And he said unto me, Unto
two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the
sanctuary be cleansed.
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to
finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation
for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the
vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and
understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to
build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be
seven weeks, and
threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall,
even in troublous times. And after
threescore and two weeks
shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that
shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall
be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for
one week: and in the
midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and
for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the
consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
And there went up some of the children of Israel, and of the priests, and the
Levites, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in
the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king. And he came to Jerusalem in the
fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king. For upon the first
day of the first month began he to go up from Babylon, and on the first day of
the fifth month came he to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon
him. For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to
do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments. Now this is the
copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest, the
scribe, even a scribe of the words of the commandments of the LORD, and of his
statutes to Israel. Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest,
a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a
time. I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel,
and of his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own
freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee. Forasmuch as thou art
sent of the king, and of his seven counsellors, to enquire concerning Judah and
Jerusalem, according to the law of thy God which is in thine hand; And to carry
the silver and gold, which the king and his counsellors have freely offered unto
the God of Israel, whose habitation is in Jerusalem, And all the silver and
gold that thou canst find in all the province of Babylon, with the freewill
offering of the people, and of the priests, offering willingly for the house of
their God which is in Jerusalem: That thou mayest buy speedily with this money
bullocks, rams, lambs, with their meat offerings and their drink offerings, and
offer them upon the altar of the house of your God which is in Jerusalem.
And whatsoever shall seem good to thee, and to thy brethren, to do with the rest
of the silver and the gold, that do after the will of your God. The
vessels also that are given thee for the service of the house of thy God, those
deliver thou before the God of Jerusalem. And whatsoever more shall be
needful for the house of thy God, which thou shalt have occasion to bestow,
bestow it out of the king's treasure house. And I, even I Artaxerxes the
king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river, that
whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall
require of you, it be done speedily, Unto an hundred talents of silver, and
to an hundred measures of wheat, and to an hundred baths of wine, and to an
hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much. Whatsoever is
commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of the
God of heaven: for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and
his sons? Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and
Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this house of God, it
shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, upon
them. And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that is in thine
hand, set magistrates and judges, which may judge all the people that are beyond
the river, all such as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know
them not. And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law
of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto
death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment.
Disappointment of October 22, 1844
Between 1831 and 1844,
William Miller--a Baptist preacher and former army captain in the War of
1812--launched the "great second advent awakening" which eventually
spread throughout most of the Christian world. Based on his study of the
8:14, Miller calculated that Jesus would return to earth on
1844. When Jesus did not appear, Miller's followers experienced what became
to be called
just a century and a half the Seventh-day Adventist Church has grown to a
world-wide community of over eleven million members and millions of others who
regard the Adventist Church their spiritual home. Doctrinally, Seventh-day
Adventists are heirs of the interfaith Millerite movement of the 1840s.
And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always
strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be
an hundred and twenty
And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed
and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him
an hundred forty
and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
And they sung as it were a
before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the
elders: and no man could learn that song but
the hundred and forty and four
thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
And he measured the wall thereof,
an hundred and forty and four
cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and
an instrument of
Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp
with a solemn sound.
I will sing a
unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and
an instrument of ten
strings will I sing praises unto thee.
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number
of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding
exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.
Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred
threescore and six talents of gold
Now the weight of
gold that came to
one year was six hundred and
threescore and six talents of
No man can serve two
masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will
hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve
The love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced
themselves through with many sorrows.
And all the kings of the earth
sought the presence of Solomon,
wisdom, that God had put in his heart.
The queen of the south shall rise up
in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the
utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
1 Doth not wisdom cry? and
understanding put forth her voice?
2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
5 O ye simple,
wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye
of an understanding heart.
6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right
7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in
9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things
that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
12 I wisdom dwell with
prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
fear of the LORD is to hate
evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth,
do I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am
understanding; I have strength.
15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment
21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their
22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding
25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the
dust of the world.
27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the
28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment:
when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing
always before him;
31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of
32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of
35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
fear of the LORD is the beginning of
wisdom: a good
have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools
despise wisdom and instruction.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken,
and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into
captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall
the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of
battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before
Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward
the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the
mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the
land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven
and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in
his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the
world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of
the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a man
more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will
shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD
of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and
terrible day of the LORD come.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and
notable day of the Lord come:
For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all
that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the
LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall
pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth
also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon
shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the
heavens shall be shaken:
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven,
neither the Son, but the Father.
And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month,
and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou
findest; eat this roll, and go speak
unto the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. And he
said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that
I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. And he said
unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto
But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the
mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. And
the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little
book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the
earth. And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said
unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in
thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it
up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was
bitter. And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations,
and tongues, and kings.
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things,
yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of
man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now
we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we
might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms
of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign
for ever and ever.
And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of
man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
Ye worship ye know not what:
we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
It is also written in your law, that the testimony of
two men is true. I am one that bear
witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.
I and my Father are one.
And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at
the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man
leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be
Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh.
But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and
then shall they fast in those days.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe,
that the Father is in me, and I in him.
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me,
Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the
Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I
speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the
works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for
the very works' sake. 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
At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye
would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for
my Father is greater than I.
