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Has the bulla(seal) of the prophet Isaiah been found?

 

The following URL leads to an very interesting article written by By Brad Macdonald , February 21, 2018, on behalf of thetrumpet.com

https://www.thetrumpet.com/16947-has-eilat-mazar-discovered-archaeological-evidence-of-isaiah-the-prophet

The archaeologist Eilat Mazar, has been excavating in Jerusalem for a number of years, following in her father′s footsteps.

Well worth a read

A matter of translation!

 

All biblical quotes from KJV unless otherwise stated

Further research into Deuteronomy 32:8,9. The results are posted below. As is often the case when Biblical study is undertaken, we find a plethora of different translations of the Holy Bible − not to mention the Apocryphal texts. There are so many learned discussions and disagreements on almost all aspects of the Biblical texts that I have attempted to ignore most of them − not always successfully I might add! Additionally, not being myself an expert in any of the Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic and Latin languages, one by necessity is required to accept (not always willingly it must be said) the results of others who declare themselves to be such experts.

I have strayed into areas I had no intention of entering when I first set−out on this journey. A pamphlet rather than a blog posting would have been a more appropriate vehicle for this considering its length.

Has the journey borne fruit? Well, I don′t believe that I have completed the journey. I give NO definitive answers but attempt to adhere to the advice given to us all in 1 Thessalonians 5.21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

I leave the interested reader to reach their own conclusions, for I have by no means exhausted the research potential of these two verses of Deuteronomy. We may return to them in the coming future.

Deuteronomy 32:8,9, When the most High (עֶלְיוֹן - 'elyown) divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam (אָדָם - man, mankind), he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. 9 For the LORD?S (יְהֹוָה ? Yĕhovah) portion [is] his people; Jacob [is] the lot of his inheritance.

The above verses are as translated in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. However, if we take a look at translations from other Bible versions we find a quite different, and perhaps more correct statement, regarding how the bounds of the people were divided?

Septuagint Bible LXX

Deut.32.8 When the Most High divided the nations, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the nations according to the number of the angels of God.

Revised Standard Version (RSV)

32.8 When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of men, he fixed the bounds of the people according to the number of the sons of God.

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

32.8 When the Most High apportioned the nations, when he divided humankind, he fixed the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the gods;

Deuteronomy 32 from Scroll 4Q45 PaleoDeuteronomy

32.8 When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the children of men, he set the bounds of the peoples according to the number of the children of Israel.

Torah

32.8  When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when He separated the children of men, He set the borders of the peoples according to the number of the children of Israel.

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

32.8 When Elyon gave each nation its heritage, when he divided the human race,
he assigned the boundaries of peoples according to Israel′s population;

We see quite a variation in translation in the above quotes from only a few Bible versions. We could go into a long and expansive discussion on which, if any, of them are deemed to be the correct translation. Indeed, if the interested reader cares to research the topic they will find that it has been the subject of much debate.

As I stated in an earlier posting  − Concerning the division of the nations − The descendants of Noah are believed to have divided them by divine direction?  Gen.10:1-5, could be used to verify this statement.  However, the children of Israel (Jacob) were not in existence at that time, but as it is Moses who is given credit for writing the book of Deuteronomy then the children of Israel would have existed in his day.

Instead of speculative analysis we can look for any supporting evidence in the Holy Bible (here a little there a little) that suggests that one of the above translations may be the correct one?

We begin our journey at the Tower of Babel

Genesis 11.5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

The word us ? beney ha'elohim in above verse is the same translation of the word us in Gen.3.22 And the LORD (Yĕhovah) God ('elohiym) said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

In Genesis 11 it is revealed that Yĕhovah came down (from where − heaven?) in order to confuse the language and to separate the people by boundaries, or into nations. These people were the descendants of Adam through Noah and his sons, who survived the flood. Genesis 10.1 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.

We can see that the various Bible translations appear to agree on the generations of the sons of Noah, although not identically translated − sons of Adam, human race, children of men, sons of men, humankind.

Where the Masoretic Text  (which  is the authoritative Hebrew and Aramaic text of the Tanakh) differs from the Septuagint LXX ( which is a Koine Greek translation of a Hebraic textual tradition that included certain texts which were later included in the canonical Hebrew Bible) is in the way the boundaries of the people were set!

The people may have been divided into 70 groups or nations as stated in Genesis Chpt. 10 − descendants of Noah?

There are several separate works of the apocryphal Book of Jasher. All composed much later than Biblical times that give a somewhat different rendering of the division of the nations.

Jasher 9.32 And God (Yĕhovah) said to the seventy angels who stood foremost before him, to those who were near to him, saying, Come let us descend and confuse their tongues, that one man shall not understand the language of his neighbour, and they did so unto them.

How much credence we should give to this rendering of the division of the nations is open to debate. The Book of Jasher is mentioned in two verses of the KJV ? Joshua 10.13 and 2 Samuel 1.18. However, it is debatable as to whether the Books of Jasher currently in circulation are the original texts as mentioned in the KJV?

Jasher does, however, support the translation given in the Septuagint LXX. The RSV and the NRSV translate to the number of the sons of god and the number of the gods, respectively. We therefore need to ask the question − Are angels to be equated with the sons of god? We will return to this question a little later.

It is interesting to note that the number of angels as stated in the Jasher account tally exactly with the number 70 of the descendants of the sons of Adam, or actually the descendants of Noah in Genesis Chpt. 10. It should also be noted that Jacob, or Israel, is not named as one of the 70 descendants of Noah. It would therefore appear that the setting of the boundaries of the people according to the number of the children of Israel is rather out of context with the time period the text of Deuteronomy 32 appears to be referring to?

It should also be remembered that it was universally accepted in the ancient world that individual nations were allocated their own spiritual god.

We need to search a little further to see if we can find any other Biblical support for one or other of the differing statements made in the various translations.

Biblical Evidence

It becomes clear in the few selected  passages of Scripture recorded below  that the planet Earth and all that live upon it ( including the actions of human kind) would appear to be influenced by what we may call higher powers.

An interesting passage is found in 2 Chronicles 18.18

Ahab king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah (note that Judah and Israel are two separate kingdoms) are planning to go to war (v.3). As was the custom, the prophets were consulted − all 400 of them!(v.5). However, the prophet Micaiah was the only one through whom Yĕhovah spoke.

In verse 18 Micaiah speaks − Again he said, Therefore hear the word of the LORD ( Yĕhovah); I saw the LORD sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left 19 And the LORD (Yĕhovah) said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner. 20 Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will entice him. And the LORD (Yĕhovah) said unto him, Wherewith? 21 And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the LORD said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so.

Host of heaven − The word host translated from Hebrew − tsaba' − army, war, warfare, host (of organised army), host (of angels), of sun, moon, and stars.

The word heaven translated from the Hebrew − shamayim − visible heavens, sky, as abode of the stars. Heaven (as the abode of God)

The host of heaven are associated with spirit beings. The above verses clearly reveal the influence of  heavenly or celestial powers in the world. However, to which one of the 3 heavens mentioned in the Scriptures are these verses referring?

It should be noted that the Scriptures mention 3 different heavens. The English translations use mainly the one word − heaven − for all three. It is therefore necessary to identify which heaven is being alluded to when studying.

A hint as to just how the lying spirit achieves its mission brings to mind the following verse >Ephesians 2.2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:< . If we consider how we are all influenced by the air waves in our world, then perhaps the above verse in Ephesians gives us an indication as to how these influences are achieved?

It should also be noted that Ahab apparently could NOT be enticed from the position of the throne of Yĕhovah. The socalled spirit said I will go out, and Yĕhovah said go out and do even so. What is meant by go out and what powers the so−called spirit actually used to influence Ahab′s prophets I leave the reader to speculate upon. Perhaps verses 2 Chronicles 18.23, 24 gives us some indication? 23 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote Micaiah upon the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee? 24 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see on that day when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself. − OR − Ezekiel 2.2 And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.

We find a similar example in the Book of Job − see below*

In Hebrews 2.5, we are given to understand that it will NOT be angels who subject the world to come (Millennium?) − For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.  Are we to deduce from this statement that our present world is indeed heavily influenced, if not ruled, by powerful heavenly beings − angels? Albeit through the council of Yĕhovah.

The wording of 2 Chronicles 18.18 thro′ 21 in the KJV is similarly translated in the CJB, RSV, NRSV, Septuagint, and many other translations.

JOB*

In the Book of Job (KJV) we also find passages of Scripture revealing that the sons (banah) of God ('elohiym) appear to meet regularly (Job 1.6,7) in council with the LORD (Yĕhovah) . We are also made aware that the Adversary is also among them − on occasion at least (Job 1.6,7). He is busy going to and fro in the earth and walking up and down in it. (Job 1.7). In verse 12, it is revealed that the Adversary is given the power, by command of Yĕhovah, to directly influence the life of Job, and make life so difficult for him that the Adversary expected that Job would end up cursing thee (Yĕhovah) to thy face. The manner in which the Adversary accomplishes this is not stated but the results of his influences are. Job 2.1 thro′ 6 gives a similar rendering.

Are we deduce from this that Satan, or Lucifer, as he was at one time called, was originally created a son of God? Ezekiel 28.15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. If this is actually the case then it appears that the sons of God can and do change from perfect to extremely imperfect − Not unlike the human race I would suggest? ? More on this a little later.

Sons of God or Man?

It is here that we run into a problem that can, and does, cause problems when attempting to understand the Scriptures. There are those of the Christian faith who believe that as we humans are created beings then we are already the sons and daughters of God (Many within the LGBT+ community would perhaps disagree?). Others would claim that it was Adam and Eve who were the original creations of God, and thus could be called son and daughter of God. Human kind since that time has procreated through the physical union of man and woman. It would therefore be logical to call them sons and daughters of man.

Jesus Christ (Yĕhovah) (use the name most commonly in use), himself,   was called the Son of man because He was physically born of a woman on this earth. Example> Mathew 20.18 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death.

Mankind ? Eccl.1.13  And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God ('elohiym)  given to the sons (ben) of man ('adam) to be exercised therewith.

The Septuagint translates above verses in Job as angels of God rather than sons of God. The CJB uses the same wording as the KJV, as does the RSV. The NRSV translates as heavenly beings.

Note. That this world is heavily influenced by what we may call heavenly beings appears to be reinforced by taking a look at Mathew 4.1thro′11. However, just like Jesus Christ, we are commanded to reject any thought of worship of them.

Examples from KJV.

Colossians 2.18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels (aggelos) , intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.

Jeremiah 2.19 And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of all the houses upon whose roofs they have burned incense unto all the host of heaven, and have poured out drink offerings unto other gods ('elohiym)

There are many more examples of warnings given to both Israel and Judah regarding worshipping of strange gods. It was actually one of the greatest sins the children of Israel committed (and many continue to do so) if we consider the First Commandment.

God of this world − a prince among other princes?

If we hark back a moment to Ephesians 2.2, we read that the old Adversary (a heavenly being) is called a prince of the power of the air). In 2 Corinthians 4.4, he is called the god (theos) of this world. He is not the only heavenly being given the title of a prince in the Scriptures. If we look further in Daniel 10.5 we read how Daniel − Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: 6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude. Clearly, this was no ordinary man (verse 18) . What is interesting to us, with respect to the division of the nations, is that in verse 13, Daniel is informed by the man − But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

Following this statement Daniel is informed (verse 14) Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days. If we move on to verse 20, Daniel is given to understand that − Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come 21 But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.

Although both the Adversary and Michael are called princes it should be noted that the Adversary appears to have dominance or a higher rank than Michael. Jude 1.9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord (kyrios) rebuke thee.

Lord − Greek − kyrios − 1. he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord. 2. the owner; one who has control of the person, the master. 3. this title is given to: God, the Messiah

It would appear that the above verses in Daniel are revealing to us that there are heavenly beings (princes) who have each been given charge of nations. Daniel 12.1 even reveals the name of one of the chief princes and over which nation he has been given charge > And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book<.

If we return to Deuteronomy 32:8,9, then it would appear that the division of the nations was unlikely to have been set according to the number of the children of Israel? It would appear that the sons of god is a more accurate translation? If we look at Revelation 5.11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels (aggelos) round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands. It would therefore appear unlikely that the bounds of the people were set according to the number of the angels of God?

We could continue researching this topic, as there is much more to be gleaned from the Word of God. I will, however, leave it to the interested reader as I would like to continue this posting by directing attention to the council of Yĕhovah. It will be noted that it is Yĕhovah who heads−up the council and not 'elyown, the Most High.

Heavenly council

We continue by having a look at a rather disturbing passage of Scripture in Psalm 82. It only consists of 8 verses and I am going to quote all of them. However, as usual there are disagreements, among the learned, as to how this Psalm should be interpreted. It is understandable that there is disagreement as the Psalm is worded in such a way that different interpretations can be made with Biblical support for a number of them. I will give a very brief overview of some of the interpretations and allow the reader to decide which, if any, is the correct one.

Psalm 82.1 [[A Psalm of Asaph.]] God ('elohiym) standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods ('elohiym). 2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. 3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. 4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. 5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. 6 I have said, Ye are gods ('elohiym) ; and all of you are children of the most High('elyown). 7 But ye shall die like men ('adam), and fall like one of the princes (sar). 8 Arise, O God ('elohiym), judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations. 

Most Biblical translations of Psalm 82 concur with the KJV with some differences.

Septuagint

1. God stands in the assembly of gods; and in the midst of them will judge gods... 6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you children of the Most High. 7 But ye die as men, and fall as one of the princes.

Complete Jewish Bible

1. [God] stands in the divine assembly; there with the elohim [judges], he judges:..

6 "My decree is: 'You are elohim [gods, judges], sons of the Most High all of you. Nevertheless, you will die like mortals; like any prince, you will fall.

Hebrew Names Version

1 God presides in the great assembly. He judges among the gods?6 I said, ?You are gods, All of you are sons of Ha`Elyon. 7 Nevertheless you shall die like men, And fall like one of the rulers.?

New Revised Version

1 God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:... 6 I say, ?You are gods, children of the Most High, all of you; 7 nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, and fall like any prince.

Hebrew Bible in English

1 God standeth in the congregation of God; in the midst of the judges He judgeth:? 6 I said: Ye are godlike beings, and all of you sons of the Most High.  7 Nevertheless ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.?

So we come to the question of translation:

Sons of God − mortal human beings?

There are those who interpret verse 1 as meaning that God is actually standing, or presiding, over the congregation, or assembly, of His inherited children of Israel (gods) through their leaders or judges. The children of Israel are often described as a congregation in the Old Testament. God is judging those who are responsible for upholding His laws (given at Sinai). among the Israelites. That He calls them gods is due to this being alluded to in John 10.34, 35 > Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? 35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came (John 1.1), and the scripture cannot be broken;<

The word gods in John 10.34 is translated from the Greek word THEOS, which, depending on the context of the passage can also mean God′s representative, magistrates or judges. Exodus 21,22 & 23 could possibly be used to support this view?

If we take the view that the divine council, judges, great assembly, of gods, as stated in various translations are indeed mortal beings, appointed by God, responsible for the just rule of the nations, and not heavenly beings, it would appear rather illogical to state in verse 7, that ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.? If they were mortal then it would hardly be necessary to remind them that they shall die like men? However, to fall like one of the princes (Adversary?) would be looked upon as a divine judgement due to their neglect, if not rejection, of God′s Laws as related in verse 2 thro′ 5. Their resurrection into the coming Kingdom as spirit born sons of God is in peril?  Perhaps the assembly of human judges had such a high opinion of themselves that they looked upon themselves as almost immortal? Nevertheless, they would end their days in exactly the same way as any other mortal being.

Another popular interpretation of these sons of God is found in Genesis 6. 1?5. When the sons of God (′elohiym) came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them. These children became mighty men − possibly part divine and part mortal? − They could die. Greek mythology and the mythology of a number of other cultures also feature these so−called demigods. These beings displayed abilities above and beyond that of a natural mortal man. Pure speculation on my part, but verse 7 of psalm 82 > But ye shall die like men (′adam), and fall like one of the princes,< would then make sense

Let us see if there are any other indications that the sons of God are indeed mortal?

Luke 3.38, is sometimes used, by some, to confirm that the sons of God are indeed physical human being. In this chapter of Luke we are given the genealogy of Jesus.

The final verse 38 > Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.<

Another verse used to confirm this i Malachi 2.10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?

As stated above − Others would claim that it was Adam and Eve who were the original creations of God, and thus could be called son and daughter of God. Mortal Human kind since the time of Adam have procreated through the physical union of man and woman. It would therefore be logical to call them sons and daughters of man (′adam)?

Luke 20.34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: 35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: 36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

These three verses are referring to resurrected physical human beings, who being found worthy, will be resurrected from the dead and become spirit BORN sons and daughters of God. Verse 36 could also be interpreted to infer that the angels and the resurrected children of this world are equally classified as children of God?

Romans 8.14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

In this mortal life, those who are led by the Spirit of God are only physically BEGOTTEN sons of God − with the potential to become spirit BORN on resurrection (John 3.6,7)

Sons of God − immortal beings?

