|Revelation 21, Page 24-04|
(Repeating) 21:19 And the foundations of the instruction which protects us were organized with all manner of solidified truths. The first foundation was singularity to Yehuveh; the second, no idols; the third, no idol worship; the fourth, no vanity;
21:20 The fifth, Sabbath-keeping; the sixth, six days of work; the seventh, family honor; the eighth, no killing; the ninth, no adultery; the tenth, no stealing; the eleventh, honorable communication; the twelfth, balanced use of passion.
Bible, KJV Translation:
(Repeating) 21:19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
21:20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
Significant Words and Comments:
Commentary on Revelation 21:19-20a expansion (25 August 2008):
The Fourth Foundation Stone
“The fourth, an emerald,” representing the fourth commandment [“Thou shalt not take the name of Yehuveh thy Elohim in vain.” Exodus 20:7], therefore identifying the emerald [G4665] stone as representing no vanity. The corresponding Hebrew-translated stone from the breast-pocket is emerald [H5306]. (25 August 2008)
The only corresponding references from Torah is Ezekiel 27:16 in reference to global trade: “Syria was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of the wares of thy making: they occupied in thy fairs with emeralds, purple, and broidered work, and fine linen, and coral, and agate.” This provides us little insight.
This solidified life-structuring commandment stone corresponds with the tribe of Ephraim and the constellation Taurus.
The Jacob’s and Moses’ prophecies regarding Ephraim are wider, encompassing both sons of Joseph. Therefore, Joseph represents the combined qualities of the two sons—Ephraim, no vanity, and Manasseh, true Sabbath-keeping: “Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall,” is, those who reject vanity and embrace Yehuveh’s true Sabbath will bring forth the fruit of righteousness even in this life. “The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him,” evidences the opposition these people will face from all who love their vanity and refuse to yield submission to Yehuveh’s instruction. “But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty Elohim of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:) Even by the Elohim of thy father, who shall help thee,” clearly undaunted by the opposition of those who are ignorant or rebellious, those who choose Yehuveh’s way are strengthened by the very intimacy they enjoy with Yehuveh. “By the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb,” is evidence of one truth: there is no greater blessing that being in full harmony and union with Yehuveh! “The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills,” is, those who embrace Yehuveh’s true Sabbath and reject all vanity will enjoy blessings unparalleled by anything most of the past generations have ever known. “They shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren,” makes it clear that separation from the world, the rebellious, the ignorant, even (often) our own families will be necessary if we would follow Yehuveh’s instructions.
Originally Written: 25 August 2008
Latest Update: 25 August 2008
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