Until

...UNTIL!

Many times in the Scriptures, the Lord God of Isra’el says: This or that will..... UNTIL, at which point something will change:

So what is the Lord saying about “Until?”

Bibles Studies by Malcolm D. Powell © 2014

Preface.

Having written these notes many years ago, I feel that should they be published. You, the reader, may find them useful as a point of reference, similar to a Commentary, but much more focussed, in this case on a specific word where ever it appears in the (AV - King James version) Scriptures.

To that end, an index is at the front of this book, rather than is more usual, at the back.

This morning, Sunday the 16th of February 2014, I was watching “The Late Show” broadcast by Revelation TV on the 10th of February whilst having my breakfast (I’m always in “catch-up” mode in my TV watching). In that broadcast, Hugh Jackman read out a prophecy given by Lance Lambert in 2011 (I’ve append it below). Lo and behold, at the South of Reading Christian Fellowship (SORCF) in Three Mile Cross, to which I went that morning, John Angliss read out the self same prophecy!!! A God-incidence! The message by John, when the meeting reached that stage, was about the number of times in the Old and New Testaments, that things were to happen UNTIL something was accomplished, then something else was going to happen. This, of course related to the prophecy.

I felt quite strongly that the Lord wants me to start another Bible Study of every occasion that the word UNTIL is used in the Scriptures, as I have previously done for other words, LOVE, FAITH, HOPE RIGHTEOUSNESS and WORD (I am still typing up these manuscripts).

Lo and behold again, after I had had these two mentions of Lance Lambert’s prophecy, having switched on my PC to make a start by typing the first Study, there was an E-Mail from a friend, Moira Dare-Edwards containing nothing less than a transcript of this prophecy! Three times in one day, is way beyond a coincidence!!!! This could only be God! I have underlined the word UNTIL in the prophecy.

I am aware, as always, that what I write here below, could be only my own feelings, but I trust God that this will only happen rarely.

Prophetic word for Great Britain, Saturday 6 August 2011.

Saturday 6 August 2011

Hear the voice of the Lord, O Isles that I have so greatly loved and favoured. I, the Lord the Almighty, I took you when you were nothing, clothed with skins and woad, and through My saving power, I made you great. When you were nothing, through My Word and your faith in Me, I lifted you and made you Great Britain. Through many awakenings and many revivals, stage by stage, I took you until you became a great power with the greatest Empire in the history of the nations. From you My Gospel and My Word went throughout the world, and tens of thousands came into an experience of saving faith! That Empire with all its many failings and weaknesses was still one of the most just and righteous Empires of history.

Those Isles of yours were soaked with the blood of My faithful martyrs and its soil received the burnt ashes of those who would not renounce My Name, My Truth, and My Word. I, the Lord have not forgotten those who gave their all for Me!

But now the whole nation that I created and sustained has turned from Me. They paganise their land, state and institutions; there is no voice heard to warn the nation. False religion, the work of world rulers of darkness, cover your Isles; A Laodicean Church, neither hot nor cold, rumbles on like machinery. It is a Church where I am outside of its routine; its organisation and its methodology. It is Christianity without Me: Religion without Me!

My being is seared with pain, for judgement is determined against your land. I can do no other. I will destroy the vestiges of her greatness; I will return her to her first estate. I will wreck her economy, destabilise her in every way. I will change her climate, even her weather. I will prove to her that the way of the transgressor is hard and terrible. I will allow demonic forces held in check erstwhile by My Word and Gospel, and the living faith of so many, to become rampant in her social life, to the destruction of her society.

Will you who know Me and love Me go blind and dumb and deaf into this judgement?

It is time for you who love Me, who are faithful to Me, to take action! Stand before Me and plead The Finished Work of My Son. At least cry out to Me, that there will be those who turn from darkness, from sin, and be saved. For whosoever shall call upon My Name in the midst of these judgements, I will save!

It will cost you everything to stand in the gap, but you will enter into My heart, and know deep fellowship with Me. Such travail conceived in your heart by My Spirit will cost your deeply, but it will end in My Throne and Glory.

Lance Lambert

So here goes with the Studies on the word: UNTIL. Previous studies, I’ve used the AV, but this time I’m using the AV Concordance, but quoting The Complete Jewish Bible. I will write down what I feel the Lord is telling me in and about the word in the verse in its context.

Index of Scripture references:

Bibles Studies by Malcolm D. Powell © 2014

Genesis 28:15 1
Genesis 32:4,5 2
Genesis 46:34 3
Genesis 49:10 4
Numbers 14:19 5
Judges 18:30 6
1 Samuel 9:13 7
1 Samuel 15:35 8
2 Samuel 19:7 9
2 Samuel 19:24 10
1 Kings 22:27 11
2 Chronicles 18:26 12
2 Kings 8:6 13
Ezra 4:21 14
Ezra 5:16 15
Ezra 10:14 16
Job 14:13 17
Psalm 36:2 18
Psalm 73:17 19
Psalm 132:5 20
Song of Songs 2:17 21
Song of Songs 4:6 22
Isaiah 32:15 23
Isaiah 36:17 24
Isaiah 62:1 25
Jeremiah 32:5 26
Jeremiah 44:27 27
Ezekiel 21:27 28
Micah 7:9 29
Matthew 2:13 30
Matthew 11:12 31
Matthew 11:13 32
Luke 16:16 33
Luke 21:24 34
Romans 11:25 35
Luke 24:49 36
Acts 1:2 37
Romans 5:13 38
I Corinthians 4:5 39
Philippians 1:6 40
II Thessalonians 2 v 3 41
II Thessalonians 2:7 42
I Timothy 6:14 43
Revelation 17:17 44
Revelation 20:5 45

The Studies:

1. Genesis 28 v 15: “Look, I am with you. I will guard you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land, because I won’t leave you UNTIL I have done what I have promised you”

Wow! Another God-incidence! In our Bible Study group here in our home, up to when Sheila died (Friday 27th of December 2013) studying Genesis, we were in the middle of Genesis 28!!! And that after about 18 months nearly every Sunday.