Can we find any scriptural evidence for considering Psalm 82 as revealing an assembly of immortal beings ('elohiym) in divine council with God (Yĕhovah)? God judges among the gods − Returning to the Book of Job we find the council assembled in the first chapter, verse 6. Now there was a day when the sons of God ('elohiym) came to present themselves before the LORD (Yĕhovah), and Satan came also among them.

The sons of God, they are sons, or children, of the Most High − and all of you are children of the most High ('elyown)(Psalm 82.6). God (Yĕhovah)  is portrayed as an 'elohiym judging among the gods − who are also 'elohiym. Are these sons of God, as mentioned in Job, the same beings that are called angels in other passages of the Scriptures?

The Book of Hebrews appears to reveal to us two interesting truths. 1. That angels are NOT sons of God. 2. That Yĕhovah was anointed above all his fellows − including angels > Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they< (Hebrews 1.4)

Hebrews 1.1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,...5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows....13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? (KJV)

Verse 9 is an exact repetition of Psalm 45.7. The word translated fellows is from the Hebrew word − chaber − associate, fellow, worshippers, companion.

In biblical terms the word chaber means bound or knitted together in the same fellowship but appearing as ONE MAN in rank and position − Example Judges 20.11 So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, knit together as one man.

The phrase knit together is translated from the same Hebrew word translated as fellows − chaber

If Yĕhovah was anointed above all his fellows (Greek, metochos − a partner in work, office, dignity) , then it would appear that in the beginning Jesus Christ (Yĕhovah) had companions or partners of equal rank to himself? These partners are, along with Yĕhovah, a distinguished group of celestial beings who, it would appear, form the divine council. Yĕhovah, however, has been tested far beyond that of his fellows and has proved to His Father that He >hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.<  Yĕhovah became the leader of the council on behalf of God the Father?  He has the superiority by being reckoned the firstborn.

His fellows in the divine council, according to Psalm 82, do not appear to have the same love of righteousness, and indeed appear not to be averse to allowing iniquity to flourish in the earth?? − all the foundations of the earth are out of course. They are to be harshly judged for failing to act as sons og God.

The leader of the council, Yĕhovah − Colossians 1.16 For by him (referring to Yĕhovah)  were all things created (John 1.3), that are in heaven, and that are in earth , visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: Yĕhovah, as leader of the divine council, was acting on behalf of God the Father − His position as the FIRST BORN of every creature gave Him this right. Colossians1.15 appears to confirm this − Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature (KJV).

Yĕhovah, is also the only son of God who took human form in the flesh through physical birth − as far as is revealed in Scripture at least. Through His death and resurrection it has now become possible for physical, mortal humans to become BEGOTTEN (NOT Born Again as many people mistakenly believe) sons of God. It is only through spiritual development during a lifetime on this earth and the process of resurrection (there is more than one period or time of resurrection − Rev. 20.5, 6) after physical death that humans can potentially receive divine status as Spirit BORN sons of God − John 3.6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Hebrews 1.5, makes clear that angels and sons of God are two different types of celestial being − For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? The sons of God appear to have greater power than that of angels. However, both types appear to have a role to play as ministering spirits to those who are deemed worthy of being called the heirs of salvation (Heb. 1.14)

Sons of God − the elders?

Revelation 4.4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

Could these elders, with crowns on their heads, be the actual sons of God? A crown denotes kingship. Fellows of Jesus Christ? Jesus, Himself, qualified to receive the kingship of this planet − but has not, as yet, claimed it from the present god of this world. It may be that some, or all, of these elders, with crowns on their head, are qualified rulers of other planets?

The sons of God are not mediators between God the Father and the human race on earth. That right and privilege was reserved for Christ alone − 1 Timothy 2.5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

In the beginning

It would appear that the sons of God were in existence before the earth was created − Job 38.4 thro 7. When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? 

Rev.22.16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Jesus Christ is called the only begotten son of God (1 John 4.9). While in His mortal body Jesus could only be a BEGOTTEN son of God. It would appear that God the Father and Yĕhovah took a monumental risk in allowing Yĕhovah to be born of a mortal woman into this world. He was subjected to the same temptations as any other mortal being. If he had succumbed to the temptations that this world has to offer then He would presumably have lost His position in the heavenly sphere and mankind would have lost their only mediator (1 Timothy 2.5).  

In other words Yĕhovah is a unique entity − begotten − Greek − monogenēs. May be from the root word menō. Can be reference to state or condition. To remain as one, not to become another or different. Certainly applies to Jesus Christ. Unfortunately (or rather fortunately), the carnal human condition does require change.

1 Peter 3.22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

Sons of God are certainly not angels.

Deuteronomy 32.8,9

To finally return to Deuteronomy 32.8,9 it may be possible for us to accept − or not − that the translation of these verses in the Revised Standard Version and the NRSV are the most accurate? The nations were divided according to the number of the gods, or, the number of the sons of God. Psalm 82 would appear to support this conclusion? The Septuagint LXX states that the nations were divided according to the number of angels of god. Revelation 5.11, appears to refute that.

There are 195 countries in the world today. This total comprises 193 countries that are member states of the United Nations and 2 countries that are non-member observer states: the Holy See and the State of Palestine. See following URL. http://www.worldometers.info/geography/how-many-countries-are-there-in-the-world/

So who are these SONS of GOD? − I leave the interested reader to reach their own conclusion.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this posting!

 

 

The Family 2

 

Continued from  previous posting

All Scriptural quotes from KJV unless otherwise stated

 

Which Lord − God?

So when we call on The Lord or/and on God in prayer, who are we speaking to?

Most English translations of the Scriptures do not give the name of the God of Israel, but the names of a number of false gods are given. The Scriptures are quite specific in stating that we are to remember the name of the God of Israel − His name is? − He inherited the children of Jacob. He would appear to have inherited them from the Most High God (′Elyown).

Now the word ′Elyown, is derived from the root word − `alah − which is a name known to a great many believers of another faith that is prevalent on this planet of ours. The descendants of Ishmael − Yishma`el − God will hear − derived from the root words shama` and ′el.

So if we wish to call on the Most High God through Yĕhovah, what name will we use?

Note: I should mention here that I am not a member of the church that is colloquially known as Jehovah′s Witness or a member of the Islamic community (Islamic communities appear to be in just as much disagreement as those members of so-called Christian communities). In an attempt to avoid misunderstandings it is recommended that the Quran is only studied in its original Arabic language − because no other language can come close to conveying the diversity of meanings as compared to Arabic? We can see that this recommendation has not fulfilled its promise (or perhaps it has?); if we take a look at events occurring in the Middle East and further a field. Much the same could be said about the Holy Bible − many people appear to translate its Word according to their own preconceived ideas?

So, if we speak to the Lord in prayer should we ensure that we are on the correct frequency by mentioning His correct name? Is Jesus Christ the correct name to call upon? There are those who are of the opinion that it is not particularly important which name we use, whether it is the Hebrew, Greek, English or call on His name in a multitude of other languages. Perhaps not, but as noted in the previous posting, calling on the Lord could leave one calling on one, or more, of many other gods?

Jesus − Greek Iēsous (proper masculine noun) − meaning − Jehovah is salvation − derived from the Hebrew word − Yĕhowshuwa`- יהושוע or יהושע, which in turn is derived from the Hebrew root words − Yĕhovah and yasha` (to be saved).

The Hebrew words  יהושוע or יהושע translate to the English name Joshua

Christ − Greek Christos (adjective) − meaning − anointed −  Not a name.

Yĕhowshuwa` would appear to be Jesus correct name translated from the Hebrew language − sometimes written as: Yeshua, YHWH, YaHVeH, Yahweh and as Joshua in the English language.

I am not an expert in linguistics, so will leave the interested reader to make their own decision regarding the importance of The Name. If one feels comfortable and connected by using the name you are accustomed to using, then perhaps it would be sensible to continue using that name?

Some scriptural references regarding the name:

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Scriptural Names are important and have meaning − perhaps your Creator knows your name? − Shouldn′t we know His − and use it?

Hosea 2:17 For I will take from her mouth the names of the Baalim (Ba′al = lord), And they shall be remembered by their name no more.

Isaiah 12:4 And in that day you will say: Praise the Lord (Yĕhowshuwa`), call upon His name; Declare His deeds among the peoples, Make mention that His name is exalted.

Isaiah 42:8 I am the Lord (Yĕhowshuwa`), that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images.

Malachi 2:2 If you will not hear, And if you will not take it to heart, To give glory to My name, Says the Lord (Yĕhowshuwa`) of hosts, I will send a curse upon you, And I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have cursed them already, Because you do not take it to heart.

Psalm 105:1 Oh, give thanks unto the Lord (Yĕhowshuwa`)! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!

Psalms 116:17- I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord (Yĕhowshuwa`)

Zechariah 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It [is] my people: and they shall say, the Lord (Yĕhowshuwa`) is my God (′elohiym).

Conclusions

Most English translations of the Scriptures omit the NAME of the God of Israel − Intentionally? If you call on The Lord or on God, who exactly are you calling?

It is reasonably clear from the above that Yĕhowshuwa` is only one of an unknown number of ′elohiym. However, He is the only one who inherited the children of Jacob, and planned to develop this nation of people strictly according to the Laws of the Most High God (′elyown).

The Most High had a plan of development for this peculiar nation and it was Yĕhowshuwa` who was to lead the nation and develop the people into an exemplary nation to all other nations.

The people became stiff-necked then, and have become even more stiff-necked today − hence the trouble His people found themselves in anciently − and throughout history up to the present today.

Other nations at that time clearly had their own gods (′elohiym); many of these other nations became very powerful and highly developed − some of these nations even became, through conquest, empires. Many of these other gods or strange gods (′elohiym) were, and indeed are, very powerful.

Gods at War

The Scriptures mention a great number of battles between various nations and the children of Israel. As long as Israel was obedient to the Laws of the Most High God (′elyown), then their God (Yĕhowshuwa`) ensured their victory and the nation prospered. When disobedience became rooted in their lifestyle − eventual defeat and ruin was guaranteed − although always after a warning had been given.

Yĕhowshuwa` was appointed (inherited) the children of Jacob − the people who were to become Israel. All nations appear to have an appointed ′elohiym, as indeed do individuals. Psalm 91:9 Because thou hast made the LORD (Yĕhowshuwa`), which is my refuge, even the most High (′elyown), thy habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

The word angels in verse 11 above, is translated from the Hebrew word מַלְאָךְ −  mal′ak. Depending on the context of the verse in which the word מַלְאָךְ appears, it can also mean to despatch as a deputy; a messenger; specifically, of God, i.e. an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher):ambassador, angel, king, messenger.

The Scriptures mention (by name) a number of the above who came into contact with the children of Israel.

The gods of all nations appear to enjoy conflict − both anciently and up to the present day − just look at the world around us − conflict, disagreement, competition, wars and rumours of war.

Such is the self chosen destiny of mankind − for a TIME. According to Scripture, mankind will become so SELF-Centred and divorced from the true teachings of His Creator that they will be on the verge of complete annihilation (the protective shield broken and crumbling) if higher powers do not step-in to halt the mayhem brought about by the increasing rejection of certain unbreakable Laws.

Daniel 4:13 I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven;...17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High (`illay (Aramaic) ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities (archē), against powers (exousia), against the rulers (kosmokratōr-lord of the world, prince of this age) of the darkness of this world (aiōn − period of time, age), against spiritual wickedness in high (epouranios-the heavenly regions) places.

Deut. 31:29 For I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because ye will do evil in the sight of the LORD (Yĕhowshuwa`), to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.

Names

 I am sure that many people would like to think that their God knew them before their physical birth. That does not appear to be the case; even Jacob (Israel) appears to have been an unknown NAME to his God before his remarkable battle with a man. Rather mysterious considering that previous to this meeting he had already met with the angels of God − Gen.32:1, And Jacob went on his way, and the angels (mal′ak) of God (′elohiym) met him.

 Gen.32:24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. This could be no ordinary man? Jacob asked for a blessing from him − verse 26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

The man asks for Jacob′s name in verse 27, and Jacob gives it. The next verse reveals that the man then changes Jacob′s name to Israel. Jacob apparently has no idea of the name of the man for in verse 30 he asks for the man′s name, without receiving it! − And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name − And he blessed him there.

 Now, names are important in Scripture and not to be taken or given lightly. However, they do have a habit of changing − even the name that God reveals to His inheritance

 Exodus 3:15 And God (′elohiym) said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD (Yĕhovah) God (elohiym) of your fathers, the God (′elohiym) of Abraham, the God (′elohiym) of Isaac, and the God (′elohiym) of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name (shem) for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

Exodus 6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God (′el) Almighty (Shadday), but by my name (shem) JEHOVAH (Yĕhovah) was I not known to them.

 God′s messengers are also loath to give of their names: Judges 13:18 And the angel (mal′ak) of the LORD (Yĕhovah) said unto him (Manoah, father of Samson), Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret (pil′iy)?

Secret − Hebrew −  pil′iy − meaning − wonderful, incomprehensible, extraordinary.

Perhaps the name is not actually so secret but the true name, or the true meaning of the name, would perhaps be incomprehensible to mere mortals? In the English version of the Complete Jewish Bible the word wonderful is used instead of the word secret. Then again there may be more of a meaning to the name than is required to be revealed to man-kind.

There are many passages of Scripture that state that the God of the children of Israel does want His name (as revealed to them) to be used.

 

 

 

 

 

The Family

 I believe the matters raised here should be of fundamental interest to all that call themselves Christian−no matter which of the many denominations one may belong to!

All Scriptural quotes from KJV unless otherwise stated

The following started by looking at two verses of Scripture − Deut.32:8,9. Although reasonably lengthy, it is by no means comprehensive − a good deal has been omitted for the sake of brevity (at least that was the plan!).

It started off, as is often the case, in one direction and then took a number of different routes − hardly the straight and narrow path − then again if we read Isaiah 28:10 (here a little, there a little) − perhaps the method used is satisfactory? However, that does not mean that the journey is completed or that I have arrived at the correct or final destination.

This posting is not meant to give answers, but perhaps food for the interested mind?

Deut.32:8 When the most High (′elyown) divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam ( man, mankind), he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. 9 For the LORD′S (Yĕhovah) portion [is] his people; Jacob [is] the lot of his inheritance.

MORE THAN ONE GOD?

It will be noted in the above verse that Yĕhovah does NOT appear to have CHOSEN His people − He INHERITED them − from whom?  ′elyown (Supreme Most High God). It was not only the Jews (Judah) that He inherited, but ALL THE CHILDREN OF JACOB (Israel).
 
Before we go further it would perhaps be advantageous to state that there are those who believe that the above verse, when referring to the Most High and to the Lord, is referring to one and the same being − i.e. Yĕhovah and ′elyown are ONE and the same being.

John 1:1-3 would appear, to my mind, to negate that belief − In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Concerning the division of the nations − The descendants of Noah are believed to have divided them by divine direction?  Gen.10:1-5, could be used to verify this statement.  However, the children of Israel (Jacob) were not in existence at that time, but as it is Moses who is given credit for writing the book of Deuteronomy then the children of Israel would have existed in his day.  This presents a problem that we will not be investigating in this posting. Hopefully, a fuller explanation will be proposed in a future posting.

elyown − adjective, masculine noun - Highest, Most High- from root word -  `alah − to go up, ascend, climb; to excel, be superior to; to be exalted.

That may be a surprise for many people − the root word of elyown is  `alah

 Yĕhovah − proper noun with reference to deity - the existing One.

OTHER GODS?

Disregarding the problem encountered in Deut. 32:8,9, it can be ascertained through study of the Scriptures that the LORD′S portion is His people (Jacob, or subsequently all the children of Israel). Nevertheless it does lead us on to ask ourselves the question: Who were/are all the other nations of the earth apportioned too?

 ′Elyown is a Hebrew word meaning Most High God as used in the Old Testament. And it is used as a descriptive title (adjective) for the Father. The Most High God is a God (el) above all other gods (′elohiym).

Psalm 57:2 I will cry unto God (′elohiym − pluralized/pluralized intensive [singular] form of el ) most high (′elyown); unto God (el) that performeth all things for me.

The most High (′elyown) divided the nations and the LORD′S (Yĕhovah′s) portion is Israel.

Most High − ′elyown − Highest, Most High, name of God, of rulers, either monarchs or angel-princes. − The Scriptures reveal to us at least one angel-prince who desired to be raised on high!

the LORD′S  − Yĕhovah − the existing One − the proper name of the one true God − unpronounced except with the vowel pointings of H0136 (Adonay − Lord − title, spoken in place of Yahweh in Jewish display of reverence, which appears to be a decision taken by man and not the LORD).

If we backtrack a little to Deut.32:3, we find that it is revealed that the LORD will publish His name Because I will publish the name of the LORD (Yĕhovah) ascribe ye greatness unto our God (′elohiym)

GOD′s NAME OMITTED

In many (not all) English translations of the Bible we find that His NAME has been omitted and replaced by − the Lord − or the LORDLord GodGod etc.