And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy
Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one,
as we are.
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews
or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into
And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the
truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through
their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they
also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory
which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in
them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know
that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that
they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory,
which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all
nations; and then shall the end come.
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes
of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with
power and great glory.
Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he
walk naked, and they see his shame.
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
For in one hour so great riches is come to
nought. And every shipmaster, and all the
company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia;
Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy
fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the
testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white
horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth
judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns;
and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be
established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all
nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to
the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his
ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word
of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many
people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into
pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war
For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the
regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit
upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve
tribes of Israel.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the
souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and
which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon
their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and
another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those
things which were written in the books, according to their works.
For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but
are as the angels which are in heaven. And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye
not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of
Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead, but
the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err. And one of the scribes came, and
having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked
him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the
commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the
Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with
all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou
shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye
also love one another.
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy,
but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one
tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were
passed away; and there was no more sea.
For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered,
nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for,
behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in
Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her,
nor the voice of crying
Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and
everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow
and mourning shall flee away.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death,
neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things
are passed away.
The Talmud's Music:
This amazing story began in California about eighteen years ago among a
young Jewish couple, Shoshanna and Micah Harrari. Shoshanna had a desire
for a small lap harp, very different from the classical harp that most
people are familiar with. In the past she had tried other instruments but
nothing had seemed right for her. Four years later, the Harraris made
aliyah to Israel. They discovered a drawing of a small harp from a cave
located at Megiddo. The drawing dated back 3,500 years. From this drawing
Micah, who was a guitar maker, began to fashion Shoshannas lap harp. At
the time the Harraris were living at Tiberias. Their yard had a lemon tree
and one hot day a neighbor came to pick the lemons. Invited in for a drink
of water, she noticed Micahs harp, then under construction. This lady
happened to be a journalist for the Jerusalem Post and began a story on
the Harrari harp. Her research revealed that the harp was the Biblical
harp known as the Nevel and had not been made for almost two thousand
The article on the Harrari harp catapulted them into international
prominence. To musicologists, historians, Bible scholars and teachers the
return of the harp was interpreted as an astounding event. At this time
Shoshanna and Micah knew very little about the history or Biblical
significance of the harps. According to Shoshanna, people came to their
home to ask questions on the harps. They responded that they were very
busy at the time and asked everyone to write their questions down and come
back in a few days. In the meantime Shoshanna and Micah delved into books
in order to find the answers so as not to be embarrassed.
"The kinnor goes back to the very beginning of human civilization
and is mentioned in Genesis 4:21 - ďAnd the name of his brother was
Yuval (Jubal), he was the ancestor of all who play the kinnor (lyre) and
ugav (flute)". It was the type of harp David played as a shepherd
sitting in the fields composing his first melodies. It is also the type of
harp described in the Talmud connected with the imminent arrival of the
The Kinnor represents one of the major harps of the scriptures. The
Kinnor is the Lyre of David and anciently had three to twelve strings.
Shoshanna and Micah had chosen ten strings for the their harp as they
wanted a full rich scale that would be interesting to the musician. Early
one morning an elderly rabbi appeared at the Harrari home and requested to
see the Kinnor. Very carefully he counted the strings, then counted again
and again. He was obviously moved and Shoshanna and Micah asked him why.
The rabbi then told them of an ancient portion of the Talmud that states:
"The harp of the ten strings is reserved for the day when the world that
is to come (the Olam Haba) is united in one harmonious whole." Its
reappearance signifies the soon coming of the Messiah and the redemption.
Today, our music is set up on an eight-note scale called an octave.
This dates back to ancient times. Scripturally, there are several
references to a song known as the New Song. This song is understood to be
the song that is sung when Messiah comes. The commentaries of the rabbis
abound with tremendous revelations of that time whenever this phrase is
commented on. The New Song is understood to be on a new ten-note scale
rather than the eight-note octave. These two additional notes, even though
now present, cannot be heard at this time.
"The ten string lyres, or kinnors,
have great spiritual significance to the Jews. It is the symbol of
Israel. Even the number ten has a spiritual significance. There is
the theory that when the Messiah returns to set up his kingdom, music will
be heard more clearly than we are able to hear now, with a ten note scale
instead of a seven note one. The ten string kinnor will be used to
play the "new song" mentioned in the Old and New Testaments."
In the days of David and King Saul, the harp was used when the evil
spirit came upon Saul. According to 1 Samuel 16.23, David played the harp
and sang for Saul, who was restored with peace.
A famous midrash tells of David hanging his Kinnor in a tree at
night as he lay down. At midnight, the north wind would blow and the harp
would begin to play, awakening David to study Torah. In Hebrew the word
for wind is ruach, the same word that is used for spirit: the Ruach
haKodesh is the Holy Spirit.
"it is also written of this harp that
the Shir Hadash or New Song, whose main theme is a world of no more war,
will be sung upon it. One day a rabbi visited the
Harrari's humble shop and asked to see their ten string kinnor. Tears came
to his eyes. He said that it had been prophecied that when the ten string
kinnor was being made again in Jerusalem, the Messiah would come. It's
an exciting time to be alive!."
(Special thanks to Zola Levitt and the Seventh Day