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Posted by Cepher Publishing Group on Thursday, June 16, 2022

June 18, 2022 | 20 Sheliyshiy (Ciyvan)

Parshat: Bemidbar (Numbers) 19:1 - 22:1

Chapter 19

And Yahuah spoke unto El-Mo­sheh and unto El-Aharon, saying: 2 This is the ordinance of the Torah which Yahuah has commanded, saying: Speak unto the children of Yashar’el, that they bring you a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke: 3 And ye shall give her unto El`azar the priest, that he may bring her forth without the camp, and one shall slay her before his face: 4 And El`azar the priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of her blood directly before the Tabernacle of the assembly seven times: 5 And one shall burn the heifer in his sight; her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, with her dung, shall he burn: 6 And the priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer. 7 Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even. 8 And he that burns her shall wash his clothes in water, and bathe his flesh in water, and shall be unclean until the even. 9 And a man that is clean shall gather up את the ashes of the heifer and lay them up without the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the assembly of the children of Yashar’el for a water of separation: it is a purification for sin. 10 And he that gathers the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the even, and it shall be unto the children of Yashar’el, and unto the stranger that sojourns among them, for a statute forever.

11 He that touches the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days. 12 He shall purify himself with it on the third day, and on the seventh day he shall be clean: but if he purifies not himself the third day, then the seventh day he shall not be clean. 13 Whosoever touches the dead body of any man that is dead, and purifies not himself, defiles the Tabernacle of Yahuah; and that soul shall be cut off from Yashar’el: because the water of separation was not sprinkled upon him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness is yet upon him. 14 This is the Torah, when a man dies in a tent: all that come into the tent, and all that is in the tent, shall be unclean seven days. 15 And every open vessel, which has no covering bound upon it, is unclean. 16 And whosoever touches one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, or a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days. 17 And for an unclean person they shall take of the ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin, and running water shall be put thereto in a vessel: 18 And a clean person shall take hyssop, and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons that were there, and upon him that touched a bone, or one slain, or one dead, or a grave: 19 And the clean person shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, and wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at evening. 20 But the man that shall be unclean, and shall not purify himself, that soul shall be cut off from among the assembly, because he has defiled the sanctuary of Yahuah: the water of separation has not been sprinkled upon him; he is unclean. 21 And it shall be a perpetual statute unto them, that he that sprinkles the water of separation shall wash his clothes; and he that touches the water of separation shall be unclean until even. 22 And whatsoever the unclean person touches shall be unclean; and the soul that touches it shall be unclean until even.

Chapter 20

Then came the children of Ya­shar’el, even the whole assem­bly, into the desert of Tsin in the first month: and the people abode in Qadesh; and Miryam died there, and was buried there. 2 And there was no water for the assembly: and they gathered themselves together against Mo­sheh and against Aharon. 3 And the people chode with Mosheh, and spoke, saying: Would to Elohiym that we had died when our brethren died before Yahuah4 And why have ye brought up the assembly of Yahuah into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there? 5 And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Mitsrayim, to bring us in unto this evil place? It is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink. 6 And Mosheh and Ahar­on went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the Tabernacle of the assembly, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of Yahuah appeared unto them.

7 And Yahuah spoke unto El-Mo­sheh, saying: 8 Take the rod, and gather the assembly together, you, and Aharon your brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and you shall bring forth to them water out of the rock: so you shall give the assembly and their beasts drink. 9 And Mo­sheh took the rod from before Yahuah, as he commanded him. 10 And Mosheh and Ahar­on gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said unto them: Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? 11 And Mosheh lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the assembly drank, and their beasts also.

12 And Yahuah spoke unto El-Mo­sheh and El-Aharon: Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Yashar’el, therefore ye shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them. 13 This is the water of Meriyvah; because the children of Yashar’el strove with Yahuah, and he was sanctified in them.

