This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Last-edit: March 20 2018
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
The Founding Role of Old Testament writings.
How did repentant Jews/Israelites become Christians
during the first century without the New Testament?
Silly point? Initially yes when one considers that the New Testament is not the New Testament.
OK, well, the early Jewish Christians having accepted their Messiah, been baptised and in receipt of the anointing holy spirit, were from that time under the binding contract of the New Testament promised Israel and Judah by Jehovah in Jeremiah 31:31-32, whereas the supporting documentation commonly known as the New Testament had yet to be written.
This New Testament documentation was therefore
not required to become a Christian!
Great, but how then did and could anyone come to Christ in order to become his anointed brother i.e.: a Christ?
At that time it was just another step Israel had to take to continue their journey to run with the promises God had made to Abraham and the fathers.
Some thirty years later the Apostle Paul explained that all things written aforetime were for those who would experience the end of the Jewish ages or epochs:
11 Now these things happened unto them by way of example; and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages* are come. (1 Corinthians 10:11) asv
* the ages of Israel
1. From Sinai to the first destruction by Babylon.
2. From the first destruction by Babylon to the Messiah.
3. From Messiah to their destruction by the Romans which began their exclusive Great Tribulation . . .
4. Yet to be completed at the interface between Israel's Great Tribulation and the commencement of the, not just globalising, but universalising Heavenly Government.
3 For Christ also pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell upon me.*
4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that
through patience and through comfort of the scriptures we might have hope.
(Romans 15:3-4) asv
* Psalm 69:9 – Israel's disgusting transgressions that were a reproach to their God and Father
Now back to the question posed earlier: how then did and could anyone come to Christ without the NT docs?
Well, by those very things written aforetime, because that was ALL they had available to them.
Before we continue, it is important to first note the differences between the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures/testaments:
The so-called Old Testament of the Bible does in fact contain the entire contractual details of the Sinaitic covenant mediated by Moses, whereas the so-called Greek NT portion of the Bible contains no such written contract.
If anyone wishes to go and read Jeremiah 31:31-33 they will find the inspired prophecy of a New Covenant between God and the Israel/Judah amalgam that was to be written into their hearts and minds without any need for hardcopy.
The laws associated with he former contractual arrangement, were meant to transcribe themselves in to the minds and hearts of Israelites as attitudes possessed rather than a written code feared.
Jesus did not need a whole bunch of New Testament script.
The older documentation was more than adequate to spell out the future for him and his involvement in it.
The point, decidedly silly at first glance, is that just like Jesus, early Disciples/Christians could become Christs like he* without it. Between the documentation available to him, the tuition afforded him by his parents and the teachers at the Synagogue, coupled with his willing, yielding heart, were more than adequate to fashion in the Israelite man Jesus the kind of attitudes Jehovah had desired for all Israelites to possess.
* yes, as in like he was and not like him was, because was normally completes the
Then again, we can love him not he.
All Jesus did and taught during his 3½ year ministry to the circumcised, were rooted in the Hebrew contractual writings of what we now call the Old Testament, including the poets and prophets.
Jesus' own words, recorded for us by the inspired apostle John towards the end of the first century, concisely describe the method by which early Christians became such.
Christianity's power brokers selfishly focus on John 6:44:
No man can come to me, except the Father that sent me draw him: and I will raise him up in the last day.,
which they construe to mean that God must have called them to Jesus because He had in some manner detected their righteousness, goodness, devotion and eagerness to serve God and be saved, so that that He desires them for Jesus.
Alas, it is with the very next verse:
45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall all be taught of God*.
Every one that hath heard from the Father, and hath learned, cometh unto me. asv
that Jesus clearly spells out the means by which Jehovah draws or calls them, whatever or in spite of, their personal qualifications or lack thereof.
* And all thy children shall be taught of Jehovah; and great shall be the peace of thy children. Isaiah 54:13 asv
Yes, . . Every one who listens to the Father and learns from Him comes to me Weymouth 1912
It is all about learning from the Old Testament and responding to it!
No room for self-importance and aggrandising here.
The Gospel and Epistle writers were inspired to record, supplement and explain the eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the genesis of the anointed little flock Israel of God to the next generation of kingdom aspirants.
Gentiles and Jews needed to clearly understand and appreciate how their integration into the Israel of the promise was given authority and status by Jehovah in the Old Testament documentation.
All tat Jesus and the apostles did was to encourage Christians to make every effort to continue with the righteous attitudes the first covenant was designed to generate in their minds and hearts.
Their advice on morals were not New Testament commands.
No laws and penalties were delineated for them. It is all about the continuity of Israel's training to qualify for finally becoming the Kingdom of Priests and a holy Nation of Exodus 19:3-8.
That was the goal right from Sinai, which continues even today for the little flock to whom the Great Shepherd Jesus Christ had been assigned to shepherd until he calls them for governance -Luke 12:32; Matthew 24:29-31.
Revelation, after first examining the messianic flock of Jacob, reports on God's continuing vengeance upon them, until it climaxes in a victorious crescendo of their graduation at the the birth of God's heavenly kingdom; that very Kingdom of Priests and a holy Nation promised to them at Sinai.
In the mean time, however, it did not take long for the first signs of apostasy to appear during the first century, as well documented by the apostles, only to snowball into the full bloom of adultery by the virginal bride of Christ in the fourth century when her adultery with and marriage to the State became complete and has continued ever since.
New Testament documentation was suitably audited and textually edited to support the apostasy. Wherever that documentation differs from that of the Old Testament documentation it is certain to have been fiddled with.
Not that the OT has retained its virginal status all that well, but the damage is only marginal and easily accommodated in the broader context of the overall theme of the entire body of Scripture in keeping with Jehovah's purpose.
This ought to cover it all. Little else is really required to make the point that without the Old Testament documentation, NT scripts will be and are found wanting.
Much more can be said and has on this Website to support the above.
Please continue at your leisure.