NOT SURPRISINGLY, the exiles who returned to Jerusalem in 538 B.C. got discouraged pretty quickly and left off rebuilding the Temple.
About eighteen years later, in 520 B.C., God sent the prophets Haggai and Zechariah to encourage the people to get busy. Somewhat surprisingly, the people listened! We discuss the prophetic aspects of the messages given to Haggai and Zechariah, and compare them to the actions of the nascent Sanhedrin today.
TODAY, WE begin studying the fulfillment of the patriarchal promise, the occupation of the land that Yahweh had declared would belong to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
We discuss again the concept of kherem, persons or things “devoted to destruction” because they are forbidden, either because they were accursed, such as those who worshiped other gods, or reserved for Yahweh’s exclusive ownership and use, such as the land of Canaan, which Yahweh had allotted to Israel. We discuss the assistance given to the spies by Rahab, the prostitute in Jericho, who was not only saved from death but became an ancestor of King David and thus the Messiah himself.
And we encounter a Christophany, another example of how the presence of the “second Power in heaven” or “second Yahweh”–Christ–is woven through the whole Bible.
Click here for an overview of the Divine Council by Dr. Michael S. Heiser (link opens a PDF document). See page 16 for a brief summary of Jesus as the second Power in heaven.