I feel that God is saying that He will deliver on what He has promised. In this case, it is to Ya’akov and reflects the similar promises given to Avraham and Yitz’chak. God will always honour the promises He has made to them and to us all throughout history. He is totally reliable, but He is sovereign and so is His timing, so we mustn’t try to pre-empt God by trying to say that so-and-so will happen at such-and-such a time or place. We must submit to His ways and times when He will carry out His promises to us. Sunday 16th of February 2014.

2. Genesis 32 v 4, 5: “Ya’akov sent messengers ahead of him to ‘Esav his brother toward the land of Se’ir, the country of Edom, with these instructions: “Here is what you are to say to my lord ‘Esav: your servant Ya’akov says, ‘I have been living with Lavan and have stayed UNTIL now....”’”

Ya’akov had been away from ‘Esav for 20 years and had married 2 of Lavan’s daughters and had children with them. When he left him 20 years before, he had effectively run away from ‘Esav and now he was returning to the land of his father, Yitz’chak, in trepidation, for ‘Esav might want to take retribution for what had happened just before he left (stole ‘Esav’s inheritance). Ya’akov was now trusting in the God of his father Yitz’chak, so the message to me here is that I must trust in the Lord God of Isra’el, that whatever wrong I did in the past, if I am trusting God, then I must leave it in His hands, whatever happens, whichever way that turns out.

3. Genesis 46 v 34: “tell him, ‘Your servants have been keepers of livestock from our youth UNTIL now, both we and our ancestors.’ This will ensure that you will live in the land of Goshen – for any shepherd is abhorrent to the Egyptians.”

The implication of UNTIL in this context seems to say that Joseph’s family would no longer continue as shepherds. However, from the rest of the context of this verse, that would seem not to be the case, as Goshen was a land of lush pastures (Wikipedia tells me) suitable for all the livestock that Ya’akov’s family had brought with them.

So what is the Lord saying to us here? Be honest about ourselves when to do so might be to our detriment.

4. Genesis 49 v 10: “The sceptre will not pass from Y’hudah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his legs, UNTIL he comes to whom (obedience) belongs; * and it is he whom the people will obey.” (* or: UNTIL Shiloh comes.)

Well, to start, this part of Ya’akov’s final blessing upon his 12 sons. In this he makes Y’hudah the ruler over his brothers, gives him the position and privileges of the Eldest son. This is to be UNTIL Shiloh comes, or UNTIL he comes to whom (obedience) belongs. Now in Psalm 78:60, the Lord declares how He abandoned the Tabernacle at Shiloh, so it would seem that the prophetic word over Y’hudah in Genesis here, has not yet been fulfilled, a happening yet to be. Now if I remember correctly, Shiloh is modern day Hevron and it is quite firmly in the control of the Muslims. I think that the Lord is here saying that when Shiloh comes back under the control of the Jews (Y’hudah!) the Lord may return. It is one of the signs to be fulfilled before that day? The alternate translation of “he comes to whom (obedience) belongs” shows, to me, that will be the returning Messiah, Jesus!

5. Numbers 14 v 19: “Please! Forgive the offence of this people according to the greatness of Your grace, just as You have borne with this people from Egypt UNTIL now.”

Here Moses is trying to reason with God for Him to be merciful after the Isra’elites had gone against God.

Here are 2 things about God: He does hear our prayers; We can reason with Him in intercession. The first item, we may feel that we are praying against a glass ceiling, but here we see that God does hear the prayer of Moses. We may rest assured that God always hears our prayers, but sometimes we fail to realise that His answer is not what we want to hear from Him! He may say “yes,” as in this case, or He may say “no” or even wait - not yet. In the latter case, we must patiently wait UNTIL, in God’s perfect timing, our prayer may be answered. Secondly, we see here that God is big enough to listen to our “reasoned” requests to change a situation which is obviously beyond our capabilities to influence. Hallelujah!

6. Judges 18 v 30: “The people of Dan set up the image for themselves. Y’honatan the son of Gershom, the son of M’nasheh, and his sons were cohanim for the tribe of the people of Dan UNTIL the day of the exile from the land.”

Oh dear, the people of Dan were right off the (spiritual) rails at this point! At the beginning of the chapter, it is written that they had not been given any land of their own at that stage (???). So they apparently took things into their own hands.

In the verse I’ve written out above it reads that they had set up certain of their own family to be cohanim (Priests) to them, and they had even taken a Levi from one Mikhah, who had made the Levi his own cohanim, to be another one for the tribe of Dan. Then we come to verse 30 above, where this situation pertained UNTIL they were driven from the Land. So, the message, to me, here is: don’t take things into your own hands, much better do it God’s way!

7. 1 Samuel 9 v 13: “Find him as soon as you enter the city, before he goes up to the high place to eat; because the people won’t eat UNTIL he comes and blesses the sacrifice. Afterwards, the ones invited will eat. So go on up, because this is where you will find him.” Sunday 23rd February 2014.