Note: We need be careful when interpreting the meaning of the word ′elohiym as used in the Scriptures − it needs to be interpreted in the context of the passage being studied and whether the word is meant to be understood in its pluralized or pluralized intensive form.

Gen.1:1 In the beginning God (′elohiym [plural or plural intensive?]) created the heaven and the earth (′erets).

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word (logos) was with God, and the Word was God.

The Word − logos − a word, uttered by a living voice, embodies a conception or idea.1) a word , 2) the sayings of God,  3) decree, mandate or order,  4) of the moral precepts given by God , 5) Old Testament prophecy given by the prophets,  6) what is declared, a thought, declaration, aphorism, a weighty saying, a dictum, a maxim

The Word was with God − logos ēn pros theos?

The Greek word for God − theos − in the polytheism of the Greeks, denoted − a god or general name of deity or divinities. e.g., Act 14:11; 19:26; 28:6; 1Corinth. 8:5; Gal 4:8. The word was appropriated by Jews and retained by Christians to denote the one true God. In the Septuagint, theos translates (with few exceptions) the Hebrew words Elohiym and Yĕhovah , the former indicating His power and pre-eminence, the latter His unoriginated, immutable, eternal and self-sustained existence. (Source: Vines dictionary of NT words).

However, the Word (logos) was (is) a God in his own right − kai logos theos. It would appear that we have a problem here in deciding whether the logos was and is God, or, if the Logos is, and always has been, ONE OF A NUMBER OF GODS in His own right (Elohiym − pluralized form of El).

The word God that is found in John 1:1, 2 is a translation of the Greek word − Theos − According to Strong′s Concordat meaning − Godhead, trinity, a god or goddess, a general name of deities or divinities, spoken of the only and true God, whatever can in any respect be likened unto God, or resembles him in any way, God′s representative or vice-regent.

It would appear that John′s inspired gospel reveals to us the true meaning of theos, in the context of the verses − namely, the Word or Logos is not God, or the Most High God (elyown), but is the Son of God, and hence is a God (part of the God family) That is why, in John 1:1, 2, John refers to God and to the Word ( Logos) as a God, to show that there is a difference between the two − they are not one and the same being.

Adam is also referred to as [the son] of God  Luke 3:38 Which was [the son] of Enos, which was [the son] of Seth, which was [the son] of Adam, which was [the son] of God.

It will be noted that the son is placed within brackets denoting that it has been added to the original text. However, we can appreciate the reasoning behind the decision to include it − Acts 17:28, can reasonably be said to clarify one reason for inclusion: ″For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring″.

So it could be said that the Father is God because of his authority. However, God the author also sends messengers with his authority, so when our Father anoints someone to speak His words, that person is given the title god whether it be an angel or a person. In addition, someone or something that takes the place of God is also called a god, or a false god.

Example: 2 Corinth 4:4 ..god (theos) of this world.

It is apparent from a study of the Scriptures that there are indeed other gods (′elohiym). The first commandment indicates that there are, otherwise it would hardly have been necessary to state in Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods (Elohiym) before me.

A number of other scriptural verses state the same: Examples, Exodus 23:13 − the names of other gods were obviously well known; Judges 10:13 − other gods were served; Jeremiah 25:6; Jeremiah 44:5.

Those other gods are clearly those who have charge over other nations − often called Gentile. Additionally, it could also refer to a compulsive bad habit or addiction?

Heb.1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir (in Messianic usage, one who receives his allotted possession by right of sonship- i.e. inheritance) of all things, by whom also he made the world; ( aiōn, period of time, age)

The above verse is not a reference to creating the Universe (made the worlds) but is referring to the different world ages that have preceded and include our own age, along with the coming (future) world age(s) − on this planet.

Jesus Christ was, and is, an ′elohiym, but He was, and is not, elyown − the Most High − as He Himself repeatedly inferred when speaking of His Father ( patēr − metaphorically speaking, the authors of a family or society of persons animated by the same spirit as himself).

This is truly the great purpose behind the  wonderful creation by elyown − God attempting to create his own spiritual family. Using His own spirit to assist in the process of POTENTIALLY creating beings with a mind that functions along the same lines as His own. Our minds certainly do not function HIS WAY at present, and have certainly not done so in the past.  Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD (Yĕhovah)

The Holy Bible is a compendium of books (many books have not been included as they were thought − by men of a certain order − not to be divinely inspired) concerning, and primarily written for, the children of Israel.

SOME OTHER GOD′s

We shall not enumerate all the possible gods that appear, according to Scripture, to have charge over nations − or at least charge over the peoples of nations. We will take some examples that appear to have been popular with ancient Israel and remain popular to this day − under different guises.

Baal is mentioned 63 times in 51 verses of the KJV − 62 times in the OT but only once in the NT − Romans 11:4 − But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to [the image of] Baal.

Each year as Christmas is celebrated, millions bow the knee and dance around the tree.

This practice is ancient − Jeremiah. 10:3 For the customs of the people [are] vain: for [one] cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers,that it move not.

2 Kings 17:9 And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD (Yĕhovah) their God (elohiym), and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city. 10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree:

1 Kings 18:24 And call ye on the name of your gods (elohiym), and I will call on the name of the Lord (Yĕhovah): and the God (elohiym) that answereth by fire, let him be God (elohiym). And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.

The prophet Elijah (EliYah) spoke those words. He said − call ye on the name of your elohiym, and I will call on the name of the Lord? (Yĕhovah). What was the name of their elohiym?

It was Ba`al. The translation of the word Ba`al in the Hebrew language is  lord; the supreme male divinity of the Phoenicians or Canaanites. However, it was not only Ba`al (the lord) who was worshipped by the Israelite nation; if we take a look at verse 1 Kings 18:19 of the same chapter, we find that EliYah commands King Ahab to summon the prophets of the grove along with the prophets of Ba`al to Mt. Carmel.

Prophets of the groves: Ashera(h) = groves (for idol worship); Babylonian (Astarte)-Canaanite goddess − the supposed consort of Baal; her image.

Ashtaroth or Astaroth − translated from the Hebrew word − `Ashtarowth − meaning − star.

Judges 2:13 And they forsook the LORD (Yĕhovah), and served Baal and Ashtaroth. The whole nation had abandoned YHVH (Yĕhovah) and paid homage to strange gods − idolatry.

1 Kings 18:26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal (Ba`al − lord) from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.

During the Israelites exodus from Egypt it is revealed that they melted down what gold they had and Aaron moulded a golden calf, saying − These be thy gods (elohiym), O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt?? (Exodus 32:4)

When Moses returned from Mt. Sinai he found the children of Israel worshipping a calf. That a calf was chosen to represent the strange gods is no great surprise if we consider that the Israelites had lived for generations in Egypt and were well acquainted with the pantheon of Egyptian gods. On a human level understandable − they were the only gods generations of Israelites had known.

APIS BULL

It would be reasonable for us to assume (always dangerous to assume but will do so this time) that the calf represented the Apis Bull. Apis was one of the most important of all the sacred animals in Egypt. The bull was the incarnation of a god, but unlike the other animal totems , that only provided a link to the god, the Apis was thought to host the god himself. The Apis bull was originally viewed  as among the first animals associated with divinity and eternity. It was originally a god of fertility, then the herald of the god Ptah but, in time, was considered Ptah incarnate. He was also, in some eras, depicted as the son of Hathor and was closely associated with her goodness and bounty. It is claimed by certain people that Osiris and Isis are also linked to the Babylonian/Assyrian couple, Nimrod (the son of Cush, grandson of Ham, and great-grandson of Noah) and Semiramis. There is no direct evidence of this claim as far as I can ascertain?

The photograph of the sculpture below on the right entitled The Removal of Europa, was a gift from Crete to the European Parliament in 2005.

                                                                                                                                Apis Bull                                                                 Removal of Europa

                                                                                                                                     Strasbourg

 

                                                                                                       

                                                                  Displayed on all EU residence permits

 

                                              

                                                                             Holy in India

 

                                                   

                                                                      Holy on Wall Street

There are many countries that appear to find the 'bull' an attraction. In Spain they fight them of course - as a national sport!

Perhaps the most well-known example in the USA is the 'Wall Street Bull' - Thoughtfully and purposefully positioned (perhaps?) on Wall Street in New York City.

JUDGEMENT OF EGYPTIAN GOD′s

Exodus 12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods ('elohiym) of Egypt I will execute judgment: I [am] the LORD (Yĕhovah). See also Num.33:4

Heavy punishment was meted out, not only to the Egyptians, but also to their gods.

The word gods, translated from the Hebrew word: ′elohiym.

Meaning: rulers, judges, divine ones, angels, gods, god, goddess, godlike one - Just who were these so-called gods of Egypt? − They have already been judged!

If we take a look at 2 Peter 2:4, it is revealed that the angels that sinned have not yet been judged but cast down to hell (tartaroō) to be reserved unto judgement. See also Jude 1:6

The word 'judgement' in above two verses is translated from the Greek word 'krisis' − meaning, a separating, sundering, and separation, a trial, contest, selection, judgment.

The word 'judgement' in Exodus 12:12 is translated from the Hebrew word 'shephet' − meaning,  judgment, act of judgment − as in punishment.

The gods of Egypt (at the time of the Exodus at least) would therefore NOT appear to have been sinning angels as they have yet to be judged, according to Scripture?

The Egyptian Pharaohs were themselves looked upon as gods by their own people, so are we to look upon God′s judgement of Egyptian gods (plural) as a punishment of both the living and the dead Pharaoh′s (Osiris, Isis, Orion)? Job 38:31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

The worship of other nations gods, in idol form, was not only confined to the Israelite nations who resided in the northern kingdom (house of Israel). It was also a well-developed practice in Judea (Judah), where the false prophets attempted to erase THE NAME of the God of Jacob.

Jeremiah 23:25 I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. 26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; 27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Ba`al.

The information revealed in the above verses makes it abundantly clear that false prophets KNEW THE NAME but worked diligently to drive remembrance of that name out of the minds of Judah and substitute another name − a strange god - Ba`al - meaning - lord.

Num.25:3 - And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.

Baal-peor is a masculine noun for "lord of the gap", and Peor for a "mount" in Moab The real name of the idol was Chemosh (the national deity of the Moabites and a god of the Ammonites), and his rites of worship were celebrated by the grossest obscenity.   In participating in this festival the Israelites committed the double offence of idolatry and licentiousness. He is also identified with 'Baal-zebub', 'Mars' and 'Saturn' (Judges 11:24 - Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh thy god (elohiym) giveth thee to possess?...) Worship of this god was introduced into Jerusalem by Solomon and abolished by King Josiah of Judah (2 Kings 23). Chemosh is also referred to as "Asthor-Chemosh'' in the Moabite Stone inscriptions.

 To Be Continued

 

 

Transgender Ideology -- The New Norm!

The following quotes are from an article by Michelle Cretella, M.D − President of the American College of Paediatricians.

It certainly should give some pause for thought regarding the sudden apparent popularity of transgenderism.

The full article can be read by clicking the URL below:

http://dailysignal.com/2017/07/03/im-pediatrician-transgender-ideology-infiltrated-field-produced-large-scale-child-abuse/

Quotes:

..transgender ideology is not just infecting our laws. It is intruding into the lives of the most innocent among us−children−and with the apparent growing support of the professional medical community⋅⋅⋅professionals who dare to question the unscientific party line of supporting gender transition therapy will find themselves maligned and out of a job⋅⋅⋅

 ..I have witnessed an upending of the medical consensus on the nature of gender identity. What doctors once treated as a mental illness, the medical community now largely affirms and even promotes as normal.

Last summer, the federal government stated that it would not require Medicare and Medicaid to cover transition-affirming procedures for children or adults because medical experts at the Department of Health and Human Services found the risks were often too high, and the benefits too unclear.

Undeterred by these findings, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health has pressed ahead, claiming−without any evidence−that these procedures are ″safe″.

The transition-affirming view holds that children who ″consistently and persistently insist″ that they are not the gender associated with their biological sex are innately transgender.

The fact that in normal life and in psychiatry, anyone who consistently and persistently insists on anything else contrary to physical reality is considered either confused or delusional is conveniently ignored.

The transition-affirming approach has been embraced by public institutions in media, education, and our legal system, and is now recommended by most national medical organizations.

 The transgender movement has gained legs in the medical community and in our culture by offering a deeply flawed narrative. The scientific research and facts tell a different story.

 Some basic facts:

Twin studies prove no one is born ″trapped in the body of the wrong sex″.

Gender identity is malleable, especially in young children.

Puberty blockers for gender dysphoria have not been proven safe.

There are no cases in the scientific literature of gender-dysphoric children discontinuing blockers.

Cross-sex hormones are associated with dangerous health risks.

Neuroscience shows that adolescents lack the adult capacity needed for risk assessment.

 There is no proof that affirmation prevents suicide in children.

Transition-affirming protocol has not solved the problem of transgender suicide.

Transition-Affirming Protocol Is Child Abuse

 ..professionals are using the myth that people are born transgender to justify engaging in massive, uncontrolled, and unconsented experimentation on children who have a psychological condition that would otherwise resolve after puberty in the vast majority of cases.

 Todays institutions that promote transition affirmation are pushing children to impersonate the opposite sex, sending many of them down the path of puberty blockers, sterilization, the removal of healthy body parts, and untold psychological damage.

 End Quotes

Check-out the following URL for an interesting insight: https://youthtranscriticalprofessionals.org/

Quote:

 Worldwide, the large, recent increase in such referrals supports the idea cultural factors are making nonconforming kids into ″trans kids″. For example, referrals to the Tavistock, the only gender identity clinic in the UK that deals with minors, have gone from 96 six years ago, to over 2000 this year. In the US, there are now nearly 100 child gender identity clinics. And in Australia, an ″epidemic in transgender children″ has been noted in the wake of the Safe Schools program. The tactics used by trans ideologues to promote this ideology to children and punish dissent seem cultish, if not totalitarian. If transgender ideas about children become fully accepted, referrals to gender clinics should become very common for gender nonconforming children.

http://www.news.com.au/news/an-epidemic-of-transgender-children-is-safe-schools-legacy/news-story/085d5681f6bc3dae2357302ab2bee227

Note> The National Health Service, in the United Kingdom, has recently been sending out questionaires to 10 year-olds in public schools asking them if they are comfortable with their present gender? So it can be expected that there will be a further increase in disturbed (corrupted) children beating a path to counselling centers?

Is this only one more sign of an evolving race − OR − a degenerating one?

Smoke and Mirrors

Brexit

The current negotiations concerning the United Kingdom′s desire to leave the European Union may well be a smoke screen to cover a hidden agenda?

Check-out the following URL > https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/brexit-theresa-mays-cards-are-table

Quote.

The government and mainstream media here in Britain would have us believe Brexit is a chaotic disaster. Yet, behind the scenes, the military unification policy is progressing as planned, and at pace...

..The question we posed earlier was, how could PESCO proceed while the EU′s largest contributor to its unified defence budget is not only prevented from joining through lack of domestic support, but could well be expected to use its veto?

The answer is it couldn′t...

Or rather, it couldn′t without Brexit.

End Quote

Check-out this one as well > https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/eu-has-its-military

 

Fishing for People

 

 

"Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive"

Marmion - Sir Walter Scott.

 

The net was fashioned in many layers

Different types and different snares

Designed to catch the unwary and their heirs

This you need to understand in your prayers

 

Political correctness in all its guises

Shall prevent you uttering freely your lan(d)gauges

Warnings of social danger abound

No truth allowed when facts are perceived as sound

 

Indoctrination and propaganda designed to confuse

The traditional family unit is broken and bad news

He and she is to be refused

Gender neutral for the politically enthused

 

Church and state go much the same way

The straight and narrow path impenetrable

The path of mankind wide and winding

Universal dogma certainly prevailing

 

Our identity is being undermined and degraded

We are made unsure as to what or who we are

As the net slowly but surely tightens we are left unaided

Perceived safety of our network has been cunningly baited

 

Many have been steadily and mentally adjusted

We have become blind to our entrapment - minds rusted

The devilish twist is the happiness many experience

As the net with the many layers allows such credence

 

Much as it has been throughout the ages

Applied behavioural psychology is the method

Governments and bureaucrats design the changes

The majority believe that they are benign

 

Agreement to change takes time to implement

Always presented as a benefit to society

Just look at the economic and social destruction

Our planet has many examples of re--instruction

 

Left, right or center, all believe they have the solution

Every man believes he is right in his own heart -- absolution

Effective and successful; our hearts are part of the human evolution

Creation and THE LAW viewed only as an aberration!

 

NOTE: An example can be found here for those who may be interested

http://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/MINDSPACE.pdf

 

 

 

Fact,fiction or truth

 

Up and down, right and left, we are the observers of cause and effect

The effect is often visible, but the cause is often deflected

Science adheres to the laws just named

Except for life - we just happened

Those laws are not tamed

 

False Religions

 

Organization is one of the major keys to false religion.

The devil knows well that people will do things in a group that they would never do on their own.

A natural consequence of this and equally important is the principle that if enough people are doing something in a highly organized manner, then an air of legitimacy will be lent to the enterprise, a false patina of orthodoxy.

