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The FIRST SIMILARITY is that both YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH and Abraham are PROPHETS.
Genesis 20:7 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
7 So now, return the man’s wife, for he is a PROPHET. And let him pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, know that you will surely die—you and all who are yours.”
Mark 6:1-6 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
Responding to Rejection
6 Now YAHUSHUA went out from there, and He comes to HIS hometown, and HIS disciples follow HIM. 2 When Shabbat came, HE began to teach in the synagogue. Many listeners were amazed, saying, “Where did this fellow get these things? What’s this wisdom given to HIM? Such miracles are done by HIS hands! 3 Isn’t this the carpenter, the son of Miriam, and the brother of Jacob and Joseph and Judah and Simon? Aren’t HIS sisters here with us?” And they took offense at HIM.
4 Then YAHUSHUA began saying to them, “A PROPHET is not without honor except in his hometown, among his relatives, and in his own house.” 5 HE was not able to do any miracle, except that HE laid hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And HE was astonished because of their unbelief.[a] And HE was going around among the villages teaching.
The SECOND SIMILARITY is that their BIRTH NIGHTS were quite similar. It is recorded in the HOLY BIBLICAL SCRIPTURES (Book of Jasher) that when Abraham was born, “A (Large) STAR APPEARED IN THE SKY ABOVE HIS BIRTH PLACE”. Some star gazers who were also some of the most important persons at Nimrod’s court in Ur of the Chaldees in Babel, or Babylonia saw the large star swallowing four stars on the four corners of the earth. This meant that Abraham was going to be a great man in the earth.
Terah, who was Abraham’s father was called by King Nimrod concerning the baby born and the stars above his birth place.
Terah had three sons, Abram who later became Abraham (youngest), Nahor, and Haran (oldest).
Nimrod wanted to kill baby Abraham as a result of what the star gazers saw but Terah protected him by sending his mother away together with Baby Abraham and their nurse to hide in a cave for 10 years. Terah ensured that they had their provisions of food and other needs in abundance throughout that time.
It is also recorded in the BRIT CHADASHAH (in English, NEW COVENANT/TESTAMENT) Gospels that when YAHUSHUA was born, “A STAR APPEARED IN THE SKY ABOVE HIS BIRTH PLACE“.
1 And it was in the night that Abram was born, that all the servants of Terah, and all the wise men of Nimrod, and his conjurors came and ate and drank in the house of Terah, and they rejoiced with him on that night.
2 And when all the wise men and conjurors went out from the house of Terah, they lifted up their eyes toward heaven that night to look at the stars, and they saw, and behold one very large star came from the east and ran in the heavens, and he swallowed up the four stars from the four sides of the heavens.
3 And all the wise men of the king and his conjurors were astonished at the sight, and the sages understood this matter, and they knew its import.
4 And they said to each other, This only betokens the child that has been born to Terah this night, who will grow up and be fruitful, and multiply, and possess all the earth, he and his children for ever, and he and his seed will slay great kings, and inherit their lands.
5 And the wise men and conjurors went home that night, and in the morning all these wise men and conjurors rose up early, and assembled in an appointed house.
6 And they spoke and said to each other, Behold the sight that we saw last night is hidden from the king, it has not been made known to him.
The THIRD SIMILARITY is that both Abraham and MESSIAH YAHUSHUA were nearly murdered soon after their births (some days after birth). King Nimrod wanted to murder Abraham because he believed Abraham and his descendants would be greater than him in the earth and destroy King Nimrod and his descendants to nothingness.
King Herod wanted MESSIAH YAHUSHUA dead because it was believed that HE would conquer King Herod and all the enemies of the Children of Israel. Also, King Herod heard rumours of another king being born. He hated competition. He also saw YAHUSHUA as a big threat to him that would destroy him and thereafter take his place.
Abraham was born in a land that was full of wickedness (Idolatry a.k.a Ba-al / Bel Worship) against YAH. A, a man named Nimrod (ended up being deified as the sun god after his death) who is also mentioned briefly in the Book of Genesis was King. The Land was called Ur. In that land, nobody recognised YAHUVEH as GOD. Idolatry was practised by everyone including Abraham’s parents.
Abraham’s father was called “TERAH”. His mother was called “AMATHLAAH”…. Abraham had two other brothers.
Abraham had to be hidden from the King, Nimrod and the King’s subjects for a very long time. This is because when one of his subjects saw the star in the sky and had just come out of Abraham’s house celebration of a newly born baby in Terah’s house, he reported it to the King, Nimrod saying that the Baby was bad omen thereby bringing bad luck to the kingdom of Ur, Chasidim.
King Nimrod wanted to murder Abraham in his very early infancy by sacrificing him to his gods so that what they regarded as the “bad omen” that came with Abraham would be destroyed. Note that King Nimrod was the head of Babylon. He engineered the building of the “Tower of Babel” as well as “Child Sacrifice amongst other evil things. Terah found a way to trick the King since he was working for King Nimrod thereby protecting Abraham. By the time, King Nimrod had sent his subjects to search Terah’s house for Abraham and take him back to the King, Abraham and his mother had already run away to hide.
35 And Terah took Abram his son secretly, together with his mother and nurse, and he concealed them in a cave, and he brought them their provisions monthly.
