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Posted by Cepher Publishing Group on Thursday, April 14, 2022

April 16, 2022 - April 22, 2022

16 Aviyv (Niycan) - 22 Aviyv (Niycan)
 
Parshat: Vayiqra (Leviticus) 16:1 - 18:30

And Yahuah spoke unto Mo­sheh after the death of the two sons of Aharon, when they offered before Yahuah, and died; 2 And Yahuah said unto El־Mosheh: Speak unto El־Aharon your brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the veil before the mercy seat, which is upon the Ark; that he dies not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat. 3 Thus shall Aharon come into the holy place: with a young bullock for a sin offering, and a ram for an ascending smoke offering. 4 He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen belt, and with the linen turban shall he be attired: these are holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put them on. 5 And he shall take of the assembly of the children of Yashar’el two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for an ascending smoke offering. 6 And Aharon shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself, and for his house. 7 And he shall take the two goats and present them before Yahuah at the door of the Tabernacle of the assembly. 8 And Aharon shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for Yahuah, and the other lot for Aza’zel.[1] 9 And Aharon shall bring the goat upon which Yahuah’s lot fell and offer him for a sin offering. 10 But the goat, on which the lot fell to be for Aza’zel, shall be presented alive before Yahuah, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for Aza’zel into the wilderness. 11 And Aharon shall bring the bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and shall make an atonement for himself, and for his house, and shall kill the bullock of the sin offering which is for himself: 12 And he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar before Yahuah, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the veil: 13 And he shall put the incense upon the fire before Yahuah, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony, that he dies not: 14 And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times.

15 Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the veil, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat: 16 And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Yashar’el, and because of their transgressions in all their sins: and so shall he do for the Tabernacle of the assembly, that remains among them in the midst of their uncleanness. 17 And there shall be no man in the Tabernacle of the assembly when he goes in to make an atonement in the holy place, until he come out, and have made an atonement for himself, and for his household, and for all the assembly of Yashar’el. 18 And he shall go out unto the altar that is before Yahuah and make an atonement for it; and shall take of the blood of the bullock, and of the blood of the goat, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about. 19 And he shall sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it, and hallow it from the uncleanness of the children of Yashar’el.

20 And when he has made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the Tabernacle of the assembly, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: 21 And Aharon shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Yashar’el, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: 22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness. 23 And Aharon shall come into the Tabernacle of the assembly, and shall put off the linen garments, which he put on when he went into the holy place, and shall leave them there: 24 And he shall wash his flesh with water in the holy place, and put on his garments, and come forth, and offer his ascending smoke offering, and the ascending smoke offering of the people, and make an atonement for himself, and for the people. 25 And the fat of the sin offering shall he burn upon the altar. 26 And he that let go the goat for Aza’zel shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward come into the camp. 27 And the bullock for the sin offering, and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall one carry forth without the camp; and they shall burn in the fire their skins, and their flesh, and their dung. 28 And he that burns them shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp.

29 And this shall be a statute forever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourns among you: 30 For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before Yahuah. 31 It shall be a Shabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute forever. 32 And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest's office in his father's stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments: 33 And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the Tabernacle of the assembly, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the assembly. 34 And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Yashar’el for all their sins once a year. And he did as Yahuah commanded Mosheh.

Chapter 17

And Yahuah spoke unto Mo­sheh, saying: 2 Speak unto El־Aharon, and unto his sons, and unto all the children of Yashar’el, and say unto them; This is the thing which Yahuah has commanded, saying: 3 What man soever there be of the house of Yashar’el, that kills an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp, or that kills it out of the camp, 4 And brings it not unto the door of the Tabernacle of the assembly, to offer an offering unto Yahuah before the Tabernacle of Yahuah; blood shall be imputed unto that man; he has shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people: 5 To the end that the children of Yashar’el may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto Yahuah, unto the door of the Tabernacle of the assembly, unto the priest, and offer them for peace offerings unto Yahuah. 6 And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of Yahuah at the door of the Tabernacle of the assembly and burn the fat for a sweet savor unto Yahuah. 7 And they shall no longer offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute forever unto them throughout their generations.

