Mike Klemm

Mike Klemm

Saturday, 26 February 2011 18:02

Egyptian Revolution - Israel's Concern

If you’ve followed the recent news in the Middle East, then you’ve noticed Israel’s concern about the forced resignation of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. While this has been seen as a positive development by most western commentators, Israel would disagree. For several decades Mubarak had maintained Egypt’s peace covenant with Israel by keeping the more radical elements of Egypt’s Islamic society in check. Israel knew that as long as his regime was in power, they had little to fear from their southern neighbor. But all that may have changed.

The following video was recorded in Tahir Square in Cairo, just after the crowd of approximately one million Egyptians had been incited by Sheik Al Qaradhawi.  Al Qaradhawi urged them to turn their attention to Israel and pray for the liberation of Jerusalem and the Al Aqsa mosque, to which the crowd responded with the chant “We go to Jerusalem, martyrs in the millions!”;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du5emnvGgvg

Now, I’d like to think that this attitude does NOT represent the prevailing attitude of most Egyptians, who were quite friendly to us as Americans when we were visiting in 2005.  But even the Muslim Brotherhood’s own website apparently verified the accuracy of this video, and the inciting from Al Qaradhawi.  And internal polls in Egypt indicate that the vast majority of the population believes that Israel is illegally occupying ‘Palestine’. Sadly, this majority also believes that they should be forcibly removed, if necessary. None of this bodes well for Israel. 

How quickly things are changing in the Middle East.
Friday, 25 February 2011 18:48

HaMatzot

In our last word study on the middle 'Matzah', otherwise known as the 'hidden manna' or the 'Afikomen', we found that the original Hebrew pictograpic letters revealed the underlying meaning "The Mighty One you seek was revealed". Well, this next word study is completely related, since it is the word 'HaMatzot', the word used in the Bible for 'Unleavened Bread'. And the underlying meaning of this word is equally impressive, if not more so. I think you'll enjoy it.
 
MatzotHA-MATZOT

The Hebrew word HaMatzot is comprised of the letters Hey, Mem, Tsade, Vav, and Tav, reading from right to left in the adjacent     merely a form of the word matzah, and as we know, the matzah was the unleavened bread or wafer that was eaten during the Exodus. It is also an integral part of the second Feast of the Lord, the Feast of Unleavened Bread. It's within this context that the original Hebrew pictographic letters reveal something quite interesting.  But first, let's examine the letters and see what they tell us.

THE PICTOGRAPHS

HeyThe first letter is the 'Hey', which as we've learned in past studies is a picture of a man trying to get our attention. Depending on the intended context, this word can have the potential meanings of look, reveal, or breath, and can also mean 'behold'.


MemThe second letter is a 'Mem', and this is really the first letter of this word, since the 'Hey' essentially means 'the', as in 'the' matzah in this instance. It depicts waves of water, and has the potential meanings of chaos, mighty, or blood, or just waves. We'll use 'mighty'.


TsadeThe third letter is a 'Tsade', which is a picture of a man laying in wait on his side. Since he is depicted this way, the potential meanings are understandably that of wait, chase, snare, or hunt. Additionally, it can mean 'seek', which we'll use in this instance.

 
VavThe fourth letter is a 'Vav', which is a picture of a tent peg that secured the tent in place. So naturally it's potential meanings are that of add, secure, or hook. However it can also mean simply peg or 'nail', which is precisely what is illustrated.


TavThe final letter is the 'Tav', which is depicted as two crossed sticks that form the shape of the cross. This pictograph suggests the various meanings of mark, sign, signal or momument, but can also mean 'cross'.


When you examine the suggested meanings highlighted above, can you form a sentence or meaning with them? 

THE MEANING

When examined within the context of the scriptures that describe the 'hidden manna' and 'unleavened bread', the meaning is clear;

"Behold, The Mighty One you seek was nailed to the Cross."