36 And the Lord was with Abram in the cave and he grew up, and Abram was in the cave ten years, and the king and his princes, soothsayers and sages, thought that the king had killed Abram.
Note that when YAHUSHUA was born, a man named Herod was King at the time. King Herod happened to hear rumours of a baby/child being born and would become a great king and/or Messiah when he grew up. Joseph and Mary as instructed by YAHUVEH through HIS HOLY ANGEL fled to Egypt and stayed there for some time (approximately 39/40 days) until King Herod died. This was to protect YAHUSHUA from being murdered in his very early infancy. Remember that King Herod ordered for all male children aged of 2 years and under to be killed in the hope that in the process, YAHUSHUA too would be got rid of.
The FOURTH SIMILARITY is that both Abraham and MESSIAH YAHUSHUA were persecuted heavily and tortured during their time on earth. In fact, Abraham was persecuted a lot while on earth. He was nearly CRUCIFIED by King Nimrod’s subjects as a result of challenging King Nimrod about his idolatry practices. Abraham ended up being placed in a FIERY FURNACE just like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Abraham was 50 years old when this happened.
MESSIAH YAHUSHUA was greatly persecuted by HIS people, Israel and the Romans for speaking too much TRUTH that challenged the norm.
While on earth, Abraham was constantly persecuted for speaking against idolatrous practises of his family and others around him. In fact, once his father, Terah reported and agreed to having Abraham arrested because he had deliberately destroyed his idols shop/business.
Abraham often challenged his family and those around him as to why they worshipped things that did not and could not talk back to them or create anything. Abraham always said that there must be/is certainly a bigger and greater GOD above who created, creates and controls all things around the world. That great GOD could not be so small to the point of being placed in houses in the form of stone or clay shaped items. That GOD could also not be bought and sold. His family and those around him detested Abraham for saying such things.
On a few occasions, Abraham had to flee the Land of Ur as a grown up just to preserve his life. He ended up spending some years with Noah, one of his many grandfathers. Noah taught him a lot about THE ALMIGHTY CREATOR (YAH) GOD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH AND EVERYTHING IN IT. When Abraham was more confident concerning HIS GOD that HE had believed in from childhood, he returned to the Land of Ur, where his parents had been residing.
Abraham really did stand out amongst the people of Ur because he could not stop challenging their idolatry. He was the only one who spoke like that.
1 And Nimrod son of Cush was still in the land of Shinar, and he reigned over it and dwelt there, and he built cities in the land of Shinar.
2 And these are the names of the four cities which he built, and he called their names after the occurrences that happened to them in the building of the tower.
3 And he called the first Babel, saying, Because the Lord there confounded the language of the whole earth; and the name of the second he called Erech, because from there God dispersed them.
4 And the third he called Eched, saying there was a great battle at that place; and the fourth he called Calnah, because his princes and mighty men were consumed there, and they vexed the Lord, they rebelled and transgressed against him.
5 And when Nimrod had built these cities in the land of Shinar, he placed in them the remainder of his people, his princes and his mighty men that were left in his kingdom.
6 And Nimrod dwelt in Babel, and he there renewed his reign over the rest of his subjects, and he reigned securely, and the subjects and princes of Nimrod called his name Amraphel, saying that at the tower his princes and men fell through his means.
7 And notwithstanding this, Nimrod did not return to the Lord, and he continued in wickedness and teaching wickedness to the sons of men; and Mardon, his son, was worse than his father, and continued to add to the abominations of his father.
8 And he caused the sons of men to sin, therefore it is said, From the wicked goeth forth wickedness.
9 At that time there was war between the families of the children of Ham, as they were dwelling in the cities which they had built.
10 And Chedorlaomer, king of Elam, went away from the families of the children of Ham, and he fought with them and he subdued them, and he went to the five cities of the plain and he fought against them and he subdued them, and they were under his control.
11 And they served him twelve years, and they gave him a yearly tax.
12 At that time died Nahor, son of Serug, in the forty-ninth year of the life of Abram son of Terah.
13 And in the fiftieth year of the life of Abram son of Terah, Abram came forth from the house of Noah, and went to his father’s house.
14 And Abram knew the Lord, and he went in his ways and instructions, and the Lord his God was with him.
15 And Terah his father was in those days, still captain of the host of king Nimrod, and he still followed strange gods.
16 And Abram came to his father’s house and saw twelve gods standing there in their temples, and the anger of Abram was kindled when he saw these images in his father’s house.
17 And Abram said, As the Lord liveth these images shall not remain in my father’s house; so shall the Lord who created me do unto me if in three days’ time I do not break them all.
18 And Abram went from them, and his anger burned within him. And Abram hastened and went from the chamber to his father’s outer court, and he found his father sitting in the court, and all his servants with him, and Abram came and sat before him.
19 And Abram asked his father, saying, Father, tell me where is God who created heaven and earth, and all the sons of men upon earth, and who created thee and me. And Terah answered his son Abram and said, Behold those who created us are all with us in the house.
20 And Abram said to his father, My lord, shew them to me I pray thee; and Terah brought Abram into the chamber of the inner court, and Abram saw, and behold the whole room was full of gods of wood and stone, twelve great images and others less than they without number.
21 And Terah said to his son, Behold these are they which made all thou seest upon earth, and which created me and thee, and all mankind.