8 And you shall say unto them: What­soever man there be of the house of Yashar’el, or of the strangers which sojourn among you, that offers an ascending smoke offering or sacrifice, 9 And brings it not unto the door of the Tabernacle of the assembly, to offer it unto Yahuah; even that man shall be cut off from among his people.

10 And whatsoever man there be of the house of Yashar’el, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eats any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eats the blood and will cut him off from among his people. 11 For the soul of the flesh is in the blood: he and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood of him that makes an atonement in the soul.[2] 12 Therefore I said unto the children of Yashar’el: No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourns among you eat blood. 13 And whatsoever man there be of the children of Yashar’el, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunts and catches any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof and cover it with dust. 14 For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Yashar’el: Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eats it shall be cut off. 15 And every soul that eats that which died of itself, or that which was torn with beasts, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger, he shall both wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even, then shall he be clean. 16 But if he washes them not, nor bathe his flesh; then he shall bear his iniquity.

Chapter 18

And Yahuah spoke unto Mo­sheh, saying: 2 Speak unto the children of Yashar’el, and say unto them, I am Yahuah Elohaykem. 3 After the doings of the land of Mitsrayim, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Kena`an, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances. 4 Ye shall do my judgments, and guard my ordinances, to walk therein: I am Yahuah Elohaykem. 5 Ye shall therefore guard my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am Yahuah.

6 None of you shall ap­proach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am Yahuah. 7 The nakedness of your father, or the nakedness of your mother, shall you not uncover: she is your mother; you shall not uncover her nakedness. 8 The nakedness of your father's woman shall you not uncover: it is your father's nakedness. 9 The nakedness of your sister, the daughter of your father, or daughter of your mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness you shall not uncover. 10 The nakedness of your son's daughter, or of your daughter's daughter, even their nakedness you shall not uncover: for theirs is your own nakedness. 11 The nakedness of your father's woman's daughter, begotten of your father, she is your sister, you shall not uncover her nakedness. 12 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's sister: she is your father's near kinswoman. 13 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother's sister: for she is your mother's near kinswoman. 14 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's brother; you shall not approach to his woman: she is your aunt. 15 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your daughter-in-law: she is your son's woman; you shall not uncover her nakedness. 16 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your brother's woman: it is your brother's nakedness. 17 You shall not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, neither shall you take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness. 18 Neither shall you take a woman to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her lifetime. 19 Also you shall not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness. 20 Moreover you shall not lie carnally with your neighbor's woman, to defile yourself with her. 21 And you shall not let any of your seed pass through to Molech, neither shall you profane the name of your Elohiym: I am Yahuah. 22 You shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomina­tion. 23 Neither shall you lie with any beast to defile yourself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. 24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: 25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomits out her inhabitants. 26 Ye shall therefore guard my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourns among you: 27 (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;) 28 That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you. 29 For whosoever shall commit any of these abomina­tions, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people. 30 Therefore shall ye guard my ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am Yahuah Elohay­kem.

Haftorah: Yechezq'el (Ezekiel) 22:1-19

Moreover, the Word of Yahuah came unto me, saying: 2 Now, son of A’dam, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Yea, you shall show her את all her abomina­tions. 3 Then say you: Thus says Adonai Yahuah: The city sheds blood in the midst of it, that her time may come, and makes idols against herself to defile herself. 4 You are become guilty in your blood that you have shed; and have defiled yourself in your idols which you have made; and you have caused your days to draw near and are come even unto your years: therefore have I made you a reproach unto the heathen, and a mocking to all countries. 5 Those that be near, and those that be far from you, shall mock you, which are infamous and much vexed. 6 Behold, the princes of Yashar’el, everyone were in you to their power to shed blood. 7 In you have they set light by father and mother: in the midst of you have they dealt by oppression with the stranger: in you have they vexed the fatherless and the widow. 8 You have despised my holy things and have profaned my Shabbaths.[3] 9 In you are men that carry tales to shed blood: and in you they eat upon the mountains: in the midst of you they commit lewdness. 10 In you have they discovered their fathers' nakedness: in you have they humbled her that was set apart for pollution. 11 And one has committed abomina­tion with his neighbor's wo­man; and another has lewdly defiled his daughter-in-law; and another in you has humbled his sister, his father's daughter. 12 In you have they taken gifts to shed blood; you have taken usury and increase, and you have greedily gained of your neighbors by extortion, and have forgotten me, says Adonai Yahuah.

