This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Edited*: January 23 2017
* editing/adding pages & tuning my English.
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
There are some people who do not like to be told how to live their lives, although it would greatly benefit them, not God. Thus they devise cute little arguments to belittle both God's existence and His good advice like with this wheel of conceptual infinity:
Alas, the greatest literary work ever in terms of power, future-proof status and global impact is that library of books or documents known as the Bible.
What is it really about? Why was it penned? For whom?
Though it is fundamentally about mankind*, after Adam failed to listen to the Owner only to loose the game and his place in the team, Jehovah appointed the people Israel as a coach after a long period of DIY.
* Generic as in man and woman. Wonder why English Bible translators did/do not use
gender neutral term human rather than the, to the female man objectionable, but generic, man,
in the creation account, a word readily available from before English Bible translators really got going:
German uses the generic, gender neutral term Mensch as distinct from Mann/Frau (Man/Woman).
The Bible is not Jewish/Israelite mythology, as many suggest according to their own tribal dream time mythologies, but is nonetheless about the Israel of God from their Exodus to Revelation.
Why? To be instrumental in restoring the opportunity for indefinitely lasting life lost to Adam and his progeny through non-cooperation.
On the basis of God's sense of fair play and justice, He will make sure that all men (alright girls, this is generic) will get a chance of a healthy long and wrinkle-free life, without disease and the degrading journey to the grave.
Inspired and pure in the beginning, grandstanding men soon fiddled with it without interference from its author, who kept His watchful eye on it nonetheless. He had anticipated doctrinal editing, as His Word clearly indicates*.
Jehovah ensured that only relevant documents found themselves into that collection or canon.
The greatest negative impact on the Word of God has come from the early Christian community and their leaders*, disappointed because the Christ had not returned as they had falsely anticipated and who, in their quest for recognition and power, kowtowed to the Roman rulers who themselves were at a loss how to accommodate the growing Christian community in the realm.
They soon satisfied their craving for acceptance, by melding enough local tradition and mythology with perceived Christian doctrine and values. Local trinities of Gods underwent name changes and were adopted into Christianity along with all manner of pagan beliefs.
* Galatians 1 and Revelation 22 warn of that, as do other verses more generally - see page end.
You may also like to access Jerome's introductory letter to his Latin translation here
First a little about language requirements for understanding the Bible:
There are those who insist that the King James Bible is an almost or in fact THE only inspired text required for salvation exclusive of all others. Apart from the fact that salvation is a con of a few to the many in a manner of carrot-dangling, I pity all those other millions who either don't possess one or can't understand it's language, because English is a foreign language to them.
This is no different to what the early church asserted in that no one could possibly understand the bible properly in the absence of Latin. How different is that from needing Arabic to be truly submissive?
My goodness, do they have something to hide? What sort of a God do they represent or even worship, if indeed worship in the current sense is a requirement, which it is certainly not.
There is a difference between saying that the bible is inspired and that every word is, as some falsely claim.
It gives them POWER!
Every word of the report is, but not necessarily every word uttered by those in the report.
Discernment is the key here. What Job said, his words were entirely his own and not those of a robot. He spoke his own mind, as did many others. In that same report the words of the rebel angel were his own. God never inspires Satan what to say -EVER!.
Stephen, confronted by some very hostile Jews and in fear of his life, poured his heart out under some very trying circumstances. Was his every word an absolute truth? Highly unlikely, because there are some discrepancies between his words and the actual account in Genesis.
Was that due to stress, first centuries fiddles or just an innocent copyist's error? Perhaps some definitions or place names had changed over the centuries to give a wrong impression.
Solomon's speech was a personal expression of appreciation as were many psalms, reflecting human genius alongside inspiration where and when required, in keeping with Jehovah's unwavering and relentless purpose.
The writers of the Bible books were all accurately reporting what happened and the words spoken.
Bible writers used their own mind and abilities as they were thematically guided by the Author according to the requirements of His overall purpose to get humanity back on the track they were originally on in Eden.