22 And Terah bowed down to his gods, and he then went away from them, and Abram, his son, went away with him.
23 And when Abram had gone from them he went to his mother and sat before her, and he said to his mother, Behold, my father has shown me those who made heaven and earth, and all the sons of men.
24 Now, therefore, hasten and fetch a kid from the flock, and make of it savory meat, that I may bring it to my father’s gods as an offering for them to eat; perhaps I may thereby become acceptable to them.
25 And his mother did so, and she fetched a kid, and made savory meat thereof, and brought it to Abram, and Abram took the savory meat from his mother and brought it before his father’s gods, and he drew nigh to them that they might eat; and Terah his father, did not know of it.
26 And Abram saw on the day when he was sitting amongst them, that they had no voice, no hearing, no motion, and not one of them could stretch forth his hand to eat.
27 And Abram mocked them, and said, Surely the savory meat that I prepared has not pleased them, or perhaps it was too little for them, and for that reason they would not eat; therefore tomorrow I will prepare fresh savory meat, better and more plentiful than this, in order that I may see the result.
28 And it was on the next day that Abram directed his mother concerning the savory meat, and his mother rose and fetched three fine kids from the flock, and she made of them some excellent savory meat, such as her son was fond of, and she gave it to her son Abram; and Terah his father did not know of it.
29 And Abram took the savory meat from his mother, and brought it before his father’s gods into the chamber; and he came nigh unto them that they might eat, and he placed it before them, and Abram sat before them all day, thinking perhaps they might eat.
30 And Abram viewed them, and behold they had neither voice nor hearing, nor did one of them stretch forth his hand to the meat to eat.
31 And in the evening of that day in that house Abram was clothed with the spirit of God.
32 And he called out and said, Wo unto my father and this wicked generation, whose hearts are all inclined to vanity, who serve these idols of wood and stone which can neither eat, smell, hear nor speak, who have mouths without speech, eyes without sight, ears without hearing, hands without feeling, and legs which cannot move; like them are those that made them and that trust in them.
33 And when Abram saw all these things his anger was kindled against his father, and he hastened and took a hatchet in his hand, and came unto the chamber of the gods, and he broke all his father’s gods.
34 And when he had done breaking the images, he placed the hatchet in the hand of the great god which was there before them, and he went out; and Terah his father came home, for he had heard at the door the sound of the striking of the hatchet; so Terah came into the house to know what this was about.
35 And Terah, having heard the noise of the hatchet in the room of images, ran to the room to the images, and he met Abram going out.
36 And Terah entered the room and found all the idols fallen down and broken, and the hatchet in the hand of the largest, which was not broken, and the savory meat which Abram his son had made was still before them.
37 And when Terah saw this his anger was greatly kindled, and he hastened and went from the room to Abram.
38 And he found Abram his son still sitting in the house; and he said to him, What is this work thou hast done to my gods?
39 And Abram answered Terah his father and he said, Not so my lord, for I brought savory meat before them, and when I came nigh to them with the meat that they might eat, they all at once stretched forth their hands to eat before the great one had put forth his hand to eat.
40 And the large one saw their works that they did before him, and his anger was violently kindled against them, and he went and took the hatchet that was in the house and came to them and broke them all, and behold the hatchet is yet in his hand as thou seest.
41 And Terah’s anger was kindled against his son Abram, when he spoke this; and Terah said to Abram his son in his anger, What is this tale that thou hast told? Thou speakest lies to me.
42 Is there in these gods spirit, soul or power to do all thou hast told me? Are they not wood and stone, and have I not myself made them, and canst thou speak such lies, saying that the large god that was with them smote them? It is thou that didst place the hatchet in his hands, and then sayest he smote them all.
43 And Abram answered his father and said to him, And how canst thou then serve these idols in whom there is no power to do any thing? Can those idols in which thou trustest deliver thee? can they hear thy prayers when thou callest upon them? can they deliver thee from the hands of thy enemies, or will they fight thy battles for thee against thy enemies, that thou shouldst serve wood and stone which can neither speak nor hear?
44 And now surely it is not good for thee nor for the sons of men that are connected with thee, to do these things; are you so silly, so foolish or so short of understanding that you will serve wood and stone, and do after this manner?
45 And forget the Lord God who made heaven and earth, and who created you in the earth, and thereby bring a great evil upon your souls in this matter by serving stone and wood?
46 Did not our fathers in days of old sin in this matter, and the Lord God of the universe brought the waters of the flood upon them and destroyed the whole earth?
47 And how can you continue to do this and serve gods of wood and stone, who cannot hear, or speak, or deliver you from oppression, thereby bringing down the anger of the God of the universe upon you?
48 Now therefore my father refrain from this, and bring not evil upon thy soul and the souls of thy household.
49 And Abram hastened and sprang from before his father, and took the hatchet from his father’s largest idol, with which Abram broke it and ran away.
50 And Terah, seeing all that Abram had done, hastened to go from his house, and he went to the king and he came before Nimrod and stood before him, and he bowed down to the king; and the king said, What dost thou want?
51 And he said, I beseech thee my lord, to hear me–Now fifty years back a child was born to me, and thus has he done to my gods and thus has he spoken; and now therefore, my lord and king, send for him that he may come before thee, and judge him according to the law, that we may be delivered from his evil.