(Oops, missed yesterday!) The people wouldn’t eat UNTIL Samuel (Sh’mu’el) had gone up and blessed the sacrifice. It isn’t (in this chapter anyway) revealed what was the occasion of this feast or sacrifice, but it must have been something special for Samuel to have come to this town especially to bless this particular sacrifice. However, this was all God ordained, as He wanted Sha’ul (Saul) to be seen by Samuel, and he was to be seen to be elevated at table in front of the most important people in that city. God chose Saul to be the king over the people of Isra’el that they had asked for previously. Today, we see that UNTIL God’s timing was right, they wouldn’t get the king for whom they asked. Again we see that if it isn’t the right time in God’s plans, things don’t happen UNTIL His time is right!   Sunday 23rd February 2014.

8. 1 Samuel 15 v 35: “Never again did Sh’mu’el see Sha’ul UNTIL the day he died. But Sh’mu’el grieved over Sha’ul, and ADONAI regretted that He had ever made Sha’ul king over Isra’el.”

Samuel grieved over Saul, then God regretted that he had made Saul king over Isra’el. Strange, because in verse 29, we are told that God doesn’t change His mind? Truly, God did not change His mind, he let Saul live out his life as king. We see in Chapter 31 that Saul died still the king of Isra’el.

Now we have an “UNTIL” here, Samuel never did see Saul again to the day of Samuel’s death. In Chapter 25:1 we see that all Isra’el assembled to mourn Samuel, it isn’t made clear if “all” included Saul. Although Saul did try to “see” Samuel again, when he went to the “Witch” of Endor. So Samuel grieved over all of Saul’s wrong doings, how he failed the Lord God of Isra’el instructions time and again. Do we see anything about the word UNTIL here? Only that when Samuel said he would never see Saul again, he meant it.

9. 2 Samuel 19 v 7: “Now get up, go out and speak heart-to-heart with your servants. For I swear by ADONAI that if you don’t go out, not one man will stay here with you tonight, and that will be worse for you than all the misfortunes you have suffered from your youth UNTIL now.”

Yoav was remonstrating with king David, for he was acting very selfishly, because Absalom his son was dead. He was thinking only of himself and ignoring the fact that his men, servants, had won the victory over the one who was trying to usurp David as king over Isra’el. David had suffered many misfortunes in his life, it all started after he had killed Goliath, when king Saul had started dealing treacherously with David. Yoav had to remind David of all these things, but told him that far worse things than these that had happened up UNTIL this point in David’s life, would happen to him, if he didn’t go and effectively thank and congratulate his men for what they had done that day for him. As king, they fought for him to preserve him. Yoav saw that unless David did the “right” thing, this would be a turning point in his life where things would get even worse.

10. II Samuel 19 v 24: “M’fivoshet the son of Sha’ul came down to meet the king. He hadn’t cared for his legs, trimmed his beard or washed his clothes from the day the king had left UNTIL the day he came home in peace,”

Mephib’osheth was lame and later explained to king David why he had not fled with David when Absalom had usurped him, as he had been deceived by his servant. However, it would seem that as a mark of respect, he had not looked after himself since David had fled and was now presenting himself in that state to king David, since the “UNTIL” was now fulfilled.

So what do I learn from the Lord here? That I/we should respect those whom the Lord has temporarily allowed to be afflicted in some way. Just because bad things happen to God’s people, we mustn’t condemn them, as punished by God. When the Lord raises them up again, we must take them into our hearts. Note, that this doesn’t mean when someone is lifted up again by men!!!

11. 1 Kings 22 v 27: “Say, “The king says to put this man in prison and feed him only bread and water, and not much of that, UNTIL I return in peace.””

So, why was Mikhay’hu to be imprisoned? Because Y’hoshafat, king of Y’hudah wasn’t happy to rely on the words of the false prophets of king Ach’av and asked if there was not a prophet of ADONAI to be consulted? Ach’av didn’t like Mikhay’hu because he never prophesied good to him – and no wonder. The prophet was to be imprisoned UNTIL Ach’av returned in peace, having won the battle – which he didn’t since he was killed, and therefore couldn’t return in peace.

We are not told for how long Mikhay’hu remained in prison, or if he ever was released. So what do I learn here? Beware of false prophets!

12. 2 Chronicles 18 v 26: “Say, “The king says to put this man in prison and feed him only bread and water, and not much of that, UNTIL I come back in peace.””

Wow! Almost word for word the same as 1 Kings 22:27. Only “come back” in the place of “return.” So the context of this UNTIL is the same as before too. I can’t believe that the Lord is saying anything in only changing one word for two. The king has the authority to put anyone in prison and we must submit to that authority for as long as the Lord leaves that man in that place of authority, which, in this case, wasn’t for much longer for king Ach’av, who was to die.

13. 2 Kings 8 v 6: “On being asked by the king, the woman verified it. At this, the king appointed a special officer and charged him, “restore all things that belong to her, including the income her fields have produced from the day she left them UNTIL now.””

Shomron, which is where this all happened, had been besieged by the king of Aram, but the king of Aram heard the sound of many chariots etc. and ran away, this was the Lord’s doing. In verse1 of this chapter, Elisha had warned the Shunamite woman whose son he had raised to life (see 2 Kings 4:25-37) to flee from the 7 year famine to come on the land. Now she had returned to claim her belongings, just as Geichazi was telling the king of the great things his master, Elisha, had done. In particular he had just told the king about Elisha restoring a dead person to life.