In effect, that will help to blind initiates new and old to the fact that God in reality may be entirely absent and the organization subtly evil in every way.

Once enough people become involved in such religious organizations, a momentum and critical mass is achieved that allows such groups to present to the world a false picture of spirituality Even though in truth God is not in their midst at all.

 

Human Nature

 

John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

←DARKNESS             LIGHT→

Isaiah 59:9 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.

Luke 11:34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

 

HUMAN NATURE --- PLUS

 

  ←LIGHT                              DARKNESS→

 

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

1 Thess. 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:...25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life".

Isaiah 42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.

 

 

 

Halloween - Samhain

Halloween is almost upon us. Many shops are stocked up with all the paraphernalia that is required to celebrate (wrong word to use perhaps?) this annual so-called fantasy night.

Halloween was celebrated long before Christian times. Many so-called pagan peoples celebrated Samhain, lord of darkness, whose festival fell on 1st November. These people probably had a much closer connection to their god(s) than is the case among modern man today?

Halloween is called by various names by various people: Greater Sabbat, Third Harvest, Samana, Day of the Dead, Feast of the Dead, Old Hallowmas (Scottish/Celtic), Vigil of Saman, Shadowfest and Samhuinn. It is viewed by certain people as a magical interval when the laws of space and time are temporarily suspended and the veil between the spirit and physical worlds is at its most permeable. It was a time when, traditionally, contact could be made with the spirit world of the dead.

Halloween was merely the evening celebration in preparation for the great day of 1st November, All Saints Day.

Many so-called mainstream Christian churches would have one believe that this is a day to remember and honour all those who have died. It was Catholicism that continued this tradition and brought it to the attention of the masses. Until around the 3rd century A.D. the church had been honouring martyred Catholic saints on a different day during the year. However, the number of martyred saints eventually became so numerous that the Catholic church decided to honour all of them on one day of the year. 1 November was chosen to commemorate all of the dead---not only Catholic saints.

Catholic policy encouraged, in many instances, so-called heathen practices to be incorporated into the church but called them by another name---thus hoping to win over converts from so-called heathen assemblies. 1st November became All Saints Day, preceded by Hallows Eve or as it is commonly called today---Halloween. What this day actually symbolizes is the worship of Samhain---lord of darkness.

Ephesians 4:4 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Deut.14:1 Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.

Mathew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Job 2:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

The Bible labels the popular occult and supernatural pursuits of our modern age as "works of darkness." In addition, it cautions us in Ephesians 5:11 to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. We need to understand this important warning.

Harry Potter is portrayed as a wizard that fights evil, yet the Bible says that wizardry is evil. Such a mixed message will only confuse children (and adults) about what evil is and expose them to negative influences.

Parents ought to realize that children do not yet have the wisdom and experience to guide their own lives or to make fully informed choices. This is surely illustrated by Proverbs 22:15: Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. Parents have a heavy responsibility to direct their child's interests towards wholesome and profitable channels.

But are stories about witchcraft and wizardry, magic and spells, really just fantasy? For some, it is not. Modern witchcraft, known as Wicca, is now accepted as an established religion in a number of countries.  J. K. Rowling, through the auspices of children's stories, is popularizing and publicizing The "Craft".

On one level Harry Potter stories are just a good read. But on another level it's softening the path for negative influences to become part of mainstream society.

Knowing something about wizardry or witchcraft gives some children a feeling of power and an increased sense of worth. They feel special because they know something secret and mysterious that others may not know.

Unfortunately, in today's modern society, Satan has become as much of a fantasy figure, for an increasing number of people, as that of a Creator God(s). Many laugh at him as a cartoon figure of a red, dancing monster with wings like a bat, horns, a long, pointed tail and a pitchfork.

The real picture is very different: Ephesians 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

Satan often works in a very subtle fashion. He is shrewd, cunning and sly. He is an expert at making evil look good. He represents his teachings as wisdom and light. He is even identified as an angel of light in 2Corinthians 11:14. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

This is how he has deceived the whole world! Rev. 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

The Creator of the Universe warned about involvement with witchcraft and wizards in His Word, the Holy Bible:

Deut. 18:10 thro 12 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

As the Creator God gives more than one warning in His Word of the dangers of associating with the negative aspects of the spirit world, then it would appear that it is indeed possible to connect with it? Indeed, human nature, of itself, appears to be attracted to it --- Just have a look at the present global picture!

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

 

Germany Calling 2

This posting is follow-up to an earlier posting --- Germany Calling

The Election

The results of the German elections in September came as a shock to many when the far-right AfD party won seats in the Bundestag. Not since the end of WWII has a party of the far-right won seats in the Bundestag. Most of the major parties lost voters and although Angela Merkel retained the Chancellorship she has a reduced power base and is currently in the process of attempting to establish a coalition government.

German citizens appear to have voted for change but Angela Merkel does not appear to want to change her policies. So what will the coming future hold for Merkel and for Germany?

One voice that is listened to by many in Germany and the USA is that of ex-Defence Minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. He returned to the United States after the elections where his views on the election results were televised by Bloomberg and widely commented upon in the German media.

Bloomberg Interview

The Bloomberg interview can be viewed HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsXqMHdAfNs

Guttenberg criticized the election campaign of the CDU, CSU and the Social Democrats and thus obliquely pointed criticism toward Chancellor Merkel.

Quote:  "The CDU / CSU and the Social Democrats have lost many voters dramatically." There are already rumors," according to Guttenberg, "are these already the last four years of the chancellor? Does such an election result also require consequences in a few years?"... Guttenberg added: "Merkel had done a great job in the office, but parties are unscrupulous when it comes to the question of who is responsible for a particular result." End Quote

End of an Era?

Germany's most popular newspaper Bild published an article indicating that with the Bloomberg interview, Guttenberg started the clock for Angela Merkel?s demise.

"There are not many talents in the parties," Guttenberg replied to the question of who could one day follow Angela Merkel as Chancellor.

However, it would appear that there are many people in Munich and beyond who have long since come to the conclusion that there is at least one outstanding talent?

CSU

Guttenberg's own party, the CSU, did so poorly in the elections that an internal scrutiny is in progress with a view to plotting the party's way forward. Its leader, Horst Seehofer's position as head of the party is anything but secure. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, wrote that Guttenberg's party, the CSU, followed the interview closely because they seek direction after a devastating defeat and possibly even a new party chief.

Some CSU party members along with some members of the Bundestag who appear to be more aligned with Markus Söder https://www.stmflh.bayern.de/ueber_uns/minister/   have already stated their wish that Seehofer should step-down. It would appear that any further discussion on Seehofer's future is to be delayed until the CSU hold their scheduled convention in mid-November. No doubt Seehofer is hoping that a number of CSU policies will be included in any forthcoming potential coalition agreement and thus assist him in retaining his position? Unfortunately, all the potential coalition party leaders have agreed to wait until after the state elections in Lower Saxony on Oct.15 before beginning negotiations--- which does not leave a great deal of time for Seehofer to attempt to cement his position.

However negotiations work-out, Angela Merkel will have to make concessions to all the potential coalition parties if she wishes to form a government.

Angela Merkel has asked Wolfgang Schäuble, finance minister, to relinquish his position to become President of the Bundestag. She wants an experienced politician to lead parliament during the difficult times ahead.                                 The Social Democrats (SPD) have indicated that they do not wish to continue in a coalition government with Merkel's own party the CDU, thus leaving Merkel with the difficult task of forming a coalition government with the Free Democrats (FDP) the Greens and of course the CSU.

According to Guttenberg: "This will mean a Germany that will hardly be able to shape Europe during this time. If Macron or Theresa May expect a response from Germany, it will be difficult".

That a far-right AfD party have, for the first time since WWII, won seats in the Bundestag appears to alarm Guttenberg: "The fact that the AfD will be sitting in the Bundestag in the future is, frankly, a shame. This is a party that is to a large extent composed of racists, anti-Semites, and people who use a language we have heard in Germany for the last time 80 years ago. We have to do everything we can to get people back to where they came from - out of nowhere".

Note that Guttenberg uses the word WE in the above statement. Does this mean he wishes to take a more hands-on approach to federal politics?

The Prodigal Son?

Guttenberg himself has denied, on several occasions, that he is considering a return to federal politics. However, he appears to be gradually reintegrating into German politics as his seven appearances in Bavaria prior to the election demonstrated?

Angela Merkel and Guttenberg have met on a number of occasions and she has reportedly, according to http://deutsch.rt, said she still appreciates exchanges of political views with her former Minister of Defense, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, speculated about a return to German politics for Guttenberg- if not as German chancellor at first, then maybe as the CSU chief. We too should ask: As Merkel's sun sets, will the former star Guttenberg rise to take her place?

The CDU and CSU have rather drifted apart in recent years. The CSU believe that the main reason the CDU did so badly in the elections was due to its liberal refugee policies, whereas the CDU believe that both parties would have achieved better results if the CSU had not constantly brought up refugee issues (which the majority of Germans are concerned about) during the election campaigning.

Difficult coalition negotiations are ahead for Germany in the next few months. If a coalition government is formed it is likely to be rather unstable. Many German citizens are uncomfortable with the present course of German politics and want change, as the election results show. Angela Merkel has been highly regarded, both nationally and internationally, during her Chancellorship but has shown little willingness to change the course she has charted. There are those who now question whether she is the leader Germany needs in these troubled times and in the troubled times ahead.

Who would be the bold and strong leader that could replace her? As Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg stated in the Bloomberg interview: "There are not many talents in the parties,"

 

 

Son of Hamas

Mosab Hassan Yousef is the son of Hamas founder Sheik Hassan.

The URL to two Youtube clips, given below, give an indication of the true Hamas--- However, the UN, and the world in general, appear to be completely deaf to any suggestion that Hamas and the PLO are NOT busily working toward a democratic two-state solution.

1. NRK news clip from April 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb6Zp4K6Z1c

2. Clip from UN Watch of United Nations Human Rights Council Debate on 25 Sept.2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=162&v=c2NaiX-hvVQ

Note the selection of democratic nations voicing their concerns about human rights abuses in Israel???

It would appear that Israel is almost the only agenda item that can unite the United Nations!!

A Week of Time

Isaiah 42:17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.

 

Attribute: By Ldecola - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20583999

After reading an article that was discussing time, I began to think about our seven-day week and why a week should consist of seven days.

Measuring Time

Our other measurements of time passing (as perceived by us) are based on astronomical data. The day (rotation of earth), month (moon) and year (complete revolution of earth around sun). The seven-day week does not fit into any neat astronomical cycle.

The week could have been divided into 5 or 10 days, for example. to fit in with the moon cycle but it was not, and is not --- Why?

Some theories cite the number of days in a week as being the number of visible planetary bodies that were visible to the naked eye by ancient civilizations, and the Babylonians are often given credit for developing this number --- without any great historical evidence to support it as far as I can ascertain.

Planetary bodies and the days of the week have long been associated with various 'gods' and their attributes, but it would appear that the seven-day week was in existence long before this practice originated.

Although the number seven does not appear to have any natural (apparent) planetary (earth) or astronomical cyclical foundation, it must have originated somewhere?

Biblical Time

Religion of course has been cited as the origin --- Biblical 7-day week for example.

However, it would appear that many other ancient civilizations and religions used the seven-day week long before the Hebrew texts became known or their contents practiced.

For example: Chinese, Hindu, Celts and many non-Jewish religions, far more ancient than the Biblical nations of Israel, subscribed to the seven-day week.

Various societies have, throughout history, experimented with a varying number of days in a week, but almost without exception they have all reverted back to the week of seven days.

Although the written texts of the Bible are relatively young in comparison to the age of this planet and to the many different people and societies that have inhabited it, the people who currently, and in the past, observe its Words claim it to be the inspired Word of God --- Creator of the heavens and the earth.

This Creator God created (or rather re-created the surface of the earth) in 6 Biblical days and rested on the 7th day. However, He did not REST because He was tired (Isaiah 40:28)

These numbers alone would appear to have great symbolic significance when related to the framework of God's Plan, but will not be addressed in detail here.

Although God completed His labours in 6 biblical days, the work of renewing the surface of the earth was incomplete, although all that was done was good --- much the same as the number 6 is often cited as being the number of man who, as yet, would also appear to be incomplete.

 Lev.23:3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day [is] the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work [therein]: it [is] the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.

Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

 All seven days of the week were made for man---all of mankind.

Rhythm of the human body

The human body appears to work on varying rhythmic cycles:

  1. Circadian Rhythm --- 24 hr. body clock
  1. Circannual rhythm - is the annual or yearly cycle used by all living things.
  1. Circaseptan rhythm - is a seven-day cycle in which the biological processes of life, including disease symptoms and development, resolve. Many physicians believe that transplant patients tend to have more rejection episodes seven, fourteen, twenty-one, and twenty-eight days after surgery. They further believe that medications administered to the patients at particular times may be more effective than at other times. These are all related to the circaseptan rhythm.

It has also been shown that blood pressure cycles, production of blood and urine chemicals and even the heartbeat are subject to seven-day cycles.

Not all of God's works are visible to the naked eye --- many of them are mysteries that appear to be revealed only when He decides the time is right to reveal them.

Dan. 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, [even] to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Knowledge - Strong's H1847 --- da`ath --- a) knowledge, perception, skill, b) discernment, understanding, wisdom.

There can be little doubt that knowledge gained by we humans has greatly increased during the past century or so when compared to previous eras.

Although knowledge is increasing we are still number 6 on the scale of creation. Number 7 is often cited as the number of spiritual perfection or completion --- we do not appear to have reached those heights as yet. It could be proposed that the human race is actually regressing? Just look at the world picture at present!

However, we all appear to have the potential, but not the automatic right, to strive towards perfection---with a little help.

The 7th day of Biblical creation was also designated a day of REST. The weekly Sabbath is also closely related to the annual Sabbath days

REST - Strong's H7677 --- shabbathown - 1) Sabbath observance, sabbatism, a) of weekly Sabbath, b) day of atonement, c) sabbatical year, d) of Feast of Trumpets, e) of the 1st and last days of the Feast of Tabernacles.

More on this in later postings perhaps?

The Template

The number 7, being a number often cited to symbolize spiritual perfection, or completion, then it would appear, according to the symbolism incorporated in God's annual Holy Days, that we have not yet reached this period of rest (Millennium)

It would appear that it was God who created the 7-day week, not man, for reasons that may be partly revealed through knowledge of His Sabbath Days --- which were made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.

We could speculate that the chosen people (Tribes of Israel --- not only Judah) were envisioned to be templates for other so-called gentile nations. Unfortunately, as in the workplace, if the template is not kept in pristine condition (laws of good work practice) the products produced from it develop faults which, over time, only increase in severity --- present and coming future!

Isaiah 42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.

 

United States of Europe

A number of European leaders have proposed a two-speed Europe in the past and the present is no exception.

Martin Salmayr is the high-profile chief of staff to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. He is of German nationality and a close friend of Angela Merkel?s chief of staff, Peter Altmaier. It can therefore be taken as a given that German influence in the Commissions work is considerable.

As both Juncker and Salmayr are both totally committed to the European project and are unashamed federalists, then their goal can be nothing less than a future United States of Europe-A new European Empire? However, a federal Europe or an Empire requires a leader of calibre. That leader has not, as yet, been revealed. It would appear that further work needs to done to form Europe into a vessel worthy of such a captain. From which of the current 28 member countries (Soon to be 27-Brexit) would a worthy leader appear?

Brexit

The United Kingdom has always been a stumbling block to the type of federalist Europe that Salmayr, Juncker and others of like mind work tirelessly to accomplish. Now that the UK is soon to exit the current Union (Exactly how this will be achieved is currently being negotiated- very badly it must be said) then one of the major obstacles to a closer integration of the remaining member states will be removed.

The EUro

Salmayr reportedly stated earlier this month (Sept.), at a meeting of EU deputy-ambassadors, that joining the Euro monetary system (For those states that currently prefer to hold their own purse strings) is necessary to stay relevant in the EU after Brexit. He also stated that the eurozone would become the "core" of the EU project after the UK leaves the bloc. This call was reportedly echoed by Juncker. He proposed more help for all EU countries to join the euro, so that it could be truly "the single currency of the European Union", along with a wide range of institutional changes, including the creation of an EU finance minister and the widening of the Schengen area, to include passport free travel.

This federalist approach is not acceptable to a number of eastern member states including Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. With their strongest ally (UK) leaving the Union then they are becoming concerned about the call for a so-called CORE group of nations leading the way forward --- and rightly so!

Direct Elections

Jean-Claude Juncker would also appear to be calling for the presidencies of the European Commission and the European Council to be combined and a new President to be directly elected. Democratic election processes are anathema to EU elites. See previous posting: http://aeon.blogg.no/1490301193_european_union__democratic.html

He also supports a more flexible and streamlined Europe. "Europe would be easier to understand if one captain was steering the ship".   Well, Mr Juncker may well get his wish fulfilled in the coming future, although it may not be what he actually envisages at present?                                                                                    

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and leaders of other founding states of the European Union spoke, on 03.02.2017, at a summit in Malta, of some countries moving ahead faster than others with further integration. Merkel and others offered endorsements of a so-called "multi-speed Europe", which some governments (see above) fear could damage EU unity in the wake of Brexit?