Cleary, we are speaking of Jesus Christ, the 'Afikomen' that Israel has sought for thousands of years.
Friday, 25 February 2011 01:10

The 'Hidden Manna'

AfikomenIn our analysis of the 'Letter to the Church at Pergamum' that will be posted in a few more days, I mention the 'Middle Matzah' from the Passover Seder meal that Christ referred to as the "hidden manna" in that letter. But since that post was getting rather long, it seemed appropriate to shorten it by moving the analysis of the word 'Matzah' to the 'Hebrew Studies' section, where it really belongs anyway. So when you read that lesson in a few days, you can refer back to this one for context.

THE HIDDEN MANNA
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The 'hidden manna' that Christ mentions in that letter alludes to a Jewish tradition during the Passover meal that went something like this; during the meal, the Seder leader would take a linen bag with 3 Matzah wafers in it, remove the middle matzah, and break it in half. Then, they would place one half back in the linen bag, and wrap the other half in a linen napkin and hide it in the house while the children covered their eyes. Then, after the meal was over, the children would be turned loose to find the matzah, known as the 'Afikomen'. When it was found, the child who discovered it would receive a reward.

Hmm. Does this sound familiar somehow?

THE FULFILLMENT

At this point, your Christian antennas should be in the fully upright position, because the symbolism here is taken directly from Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. And in a way, it amazes me that this tradition is still not associated with Jesus Christ within the Jewish community. It would seem to me that it could refer to nobody else, no matter how far we stretched the symbolism. Here are the associations;

1) Jesus is the 'Son of Man' that was the middle figure of the 'bread of life' Godhead (Father - Son - Spirit). He indeed was the middle matzah.

2) Jesus was broken for our transgressions, just as the middle matzah was broken.

3) Jesus was wrapped in linen after he was crucified, just as the middle matzah was wrapped in linen, becoming the 'Afikomen'.

4) Jesus was hidden away in a tomb, just as the Afikomen was hidden away.

5) The child that found the Afikomen would receive a reward, just as those with "faith like a child" find Jesus Christ and receive the reward of eternal life.

There is a bit more to this tradition that I'll probably explore in a separate lesson during Passover week this spring, but for now it sets the table for the following word study on the underlying meaning of 'matzah'. Given the above tradition, this meaning is REALLY interesting, which you'll see in a moment. Personally, this has ended up being my favorite Hebrew word study so far.

MATZAH

MatzahI accidentally stumbled across the Hebrew for 'matzah' tonight while preparing for another lesson, and the individual letters struck me as being quite significant, based on my current understanding of the tradition of the Afikomen.

In the adjacent Hebrew text, we see that this word 'matzah' begins with a 'Mem', followed by a 'Tsade', and ending with a 'Hey', reading from right to left. And in the original Hebrew pictographs that are the backbone of this study, these letters would be illustrated in the following way;

MemThe 'Mem' is a picture of water, or specifically, waves of water.  This letter carries with it the potential meanings of chaos or mighty or blood, or it can simply mean water or waves. In this instance, it appears to mean 'mighty', which will become apparent in a moment.


TsadeThe 'Tsade' is a picture of a man laying on his side, which seems rather strange at first. But the picture illustrates the potential meanings of wait, chase, snare or hunt, all of which can be related to a man resting in this position.  In this instance, we'll use the idea of hunting, or to 'seek'


HeyThe 'Hey' we've seen many times in these studies, and it's a man trying to get our attention. It has the potential meanings of look, reveal, or breathe, but can also mean behold. In this instance, we'll use the meaning of 'reveal'.


THE MEANING

When we consider the context of the hidden manna, which is the middle matzah of the Seder dinner tradition, the implied meaning is clearly apparent, suggesting the following;

"The Mighty One you seek was revealed."Cross

Notice how the mnemonic meanings of the pictographs coincide perfectly to the tradition of hiding and then finding the 'matzah', known as the 'Afikomen'. The children would seek the matzah, which would be revealed ONLY to the seeker. If you did not seek, you did not find. Does that remind you of any particular scripture?  It should.