Now I believe Isaiah 65:24, where the Lord answers before we even ask, God-incidences! Here we have just such an example. Would the woman have regained her possessions if the timing of her approaching the king had been any other than as Geichazi was telling the king the things about Elisha? Everything was restored to the woman from when she left the land UNTIL now, when she returned. Hallelujah!

I praise the Lord for his graciousness to me and the God-incidences he gave Sheila and I before she died.

14. Ezra 4 v 21: “So now, order that these men stop work and that this city not be rebuilt UNTIL I order it.”

This happened during the reign of Achashverosh (Ahasue’rus in the AV) when the people who had been moved into Shomron by the king’s predecessors, tried everything they could think of to stop the returning Jews rebuilding the city of Jerusalem. Finally, having failed in every other attempt, they had written (half truths) to the king and here in this verse, we have the king’s response: “Stop them!” He hadn’t gone far enough back in the Archives, so he believed the letter sent to him.

What the Lord seems to be saying here in this passage is: There will be opposition to anything that we try to do in God’s Will. We should not be surprised by this.

Hallelujah Lord Jesus! Help us to set out only to do Your Will and not our own interpretation of it, may You give us the strength to persevere in the face of the opposition. Amen.

15. Ezra 5 v 16: “So this same Sheshbatzar (Sheshbazzar in AV) came and laid the foundations of the House of God in Yerushalayim; it has been under construction ever since, and it isn’t finished yet.”

The AV says: “and since that time even UNTIL now has it been in building.” So the word UNTIL doesn’t appear in the CJB as it doesn’t use middle-ages English expressions and language. Thank goodness for that I say!

We have now the second time that the enemies of God tried to stop the re-building of the Temple and Jerusalem, and then another letter to Daryevesh (Dari’us in the AV) who was by then king of the Medes and the Persians, for him to check the archives again to get him to write to say “Stop Them” again. However, this time their letter mentioned the decree of king Koresh (Cyrus in the AV) as quoted to them this time, by the Jews doing the building.

To me, this tells me, that if I am going to quote something or somebody, I must quote the whole thing. If the Jews had done that in the first place, the second lot of disturbance wouldn’t have happened. The enemies had their come-uppance in the reply from king Daryevesh in that they were to give every assistance and to supply all that was needed, to the Jews for the Temple!

16. Ezra 10 v 14: “Let our leaders represent the whole community; and let all those in our cities who have married foreign women appear at pre-arranged times, accompanied by the elders and judges of each city; UNTIL our God’s fierce anger over this has been turned away from us.”

Oh dear. By Ezra, the Lord had expressed his anger that the returning exiles had polluted the bloodline by marrying foreign women, now, UNTIL the foreign women had been sent away, together with any children they had produced, the the anger of the Lord God of Isra’el would not be assuaged! There were many of the Cohanim (Priests) and Levites who had married foreign women, they had to not only send them away, but also to make sacrifices to the Lord in atonement. To me, this preservation of the bloodline applies to the Jews of then and of today, we Gentiles don’t have a bloodline, although my own belief is that we should marry believers. I confess that I didn’t, but backed down after the “explosion” from the In-Laws-to-be when I said that I couldn’t marry Sheila since, at that time, she wasn’t a believer. Sheila did become a believer not too long after we married. Phew!

17. Job 14 v 13: “I wish You would hide me in Sh’ol, conceal me UNTIL Your anger has passed, then fix a time and remember me.”

Poor Iyov (Job) doesn’t understand the powers to which he is being subjected, he only knows the Lord God, but doesn’t realise that he is feeling the results of the way God is proving to Ha’Satan how much it would take to force Iyov to give up his faith in God. In the midst of all his troubles and the “comforters” that have been sent by (Ha’Satan?) to try to make him feel even worse. Iyov is here wishing that the Lord would hide him UNTIL what he perceives as the anger of God, passes. Like all of us, he has no knowledge of what is going on in the Heavens. The lesson here to each of us is to keep leaning on our faith in the Lord God, we must become aware that whatever happens, that same Lord God is on our side. Amen.    Sunday 9th of March 2014.

18. Psalm 36 v 2: “For the way he sees it, crime makes his life easy – that is UNTIL his wrongs are discovered; then, he is hated.”

Here we have King David’s exposé of the results of the life of a criminal. He is loving the ease of the life of crime, quite oblivious of God watching. Then we have the UNTIL! After that, the criminal is hated by those around him. The message here would seem to be, to remember that God is watching all that we say or do, even what we are thinking (Psalm 139:2 and others). We should ask the Lord to search us as in Psalm 139:23-24, then ask Him to reveal to us the things within us of which we may not even be aware.

19. Psalm 73 v 17:UNTIL I went into the Sanctuaries of God and grasped what their destiny would be.

It is difficult to know what this verse means without the previous verse at least, since this verse begins with the word UNTIL. Asaf, in this Psalm starts off by looking at all the (earthly) advantages the wicked have and maybe wishing that he had some of them UNTIL he went into the Sanctuaries of God. For us, the nearest would be into the Word of God, the Scriptures. Then he realised what is the destiny for those wicked.

What is the message here for me or us today? Keep our eyes upon Jesus, the Word of God! Keep studying His Word, the Scriptures.

