According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5.5% of Americans are unemployed, but are actively searching for jobs, as of March 2015. However, this figure is nothing more than an estimate, as it does not count the number of discouraged individuals that have given up, assuming that there are no jobs for them nor does it consider those individuals that have never had a job, are retired, or are currently under-employed.
Surprisingly, if one combines the total number of American citizens that are either unemployed or under-employed, we find that the real number is actually 10.9%, as of March 2015, which having a total population of approximately 321 million people means that approximately 35 million people are either out of work or are living paycheck to paycheck.
We here at DivineCoders find these statistics to be quite concerning and though admittedly we do not have an end-all solution to America’s job issues, we find that we can help in small ways and have done just that by creating a new resource for job seekers.
This software does not attempt to replace resources such as CareerBuilder, Indeed, or any of the other online job boards; however, it is itself a resource like those that will help you locate businesses in your area that MAY be hiring. This software does not guarantee that your job search will be successful, but it does guarantee to help narrow your search, thus giving you an advantage that MAY lead to employment. Your success is in your hands.
Job Crawler 1.0 – DivineCoders | Job Seekers Resource (USA)
Job Crawler 1.0 is a free software developed and provided by DivineCoders.com as a gift to the struggling American population that are either unemployed or under-employed to be used as a job search resource for those currently seeking employment in the USA.
Job Crawler 1.0 was designed with *you* in mind and therefore is extremely easy to use. The remaining sections of this article will take you through the process of performing a search for potential jobs near your location using Job Crawler 1.0 by DivineCoders.
How it Works
Job Crawler 1.0 crawls YellowPages.com, a free online resource that provides business listings in the US, thus collecting links to business websites in your selected area, but it doesn’t stop there. Once Job Crawler 1.0 collects a new link it automatically crawls the link searching for indications of a careers page, if it finds one, then that link is stored locally within our software as a possible candidate for which becomes available for your consideration.
How to Use it
As stated above, Job Crawler 1.0 is very easy to use. Simply input your business category of choice, such as “Warehouse, Computers, Accounting”, or whatever you like, then input your location in the form of either your city and state or your zip code, set your preference to either Distance or Relevant, and finally click submit to begin the search process.
It’s really that easy. On average, the search process completes within a matter of seconds, as indicated by the progress bar located beneath the candidates list.
Managing Your Results
After having performed a successful search process, you may now begin managing your results either directly from your candidates list or by saving your results to HTML by using the menu item Save to HTML via the File menu, as is shown in the image below:
Clicking the HTML to Save sub-option under the File menu automatically generates an HTML version of your candidates list, which on completion is automatically opened in your default browser where you can easily manage your results at your convenience.
Note, that you may also double-click any result within your candidates list within our software to visit each link; however, it is recommended that you save your results to HTML for later reference, as closing our software will cause any unsaved results to be lost.
Manually Processing Your Results
Once you have your generated results list it is up to you continue the search manually. As you click through your list you will visit the company’s website where you will look for a link to the company’s career opportunities. Most of the time this link can be found located at the bottom or top of the company’s website; however, the link could also be located in the company’s Contact or About Us section hidden behind an animated menu.
Once you have located the company’s careers page, browse their open positions and apply for anything that you feel you are qualified for and wait to be contacted by HR. This process could take several days or even a month; therefore, we recommend that you keep a list of the companies you apply to, so that you can keep track of what you’ve applied to, when you’ve applied to it, and will be able to reference the job description if you are contacted for an interview. While you patiently await their call, keep applying elsewhere!
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1. “Table A-15. Alternative Measures of Labor Underutilization.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1 Mar. 2015. Web. 10 Apr. 2015.
2. “United States Census Bureau.” Population Clock. 9 Apr. 2015. Web. 9 Apr. 2015.
For Daniel, it all began around 605 BC when Judah was defeated and he along with members of the elite were taken into captivity by Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar. Eight years later in 597 BC, the king of Judah, Jehoiakim was killed and was succeeded by his son Jehoiachin whom three months and ten days later was replaced by king Zedekiah and he too was taken captive. Finally, in 587-586 BC Jerusalem fell and all, but a small minority of folks, were taken captive.