But you might wonder why I used the words "WAS revealed" in the meaning above, instead of "IS revealed", which would be another possibility. The answer is simple. You see, Afikomen is not even a Hebrew word, but rather a Greek word, and it's the only Greek word that has found it's way into the Seder tradition. This tradition began in the first century A.D. after Christ's crucifixion and resurrection, and while this word is generally associated with 'dessert', ironically enough, Afikomen simply means"I came."

In other words, the Lord announced to the Jewish community that while they still seek their Messiah even to this day, their Afikomen "WAS revealed" back in the first century. He has already come, and He died on a cross to save them, and the rest of us, from our sins.

One day soon when the 'sign of the Son of man' appears in the sky, the Jewish community will finally find their Afikomen, Jesus Christ, and on that day, they will receive their reward of eternal life.
Monday, 21 February 2011 19:58

Pt. 16 - Smyrna, the 'Persecuted' Church

The second of the seven letters was addressed to the church at Smyrna, known as ‘the persecuted church’ due to the great suffering that it endured at the hands of the Romans and the Greeks. Smyrna is the Greek translation for the Hebrew word ‘myrrh’, an embalming spice, and the symbolism behind this name is quite appropriate. Myrrh emits it’s pleasant aroma only by being crushed, just as the perseverance of those in Smyrna was a pleasant aroma to the Lord when they were crushed for His name.

MyrrhBut there are additional layers to this symbolism, because this persecution went beyond just those in Smyrna. Their affliction also typified the experience of the overall church from about 100 A.D. to 313 A.D., where 5,000,000 saints were martyred for Christ’s name during the greatest period of persecution the church has ever known. And beyond that, it was similar to the persecution experienced by God’s people before the great flood, therefore Noah is the patriarch of this church, and the second signatory of God’s divine ‘ketubah’ with man.

(For a refresher on the meaning of the ketubah, refer to ‘Part 2’ of this series)
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 03:31

Revelation Pt. 15 - Ephesus

This week we'll begin our examination of the 'seven letters' to the churches in Asia Minor, which I view as the most important portion of the entire book of Revelation. Why? Because these letters were written to all of us to prompt us to examine our own spiritual condition. If you've ever wondered what God thought of your own personal faith, you can find that answer right here, because each one of us can find ourselves in one or more of these churches. In fact, as we go through these letters over the next seven weeks, I would encourage you to find the church that most represents your own personal state. I think I know which one mine is, and if I were honest with myself.....I have a little work to do. 
Monday, 14 February 2011 15:05

UFO Part 3

“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness."  (2Thessalonians 9-12)
Sunday, 13 February 2011 00:47

Yeshua 'haMashiach'

In the last Hebrew lesson we revealed the mnemonic meaning behind the name 'Yeshua', or Jesus, as it was illustrated in the original Hebrew pictographic letters that were used in antiquity. As they have done with every other subject we've examined, the pictographs revealed something specific and consequential about our Messiah. So today we'll examine the second half of His title, 'haMashiach', or Messiah, and see what else may be revealed about the ministry of Jesus and the role that he will play in the last days.
Thursday, 10 February 2011 21:36

The Yeshua Pictographs

Today's Hebrew study will focus on the name of Jesus, which in Hebrew was 'Yeshua'. Once again, the pictographs will be quite revealing, providing information in a nutshell that is revealed throughout the course of the entire New Testament.

YeshuaThe name of Yeshua is composed of four Hebrew letters, which reading right-to-left are the 'Yud', the 'Shin', the 'Vav', and the 'Ayin'. We're all familiar with the common translation of "He Saves" that is associated with this name, and certainly that corresponds to scriptures such as Matthew 1:21, which states "She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” But there is a little more to the story. Hidden within His name are a few other attributes in addition to the fact that he saves.