52 And the king sent three men of his servants, and they went and brought Abram before the king. And Nimrod and all his princes and servants were that day sitting before him, and Terah sat also before them.
53 And the king said to Abram, What is this that thou hast done to thy father and to his gods? And Abram answered the king in the words that he spoke to his father, and he said, The large god that was with them in the house did to them what thou hast heard.
54 And the king said to Abram, Had they power to speak and eat and do as thou hast said? And Abram answered the king, saying, And if there be no power in them why dost thou serve them and cause the sons of men to err through thy follies?
55 Dost thou imagine that they can deliver thee or do anything small or great, that thou shouldst serve them? And why wilt thou not sense the God of the whole universe, who created thee and in whose power it is to kill and keep alive?
56 0 foolish, simple, and ignorant king, woe unto thee forever.
57 I thought thou wouldst teach thy servants the upright way, but thou hast not done this, but hast filled the whole earth with thy sins and the sins of thy people who have followed thy ways.
58 Dost thou not know, or hast thou not heard, that this evil which thou doest, our ancestors sinned therein in days of old, and the eternal God brought the waters of the flood upon them and destroyed them all, and also destroyed the whole earth on their account? And wilt thou and thy people rise up now and do like unto this work, in order to bring down the anger of the Lord God of the universe, and to bring evil upon thee and the whole earth?
59 Now therefore put away this evil deed which thou doest, and serve the God of the universe, as thy soul is in his hands, and then it will be well with thee.
60 And if thy wicked heart will not hearken to my words to cause thee to forsake thy evil ways, and to serve the eternal God, then wilt thou die in shame in the latter days, thou, thy people and all who are connected with thee, hearing thy words or walking in thy evil ways.
61 And when Abram had ceased speaking before the king and princes, Abram lifted up his eyes to the heavens, and he said, The Lord seeth all the wicked, and he will judge them.
YAHUSHUA too really did stand out everywhere HE went. It is recorded in the Lost Book of the Bible called “THE INFANCY OF JESUS” (which should be called “THE INFANCY OF YAHUSHUA) that YAHUSHUA started performing MIRACLES from the very night HE was born. The very lady who helped Mary (in Hebrew, Miryam or Miriam) to deliver her of YAHUSHUA received a MIRACLE. Her name was Salome. She was a mid-wife. The Shepherds and the three wise men as well as many other visitors received MIRACLES. Those whom YAHUSHUA came in contact with while in Egypt also received MIRACLES and in fact, various people began to book Joseph and Mary plus baby YAHUSHUA to stay in their houses on various nights. Everyone who visited YAHUSHUA as a newly born baby received a MIRACLE from HIM especially if they had a cuddle or just touched HIS clothes.
YAHUSHUA was constantly persecuted while on earth for speaking strange words to those around HIM. YAHUSHUA preached holiness and constantly claimed that GOD THE FATHER is HIS FATHER. This made the people around HIM conclude that HE claimed that HE is GOD. They did not like that.
Abraham was also persecuted for preaching against idolatry and claimed that there was a much bigger and almighty GOD who created all things.
Having challenged the King, Nimrod concerning idolatry, it was decided that Abraham be imprisoned during which time, the King and his advisers discussed how they would judge Abraham. The result of their meeting was that Abraham was to be hang on a tree based on the crimes he had committed against the King. However, due to the fact that Abraham had gone beyond challenging the King regarding the idolatry by also speaking against the idols they worshipped as their gods, they judged that Abraham should be burned to death in a fiery furnace.
From this, we learn that the idea of CRUCIFIXION actually started during the time of King Nimrod (way before the time of YAHUSHUA’S earthly visit).
Additionally, YAHUSHUA was crucified for three main reasons, namely, because according to the Jews / Israelites,
- YAHUSHUA claimed to be “THE SON OF GOD and that YAHUVEH GOD THE FATHER was HIS FATHER.
- YAHUSHUA claimed that “HE was THE promised MESSIAH and King of the Jews”, something they failed to accept because they believed that “their Messiah and King” would come in a more glorious manner hence delivering them from the Romans plus conquering their enemies (not as the son of a carpenter and/or builder)…
- YAHUSHUA did a lot of miracles on SHABBAT including healing the sick. This was unacceptable by the Orthodox Jews. They considered it to be unholy before YAHUVEH GOD Almighty. They also considered it to be work.
Abraham was nearly crucified because he challenged the idols of the land as well as King Nimrod. In the process, he challenged the superiority of the King as though he was above the King. YAHUSHUA was seen in exactly the same way by those Jews who crucified him with the help of the Romans.
Abraham was eventually thrown into a fiery furnace where he overcame.
YAHUSHUA went into hell the lake of fire (fiery furnace) upon his death where he fought Satan and overcame him and his subjects who are fellow demons. YAHUSHUA obtained the keys of death and hades.
The account is as follows:
1 And when the king heard the words of Abram he ordered him to be put into prison; and Abram was ten days in prison.
2 And at the end of those days the king ordered that all the kings, princes and governors of different provinces and the sages should come before him, and they sat before him, and Abram was still in the house of confinement.
3 And the king said to the princes and sages, Have you heard what Abram, the son of Terah, has done to his father? Thus has he done to him, and I ordered him to be brought before me, and thus has he spoken; his heart did not misgive him, neither did he stir in my presence, and behold now he is confined in the prison.