The book of Daniel tells us in chapter 8 that his vision occurred during the reign of king Belshazzar. For centuries opponents of biblical inerrancy claimed that king Belshazzar was a figment of Daniel’s imagination; however, in 1854 a clay cylinder, dated 540 BC, known as the Nabonidus Cylinder of Ur, removed all doubt. In fact, if one studies the Nabonidus Cylinder of Ur, then one discovers that king Belshazzar was not only real, but that he was also the eldest son of king Nabonidus.
Moreover, in the Verse Account of Nabonidus, (thought to have been inscribed during the reign of Cyrus II, sometime shortly after the fall of Babylonia), we learn that king Belshazzar was given the kingdom and control over his father’s army -most likely sometime between 542-541 BC.
In the autumn of 540 BC, Cyrus II set his sights on the capital, Babylon. According to Herodotus, using a basin that was dug by the queen Nitokris of Babylonia to hold off the Assyrians, the Persian army diverted the water into a canal; thus lowering the water level to about waist high, which allowed the Persian army to march into the city at night via the basin and avoid armed conflict. By this time, Nabonidus had returned to Babylonia and was hiding out in the capital. On October 29th, 539 BC, Cyrus II entered Babylon, arrested Nabonidus, and the Babylonian empire fell.
Finally, in 538 BC, all surviving Jewish captives were set free!
The physical location of Daniel’s vision took place in the city of Shushan (Susa) which is located in the lower Zargos Mountains about 250 km (160 mi) east of the Tigris river, between the Karkeh and Dez rivers in the province of Elam stretching from the lowlands of what is now the Khuzestan and Ilam provinces, as well as, a small portion of southern Iraq. The spiritual location of Daniel’s vision was located some 20 miles north-west of the city Susa near the river Ulai. During the time of Daniel this region was known as Babylonia, but today we know it as the country, Iran.
Daniel 7 is our main source for a sneak peek into the end of times; however, Daniel 8 is that same vision except with a focus on our final earthly hour; therefore, we must examine both chapters in correlation with Revelation 13 in order to obtain the full gruesome picture, but before we dive into our complete study, let’s first discuss the New Testament book of Revelation.
The book of Revelation was authored by a man known only as John. John’s testimony reveals that he was exiled to the Greek island of Patmos where he both recorded and had his vision. Later to be known as Saint John of Patmos, today the islanders still celebrate this historic legend.
The island of Patmos is among the northernmost Greek islands located in the Aegean sea and the island inhabitants believe that John wrote the book of Revelation while residing in the Cave of the Apocalypse, which today has been converted into a church and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999. The Cave of the Apocalypse is open for tours and is located about halfway up the Aegean Mountain, between the villages of Chora and Skala, below St. John’s Monastery.
The LORD, Jesus Christ died in 33 AD, John is thought to have died in 100 AD, and the Grand Royal Basilica was built to honor Saint John of Patmos in 300 AD; therefore, Saint John of Patmos must have recorded his vision sometime between 33 AD and 100 AD, and no later than 300 AD.
Visions of the Apocalypse
Information pertaining to the end of times exists in two major places: 1) Daniel, and 2) Revelation; however, bits and pieces can be found peppered all throughout the Holy Bible, which only appear to reference Daniel, rather than to contribute new information. One exception is found in the book of Revelation; therefore, in this section of our article we will fuse together Daniel 7-8 with Revelation 13 in order to obtain a full, unadulterated behind-the-scenes look at the end of times.
The book of Revelation 13 describes a beast with 7 heads, 10 horns, and 10 crowns; however, Daniel 7 describes the same beast, except that he saw them as 4 separate beasts where 3 beasts had 1 head and 1 beast had 4 heads. Because, unlike in Revelation 13, Daniel saw separate beasts, we might conclude that each beast will rise up at different times, in succession, but will at some point converge into a single beast, as is described in Revelation 13.
Daniel 7 tells us that each horn represents a king; therefore, by extension that would mean that each head is a region and that each beast is a nation. Therefore, in the end of times this world will be divided into 7 regions, which, of course, begs the question: Why are there 10 kings?
The answer is simple and can be found in both Daniel 7 and Revelation 13:
|Daniel 7:8||8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.|
|Revelation 13:3||3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.|
So, we learn that there are 10 kings total, but 3 are removed, making the sub-total 7, then one more rises up, making the grand total 8 kings; therefore, in our last days on earth, there will be 7 nations, 7 kings, with 1 king above all kings, and sadly that king will be the Anti-Christ.
