Prophet Pearls #51 – Nitzavim (Isaiah 61:10-63:9)

Prophet Pearls Nitzavim, angel of his presence, Elijah, haftarah, Isaiah 61:10-63:9, Keith Johnson, Metatron Enoch, nehemia gordon, Nitzavim, Nitzavim haftarah, parashah, Parsha, parshas, parshat, Prophecy, Prophet Pearls, prophets, prophets portion, Temple Mount, watchmen walls, watchmen walls jerusalem, Yeshua, yeshua haftarah, yeshua reading synagogueIn this episode of Prophet Pearls, Nitzavim (Isaiah 61:10-63:9), Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson, recount their most recent visit to the Temple Mount and Nehemia gives the historical background of Muslim-control of the only holy site in Judaism. They also discuss the Isaiah passage read by Yeshua in the synagogue—which confirms first-century Haftarah readings. We learn statistics on named and unnamed angels in the Tanakh and Nehemia provides three rabbinical traditions for the “angel of his presence” mentioned in this passage.  In closing, Nehemia asks Yehovah to turn the hearts of those who desecrate the Temple Mount—and to send his messengers to help those on the wall do his work.

"For Zion's sake I will not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest" (Isaiah 62:1)

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40 thoughts on “Prophet Pearls #51 – Nitzavim (Isaiah 61:10-63:9)

  1. As Yeshua often did things which refuted the religious establishment I’m not so sure that He would follow the prescribed Haftora portion. He also often did things which demonstrated who He is without verbally proclaiming it, as in let those who have ears hear.

  2. You guys are inspiring. I thank YEHOVAH for giving you guys a backbone. Not afraid to declare truth. Learning so much. I believe listening to you guys we are crossing over as our ancient hebrew brothers. Love u all

    • Correction: “‘These are Jewish sources – it’s time we took them back!’” (Hearing this made my heart leap for joy)

  3. I was blessed to visit the mountain in early 1993. I had been taught that the dome of the tablets, or spirits was on the location of the holy place. It seemed to align with the golden gate, and I perceived a faint outline of grass and weeds adjacent, about the shape and size of a temple building. I was deeply impressed, and took a series of panoramic photos. I leaned on the pillars of the little dome, and prayed. If that was the temple location, there is plenty of room for a rebuilding. This was in the days when the only muslim harassment was the guy selling photo slides. Yes, I bought a set, and got a discount too… (pleaded poverty)

  4. In reference to Yeshua reading the beginning of Isaiah 61 and the assumption that he probably read more of the section than is written: I believe that assumption could be extended to the record of Yeshua speaking the first line of Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me…”; I believe it is likely that he recited the entire psalm; which appears to be an uncanny description of what was taking place at that very moment.

  5. He is there to begin the removal of the Preisthood that had become or allowed corruption,the mixing of God’s word to creep into YHVH’s house.There were still a few members of Zadok that there still in opposition to what was coming into and overpowering the priesthood,even the common people realized that the former preisthood and leaders of the day had gone off track.YHVH is giving the leaders their walking papers and that he is establishing those who want to listen to him and obey him that were coming from the lost sheep of the house of Israel,and the former Gentiles to serve as ministers to the world.They are going to act as minister,they are going to, and do the work of bringing people back to YHVH. Is 61:3,4,5. Some will also loose their heads,be persecuted to will stand with YHVH and his son and the way set before them. There are several hebrew tribes also listed along with Levi in the role of priests.There are those who act the role of preists, along with those saints that die for the good news of Yeshua,YHVH and the coming of Kingdom. These are peoples that love mercy,equal non hypocritical judgement.they follow truth.

  6. You guys are always awesome, conveying so much valuable information and new insight into the Scriptures.

    Great discussion on angels, but I am not sure an important element was made clear (enough). Angels is the english word translated from the Greek an dis used for numerous passages inappropriately, leading to much confusion. All “angels” are messengers but not all messengers are “angels.” Messengers come in the form of people conveying information for kings etc., sars or “archangels” of which (as you note) there are only two mentioned in the Bible, Michael (the warring messenger) and Gabriel (the “good news” messenger), and you also discuss the “angel of presence” aka “the angel (messenger) of YHVH.”

    This last Messenger is VERY unique in His role bc He always appears and speaks for YHVH in the flesh. Nehemiah, you suggest Yeshua is one reference to this Messenger, and I submit, He can be no other than the Messiah or Annointed One, so in this sense, absolutely, Yeshua Messiah, or “Yah who saves.” Torah tells us clearly that no man can see or be with YHVH face to face or see Him and live, yet this happens with at the very least Moses, and arguably with others as well, such as Abraham (in the tent) and Jacob (wrestling).

    Anyway, this is something that is clear once YHVH reveals it, but until then people cannot see it and argue against it. Just something for ongoing consideration as you pray and study!

