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TANATA is devoted to discussing the paradoxes and the mysteries of life, among which is the paradox of the coexistence of good and evil. “God is love,” John tells us. Evil exists, we would suggest, not because God is detached or unconcerned, but because free will exists which is required for true, unforced love to exist. Still, it is painfully hard to reconcile this paradox. We believe that all evil one day will be judged and destroyed, until then we must pray.

DANIEL 7:13-14

13 “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.

14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.


7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

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« The Breaking of Israel's Water »

Israel’s greatest source of strength and hope for her future and that of the world lies in her spiritual legacy. Like no other people on earth, the Israelis possess divine assurances in the form of prophetic utterances about her future, though at present Israel is the most persecuted and beleaguered of all nations. For their resolve to do their jobs to protect the people of Israel, the leaders of the nation at the center of the world face arrest and prosecution for war crimes. Seemingly Israel cannot win — but that is not the condition of her foretold future. The prophets are unmistakable: Israel’s bright future is linked to her willingness to call once again upon the Lord, the God of Israel, the creator and ruler of all things, so that he might cleanse her with water. 

At the center of Israel’s divine assurances is a building, Ezekiel’s temple, which is arguably described as being surrounded and protected by water. The prophetic utterances pertaining to such hydrological protection are myriad in the Hebrew scriptures. Isaiah speaks of new “streams in the desert,” springing forth, not in his day but some still future day, perhaps our day, to revitalize a parched and thirsty nation of people. The prophets Amos, Zechariah, Daniel and Ezekiel speak to Israel’s lasting restoration, utterances into which Israel and her supporters can place hope, for these same seers as we can see in hindsight rightly addressed the future as it immediately applied to the kingdoms of Israel and Judah and the portion of the Diaspora held in exile in Babylon.

Israel once more is being held in exile, worldwide with the Jews dispersed throughout virtually all the cultures of the world, and even in her own land, where she is hemmed in on all sides. The prophet Daniel seems to speak of a moat of protection surrounding the “holy place”; Isaiah, Ezekiel and Zechariah speak quite pointedly and assuredly of future alternations of Israel’s topography, which is unquestionably the most unique on earth. The Dead Sea in the Jordan River valley is the lowest land trench on the face of the planet, making Israel literally, as well as symbolically, the earth’s womb, which for now remains barren.

Are we not told by the prophets that Israel is to expect physical regeneration and renewal which will come in the form of newly emerging sources of water? Are there not dramatic descriptions in Zechariah, Ezekiel and Isaiah of alterations in the physical, geological landscape, which one could argue turns Israel into a protected island, surrounded by water, which, not coincidentally we would suggest … pulses beneath Jerusalem’s ground surface like blood in the arteries of a living body? The Gihon spring, a name which in Hebrew means “gusher,” is also the name of one of the four rivers which flowed out of Eden; scientists have measured its underground surges, tied to vast reservoirs of millions of gallons of water, rhythmic surges, which ebb and flow with the regularity found in the seasons of the year — so precise they are that one could set his or her watch by the surging, pulsing fresh water waiting to break forth. Water damage has long been reported at the Temple Mount, which threatens the stability of encroaching shrines and mosques … is this not evidence that the God of Israel means to cleanse this site which rightfully belongs to the Jews?

Over time, water can wear down obstacles of rock and stone which stand in its path.

Will water renovate the holiest of sites, clearing and cleansing the way for a new temple to be built and a new baby in the form of a man to be born or reborn (Jeremiah 31:21-22), as a mother’s water breaks in advance of her deliverance?

If there were no guarantees or past affirmations to be found in the fabric of the words of the Hebrew prophets, if they had failed rightly to predict conditions in Israel’s immediate future once before, then prophecy pertaining to a yet unfulfilled period of God’s renewed involvement in the lives of his people would lack the credibility to put any new faith in these words of restoration. But there are these affirmations, clearly, undeniably … and they uniquely belong to Israel.

Logistically, politically, building Ezekiel’s temple as described in the Holy Scriptures may not be feasible to some; it may seem ludicrous to some or many to put their faith in visionary descriptions of a new House of the Lord fed and cleansed by the dramatic emergence of living water, so that Israel might be restored and the blood might be cleansed from the altar of her sacrifice — but the truth is what it is, and Israel is who she is … and are there any other options now for Israel as she faces the scorn of the world and possibly the humiliation of facing charges of war crimes for protecting herself not from a nation but a rogue group of terrorists which would only add to Israel’s years of misery?

Water will surely come to renovate and restore Israel, according to her prophets. Has Israel, have we all become too secular for our own good, too limiting in our thinking that God’s covenant with Israel has been broken or never existed … or does this agreement wait to be fully consummated, as a harlot becomes a virgin once more and pregnant, as her water breaks, toppling the walls of the birth canal in Jerusalem, through which David once literally ascended, to give birth once again to her son and future king?


Reader Comments (1)

One should know that noyhing what scriptures say happens outside of the human body or away from it. So, consider this, the desert, the upperland of Egypt with the nile-delta, the oasis, the holly temple, the Holly land, the Ararat, the mount Sinai, are all designing one only thing and that is the body of the female human being.
The lower Land of Egypt the fertile one with many trees and grass are the male human and parts of this male are the magic wand of Moses, the Manna-machine, the Kamel, the people of Israel. Parts of both are the pillars of fire, the Pharao, the pillars of steam or clouds and the ark of the covenant. The inner parts of the woman are the shrine of the temple of the ark, the way trough the water that left the people trough, the big flood, the arch of noah, the long way where many go in and few arrive, the eye of the needle where the Kamel want to go trough, the mount ararat called the holly Land, the door where the breathe of god goes in and kills the child except when there is blood on it.
These are a few ideas and if you read the whole text in hebrew and understand the symbols of the letters and there numerical values you find the answers.
The people of Israel can only go trough the desert for 40 years but on the fertile land they exist for 70 years. It took 6 years for them to become. So, look at it, think about and find what lasts on a woman for 40 years and what a man can still do until 70. and what need 6 years to develop between childhood and the day the child dies. It is a game of hide and seek, a real cloak. Take care. people. And, dont seek a difficult answer to simple question.
April 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShamael Ben Sabbathai

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