The characteristics of this false king of kings will be like that of a lamb (he will outwardly represent peace), but he will speak like a serpent (cunning and wise) and will blaspheme the things of God and God Himself. The Anti-Christ will persecute God’s people and will cause them to be arrested and murdered. He will disgrace the Holy city of Jerusalem and cause its people to flee.
This false messiah will deceive the entire world, causing them to worship the new world system and to receive a mark either in their right hand or in their forehead, which if they refuse to take the mark, then they will not be able to buy nor sell, therefore crippling them economically.
Unfortunately, that’s not all, because apparently there will be no room for those who refuse to take the mark, because Revelation 13 tells us that anyone who refuses the mark will not just be taken forcibly off the grid, but that they will also be killed. Both Daniel and Revelation calls these people Saints, which is appropriate because the word “saint” means “holy” and the word “holy” means “to be set apart” and that’s exactly what happens to all those who refuse to take the mark:
|Revelation 20:4||4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.|
As soon as a government begins mandating its people to receive this mark, it is obvious who their greatest earthly opponents will be, which is of course the Christian Community. Both Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 describes this world-wide war against the saints, stating that this false king of kings will wear us down and ultimately defeat us. Which is no surprise considering that we wont be able to buy or sell anything, which of course includes food, supplies, and especially ammo.
Then, soon after our collective demise, in comes the Wrath of God!
The Kingship of Our Lord
Despite the many delusional attempts of satan to prove otherwise, the true King of Kings, is the Son of God, our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ. Indeed, both Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 describe the LORD’s Kingship here on earth, stating that He will first cast down their thrones and remove them from the earth, then He will give their dominion to the Saints and we will be made Kings, while the Son of God, Jesus Christ will rule over all as our true King of Kings!
In a nutshell, before the end of days the whole world will be divided into 7 regions, having 7 kings, with 1 king above all kings. During this time God’s people will be at war with the false king above all kings and he will change laws and make us guilty. Because we choose not to worship the beast nor take his mark, then we will be arrested, detained and killed for our dissidence.
And, then the end will come and our LORD, Jesus Christ will punish the wicked and will strip them of their kingdoms. The LORD will make of us Kings and we will inherit the kingdoms of the earth! For all eternity, we will live free once more, in the glory that He shares with the Father!
From the article, A Thousand Years As One Day, we learn that for every second that passes by in Heaven, ~4.16 days pass by on Earth, thus we calculate:
a = 24*60*60 seconds
b = 1000 years
c = 12*30 days
b/a*c = 4.1666666666666666666666666666667 days
It may not be obvious to many; however this value is more than just a difference in how both Heaven and Earth perceive time, for it also tells us how fast the Earth rotates.
Approaching the Problem
There are 1440 minutes in 1 earth day (i.e. 24 hour period). From the article, A Thousand Years As One Day, we learn that for every millisecond that passes by in Heaven, 6 minutes pass by on Earth. Therefore, 1 earth day is equivalent to 240 milliseconds in Heaven:
a = 1440 minutes
b = 6 minutes
a/b = 240 milliseconds (God Time)
According to NASA, the circumference of the Earth, at its equator, is 25,000 miles; therefore, in order to calculate the speed of rotation, we calculate as follows:
a = 24 hours
b = 25000 miles
b/a = 1041.6666666666666666666666666667 miles/hour
Therefore, according to science, our Earth rotates at ~1042 miles/hour. To make everything a bit easier, we now bring our biblical calculation into the proper perspective, thus:
a = 24 hours
b = 240 milliseconds
Reduce both values by a factor of 24:
a = 24/24 = 1 hour
b = 240/24 = 10 milliseconds
Therefore, 1 hour on Earth is the same as 10 milliseconds in Heaven. This suggests that every 10th millisecond that ticks by in Heaven, then from Earth’s perspective, the Earth is rotating at a speed of 1041.666666666667 miles/hour; from the perspective of Heaven, the Earth is rotating 1041.666666666667 miles/10 millisecond, which is incredibly fast.
Solving the Problem
If you recall from the introduction, we are comparing our answer found in, A Thousand Years As One Day (i.e. 4.1666666666666666666666666666667 days) to that which is calculated knowing the circumference of the Earth and the speed of Earth’s rotation.