14 And Mosheh sent messengers from Qadesh unto the king of Edom: Thus says your brother Yashar’el: You know את all the travail that has befallen us: 15 How our fathers went down into Mitsrayim, and we have dwelt in Mitsrayim a long time; and the Mitsriym vexed us, and our fathers: 16 And when we cried unto El-Yahuah, he heard our voice, and sent an angel, and has brought us forth out of Mitsrayim: and, behold, we are in Qadesh, a city in the uttermost of your border: 17 Let us pass, I pray you, through your country: we will not pass through the fields, or through the vineyards, neither will we drink of the water of the wells: we will go by the king's high way, we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed your borders. 18 And Edom said unto him: You shall not pass by me, lest I come out against you with the sword. 19 And the children of Yashar’el said unto him: We will go by the highway: and if I and my cattle drink of your water, then I will pay for it: I will only, without doing anything else, go through on my feet. 20 And he said: You shall not go through. And Edom came out against him with many people, and with a strong hand. 21 Thus Edom refused to give Yashar’el passage through his border: wherefore Yashar’el turned away from him.

22 And the children of Yashar’el, even the whole assembly, journeyed from Qadesh, and came unto Mount Hor. 23 And Yahuah spoke unto El-Mosheh and El-Aharon in Mount Hor, by the coast of the land of Edom, saying: 24 Aharon shall be gathered unto his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Yashar’el, because ye rebelled against my Word at the water of Meriyvah. 25 Take Aharon and El`azar his son and bring them up unto Mount Hor: 26 And strip Aharon of his garments and put them upon El`azar his son: and Aharon shall be gathered unto his people and shall die there. 27 And Mosheh did as Yahuah commanded: and they went up into Mount Hor in the sight of all the assembly. 28 And Mosheh stripped Aharon of his garments and put them upon El`azar his son; and Aharon died there in the top of the mount: and Mosheh and El`azar came down from the mount. 29 And when all the assembly saw that Aharon was dead, they mourned for Aharon thirty days, even all the house of Yashar’el.

Chapter 21

And when King Arad the Ke­n­a`aniy, which dwelt in the Negev, heard tell that Ya­shar’el came by the way of the spies; then he fought against Yashar’el, and took some of them prisoners. 2 And Yashar’el vowed a vow unto Yahuah, and said: If you will indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities. 3 And Yahuah heark­ened to the voice of Yashar’el and delivered up the Ke­na`an­iym; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities: and he called the name of the place Chormah.

4 And they journeyed from Mount Hor by the way of the Red Sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. 5 And the people spoke against Elohiym, and against Mosheh: Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Mitsrayim to die in the wilderness? For there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loathes this light bread. 6 And Yahuah sent את fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many people of Yashar’el died.

7 Therefore the people came to Mosheh, and said: We have sinned, for we have spoken against Yahuah, and against you; pray unto El-Yahuah, that he takes away the serpents from us. And Mosheh prayed for the people. 8 And Yahuah said unto Mosheh: Make you a seraph and put it upon a banner: and it shall come to pass, that everyone that is snake bitten, shall look את and live. 9 And Mosheh made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

10 And the children of Yashar’el set forward and pitched in Ovoth. 11 And they journeyed from Ovoth, and pitched at Iyey Ha-Avariym, in the wilderness which is before Mo’av, toward the sunrising.

12 From thence they removed and pitched in the valley of Zered. 13 From thence they removed, and pitched on the other side of Arnon, which is in the wilderness that comes out of the coasts of the Emoriym: for Arnon is the border of Mo’av, between Mo’av and the Emoriym. 14 Wherefore it is said in the cepher of the wars of Yahuah: What he did in the Red Sea, and in the brooks of Arnon, 15 And at the stream of the brooks that goes down to the dwelling of Ar and lies upon the border of Mo’av. 16 And from thence they went to Be’er: that is the well whereof Yahuah spoke unto Mosheh: Gather the people together, and I will give them water.

17 Then Yashar’el sang this song: Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it: 18 The princes dug the well, the nobles of the people dug it, by the direction of the Torah giver, with their staves. And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah: 19 And from Mattanah to Nachaliy’el: and from Nachaliy’el to Bamoth: 20 And from Bamoth in the valley, that is in the country of Mo’av, to the top of Picgah, which looks toward Yeshiymon.