Trade after Brexit.

The European Parliament voted in favour of a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union (EU) on 15 February 2017.

CETA entered into force provisionally on 21 September 2017. National parliaments in EU countries have still to approve it before it can take full effect.

Prime Minister, Theresa May, was in Canada last week and stated that she hoped the trade deal between Canada and the EU (CETA), will be a model for a bilateral trade deal for when the UK is excluded from CETA after Brexit. Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau forecast a ?seamless transition? that would prevent the benefits of the deal being lost to Britain. However, he also said any agreement between Canada and the UK along the lines of CETA would need some changes -- "there will obviously be opportunities for us to look at particular details that could be improved upon for the specific needs and opportunities in the bilateral relationship between the UK and Canada".

The EU is also negotiating a trade agreement with Japan.  On 6 July 2017 the European Union and Japan reached an agreement in principle on the main elements of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.

The Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, promised Theresa May his country will remain committed to the UK after Brexit, but said businesses need "transparency and predictability" during the process of leaving the EU. However, he did NOT promise a speedy post-Brexit trade deal with the UK

The President of the European Commission informed MEPs he intended to start trade talks with Australia and New Zealand, and promised to legislate to protect strategic interests from foreign purchases through industrial screening.

The EU is now forging new trade agreements with three countries that, although independent nations in their own right, are members of the Commonwealth of Nations (British Commonwealth). One could speculate as to how much longer these, and other Commonwealth states, will remain within the Commonwealth of Nations?

Let us not delude ourselves into believing that the movers and shakers within the European Union do not wish to punish Britain for having the temerity to invoke Article 50 and begin negotiating a withdrawal from the Union.

The United Kingdom will undoubtedly loose this battle!

Multi-Speed Europe

So it remains to be seen if the fourth kingdom becomes a reality; comprising a core group (iron) of nations and a peripheral group of nations (clay)? Will this powerful Union change times and laws and tread other nations under its feet for a time and times and the dividing of time? The coming future has the answer!

 

Germany Calling?

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

The House of Guttenberg can trace its origins back to 1149. In 1700 the family rose from Reichsritter (Imperial Knights) to Reichsfreiherr (Barons of the Holy Roman Empire). After the Holy Roman Empire went into hibernation (at least in name), they were made Freiherr (Barons) of Bavaria (1814)

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg was a popular and well respected Defence Minister in Chancellor Angela Merkel's government from 2009 to 2011, when his political career appeared to have come to an abrupt end! Until his departure from office there was even rumours of him, one day, replacing Angela Merkel as Chancellor?

In the United States Guttenberg joined the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). This allowed him to establish professional relationships with many former senior government officials and business leaders. According to the home page of CSIS :  CSIS is a bipartisan, non-profit policy research organization dedicated to providing strategic insights and policy solutions to help decision makers chart a course toward a better world.

https://www.csis.org/people/karl-theodor-zu-guttenberg

Guttenberg has gained the educational, political and diplomatic experience required, along with a large network of professional relationships with German, American, European and other international high-ranking figures, that enables him to speak and write incisively on American, German and European politics.

In the spring of 2014 Guttenberg formed Spitzberg Partners LLC, a consulting and investment company. In September 2014, Spitzberg Partners and Canadian Acasta Capital founded Atlantic Advisory Partners, a partnership to promote business and trade between Canada and the European Union in connection with the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

Christian Socialist Union (CSU)

Guttenberg is a member of the Christian Socialist Union (CSU) in Bavaria. The CSU is only represented in Bavaria, while its equivalent, and much larger party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), is represented in all the other German states.

After laying low for over 6 years, publicly at least, from the German political scene, Guttenberg has been welcomed back by his CSU colleagues to speak/campaign at events prior to the German national elections on 24 Sept. However, it would appear that it is not only the CSU who are delighted at his return. The German media and many of the German people appear to have forgiven, or, perhaps need to forget, the cause of his sudden departure from his ministerial post in Chancellor Merkel's government in 2011. He appears to have remained a popular figure with many throughout Germany --- and especially within the CSU.

Horst Seehofer, party leader of the CSU, would appear to believe that Guttenberg has a future in high level German politics? It would appear that he sees Guttenberg as apparent heir to a position as Party Chairman and/or Bavarian State Premier? Guttenberg, by his own admission, appears to remain negative to any planned comeback

The campaign trail

However, despite all of Guttenberg's denials he has returned to the campaign trail on behalf of the CSU this summer. He has made major speeches at Kulmbach, his former constituency, and at the Gilamoos Fair in Abensberg, as well as appearing on television debates.

It would appear that, along with campaigning on behalf of the CSU, he may well be testing the waters on his own behalf? Seehofer has reportedly stated that whether he (Guttenberg) comes back onto the political scene depends on how he is received during the campaign and on the election result.

In Kumbach, Guttenberg won a total of 68.1 per cent of the first votes in the 2009 Bundestag elections.

During his speech in Kulmbach this year, Guttenberg reportedly stated: "We need to have a debate about a guiding culture in this country. Everyone who comes here needs to take it personally and accept our culture, our laws, and our language". He spoke quite freely about German culture being supported by Christian values that need to be protected. Most probably meaning Catholic values? Let us not forget his heritage.

German Identity in crisis?

Guttenberg is one of only a few political commentators who freely broach the subjects of Germany's Christian heritage, its institutions and its culture. Although a Conservative, he is not intolerant, and appears to be more liberal in outlook than many of the far-right politicians in Germany. Germany, like many other European countries, is experiencing mounting problems with its multicultural identity. The two main contenders for Chancellorship in the upcoming elections, Angela Merkel and Martin Schultz (SPD), appear rather reticent in addressing this identity crisis, and especially in proposing solutions to the current refugee crisis.

The Gilamoos Fair in Abensberg is traditionally, on election years, a venue for many of the major politicians from various parties to air their particular views on stage in the beer tent. Guttenberg represented the CSU in a 90 minute speech. This in itself reflects, perhaps, the CSU attempting to resurrect its prodigal son as a future political leader.

A short clip can be viewed HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JamhEIy4q_w

With President Donald Trump in office the German (European) / American transatlantic relationship is wavering. The refugee crisis, terrorism and multiculturalism are all topics that the average German citizen is concerned about in these uncertain times.

Guttenberg talked about national and international issues, including the above, that German citizens want solutions to. He reportedly talked about a world on fire and the necessity of Germany exerting greater global leadership (Notice German leadership --- not European). He looks for a clear German policy on the current refugee problems. He suggests that all convicted criminal migrants should be deported.

He was also rather uniquely, compared to other main-stream politicians, willing to talk about Islam and reportedly made statements concerning the way Muslim men treat their women, the burka and suppression of women in Islamic culture. He finished by alluding to his view that there was no place in Germany for such cultural differences.

Global Crises

In uncertain times Germany traditionally looks for a strong and determined leader. Angela Merkel would appear lead the Chancellorship race at the time of writing. However, will she be strong enough to lead Germany if national and international uncertainties become crises. One global crisis biding its time before breaking would appear to be of an economic nature? Enormous debt is fuelling the global commercial and financial furnaces. When will the debt spiral eventually run out of steam? Why has Germany chosen to repatriate its gold reserves? 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/09/17/bis-discovers-14-trillion-dollar-debt-offshore-hidden-footnotes/

http://www.bis.org/publ/qtrpdf/r_qt1709e.htm

It remains to be seen if Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg's current campaigning is only on behalf of his political party, the CSU, or, does he have an ulterior motive? --- That of testing the waters to see if the German people will support his return to high profile politics? Not, perhaps, through the electoral process but to be called at a time of crisis?

Perhaps he sees himself as resurrecting his ancient heritage as a new Reichsfreiherr ---Baron of a new Holy Roman Empire in the making? --- Time will tell!

 

BREXIT

 

Big Ben, the iconic 157 year-old London timepiece is to be silenced for 4 years during restoration work on the clock tower.

Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said last week, the issue had been blown out of proportion and the silencing of the bell was "not a national disaster".

Although it may well be a SIGN of a coming disaster?

Eccl.1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

Hosea 7:1 When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood; and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth without. 2 And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face.

Hosea 7:8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned. 9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.10 And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this.

A Sign of the European Times

Far-right extremism probe into elite German army unit opens

State prosecutors in the city of Tübingen have begun investigating whether right-wing activities took place at a farewell party for special forces in the Bundeswehr. It is the latest scandal to rock the German army.

More: http://www.dw.com/en/far-right-extremism-probe-into-elite-german-army-unit-opens/a-40138355

Unguarded Gates

I have recently been reading the poems of various poets (not being one myself, but appreciating the skill and vision displayed by many of them) and came across one poem that made me stop and contemplate on what was actually being said.

I find it refreshing to be confronted with a text that is, if not prophetic, at least visionary. Although not of the poets own making I would suggest?

I say visionary because the following poem  Unguarded Gates was first published, along with a collection of  his other poems, by Thomas Bailey Aldrich in 1895.

Aldrichs work was, in his own day, quite popular and well read but his work appears to have been largely ignored by modern-day readers --- probably because of the negative interpretations many people have assigned to this one poem.

I do not intend to interpret the contents of the poem but will leave the interested reader with eyes that see and with ears that hear to make their own interpretation. It may well reveal information not at once visible? It does to me at least.

 

  

WIDE open and unguarded stand our gates,
Named of the four winds, North, South, East, and West;
Portals that lead to an enchanted land
Of cities, forests, fields of living gold,
Vast prairies, lordly summits touched with snow,
Majestic rivers sweeping proudly past
The Arabs date-palm and the Norsemans pine
A realm wherein are fruits of every zone,
Airs of all climes, for, lo! throughout the year
The red rose blossoms somewhere --- a rich land,
A later Eden planted in the wilds,
With not an inch of earth within its bound
But if a slaves foot press it sets him free.
Here, it is written, Toil shall have its wage,
And Honor honor, and the humblest man
Stand level with the highest in the law.

 

Of such a land have men in dungeons dreamed,
And with the vision brightening in their eyes
Gone smiling to the fagot and the sword.

Wide open and unguarded stand our gates,
And through them presses a wild motley throng
Men from the Volga and the Tartar steppes,
Featureless figures of the Hoang-Ho,
Malayan, Scythian, Teuton, Kelt, and Slav,
Flying the Old World
s poverty and scorn;
These bringing with them unknown gods and rites,
Those, tiger passions, here to stretch their claws.
In street and alley what strange tongues are loud,
Accents of menace alien to our air,
Voices that once the
Tower of Babel knew!

O Liberty, white Goddess! is it well
To leave the gates unguarded? On thy breast
Fold Sorrows children, soothe the hurts of fate,
Lift the down-trodden, but with hand of steel
Stay those who to thy sacred portals come
To waste the gifts of freedom. Have a care
Lest from thy brow the clustered stars be torn
And trampled in the dust. For so of old
The thronging Goth and Vandal trampled
Rome,
And where the temples of the Cæsars stood
The lean wolf unmolested made her lair.
 

 

Thomas Bailey Aldrich - 1836 --- 1907

 

To many modern-day readers the poem appears to be racialist and nationalistic in tone. Many, if not most, critics of the poem have indeed stated that this is how they interpret it. Unfortunately, it has also has served those who thought they saw in Aldrich a prominent supporter of their racist programs for restricting immigration.

Personally, I look upon it as a visionary warning that has been totally ignored on the grounds of modern-day so-called humanistic and politically correct principles.

It is clear, to me at least, that Aldrich possessed a reasonably sound knowledge of both biblical and secular history and that he has most skilfully condensed that knowledge into a relatively few lines of prose.  

Mathew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Duality

Deut. 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:... 52  And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy God hath given thee.

The Constitution of the USA

Benjamin Franklin was in some doubt as to whether the republic would survive. Not because of the faults in the drafted Constitution, but the human faults displayed by the citizens of the future who would be responsible for ensuring that the Constitution was upheld.

.. ever the optimist even at the age of 81, gave what was for him a remarkably restrained assessment in his final speech before the Constitutional Convention: "when you assemble a number of men to have the advantage of their joint wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those men, all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests, and their selfish views." He thought it impossible to expect a "perfect production" from such a gathering, but he believed that the Constitution they had just drafted, "with all its faults," was better than any alternative that was likely to emerge.

Nearly all of the delegates harbored objections, but persuaded by Franklin's logic, they put aside their misgivings and affixed their signatures to it.

 There is a story, often told, that upon exiting the Constitutional Convention Benjamin Franklin was approached by a group of citizens asking what sort of government the delegates had created. His answer was: "A republic, if you can keep it."

Source:  http://constitutioncenter.org/learn/educational-resources/historical-documents/perspectives-on-the-constitution-a-republic-if-you-can-keep-it

One does not need to look far to find dissenting voices in our time --- those who find the Constitution a brake on the present modern form of government. Even a sitting President has seen fit to violate it numerous times during his tenure - http://www.nationalreview.com/article/428882/obama-violate-constitution-top-ten-2015

Agreement or disagreement with government policies enacted by violating the Constitution is not the point. It is the very act of removing the checks and balances contained within the Constitution that is the point.  It should send a sharp warning that a democratic form of government (not sure the word democratic is really applicable these days) is walking on shaky and very dangerous ground --- the gates are WIDE open and The Law is open to numerous interpretations!

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this posting!

A Future Kingdom?

The Gospel of the Kingdom

From Adam to the present day the many and varied areas of this planet we live on have been ruled and mis-ruled by judges, kings, communists, dictators, democrats, republicans, religious zealots (many) -- and so the list goes on. Kingdoms and Empires have risen and fallen. There have been times of progress and development and times of regression and stagnation. Wars and rumours of wars have been a constant threat throughout the known history of mankind. It would appear that the natural mind of mankind is "wired-up" to be competitive rather than cooperative. Technological and scientific developments in many fields do not appear to have eradicated this competitive spirit, but rather enhanced it. Indeed, it can be said that many people have not benefited from these developments at all. There are still many millions of people living in conditions more representative of the living conditions experienced in centuries and even millennia past.

In the present we are experiencing millions of people being displaced from their homelands due to war, terrorism, and economic hardship --- a real "shake-up of the nations"!

The nations of the planet we live on are being shaken by self-inflicted economic woes and an ever increasing terrorist activity along with wars and rumours of wars

Mark 13:7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. 8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows 10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

Has the gospel already been published amongst all nations? The answer must be yes, but is its various interpretations by the increasing number of different churches and religious groups that proclaim they are Christian to be relied upon? Mark 13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Romans 12:4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

There can only be ONE BODY comprised of many members who all have various attributes and abilities (gifts).

Man-kind (especially politicians) find it more convenient to attempt to solve the problems of this and past ages through human reasoning based on perceived notions of human rights and to do that which is right in their own eyes based on secular wisdom derived from man-made political dogma - Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Haggai 2:6 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land.

Yet once, it is a little while--or, "(it is) yet a little while." The Hebrew for "once" expresses the indefinite article "a" [MAURER]. Or, "it is yet only a little while"; literally, "one little," that is, a single brief space till a series of movements is to begin; namely, the shakings of nations soon to begin which are to end in the advent of Messiah, "the desire of all nations" [MOORE]. The shaking of nations implies judgments of wrath on the foes of God's people, to precede the reign of the Prince of peace (Isa 13:13). The kingdoms of the world are but the scaffolding for God's spiritual temple, to be thrown down when their purpose is accomplished. The transitoriness of all that is earthly should lead men to seek "peace" in Messiah's everlasting kingdom.           Source: Commentary by A. R. FAUSSET

Is this "shaking" physical or spiritual --- or both?  **

Eph.6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

James 4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Eccl. 9:16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor mans wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. 17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools. 18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.

Before continuing we may find an abbreviated statement of Gods ultimate purpose for the kingdoms of mankind in the Gospel of the Kingdom.

** Heb.12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

Dan.2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

Isaiah 13:13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

Prophecy

Events that have taken place in the past, and certainly currently, on the world stage have been the motive for enquiring as to whether a relationship exists between history and Biblical prophecy.

Is mankinds competitive spirit the prime cause of many of our past and present woes or is there a higher power that continues to meddle in the affairs of mankind? Does this power bring about the fall of nations and even empires to further the overall Plan for this planet --- including ourselves of course?

Daniel 2:20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God ['elahh (Aramaic)] for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: 21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: 22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

Daniel 4:17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers [`iyr (Aramaic)], and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High (`illay (Aramaic) ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

Those of you who have been kind enough to follow previous postings will be aware that we have touched on the topic of God allowing the basest of men to rule nations and even empires. We should perhaps ask ourselves why this is so?

Intervention

The historical records reveal that many nations, kingdoms and empires have been ruled by men and women whose prime objective has been SELF-- aggrandisement to the detriment of all others - Conquest, war and the gathering of riches being a major motivating force.