Because our biblical calculation was done from the perspective of one second passing by in Heaven, then we must convert our speed, from God’s perspective, of 1041.666666666667 miles/10 millisecond to its miles/second equivalent, thus we calculate:
a = 1041.666666666667 miles/10 millisecond
b = 100
a*b = 104166.6666666667 miles/second (God Time)
Because we are trying to determine how many full rotations of Earth had occurred during that time, and because we know that the circumference of the Earth is 25,000 miles, thus 25,000 miles traveled is equivalent to one full Earth day (i.e. 24 hour period), thus:
a = 104166.6666666667 miles/second
b = 25000 miles
a/b = 4.166666666666668 days
In summation, the Bible accurately revealed how fast the Earth rotates more than 2000 years before NASA. Therefore, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
The act of one clasping their hands while praying is not at all exclusive to Christianity, in fact, nearly all major religions, including pagans, clasp their hands, in like fashion, while praying to their God(s). In this article we learn to pray as our Father intended.
The Jewish Talmud states that “Raba removed his cloak, clasped his hands and prayed,”, so we know at one time, even the Jewish people may have occasionally prayed with clasped hands; however, the written Torah does not command them to do so. Today, Jewish people do not pray with their hands clasped, in fact, they are unlike the entire world.
As you will see in subsequent sections within this article, nearly every major religion prays with their hands clasped, except for one -the Jewish people. In this article we will explore the pagan origins of the Praying Hands, starting in ancient Sumeria (ca. 888-885 BC) and ending in the Holy Bible where we discover how our Father intended us to pray.
Sumeria (ca. 888-885 BC)
In 8th century BC, the people of Sumeria (i.e. Modern Day Iraq) were worshiping the sun god Shamash. Here in the image below we have a stone relief, discovered in Iraq (ca. 1881 AD), of pagan priests performing religious worship of the sun god, Shamash.
Notice the man clasping his hands. Here we have possibly one of the earliest known records of hand clasping for religious purposes, roughly 800 years before the birth of Christ being used in the pagan worship of elemental deities, such as the sun and moon.
Therefore, if the Jews had ever learned to clasp their hands in prayer, then they are likely to have learned this from the Babylonians while they were in captivity during the time of Daniel, toward the end of the 5th century BC (i.e. 500 years before Christ). They likely stopped folding their hands as a result of Roman persecution in 1st century AD when they noticed that they too also clasped their hands in prayer to their elemental deities.
Today, there are literally hundreds of religious groupings, but our focus is on the foundational groups. Browse through the images below to see how Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, and Buddhists pray and notice how all of them clasp their hands, except for one group.
Interestingly, as we drift further away from the major groups of religion into paganism, we find a different kind of hand gesture -one that is all too familiar to the modern Christian, which is the arms out, palms up or out position -apparently a classic pagan stance.
So, our question is, out of all these groups, which one has got it right? Which one of these groups are praying the way the Father, the true creator of this world intended?
In Exodus 4:31, it reads, “and they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.” The Jewish bow is one of complete submission, where the hands are out, palms down, and the whole body is folded upon itself. Jacob made this pose to Esau in Genesis 33:3.
In 2 Chronicles 20:18, we read how all of Israel made this same pose, as we see above, in worship of God, “And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord.”
In Matthew 26:39, we read where Jesus made this same pose the night of his arrest, “And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”
In Philippians 2:9-11, it states, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
In Revelation 5:14, it states, “And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.”
In summation, nowhere in the entire Holy Bible does it ever mention anyone clasping their hands to pray, so where did we get the idea that we as Christians should clasp our hands to pray? The obvious answer is from paganism, just as Christmas, Easter, and Halloween are all originally pagan holidays, we have incorporated paganism into our worship of God.
According to the book of Revelation, the following will occur at a future time:
|17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
Here we read a very cryptic passage about a very bloody ending for God’s children. We know that this passage concerns God’s children, because it is talking about the gathering of fruits, so why does the Angel toss the fruit into a proverbial winepress?
Because it is symbolism for how God’s children will die. We know that they will be rounded up and murdered because in verse 19 it speaks about the gathering and the sacrifice.
What is most interesting about this passage is that by stating, “by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs” it provides to us the necessary information needed to calculate two things: 1) How much blood is needed to span across a distance of ~200 miles and 2) How many people would it require to produce approximately that much blood.