  7. Have always used the prophet pearls and Torah pearls to prepare for the Sabbath in the past two years and have learned a lot . May Yehovah bless you both and also Jono .

    A humble request , whenever homework is given , the verses is told in rapid fire and do not get an opportunity to note down .Please could you slow down or repeat twice .


    • Nehemia, is there already, or can a link to a transcript of these podcasts be made available while we are listening? That way, people can read along as the two of you speak, (often rapidly, and we old folks have difficulty keeping up. lol )

      This would resolve “confusion” at times when both you and Keith are talking at the same time, AND, would solve Joy’s request as she (we) could then just read the verses you refer to. Sometimes it gets confusing trying to pause the podcast, to jump to Deuteronomy, or around in Isaiah, or others places in scripture, to find and read what you are referring to.

      Thanks ever so much. This was an EXTREMELY interesting podcast for me. I found the discussion about the experiences on the Temple Mount & Angel of Presence, possiblt being Yeshua, especially interesting.

      Causing a myriad of thought I want to think about and research before commenting further.

  8. In the apocryphal Book of Enoch (40:9), there are four angels of God’s Presence: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel/Phanuel. They are called the angels of God’s Presence because they supposedly stand at the 4 corners of God’s heavenly throne. IMHO I think that Isaiah 63:9 means ‘AN angel of God’s presence’, i.e. one of these 4 archangels, rather than ‘THE angel of God’s Presence’, there’s no definite article.

  9. According to the old 3-year reading cycle that was practised in the Land at the time of Yeshua, Isaiah 60:1-2 was the haftarah for Deut 15:7-16:17, read on the 4th Shabbat of the Eighth Month / Cheshvan. The haftarah of Isa 61:10-63:9 was read for Dt 31:1-13, which was the portion for the 2nd Shabbat of the Eleventh Month / Shvat. If Yeshua was crucified in 30CE, then the haftarah from Isa 60:1-2 would have been read in about Nov of the year 28CE. It would also have been a ‘favorable year of YHVH’, as that year was a Sabbatical Year (working backwards from when Agrippa read Torah for the Sabbatical Year in 41CE).
    We still follow this 3 year reading cycle.

  10. Thanks for the wonderful insight! The main discussion concerning Yshua should of been how this was a Jubilee declared by Yshua saying this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing this day being on Yom Kippor proclaiming liberty to the captives, in other words defining the soon coming Jubilee year. The Torah says to proclaim it throughout the land and soon after this event the passage in Luke and the other gospels said his fame went throughout the region. The other aspect is Yshua did stop in the middle of the verse ecause his first coming was to preach good news, heal the broken-hearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, open the prison to them that are bound, proclaim the acceptable year (Jubilee) of Yehovah. The rest of the verse Yshua did not intentionally read “and the day of Vengence of our God”, because he was not to fulfill this in his first coming but on his second coming. This day Yshua stood to read Isaiah 61 was intentional and was on Yom Kippor 26 AD/CE at the onset of his ministry.

    • Indeed, He stopped EXACTLY where He did (as it is Written/recorded–and no further) for a very good reason. shalom

  11. “They do not allege that he was born from God the Father, but that he was created as one of the archangels, yet was made greater than they, since he rules over the angels, and all things made by the Almighty. And, as found in their Gospel, they say that when he came, he taught, ‘I have come to destroy the sacrifices, and if you do not stop making sacrifices, God’s wrath will not stop afflicting you!'” – Epiphanius – Panarion (Medicine Chest), 30:16, 4-5.
    This is part of the work of a so-called heresy hunter hell-bent on hounding Hebrew believers subscribing to the Ebionite Gospel and similar materials that were closely related to the early Matthew Gospels, composed in Hebrew and/or Aramaic.

    • Very interesting about an angel called Yeshua. In the Christian view, the “angel of Yehovah” from the Old Testament who also seems to be Yehovah himself is Yeshua. We would not consider him only an angel but he is indeed the principal messenger from God the Father to bring Yehovah’s message to his people.

  12. It really makes me angry that Muslims have control of The Most Holy Place, and those women yelling obnoxiously, why do we let them get away with that! WHY can they have the people of Israel arrested! Our God is more powerful than their god, I just don’t get it 🙁

  13. One of the speakers said it was possible, in the time of Yeshua, that the person reading from the scroll of a prophet could choose their own section, provided they read at least three verses. Surely, back then there were no chapter and verse divisions. Those things came MUCH later, well into the Christian era, for easy reference, so how could a certain number of verses be measured in Yeshua’s time on earth?

    • I don’t think there is a Hebrew word for sentence. Only ‘writing’, so whatever they read three of, it can perhaps only be understood now by us with the word ‘verse’. I think I am wrong, just trying to get you your answer. Will watch.

