Beha'alotcha: The Unity of All Humankind

1) Bible Study coffee time starts now for June 22, 2019.

Parashat Beha'alotcha / פרשת בהעלתך
Numbers 8:1 - 12:16 

Supplemental reading (Haftarah): Zechariah 2:14 - 4:7

More info: hebcal.com/sedrot/behaalo…
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2) Typo in #1, "Bible Study Coffee Time."
3) Let's start with a summary of the Bible portion. I will come back later, please God, and write more, because it's time to go to synagogue.
4) Key events in this portion:

* Discussion of holy service by Aaron the High Priest and the Levites.
* The Jewish people who were ritually impure during the first Passover sacrifice get the opportunity for a "make-up" sacrifice. 
5) More:
* The Jewish people leave Mount Sinai, where they received the Torah, in formation.
* The people complain about the food--they want meat.
* Moses appoints 70 (significant #) to help manage the people.
* Moses' sister gossips about him and gets leprosy as a punishment.
6) Okay, intermission.
7) #BibleStudyCoffeeTime continues.
8) OK it's taking me a little time to read this.
9) Just to cover the basics, let's look at a summary of the supplemental reading.

This is interesting...
10) We're in Zechariah 2:14 - 4:7. It's a prophecy.
11) The prophet Zechariah (more about him in the link) sees a vision of the Menorah (lamp) in the Holy Temple. 

Lighting the Menorah is one of the topics covered in the primary reading.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zechariah…
12) The time period is just before King Solomon rebuilt the Holy Temple (so this is Holy Temple #2, and #3 will be built in the time of the Messiah.) Time period 520–518 BC.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Z…
13) Just to get us situated: The book of Zechariah ends in 518 BC.

"The beginning of the Second Temple period (586 BC-AD 70) is marked by the return of Jews to Jerusalem from their exile in Babylon in 538 BC."

20 years later.
14) "They were allowed to return under an edict issued by Cyrus King of Persia."

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrus_the…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cyru…
16) Cyrus of Persia = Cyrus of Iran (Persis, Ariana)

"The Greeks...began to use adjectives such as Pérsēs (Πέρσης), Persikḗ (Περσική) or Persís (Περσίς) in the fifth century BC to refer to Cyrus the Great's empire (a word understood to mean 'country')."

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Name_of_I…
17) "Such words were taken from the Old Persian Pārsa – the name of the people from whom Cyrus the Great of the Achaemenid dynasty stemmed and over whom he first ruled (before he inherited or conquered other Iranian Kingdoms)."

But I thought Iran was the enemy?
18) Why is Iran so important now?
22) This week's reading in Zecharia covers 2:14 - 4:7. Broadly speaking, Chapters 1-6 the book are a recap of Jewish history (warning the people to behave); then 8 visions, culminating in the arrival of Messiah. 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Z…
24) Another one: Nibiru expert Yuval Ovadia: God has tasked the Jews to save the world from the meteor that could destroy 30m people in 2023. 

Joel 3:3 "And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth blood and fire and pillars of smoke."
26) "The Nibiru cataclysm is a supposed disastrous encounter between the Earth and a large planetary object...that certain groups believed would take place in the early 21st century...an Internet hoax."

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nibiru_ca…
28) "Yuval Ovadia, whose films on Nibiru have garnered hundreds of thousands of views, produced another video on the subject with one powerful message: Jews need to come home to Israel now.

The need for a new film became clear to Ovadia, who also lectures on the subject."
29) “'Volcanoes are acting up all over the Pacific and inside the U.S.,' Ovadia pointed out. 'Tsunamis are happening all the time.'"
30) "NASA says that there never was a star like Nibiru so it is clear it can never happen in the future. NASA claims they see everything in the heavens and then ‘Pop!’ a meteor hits somewhere.”
31) Spiritually. Thousands of years ago, Iran released the Jews to go back home and build the Holy Temple, which ushers in the period of peace for all humankind.

Do we now understand why the Deep State must prevent peace with Iran at all costs?
32) So let's go back to the Torah portion...what does Zecharia specifically say for this week?
33) Zechariah 2:14-15: This is an amazing prophecy!!!!!

NOT ONLY will God's presence return to Israel, but "MANY NATIONS WILL ATTACH THEMSELVES TO THE LORD AND BECOME HIS PEOPLE, AND HE WILL DWELL IN YOUR MIDST."
34) At the risk of stating the obvious, this is the same thing as #WWG1WGA_WORLDWIDE.

Exact same.

