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Saturday, October 12, 2013


Petra City
The "lost city" of Petra re-emerged August 22, 1812 when wealthy Swiss explorer Johann Burckhardt, disguised himself as an Arab, entered the area and came upon The Red-Rose City.  Although not mentioned by name in the Bible, Edom, Mount Seir, Sela, Mount Hor, and Bozrah are located in the same general area (Jordan).  The entire Petra complex, including the Ciq, is roughly twenty square miles in size.  This is 12,800 acres!  It is aptly referred to as "The Wonder of the Desert" and "The Red-Rose City".  Zechariah 13 tells us that "two-thirds" of the people will be cut off and die".  Israel's present population is about 7 million people.  If two-thirds die, then there will be a little more than 2 million Jewish people left alive.  Question:  "Could Petra hold 2 million people?"  Answer:  Can 12,800 acres hold 2 million people?  Yes!  Do the math.

"Two-thirds of the people in the land will be cut off and die . . . but one-third will be left in the land" (Zech. 13:8).

I am presently teaching a class  on the book of Genesis.  We are studying sentence by sentence through the entire book.  We came across the first mention of "RED" in Genesis 25.  Esau's nickname became Edom (Ge. 25:25 and30), which means "RED".  We became very interested in this because we believe very strongly in the principle of "first mention".  So I began to do some serious study on the subject.  This is the very area (now modern Jordan) where the "Edomites" settled.
Photo: A Bedouin man on a stone monument
                 The Red Rose city of Petra, Jordan, visited by one million tourists each year!
                          And . . . it is one of the seven modern wonders of the world.
                                  Interesting that God would choose this place.
                         Because when the O.T. was written Petra did not exist!
                       The last book in the Old Testament (Malachi) was written in 430 B.C.
                                        But Bozrah, Edom, and Seir, are mentioned.   
            These places are located in the modern nation of Jordan, and very near Petra.
Although the word "Petra" is not in the Bible, there is a subtle reference to it in Mt. 16:18 where Jesus says, "upon this rock I will build my church".  In Greek Peter is "petros".
This is what I came up with:

             Red, Scarlet, Crimson, and Carmine

Red:  Hebrew, “” It is the color of blood, rubies, and strawberries.  It is next to orange at the end of the visible spectrum of light.  Red is commonly associated with fire, beauty, blood, anger, danger, sacrifice, and passion.  In China red means happiness.  Red is mentioned 53 times in the Bible.

                                                                            Masai Warrior in Kenya
Scarlet: Closely associated with red is scarlet.  "" in Hebrew, it is mentioned 52 times in the Bible. Red in ancient Middle East comes from the insect “coccus ilicus”, the dried body of the female yielding coloring matter from which is made the dye used for cloth to color it scarlet or crimson.

 Crimson: "kar.mele" in Hebrew means red or carmine.  It is mentioned five times in four verses of the Bible (2 Chron. 2:7 and 14; 2 Chron. 3:14; Jer. 4:30, and, the most familiar, Isaiah 1:18: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

Carmine: not in the Bible.  It is also called “Crimson lake”, “cochineal” and “natural Red4”.
Petra's open-air theater provided seating for over 6,000 people.  Petra's open-air theatre could seat 6,000 people

Ge. 25:25: “The first one was very red at birth and covered with thick hair like a fur coat. So they named him Esau.

Ge. 25:30: “Esau said to Jacob, ‘I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!’ (This is how Esau got his other name, Edom, which means “red.”)”
                                    Narrow entrance to Petra.

Ge. 38:28:  “While she (Tamar) was in labor, one of the babies reached out his hand. The midwife grabbed it and tied a scarlet string around the child’s wrist, announcing, “This one came out first.”—Perez (“breach”) and Zerah (“rising”).

Ex. 10:19: “The Lord responded by shifting the wind, and the strong west wind blew the locusts into the Red Sea.  Not a single locust remained in all the land of Egypt.”

Ex. 25:1-4:  “The Lord said to Moses, “Tell the people of Israel to bring me their sacred offerings. Accept the contributions from all whose hearts are moved to offer them. Here is a list of sacred offerings you may accept from them:

gold, silver, and bronze;
blue, purple, and scarlet thread;
fine linen and goat hair for cloth;

Numbers 19:2  Here is another legal requirement commanded by the Lord: Tell the people of Israel to bring you a red heifer, a perfect animal that has no defects and has never been yoked to a plow.”
                                                      Red Heifer
Joshua 2:21  “I accept your terms,” she replied. And she sent them on their way, leaving the scarlet rope hanging from the window.

1 Kings 3:22:  “But when they got up the next morning, the sun was shining across the water, making it appear red to the Moabites—like blood.

Psalm 75:8:  “For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.”

Proverbs 23:31: “Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is,
    how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down.”