13 Behold, therefore I have smitten my hand at your dishonest gain which you have made, and at your blood which has been in the midst of you. 14 Can your heart endure, or can your hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with you? I Yahuah have spoken it and will do it. 15 And I will scatter you among the heathen, and disperse you in the countries, and will consume your filthiness out of you. 16 And you shall take your inheritance in yourself in the sight of the heathen, and you shall know that I am Yahuah. 17 And the Word of Yahuah came unto me, saying: 18 Son of A’dam, the house of Ya­shar’el is to me become dross: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are even the dross of silver. 19 Therefore thus says Adonai Yahuah; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Yerushalayim.

Besorah: Yochanon (John) 7:1-52

After these things Yahusha walked in Galiyl: for he would not walk in the land of Yahud,[4] because the Yahudiym sought to kill him. 2 Now Yahuah’s Feast of Cukkoth,[5] which the Yahudiym observed, was at hand. 3 And his brethren therefore said unto him: Depart hence, and go into the land of Yahud, that your Talmidiym also may see the works that you do. 4 For there is no man that does anything in secret, and he himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world. 5 For neither did his brethren believe in him. 6 Then Yahusha said unto them: My time is not yet come: but your time is always ready. 7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. 8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come. 9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galiyl.

10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. 11 Then the Yahudiym sought him at the feast, and said: Where is he? 12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said: He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceives the people. 13 Howbeit no man spoke openly of him for fear of the Yahudiym.

14 Now about the midst of the feast Yahusha went up into the Temple and taught. 15 And the Yahudiym marveled, saying: How knows this man the Scriptures, having never learned? 16 Yahusha answered them, and said: My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of Elohiym, or whether I speak of myself. 18 He that speaks of himself seeks his own glory: but he that seeks his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. 19 Did not Mosheh give you the Law, and yet none of you keeps the Law? Why go ye about to kill me? 20 The people answered and said: You have a devil: who goes about to kill you? 21 Yahusha answered and said unto them: I have done one work, and ye all marvel. 22 Mosheh therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Mosheh, but of the fathers;) and ye on the Shabbath circumcise a man. 23 If a man on the Shabbath receive circumcision, that the Law of Mosheh should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the Shabbath? 24 Judge not according to the appearance but judge righteous judgment. 25 Then said some of them of Yerushalayim: Is this not he whom they seek to kill? 26 But, lo, he speaks boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Mashiach? 27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Mashiach comes, no man knows whence he is. 28 Then cried Yahusha in the Temple as he taught, saying: Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not. 29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he has sent me. 30 Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come. 31 And many of the people believed on him, and said: When Mashiach comes, will he do more miracles than these which this man has done?

32 The Parashiym heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Parashiym and the chief priests sent officers to take him. 33 Then said Yahusha unto them: Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me. 34 Ye shall seek me and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come. 35 Then said the Yahudiym among themselves: Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? Will he go unto the dispersed among the other nations, and teach the other nations? 36 What manner of saying is this that he said: Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come? 37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Yahusha stood and cried, saying: If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believes on me, as the Scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spoke he of the Ruach, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Ruach Ha’Qodesh was not yet given; because that Yahusha was not yet glorified.)

40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying: said: Of a truth this is the Prophet. 41 Others said: This is Ha’Mashiach. But some said: Shall Mashiach come out of Galiyl? 42 Has not the Scripture said: That Mashiach comes of the seed of David, and out of the town of Beyt Lechem, where David was? 43 So there was a division among the people because of him. 44 And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him.

45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Parashiym; and they said unto them: Why have ye not brought him? 46 The officers answered: Never man spoke like this man. 47 Then answered them the Parashiym: Are ye also deceived? 48 Have any of the rulers or of the Parashiym believed on him? 49 But this people who knows not the Law are cursed. 50 Niqodiymon said unto them: (he that came to Yahusha by night, being one of them,) 51 Does our Law judge any man, before it hears him, and know what he does? 52 They answered and said unto him: Are you also of Galiyl? Search, and look: for out of Galiyl arises no prophet.

