On a frequent basis we attach a meaning of a word from the Bible based on our own language and culture to a word that is not the meaning of the Hebrew word behind the translation. This is often a result of using our modern western thinking process for interpreting the Biblical text. For proper interpretation of the Bible it is essential that we take our definitions for words from an Ancient Hebraic perspective. Our modern western minds often work with words that are purely abstract or mental while the Hebrew's vocabulary was filled with words that painted pictures of concrete concepts. By reading the Biblical text with a proper Hebrew vocabulary the text comes to life revealing the authors intended meaning.
Forever and Everlasting are the most common English words used in most bibles today in an attempt to define the meaning of the Hebrew olam. As previously stated, these words incorrectly emphasize a time based definition which makes no common sense if you genuinely look at some of the old testament scriptures.Anyone that has done a study of the bible knows that the Lord's anger could not last forever nor would it need to. The Lord is certainly not angry today with the believers and with respect to the non-believers once they persish or are gone there would be no need to still be angry. Therefore the Lord will not be angry forever!Jeremiah 17:4 (KJV) wrote:And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage that I gave the: and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for you have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn forever.In Exodus 32 and 33 you can read about where the people broke 2 if not 3 commandments by making a calf and worshiping a calf. The people did not believe Moses or God forever which the above verse states. The word forever just makes no sense and is the wrong English word.Exodus 19:9 (KJV) wrote:And the Lord said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee forever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the LordandExodus 21:6 (KJV) wrote:Then his master shall bring him unto the judges, he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him forever.Its hard to believe that slavery will last forever! But if you believe everlasting is the correct word then you are a believer in slavery forever for certain people.Levitucus 25:46 (KJV) wrote:And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen forever.On the earth today you do not see the ark or the levitical priesthood. So, I can't see how one can argue these things are everlasting or last forever when we can't see them today on earth! I believe the words forever and everlasting are the wrong English words to describe the hebrew olam.1Ch 15:2 (KJV) wrote:Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites for them hath the Lord chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him forever.Jonah was in the whales belly for 3 days and 3 nights, not forever.Jonah 2:6 (KJV) wrote:I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.andGen 17:13 wrote:He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.The covenant of circumcision was said to be an everlasting covenant for the house and seed of Abraham, but in the New Testament we find in Galatians that circumcision of the flesh is not necessary any longer so how can it be everlasting?Genesis 17:14 wrote:And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.andGalatians 5:6 wrote:For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.Galatians 6:15 wrote:For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Will anyone that has read the bible convince me that the earth will last forever? Will the sabbath be everlasting? Will the rainbow be in the sky forever? Will the Old covenant last forever or be everlasting? Will the sun and moon shine forever?
Strong#5769 'ôlâm ‛ôlâmo-lawm', o-lawm' wrote:From H5956; properly concealed, that is, the vanishing point; generally time out of mind (past or future), that is, (practically) eternity; frequentative adverbially (especially with prepositional prefix) always: - always (-s), ancient (time), any more, continuance, eternal, (for, [n-]) ever (-lasting, -more, of old), lasting, long (time), (of) old (time), perpetual, at any time, (beginning of the) world (+ without end).
The only word that is useful in the above attempt to define Olam is the word Concealed. A Hebrew man or woman in order to conceal themselves would tie or attach a cloth around their head. We commonly call this a veil today. The man or woman would then be joined or yoked with the cloth veil. Olam is the yoking, binding, tieing uniting, fastening, joining and weaving.If you will notice #5769 is said to be from #5956. Notice the words blind, conceal and veil. If someone’s eyes or eye-lids are bound or tied together then they are blind. If a person is tongue tied then they are dumb or cannot speak. As I stated above veiling is the action of tieing or attaching a cloth around the head which would conceal or be concealing. Note that there is nothing related to time here. Also, #5956 is first used in the Bible in Leviticus 4:13, but #5769 is used 12 times in Genesis and 17 times in Exodus before #5956 is ever used.Strong#5956 'âlam aw-lam' wrote: A primitive root; to veil from sight, that is, conceal (literally or figuratively): - X any ways, blind, dissembler, hide (self), secret (thing).
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