20. Psalm 132 v 5:UNTIL I find a place for ADONAI, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Ya’akov.”

Once again, our verse starts with UNTIL, so the message lies only in the context. Here, the writer is saying that he will not enter his home or use his bed, he will not so much as close his eyes UNTIL..... That is, UNTIL he finds a place for ADONAI, a dwelling. Since this is a Psalm of Ascents, it means that it is to be sung as the pilgrim ascends the steps up to the Temple. Obviously, the Temple is there as a dwelling place for ADONAI already, so to what dwelling place does this refer? The only thing I feel the Lord is saying to me here, is that the dwelling place is to be in my heart. Lord Jesus, please come into MY heart anew, fill every little crevice in my being. Amen.

21. Song of Songs 2 v 17: “Before the daytime breeze arises and the shadows flee, return my love, like a Stag or Gazelle on the hills of Beter.”

Hum. Must resort to the AV to see where UNTIL comes in: UNTIL the day break and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be you like a Roe or a young Hart upon the mountains of Be’ther.” OK, I can see that ‘before’ and ‘UNTIL’ could be the same, so what do I learn here? The Shulamite Maiden is here calling to Solomon to return to her in good time. Now in the Song of Songs, it alludes to Solomon being Jesus and the Maiden to being us - today, the Church. I am struggling here to see what the Lord is telling me! The Maiden is searching, in her mind, for her love, so, today we should be seeking the Lord with all our heart and mind and strength. Amen.

22. Song of Songs 4 v 6: “Before the day’s cool breeze comes up and the shadows lengthen, I will get myself to the mountain of Myrrh, to the hill of Frankincense.”

Once more, the AV says ‘UNTIL’ whilst the CJB here has ‘before,’ otherwise both versions are saying more or less exactly the same. In this passage, Solomon is confessing his love to the Shulamite Maiden and is looking to see her soon.

This is also the way the Lord God of Isra’el looks at you and me, Jew or Gentile, we are no different in his love. He is longing to have that intimate relationship with us, for which purpose He created us. That intimate relationship for which He died on the Cross and was resurrected. Some God eh!

23. Isaiah 32 v 15:TILL the Spirit is poured out on us from above, and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field regarded as a forest.”

The first thing here that strikes me is, in reading the context, is that this passage is addressed to complacent, overconfident women! The warning in verse 10 to them is that “in a year and a few days more... the vintage will fail...” UNTIL “the Spirit is poured out on us from above.” After this UNTIL, everything will be better, as a result of these women learning to lean on the Lord instead of being complacent and overconfident in themselves, that everything will continue as it always has and nothing will change. In this passage, the Lord is telling them that I will bring them to look to me and when they do, instead of looking to themselves, then things will be better.

So, the Lord is telling me, that I must look to Him and not trust in my own resources. Help me please Lord, to turn my eyes upon Jesus and not to turn my eyes away fromHim. Amen.

24. Isaiah 36 v 17: UNTIL I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land with grain and wine, a land with bread and vineyards.”

Rav-Shakeh was here saying, that if the Jews would surrender to the king of Ashur, they could stay where they are UNTIL the king of Ashur came to take them away to Ashur, a land like their present land. Rav-Shakeh was ridiculing ADONAI, in whom Hizkiyahu (Hezekiah) was trusting and telling the people to trust. When we read on, we see that Hizkiyahu tore his clothes and went into the Temple, the House of ADONAI, and subsequently sent his officials, wearing sackcloth, to Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) who told them to go back Hizkiyahu with words of comfort from the Lord God of Isra’el, to the effect that He would cause the enemy to return to his home, leaving them safe.

The message here is that when we know the word of the Lord, we can trust it and live safely under it. Amen.  Sunday 16th March 2014.

25. Isaiah 62 v 1: “For Tziyon’s sake I will not be silent, for Yerushalayim’s sake I will not rest, UNTIL her vindication shines out brightly and her salvation like a blazing torch.”

Such a well known verse! Here, the living Lord God of Isra’el is telling of how He is going to restore Yerushalayim to a greater glory than she had before. He is not even going to rest, much less be silent about His plans for her, UNTIL he has done all these things. The message here for us is that the Lord God keeps His promises (Malachi 3:6), what He has spoken WILL come to pass! We have already seen His work start (no one said it would all be done in an instant) when the State of Isra’el was brought back into being in 1948 with part of Yerushalayim made the capital, then all of Yerushalayim re-united as one city in 1967. Hallelujah! Now we look forward to her salvation shining out brightly, like a blazing torch, as this verse says. This has yet to happen as I write this, but it WILL, God has spoken it!

This past week we have had in Bethlehem, another “Christ at the checkpoint” conference, where all the right, nice, words were spoken, but where the unspoken message is that Isra’el is not the true Isra’el and that they are an evil apartheid state. Lord Jesus, they are not preaching Your Gospel, I ask you to destroy their witness and let Your truth prevail. Amen.

26. Jeremiah 32 v 5: “ ‘......and he will lead Tzidkiyahu to Bavel, where he will stay UNTIL I remember him,’ says ADONAI, ‘and even if you fight the Kasdim, you will fail.’”

Zedikiah had put Jeremiah in prison because he didn’t like what Jeremiah had prophecied. So the simple message here is that, even if we don’t like what ADONAI says to us about what we should do or where we should go, it is no good trying to stop the Will of God!

It will be much easier for us and possibly “less unpleasant” if we do we do or accept what the Lord is telling us first time around. Zedekiah had been disobeying the Lord for some time and this was his come-uppance. There was good news for him though, because ADONAI was saying “UNTIL I remember him,” so the problems may not last forever.