  14. Shalom, Jesus was Messiah ben Yosef like Billy Phillips from Kabbalah Centre teaches on YouTube. After Hashem killed Jesus (Passover 15th Nissan 3793; 32 years old born on 1 Tishrei 3761/like Adam created in 3761 BCE/ conceived on 1 Tevet 3760; 7th day of Chanukah/new moon). He resurrected or rose him from the dead with the soul of King David as a new created being (18th Nissan 3793). The angel you just talked about Messiah King David in the body of Messiah ben Yosef (Ephesians 2:15 one new man/Ezekiel 37:15-28).

  15. I remember reading David Stern’s translation of Revelations and it seems to me to be in error. Rev 22:14 In the Greek it says “Blessed are they who do His commandments, that they may have a right to the tree of life, and that they may go into the city by the gates” many wrongly translate this as “those who have washed their robes – NIV”. I remember reading Sterns translation and he choose the later. I do not know why he would do this? It would appear they are down playing the importance of the Commandments, the Torah….

    • Perhaps it is a difference between the two major texts the translations are based on. The oldest translations – KJV and the Geneva version, are based on thousands of pieces of copies text from all over, called the Textus Receptus. The Catholic Bible, and I believe the NIV and other translations that arose since the 1970’s, are based on the Alexandrian text, just one copy. I tried to find this verse in both and see if that was where the difference is, but couldn’t find. Perhaps someone else will find the sources of this verse and help us.

      • Don’t know if this helps or not, but the LITV (Literal Translation of the Bible) YLT (Young’s Translation, and the King James, all use the words commands or commandments, while probably a dozen others in my E-Sword “compare” Bibles, reveals most use the term “wash their robes,” and in the Douay-Rheims adds to washing robes “in the blood of the lamb.”

        It may be in the use of different manuscripts or even OPINIONS of the translators. Man corrupts many things which he touches, and inevitably , in translating, opinions get involved.

  16. Hello Nehemiah
    Maybe you can help me with this question.
    Feast of Trumpets and Day of Atonement
    Both say bring a sacrifice made by fire
    What should we do for this?

  17. Kieth mentioned that at a certain point on the Mount Nehemia joined the conversation by asking “What did you say?” What happened after that?

  18. What I really appreciate about your teaching is the obvious lack of proselytizing. Thank you for that and for consistently bringing intellectual honesty to the study of Torah.

  19. Nehemia you mentioned that only two names of angels are mentioned so where did the other names such as Uriel,and Rafael come from?

  20. Wow guys. Soooo powerful this teaching. I listened today on my walk and it definitely put a spring in my step. We should not nor will not keep silent just to preserve our own lives but will unashamedly proclaim the name of Yehovah our Elohim, Isa. 62:7, “till He establishes and till He makes Yerushalayim a praise in the earth.” Which for me goes with Deu. 29:12-13, “so that you should enter into covenant with יהוה your Elohim, and into His oath, which יהוה your Elohim makes with you today,
    13in order to establish you today as a people for Himself, and He Himself be your Elohim, as He has spoken to you, and as He has sworn to your fathers, to Aḇraham, to Yitsḥaq, and to Ya‛aqoḇ.”
    And as Nehemia brought to us in another teaching, Jer 32:41, the only time in the Tanakh where Yehovah says He will do something with all His heart and with all His being, “‘And I shall rejoice over them to do good to them, and shall plant them in this land in truth, with all My heart and with all My being.’” Halleluyah. Shalom.

    • Halleluyah! He certainly is populating Israel now and growing it in every way. After the Deut 29 passage you mentioned, did you ever notice that in chapter 30 Moses goes on about ‘turning back’ to God, and later is quoted by Paul, and said to have stated in Deut 30 ‘the word of faith, which we preach’? Paul in Romans 10 quotes Moses: “Who shall ascend into heaven? Or, Who shall descend into the deep? But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart..the word of faith, which we preach” The word Moses was giving that day was the heart-change in verse 6, the result of their repentance, which the whole passage is about.

  21. Thank you Nehemia and Keith for a wonderful year of Prophet Pearls. We have found wonderful things in YHVH’s Word thanks to your insights.

    It would be nice in the upcoming years if possible to do a book of the OT or topical study that is not tied to the Torah portioning.

    May you both have a blessed Feast Season and experience much of YHVH’S BLESSINGS!

    • Truth! You said it, Paulsons!

      And, yes, thank y’all for everything…including every time that hearing the Word of God and y’all’s studies and laughter has lifted me up. These restorations of my soul have meant so much to me that I really can’t quite find the words. Thank you.

      Unrelated quote sharing Rev 5:13…

      And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and underneath the earth, and the things that are on the sea, and the things in all of them, I heard saying: To the One sitting on the throne and to the Lamb be the blessing and the honor and the glory and the might to the ages of the ages.

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