This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Last-edit: January 1 2018
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
your money or your life!
Shackled and held to ransom have believers been for centuries by the Judeo-Christian power structure who have the power to bless you and put in a good word for you with God, so that you can be saved from whatever it is they are advocating the danger to the lives of you and yours is coming from.
Then there are the endless end-time scenarios that hold the comfort-stricken to ransom.
What does Israel's constitutional Law mediated by Moses have to say about that? Who
is or was held to ransom, by whom, why and whom did Jesus come to release?
-see Jesus' first Synagogue visit after baptism: Luke 4:16-21
Theological Ransom theories vary from the ridiculous to the sublimely stupid, all ostensibly based solidly on Scripture. Then there are those denying its very existence; that it is not at all represented in Scripture.
An overview from wikipedia: Christus Victor view - Governmental view - Limited view - Moral influence view - Penal substitution view - Ransom view - Satisfaction view - Substitutionary view - Unlimited view etc. etc. etc.
Ah, but there is one view they missed: Jehovah's Straight-from-the-Scriptures view.
Good words like redeem, deliver and their grammatical relatives used in translation, have obscured the reality of Jesus ransoming God's firstborn son Israel (Exodus 4:22).
Jehovah had given His people Israel the special assignment to assist mankind, by example and as a guide for the remainder of the 7th day of creation - God's creative Rest Day relative only to the earth, as are all the other 6.
Israel instead sold itself into sin* and had to be repurchased, redeemed or ransomed from her debt of transgression of the law covenant she owed to the covenanting authority and lawgiver Jehovah.
That is exactly as committing a crime and breaking the law as laid down by any secular authority, where where the law breaker is in fact held to ransom by that authority for his misdeed until the penalty is paid in full, be that simply a fine or capital punishment, depending on the severity of the transgression. Either way, a price is paid; that simple.
* a stupid word really, that in the original means little more than simply an arrow missing the mark, but commandeered by Christianity to support their lying deception to mean missing the mark of perfection as a genetic flaw inherited from Adam, where a deliberate failure to obey is deemed a genetic flaw in the blame-game excuse stakes.
The flock of Jacob, Israel, transgressed right from the beginning of her relationship with her former and maker and was in consequence held to ransom by these transgressions.
This meant that she was no longer in the oneness of intent with her husbandly owner Jehovah. To deal with that in anticipation of her weaknesses, He made provision via an annual at-one-making sacrifice of an animal to take her place and die in her stead so that the relationship could be continued in a state of renewal.
This was an annual ransoming, redeeming or repurchasing by the repurchaser/redeemer Jehovah:
“Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel. I myself will help you,” is the utterance of Jehovah, even your Repurchaser*, the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 41:14) NWT
* Redeemer Authorized King James Version and most other translations -
doesn't everyone love that word redeem?
That system of at-one-ment ceased with the divorce at Jehovah's initiative who used the might of Babylon to crush Israel into Death and Diaspora. God took away the Ark of the Covenant, the symbol of her marriage oneness with God whereupon she remained on death row awaiting her execution IN HIM, her Messiah and final atonement and second Passover lamb Jesus.
The ruling authority required payment to free her from complete annihilation due her as an adulterous wife. In unprecedented kindness and to allow His purpose for mankind to roll on to its ultimate fulfillment, Jehovah provided the ransom, who in turn had to willingly agree to pay the price with his life for Jehovah's firstborn son Israel, while Israel would remain dead forever as the wife, having paid the penalty due to adulterous wives under the Law.
As an aside, please consider how many of us children were financed by our mothers or fathers to allow us the privilege and joy to buy our parents presents for Christmas or Birthday?
I was one of those in times not too far to remember. It thrilled me to no end to be allowed to do that. How is that for self-financing receivers of gifts? Although there were actually only the two of us: my mother and I, the entire experience spanned three persons and sets of emotions: my mother as the financier, I myself as the gift giver and my mother as the recipient of the gift.
A triad of joy and delight indeed.
If we can experience feelings like that, how much more will He in whose image we were created? Since Jehovah will be the final heir, inheriting everything that mankind and the Christ have achieved, He is also the ultimate self-financing receiver of those gifts -and what's wrong with that, because the whole of mankind will also receive the ultimate inheritance of all things bright and beautiful right here on our beautiful and forever peaceful planet.
Road laws are for the benefit of users.
Road users owe it to the issuing authority of that law, to obey it.
Failing to do so could result in a whole range of penalties from fine to loss of license - sacrifices indeed.
-Even death as a natural consequence
Israel's Law were the house rules to guide God's firstborn son and wife along the
road of life with Jehovah
Since He set the rules they owed it to Him to obey them for their own benefit.
Failing to do so would result in a whole range of penalties from fine via loss of marriage license to death.
There is an significant insight into this ransom arrangement to free, redeem, repurchase or deliver Israel from complete annihilation in the book of Revelation 14:1-5 where only a limited number are redeemed for the purpose for which they were originally set aside or sanctified. The content of these verses is built on their historical identity of the Abrahamic promises in Revelation 7:3-8, where the tribal names are retained but only virtually and in the context of all becoming Kings and Priests. Virtually, because tribe and gender no longer matter in the composition of the Seed of Abraham, since it is the promises that count; not natural descent and gender: Galatians 3:
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Here from Hebrews 23:
22 But you have come to Mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable multitudes of angels, 23 to the festive assembly and congregation of the firstborn* enrolled in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better than Abel.