 

[1] Chanoch (Enoch) 8:1; 9:5; 10:6, 12; 13:1; 54:5; 55:4; 69:2(2).

[2] Yovheliym (Jubilees) 21:18; Daniy’el (Daniel) 9:24; Romaiym (Romans) 3:25; 5:9, 11.

[3] Sabbaths.

[4] The land or region of Judea.

[5] Feast of Tabernacles.

Chazon (Revelation) 1:8

I am the א (Aleph) and the ת (Tav), the beginning and the ending, says Yahuah Elohiym, which is, and which was, and which is to come, Yahuah Tseva’oth.

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Baruch Sheniy (2 Baruch) 51:8-9

For they shall behold the world which is now invisible to them and they shall behold the time which is now hidden from them: And time shall no longer age them.

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Ezra Reviy'iy (4 Ezra/2 Esdras) 2:35

Be ready to the reward of the Kingdom, for the everlasting light shall shine upon you forevermore.

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Devariym (Deuteronomy) 11:26-28

Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of Yahuah Elohaykem, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of Yahuah Elohaykem but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other elohiym, which ye have not known.

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Shemoth (Exodus) 20:11

For in six days Yahuah made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore Yahuah blessed the day of Shabbath, and hallowed it.

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Bere'shiyth (Genesis) 1:1

In the beginning Elohiym created את the heavens and אתthe earth.

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Yesha'yahu (Isaiah) 14:12

How are you fallen from heaven, O Heylel, son of the howling morning! how are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations!

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Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 31:31

Behold, the days come, says Yahuah, that I will cut a Renewed Covenant with the house of Yashar’el, and with the house of Yahudah.

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Besorah Yochanon (John) 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with את Elohiym, and Elohiym was the Word.

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Besorah Yochanon (John) 3:16

For Elohiym so loved the world, that he gave his yachiyd, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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Besorah Yochanon (John) 14:21

He that has my commandments, and guards them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

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Vayiqra (Leviticus) 23:4

These are the feasts of Yahuah, even holy assemblies, which ye shall proclaim in their appointed times.

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Besorah Mattithyahu (Matthew) 1:21

And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Yahusha: for he shall save his people from their sins.

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Besorah Mattithyahu (Matthew) 6:11-12

Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our transgressions, as we forgive those who transgress against us.

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Bemidbar (Numbers) 6:24-26

Yahuah bless you, and guard you: Yahuah make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: Yahuah lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

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Philippiym (Philippians) 2:10-11

That at the name of Yahusha every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Yahuah is Yahusha Ha’Mashiach, to the glory of Elohiym the Father.

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Tehilliym (Psalms) 23:1-2

Yahuah is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters.

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He who dwells in the secret place of El Elyon shall abide under the shadow of El Shaddai. I will say of Yahuah, He is my refuge and my fortress: my Elohiym; in him will I trust.

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Chazon (Revelation) 13:18

Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding calculate the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is χξς .

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Romaiym (Romans) 8:38-39

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Qorintiym Ri'shon (I Corinthians) 13:13

And now abides faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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Makkabiym Reviy'iy (4 Maccabees) 9:7-9

Make the attempt, then, O tyrant; and if you put us to death for our faith, think not that you harm us by torturing us. For we through this ill treatment and endurance shall bear off the rewards of virtue. But you, for the wicked and despotic slaughter of us, shall, from the divine vengeance, endure eternal torture by fire.

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Daniy'el (Daniel) 12:1

And at that time shall Miyka’el stand up, the great prince which stands for the children of your people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found written in the cepher.

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Chanoch (Enoch) 105:14-15

A great destruction therefore shall come upon all the earth; a deluge, a great destruction shall take place in one year. This child, who is born to your son shall survive on the earth, and his three sons shall be saved with him. When all mankind who are on the earth shall die, he shall be safe.

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Yo'el (Joel) 2:28

And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Ruach upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.

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