Therefore, in the end, when tribulations are upon us, we are able to calculate an approximate number of those martyred in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ! However, what we discover is a value significantly lower than we had originally imagined, which is sad.
A Thousand and Six Hundred Furlongs
In case you are curious, 1600 furlongs is approximately 200 miles. Knowing this information allows us to calculate the approximate total gallons of blood needed to cover a distance of ~200 miles. We must approximate two more important factors: 1) The width of the trail and 2) the average depth of the trail, which is why our answer is only an estimate.
The average healthy person contains approximately 9 pints of blood which is the same as 1 gallon plus 2 cups, or simply 18 cups. When a person loses approximately 1/3 or 33% of their total blood volume, then they are considered to be in critical condition, thus highly suspected to die within a few minutes because of their inability to maintain circulation.
You will see where all of this information comes into play in the following section.
Solving the Problem
How many gallons of blood would it take to cover a distance of 200 miles long, by 5 feet wide, with an average depth of 2 centimeters?
L = 200*5280 feet (200 miles long)
W = 5 feet (wide)
A = 0.0656168 foot (2 centimeters deep)
L*W*A*7.5 = 2598425.28 (2, 598, 425) gallons of blood
How many people would it take to supply 2, 598, 425 gallons of blood?
a = 2598425 gallons of blood
b = 0.37 gallon (5.92 cups)
a/b = 7022770.27 (7, 022, 770) people
We expected more, but according to these results, when the world is faced with the realities of Revelation 14:17-20, during this dark time approximately 7, 022, 770 of God’s children from all around the world will be mass arrested, detained, and murdered.
What we learn is that like Jesus Christ suffered and conquered death, we too must suffer and conquer death and this is made possible through His blood and by the grace of God whose son died and was risen so that we could live free forever in His eternal glory.
Whatever the exact number is, we hope to be included.
Despite what many believe, Bible Code is not an encryption, because the content we discover is not encrypted; however, it is like an encryption except that it is better defined as Linguistic Steganography which defines any intelligent message hidden within a text-based host.
In terms of Bible Code, our text-based host is the Holy Bible and our hidden intelligent message is our theory based on statistical evidence. In the following sections, we will briefly describe the concept of linguistic steganalysis and how it can be applied to Bible Code.
Linguistic Steganalysis is a new concept to Bible Code research that we are slowly developing and integrating into the DivineCoders Bible Code software. What we are accomplishing is a means to detect Bible Code in the Holy Bible using a programmatic automated process.
Steganography has been used to hide information in plain-sight for thousands of years and is still being utilized today in many electronic forms, such as the watermark. There are several ways to detect steganographic content, but not all of them apply to Bible Code.
This article focuses on linguistic steganography where we are expected to detect the presence of hidden messages within a data set for which there is no comparison; therefore, we are limited to only a few of its known detection methods which are the statistical, frequency, and logical analyses; although we have determined that there is no real deviation to be found in terms of character frequency in the Holy Bible when compared to what is known as relative frequency; therefore we are left with our remaining two viable detection methods.
Determining What’s Known
The process of Bible Code steganalysis begins with what is known. For this purpose we used a random data set containing more than 1 million terms that we consolidated to a little more than 86,000 unique terms which is used as a reference in a bruteforce algorithm that was designed to retrieve all possibilities between an equilateral skip of 1 and 1500 at each index between n and n+1000 indexes at a length between 3 and 10 characters.
So, as our automatic process is analyzing the text of the Holy Bible, it begins by focusing on blocks of text rather than the whole and quickly determines that which is known to be a valid English word from that which is unknown and assumed to be nonsensical gibberish.
At the end of our initial evaluation of each block of text, we then perform a statistical t-test, so to help us automatically determine the significance of each possible candidate.
Our t-test allows us to determine the significance of discoveries by comparing our probability value with the mean value that is calculated from a large population of samples from which we derive our significance level which is used in comparison. To understand this concept, one should reference a Galton board and observe the law of large numbers in action.
To help imagine this process, think of a fair two-sided coin and take for instance the encoded word STATISTICS found in the book of Isaiah which has 10 characters. So, to discover a word of that size is like flipping a coin and it landing on the same side 10 times in a row.
If we were to view a Galton board, we would immediately notice that such things exist only in the outermost columns of the board which suggests significance where those columns located at the center of the device suggest what is to be expected as its normal distribution.