Many, if not all of them, have been ignorant of the purpose to which their Creator created this unique planet we call Earth. They have therefore in their folly magnified themselves in their heart and created their own purpose, and in almost every case they have encountered insurmountable hurdles and all their well laid schemes have ultimately ended in failure. In truth they have been unwitting pawns in the Creators Plan --- the fruits of their works accomplish His purpose (not their own) while confounding themselves.

This may be why a number of former and current leaders (not to mention forthcoming ones) often display little wisdom, are injudicious and not always rational? Fortunately, when their lack of wisdom (can we even say wickedness?) becomes an obstacle to the purpose of our Creators Plan, He removes them and allows others to take their place that, perhaps unbeknown to themselves, further His overall strategy!

Could this be the way the Creator God controls and regulates world affairs, and by doing so shapes events toward a predetermined end that has been planned since the foundation of the planet we call earth?

If so, then biblical prophecy would appear to prove that TIME is an emitting force and the future is coming toward us and not vice versa. See: Introduction to human development

An example from recent history: Dunkirk --- the rescue of more than 330,000 Allied soldiers during WWII --- 26 May to 4 June 1940.

1. Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt decided to halt the advance of German armoured forces when they were less than 10 miles from defenseless British and French forces. The two day halt  allowed French and British forces to make improvements to their perimeter defenses and thus allow time for the evacuation of Allied forces.

2. Every boat, large and small, that were at all seaworthy (and some that were not) sailed from Britain across the English Channel to the rescue. During that period it was reported that the channel was unusually and "strangely calm" the like of which had not been seen for a generation. Allowing even the smallest boats to make frequent trips back and forth. 335,000 people were evacuated, rather than the estimated 20-30,000.

3. Although the English Channel was almost mirror flat and calm a great storm broke over the Dunkirk region on Tuesday, May 28, grounding the German luftwaffe which had exacted an awful toll on allied forces.

4. When Britain was close to defeat during the 2nd World War, and the entire British Expeditionary Force was trapped at Dunkirk, in desperation King George VI called for a National Day of Prayer to be held on 26th May 1940. In a national broadcast he instructed the people of the UK to turn back to God in a spirit of repentance and plead for Divine help.  Millions of people across the British Isles flocked into churches praying for deliverance. Two events immediately followed, as mentioned above, which allowed hundreds of tiny boats to sail across and rescue 335,000 soldiers, rather than the estimated 20-30,000. From then on people referred to what happened as "the miracle of Dunkirk".  Sunday June 9th was officially appointed as a Day of National Thanksgiving.

Coincidence, wishfull thinking, a miracle? - Perhaps the UK would do well to contemplate appointing another National Day of Repentance considering the apparent perilous state in which it finds itself at present? Unfortunately, this idea would most certainly fall on stoney ground as the Anglican church has little support in the multicultural and politically correct landscape of present-day Britain.

Hosea 7:8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned. 9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not. 10 And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this --- DUALITY

Rev.1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

On a more mundane level we often hear the phrase: "I wonder what tomorrow will BRING"!

No More Delay

End of an era (perhaps aeon?) where mankind has been allowed to rule after his own heart (not end of the world!).

It can not come as a surprise to those who follow world news, and in addition have a reasonably good knowledge of world history, to recognize that great changes are taking place.

However, although the actors may change the stage remains basically the same

In the coming future:

The Creator God Almighty has made known His purpose through His Son the Word. The framework of His purpose is revealed by divine revelation through the Word in print --- the Holy Bible. Studying the books of the prophets and the meaning of His annual and weekly Holy Days gives the student a clearer view of what the coming future, when compared with past and present world events, may have in store for us all --- regardless of colour, creed or nationality.

We should perhaps remember the words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem (Eccl.1:1)  Eccl.1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

A great deal of ignorance (especially among those who lead our nations) appears to be evident regarding the momentous events which, according to divine revelation, are prophesied to occur upon the earth --- and perhaps more importantly --- the reason(s) for those forthcoming events.

The Coming Future

Math 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Dan.2:28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these; 32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

Daniel 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

 Micah 4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.

Ezekiel 37:21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: 22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: - Read on to end of chapter.

Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: ... 21  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church.  

WHICH CHURCH? --- any and/or all that proclaim themselves to be Christian --- See 2 Corinth. 11:14,15.

For reasons best known to our Creator man-kind is being granted a period of time (age, aeon) of SELF-rule. A period of time when diverse methods of government have (and are) been tried, such as: monarchy, democracy, dictatorship, communism, ecclesiastical / secular and imperialistic.

The Word in print reveals to those who seek its wisdom that in the coming future all these many and varied forms of man-made government will be replaced by one truly Universal Empire ruled from the top down. There will be no more so-called grassroots government through the ballot box. Unfortunately, these events are not to come about through peaceful means. The tyrants of this world are not about to relinquish their power without a fight as scripture reveals. However, the result has already been ordained --- Daniel 7:27; Acts 1:6,7 plus many other scriptural revelations.

A return to the Golden Age - Millenium?

There is an invitation in the gospel to all who freely choose His Way, to share with Christ in his kingdom, on certain conditions.

1 Corinth.6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God (theos)? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind?

The establishment of the millennium rule among the nations will mean the abolition of all man-made civil, ecclesiastical and social orders.  The nations and the earth to its utmost bounds are to be inherited by the Son of God - they are an inheritance (family) and possession made His by an unbreakable deed registered in the Bible --- Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8  Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession

Read also: Jeremiah Chpt.31 --- "Behold, the days come" (v.27)

The way of the Adversary

Edward Gibbon, in his book; History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, revealed five major causes for the fall of the old Roman Empire:

1 The breakdown of the family

2.Increased taxation

3 An insatiable craving for pleasure

4 An unsustainable build-up of armaments

5 The decay of religion

All of the above are present in ever increasing severity.

The consequences are being felt now --- and are prophesied to increase in severity.

The Roman Empire fell, but it did not disappear. It has resurrected itself a NUMBER of times through the ages under various guises. It would appear to be in the process of resurrecting itself once again, although its secular leader is yet to appear.

Much of the above posting will no doubt be perceived as pure fantasy by a majority of those who have managed to read through this posting and who have not studied The Word? However, it is revealed that there appears to be a reason for that.

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind (human nature of itself) is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

 

Pause for a thought or two! --- Or none --- as the case may be!

Japan and Europe's new trade agreement!

Japan and Europe have a pointed message for the US: We are taking your place as global leaders in free trade.

It was Donald Trump's election, and the inward turn America is taking, that spurred the EU and Japan to overcome their differences.

Japan and the European Union agreed on an outline for a massive trade deal (JEEPA) on Thursday that will rival the size of NAFTA, the free trade accord that the US has with Canada and Mexico -- currently the largest one in the world.

The timing of JEEPA was just as carefully co-ordinated. When negotiations started in 2013, it was neither side's main priority. But now both want to show that they can fill the vacuum left by America's withdrawal under Mr Trump from its role as the world's trade leader. To highlight its political importance, they note that this is the first trade agreement to mention the Paris climate accord, another deal Mr Trump has spurned. Haste is handy: the EU wanted success before Brexit negotiations and national elections swamp its agenda.

More info. in following URLs:   https://www.vox.com/world/2017/7/6/15924316/japan-europe-trade-trump

https://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21724830-besides-slashing-tariffs-cheese-and-cars-it-sends-message-donald-trump?fsrc=scn/fb/te/bl/ed/anewtradedealbetweentheeuandjapan

The Man Who Moved a Mountain

?When I started hammering the hill, people called me a lunatic, but that steeled my resolve.?
? -Dashrath Manjhi

If you have not already read the following account about Dashrath Manjhi and his remarkable testament of service to the society of which he belonged - then follow this URL and be humbled: http://moralheroes.org/dashrath-manjhi

Dashrath Manjhi was a man unlike any other - After 22 years of missing hardly a day on the project, he had finished moving the mountain. He had broken through!

''The distance of their daily journeys were cut from over 35 miles to less than 2 miles, using Dashrath?s new road. The villagers call him ?Baba?, meaning the revered man, and people around the world know him best as ?The Mountain Man?.

''If more people would act on their love for others, as Dashrath Manjhi did, society would be more prosperous and more cheerful''.

Unfortunately, human nature, of itself, appears to be more concerned with love of SELF rather than love for others!

Balfour Declaration

For those who believe in the right of Palestinians to their own sovereign state, the following article by Melanie Phillips may be of interest? It can be read by cliciking on the following URL: http://melaniephillips.com/british-foreign-office-remains-true-type/

Quote:

..In 1977 Zahir Muhsein, a member of the PLO executive committee, said: "The Palestinian people does not exist..Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct Palestinian people to oppose Zionism...

End Quote

 



 

Note that the above map does not show a Palestinian State, it was a region controlled by the British after WWI in 1918. It was called the Palestine Mandate - both Arab and Jewish residents lived in this area.

After WWI the name Palestine was applied to the territory that was placed under British mandate --- this area included not only present-day Israel but also present-day Jordan.

Though the definite origins of the word Palestine have been debated for years and are still not known for sure, the name is believed to be derived from the Egyptian and Hebrew word peleshet. Roughly translated to mean rolling or migratory, the term was used to describe the inhabitants of the land to the northeast of Egypt--- the Philistines. The Philistines were an Aegean people - more closely related to the Greeks and with no connection ethnically, linguisticly or historically with Arabia --- who conquered in the 12th Century BCE the Mediterranean coastal plain that is now Israel and Gaza.

The name "Falastin" that Arabs today use for "Palestine" is not an Arabic name. It is the Arab pronunciation of the Greco-Roman "Palastina" derived from the Peleshet.

The word Palestine or Filastin does not appear in the Koran The term peleshet appears in the Jewish Tanakh no fewer than 250 times.

From the end of the Jewish state in antiquity to the beginning of British rule, the area now designated by the name Palestine was not a country and had no frontiers, only administrative boundaries . . . . ? Professor Bernard Lewis, Commentary Magazine, January 1975

Further info. HERE: http://www.indaweb.com/oil/editorialopinion/tzemach.news.service01l.htm

In Those Days

Israel and Judah --- Are they the same people?

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Prophetic revelations in the Holy Bible give us information on empires that, historically, have ruled over large areas of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

The books of Daniel and Revelation go into some detail regarding the identity of these empires. Daniel 2 gives a description of an image that represents the successive empires or kingdoms of this world. It should also be noted that the description of the parts of the image become progressively inferior in quality of materials used. The metals become successively inferior, implying a growing degeneracy.

Dan.2:28  But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these?

..Dan.2:32 This image's head [was] of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands (Acts 4:11), which smote the image upon his feet [that were] of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

The four kingdoms that are generally accepted as being represented by the image are:

  1. Head - Chaldean (Babylonian and Assyrian)
  2. Breast and arms - Persian/Medes
  3. Belly and thighs - Greece/Macedonian
  4. Legs and feet --- Roman Empire

The fourth kingdom still existing but historically known by different names.

In its relation to the Gentile world power, the stone is its destroyer. The ten toes will be the ten kingdoms (types) which the Roman Empire will finally be composed of in the coming future? 

The decline and fall of the western leg of the Roman Empire occurred in ca. AD 476, but the eastern leg continued until the fall of Constantinople in AD 1453. However, the empire has resurrected itself a number of times in different guises and is prophesied to continue to rule until the destruction of the symbolic statue by the "stone cut out without hands".

The Biblical revelations regarding the events prophesied to occur are long, complex, and not easily interpreted. The Bible does truly interpret the events, particularly through a study of Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 and 17, and other texts related to them.

1 Corinth. 15:24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

I will leave the interested reader to further self-study on this topic, as this posting is more concerned with the fourth empire.

Roman Christianity

The above named kingdoms were all Gentile kingdoms, despite the historical significance of Rome recognizing its own brand of Christianity when the Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity throughout the Roman Empire --- Edict of Milan (AD 313). In 380, Flavius Theodosius made Catholic Christianity the official religion of Rome in the Edict of Thessalonica. This Universal religion is with us to this day.

The British Empire

Britain controlled about a quarter of the Earth's land surface and a fifth of the world's population in 1939. Fifty years later, and up to the present day, its holdings outside the British Isles have become trivial in comparison to the time when "the sun never set on the empire".

Britain still recognizes a fragile alliance of Commonwealth countries that continue to maintain their somewhat tenuous allegiance to the CROWN.

The main question I wish to raise in this posting is why a relatively small and insignificant island race of peoples should become so successful and powerful on the world stage. Indeed, so successful that they arguably ruled over the largest Empire known to man. However, they lost that Empire and their power base on the world scene in much less TIME than they used to gain it.

It would seem strange that although the Bible mentions the above mentioned prophetic kingdoms as related in Daniel, that it should not make some reference to the largest Empire of them all --- Perhaps it does so?

We should, perhaps, bear in mind that the Bible, from the time of Abraham at least, only mentions kingdoms and nations that have an association with Gods own people. It is mainly concerned with the history of His people and not the history of other nations.

Deut.32:8 When the most High ('elyown) divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. 9 For the LORD'S (Yĕhovah) portion [is] his people; Jacob [is] the lot of his inheritance.

The above two verses could lead us on to ask ourselves a question: If the LORD'S portion is His people (Jacob or subsequently Israel) then to whom was/are other nations apportioned?

The most High divided the nations and the LORD'S portion is Israel.                                        

Psalm 82:1[[A Psalm of Asaph.]] God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods ('elohiym).

This topic is outside the parameters of this posting but perhaps worth some consideration for a future posting?

 

To Continue:

 Jacob's name was changed to Israel after his all-night wrestling match (Gen. 32:24-30)

Jacob - Strong's H3290 - Ya`aqob - "heel holder" or "supplanter"

Israel - Strong's G2474 ? Israēl - "he shall be a prince of God" (Jacob).

Israel - The name used and given to the northern kingdom consisting of the 10 tribes under Jeroboam --- only the southern kingdom was known as Judah

It can become confusing, especially when studying biblical prophecy, to differentiate between the names given to God's own people. Examples:  children of Israel, house of Israel, house of Judah, Jacob, Israel, Ephraim, Manasseh, Joseph.

It is important when attempting to understand biblical prophecy that the various names used for God's people are applied, and that we do not confuse the peoples of Judah and Israel with one another. The modern day nation called Israel, for example, is actually Judah (Jews). These people are NOT the house of Israel --- although they do belong and are an integral tribe of the children of Israel (Jacob).

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were not Jews --- only the descendants of Judah, son of Jacob, can be called Jews, along with those of the tribes of Benjamin and Levi that joined the nation Judah.

Ephraim and Manasseh became the leader(s) of the northern kingdom of Israel

Further in Genesis 48:15, 16 --- Jacob (Israel) blessed Joseph and his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, and gave them his name --- Israel.

Gen.48:16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.

Here it is revealed that the name Israel was passed on to Joseph and his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh, and to no other descendant of Jacob. Judah is NOT Israel and has never been.

 Gen.48:17 And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head. 18 And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head 19 And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.

 Two brothers with a special relationship - Manasseh prophesied to become a single GREAT nation, whereas the descendants of the younger Ephraim were prophesied to become greater and to become a MULTITUDE of nations. This was to be the future peoples of Israel --- Not Judah. Judah was prophesied an entirely different future.

Where in world history do we find that special relationship                                                 

Not an original concept, but one worth considering.

However, although the descendants of the two brothers (Israel) were prophesied to become great and powerful, they would appear to have forgotten along the way the God that ordained it so (the mouth sings praises, but the heart beats on another frequency), and the way He expects His people to live their lives?

The prophet Hosea gave a warning --- for God does nothing without first warning

Hosea 5:3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, [and] Israel is defiled.

 v.5 And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them.

 Israel and Judah did not fall TOGETHER anciently. This would therefore appear to be unfulfilled prophecy?

v.9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be.

 "Among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be", - that which is true or certain, so the Word is.

Note: It is a privilege given to the tribes of Israel that as they are told their duty, so they are also told the consequences of failing in that duty by the Word of God committed to them.

I think we will break our journey here, for the time being, although it is far from being complete.

A Word or 2 and more!

"If you want to be original just try being yourself, because God has never made two people exactly alike. 

                                                                                               ---  Bernard Meltzer



 

Evolution or Creation

A so-called evolving species has attained the status of what? - During the millennia that the first amoeba found fertile ground on planet earth.

I have a problem continuing that train of thought because the origins of the many and varied forms of life found on this planet are a mystery to the human mind, although there is no end to the many theories put forward as to their origin.

Many highly intelligent (on the human level) researchers work endlessly to unravel the mysteries of the human body and the mysteries attached to that of other life forms.

There can be no doubt that knowledge has increased over the centuries, especially in the last century, but has intelligence increased at the same rate as knowledge? Do these eminent researchers ever stop a second to ponder over the origins of knowledge (Dan.12:4) or to appreciate the paradox of their so-called intelligent research being conducted on life-forms that, according to many of them, just appeared out of Nowhere - Now-here

Extremely complex life forms (including ourselves of course) that even today, the mysteries of them, we understand not. We are constantly informed that all of these life-forms have just evolved from non-living matter into simple single cell living matter - and continued to evolve without any intelligence or design being required from an outside source.

We could continue down this road but instead will briefly touch upon other topics of interest.

