“All Who Call Upon the Name of the LORD . . .”

Nick Norelli has continued the debate on praying to Yeshua with a post defending his favorite textual variant and another on the issue of calling upon the Name of the LORD.  I had mentioned in a previous post of my own that I needed to spend a bit more time discussing exactly what "calling on …

Revelation 3:1-6 – Sardis

A quick reminder that the audio for the teachings that these notes are based on is available at Cyber-Synagogue, absolutely free! 3:1 “And to the angel of the assembly in Sardis, the capital of Lydia, which was a prosperous exporter of textiles and jewelry in John’s time.  It held a large Jewish presence; archaeology has …

Revelation 2:18-29 – Thyatira

2:18  “To the angel of the assembly in Thyatira, which has been understood to mean “Daughter,” or possibly “Continuing Sacrifice,” both of which will be seen to be significant when the rest of the clues of her identity are uncovered.  It was famous in Biblical times for its purple dye, for its waters “are said …

Revelation 2:12-17 – Pergamum

2:12  “To the angel of the assembly in Pergamum, also called Pergamos, a name from which we can derive the Greek prefix pur- meaning, “much” or “an abundance,” and the word gamos, which means “marriage,” e.g., monogamy, bigamy, polygamy, etc.  This city of “much marriage,” was the capital of Asia in John’s time.  It had …

Revelation 1:8-11 – Smyrna

2:8  “To the angel of the assembly in Smyrna, a wealthy city some forty miles north of Ephesus, which continues today under the name of Izmir.  It was so prosperous and beautiful in its day that it competed with Ephesus and Pergamos for the title, “the first of Asia,” and was called “the lovely—the crown …

Revelation 2:1-7 – Ephesus

2:1  “To the angel of the assembly in Ephesus, a name which according to many scholars means “beloved.”  Ephesus was the capital of the province of Asia, and had a population of nearly a quarter of a million people.  It had a marvelous natural harbor that made it a favored port-of-call for ships from every …

Revelation 1:5-9 Notes

1:5 and from Yeshua the Messiah, the faithful witness the Seed of David of whom the Eternal One swore, “His descendants shall endure forever and his throne as the sun before Me.  It shall be established forever like the moon, and the witness in the sky is faithful” (Psa. 89:36f).  Jeremiah likewise prophesied, “Thus says …

First Notes on Revelation: Revelation 1:1-4

And here are the first of the notes to go with the Revelation series: Chapter 1 1:1 This is the Revelation of Yeshua the Messiah, the apokalipsis or unveiling of the Messiah in all of His glory.  The Hebrew equivalent of this word is megilah, from the verb gelah, to unveil or uncover.  In Jewish …