Therefore, our statistical t-test allows us to determine that which is the product of purpose from that which is thought to be random and it is because of this method that we are able to automate the steganalysis process in Bible Code when combined with bruteforce.
Considering that we have defined Bible Code as steganography and our hypothesis is that which expects there to exist an intelligent message encoded within the plain-text of the Holy Bible, our final step in this process is and should be a logical analysis done manually.
Here is where we begin to focus on the block of text that is defined by the index and length of each candidate. Our goal here is to locate additional terms that t-test HIGH and that also correlate logically until we form an intelligent message in adherence to our standards.
Automated detection is the future of Bible Code and we here at DivineCoders are working hard to bring this technology to your browser and PC. To keep up with our latest projects and research, please visit our facebook page and click “like” to receive our weekly updates.
As always, we are, of course, going to provide to you a pure biblical perspective; however, in order to answer our audience fully, we must also spend a little time with the world. You will see how Jesus was not asking His disciples to arm themselves, but rather you will find that He was testing them when He told them to buy a sword. Furthermore, you will see how this was not just a test, but it was also a warning, one that should be taken quite seriously.
We hear too many Christians trying to use Luke 22:35-38 to justify the threat of violence, but we are here today to tell you quite honestly that you are very much in error. Much of the issue boils down to a single passage in the book of Luke and we tell you honestly that you have misunderstood its meaning and have effectively rejected our LORD and Savior, Jesus.
Hidden in Plain Sight
It is very easy to misunderstand the Gospel and Luke is no exception, especially chapter 22, verses 35 to 38, because as Gentiles, we lack a critical understanding of Jewish culture that is the key to understanding the true meaning of Luke 22:35-38.
35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.
36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.
38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.
Above is our questionable passage found in Luke 22:35-38, so what we need to do in order to fully understand this passage is to look up the original Greek, so to see which Greek words were used, as doing so often tells us more than the English translations.
Tallit for a Sword
The word “garment” was translated from the Greek word, “himation”. In ancient Greece, the “himation” was not just any sort of garment, as the Greek lexicon might have you believe; on the contrary, the himation was worn over clothes, like a cloak, and would have been the closest thing that the Greeks had to compare to the Jewish “Prayer Shawl”.
Let’s not forget that Jesus and His disciples were faithful Jews and would have, indeed, worn a “Prayer Shawl”, because they would cover themselves with it while praying. In Hebrew the “Prayer Shawl” is called a “tallit” and the Jews were commanded by God to wear them while praying, as is described in the book of Numbers 15:38 and in Deuteronomy 22:12.
Therefore, allow us to translate Luke 22:36 using what we have just learned:
Then Jesus said, “But now, he that has a purse, let him take it, and treat it as a beggars-bag: and he without a sword, let him sell his tallit, and buy one.
Now that we have this verse in proper context, we can easily see that Jesus was testing the faith of His disciples. We know this because Jesus effectively said to His disciples, “those without faith in me, go buy a weapon to protect yourself”, because in Ephesians 6:17 we learn that the true “sword” of faith is the word of God and with Jesus was the word:
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
In order to understand Luke 22:36 fully, we must now turn to Matthew 26:51-52:
51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.
52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Here is a passage that must be overlooked, because upon reading it, one would immediately detect a contradiction, assuming that we can be counted amongst the lot of those who believe that Luke 22:36 is suggesting that one buy weapons for their personal safety. What we are failing to consider is that we are trading our tallit for a sword.
In other words, one is effectively trading ones faith for a weapon; therefore, in turn, one is literally rejecting the offer of Salvation and attempting to bring about ones own salvation by foolishly relying upon oneself. The Bible says that no man can save himself and if he tries to save his own life, he will surely lose it. Honestly, the word of God cannot be more clear.
When Jesus asked His disciples if any of them had a sword, at least 10 said “No” and at least 2 said “Yes” and they showed Jesus actual swords. They were Jewish and should have known better than to consider selling their tallit, as God commanded them to wear it. Not even they understood the reference and their chance is gone, but you can reconsider.
We are asking you to sell your sword and to buy back your tallit. Place your faith in the word of God, which is your greatest sword of all, and love your enemies as yourself. Be reminded that we have a mighty God and that He truly wants to fight in your place.
For it is written, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” (Romans 12:19)