* Jehovah's firstborn son Israel i.e. the multiethnic Seed of Abraham*:
And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith Jehovah, Israel is my son, my first–born. 23 and I have said unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me; and thou hast refused to let him go: behold, I will slay thy son, thy first–born. Exodus 4:22-23 - ASV
* (Galatians 3:28-29)
In any case, you believe whatever you want.
For a little bit more about sacrifices have a look at the page of the same name: Link.
End of this essay
Wrote the following to a Jehovah's Witnesses knocker on youTube,
Though I generally never throw pearls before swine or answer a stupid one according to his own stupidity:
Hello and Greetings
Just watched your(?) video about God's greatest act of love which is claimed to be the Witnesses' doctrine of God offering His son Jesus.
Found it under the link: Has the Jehovah's Witnesses God performed the greatest act of love?
Jehovah's Witnesses God? Where do you get that one from? There is only one and He does not belong to any one single denomination.
I had been an active Witness for 1/2 century. BUT SO NO MORE SINCE January 2008
Taught many things they taught, but always at a distance since there were quite a number of things out of sync with scripture. Some of it was/is true some of it false. The Bible, being the best measuring stick, has since sorted things for me.
I was terminated as in burned at the stake in 012008.
The problem is that no one in Christianity, including The Witnesses, had noted that the only begotten son offered by God according to John 3:16 was offered by Him for only one of the three worlds translators have used to translate three entirely different Greek words. Now for which one was that Only Begotten offered? Not only that, but which son was?
The Witnesses' NWT bible has that word problem sorted by using three different English/German/whatever words to translate them. One of the Greek originals means the whole inhabited earth, the second just an epoch or age, while the third means an organized arrangement of things, Government, decoration, as per Strong's Dictionary of Bible Words.
Alright then, for which of these worlds was that only begotten offered? Does anyone ever bother with Strong's Dictionary of Bible Words? He was offered for #3 of course - 2889 kosmos. The first 3625 is used in Revelation 12:9 of Satan's deception of the entire inhabited earth –population-wise that is, not the planet. If God had meant the entire human race, he would have inspired Jesus to use Strong's 3625 the entire inhabited earth in John 3:16 and not the much more restrictive and meaningfully focused 2889 kosmos he actually did.
The end of the ‘world’ however came upon the Jewish system and people when, as prophesied by Jesus, their entire epoch or age ended at the hands of the Romans in 70 CE - the end of their epoch, age or eon, via their, and only their, unprecedented Great Tribulation upon the Jews that is still continuing to this day.
But wait, that's not all. The sheep and son of man Jesus was the body prepared to save or substitute for the Only Begotten as per Hebrews 10 in the same manner as in the prophetic pre-enactment of Abraham's potential sacrifice of his only begotten son Isaac, where the body of the caught sheep was prepared by Abraham at the insistence of the angel and sacrificed instead of Abraham's only begotten Seed. All characters of the Drama thus prefigured the fulfillment.
None of this is Witnesses' Doctrine.
But wait, there's still more. The only begotten of God was potentially sacrificed in an atonement substitution for the transgressor God's firstborn son Israel (Exodus 4:22), but saved by the prepared body of the lamb Jesus who took away their collective sin of transgressions against the Law covenant only they had, while substituting for God's only begotten, with the adulterous wife of God Israel simultaneously stoned to death in Jesus.
Wait, there's even more, because the love that Jesus, the prepared Jewish lamb body, had for his Israelite brothers and especially for those out of the whole nation who had become his friends because they had accepted him, was greater than any other human being could ever, ever have, since his death was a one-way trip without any hope of a resurrection. That was the reason for his incredible agony in the garden of Gethsemane, which as Paul indicated was really over the top if he had the hope of a resurrection:
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope -1 Thessalonians 4:13.
What about 1 Corinthians 15? Yes there was indeed a resurrection, a standing up again.
That was when God's only begotten stood up again in the same manner as did Isaac after the lamb/sheep was killed. They had to get off their respective altars of God's inimitable will to make room for the sacrificial lamb/sheep. That is the power of Jesus' declaration in context:
12 "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 "you are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 "No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 "you did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 "These things I command you, that you love one another -John 15:12-17.
Whether one chooses to translate the koine Greek: Strong's 3762 no man or none makes little difference, for Jesus was a man and either no man or no one fits the same occasion of dying for his friends.
The problem the Witnesses have with the knockers is rooted in the way that the Harlot Bride of Christ, i.e. Christianity/Christendom has commandeered John 15:13 in cahoots with secular rulers to justify sacrificing millions of their young men in warfare.
It is inscribed on every war memorial to that effect.
Did the Witnesses invent John 3:16?
Whose love is there spoken about?
Jehovah's love for the world/kosmos of his bloved flock of Jacob, Israel?
Did the Witnesses invent that?
All religions are the same, especially the so-called Christian version, the Witnesses no exception. It is all tribal politics where every effort is made for one to denigrate the other.
Why don't you and self-serving politicians come up with some real solutions instead of always knocking the opposition everyone else is in opposition to anyway (?).
Knock! Knock! Who's there? Just another knocker!
Nations and other tribal divisions continue to want to bash each others' heads in for tribal advantage, population control or just petty offences with the harlot's blessings.
Go ahead! God does not care if they do, but do not use Jesus' words and the rest of Scripture to justify that, for ultimately He does indeed care and will remove the harlot.