27. Jeremiah 44 v 27: “I am watching over them for harm, not for good. All the men of Y’hudah in the land of Egypt will be destroyed by sword and famine, UNTIL none of them is left.

What a terrible indictment, that the Lord God of Isra’el is watching over Y’hudah for harm! Against Jeremiah’s advice, to escape N’vukhadretzar, the men of Y’hudah had not only gone to Egypt, but had taken Jeremiah too, against his will. Not only this, the men (and women) of Y’hudah had been sacrificing to the queen of heaven, and here vowed to continue! They reasoned that things had been OK for them when they did so, and could not reconcile their present problems as being the result of going against the Lord God Himself! They refused to see God’s point of view on what they had been and continued to do wrong. They would not see that UNTIL they changed their ways, despite being told, things were only going to get much worse for them, they were nearly all going to die, either by the sword or by famine!

The message for me, for us, is that it is much better to do things God’s way earlier than later.

28. Ezekiel 21 v 27: “Ruin! Ruin! I will leave it a ruin such as there has never been, and it will stay that way UNTIL the rightful ruler comes, and I will give it to Him.”

There is confusion in the CJB over verse numbering here! It took me several minutes to work out why verse 27 was so different from the AV! The CJB has Ezekiel 21 starting from the AV chapter 20:45!

Having resolved that.... The king of Bavel is standing at a fork in the road using divination to decide which turn to take, and takes the road to Yerushalayim. In this verse he is giving the orders to assault the city. The inhabitants are aware of this, but due to false prophets, they don’t believe the city is to be attacked, or overcome.

Ezekiel is saying that ADONAI says that the city will be destroyed and will remain that way UNTIL the rightful ruler comes. This would seem to be Jesus. So, I must be aware of false prophets and beware of them, they were “tickling the ears” of the inhabitants of Yerushalayim. I/we must keep asking the Lord to give me/us the ability to discern which prophets are true and which are false. Amen!

29. Micah 7 v 9: “I will endure ADONAI’s rage, because I sinned against Him; UNTIL He pleads my cause and judges in my favour. Then He will bring me out to the light, and I will see His justice.”

Micah is saying that although he has sinned against the Lord God, He must have confessed this to Him, and here he is trusting in the Lord God of Isra’el pleads his cause and judges in his favour, then brings Micah out to the light. The Lord will also vindicate Micah against his enemies and will gloat over them when they are brought to shame.

I must also keep short accounts with the Lord, confessing my sins to Him and repenting of them. Then I too will be vindicated by the Lord. Amen.

30. Matthew 2 v 13: “After they had gone, an angel of ADONAI appeared to Yosef in a dream and said,” Get up, take the child and His mother, and escape to Egypt, and stay there UNTIL I tell you to leave. For Herod is going to look for the child in order to kill Him.””

The Lord knew exactly what was going to happen, that Herod would try to kill Jesus at a few days or weeks old. Ha’Satan was using Herod to try to thwart God’s plans and purposes. In the same way, nearly two thousand years later, he used Hitler to try again to thwart God’s plans in that if he could kill ALL Jews, that would have prevented God’s plans and hence made God a liar, not carrying all His promises to His chosen people, since they would no longer exist. This would mean that God was no longer God and hence, Ha’Satan could accomplish his ultimate plan, to usurp the Lord God and make himself God!!!!

Ha’Satan will never prevent God’s plans coming to fruition, but he is fighting very hard and will not give up right up UNTIL the last day! And he will take as many as he can to the Lake of Fire with him!!! (Thanks to Karen Beaven for this bit and reminding me.) I can rely upon the Lord God to do what He has promised. Hallelujah! Amen.

31. Matthew 11 v 12: “From the time of Yochanan the Immerser UNTIL now, the Kingdom of Heaven has suffered violence; yes, violent ones are trying to snatch it away.”

No one born of a woman is greater than John the Baptist, said Jesus in verse 11. Yet, Jesus said, from John’s time “UNTIL now, the Kingdom of Heaven has suffered violence; yes, violent ones are trying to snatch it away.”

So what does this ‘snatching away’ mean? Well, no one can take away the Kingdom of Heaven, it belongs to and is a part of the Lord God himself. It can only mean that there are those who are trying to take it away from the ones who believe the message of salvation. These violent ones are doing the work of Ha’Satan in sowing seeds of doubt in the minds of believers, to attempt to rob them of their salvation. The violence does not necessarily mean physical violence. Strangely, Cruden’s doesn’t mention this verse.

32. Matthew 11 v 13: “For all the prophets and the Torah prophesied UNTIL Yochanan.”

It would seem that here Jesus was saying that John was the last of the prophets...

Maybe, one should differentiate between prophesies as such, and things which are said which turn out to be prophetic?

Or, maybe Jesus is saying that all the prophets and the Torah prophesied the things that were to happen up UNTIL the time of John, but that doesn’t ring true, since many things were prophesied about Jesus which didn’t happen UNTIL after John was beheaded!

It seems that, as one looks back over the centuries from now, that there hasn’t been a Prophet as such, since John the Baptist. There have been prophesies down those centuries, some of which have yet to be fulfilled, some of which were wrong, but there has not been a Prophet as such.

We are called upon to verify any prophesy against the Scriptures! If it contradicts the Scriptures, then it is not true.

33. Luke 16 v 16: “Up to the time of Yochanan there were the Torah and the Prophets. Since then the Good News of the Kingdom has been proclaimed, and everyone is pushing to get in.”

