PROPHECY BECOMES REALITY: CURRENT HAPPENINGS ARE WEARING OUT THE SAINTS

(Dan 7:25-27)  And he [the body of antichrists under the head Antichrist] shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out [Heb: afflict (but only in a mental sense) /// fail, decay, consume: make old, spend, waste] the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they [the saints] shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time [3 years, the Great Tribulation]. But the judgment shall sit, and they [the saints] shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions [Heb: empires] shall serve and obey him [Christ Jesus, i.e., the Head of the Body of Christ].

  1. (Luke 21:19)  In your patience [Gk: cheerful or hopeful endurance] possess ye [Gk: acquire, own: obtain, purchase] your souls [Gk: spirits].

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EATING OF THE TREE OF LIFE

(Gen 2:7-9)  And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed [God’s breath, the Holy Spirit] into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the LORD God planted a garden [Heb: a garden (as fenced) /// to hedge about, protect: defend] eastward in Eden [Heb: pleasure: delight]; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

  1. pleasant to the sight
  2. good for food

 

(Gen 2:15-18)  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden [the archetype of the Bible] to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat [including the tree of life]: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day [“one day is with the Lord as a thousand years” 2 Pet 3:8] that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help [Heb: aid] meet for him [Heb: part opposite; a counterpart or mate].

  1. to dress it = Heb: abad; to work (in any sense), serve, till: husbandman,worshipper.
  2. to keep it = Heb: shamar; to hedge about, guard, protect: - beware, take heed (to self), keep (self), mark, look narrowly, observe, preserve, regard, reserve, save (self), (that lay) wait (for), watch (-man).
  3. Commentary: Adam lived 930 years (Gen 5:5). The oldest man Methuselah lived 969 years (Gen 5:27).
  4. mate = Dictionary synonyms: friend, pal, buddy, chum, companion, comrade // helper, assistant, colleague, partner, co-worker // breed, reproduce, pair off.
  5. Commentary: the name “Adam,” given by God, first appears in Gen 2:19; the name “Woman,” given by Adam first appears in Gen 2:23. He who names is exercising ascendancy (syn: dominance, superiority, pre-eminence, power, control) over the named. A hierarchical pattern of dominance (a covering) was thereby established descending from God down to Adam down to Woman.

 

(Gen 3:1-3)  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden [“the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” Gen 2:17], God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

  1. serpent = Heb: a snake (from its hiss) /// properly to hiss, whisper a (magic) spell: enchanter.
  2. subtil = Heb: cunning (usually in a bad sense): crafty.
  3. (Deut 4:2)  Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
  4. (Deut 12:32)  What thing soever I command you, observe [Heb: shamar] [Gen 2:15] to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

(Luke 5:1-7)  And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he [Jesus] stood by the lake of Gennesaret [lake Galilee], And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's [Simon Peter’s], and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left [Gk: ceased] speaking [to those standing on the shore, on dry land, unsaved], he said unto Simon [Peter], Launch out into the deep [Gk: profundity, mystery: deep things], and let down your nets for a draught [Gk: a catch: a haul (of fish)]. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net [“nets” Amplif., NAS, NIV]. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net [“nets” Amplif., NAS, NIV] brake [Gk: tore asunder] [“were (at the point of) breaking” Amplif., “began to break” NAS, NIV]. And they [Peter and Andrew] beckoned unto their partners [James and John], which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

 

(John 21:1-6)  After these things [the resurrected] Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias [the lake of Galilee]; and on this wise shewed he himself. There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and [James and John] the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples [totaling seven, that number symbolizing, in this case, heavenly completion]. Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately [Gk: at once] [“immediately” is omitted in Amplif., NAS, NIV]; and that night [Luke 5:5] they caught nothing [Luke 5:5]. But when the morning [Gk: day dawn] was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat [Gk: fish]? They answered him, No. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find [Luke 5:4]. They cast therefore [“Nevertheless” Luke 5:5], and now they were not able to draw it [up into the ship] for the multitude of fishes [Luke 5:6].

  1. (Luke 5:4)  Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. (Luke 5:5)  And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. (Luke 5:6)  And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

 

(John 21:7)  Therefore [meaning because of the latter event] [“Then” Amplif., NIV, “That disciple therefore whom Jesus loved” NAS] that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

  1. Dictionary: “Therefore” = in consequence of that; as a result; consequently.
  2. Commentary: It appears that John’s memory was jolted into recognizing Jesus by experiencing dramatic parallels in the present catch of a “multitude of fishes” which had multiple points of similarity with the past catch of fish, a catch of such a number wherein both ships being filled “began to sink” (Luke 5:7). Thus we may assume of John that the “lesson of obedience” was understood and well received, whereas Peter did not recall the “lesson of obedience” until he was reminded, but then he too immediately (without doubt, deliberation, or questioning) believed.

 

(John 21:8-11)  And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) [twice the length of the tabernacle compound] dragging [horizontally] the net with fishes. As soon then as they were come to land [the Promised Land], they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught [Gk: seized]. Simon Peter [rather than God or Christ Jesus] went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken [Luke 5:6].

  1. dragging = Gk: to drag /// to take for oneself, prefer. [same base word as “caught up” 1 Thes 4:17]
  2. (Rev 22:18-20)  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from [i.e., diminish] the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book [Deut 4:2; 12:32]. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.