21 And Yashar’el sent mes­sengers unto Ciychon king of the Emoriym, saying: 22 Let me pass through your land: we will not turn into the fields, or into the vineyards; we will not drink of the waters of the well: but we will go along by the king's highway, until we be past your borders. 23 And Ciychon would not suffer Yashar’el to pass through his border: but Ciychon gathered all his people together and went out against Yashar’el into the wilderness: and he came to Yahats and fought against Yashar’el. 24 And Ya­shar’el smote him with the edge of the sword, and possessed his land from Arnon unto Yabboq, even unto the children of Ammon: for the border of the children of Ammon was strong. 25 And Yashar’el took את all these cities: and Yashar’el dwelt in all the cities of the Emoriym, in Cheshbon, and in all the villages thereof. 26 For Cheshbon was the city of Ciychon the king of the Emoriym, who had fought against the former king of Mo’av, and taken all his land out of his hand, even unto Arnon. 27 Wherefore they that speak in proverbs say: Come into Cheshbon, let the city of Ciychon be built and prepared: 28 For there is a fire gone out of Cheshbon, a flame from the city of Ciychon: it has consumed Ar of Mo’av, and Ba`aley Bamoth of Arnon. 29 Woe to you, Mo’av! you are undone, O people of Kemosh: he has given his sons that escaped, and his daughters, into captivity unto Ciychon king of the Emoriym. 30 We have shot at them; Cheshbon is perished even unto Diyvon, and we have laid them waste even unto Nophach, which reaches unto Meydeva.

31 Thus Yashar’el dwelt in the land of the Emoriym. 32 And Mosheh sent to spy out Ya`azeyr, and they took the villages thereof, and drove out the Emor­iym that were there.

33 And they turned and went up by the way of Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan went out against them, he, and all his people, to the battle at Edre`iy. 34 And Yahuah said unto Mosheh: Fear him not: for I have delivered him into your hand, and all his people, and his land; and you shall do to him as you did unto Ciychon king of the Emoriym, which dwelt at Cheshbon. 35 So they smote him, and his sons, and all his people, until there was none left him alive: and they possessed his land.

Chapter 22

And the children of Yashar’el set forward and pitched in the plains of Mo’av on this side of the Yardan by Yeriycho.

Haftorah: Shofetiym (Judges) 11:1-33

Chapter 11

Now Yiphtach the Gil`adiy was a mighty man of valor, and he was the son of a harlot: and Gil`ad begat Yiphtach. 2 And Gil`ad's woman bore him sons; and his woman's sons grew up, and they thrust out Yiph­tach, and said unto him: You shall not inherit in our father's house; for you are the son of a strange woman. 3 Then Yiphtach fled from his brethren and dwelt in the land of Tov: and there were gathered vain men to Yiphtach and went out with him.

4 And it came to pass in process of time, that the children of Ammon made war against Yashar’el. 5 And it was so, that when the children of Ammon made war against Yashar’el, the elders of Gil`ad went to fetch Yiphtach out of the land of Tov: 6 And they said unto Yiphtach: Come, and be our captain, that we may fight with the children of Ammon. 7 And Yiphtach said unto the elders of Gil`ad: Did not ye hate me, and expel me out of my father's house? And why are ye come unto me now when ye are in distress? 8 And the elders of Gil`ad said unto Yiphtach: Therefore we turn again to you now, that you may go with us, and fight against the children of Ammon, and be our head over all the inhabitants of Gil`ad. 9 And Yiphtach said unto the elders of Gil`ad: If ye bring me home again to fight against the children of Ammon, and Yahuah deliver them before me, shall I be your head? 10 And the elders of Gil`ad said unto Yiphtach, Yahuah be witness between us, if we do not so according to your words. 11 Then Yiphtach went with the elders of Gil`ad, and the people made him head and captain over them: and Yiphtach uttered all his words before Yahuah in Mitspah.

