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Matt 11 12 the Kingdom of Heaven Taken by Force

Matt 11 12 the Kingdom of Heaven Taken by Force

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When we translate the Greek text back to what Yeshua would havesaid in Hebrew, we realize at once what the Lord was alluding to. TheHebrew word for 'is forcibly entered' (the Greek by-aides-zeh-tie), isporetzet29 and comes from the Hebrew verb paratz.30 The primarymeaning of the verb paratz is, 'to break or tear down...e.g. a wall...tobreak asunder, to break forth, as a child from the womb, Gen. 38:29;of water, to burst forth...a torrent bursts forth...also to break out, actwith violence, Hos. 4:2'.31You may be familiar with one of its nouns. The son that was given toJudah and Tamar, of whom the Messiah would come through,32 isPerez (Peretz in Hebrew). The name means, 'one who breaks out.'One of the titles of Messiah is 'Son of Peretz', the One who wouldbreak out, or 'The Breaker.' The noun peretz also conveys themeaning of 'a breach of a wall...a breaking forth, Gen. 38:29; of water, a bursting forth...overthrow, calamity'.33 Here we see theconcept of 'violence' naturally following a wall that is breached (e.g. ina war).The Hebrew verb and noun carry the connotation of violence, butprimarily of 'force' or 'action' in the sense of tearing down or breakingout or of rushing water. Once we place the primary meaning into thesentence, we will understand what Yeshua was presenting to Hishearers that day. But first, the Hebrew noun used for 'violent men' isport-zeem and is just the plural of the one who tears down. These toowould be breakers or breachers (of the wall or fence).The Hebrew word for 'seize it' would be oh-hah-zeem and means, 'toseize...to take, catch, in hunting, to take or have possession'.34 Theverb also means, 'to take possession (of the land)' (i.e. Israel, Josh.22:9), and it also speaks of an 'eternal possession' (Gen. 17:8; 48:4;Lev. 25:34).'35 This parallels the possessing of the Kingdom of theHeavens in terms of inheritance instead of 'seizing it.' With thesethree words we can translate Matt. 11:12 like this:'And from the days of Yohanan the Immerser until now, the Kingdomof the Heavens is being breached and the breachers are possessingit.'Yeshua was alluding to the prophetic passage in Micah about theMessiah being the Shepherd that would breach or tear open asection of the fence or wall of the Sheepfold (the earthly existence),
for the Remnant of Israel. The Sheep (believers; breachers), wouldthen continue to break down and break through the fence of thesheep-pen into greener pastures (the Heavenly Kingdom), as theyfollowed their Shepherd. In Micah 2:12-13 we read:'I will surely assemble all of you, Jacob. I will surely gather theRemnant of Israel. I will put them together like sheep in the fold'(Bozrah); 'like a flock in the midst of its pasture. They shall makegreat noise by reason of the multitude of men.''The Breaker (Poretz from the same verb 'to tear down,' to breach),goes up before them. They break out, pass through the gate and goout by it. So their King goes on before them and Yahveh is at their head.'This is what Yeshua was pointing to that day in Matt. 11:12. TheKingdom of the Heavens was presenting Itself, first with John'sproclamation and then with Yeshua Himself. Not to disparage theLaw and the Prophets (Luke 16:17), but on the contrary, to hold upwhat they spoke of as future, was now unfolding as a present Reality.Yeshua was declaring that He was the Shepherd (the Breaker; theBreacher), who would break down the Fence so that His Sheep (thebreakers) could follow Him into their inheritance, the Heavenly realm. A more literal translation of Micah 2:13 reads,'And the One breaking open will go up before them and they willbreak open and they will go through the Gate and they will go outthrough Him and their King will pass through before them, (with)Yahveh at their head.'36It's not that the Kingdom is suffering violence but that the Shepherd istearing open, making a hole in the Heavenly Fence that separatesMan from God. He does this with His Death and Resurrection. Theones that are His, follow Him. They hear His Voice calling to themand escape from the Fold by running through the opening in theFence that He made for them. It becomes widened much the sameway that cattle, stampeding through a break in a fence, will trample itdown and tear out more and more of it as they go through it.Such is the 'violence' that Yeshua was presenting that day.Unfortunately, when Matthew was translated into Greek 'there wassomething lost in the translation.' The translators tell us that theKingdom of Heaven 'suffers violence'. As we have seen, the idea of force is inherent in the Hebrew word. But the Greek lacks the Hebraic
Scriptural link to Micah that begins to explain what Yeshua said thatday and what he meant. Micah then opens up a Scriptural chain for us that will reveal both the Salvation of Yahveh and the Resurrectionof Yeshua.In ancient Israel, the shepherd would take his sheep and box theminto a place for the night that would be safe from bear, wolf and lion.If possible, a little box canyon would be ideal. The canyon wallswould afford protection on three sides with its high cliffs and theshepherd would build a fence of rocks and branches across theopening so the no wild animal could come in, and no sheep couldwander off.The sheepfold or fold was, 'a wall or hedge made of stones whichmight be used for a defense of a fold.'37'Sheepfolds were of various types. At times they were located in or near a cave (e.g., 1st Sam. 24:3). Some were permanent enclosureswith a roof and stone walls, while others were temporary, consistingsimply of an open pen with thornbush sides.'38When daybreak came, the shepherd would make a small opening inthe fence for himself. This passageway would be known as a 'door' or a 'gate'.39 (Notice the 'Gate' in Micah where the sheep go through).Once on the other side he would call to his sheep by name and theywould begin to break through to the other side (Edersheim andMicah), enlarging the hole as more and more sheep followed theothers and, moving 'shoulder to shoulder,' they would naturally takeout more and more of the fence so that the hole or breach would befurther enlarged.The Breaker or the 'One breaking open' in the passage is MessiahYeshua, the Good Shepherd (John 10). His Sheep hear His Voice:'the sheep hear His Voice: and He calls His own sheep by name, andleads them out. When He puts forth all His own, He goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow Him because they know His Voice.' (Jn.10:3-4)Yeshua is saying that He will lead us out of this world of darknessinto His Kingdom. This parallels Micah's Shepherd as 'He goes aheadof them'. The sheep will follow when they hear His Voice. The

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