About the Word of God - the written version
What is there to say that has not already been said in support or opposition over the last 1900 years or so.
Mankind had no guidance whatsoever from when the very first ever human on earth Adam rejected the original good advice designed for his benefit.
He was not tested since there was nothing to test. He was perfect, completely equipped to handle life on earth into an indefinite future.
One question needed to be answered, however:
Would he be willing to cooperate with his maker in matters he initially could neither fully comprehend nor the reasons for a particular course he may be advised to take?
If Adam were to readily yield to what may at first appear to be a rather minor task, he would be more likely to cooperate in weightier matters as may be required later.
Humanity would need much guidance and have limits set for their own well being, their relationships with themselves, each other, God and the earth and everything on it. Not settling along the ring of fire and other regions frequented by regular tectonic plate readjustments would have been among the future advice they needed to yield to for their own benefit and well being.
The necessary dropping of the aqua-sphere that was created above the expanse, we may call biosphere, in creative day two* necessitated complete cooperation. It would have been a more measured affair on an earth largely inhabited by cooperative humans than the sudden impact it did have when it imploded at a time just right for further plate adjustments and a temporary removal of a wildly licentious population. Blue skies and the weather as we know it today were the final beautiful outcome.
* Here in Genesis 1:6-7:
6 Then God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it
separate the waters from the waters."
7 And God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above
the expanse; and it was so.
Allow the record to speak further in Genesis 8:22: 22 "While the earth remains*, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease."
* reassuringly here is Psalm 104:5: 5: He established the earth upon its foundations, So that it will not totter forever and ever*.
* even more reassuringly is the Hebrew phrase used here that combines two different forever words as a guarantee: Strong's <05769> indefinite duration in combination with <05703> perpetuity, continuing forever, permanence.*
Note: Psalm 148:1-6 uses much the same phrase with references to the permanence of sun, moon and stars.
* All gone now in the 2013 revision of the New World Translation as
part of the continuing dumbing-down of Christianity's flocks.
After Adam refused to yield to God's first dietary advice, he was given complete independence save that of circumstance.
That autonomy has remained to this day. We are not accountable to God, though not cut off from Him, as the religious like to insist so that we keep coming to these whitewashed graves as intermediaries in order to communicate with God in some remote fashion and even then we must pray through Jesus, another imposition on the bulk of believers of a clear directive given by God only to the little flock, the Seed of Abraham destined to form a heavenly government to undo the damage we have wrought to beautiful earth and each other.
Like Abraham and all others wishing to and have done over the last 6000 years or so, we can approach and communicate directly with God without that concluding clause in Jesus name or Amen as a stamp without which, we are told, it will not reach Him.
The collection of documents we call the Bible or library were given to guide Israel to accomplish their assigned task to bless all families of the earth as the Seed of Abraham.
The laws therein were the constitution for the only government ever created by God from and for a people. It was meant to be an example of cooperation between a group of humans and God for others to learn from until their time for governance. Unfortunately they completely messed up.
Please spend some time with Israel from the above menu for details.
Why is it that, when reading reports on the exploits of group of explorers and other adventurers in any field of endeavour written in the first person, readers will never include themselves as being addressed by the writer's use of plural pronouns we, our and us, yet feel themselves obliged to be included and spoken to as they read about the experiences, discussions and admonitions of bible writers?
It is because of the conditioning and mind-control exercised by that wicked doctrine of inherited sin, where us must include and refer to all humanity as sin-stricken victims of the guilt-industry.
The prophets were Israelites living in Israel, speaking to and about Israelites. My goodness, that must be a very difficult scenario to grasp for Christian readers and scholars.
So when they read Isaiah 53 they apply it all to mankind's rescue from their alleged depraved sinful condition.
On what basis? They, flock and shepherd alike, love the power of guilt .
Perfect example of unambiguous expressions is Daniel's heartfelt prayer in chapter 9:4-20 where no one could possibly feel themselves personally involved. That was all about Daniel and the sinful nation he was a part of.