Quantum leaps have been made in most areas of mankind's material endeavours. However, has the human mind changed? We still have millions of people living on the bread-line, and even more living beneath it to the point of starvation. Preventable disease is rampant in many developing countries. Reports of war and rumours of war, along with commentaries on the hatred exhibited between peoples and nations are constantly being fed to us through the various media outlets.

Idealism

For decades voluntary organizations and NGO's have been pouring money and labour into trouble spots the world over. A problem that has now revealed itself is that many of these voluntary organizations and NGOs have themselves succumbed to market principles of operation - they themselves have become large financial institutions. Administration and fund raising activities accounting for an ever increasing portion of funds raised. For many people; working for these organizations has become a lucrative career path rather than an idealistic path of voluntary contribution.

Governments have sent development aid, much of which has been squandered through corruption and/or poor management and selection of aid projects.

Do the developed counties really want developing countries to achieve a level of wealth that is generally available to their own citizens? - If so, where is the future cheap labour market to be found - slavery? That suggestion may sound way off base in our present age, but do not be too quick to discount the suggestion. North Korea is one present prime example of modern state driven slavery of its own citizens. Will the coming future present further opportunities for a type of state sponsored slavery? Present signs in the Middle East and Europe would appear to favour this outcome?!!

What is becoming apparent in our present age is that there are powerful forces at work that would negate the uniqueness of the individual mind; forces that are attempting to shape a coming future whose face is beginning to be revealed.

Many of those forces act on the human minds perceived attitude of what is right (human rights, for example). These forces, while not appearing evil of themselves, nonetheless influence the human mind to initiate negative actions by elimination - their tendency is to eliminate age old standards of thought and conduct (Standards and Values) that we have hitherto held to be good.  

Global thinking

This is an age of mass production - the conglomerates and the multinationals - the globalists. In such places individual thinking is generally regarded as a threat rather than an advantage.

The all encompassing media machine, in all its forms, has also been infected by collective thinking. Many major media outlets are now actually controlled by relatively few multinational corporations. At no other time in human history has the media machine played such a significant role in collectively conditioning the human mind.

It can, with some degree of certainty, be said that it is the media machine that drives politics rather than vice-versa. Mass production of human thought has entered the fields of economics (look how that is panning out!!), politics and religion (same sex marriage is ok? Marriage between same sex partners in church is ok? - In other words the Word of God is wrong? - on these and many other matters that could have been mentioned. Some governments have actually replaced God with a figurehead and state sponsored collective thought.

Many people are confused and concerned about the increasing tensions being generated between peoples and nations. Moral standards are falling, perversion is on the increase and terrorism (in all its many forms) is increasing.

Are we an evolving race or a degenerating race?

The human life-form is the only one that has the ability (through the human spirit imparted to the human mind) to create. Not only can the human create but we can also change who and what we are. No other life-form has the same ability- Why? Because we were created in the image and likeness of our Creator - all other life-forms on this planet were created AFTER THEIR OWN KIND - they can not create more than was implanted in their mind from their creation. They can not change their way of thinking, their environment or change their habitual way of life - because they do not possess a human spirit that has been given to mankind.

If the reader still believes that he/she is descended from an animal in the distant past, then the above statement should perhaps give pause for contemplation?

The Miracle of Creation - Individuality  

Generally speaking, it can be said that the act of creating is an individual accomplishment.

Once the miracle of creating has taken place then it can be developed by a group. However, the initial idea (thought) is individual - although not unique. Many people can have received the same idea if their minds are on the correct (same) frequency but it will be only one, or relatively few, who will actually do something practical to bring the invisible thought into the visible spectrum of this world

This is the great danger with the current world's obsession with collectivity or globalization - it stifles individual creative accomplishment - the forces that promote the concept of the group have declared war on the uniqueness of the human mind. They discourage the individual from tuning-in to certain beneficial and creative frequencies.

This is done in numerous ways - always little by little- slow conditioning of the mind; where hitherto accepted standards of conduct and thought are, over time, disparaged, are in contravention of human rights, in contravention of a certain group's working guidelines, repression, force, social conditioning (media, government)

The free roving mind becomes dull and accepting of the groups common standards - free thought is discouraged.

Any system (governmental, many religions or so-called religions, business, economic) built on a particular pattern will attempt to curtail the free-ranging mind of the individual within the system - Why? Because it is only the free-ranging mind of an individual that can critically examine the system and destroy its very foundations if it is found that the system is built on a foundation of sand.

Human Nature

Unfortunately, human nature (of itself) is competitive by its very nature, and over time group thinking, while on the surface being cooperative in nature becomes competitive both internally within the group and externally toward other groups. Globalization is meant to eradicate competitiveness by introducing a common set of standards and values that all members of the human race will respect. However, the common set of standards and values would be drawn up by a relatively select few human beings.

Human nature (of itself) was not designed to be subject to our Creator's Laws - may come as a surprise to some readers perhaps?

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

We live in a time of great change - and even greater changes are coming.

Many people are migrating from their countries of birth - some due to persecution and others for economic reasons. There are wars and rumours of wars.

Life is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11), just as the life blood of this planet is in the myriad of waterways that spring up from below and find their own way to the sea. As we pollute the water we pollute the planet and ourselves. Sickness in all its many forms pollutes the human body. The planet itself appears to be rebelling-earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, fires, drought.

Is it the planet that is rebelling or is it natural laws taking effect?

Common langauge anciently?

Gen.11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people [is] one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have

Nimrod became a mighty hunter BEFORE the Lord. He assembled the people into one group and Nimrod's thoughts became the group thoughts. The uniqueness of the human mind was stifled; certain frequencies of reception were jammed. God found it necessary to split the group (and confound their understanding of each other through change of language) to allow His plan to continue (Gen.11:8) - He does have a plan - the framework of which is revealed through a knowledge of His correct annual and weekly Holy days.

Interesting article regarding language HERE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/09/12/humans-may-speak-a-universal-language-say-scientists/

 

 

Difference between horizontal and vertical?



There would appear to be a deliberate mistake in the grouping of the following creatures:

 

              

 

       

Group 1



 





Group 2?




If we are to believe those experts (many) that claim to know.






                  

Just a Few Words



The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried --- G. K. Chesterton

The plethora of religions and quasi-religious groups that abound would appear to support the view that humans (not all of course!) are, generally speaking, predisposed to a belief in gods and a life after death.

The Spiritual World(s)

A while back I read a study on young children that raised an interesting question. One of its conclusions was that children below the age of five found it easier to believe in some superhuman properties than to understand human limitation.

This is hardly a surprising conclusion as children are generally taught (by other humans) that their childlike (openness to the invisible) beliefs are generally unacceptable in the society to which they belong. Paradoxically, these same people will willingly subject their children to Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and a host of other quasi-spiritual or occult mysteries. Harry Potter especially has been singled out as popular and wholesome reading material for children

The Bible labels the popular occult and supernatural pursuits of our modern (and past) age as works of darkness. In addition, it cautions us in Ephesians 5:11 to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.

We need to understand this important warning and teach it to our children. Harry Potter is portrayed as a wizard that fights evil, yet the Bible says that wizardry is evil. (Deut.18:10, 11, 12) Such a mixed message will only confuse children (and adults) about what evil (flip side of live---Duality) is.

Now that we have mentioned the Holy Bible, we can take a relatively short look at what the Word of God, according to this compendium of Books, has to say about human nature and its belief in gods. I am hesitant to use the word Christian because there are so many different forms of Christianity that the word becomes almost meaningless. The various Christian faiths all appear to believe in the person of Christ and the widespread use of the symbol of Christianity --- a tortured image of a man hanging from a cross --- but as there is no physical description of Jesus Christ given in the Scriptures then this alone must be counted as breaking the Commandment --- "Ye shall make you no idols, neither shall ye rear you up a graven image, or a pillar"

While many believe in the person of Christ there are far fewer who actually believe and practice what He preached.

We could have a lengthy discussion on this topic, but we will return to the topic of human nature:

Human Nature

A study by Oxford academics claimed that a belief in gods is part of human nature. There would appear to be a vast number of gods, goddesses, and lesser beings that are revered by various cultures on this planet. Are these beings real or imagined, visible or invisible, material or spiritual?

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Now there is a rather startling statement --- The natural mind (human nature) is not --- AND CAN NOT BE --- subject to Gods Laws.

If we take a good look at past and present events that have shaped the world we live in, and the people in it, we must surely be in agreement with that statement?

 Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

The carnal (human) mind of mankind does not naturally think as our Creator does.

The natural mind is only interested in the material (physical) --- the spiritual is a closed book to many --- the evolutionists and humanists. Even though we possess a human spirit (Job.32:8)

The human spirit is not to be confused with the soul, for the two are not one and the same, they have different functions. However, that will not be discussed here --- see previous postings.

The above two verses ( there are many more that could have been chosen) appear to reveal to us that even though the human being was created in Gods own likeness and image (Gen.1:26), we do not NATURALLY possess the mind of God. If we read verse 26 carefully, we will note that the word OUR is used --- Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:?

The word our denotes a pluralized form --- more than one.

Mainstream Christian doctrine would have us believe that God is 3 in 1 --- A Trinity.

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit being interpreted as a being, when there is no Scriptural evidence for that being the case

If we take a look at Gen.1:27, it is revealed that there is a female attribute missing in the standard Christian depiction of God -  So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

As this World of ours heads at a fast gallop towards "times of trouble" the likes of which Mankind has not experienced before, I submit the following in an attempt to understand what is actually happening.

Although it can be said that Man has developed and improved his environment, at least technologically speaking, the same can not be said of his development as a human being.

Wars and rumours of wars, terrorism, crime( both personal and environmental), poverty, malnutrition and disease - All are still with us and increasing in severity.

Through the various forms of news media available to us we read, hear and see many and varied opinions from a host of experts as to the reason(s) for the above problems.

Few have forwarded the opinion that there is one single word in the English language that neatly and clearly describes the reason for all of the above problems Mankind is beset with. That word is COMPETITION.

Competition

Competition is viewed as a positive quality in our modern society --- Competition is healthy --- is a phrase we often hear expressed. Just how healthy is competition?

We are continually bombarded with many apparently valid reasons as to why competition is viewed as a positive asset, when it would appear that competition may be a natural force (duality) invoked in an effort to negate Cooperation. Competition is divisive --- tending to cause disagreement or hostility between people.

We all possess this rather unpleasant trait, some less so than others. It is a natural part of the make-up of human nature. Human nature, of itself, is not inherently good, as humanists would have us believe. Many people make a lucrative living by fine tuning this competitive attitude.

COOPERATION rather than COMPETITION

Many are the diplomats and peacemakers that try to forge an agreement between opposing parties in a dispute by finding some common ground on which the opposing parties can agree or cooperate. I would suggest that this common ground, or rather lack of it, is the basic cause of ALL disputes between Man no matter what his race, creed or colour.

It is the absence of a common set of Standards and Values that ALL Mankind will submit to, and follow, that promotes the spirit of competition rather than that of cooperation.

National and international assemblies make efforts to implement common sets of standards through laws and charters that are based on the frailties of human nature. The lawgivers attempt to implement them while the so-called defenders of the law make a living trying to circumvent them.

The following is a brief attempt to explain the CAUSE rather than the EFFECT(S) of the most pressing and potentially devastating problem Mankind faces today.

Human Nature --- What is it?

Before considering the conflicts Man is beset with at this present time, let us take a fairly brief look at how our Creator (there are of course many people who do not believe we are created beings) views human nature.

The majority of products that Man creates usually come with an Instruction Book and a guarantee. If the guidelines contained in the book of instructions are followed then the creator of the product guarantees a reasonably productive life-span for the product.

The guarantee does NOT mean that the product will have a problem free life-span, but the creator of the product will endeavour to rectify any problems that may occur within the guarantee period --- on condition that the product has been used in accordance with the guidelines set out in the instruction book.

I would suggest that we humans are also supplied with a similar set of instructions and guarantee, and just like the owner of any man-made product; we can freely choose whether or not we adhere to the conditional instructions. If we do not, then we must be willing to accept the consequences of our choice. The consequences of making the wrong choice(s) are all too apparent in the world we live in.

How can it be that the awesome mind of man is constantly creating new wonders within the realms of science and technology but appears to be totally unable to solve human evils, and world problems?

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Of course, there are many people who do not accept that Jesus Christ was The Word in person and that the Holy Bible is The Word in print.

Those same people will also perhaps argue that many verses in The Bible are open to differing interpretations --- hence the abundance of many different groups calling themselves Christian, but with differing views on Biblical interpretation.

To be deceived means to honestly and firmly believe in a falsehood (often called facts as a substitute for truth).

Through the ages Man has also created his own god(s) and his own religions.

Many great civilisations have appeared on the world scene and ALL appear to have ultimately failed through false reasoning --- Is our present civilisation heading the same way?

The originator of the Big Lie or false reasoning was of course Satan, but then he has been relegated to a position of some make-believe fantasy character in this present world. Unfortunately, our Creator is also a part of this fantasy in the minds of many!

The Bible is not open to self-interpretation it interprets itself. I myself have fallen into that trap on more than one occasion!

Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.

Repeated in verse 13 --- precept and line repeated twice in each verse --- and therefore to be considered as vitally important in understanding the Word of God.

Human nature is described in great detail in the Bible and deserves a greater explanation than is possible here. Perhaps the simplest and clearest explanation was expressed by the now deceased, Herbert W Armstrong:

Human nature is simply, the subconscious pull of a definite attitude of mind. It is the attitude that became Satans. It is the attitude of vanity, of self-concern, of lust and greed. It is the attitude of hostility to others, and resentment of authority over it.

Each and every one of us possesses, in varying degrees, all of these attitudes.

We were NOT born with these attitudes, as some would suggest.

Life after Death

There are a good number of people who make a lucrative living from claiming to contact the dead in a spirit world. They also claim to be a conduit from the spirit world to the physical world.

Many there are who appear to believe that the dead have an overriding urge to contact the living. This idea would appear to have its origins from an ancient past --- Gen.3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die.

Resurrection or Reincarnation?

We all know that we shall physically die, but many appear to believe that it is just a transitional phase between the physical and spiritual worlds. It is here the two main differences in perception of what that actually means arise.

Shall we be reincarnated OR resurrected? - Regardless of which one we may choose to believe in, have the dead the ability or even the willingness to contact those still physically alive?

Eccl. 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. 6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any [thing] that is done under the sun ... 10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do [it] with thy might; for [there is] no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

 Psalm 146:4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish

Psalm 115:17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.

That would appear to be fairly clear, but who are these people who claim to contact the dead actually in contact with?

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Prince of the power of the air, is the major clue if you think about what is transmitted through the air on our physical world.

The human mind (natural) is tuned in from an early age to the frequencies of this prince.

2 Corinth.4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them?.

Conclusions:

Mankind has managed to conjure up a whole pantheon of gods, goddesses and lesser beings since the beginning of our recorded history, and long before no doubt. Are these beings real or imagined, physical or spiritual --- OR --- are they all attributes of the same God?

For the physical (visible) universe to exist there must be a spiritual (invisible) counterpart; for the laws of Duality (there are many of them) that exist in our physical world.

Examples: Up/Down, Long/Short, Wet/Dry, Light/Darkness, Good/Evil etc. --- all need a THIRD FORCE. Duality is essentially static; to allow movement (Dynamic) from one extreme to another or somewhere in-between requires TIME. Itself invisible, although its effects are extremely visible. Somewhat like the wind --- also invisible, but with the ability to be most beneficial OR amazingly destructive --- over TIME.

We have been given a physical life as a gift, although there are many who would not agree with that statement. We have the ability to influence others and use the mind we have been given to benefit ourselves, other people and the society we live in. We have also been given the ability to freely choose what direction our lives will take.

Our Creator could have chosen to create us as automatons --- pre-programmed to accomplish the Plan --- but we were not created so.

In order for His Plan  (the framework of which is revealed in Scripture through study of His (not mankinds) weekly and annual Holy Days) to be successfully accomplished He requires thinking people who freely choose His Way --- and no other.

What happens when our allotted physical life span comes to an end?

Eccl.3:19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all [is] vanity. 20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. 21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

Note: It is the spirit and not the soul of man that survives physical death. However, that spirit, which is in effect the blueprint of all a person is, has no ability to influence events in the physical world. So beware the soothsayers for there are spirits that can influence this world --- BUT ONLY IF THEY ARE ALLOWED TO DO SO --- BY US.

Isaiah 8:19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? 20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them?.

Luke 18:8  Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

Good Question --- He may well find faith --- but faith in what? --- Which spirit(s) will be leading that faith?

 

False Religion



 

Organization is one of the major keys to false religion.

The devil knows well that people will do things in a group that they would never do on their own.

A natural consequence of this and equally important is the principle that if enough people are doing something in a highly organized manner, then an air of legitimacy will be lent to the enterprise, a false patina of orthodoxy.

In effect, that will help to blind initiates new and old to the fact that God in reality may be entirely absent and the organization subtly evil in every way.

Once enough people become involved in such religious organizations, a momentum and critical mass is achieved that allows such groups to present to the world a false picture of spirituality Even though in truth God is not in their midst at all.

