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Hapax Legomena - its meaning and function in the Bible

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The Hapax Legomenon in the Bible acts as a pointer and points to the end times.

The Hapax Legomena in the Bible

The term Hapax Legomenon is borrowed from Greek and means "once said".
If in a book or a literary work a word or a linguistic expression occurs only once, then the experts speak of a Hapax Legomenon, in the plural: Hapax Legomena.
In both the Old and New Testament writings there is a large number of them. The numbers vary, depending on the basis of the text. I recommend (temporarily) the Textus receptus for the New Testament in conjunction with the majority text. A lot of witnesses, that is the majority texts handed down in writing, are a more credible testimony than an older find that contradicts the others.

Judge 14,4

Now in our text from Judge 14 there is no Hebrew Hapax Legomenon, but, as we have only recently established, a Dis Legomenon, that is a word that occurs twice in the Bible. The first time it is here in the fourth verse. We are reading: But his father and mother did not know that it was of Yahweh; for he sought an opportunity in the Philistines And at that time the Philistines reigned in Israel.

The Dis Legomenon in the story of Judge Samson is the word "opportunity. Samson offers the Philistines a chance, the last chance to escape eternal death. (The second time the word occurs in Jeremiah 2:24, it is also translated in the King James as Opportunity. We read literally: In her occasion who can turn her away. - In her occasion, who can reject her? The question is addressed to all people who still live on earth. Her seduction is too seductive to oppose her with a no. When the bride of the Lamb is raptured, the whore will seize the opportunity, because her rival is no longer there. The King James of 1611 and 1769, respectively, hit the meaning of the text the best.

The function of the Hapax Legomenon or the Dis Legomenon in the Bible

Both point to the end times. Whenever we find a Hapax Legomenon or Dis Legomenon, we find hints to the end times. That is the time that:

  • is accompanied by the repositioning of the State of Israel,
  • where the bride's rapture takes place,
  • which ends with the return of Jesus,
  • and in which a child is born - this event is preceded by the contractions of the Messiah.

When does the end time begin?

The Last Days begin when the Jews are back in the land. What is the exact period of time that the Hapax- and Dis Legomena point to? The period includes the end of the church. When the Rapture has taken place, there will no longer be a church on earth. What then remains as a heap of rubble has nothing more to do with the congregation of Jesus. After the Rapture, Jews, those who believe in Jesus, assume leadership in the proselytizing of the nations. The twelve tribes in dispersion will rebuild the visible testimony, the spiritual temple, which the Antichrist will destroy again. (See script: Elijah and Elisha)

Because the word opportunity appears in Judge 14:4, it is the last chance for the Jews. This is also described in the seventh Epistle, the Letter to Laodicea. The Lord stands at the door and knocks. Jesus knocks at the door of the heart of many people, including the Jews. Whoever accepts Jesus as his Lord and Saviour during the time of the Church will be richer in gifts than he could ever imagine. God gives us everything with Jesus. And everything really means everything, in the absolute sense.

To summarize again: All true Hapax - and Dis Legomena point to the end times. Once one has understood this mystery, one can interpret many texts more precisely.

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