Talmud Records Strange Events after Death of Jesus

talmud02The Talmud is a collection of instructions that form a central text in Rabbinic Judaism. There are actually two versions, the Babylonian Talmud was created by Babylonian Jews and is widely accepted as authoritative. A second, Jerusalem Talmud exists, but it’s not generally taught or accepted.

There are several interesting events written in the Babylonian Talmud that occurred between AD 30 and the destruction of the temple in AD 70.

Yoma 39b:

Our Rabbis taught: During the last forty years before the destruction of the Temple the lot [‘For the Lord’] did not come up in the right hand; nor did the crimson-coloured strap become white; nor did the westernmost light shine; and the doors of the Hekal would open by themselves, until R. Johanan b. Zakkai rebuked them, saying: Hekal, Hekal, why wilt thou be the alarmer thyself? I know about thee that thou wilt be destroyed, for Zechariah ben Ido has already prophesied concerning thee: Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.

 

It would seem that up until the temple was destroyed, 40 years after the death of Jesus, that four strange things commonly happened:

  • The Lot for the Lord was not correct. This was a bit like rolling dice. The priest would cast the lots and take up two, one in the left hand and one in the right. If the lot for the Lord was in the right hand then all of Israel was joyful, but if it came up in the left they were not. It seems God was not happy that Israel rejected Jesus.
  • The strip was not white. The strip was a piece of cloth tied to the Azazel goat, with a portion of the red cloth tied to the Temple door. Each year the cloth would turn white and signify the atonement of Yom Kippur was acceptable to the Lord. This annual event happened until AD 30 when the cloth would no longer turn white. Jesus is now the only acceptable sacrifice God will accept.
  • The light did not shine. The seven candle-stick Menorah in the Temple went out and would not shine for 40 years. For 12,500 nights in a row this lamp would not stay lit.
  • The doors would open themselves.  The Temple doors would swing open every night of their own accord.  This also happened for the 40 years following the crucifixion of Jesus.

I don’t place the same measure of authority on the Talmud as I do the scriptures, but these historical records are interesting. I’ll leave it up to you to study these events in more depth, but the point is the Jewish leadership of the day recognized something was amiss between 30 AD and 70 AD.

What was amiss? The fact that the Jewish people missed their Messiah. They were looking for a Messiah that would deliver them from the oppression of Rome.  He would build an everlasting temple and usher in an era of peace. They failed to recognize the verses Jesus fulfilled in his first coming. These prophecies spoke of his being mocked (Psalm 22:7). They spoke of his hands and feet being pierced (Psalms 22:16). He would be rejected by men (Isaiah 53:3). He would be a rock of offence for both houses of Israel (Isaiah 8:14).

Romans 11 tells us that one day Israel will return to God Rom 11:25,26 “For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved;

Glossary of Common Islamic Terms

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Glossary of Common Islamic Terms

As I’m working my way through Seven Times: Understanding the Times, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and God’s Ultimate Plan for the world I’m compiling a list of commonly used Islamic terms. I’ll try and add to this list as my work continues.  If you think a term should be added, please fee free to contact me on my Facebook Page.

Items like * Al-Qaeda, with the star and colored red are Islamic terrorists groups.

 

* Abu Sayyaf – is an Islamic Sunni militant group based in and around the islands of southwestern Philippines.

* Al-Qaeda – is a broad based Islamic Sunni militant group founded by Osama bin Laden and a few others.

* Al-Shabaab – is a jihadist terrorist group based in East Africa and in 2012, it pledged allegiance to the militant Islamist organization Al-Qaeda.

Allah – is the Islamic term for god. While the concept is the same as the Christian God, the personalities of each are different.

Allah Akbar – the phrase means Allah is most great. Used when recognizing an individual or event. Many terrorists have been heard quoting the phrase before committing acts of violence.

Ayatollah – Is a title given to a spiritual leader among the Shia.

Caliph – a successor to Muhammad.

Dajjal – The Islamic Antichrist.

Hadith – A collection of Muhammad’s sayings, deeds or traditions. They are taught as Islamic theology and are second below the Quran and are used to interpret the Quran.

Hajj – Pilgrimage to Mecca during the twelfth month of the Muslim calendar.

Hijra – The flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in AD 622.

Hejab – A veil that covers the head and sometimes chest and body of Muslim women beyond the age of puberty and worn in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family.

* Hezbollah – Shia Islamist militant group and political party based mostly in Lebanon.

Imam – A religious leader or head of local community.

Jihad – A struggle or effort in the cause of Allah. It can refer to an inner struggle or actual war to protect the interest of Islam.

Kafir – A person who refuses to submit to Islam.

Kufi – A hat sometimes worn by Muslim men.

Mahdi – The term means guided one. It’s also the term for Islamic Messiah. The person Islam claims will return in the last days and lead the Muslims.

Muhammad – Is a prophet in Islam and lived between AD 570 and AD 632.

Murtad – A Muslim that has converted to another religion.

Quran – This is Islam’s most sacred book. Claimed to have been written by Muhammad under inspiration of the angel Gabriel.

Ramadan – Month of fasting for Muslims and occurs in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is believed when Muhammad started receiving Quranic revelations.

Shariah – A term for Islamic Law based upon the Quran, Hadith and Sunnah.

Sunnah – Verbally transmitted deeds, sayings and teachings of Muhammad.

Shia (Shi’ite) – a Muslim believer that thinks the leadership should follow from Muhammad’s line.

Sunni – Make up about 90% of all Muslims. Unlike Shia they believe leaders do not have to be descendants of Muhammad.

Takfiri – Is a Sunni Muslim who claims another Muslim or person of another Abrahamic faith apostasy.

* Taliban – A group of fundamentalist Islamic Sunni militants mostly found in Pakistan and Afghanistan.