 

 

Syria - US Failure




 

We have all seen the shocking pictures from Syria after Tuesdays chemical weapons attack on civilians.

The US Administration, under President Obama, allowed the Syrian President, Bashar Assad, to cross the so-called red line and chose what was euphemistically called the "diplomatic option" in an attempt to have all of Syrias declared chemical weapons removed.

The following quote from President Obama's address to the 2016 Air Force Academy Graduates

Quote: .. " I know, for example, that my decision not to conduct strikes against Syria after it used chemical weapons was controversial among some in Washington. But because we seized a diplomatic option, backed by our threat of force, nations came together and we accomplished far more than military strikes ever could have ... all of Syria's declared chemical weapons were successfully removed"

http://motto.time.com/4355618/obama-us-air-force-academy-commencement/

Less than a year after making that statement Syria has proven that it clearly did not declare all of its chemical weapons, and the US failed to ensure that all chemical weapons had been declared.

Iran and Russia are now leading and protecting Bashar Assad's regime. The US was outmanouvered at every turn of the diplomatic game. Its foreign policy in the Middle East is a shambles. Not only has Syria, along with its allies, sidelined the US; it should also be remembered that it was the same Obama Administration that negotiated the Iranian deal to prevent Iran obtaining NUCLEAR weapons. HOW MUCH IS THAT DEAL WORTH?

Will President Trump change current US foreign policy toward the Middle East? The US Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) made a recent speech at the Security Council after Russia (permanent seat at council) vetoed any action from the UN following the chemical attack on innocent civilians. The Ambassador promised action from the US if the UN would not act. That action has now taken place.

Will there be further action and will President Trump change the previous Administrations policies toward the Middle East?

Or, will another group of allied nations, including Syria, change the whole scenario --- Time will tell!

 

UPDATE: 09.04.2017

Obama official: 'We always knew' Assad kept some chemical weapons

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obama-official-we-always-knew-assad-kept-some-chemical-weapons/article/2619808

 


 

Reflections on a shadow

 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: (Isaiah 28:10) 

(All Biblical quotes from KJV unless otherwise stated)

The following is a personal reflection concerning various Scriptural persons and themes.

Isaiah

Isaiahs first vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem apparently occurred during the reign of Uzziah (Isaiah 1:1) and three succeeding monarchs of Judah. Uzziah reigned from ca.780---740 B.C. It was not until after the death of Uzziah that Isaiah is first recorded as having seen the Lord. Isaiah 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw (ra'ah) also the Lord ('Adonai) sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Hebrew - ra`ah --- meaning ---- to see, looks at, inspect, perceive, consider.

The interested reader may reflect on whether this was an actual sighting of Adonai or a vision; if we take into consideration the Lords warning to Moses in Exodus 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

Perhaps one unusual aspect of Isaiah`s life is that his wife was also referred to as a prophetess; one of only a few recorded in Scripture!

Although Isaiah was a Judean and therefore a member of the house of Judah he warned both the house of Judah and the house of Israel (northern kingdom) through the word of God what the coming future held in store for them both if they did not repent of going their OWN WAY and rejecting the WAY of their God. The verse quoted above (Isaiah 28:10) is included in one such warning to both Ephraim (Israel) 28:1, and Judah (ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. 28:14)

Isaiah 28:10 is often regarded as an admonition to both Israel (Ephraim) and Judah when read in context with the preceding verse 9 --- Whom shall he teach knowledge and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. God's way of teaching offends them by its simplicity. His people are like children in their knowledge of God; they needed to be spoken to in the language of children. Hence, constant repetition was required.

We should perhaps, also consider Isaiah 28:10 as a form of instruction. The written word of Scriptures as preserved can, of course, be read as any other book (compendium of books in this case) starting at page 1 and read as a relatively concise historical account. However, the answers to the many questions and mysteries that this compendium of books raises can only be found through following the instruction given in 28:10. Especially "here a little, there a little". This posting is hopefully a humble example of that instruction?

Unfortunately, many of Gods people remained rebellious (and remain rebellious up to the present day) despite the warnings and the trials the descendants of Jacob have been subjected to throughout the ages. Jesus Christ (Yeshua) often spoke in parables due to the arrested spiritual development of His people --- Math.13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Anciently, perhaps the children of Israel and all other men (so-called Gentiles) had some reason for their rebellious attitudes as the following verses recorded by the apostle Paul very briefly explain: Eph. 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ. 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

Gods Holy Spirit was only available to a relatively few selected individuals in ages past, and it would appear that this is also the case today. However, there appear to be many who have achieved great success (wrong choice of word perhaps?) in proclaiming many and varied interpretations of God`s Word; and in effect proclaiming themselves to be an apostle of Christ.

We will leave Isaiah for now and move on to another major prophet who was also a Judean and constantly warned both houses of their wayward practices --- Jeremiah.

House of Israel and House of Judah

Jeremiah 10:11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods ['elahh (Aramaic)] that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.

'elahh (Aramaic) --- god, heathen deity --- Corresponding to Hebrew 'elowahh --- God, false god

Jeremiah 10 makes it clear (in above verse) that false gods (as were (are) worshipped by many) are to be removed from the earth --- but it does not say when. The answer to that is found elsewhere in Scripture.

Let us take a look at Jeremiah 10:1: Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:

It will be noted that Jeremiah is speaking of a future time, and only to the house of Israel?.

We briefly explained the difference between the house of Israel and the house of Judah in a previous posting . The house of Israel was, and is, comprised of the descendants of Jacob (Israel) that lived in the northern kingdom --- they were not, and are not, Judah.

The name Israel was only passed on (inherited) by the two sons of Jacobs son Joseph --- Ephraim and Manasseh.

 



 

Jeremiah began his ministry in ca. 627 or 626 B.C., and continued his ministry until after the siege and capture of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 586 BC. Jeremiah was born and lived in the Kingdom of Judah. It would appear that Jeremiahs scribe Baruch was responsible for recording Jeremiahs words in writing.

The United Kingdom of the children of Israel became divided on the death of King Solomon due to the majority of the tribes refusing to accept the rule of Rehoboam, the son of Solomon. King Solomon died in ca. 931BC (various estimates on dates to be found so only use approximate dates in this posting as absolute positive dating is not required here).

The northern kingdom continued to be called the Kingdom of Israel under the rule of King Jeroboam (an Ephraimite of Zeredah)  while the southern kingdom was known as the Kingdom of Judah and retained Rehoboam as its King --- thus continuing the lineage of David.

Gen.49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Jeroboam engaged in a conspiracy against him (Solomon) (I Kings 11:26-28). In this he was encouraged by the prophet Ahijah, the Shilonite, who, upon meeting the young conspirator, rent his new garment into twelve pieces, bidding Jeroboam take ten of them, thus symbolically announcing the division of the realm (as a punishment for Solomon's idolatry) and the appointment of Jeroboam to rule over the ten northern tribes, while two tribes retaining Jerusalem, remained faithful to the house of David. Solomon, suspecting Jeroboam's loyalty, sought to kill him, but the conspirator succeeded in escaping to Egypt, where, under the protection of Shishak, the Egyptian king, he awaited the death of Solomon (I Kings 11: 30-40).

                                              Source: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/8599-jeroboam

Ultimately, most of a third tribe joined Judah as Jeroboam stripped the Levites of their priestly duties and replaced them with uneducated and lowly people 1 Kings 12:31; 2 Chronicles 11:14). Levi was the smallest in number of the tribes or clans, but was not counted among the tribes as they were to serve as the priestly cast and was given no inheritance (land of their own) - Numb.1:1 and Numb.1:47

The 12 tribes comprised of: Reuben, Simeon, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Ephraim, Manasseh, Benjamin, Dan, Asher, Gad, Naphtali.

Two Kingdoms

Northern Kingdom of Israel --- ca. 931 --- 722BC.  --- Conquered by Assyrians in ca.722BC

Southern Kingdom of Judah --- ca. 931 --- 586 BC. --- Conquered by Babylonians in ca.586BC

All of the children of Israel were now divided into two main houses --- the house of Israel and the house of Judah.

The Kingdom of Israel had long ago (almost 100 years before) been removed from their land by the Assyrians when Jeremiah began his calling. It was only through the grace of their God that the Kingdom of Judah remained a sovereign nation for a while longer until they also were removed from their land by the Babylonians.

However, unlike the Israelite kingdom, Judah was allowed to begin a return from exile to their land on the fall of Babylon in 539 BC - 2 Chron.36:22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, 23 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.

Unlike Israel, the land Judah had occupied was not re-populated with other peoples as had occurred in the northern kingdom during the Assyrian conquest --- it had been left desolate. While Judah returned, the descendants of the Kingdom of Israel never returned to their land and thus became colloquially known as the lost ten tribes --- that does not mean that they just disappeared off the face of the earth --- they are still with us today if we are to believe the Scriptures, and indeed a study of them gives a good indication of where they are and what their coming future will be. Jesus Christ knew where they were some 700 years after their exile ---  Math. 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans (formerly kingdom of Israel) enter ye not: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Jeremiah 

The Book of Jeremiah raises a number of interesting and rather mysterious details concerning the person of Jeremiah --- some of which we can briefly look at here: Jeremiah was relatively young and considered himself a child and unable to comply with Yĕhovahs instruction when the word (dabar) of the Lord (Yĕhovahcame unto him (Jeremiah 1:4; 6).

Then the LORD put forth his hand (yad), and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. (Jeremiah 1:9)

Hand --- Hebrew --- yad --- can also mean strength, power - figuratively speaking.

It would appear that Yĕhovah does not necessarily choose His spokesperson from the most obvious, eloquent and high-standing (according to the standards of man-kind) of people. For example, when Moses was first called he kept the flock of his father in law Jethro. He could not understand why he should be chosen to lead the children of Israel: Exodus 3:11 And Moses said unto God ('elohiym), Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? He was slow of speech and not at all eloquent. That made no difference to Yĕhovah, he was chosen, and the words he would speak would often be relayed through his brother Aaron.

1 Corinth. 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

Yet another curious statement found in the Book of Jeremiah is that found in Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

This one verse alone raises a number of questions. We could say that God "knows" all of His creations. Through the Word of God we know that we can now in the NT era have a personal connection to God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ. We have to freely choose to make that connection, which appears to infer that on being born into the physical world that original spirit connection was temporarily broken? There was no spiritual connection for OT generations, except for a chosen few (Jeremiah being one such). The God of the OT (who was actually Jesus Christ --- John 1:1, 2) had a much more "hands-on" physical contact with the human race --- personally or through His messengers. It was not until the veil in the temple was rent asunder that spiritual access to God was made generally available to all humankind, through the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Names

I am sure that many people would like to think that their God knew them before their physical birth. That does not appear to the case; even Jacob (Israel) appears to have been an unknown NAME to his God before his remarkable battle with a "man". Rather mysterious considering that previous to this meeting he had already met with the angels of God? --- Gen.32:1 And Jacob went on his way, and the angels (mal'ak) of God ('elohiym) met him.

Gen.32:24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. This could be no ordinary "man". Jacob asked for a blessing from him --- verse 26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

The "man" asks for Jacob for his name in verse 27, and Jacob gives it. The next verse reveals that the "man" then changes Jacobs name to Israel. Jacob apparently has no idea of the name of the "man" for in verse 30 he asks for the mans name, without receiving it! - And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

Now, names are important in Scripture and not to be taken or given lightly. However, they do have a habit of changing --- even the name that God(s) reveal to their inheritance. Examples:

Exodus 3:15 And God ('elohiym) said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD (Yĕhovah) God (elohiym) of your fathers, the God (elohiym) of Abraham, the God (elohiym) of Isaac, and the God (elohiym) of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name (shem) for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

Exodus 6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God ('el) Almighty (Shadday), but by my name (shem) JEHOVAH (Yĕhovah) was I not known to them.

God`s messengers are also loath to give of their names: Judges 13:18 And the angel (mal'ak) of the LORD (Yĕhovah) said unto him (Manoah, father of Samson), Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret (pil'iy)?

Secret --- Hebrew --- פִּלְאִי --- pil'iy --- meaning - wonderful, incomprehensible, extraordinary.

Perhaps the name is not actually so secret, but the true name or the true meaning of the name would perhaps be incomprehensible to mere mortals? In the English version of the Complete Jewish Bible the word "wonderful" is used instead of the word "secret". Then again there may be more of a meaning to the name than is required to be revealed to man-kind.  

Before Physical Birth

If we return to the physical conception and birth of Jeremiah in Chpt.1:5, it is revealed that his Creator "knew him" before conception and birth. What are we to make of this statement?

It would appear that Jeremiah had no memory of a previous time --- much the same as we do not remember anything previous to our physical birth. Jeremiah may, however, have been taught knowledge not accessible to the average citizen of Anathoth in the land of Benjamin (kingdom of Judah). His father Hilkiah was of the priesthood and most probably a Levite.

The name Hilkiah means: "my portion is Jehovah".

Creation

The creation of man-kind appears to have been accomplished in two stages (Duality).

Gen.1:26 And God ('elohiym) said; Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

LET US MAKE - 'elohiym (plural meaning) - rulers, judges, divine ones, angels, gods

Gen.1:27 So God (elohiym) created man ('adam) in his own image, in the image of God (elohiym) created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God (elohiym) blessed them, and God (elohiym) said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish (male' ) the earth,...

Did God, at this time, create the physical man or the spirit IN/of man? --- The human spirit --- not to be confused with the Holy Spirit. 1Corinth. 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

The spirit of man was given instruction as to the purpose of his creation and the nourishment that would be provided for his physical body on the earth. It will also be noted that man-kind was blessed (a spiritual act) and instructed to "replenish" the earth. Could that infer that there had been some form of life on the earth prior to the creation of man-kind?

The Complete Jewish Bible does not record the word replenish, although the Hebrew Bible in English does. The Torah in English uses the word fill, which would appear to be a more accurate translation of the Hebrew word male' --- meaning to fill, be full.

Physical Creation

After elohiym had completed his work and had rested on the seventh day; and assuming that which is written in the Book of Genesis is recorded in chronological order then Genesis 2:5 reveals to us that elohiym created all living matter BEFORE it was placed on the surface of the earth:- And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

It is not until after the whole face (surface) of the earth was watered (v.6) that elohiym formed the physical flesh and blood man-kind. Verse 7 And the LORD (Yĕhovah) God ('elohiym) formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (nephesh).

It will be noted that man-kind became a LIVING SOUL --- we are a SOUL --- we do not have or possess a soul. When we stop breathing we become a dead soul --- not an immortal soul.

Eccl.3:19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. 20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

Return to whom on death of the soul?

The living soul eventually dies and then: Eccl. 12:6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God ('elohiym) who gave it.

So where does the human spirit return to?

The physical body of both man and beast return to the earth, but what about the spiritual body?

Eccl. 3:21 Who knoweth the spirit (ruwach) of man('adam) that goeth upward (ma`al), and the spirit (ruwach) of the beast that goeth downward (mattah) to the earth?

Ruwach --- meaning: wind, breath, mind, spirit --- Unseen

'adam --- meaning: man, mankind

ma`al --- meaning: higher part, upper part

mattah --- meaning: downwards, below

Animals or beasts belong to this planet earth --- mankind apparently does not --- mankind appears to have, potentially, a much higher purpose here and outside the confines of this planet? But not while we are in our present incomplete state!

Physically created --- Where?

Psalm 139 A Psalm of David --- 1 [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] O LORD (Yĕhovah), thou hast searched me, and known me.

Let us remind ourselves that David was the second king of a United Israel --- inherited of Yĕhovah

..Verse 14  I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

Note: the word ?secret? in verse 15 is translated from the Hebrew word cether --- meaning covering, shelter, hiding place, secrecy.                                                                             

"Lowest parts of the earth" is also used in, Isaiah 44:23 (tachtiy) Ezekiel 31:14, 16, 18, and 32:18, 24. In Ezekiel it is rendered "nether parts of the earth". The equivalent phrase in Greek is found in Ephesians 4:9. Depending on context, it can refer either to the sub-surface depths of the earth or in the Books of Ezekiel and Ephesians --- to Sheol or Hades in the centre of the earth.

The lowest point on land on earth is at the Dead Sea, on the border of Jordan and Israel. The Dead Sea lies at 1,312 feet (400 meters) below sea level.

The lowest point in the sea on earth is the Pacific Ocean's Marianas Trench. It's near Guam and is 35,840 feet (10,924 m) deep.

More food for thought perhaps? Is the human spirit a type of blueprint --- or in other words the physical body is a reflection (dark and incomplete but perfect as designed) of the spiritual (light) body - in much the same way the sun casts a reflection (dark, incomplete and minus one dimension - but perfect in its way) of the human body.

I started this posting by quoting Isaiah but we have digressed somewhat (quite far actually) from the path I had originally chosen to follow. Much of this posting will no doubt be regarded as rather controversial if not down right heretical by some readers. Purely fancifull by others.

It is not, however, meant to be disrespectful of the beliefs and/or religious faith of any reader.

1 Chronicles 29:15 For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.

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