If you are a sincere student of the Scripture, then you know you must study the scripture from the Perspective it was written in. The Bible is thoroughly Jewish, written in a Jewish Context, and from a Jewish World View. In this case a Jewish First Century Worldview! This Study Below is the one you want, and need. What a Grand Feast this is. Enjoy this, it is exceptional. This study was produced by yashanet.com.
Now just before we begin this study, consider this brief explanation of the “How,” and “Why,” concerning the Great Importance of Understanding Scripture within its proper Contextual Meaning:
“The modern manner of interpreting Biblical text is commonly called exegesis. This method concerns itself mostly with the literary and grammatical context of Scripture verses. Practitioners of exegesis sometimes view anything beyond the literal text as “isogesis” and often pay it little heed to it, or regard it with suspicion. This is an unfortunate error, a result of a backlash against improper allegorizing of the Scriptures, resulting in a case where “the baby is thrown out with the bathwater.”
With regard to the proper understanding of the Hebrew Scriptures in their proper context, including the “New Testament” books, there are in fact “levels” of interpretation that must be taken into consideration. This was the method used to write and interpret Scripture by the authors themselves as well as the audience of their time and culture.
THE RULES OF PARDES INTERPRETATION *
The four level of interpretation are called: Parshat, Remez, D’rash & Sod.The first letter of each word P-R-D-S is taken, and vowels are added for pronunciation, giving the word PARDES (meaning “garden” or“orchard”). Each layer is deeper and more intense than the last, like the layers of an onion.”
For more on this explanation of Jewish Interpretation See the Link immediately below concerning the study of Matthew.
|INTRODUCTIONNOTE: Much of the material in this study is of a very complex nature. If you are new to Torah-based Bible study, we recommend you start with our introductory-level study of the book of Matthew. We also recommend the books on ourYashaNet Reading List.
The book of Revelation is of the genre of mystical Jewish writings, called Torat ha Sod. As such, it cannot be properly interpreted without an understanding of the concepts and terminology involved in this form of study and writing. Unfortunately, due to 1900 years of gentile “control” of the texts of the “New Testament,” (this too being a biased name for books of the early Messianic writers), along with a non-Jewish understanding of God, Messiah and the Bible in general, the methodology of understanding such writings as Revelation had been lost.
In the book of Daniel, it is prophesied that in the end times, knowledge would increase. This “knowledge” is called da’at, and has to do with Torah-based spiritual understanding given by God. The recent return of Jews and gentiles to Torah-based faith in Yeshua the Messiah (as we have seen in the past 30 years or so), has been accompanied by a renewal of a Hebrew understanding of the texts of the Bible, including those in what is called the “New Testament.” The result is that important truths, hidden away for close to two millennia, are being revealed by God in these days leading up to the return of the Messiah, Yeshua.
This book of Revelation Study draws greatly on extra-Biblical Jewish writings. Materials for this Revelation study include; the Talmud, Midrash Rabbah, as well as the Zohar, Bahir, Sefer Yetzirah, and other ancient writings. We will also reference the books of Enoch and Jasher, as well as the writings of Maimonides and Nachmanides. Modern rabbinic commentaries will also be presented, as well as insight from books by prominent Jewish teachers such as Norman Lamm, Aryeh Kaplan, Gershom Scholem, Yehuda Liebes, Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi, and others.
A considerable amount of time will be spent researching “background” material before getting to the actual text analysis. This is especially important with this study, as Revelation cannot be properly grasped without an appropriate understanding of many deep Hebrew concepts which are rooted in the Bible’s most mystical passages. This background material encompasses a wide range of topics and is being presented in a particular sequence. These lessons are meant to be read in the order they are presented. Following God’s example from Scripture, each lesson will build upon what was previously learned, “precept upon precept.”
If you desire a clearer understanding of what John, the Jewish writer of the mystical text of Revelation was talking about, we welcome you to take part in this study. Begin by reading the background materials. We encourage you to send in comments and questions as we go forward.
For this is the way of wisdom — to acquire ideas one after another until, in the end, there emerges one complete concept for which all of the prefaces were necessary.
From Da’ath Tevunoth (The Knowing Heart)
Section I – Israel
Section II – The Temple and Priesthood
Section III – The Moedim
Section IV – Spiritual Dimensions
Section V – The Mysteries of God
Section VI – Messiah
Section VII – Tree of Life / Additional Studies
We encouraged you to follow along, to submit ideas and to ask questions.