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
My goodness! Where do I begin? This subject has been kicked around so much by theists and atheists alike that there seems to be nothing left to say.
It is too big for me!
Then again, try the sub-menus.
Then again, He made everything including the knowledgemen or scientists as they are known in the vernacular, who say there is no such a thing, person or whatever anywhere in the Universe.
I mean, Gargarin and other astronauts NEVER found him sitting up there, now did they? So that would have to be absolute proof that God does not exist.
The Jews of old, or rather more accurately, the Israelites of old had already worked that out for themselves in ancient times while they were still God's people.
They never really got to know Him, now did they? They messed about doing their own thing for hundreds of years, while pausing only occasionally for a few decades in compliance.
As is common among men, one gets to know what a person is like and what he thinks
by what he does.
As an interesting aside here: God will never judge anyone by what they think, but only by what they do - ALWAYS.
Likewise we need to get to know God as a person by what he does.
Everything He has done and caused others to do according to his will and purpose, has to be understood in the context that all persons who have ever lived or yet shall will, in keeping with His impeccable justice, be given an opportunity to decide their destiny for themselves.
Here but a sample;
Does God require human sacrifice? Did He ever?
Bible Students, Russellites, Jehovah's Witnesses and others teach that Jesus, who had come straight from God in some wondrous way, was sinless, perfect and not subject to Adamic death, as they describe that default condition, and had the right to everlasting life. It is that right, his sinless perfection and the right to populate the earth with perfect children as the second Adam, that he forfeited in behalf of sinful, imperfect mankind . . . or so the story goes.
There are heaps of other scenarios and versions of the same thing invariably terminating at the salvation of mankind, whatever that means in what they are supposed to be saved from or to.
Within all that confusion meanders Israel in all its, all supposedly solidly Scripture-based, manifestations.
Humankind having been forced to emigrate out of their initial paradise garden Eden, the real, yet symbolic, tree of life was now out of reach for them as well as is was for Jesus, who would therefore have had to die anyway just like every other Jew and human being. He could have paid the ransom just the same, even in old age, had he continued to live in perfect obedience to the Law, dying faithfully as Jehovah's firstborn son Israel (Ex 4:22).
Jesus had nothing in himself, performing every miracle and powerful deed with the power God had made especially available to him for the occasion - Luke 5:17:
In the course of one of the days he was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law who had come out of every village of Gal´i·lee and Ju·de´a and Jerusalem were sitting there; and Jehovah’s power was there for him to do healing.. . .
Only the Christ had life in himself - John 5:26: For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted also to the Son to have life in himself. . . after he actually became God's Son at his standing up again-resurrection from of the altar of his impending execution at the very moment his proxy Jesus had died.
When did the only begotten angelic son of God offered as per John 3:16 first become a true son of God in substance, nature, likeness and first real member of God's intimate family so as to have life in himself and the capacity to bestow it to others?:
Romans 1:3-4: . . .his Son, who sprang from the seed of David according to the flesh,
4 but who with power was declared God’s Son according to the spirit of holiness by means of resurrection from the dead—yes, Jesus Christ our Lord. . .
Acts 13:33: . . .God has entirely fulfilled it to us their children in that he resurrected Jesus; even as it is written in the second psalm, ‘you are my son, I have become your Father this day.’. . .
Just look at the above nonsense of apostate editing in the New Testament, where they blurred the distinction between Jehovah's heavenly only begotten son, offered while still an angel, as per John 3:16 and his proxy Adam #2 Jesus.
As soon as Jesus the sheep had died, the heavenly only begotten angel stood up from off the virtual altar and visited Jesus' disciples to encourage them. It was he, still the archangel, who ascended back into heaven in order to present Jesus' blood in his one-off role as High Priest.
It was only at this chronological juncture, upon Jehovah accepting the blood of the
lamb Jesus, that the heavenly one was rewarded to become a literal member of Jehovah's
family, promoted from the only begotten angel to become the first son of the God
kind, thus becoming the forerunner through Jesus' flesh of the other 143999 of the
prophesied little flock of disciples yet to be chosen out of those initially called*
to heavenly governance.
* God's firstborn son Israel - Genesis 22:15-18; Exodus 4:22; 19:3-8; 1 Peter 2:9; Isaiah 41:8; Galatians 3:28-29.
Yes, at being restored like Isaac whom Abraham had received as if from the dead after
He had sacrificed the sheep, likewise when the son-of-man-sheep Jesus had breathed
his last, the heavenly only begotten son of God actually offered for the World of
John 1:29, 3:16 also stood or rose up* again after his father Jehovah had untied him from the altar after his virtual death —Hebrews 11:17-19.