4 And therefore decide what judgment is due to this man who reviled the king; who spoke and did all the things that you heard.
5 And they all answered the king saying, The man who revileth the king should be hanged upon a tree; but having done all the things that he said, and having despised our gods, he must therefore be burned to death, for this is the law in this matter.
6 If it pleaseth the king to do this, let him order his servants to kindle a fire both night and day in thy brick furnace, and then we will cast this man into it. And the king did so, and he commanded his servants that they should prepare a fire for three days and three nights in the king’s furnace, that is in Casdim; and the king ordered them to take Abram from prison and bring him out to be burned.
7 And all the king’s servants, princes, lords, governors, and judges, and all the inhabitants of the land, about nine hundred thousand men, stood opposite the furnace to see Abram.
8 And all the women and little ones crowded upon the roofs and towers to see what was doing with Abram, and they all stood together at a distance; and there was not a man left that did not come on that day to behold the scene.
9 And when Abram was come, the conjurors of the king and the sages saw Abram, and they cried out to the king, saying, Our sovereign lord, surely this is the man whom we know to have been the child at whose birth the great star swallowed the four stars, which we declared to the king now fifty years since.
10 And behold now his father has also transgressed thy commands, and mocked thee by bringing thee another child, which thou didst kill.
11 And when the king heard their words, he was exceedingly wroth, and he ordered Terah to be brought before him.
12 And the king said, Hast thou heard what the conjurors have spoken? Now tell me truly, how didst thou; and if thou shalt speak truth thou shalt be acquitted.
13 And seeing that the king’s anger was so much kindled, Terah said to the king, My lord and king, thou hast heard the truth, and what the sages have spoken is right. And the king said, How couldst thou do this thing, to transgress my orders and to give me a child that thou didst not beget, and to take value for him?
14 And Terah answered the king, Because my tender feelings were excited for my son, at that time, and I took a son of my handmaid, and I brought him to the king.
15 And the king said Who advised thee to this? Tell me, do not hide aught from me, and then thou shalt not die.
16 And Terah was greatly terrified in the king’s presence, and he said to the king, It was Haran my eldest son who advised me to this; and Haran was in those days that Abram was born, two and thirty years old.
17 But Haran did not advise his father to anything, for Terah said this to the king in order to deliver his soul from the king, for he feared greatly; and the king said to Terah, Haran thy son who advised thee to this shall die through fire with Abram; for the sentence of death is upon him for having rebelled against the king’s desire in doing this thing.
18 And Haran at that time felt inclined to follow the ways of Abram, but he kept it within himself.
19 And Haran said in his heart, Behold now the king has seized Abram on account of these things which Abram did, and it shall come to pass, that if Abram prevail over the king I will follow him, but if the king prevail I will go after the king.
20 And when Terah had spoken this to the king concerning Haran his son, the king ordered Haran to be seized with Abram.
21 And they brought them both, Abram and Haran his brother, to cast them into the fire; and all the inhabitants of the land and the king’s servants and princes and all the women and little ones were there, standing that day over them.
22 And the king’s servants took Abram and his brother, and they stripped them of all their clothes excepting their lower garments which were upon them.
23 And they bound their hands and feet with linen cords, and the servants of the king lifted them up and cast them both into the furnace.
24 And the Lord loved Abram and he had compassion over him, and the Lord came down and delivered Abram from the fire and he was not burned.
25 But all the cords with which they bound him were burned, while Abram remained and walked about in the fire.
26 And Haran died when they had cast him into the fire, and he was burned to ashes, for his heart was not perfect with the Lord; and those men who cast him into the fire, the flame of the fire spread over them, and they were burned, and twelve men of them died.
27 And Abram walked in the midst of the fire three days and three nights, and all the servants of the king saw him walking in the fire, and they came and told the king, saying, Behold we have seen Abram walking about in the midst of the fire, and even the lower garments which are upon him are not burned, but the cord with which he was bound is burned.
28 And when the king heard their words his heart fainted and he would not believe them; so he sent other faithful princes to see this matter, and they went and saw it and told it to the king; and the king rose to go and see it, and he saw Abram walking to and fro in the midst of the fire, and he saw Haran’s body burned, and the king wondered greatly.
29 And the king ordered Abram to be taken out from the fire; and his servants approached to take him out and they could not, for the fire was round about and the flame ascending toward them from the furnace.
30 And the king’s servants fled from it, and the king rebuked them, saying, Make haste and bring Abram out of the fire that you shall not die.
31 And the servants of the king again approached to bring Abram out, and the flames came upon them and burned their faces so that eight of them died.
32 And when the king saw that his servants could not approach the fire lest they should be burned, the king called to Abram, O servant of the God who is in heaven, go forth from amidst the fire and come hither before me; and Abram hearkened to the voice of the king, and he went forth from the fire and came and stood before the king.
33 And when Abram came out the king and all his servants saw Abram coming before the king, with his lower garments upon him, for they were not burned, but the cord with which he was bound was burned.
34 And the king said to Abram, How is it that thou wast not burned in the fire?
35 And Abram said to the king, The God of heaven and earth in whom I trust and who has all in his power, he delivered me from the fire into which thou didst cast me.