The AV uses the word UNTIL, but the same meaning is given here in the CJB. The message here is much the same as the last 2 studies, except that the “Violence” implied here is not of Ha’Satan trying to snatch away the Good News from those who have accepted it, Study 31. Now, it is of those who are pushing to get into Heaven. They have heard the Gospel and want more. I too must want more! I have struggled to see what the Lord is telling me here...

34. Luke 21 v 24: “Some will fall by the edge of the sword, others will carried into all the countries of the Goyim, and Yerushalem will be trampled down by the Goyim UNTIL the age of the Goyim has run its course.”

Goyim being Gentiles (i.e. non-Jews) of course. This verse has been variously interpreted over the years, one of which has been “UNTIL the full number of Gentiles has been brought in.” I don’t like this, it implies a limit of the number of Gentiles coming into Heaven. We know, of course that “Broad is the way to destruction” – the Lake of Fire, and “narrow is the way...” The Lord God knows the numbers of those in each category, course, it is not our job to try to interpret this. We know too that Jerusalem has indeed been trampled down from about 70 AD to 1948, when the State of Isra’el was formally accepted into the UN. Then, the rest of the city was re-captured by Isra’el in the 1967 defensive war. Some hold that this is when the Times of the Gentiles finished and that we are in a period of grace, well praise God for His grace if that is so. I try to keep an open mind about such things which involve the Tribulation and similar issues.

However, what is the Lord saying to us here? I believe that He is saying that time is short, get the message of the Gospel out into the towns and market places. In the New Testament, that is how things were done, everybody was involved, not “come to our Church and get saved by our minister,” which seems to be the way most Churches are run today! Oh boy, this is one huge message to me as one of those guilty of NOT broadcasting the Gospel as in New Testament days. I really do think that this is THE message to the Church! Amen. Wow, that is a hard saying!!!

35. Romans 11 v 25: “For, brothers, I want you to understand this truth which God formerly concealed but has now revealed, so that you won’t imagine you know more than you actually do. It is that stoniness, to degree, has come upon Isra’el, UNTIL the Gentile world enters in its fullness;”

This is a highly contentious verse that a huge part of the Church prefers to ignore, along with all of chapters 9, 10 and here, 11. This is a result of adopting Replacement Theology (RT)!

I, along with millions of other Christians, pray regularly for the land and the people of Isra’el, but I have been told in Churches that believe in RT that Christians should not pray for Isra’el, in one because they are no more important to God than the Hungarians or the Chinese, because they rejected Jesus and so He rejects has rejected them and they no longer figure in God’s plans and purposes for the world! In another, I was told not to pray for Isra’el because we are in the Millennium now, hence the Jews are irrelevant! I find that there are 66 books in a library (the Bible) all about God’s plans and purposes for them, and God does not change (Malachi 3:6) and He keeps His promises. Stephen Sizer tries to get around it by contending that the Jews of today are not the same people as in the Bible, hence his stand at the "Christ at the Checkpoint" conferenes....

I would contend that entering into “fullness” means that we are so much into doing God’s Will, that we actually make the Jews sit up and realise that we are praising and worshipping their own God – making them jealous!!! See Deut 32:31, Romans 10:19, Romans 11:11 and many more references to God making the Jews jealous by a nation that is not a nation – the Church!!! It is a function that, more or less the whole Church, has never really taken up!

36. Luke 24 v 49: “Now I am sending forth upon you what my Father promised, so stay here in the city UNTIL you have been equipped with power from above.”

This is what some call, “the great commission” passage. I believe that those who go forth in Jesus name without being commissioned by the Holy Spirit are guilty of “dead works” as described in Hebrews 6:1. If we are not specifically empowered by the Holy Spirit, we should be very careful in what we are doing (or even saying). It is very easy to rush around and say and do things which are ostensibly good things to do in the world’s eyes, but if the Lord didn’t send us to do them, then they are dead works and do us no benefit in terms of Kingdom life etc. So, the message here is to seek the Lord before embarking on any new venture that we think He might actually be sending us to do.

37. Acts 1 v 2:UNTIL the day when, after giving instructions through the Ruach HaKodesh to the emissaries whom He had chosen, He was taken up into Heaven.

Here Luke is explaining the link between this book, the Acts of the Apostles, and his previous book, the Gospel of Luke, where Jesus had set out to do and to teach all required of Him by the Father, UNTIL He gave His final instructions through the Holy Spirit to His chosen Apostles. Again, UNTIL He was taken up into Heaven before their eyes.

Luke was, apparently, a doctor, who would have dealt with tiny details in his work. He is explaining that he is trying to do the same in both his books. Jesus went on to warn His apostles not to leave Jerusalem UNTIL they were newly empowered by the baptism in the Holy Spirit in the near future.

All this was a warning not to try to do anything in their strength or of their own volition! This echoes the similar warning to each of us, in the previous study, Number 36.   Sunday 30th March 2014.

38. Romans 5 v 13: “Sin was indeed present in the world before Torah was given, but sin is not counted as such when there is no Torah.”

The AV starts with “for UNTIL the Law sin was in the world...” Like most English translations, it translates Torah as “law,” which is a wrong translation. Torah is “teaching” or “instruction,” Torah also includes the Law! Some see this as a “get-out” clause, but that is wrong too, since everyone has a conscience.

What this verse is telling me is that sin was not accounted as such before the Torah was given. I don’t understand this, since the Torah wasn’t given UNTIL hundreds of years after the Flood, when every person living, bar eight, were killed as a result of their wrongdoing? I only know that, as we learn, further into the passage containing this verse, Jesus sacrifice and resurrection at Calvary is a gift offering eternal life and the remission of sins, for those who will accept it. Lord Jesus, please HELP me here!

