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
Curse? What Curse?
One can almost hear the preachers of years gone by, even through earmuffs:
Man Cursed by God!
Hellfire and eternal damnation to them!
Really? Who says? Where and why? What does curse mean these days - 2013?
Does that mean God curses all the time up there in heaven about the ideological and physical mess down here on earth? One could commiserate with Him and understand if He did.
How does all that pan out from the beginning in Genesis?
Well, after Adam's lack of cooperation, no further advice and instruction from God were to be forthcoming. Humans were not punished, but were instead given complete autonomy, subject to natural consequences and a cessation of support.
Adam's original opportunity for humans to have an indefinite presence in the realm of life was temporarily put on hold and shelved until a more auspicious time.
Humans were simply left to their own devices to muddle through as best they could. D.I.Y. became their unguided mission. They were not cut off from God as the Christian Guilt Industry would have it.
Paul's own words to some to the Greek wisdom-seekers 4000 years later testifies to that:
Acts 17:27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. NIV
Still not cut off from God in all that time, in spite of what the whitewashed continue to assert.
The consequences for Adam, as unguided he embarked on his DIY course of managing earth:
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in toil shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Jehovah here cursing the ground?
Many a Internet bible malcontent attach the future Genesis 3:16 experiences of women to that cursed condition. Why? Beats me, except it must be part of the power game of the Christian elite who, while shouting CONTEXT! CONTEXT! ignore it in the next three verses and advise the poor victims under their answering spells, that this alleged punishment of women is rightfully part of the curse pronounced later. NO! It is not!
However, as Adam's wife, Eve shared the environmental consequences of his disobedience,
but not his disobedience per se, because she was deceived as was the human race yet to exit his loins - see: 1 Timothy 2:14 and Revelation 12:9.
No, definitely no curses from God after having blessed them earlier! See what it says here?:
Genesis 1:27-28 God created man in his own image. In God’s image he created him; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them. God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.
and then to top it all off Jehovah blessed the 7th Day, His earth-related rest day:
Genesis 2:3 God blessed the seventh day, and made it holy, because he rested in it from all his work which he had created and made.
rather, it is the impact of not getting God's blessings that would be like a curse to Adam and his progeny.
Even after many years had passed since that early spanner in the works, just look at the almost Edenic blessings Jehovah had in store for Israel, if only they would yield to His wishes:
Leviticus 26:1-13 “‘you shall make for yourselves no idols, neither shall you raise up an engraved image or a pillar, neither shall you place any figured stone in your land, to bow down to it: for I am Jehovah your God.
2“‘you shall keep my Sabbaths, and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am Jehovah.
3“‘If you walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; 4 then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. 5your threshing shall reach to the vintage, and the vintage shall reach to the sowing time; and you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.
6“‘I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and no one will make you afraid; and I will remove evil animals out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land. 7 you shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. 8 Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand; and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
9“‘I will have respect for you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and will establish my covenant with you. 10 you shall eat old store long kept, and you shall move out the old because of the new. 11 I will set my tent among you: and my soul won’t abhor you. 12 I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you will be my people. 13 I am Jehovah your God, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves; and I have broken the bars of your yoke, and made you go upright.
Deuteronomy 28:1-14 It shall happen, if you shall listen diligently to the voice of Jehovah your God, to observe to do all his commandments which I command you this day, that Jehovah your God will set you on high above all the nations of the earth: 2 and all these blessings shall come on you, and overtake you, if you shall listen to the voice of Jehovah your God.
3 you shall be blessed in the city, and you shall be blessed in the field.
4 you shall be blessed in the fruit of your body, the fruit of your ground, the fruit of your animals, the increase of your livestock, and the young of your flock.
5 your basket and your kneading trough shall be blessed.
6 you shall be blessed when you come in, and you shall be blessed when you go out. 7 Jehovah will cause your enemies who rise up against you to be struck before you. They will come out against you one way, and will flee before you seven ways. 8 Jehovah will command the blessing on you in your barns, and in all that you put your hand to; and he will bless you in the land which Jehovah your God gives you. 9 Jehovah will establish you for a holy people to himself, as he has sworn to you; if you shall keep the commandments of Jehovah your God, and walk in his ways. 10 All the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of Jehovah; and they shall be afraid of you.
11 Jehovah will make you plenteous for good, in the fruit of your body, and in the
fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your ground, in the land which Jehovah
swore to your fathers to give you. 12 Jehovah will open to you his good treasure
in the sky, to give the rain of your land in its season, and to bless all the work
of your hand: and you shall lend to many nations, and you shall not borrow.
13 Jehovah will make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath; if you shall listen to the commandments of Jehovah your God, which I command you this day, to observe and to do, 14 and shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them. asv
No one was cut off from God!
But then at last a great opportunity for one tribe to learn from the Master Himself with attendant blessings and a good life awaiting them.
That tribe turned out to be Israel, who no longer had to continue through life unguided.
And what did they do with that?
History amply testifies that they were profoundly cursed, as in: not blessed:
That curse was seriously misinterpreted by one Pastor Russell, who had devoted the whole of Study 14 of Volume V of Studies in the Scriptures to The Curse, where he alleged that to be the death inherited by default from Adam.
Alas, all living things on earth, including Man got theirs from the original parents and bequeathed it to all their offspring by the greatest recycler of them all: Jehovah, with humans never an exception other than a cooperation-dependent opportunity to lengthen their lives indefinitely.
Please note that Leviticus 26:1-46 and Deuteronomy 27:1-29:1 place the curse right into Israel.
That curse was lifted by the one who had become a curse in their stead: Galatians
3:13 'Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for
us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree', where the us*
in this verse represents those who came out of Israel making up the little flock
of kings ruling in the Kingdom of the heavens.
* Please click here for audience relevance
Mankind never had any curse needing to be lifted through some sort of redemptive process.
The collective curse upon Israel will finally be lifted at the terminus of their great tribulation when the multi-ethnic amalgam of virtual Israel are seated in governance in the virtual heavenly city Jerusalem at the commencement of God's Kingdom of the thousand years:
there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it*, and His servants shall serve Him. —Revelation 22:3 NKJV.
* the heavenly city Jerusalem
Rejoice all you lovers of God, because you are under no curse and neither need you fear the second death for past errors or sins. The dead have a clean slate: ‘7 For he who has died has been acquitted from [his] sin.’ —Romans 6:7 — And anyway, that was written to redeemed Israel not humanity in general.
A note of caution here in the way the Jehovah's Witnesses NWT have inserted the bracketed word [his], because that is not in the original text*.
They did this, because they, along with all Christianity, believe in the doctrine of inherited sin as a legacy from Adam, which can only be annulled through Jesus.
So rather than God seemingly contradicting Himself, they needed to believe and convey to others that ‘sin acquittal’ in that verse relates solely to individual post-natal sins rather than inherited sin.
* In the 2013 NWT Jehovah's Witnesses have even removed the brackets identifying insertions not part of the Greek original as well as those grammatically required by the translation and actually made them part of the text, motivated by self-serving doctrine.
Sinful to the extreme! They will soon have to deal with God Himself, as do all who fiddle with His word.
Please continue your research into God’s purpose and your place in it.