36 And Haran the brother of Abram was burned to ashes, and they sought for his body, and they found it consumed.
37 And Haran was eighty-two years old when he died in the fire of Casdim. And the king, princes, and inhabitants of the land, seeing that Abram was delivered from the fire, they came and bowed down to Abram.
38 And Abram said to them, Do not bow down to me, but bow down to the God of the world who made you, and serve him, and go in his ways for it is he who delivered me from out of this fire, and it is he who created the souls and spirits of all men, and formed man in his mother’s womb, and brought him forth into the world, and it is he who will deliver those who trust in him from all pain.
39 And this thing seemed very wonderful in the eyes of the king and princes, that Abram was saved from the fire and that Haran was burned; and the king gave Abram many presents and he gave him his two head servants from the king’s house; the name of one was Oni and the name of the other was Eliezer.
40 And all the kings, princes and servants gave Abram many gifts of silver and gold and pearl, and the king and his princes sent him away, and he went in peace.
41 And Abram went forth from the king in peace, and many of the king’s servants followed him, and about three hundred men joined him.
42 And Abram returned on that day and went to his father’s house, he and the men that followed him, and Abram served the Lord his God all the days of his life, and he walked in his ways and followed his law.
43 And from that day forward Abram inclined the hearts of the sons of men to serve the Lord.
44 And at that time Nahor and Abram took unto themselves wives, the daughters of their brother Haran; the wife of Nahor was Milca and the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai. And Sarai, wife of Abram, was barren; she had no offspring in those days.
45 And at the expiration of two years from Abram’s going out of the fire, that is in the fifty-second year of his life, behold king Nimrod sat in Babel upon the throne, and the king fell asleep and dreamed that he was standing with his troops and hosts in a valley opposite the king’s furnace.
46 And he lifted up his eyes and saw a man in the likeness of Abram coming forth from the furnace, and that he came and stood before the king with his drawn sword, and then sprang to the king with his sword, when the king fled from the man, for he was afraid; and while he was running, the man threw an egg upon the king’s head, and the egg became a great river.
47 And the king dreamed that all his troops sank in that river and died, and the king took flight with three men who were before him and he escaped.
48 And the king looked at these men and they were clothed in princely dresses as the garments of kings, and had the appearance and majesty of kings.
49 And while they were running, the river again turned to an egg before the king, and there came forth from the egg a young bird which came before the king, and flew at his head and plucked out the king’s eye.
50 And the king was grieved at the sight, and he awoke out of his sleep and his spirit was agitated; and he felt a great terror.
51 And in the morning the king rose from his couch in fear, and he ordered all the wise men and magicians to come before him, when the king related his dream to them.
52 And a wise servant of the king, whose name was Anuki, answered the king, saying, This is nothing else but the evil of Abram and his seed which will spring up against my Lord and king in the latter days.
53 And behold the day will come when Abram and his seed and the children of his household will war with my king, and they will smite all the king’s hosts and his troops.
54 And as to what thou hast said concerning three men which thou didst see like unto thyself, and which did escape, this means that only thou wilt escape with three kings from the kings of the earth who will be with thee in battle.
55 And that which thou sawest of the river which turned to an egg as at first, and the young bird plucking out thine eye, this means nothing else but the seed of Abram which will slay the king in latter days.
56 This is my king’s dream, and this is its interpretation, and the dream is true, and the interpretation which thy servant has given thee is right.
57 Now therefore my king, surely thou knowest that it is now fifty-two years since thy sages saw this at the birth of Abram, and if my king will suffer Abram to live in the earth it will be to the injury of my lord and king, for all the days that Abram liveth neither thou nor thy kingdom will be established, for this was known formerly at his birth; and why will not my king slay him, that his evil may be kept from thee in latter days?
58 And Nimrod hearkened to the voice of Anuki, and he sent some of his servants in secret to go and seize Abram, and bring him before the king to suffer death.
59 And Eliezer, Abram’s servant whom the king had given him, was at that time in the presence of the king, and he heard what Anuki had advised the king, and what the king had said to cause Abram’s death.
60 And Eliezer said to Abram, Hasten, rise up and save thy soul, that thou mayest not die through the hands of the king, for thus did he see in a dream concerning thee, and thus did Anuki interpret it, and thus also did Anuki advise the king concerning thee.
61 And Abram hearkened to the voice of Eliezer, and Abram hastened and ran for safety to the house of Noah and his son Shem, and he concealed himself there and found a place of safety; and the king’s servants came to Abram’s house to seek him, but they could not find him, and they searched through out the country and he was not to be found, and they went and searched in every direction and he was not to be met with.
62 And when the king’s servants could not find Abram they returned to the king, but the king’s anger against Abram was stilled, as they did not find him, and the king drove from his mind this matter concerning Abram.
63 And Abram was concealed in Noah’s house for one month, until the king had forgotten this matter, but Abram was still afraid of the king; and Terah came to see Abram his son secretly in the house of Noah, and Terah was very great in the eyes of the king.
64 And Abram said to his father, Dost thou not know that the king thinketh to slay me, and to annihilate my name from the earth by the advice of his wicked counsellors?
65 Now whom hast thou here and what hast thou in this land? Arise, let us go together to the land of Canaan, that we may be delivered from his hand, lest thou perish also through him in the latter days.