THE PICTOGRAPHS

 As with each of our other studies, we'll now substitute the ancient Hebrew pictographic letters for the modern Aramaic Square Script letters, and see what kind of mnemonic meanings emerge.

YudThe first letter is the 'Yud', which has a 'Y' sound and is represented by the arm and hand of a man. This letter carries the implied meanings of 'work' or 'throw' or 'worship', along with a few other similar connotations that are all related to working or doing something. It can also mean simply 'arm' or 'hand'.
 

ShinThe second letter is the 'Shin', which has a 'Sh' sound or an 'S' sound, and is represented by two front teeth. This letter has the potential meanings of 'two' or 'sharp' or 'press' or 'eat', but it can also mean 'consume' or 'destroy' or anything that relates to the function of teeth or eating.


VavThe third letter is the 'Vav', which today has a 'V' sound, an 'O' sound, or a 'U' sound depending on how it is used, but in ancient times it was called a 'Waw', and carried a 'W' sound. It is represented by a tent peg, and has the potential meanings of 'add' or 'secure' or 'hook', but it can also mean simply 'peg' or 'nail'. 


AyinThe last letter is the 'Ayin', which has a short 'A' sound, and is represented by a human eye. Potential meanings include 'watch' or 'know' or 'shade', or anything that relates to the functions of the eyes such as to 'see', 'understand', or 'reveal'. And as with the other pictographic letters, it can simply mean 'eye'. 

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THE MESSAGE

When we combine the various meanings that are available for each letter, and consider the context provided by the person they are describing, I think the message that they convey becomes clear;

"He who creates, destroys, saves, and reveals"

Jesus was our Creator (John 1:1-3), and it is He who will destroy those who destroy the earth (Revelation 11:18). He is also the only name by which we are saved (Act 4:10-12), and He is also the revealer of mysteries (Daniel 2:28). The fact that all of these qualities are wrapped up in his name is certainly no coincidence.










Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:29

UFO Part 2

I'm almost hesitant to write this addition to the UFO/Temple Mount article, but the Temple Mount videos have taken the world by storm, so I guess there’s no better time than the present. People are wondering what that glowing light was, why it was here, and why it issued two intense flashes before it left. While it's impossible to know all the answers to these questions, I think we can make some logical deductions. It's my contention that these entities are clearly NOT extra-terrestrial beings that have flown here from distant solar system, but rather, they are extra-DIMENSIONAL beings that have been here with us all along. In other words, it's likely that they are the 'celestial beings' of scripture, part of the hierarchy of angels.

THE HOAXED VIDEO
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I mentioned in the last post that three of these initial videos appear to be legitimate recordings, while the fourth was clearly hoaxed, and now we'll discuss the reasons for that claim. To begin with, the hoaxed video was the one supposedly taken from the closest vantage point, where a number of people were in attendance and you here a lady say "We've seen 'em like this in Mississippi....". But after close examination, it appears that this video was actually filmed against a still-photo backdrop. There are a number of tell-tale signs that this is not legitimate, even though news services world-wide are using this particular footage in their stories. Below are some of the reasons;

1) No reflections of light are cast on any of the objects below, as in the other videos. When you look at the adjacent photo of this hoax, you can see this quite clearly. Notice that while the glowing object hovers above the Dome of the Rock, it casts NO reflection on the Dome itself. Sorry, but the dome is covered in gold, and it reflects any and all light quite well. Notice how well it reflects all the other lighting in the surrounding environment.
 
2) There is no flickering of lights below the object, as in the other videos. In the other recordings, the lights throughout Jerusalem flicker notably as the UFO descends to the Mount. This is a phenomenon that has been widely reported in other sightings.

3) The object is not as bright as the object in the other videos. In the three other recordings, the object is shining so intensely that you can't even make out a shape. But in the hoax video, it's clearly a spherical object.

4) The object doesn't move away from the Dome of the Rock, as in the other videos.

