2:20). The reason it took so long for Herod and Zerubbabel is that the number of workers employed was so small. Solomon had 153,000 workers compared to a few hundred or thousand at these other times.

Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter. Ezr. 5:17

There be search... Where were the archives of the kingdom, where the laws, decrees, edicts, and proclamations, and other things relating to the state, were laid up, that recourse might be had to them upon occasion.
whether it be... So that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem": Which the Jews affirmed was made by him, and upon which they proceeded.
and let the... King would send his pleasure to us concerning this matter": Whether the Jews should be allowed to go on with the building of their temple, and finish it, or whether they should be restrained from it. Signifying they were ready to do his will and pleasure either way, as he thought fit.
The Persians kept accurate records of various decrees their kings had made. If Cyrus had made this decree, they could not change it. This captain of Persia wanted to know for sure what was to be done about all of this. Darius would search out the truth and get back to him.

My Sheep Hear My Voice

My Sheep Hear My Voice

Before Jesus was crucified He told the disciples to watch and pray, something so simple, but they let their physical bodies take over and they fell back asleep. In these last hours of time you need to hear His voice. When He tells you something, it is very important, but most ignore my voice or just discuss it and go on with what they were doing. You will see many things start to happen shortly and if you do not hear and obey His voice,... it will mean death for some of you....Jesus has only your best interest in mind. Christ knows you heart, and if you are truly His you will hear His voice. He awakes many of you at 3am on the dot, but most will roll over and go back to sleep. There are a few who will get up and pray. Your day is filled with so many things and Jesus is the last thing many of you give your time to. But Christ needs to talk to you,... to fellowship with you and only when you are still and quite (3am) can you hear Him,... the rest of your day is so busy you do not have time for Him,... but you need to make time, for time is short and the Lord has instructions for you.

Revelation Chapter 11
The Temple of God and the Two Witnesses
(Parenthetical Rev. 11:1-13)
This parenthetical passage includes from (Rev. 10:1-11:13) continues with the measuring of the temple of God and the revelation of the two witnesses, who will be on earth the last three and one-half years of Daniel's Seventieth Week.
The Two Witnesses
These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will (Rev. 11:6).
These have power... Miracles have often authenticated God’s messengers. Here, bringing a 3-1/2 year drought (as did Elijah before them), will add immeasurable torment to those experiencing the worldwide disasters of the Tribulation, and exacerbate their hatred of the two witnesses.
power over waters... The earth’s water, already devastated by the effects of the second and third trumpets, will become undrinkable, adding immensely to the suffering caused by the drought.
Who Are They? Some try to identify one of the witnesses with Enoch (because he never died; Gen. 5:24), and the other with either Elijah (who also never died; 2 Kings 2:11-12), or Moses.
Elijah is famous for calling down fire from heaven. The most famous instance occurs (in 1 Kings 18), in the account of the contest between the prophets of Baal and Elijah. The Lord sent fire on Elijah's altar on Mt. Carmel in response to his simple prayer:
1 Kings 18:36-38 "Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel, and that I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your Word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again."
Elijah is connected to divinely caused drought as well as to judgments of fire. In fact, the very first time he is mentioned in the Scriptures he is heard saying to wicked King Ahab, "As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word" (1 Kings 17:1). And there wasn't; God honored the prophet's word.
Moses, of course, is intimately connected with the ten plagues that struck Egypt just before the Exodus (Exodus chapters 7-12). In the very first plague God turned the waters of Egypt into blood, including the Nile, all streams, rivers, ponds, pools, and even the water in buckets of wood and stone. The water turned to blood, killed the land's fish and caused the water to stink, and conditions did not return to normal for a week.
The Bible says in John chapter 14, that true believers in Christ can do even greater miracles than Jesus did when He was on the earth, when we do it through His power and in His name.
John 14:12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”