66 Dost thou not know or hast thou not heard, that it is not through love that Nimrod giveth thee all this honor, but it is only for his benefit that he bestoweth all this good upon thee?
67 And if he do unto thee greater good than this, surely these are only vanities of the world, for wealth and riches cannot avail in the day of wrath and anger.
68 Now therefore hearken to my voice, and let us arise and go to the land of Canaan, out of the reach of injury from Nimrod; and serve thou the Lord who created thee in the earth and it will be well with thee; and cast away all the vain things which thou pursuest.
69 And Abram ceased to speak, when Noah and his son Shem answered Terah, saying, True is the word which Abram hath said unto thee.
70 And Terah hearkened to the voice of his son Abram, and Terah did all that Abram said, for this was from the Lord, that the king should not cause Abram’s death.
The FOURTH SIMILARITY is that both Abraham and MESSIAH YAHUVEH were faithful unto YAHUVEH/ YAHWEH GOD all the way to the end and as a result, they were greatly rewarded for their faithfulness while on earth.
Genesis 15:6 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
6 Then he believed in Adonai and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.
Genesis 15:6 Names of God Bible (NOG)
6 Then Abram believed Yahweh, and that faith was regarded as the basis of Abram’s approval by Yahweh.
Philippians 2:5-11 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
5 Have this attitude in yourselves, which also was in Messiah (YAHUSHUA) Yeshua,
6 Who, though existing in the form of GOD,
did not consider being equal to GOD a thing to be grasped.
7 But HE emptied HIMSELF—
taking on the form of a slave,
becoming the likeness of men
and being found in appearance as a man.
8 HE humbled HIMSELF —
becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
9 For this reason GOD highly exalted HIM
and gave HIM the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of YAHUSHUA every knee should bow,[a]
in heaven and on the earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue profess that YAHUSHUA the MESSIAH is LORD—
to the glory of GOD the FATHER.
Abraham was rewarded for his faithfulness by YAHUVEH GOD as the “Father of Nations”. Through Abraham the nation of Israel was re-birthed and preserved… Abraham received a promise from YAHUVEH GOD that his descendants would like as stars in the Heavens. To Abraham, the Hebrew Language was downloaded so as to preserve it as it had disappeared after the Tower of Babel event. Satan ensured that the Hebrew Language because dissolved over time. YAH restored it. The evidence for this can be found in the Book of Jubilees.
YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH was rewarded for HIS faithfulness by YAHUVEH GOD by making HIS name to be exalted above every other name in the HEAVENS and the earth.
Additionally, YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH is the ONLY ONE WORTHY TO BREAK THE SEALS and release YAH’S end-time judgement.
Revelation 5:1-5 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
A Scroll with Seven Seals
5 And I saw in the right hand of the One seated upon the throne a scroll, written on both the front and the back, sealed with seven seals. [a]2 I also saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to break its seals?” 3 No one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it. 4 I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it.
It has been said by someone who had a HEAVEN and HELL encounter that when one dies and goes to the HEAVENS, Abraham welcomes them to the HEAVENS.
LESSON LEARNED FROM THIS:
How far are you willing to go to please YAH?
Can you STAND FIRM for YAH no matter what!!!
- Also, click here to read about SIMILARITIES BETWEEN ABRAHAM, SHADRACH, MESHACH and ABEDNEGO.
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The Story of Abraham in a Nutshell as per the Book of Jasher (http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/246612/jewish/Abraham.htm):
Such an important event as Abraham’s defiance of Nimrod, the king and leader of all the heathens and idol worshippers of his time, which led to Abraham’s being thrown into a burning furnace, is only hinted in the Torah. The full story of this and other important events in Abraham’s early life was only told by word of mouth, from generation to generation, until the details were finally recorded by the Sages of the Talmud in various Midrashim. Some of them we have already told you in our previous TALKS, and we will here fill in other interesting details about Abraham’s early life, until he reached the age of seventy five.
Abraham (who was first called Abram) was born in the year 1948 after Creation (1813 BCE). (According to one tradition he was born in the month of Nissan; according to another, in the month of Tishrei.) His father’s name, as you all know, was Terah, who was seventy years old when Abraham was born. Abraham’s mother’s name was Amathlaah. The town in which he was born was called Cutha, in Mesopotamia. In the Torah, Abraham’s birthplace is called Ever-haNahar (“Beyond the River”).
Abraham was the tenth generation removed from Noah, being a direct descendant of Shem, (Noah’s son), the father of all the “Semitic” peoples. When Abraham was born, Shem was 390 years Old, and his father Noah was 892 years old. Abraham was 58 years old when Noah died. These are important facts, for, as we shall see later, Abraham spent many years in the house of Noah and Shem, and received instruction from them. Thus he learned all the details about the Flood from the very men who built the Ark and survived the Flood. (Noah knew Methuselah for many hundreds of years, who in turn knew Adam for many hundreds of years, which means that Abraham received reliable information about everything that happened since the very first day of Creation!).
Terah, Abraham’s father, was the chief officer or minister of the first king mentioned in the Torah, the mighty King Nimrod of Babylon (also known by its former name, Shinear, and the land of the Chaldees). Terah was an idol worshipper, like his king, and their chief god was the Sun.
