אֱלֹהִים (pronounced elo-heem): "God" Elohim in context: "In the beginning, God (אֱלֹהִים) created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1).


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The proper context for interpreting the Bible is the context of the biblical writers - the context that produced the Bible. Every other context is alien to the biblical writers and, therefore, to the Bible. Yet there is a pervasive tendency in the believing Church to filter the Bible through creeds, confessions, and denominational preferences.

Dr. Michael S. Heiser

Author of "The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible"


When Yeshua tells his disciples that the Temple will be destroyed, they respond, “Tell us, when will these things be?” (Mk 13:4). Jesus replies, “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines” (13:7-8). According to a first-century Jewish text called 4 Ezra, an angel is also asked about the coming destruction of the Temple in the same way that Jesus’ disciples ask him: “How long? When will these things be?” (4 Ezra 4:33). The angel’s response is also like Yeshua’s: “When there shall appear in the world earthquakes, tumult of people, [and] intrigues of nations” (9:1). Jesus and 4 Ezra use their shared Jewish language and imagery to predict the destruction of the Temple.

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