|Revelation 21, Page 24-05|
(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 (26 August 2008):
The Fifth Foundation Stone
“The fifth, sardonyx,” representing the fifth commandment [“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8], therefore identifying the sardonyx [G4557] stone as representing true Sabbath-keeping. The corresponding Hebrew-translated stone from the breast-pocket is sapphire [H5601]. (26 August 2008)
All corresponding references from Torah include: “They saw the Elohim of Israel: and there was under His feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.” That is, Moses and those with him come to know Yehuveh because of the Sabbath communication on which knowing Him is established. “The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.” Is, the solidifying of that place is established in Sabbath-keeping. “Wisdom . . . cannot be valued with . . . the sapphire.” Is, wisdom, for all its value, cannot compare with the steady, ongoing instruction of every Sabbath we spend with Yehuveh. “His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.” Speaking of the Lamb-king, that which provides him ongoing nourishment is his regular connection with Yehuveh on the Sabbaths. “O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.” Speaking of the restored people after Yehuveh has cleansed the earth, Yehuveh promises to establish their lives in the twelve foundational truths by their repeated Sabbath instruction. “Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire.” That which sets Yehuveh’s select ones apart is the understanding and wisdom they gain from their weekly Sabbath instruction. “Above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.” “Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne.” The redeemed are established and elevated to be “kings and priests” by their weekly encounters with Yehuveh! Exodus 24:10; Job 28:6; 28:12, 16; Song of Solomon 5:14; Isaiah 54:11; Lamentations 4:7; Ezekiel 1:26; 10:1; Revelation 1:6.
This solidified life-structuring commandment stone corresponds with the tribe of Manasseh and the constellation Aries. The Jacob’s and Moses’ prophecies regarding Manasseh are the same as those of Ephraim and have been detailed there. There are no direct Scriptural references to Aries. The Sun is in Aries from 21 March to 19 April, depending on the year. During this time, which includes the spring feasts of the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, we are to review our valuation and regard for Yehuveh’s Sabbath. Year by year they should become increasingly precious to us. “If thou . . . call the sabbath a delight, the holy of Yehuveh, honourable; and shalt honour Him: . . . then shalt thou delight thyself in Yehuveh; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father.” Isaiah 58:13-14.
Originally Written: 26 August 2008
Latest Update: 26 August 2008
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