12 And Yiphtach sent messengers unto the king of the children of Ammon, saying: What have you to do with me, that you are come against me to fight in my land? 13 And the king of the children of Ammon answered unto the messengers of Yiphtach: Because Yashar’el took away my land, when they came up out of Mitsrayim, from Arnon even unto Yabboq, and unto the Yardan: now therefore restore those lands again peaceably. 14 And Yiphtach sent messengers again unto the king of the children of Ammon: 15 And said unto him: Thus says Yiphtach, Yash­ar’el took not away the land of Mo’av, nor the land of the children of Ammon: 16 But when Yashar’el came up from Mitsrayim, and walked through the wilderness unto the Red Sea, and came to Qadesh; 17 Then Yashar’el sent messengers unto the king of Edom, saying: Let me, I pray you, pass through your land: but the king of Edom would not hearken thereto. And in like manner they sent unto the king of Mo’av: but he would not consent; and Yashar’el abode in Qadesh. 18 Then they went along through the wilderness, and com­passed the land of Edom, and the land of Mo’av, and came by the east side of the land of Mo’av, and pitched on the other side of Arnon, but came not within the border of Mo’av: for Arnon was the border of Mo’av. 19 And Yashar’el sent messengers unto Ciychon king of the Emoriym, the king of Cheshbon; and Yashar’el said unto him: Let us pass, we pray you, through your land into my place. 20 But Ciychon trusted not Yashar’el to pass through his coast: but Ciychon gathered all his people together, and pitched in Yahats, and fought against Yashar’el. 21 And Yahuah Elohai of Yashar’el delivered Ciychon and all his people into the hand of Yashar’el, and they smote them: so Yashar’el possessed את all the land of the Emoriym, the inhabitants of that country. 22 And they possessed את all the coasts of the Emoriym, from Arnon even unto Yabboq, and from the wilder­ness even unto the Yardan.

23 So now Yahuah Elohai of Ya­sh­ar’el has dispossessed the Emor­iym from before his people Yashar’el, and should you possess it? 24 Will not את you possess that which Kemosh your elohiym gives you את to possess? So whom­so­ever Yahuah Elohaynu shall drive out from before us, them will we possess. 25 And now are you anything better than Balaq the son of Tsippor, king of Mo’av? Did he ever strive against Yashar’el, or did he ever fight against them, 26 While Yashar’el dwelt in Cheshbon and her towns, and in Aro`er and her towns, and in all the cities that be along by the coasts of Arnon, three hundred years? Why therefore did ye not recover them within that time? 27 Wherefore I have not sinned against you, but you do me wrong to war against me: Yahuah the Judge, be judge this day between the children of Yashar’el and the children of Ammon. 28 Howbeit the king of the children of Ammon hearkened not unto the words of Yiphtach which he sent him.

29 Then the Ruach Yahuah came upon Yiphtach, and he passed over Gil`ad, and Menashsheh, and passed over Mitspah of Gil`ad, and from Mitspah of Gil`ad he passed over unto the children of Ammon. 30 And Yiphtach vowed a vow unto Yahuah and said: If you shall without fail deliver the children of Ammon into my hands, 31 Then it shall be, that whatsoever comes forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be Yahuah’s, and I will offer it up for an ascending smoke offering.

32 So Yiphtach passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; and Yahuah delivered them into his hands. 33 And he smote them from Aro`er, even till you come to Minniyth, even twenty cities, and unto Avel Keramiym, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were subdued before the children of Yashar’el.

Besorah: Mattithyahu (Matthew) 21:1-17

Chapter 21

And when they drew nigh unto Yerushalayim, and were come to Beyt Pag, unto the Mount of Olives, then sent Yahusha two Talmidiym, 2 Saying unto them: Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. 3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, Adonai has need of them; and straightway he will send them. 4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

5 Tell ye the daughter of Tsiyon: Behold, your King comes unto you, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

6 And the Talmidiym went, and did as Yahusha commanded them, 7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. 8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. 9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying: Yah Hushana to the Son of David: Blessed is he that comes in the name of Yah; Hushana in the highest. 10 And when he was come into Yerushalayim, all the city was moved, saying: Who is this? 11 And the multitude said: This is Yahusha the prophet of Natsareth of Galiyl.

12 And Yahusha went into the Temple of Elohiym and cast out את all of them that sold and bought in the Temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 13 And said unto them: It is written: My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. 14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the Temple; and he healed them. 15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw את the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the Temple, and saying: Hushana to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, 16 And said unto him: Hear you what these say? And Yahusha said unto them: Yea; have ye never read,

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings you have perfected praise?

17 And he left them and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there. 


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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Tehilliym (Psalms) 91:1-2

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

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of Yah, which is in Yahusha Ha'Mashiach our Adonai.

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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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