Why then is Isaiah 53 any different? It is also exclusively about Israel and their redemption.
Christ was Israel’s Atonement sacrifice through which the flock of Jacob (Israel) were forgiven all their accrued transgressions against the law covenant, even without repentance on their part, something they neither displayed nor asked for.
Jesus Christ in his dual role as sacrificial atonement lamb also became Israel's 2nd Passover lamb that saved Jehovah’s firstborn son (Exodus 4:22), His people Israel, from extinction.
A Jewish remnant later accepted their Messiah and continued to run with the Abrahamic promises. It was only in conjunction with that little flock of multiethnic Israel that the apostles used these plural personal pronouns in their epistles.
Yes, Jesus died for all . . . of Israel, who made up those addressed and the writers
- the we, the us, the our of it all.
(more about this elsewhere on this site - please look for it here!)
Here are the verses about anti-christian apostates referred to on top of the page:
Matthew 13:27-28; 36-38 And the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? whence then hath it tares? 28 And he said unto them, An enemy hath done this. And the servants say unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
36 Then he left the multitudes, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Explain unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37 And he answered and said, He that sows the good seed is the Son of man; 38 and the field is the world*; and the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; ASV
* Strong's #2889 the kosmos of the people Israel, God's decoration. Only they were to produce sons to inherit the Kingdom - the little flock of Luke 12:32.
Galatians 4:17-18 They zealously seek you in no good way; nay, they desire to shut you out, that ye may seek them. 18 But it is good to be zealously sought in a good matter at all times, and not only when I am present with you. ASV
Galatians 20:30 and from among your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. ASV
1 Timothy 4:1-3 But the Spirit says expressly, that in later times some shall fall away from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 through the hypocrisy of men that speak lies, branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron; 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by them that believe and know the truth. ASV
1 John 2:18-27 Little children, it is the last hour: and as ye heard that antichrist cometh, even now have there arisen many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they all are not of us. 20 And ye have an anointing from the Holy One, and ye know all the things. 21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, even he that denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denies the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that confesses the Son hath the Father also. 24 As for you, let that abide in you which ye heard from the beginning. If that which ye heard from the beginning abide in you, ye also shall abide in the Son, and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise which he promised us, even the life eternal. 26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that would lead you astray. 27 And as for you, the anointing which ye received of him abides in you, and ye need not that any one teach you; but as his anointing teaches you; concerning all things, and is true, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, ye abide in him. ASV
1 John 4:2-3 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 and every spirit that confesses not Jesus is not of God: and this is the spirit of the antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it comes; and now it is in the world already. ASV
2 John 7 For many deceivers are gone forth into the world, even they that confess not that Jesus Christ comes in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. ASV
Jude 4 For there are certain men crept in privily, even they who were of old written of beforehand unto this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. ASV
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 Now we beseech you, brethren, touching the coming of our
Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together unto him; 2 to the end that ye be
not quickly shaken from your mind, nor yet be troubled, either by spirit, or by word,
or by epistle as from us, as that the day of the Lord is just at hand; 3 let no
man beguile you in any wise: for it will not be, except the falling away come first,
and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition,
4 he that opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he sits in the temple of God, setting himself forth as God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know that which restrains, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness doth already work: only there is one that restrains now, until he be taken out of the way.* 8 And then shall be revealed the lawless one, whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of his mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation of his coming; 9 even he, whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 and with all deceit of unrighteousness for them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God sends them a working of error, that they should believe a lie: 12 that they all might be judged who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. ASV
* a clearer rendering of the text, here from the New International Version verses 6 and 7:
And now you know what restrains him, in order that his true character may be revealed at his appointed time. 7 For lawlessness is already at work in secret; but only until the man* who is now exercising a restraining influence is removed, niv
* The collective ‘man’ were the Apostles and faithful Overseers.
After they died, it became an antichrist-free-for –all.
May this just be another small step in your foray into the depth of God's Word