You see, here, that notions like: "the Jews are better" or "you must be Christian to be saved" or "convert to Islam or die" are not just wrongheaded, but Biblically false.
35) There are many roads that lead to the same destination.
Even if some of us go slower than others or run out of gas at times.
36) It is very clear that in the End Times, the Jews go to Israel. 
What this prophecy adds (and it says so in Isaiah as well) is that many from other nations join the Jews there to worship God.
37) Isaiah 66:18-22. It's literally RIGHT HERE.

mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt1066.htm
38) Isaiah 66:18: "For I [know] their works and their thoughts; [the time] cometh, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and shall see My glory."
39) Isaiah 66:19 "And I will work a sign among them...to the isles afar off, that have not heard My fame, neither have seen My glory; and they shall declare My glory among the nations."
40) Isaiah 66:20 "And they shall bring all your brethren out of all the nations for an offering unto the LORD...to My holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD."
41) Isaiah 66:21 "And of them also will I take for the priests and for the Levites, saith the LORD."
42) Isaiah 66:22 "For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before Me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain."
43) Proceeding in the portion...
44) Zechariah has a vision of Satan trying to condemn Joshua, and God defending him.
Note: The below refers to the wrong Joshua, but the analysis is interesting if you consider that names are connected.
45) Recall that Joshua was Moses' helper & successor, 1 of the spies to Israel (who came back with a good report, as opposed to their complaining), & was the military leader in charge of conquering the land from the idol worshipers.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua#/m…
47) The spies were the media, and they basically admitted that their fear reduced them to total insecurity about the task ahead. 

This made the people rebel.
48) Joshua and Caleb spoke out against the naysayers. They saw

“an exceedingly good land. If the Lord is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us—a land which flows with milk and honey." (Num. 14:7-8)

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49) Joshua married the beautiful Rahab (who saved his life), a woman not of the children of Israel, who had been a prostitute, who converted, and who the Rabbis view as a righteous woman of faith. 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahab
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahab#/me…
50) Joshua's name made me think of Jesus because the Hebrew is similar.

Jewish people call him Yehoshua - יְהוֹשֻׁעַ
Birth name: Hoshea - הוֹשֵׁעַ
Jesus' name in Hebrew - Yeshua ישוע

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeshua
51) Edgar Cayce argues that Jesus is a reincarnation of Joshua.

near-death.com/reincarnation/…
52) The prophet Zechariah shows us Satan accusing Joshua, and Joshua wearing "soiled garments" as he is being judged.

What's all this about? The commentaries explain...

amazon.com/Chumash-ArtScr…
53) "Joshua was victim of the same sin that plagued much of the nation in the wake of the Babylonian Exile: His sons had married gentile women and Joshua had failed to chastise them."

- p. 1183
54) The "soiled garments" are the gentile (here, we mean idol-worshiping, not Christian, just to be clear) women that Joshua's sons married.

Note - Satan tempts the people to worship idols, and then urges God to judge them badly later.

So Satan serves God and isn't independent.
55) "God defends Joshua on the grounds that he is a firebrand rescued from the flames; he was immersed in the flames of the exile's physical and spiritual destruction, and as such cannot be condemned for the past."
56) "The angel" (Satan is an angel - a messenger - sent to provide us with free will) - "garbs him in the pure vestments and the turban of the high priesthood - but warns him that henceforth he must obey the commandments."
57) We see here the deeper meaning, that those who worship God are part of the Kingdom of God, period, and even are awarded with the priestly service - the purest garments of all.
58) Let's close out with the words the angel says to Joshua.
59) Zecharia 3:9-10

"For mark well this stone which I place b4 Joshua... w/ 7 eyes. I will execute its engraving—declares the LORD...& I will remove that country’s guilt in a single day. 

"In that day...u will be inviting each other 2 the shade of vines & fig trees.”
60) It is a vision of peace...but what is the meaning of the stone with the "7 eyes?"
61) Rashi (commentary): "Seven eyes are directed to one stone: It will eventually be widened seven times as much....the Holy One, blessed be He in Whose eyes and heart it is [planned] to add seven times as much."
63)nWhen they see the stone of distinction in the hand of Zerubbabel [who led the Jews back from exile to rebuild the Temple), they shall rejoice. “Those seven are the eyes of the LORD, ranging over the whole earth.”

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zerubbabel
64) *Correction to #44-45 - Satan is attacking and judging a later Joshua, the High Priest who returned from Babylon to rebuild the Holy Temple, and the first High Priest to serve there.

The name analysis may be spiritually connected to the earlier Joshua. I don't know.
65) Still curious about this number 7 though.

Why is it mentioned over and over again in this portion? Not just the stone with "7 eyes" but Zechariah 4:2 - a vision of the Menorah in the Temple - a lampstand with "7 lamps, and 7 pipes"...
67) There is a lot more to say about the number 7, and you can read some of it here. But maybe since today is the Sabbath we can close with this, because it explains the significance of the Messiah too--
68) “If 6 stands for the physical creation & 7 for the spiritual in the midst of the physical (Shabbat or Sabbath), then eight stands for that which is completely outside our world...the World to Come." 

The world which arrives with the Messiah.

betemunah.org/seven.html
69) Now you understand the spiritual significance of "Four More Years" - we need President Trump to usher in the Messiah, the World to Come - unity in the service of God, and world peace.

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