* 450 anisthmi anistemi an-is'-tay-mee - from 303 and 2476; TDNT-1:368,60; v
AV-arise 38, rise 19, rise up 16, rise again 13, raise up 11, stand up 8, raise up again 2, misc 5; 112
1) to cause to rise up, raise up
1a) raise up from laying down
1b) to raise up from the dead
1c) to raise up, cause to be born, to cause to appear, bring forward
2) to rise, stand up
When did Jesus Christ become God's son so as to have life in himself and the capacity to bestow it to others?:
Never happened! Could never happen! Was never meant to happen, because Jesus the son of MAN, the only human sacrifice ever required is and remains forever dead.
Does that make God a liar when he had clearly forbidden and condemned all human sacrifices, as per Jeremiah 7:31, 32; Jeremiah 19:5, 6?
No, because Jesus was the very first of a new race of human beings especially created for the occasion. How so? Although he received his human nature, his humanness from Adam via his mother Mary, he did NOT receive his life from a human father descended from Adam to pass on the animating life force originally given to Adam by his father Jehovah God. None of the creation promises/assignments applied to him simply because he did not get life from Adam #1.
This also meant that Jesus was not tainted with Israel's transgressions of their
law and debt of guilt carried by all individual Israelites under the Mosaic Law they
could not be redeemed from by one of their own: Psalm 49:7*
* brother here referring to fellow Israelites in the manner of Peter's and Paul's use of brother - Acts 2: 22, 29; 13:26
Jesus was in fact one of a kind human being, another Adam, as it were, referred to as such in 1 Corinthians 15:45 and merely but most significantly the lamb that was to redeem Israel and annul their sin as they died in him - John 1:29; Romans 6:7.
This will have a profound affect on the general misconception of theists and atheists alike that Jehovah had required, nay demanded, a human sacrifice to save mankind.
Abraham's sacrifice of his only begotten son Isaac was not demanded by God in the sense of required human sacrifice, Isaac was never meant to die anyway, even as he did not. He was meant to remain alive, regardless of whether Abraham obeyed or not.
Abraham did not know that of course, which gave substance to his faith in the promise that through his seed or descendants all the families of the earth will be blessed by blessing themselves through acceptance of Jehovah's means of doing so. This meant that to him the reality of the need to sacrifice Isaac was absolute.
Although the ransom would have been paid for Jehovah's firstborn son Israel anyway with the death of the lamb Jesus whenever that would have occurred even at the end of his natural life, as long as he had remained faithful to all the requirements of the Law, God had a time-keeping agenda to demonstrate that what he says will not only occur, but will do so at a time of His choosing.
Prophecy had to be fulfilled accurately and on time.
(Isaiah 2:2) . . .: And it must occur in the final part of the days. . .
(Isaiah 55:10-11) For just as the pouring rain descends, and the snow, from the heavens and does not return to that place, unless it actually saturates the earth and makes it produce and sprout, and seed is actually given to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so my word that goes forth from my mouth will prove to be. It will not return to me without results, but it will certainly do that in which I have delighted, and it will have certain success in that for which I have sent it.
(Daniel 9:24-27) "There are seventy weeks that have been determined upon your people and upon your holy city, in order to terminate the transgression, and to finish off sin, and to make atonement for error, and to bring in righteousness for times indefinite, and to imprint a seal upon vision and prophet, and to anoint the Holy of Holies. 25 And you should know and have the insight [that] from the going forth of [the] word to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem until Mes·si´ah [the] Leader, there will be seven weeks, also sixty-two weeks. She will return and be actually rebuilt, with a public square and moat, but in the straits of the times. 26 "And after the sixty-two weeks Mes·si´ah will be cut off, with nothing for himself. "And the city and the holy place the people of a leader that is coming will bring to their ruin. And the end of it will be by the flood. And until [the] end there will be war; what is decided upon is desolations. 27 "And he must keep [the] covenant in force for the many for one week; and at the half of the week he will cause sacrifice and gift offering to cease.. . .
(Galatians 4:4) . . .when the full limit of the time arrived, God sent forth his Son, who came to be out of a woman and who came to be under law,
Having come under or into the confines and protection that the Law provided for Israel, the sacrificial lamb Jesus was never given the option of everlasting life. Sacrifices by their very nature never have that option, because a sacrifice was meant to be terminated permanently at its peak value.
Yes, there was a promise of eternal life in the law that led to the Christ and obedient literal followers of and through him to share in his heavenly glory and immortality, but that was not fulfilled in Jesus son of man.
There is more detail in Follow the Christ and other essays on site.