5) There was no brilliant flash of light, as in the other videos. The other three each have a flash of light that is emitted just before the object shoots up into the air. This flash was so brilliant that it would be impossible to miss, and yet it's not in this one. Hmm.

6) The observers don't react in awe and amazement, as in the other videos. I'm sorry, but in all the other videos they seem truly perplexed at what they are witnessing. There is a certain awe and wonder about the event that is missing in the hoaxed video. In fact, in the hoaxed video you hear people saying "weeeee.." as the object shoots upward. Sorry. Someone was clowning around there.

7) The camera doesn't follow the object upward, as in the other videos. In those, the witnesses quickly raised there cameras in order to follow it, which is why they also were able to film the oscillating red lights overhead. Of course, the reason the camera didn't follow it upward is that they were shooting against a still photo background. If they raised the camera, it would have exposed the wall and ceiling around the photo.

8) There are no moving lights in the city, as in the other videos. In the filming of any sufficiently large urban area, like this, a small amount of light oscillation would be typical, particularly on a windy day. But again, this 'light' was superimposed against a still photo, therefore no movement of light in the city could be seen.

9) Trees were not swaying in the background, and with all the wind that was heard blowing against the camera, that should have been the case.

No, it's pretty clear that this was a hoax, since it contains virtually no elements that were noted in the other three initial videos.

THE LEGITIMATE VIDEOS

In contrast, when you examine the initial videos that DO appear to be legitimate, you find the following conditions in each of those three recordings;

UFO_Jerusalem1) An intense flickering of light in Jerusalem as the UFO descends. This object obviously created a strobing affect as it's energy waves affect everything in it's vicinity. It's almost as though a controlled electro-magnetic pulse was part of it's essence.

2) An intense reflection of light can be seen on the Dome of the Rock and in the areas below it. This reflection can even be seen on the attached photograph, but it particularly notable in the video, since the reflections on surrounding buildings move in direct proportion to the movement of the object. Just watch this video again and pay particular attention to the reflections.

3) The object is so brilliant that it's actual shape cannot be determined. The light may suggest an underlying disc shape, but that's not certain due to the intense glow.

4) The lights in the city waver slightly through the course of the videos, as one would expect. This may be partly due to the strobing affect that researchers say always accompany these objects, but we would expect a small amount of this affect even in a normal environment.

5) An intense double-burst of light is recorded in each of the videos, and the bursts are the same in each instance in both intensity and timing. We can only imagine what these bursts were for, but they were definitely impressive, particularly to those watching and recording the event.

6) The observers are in awe of what they were witnessing on all three videos. And if any one of us saw something like this, we'd probably react the same way. I doubt there would be laughing and joking as in the hoaxed video.

7) They followed the light upward when it emitted the light bursts and then took off. This would be the natural reaction of anyone recording such a thing.

8) They each recorded the red lights that were blinking overhead when this object left the Mount.

In short, these object are appearing in greater frequency in the last several years, and having one of them visit the Temple Mount may prove to be significant. And while many people don't believe that this phenomenon really exists, the evidence seems overwhelming that they do.

THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE


According to those that study this phenomenon, 95% of UFO sightings are hoaxes created by individuals looking for noteriety, and most of these accounts and videos can be easily debunked. But an additional 5% simply cannot be explained away by experts, including our own military, and that is a concern. These glowing orbs of light have been seen by millions of people world-wide, and these encounters have increased substantially since 1948 (hint hint).

Sightings in recent decades have been reported by commercial pilots, Air Force and Navy figher pilots, astronauts, naval crews and commanders, police officers, military personnel of all rank, flight control operators, governors, and at least one president of the United States. And of the thousands of potentially valid sightings, hundreds of them have been recorded. If you've ever watched 'UFO Hunters' on the History Channel, no doubt you've seen some of this footage.

