THE TREE in the middle of the garden proved to be a test and a trap—not just for Adam and Eve, but for the serpent as well.
This week, we discuss the location of Eden and explain why it was Jerusalem, based on the identities of the four rivers named in Genesis 2:10-13. We also talk about the relevance of the rivers Pishon, Gihon, Tigris and Euphrates to ancient cosmology, as reflected in Isaiah 47 and the ancient myth of the descent of Inanna (i.e., Ishtar, Astarte, Aphrodite, Venus, etc.) to the netherworld.
BACK TO the throne room of God this week as we discuss another visit by Ezekiel into the presence of Yahweh. We discuss the cherubim and ophanim, the supernatural guardians of the throne, and why the cherubim depicted on most models of the Ark of the Covenant are wrong.
HISTORY, PROPHECY, and a glimpse of a future war in heaven — what more could we pack into this week’s Bible study?
We discuss the historic context of this week’s reading — Assyria’s destruction of the northern kingdom of Israel, the imminent invasion of Judah, and Judah’s bad decision to turn to Egypt for an alliance instead of trusting in God. Then we get into some fascinating references to the divine council, flying fiery serpents (seraphim), a possible mention of a demon or deity called Destruction, and finally we read that the land of Edom will be allotted to goat-demons and the she-demon Lilith.
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Breaking news! The Gilberts are going to Israel!
Derek and Sharon Gilbert along with Dr. Michael S. Heiser present the Year 70 Tour of Israel, May 6-16, 2018. Our tour will include Mount Hermon, the Grotto of Pan, the Golan Heights (Bashan, the kingdom of Og), Qumran (Dead Sea scroll caves), and, of course, the important sites in Jerusalem, including the holy mountain of God, Zion.
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PROPHESYING DURING a time just before a calamity has to be one of the worst jobs ever. Isaiah was called to be a prophet during a visit to the throne room of God to preach to the kingdom of Judah, but his orders were to
Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.