39. I Corinthians 4 v 5: “So don’t pronounce judgement prematurely, before the Lord comes; for He will bring to light what is now hidden in darkness; He will expose the motives of people’s hearts; and then each will receive from God whatever praise he deserves.”

The AV says: “UNTIL the Lord come.”

This verse does NOT say, don’t pronounce judgement, for it says ‘don’t pronounce judgement prematurely.’

Paul was admonishing the Corinthians for trying to judge him, because the one who is “evaluating him is the Lord.” The situation here in Corinth is that the members of the congregation, were taking sides, Paul or Apollos, Paul is admonishing them for judging between them, by taking sides. Neither they nor we are to do so, because that would elevate ourselves to be above those we are judging! For, as Paul writes in verse 7 “what makes you so special?”

40. Philippians 1 v 6: “And I am sure of this: that the One who began a good work among you will keep it growing UNTIL it is completed on the day of the Messiah Yeshua.”

Paul is here writing to the congregation at Philippi, saying many good things about them. This is reflected in Revelation 3:7ff, where the Lord is holding little against the congregation at Philadelphia and was encouraging them. (I am thinking that Philippi and Philadelphia are the same place, forgive me, if when reading this, you find that I am wrong – again.)

I think that the main point to see in this verse before me today, is to realise that our lives are an ongoing process of increasing our love for God’s people and our righteousness, verses 9-11. God isn’t finished with me, He is continuing the “good work” in me and “will keep it growing UNTIL it is completed on the day of the Messiah Yeshua.”

Hallelujah! Amen.

41. II Thessalonians 2 v 3: “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way. For the day will not come UNTIL after the apostasy has come and the man who separates himself from Torah has been revealed, the one destined for doom.”

This is another use of the word UNTIL, which is in the CJB but not in the AV. Here the warning to me and all of us is that we must not allow ourselves to be deceived, because the coming of the Lord will not take place UNTIL after the apostasy (in the Church as well) has come about. All the deceiving signs, the man against all of God’s plans and purposes, the one who tries to set himself up as being God, the false Messiah, must all happen, in his attempt to deceive us and deprive us of our place in the Kingdom of Heaven! Stand firm UNTIL the Lord really does return. Amen.

42. II Thessalonians 2 v 7: “For already this separating from Torah is at work secretly, but it will be secretly only UNTIL he who is restraining is out of the way.”

The first thing that stands out is “secretly!” We have warnings elsewhere in the Scriptures, that anything which holds secrets is best avoided. Here, we are specifically warned about he or those who try to replace Torah with something else, often secret things, only revealed after one joins this or that society or group. The Free Masons is usually the first that springs to mind, but there are many others waiting to trap us.

Sometimes these things come in a Church, and the Lord has just put into my mind, “legalism.” We must remember that these terrible anti-God things will happen UNTIL Jesus comes again, when the judgement will begin. This morning, I was reading Revelation 13, 14 and 15, which is all about these things that will happen in the Judgement.

43. I Timothy 6 v 14: “...14 to obey your commission spotlessly and irreproachably UNTIL our Lord Yeshua the Messiah appears.”

This is a call upon each one of us to live a life worthy of the Lord. It calls for us to be perfect, which the Lord knows we cannot attain this before we reach Heaven, but we are to never give up trying. The Lord is here commissioning us to live “spotlessly and irreproachably” before him, UNTIL He comes again.

Please Lord, I need an awful lot of help from You in order to even begin to do this. Amen!   Sunday 6th of April 2014.

44. Revelation 17 v 17: “For God put it in their hearts to do what will fulfil His purpose, that is, to be of one mind and give their kingdom to the beast UNTIL God’s words have accomplished their intent.

John had seen a vision, which he has written down here, of the woman, who had caused many to be killed, was to be vilified by those she had seduced. Her gold cup was filled with “the obscene and filthy things produced by her whoring,” with the 10 kings, verse 4. She was “drunk from the blood of God’s people, that is, from the blood of the people who testify about Yeshua,” verse 6. Now the beast and all his minions, the 10 kings in verse 16, were going to devour her by eating her flesh and burn the rest of her!

The woman represented “the great city that rules over the kings of the earth,” verse 18. I have a vision that this city is the greatest financial centre in the world today – LONDON! This will remain part of the kingdom of the beast UNTIL God’s words have accomplished their intent.

WOW!!! Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! This came about, maybe, as a result of watching the (recorded) Chanel 4 programme about Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP last evening........

45. Revelation 20 v 5: “(The rest of the dead did not come to life UNTIL the thousand years were over.) This is the first resurrection.”

Well, I had never realised that the dead in Christ were not all raised to life together. Reading the context here, it seems that only those who were beheaded for witnessing for Jesus were raised in, what this passage calls the first resurrection. They are the ones who will reign with Jesus for the one thousand years. The Muslims are the main ones of whom I have heard, beheading Christians for being Christians, even today in Syria (2014) they are doing so. I believe that the Muslim Brotherhood are doing the same in Egypt too.

Lord, I’m not going to put myself in the place to be beheaded if I can help it, the process of dying seems an unpleasant door to go through as it is, especially watching Sheila, my wife, die. But Lord, your will be done.... I sincerely hope that I’ll resist the mark of the Adversary!

Not nice things to contemplate, but, nothing will happen UNTIL Jesus, with the Father, says the time is now. Amen.