Isaiah 1:18  ““Come now, let’s settle this,”
    says the Lord.
Though your sins are like scarlet,
    I will make them as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson,
    I will make them as white as wool.”

Is. 63:2: “Why are your clothes so red,
    as if you have been treading out grapes?”

Ezekiel 23:14   “Then she carried her prostitution even further. She fell in love with pictures that were painted on a wall—pictures of Babylonian[a] military officers, outfitted in striking red uniforms.”

Ezekiel 28:13  “You were in Eden,
    the garden of God.
Your clothing was adorned with every precious stone[
    red carnelian, pale-green peridot, white moonstone,
    blue-green beryl, onyx, green jasper,
    blue lapis lazuli, turquoise, and emerald—
all beautifully crafted for you
    and set in the finest gold.
They were given to you
    on the day you were created.”

Joel 2:31  “The sun will become dark,
    and the moon will turn blood red
    before that great and terrible[
a] day of the Lord arrives.”

Daniel 5:29  “Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.”

Nahum 2:3:  “Shields flash red in the sunlight!
    See the scarlet uniforms of the valiant troops!”
Watch as their glittering chariots move into position,
    with a forest of spears waving above them.”

Zechariah 1:8:  “In a vision during the night, I saw a man sitting on a red horse that was standing among some myrtle trees in a small valley. Behind him were riders on red, brown, and white horses.”

Matthew 27:28  “And they stripped him (Jesus), and put on him a scarlet robe.

Acts 2:20  “The sun will become dark,
    and the moon will turn blood red
    before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives.”

Hebrews 9:19  “For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, . . .”

Revelation 6:4  “Then another horse appeared, a red one. Its rider was given a mighty sword and the authority to take peace from the earth. And there was war and slaughter everywhere.”

Revelation 6:12   I watched as the Lamb broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake. The sun became as dark as black cloth, and the moon became as red as blood.”

Revelation 9:17  “And in my vision, I saw the horses and the riders sitting on them. The riders wore armor that was fiery red and dark blue and yellow. The horses had heads like lions, and fire and smoke and burning sulfur billowed from their mouths.”

Revelation 12:3  “Then I witnessed in heaven another significant event. I saw a large red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, with seven crowns on his heads.”

Revelation 17:3-4 “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman (the imitator) sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:


Revelation 19:11-16  “Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. 12 His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. 13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. 15 From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. 16 On his robe at his thigh[a] was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.”
You may never have heard of Petra!  But it is one of the seven wonders of the modern world, located in the country of Jordan.  My Jewish friend in Jerusalem has been there more than 1,000 times.  Yes, this is not a typo.  He has been there more than 1,000 times.  Petra is also called "The Red Rose City", because it is carved from a red-colored rock cliff.
Near Petra is a city mentioned in the Bible: Bozrah.
Why do I mention this?
Revelation 14:20 predicts that blood (red) will flow in a stream for 180 miles and as high as a horse's bridle.  How could this happen?
The Bible also tells us that "overflowing rain", "hail", and mud will be mixed with the blood (red).

So I got out my map of the Middle East one day and did some measuring.
The hair on my arm stood up when I realized that from Haifa, Israel to Bozrah, Jordan is about 180 miles!  Part of this valley is Megiddo.  It is also called the Jezreel Valley.

Talk about the ACCURACY of the Bible!

                     Another scene from Petra.
I challenge you to look up every reference to Bozrah and see what the Holy Spirit reveals to you.  Bozrah means "sheep pen" in Hebrew.  Ge. 36:33; 1 Chron. 1:44; Is. 34:6 and 63:1; Jer. 48:24 and 49:13,22; Amos 1:12; and Micah 2:12.
An email in response to this article from Shirley Estill:

Dear Wes (,

Enjoyed your teaching on the blog. Haven't looked up the other scriptures yet. The ashes of the red heifer have always been one of my study subjects. The blood line through the Bible also. To me the Blood is Christ Himself Savior, protector, cleanser, redeemer, friend, life itself! Thanks for all your teaching and comments..wonderful."

The Nabataeans carved this "city" out of a solid red-colored rock cliff in about 300 B.C. Read mor about Petra:

The wealthy Swiss man who disguised himself as an Arab not only re-discovered Petra in 1812, but went on to visit Mecca and Medina, a city off- limits to "infidels".  Bet you've never been there!

"I cannot worship a guy I can beat up!  But I can worship the Mighty Jesus who treads the winepress ALONE."  See Is. 63:3, Joel 3:13 and Rev. 14:19-20.
Now you're getting closer . . .

Oh . . . the Sunday School crowd won't know what hit 'em when he shows up!
Mighty Jesus photo: Mighty Warrior Angel Fantastic-Angel-angels-23401227-800-6002.jpg

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