Tag: Avraham Gileadi

The symbol of sackcloth

Sackcloth is penitent clothing. It was probably a scratchy cloth made of goat hair, which you would gird about your loins, next to your skin — an uncomfortable piece of clothing to say the least. In the scriptures, prophets and servants of God exchanged their clothing for sackcloth as a sign to Jehovah that they were sorry — as a sign that they were repenting and mourning. King Hezekiah wears sackcloth for his people’s sins when he intercedes for them: When King Hezekiah heard it, he rent his clothes and put on sackcloth and entered the house of Jehovah....

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The commandment to search Isaiah

I always hear about keeping the commandments. But what are they? It’s not that easy to name them all. The Israelites had it wrapped up into Ten Commandments, which makes sense. But then again, it became difficult trying to figure out what it meant to keep the Sabbath day holy. Just how many steps can you walk? Turn the light on? Drive a car? Even today, we had a class about making the Sabbath a delight. (Elder Nelson’s talk.) It’s not that easy to decide what is work and what is rest, and how to keep that commandment. Mind...

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Prooftexts and sound bites

Prooftexting is a method of proving a point by using scripture out of context without regard for the entire text. You see this all the time. Someone will tell a story and then use a scripture verse to support the theme of the story. This happens so often, that we end up believing something to be doctrine and truth, when in fact it is not. Once a prooftexting has endured, it is often set in stone — that is until someone goes back to read the entire text and discovers the real meaning. But even then, many people have...

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Unraveling the Book of Isaiah

I’ve always read the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible — mainly because it’s the one used by LDS church.  And I guess you could say that the KJV has a beautiful voice — in an ancient cadence kind-of-way, but it doesn’t hurt to look at other translations. In fact, it is helpful. Especially for the Book of Isaiah. Other ancient texts have come forth since the ones used for the 1611 King James version — texts and Hebrew scholars more adept at translation. And Joseph Smith believed the Bible to be the word of God as far...

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Dreams, visions, near-deaths, and the end-time prophecy of Isaiah

Avraham Gileadi will analyze some of my favorite subjects — dreams, visions, and near-death experiences alongside the end-time prophecies of Isaiah. Hebrew scholar and author,  Avraham Gileadi will be sharing his thoughts and analysis in an 8-week seminar about the book of Isaiah’s message for us in the last days with the current influx of dreams, visions, and near-death experiences. I was really excited about the seminars when I first heard about them — but then I realized there was no way I could fly from California to Utah every week.  But good news — I just got an...

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Leveling up spiritually

In Visions of Glory, Spencer talks about how he could look at someone and know their whole life — this was a gift of knowing which seems to be attached to a higher spiritual level. Once he understood his parent’s feelings and motives that were buried in their life history, Spencer had compassion for them and was able to heal from feelings of abandonment as a child. He was able to see their lives during a near death experience. But the ability may rest with your level of spiritual progression. According to Avraham Gileadi, we progress, or ascend the...

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Avraham Gileadi

In the summer of 1992, we had Avraham Gileadi stay at our home while he was giving seminars on the book of Isaiah. I was happy to offer our home, just to meet this great Hebrew scholar and literary analyst of Isaiah. I had read his book on the last days: Types and Shadows. Gileadi had become an orthodox Jew, studying and living in Israel before joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. While getting his PhD in Ancient Studies, he had been a student of Hugh Nibley. At the time he stayed with us, we...

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