We have already told you what a close brush with death Abraham had on the very night of his birth. For Nimrod’s stargazers told the king that Terah’s newly-bom son would one day be a danger to his throne. Nimrod ordered Terah to send him the baby, to be put to death. Terah, however, outwitted the king. Instead of sending his real son to the king, he sent the baby of a slave who was born on the same night as Abraham, and Nimrod killed the baby with his own hands, believing that he was now safe from the threat.
The baby Abraham, with his mother and nurse, were hidden in a cave for ten years.
At the age of three years, Abraham knew that it was silly to worship the sun or any other idol, but that there was a great G‑d, who created the sun and the moon, and the whole world, who, though Himself unseen, sees everything and knows everything, and is the real King of the World, more powerful than Nimrod. And since that time, Abraham’s faith in G‑d grew stronger every day.
At the age of ten, Abraham decided to leave the cave and to go to old Noah and Shem, of whom his mother had told him many wonderful stories. Unknown to anybody, Abraham made his way from the low country to the mountainous region of Ararat in the land of Kedem, where Noah and his family lived. He was made welcome by old Noah and Shem, who taught him all they knew about G‑d and the ways of G‑d.
Abraham stayed there for nearly 39 years, until the year 1997. It was at the end of this period, when he was 48 years old, while still at Noah’s house, that Abraham heard about the world-shattering event of the Tower of Babel, which took place in the land of Shinear, where Nimrod reigned supreme. Nimrod and his people wanted to build a tower that would reach up to heaven, so that they might establish their reign upon the heaven as well as on the earth. It was the height of arrogance and defiance of men against G‑d, and it led to confusion and to their dispersal and division into seventy tongues and nations. Abraham decided that it was high time for him to go out and teach them the truth about G‑d, and about the falsehood and worthlessness of the idols. He knew that in defying Nimrod, and even his own father, he would be risking his life, for Nimrod had proclaimed himself god and demanded that all the people worship him.
At the age of fifty (in the year 1998) Abraham returned to his father’s house in Babylon.
Terah was a high priest of the idol worshippers. He had twelve chief gods, one for each month of the year, and other idols. In fact, there was a workshop in Terah’s house, where idols of wood, stone, silver and gold were made. People came to offer sacrifices to these idols, or to buy them, and Terah had a thriving business. Terah appointed Abraham to be the salesman and take charge of the business. How “well” he conducted the business, we have already told you.
Abraham’s activities, in words and deeds, aroused Nimrod’s anger. Both Abraham and his father were ordered to appear before the king. Here the king’s stargazers at once recognized Abraham as the one about whom they had warned the king. Terah was taken to task for deceiving the king, and he put the blame on his older son Haran, who was 32 years older than Abraham. Haran had secretly followed Abraham, but he was not quite sure whether he was wise in doing so. He thought that he would come out openly on Abraham’s side, if and when Abraham would come out victorious. Nimrod ordered that Abraham be thrown into a burning furnace.
When Abraham came out unharmed, Haran declared himself on Abraham’s side and chose to be likewise thrown into the furnace, and he was burnt to death. Abraham, on the other band, whom G‑d” had so wonderfully saved from the fire, was acclaimed by all the people, and they were ready to worship him. But Abraham told them to worship G‑d, who had saved him from the burning furnace, and that he himself was nothing but a human being. Nimrod was greatly afraid of Abraham. He gave him many precious gifts, among them Eliezer, a member of the king’s household, who became Abraham’s trusted servant and friend.
Abraham, and his remaining brother Nahor, married two sisters, their nieces, the daughters of their brother Haran. Nahor married Milkah, and Abraham married Yiskah, better known as Sarai, (later-Sarah).
Two years later, Nimrod had a strange dream and once again his counsellors interpreted it to mean that as long as Abraham lived, his kingdom would be in danger. Nimrod, who had been worried about Abraham all the time, decided to try again to kill him, and sent men to capture him. Fortunately, Eliezer learned of the plot and informed Abraham in good time. Abraham, with his band of followers, numbering over 300, fled to Noah. About a month later, his father Terah came to visit him there. Abraham persuaded him to give up his idolatry. He pointed out to him, moreover, that his life was also in danger, for Nimrod would not spare him. So Terah gave up his high position at Nimrod’s court, and decided to go with Abraham to the land of Canaan, where they would be free to worship G‑d, out of reach of Nimrod.
Thus Terah, his son Abraham and his wife Sarai, and Lot, Haran’s son, and all their household left Ur of the Chaldees in Babylon and set out for Canaan. On the way they came to Charan, where Nahor lived, found it a good place, and stayed there.
Three years later, when Abraham was 55 years old, G‑d appeared to Abraham and told him to take his wife and household and go on to Canaan. This Abraham did, and be stayed there 15 years. At this time, when Abraham was 70 years old, G‑d made a covenant with him, and soon afterwards Abraham returned to Charan, where he stayed for five years. Then, once again G‑d appeared to Abraham and told him to leave his father’s home and native land for good, and go to the land of Canaan. This time, Lot his nephew (and brother-in-law) accompanied him. Terah died in Charan, and Nahor remained there with his family.
Thus, at the age of 75, Abraham came to dwell in the land of Canaan, the land which G‑d had promised him to be the chosen land for his children as an everlasting inheritance.