But my concern is not whether they exist, because I believe the evidence says they do. Rather, my concern is that we understand just what they are and why they're appearing in greater numbers at this point in history. So stay tuned for the next installment of 'UFO', where we'll continue to address this issue. It will be up in another day or two.
Monday, 07 February 2011 04:01

haShamayim - "The Heavens"

It's been 2 or 3 weeks since our last Hebrew word study, so this week we'll continue with our analysis of the very first sentence of the Bible;

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."

If you've read the previous posts in this 'Hebrew Studies' section, you've seen the incredible mnemonic meanings that the pictographs revealed for the first three words 'Beraysheet', 'Bara', and 'Eloheem'. Today we'll look at the next word in this sentence, 'haShamayim', which is the word for "The Heavens", and see if the pictographs for this word will be equally revealing.
 
haShamayimThe illustration to the left shows the modern Hebrew rendering of haShamayim, which employs the letters Hey, Shin, Mem, Yud, and another Mem. When the vowel points are inserted in the appropriate places, the proper pronunciation would sound like this; 'Hah-Shah-Mah-Yeem'.

Now, you may recall from prior lessons that when the 'Hey' is used at the beginning of a word, it generally means 'the', and is not necessarily an integral part of the word that it is attached to. In this instance the modern Hebrew understanding is that it serves as the word 'the', as in 'the heavens'. The vowel point included in most Hebrew translations is a 'patach', which adds a short 'A' sound after the 'H' sound, giving it the sound 'Ha' as in the word father. Of course, the 'ha' at the beginning of this word is not really part of the word, per se. The actual word for 'Heavens' begins with the Shin.

HEAVENS

The next letter, the 'Shin', is actually the first letter of the word 'Heavens', and it makes a 'Sh' sound, or in this case a 'Sha' sound due to the implied 'hamatz' vowel. The hamatz gives this letter a short 'A' sound just like the 'patach' did with the letter Hey.

Then, we have a 'Mem', which predictably has a 'M' sound. And as with the prior letters, this letter also has an implied vowel point, which in this case is the 'patach', and so the Mem makes the sound 'Ma'. These two letters, the Shin and the Mem, form the word 'Shama' or 'Heaven' in the singular.

The last two letters in 'Heavens' are the 'Yud' and the 'Mem', and once again reaching back into our memory banks, you'll recall that when we have a Yud and a Mem at the end of a word, it forms the suffix 'eem', which turns the subject into a plural. In other words, the 'eem' would represent the 's' ending in our English translation 'Heavens', and would turn our singular word Shama (heaven) into the plural Shamayeem (heavens).

THE PICTOGRAPHS

Okay, at this point we know that the Hebrew word for 'Heaven' in this instance is 'Shama'. So let's break it down in the original pictographic form of Hebrew, and you'll see that these letters convey the simple meaning of the word heaven that was provided in the creation account itself.

ShinThe 'Shin' is symbolized by two front teeth, and has the potential meanings of 'sharp' or 'press' or 'eat/consume/destroy' or simply the number 'two'. As with all Hebrew letters, the immediate context of it's use will determine which particular meaning is implied in that instance. In this instance we'll chose the number 'two' as the implied meaning, for reasons that will become quite clear in a moment.

MemThe 'Mem' is symbolized by waves of water, and has the potential meanings of 'chaos' or 'mighty' or 'blood', or, as with all of these pictographs, it can take on the simple meaning of the picture itself, which in this instance would be 'waves' or just 'water'. Again, the context determines the rendering, and in this instance the reason for choosing this meaning will become clear in a moment.

THE MEANING

When we combine these pictographic letters, we have the simple understanding of 'two waters' for the word 'Heavens'. Although it may not seem clear at first, there is a simple reason why God used this symbolism;

And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. (Genesis 1:6-8)

During day 2 of God's creation, he separated the water above from the water below. In other words, he was dealing with 'two waters' in his creation of the sky. The first 'water' is on the earth, while the second 'water' is presumably above in the upper atmosphere, separated by the expanse called 'sky'. And this upper water may represent heaven itself as we think of it, therefore 'the heavens' is interpreted as 'the two waters'.