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📜 What are the Dead Sea Scrolls? 🤔



“And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.” Jude 1:6


Hey friends! Have you ever heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls? They were discovering in caves outside Jerusalem in 1947 and contain books that are part of our Bible, as well as others, like Enoch, that represent a pre-Christian outlook on the Old Testament.


Enoch, specifically, is what describes the judgment of the fallen angels Jude speaks of in our opening scripture. Were John the Baptist, Jesus’ family and the early church associated with the Qumran community where the scrolls were discovered?? 🤔


This seems highly likely as the messianic anticipation of the scrolls was HUGE and elaborated on preceding prophecies like those found in Daniel. In addition, many of the Qumran teachings like the idea of the millennium find their fulfillment in New Testament writing by the Apostles.


What really might blow your MIND is that many believe this community to be established by the Zadokite (Aaronic) priests expelled from Jerusalem in the century before Jesus’ birth. These priests saw the Temple system of Jesus’ day as illegitimate and pagan, along with the ruling classes of the Sadducees and Pharisees who crucified Jesus.


For more information on how these scrolls IMPACTED the New Testament we read every day, watch my latest short videos OR read Michael Heiser’s “Unseen Realm” (available on Amazon) AND watch his video on YouTube linked below! 👇👇👇


Application:

Have you ever heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls?


How might Biblical commentaries like these written just before the time of Jesus this help us understand our Bible better?


For more information on the Dead Sea Scrolls’ impact on the New Testament, read Michael Heiser’s “Unseen Realm” (available on Amazon) or watch the video on YouTube linked below!


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