This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
Oh my God, what have they done with John 3:16?
Not many years after Jesus' death, the Apostle Peter acknowledged that the bride of the Christ would soon lose her collective virginal purity and freedom and become re-enslaved and in turn be in the forefront of enslaving much of mankind:
19 While they are promising them freedom, they themselves are existing as slaves of corruption. For whoever is overcome by another is enslaved by this one*. 20 Certainly if, after having escaped from the defilements of the world by an accurate knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they get involved again with these very things and are overcome, the final conditions have become worse for them than the first -good to read all: 2 Peter 2:17-22 .
* Yes, my former JW associates have indeed become slaves of their leading group of
Elders whom they consider to be the Faithful and Discreet Slave of Matthew 24:45.
That Slave could not even remotely be considered faithful and discreet until after the fact and their taking their seats in the heavenly government in consequence, if indeed that is their slave’s very questionable destiny.
It is only after their re-creation (resurrection, being born again) are they given all the Master's belongings to look after. They own nothing now, except extensive real estate, money, and the allegiance of a flock of believers conditioned to servitude.
The world spoken of here is the world of Israel under the law from Exodus to Messiah and beyond to the beginning of the 1000 year Kingdom of Heaven . The use of the English world or the German Welt to translate three unique Greek words with entirely different meaning is scandalous and yet again reflects he machinations of the religious Christian guilt merchants as these apply all that was exclusive to Israel, to mankind.
The ubiquitous John 3:16 prolifically bannered every which way from coffee mugs to skywriting, prominently features that word world which they allege to apply to all humankind for whom ostensibly the Lord Jesus had sacrificially forfeited his life.
If indeed that were the case, the inspired sacrificial lamb Jesus the Nazarene son of man would have used the same word that the inspired Apostle John used in Revelation 12:9 where it applies to the whole of mankind. As it was, he used a different and more restrictively focused word that only applied to the world or kosmos of His chosen people Israel.
There is yet another Greek word translated world, which actually means age, epoch. But more about these matters via the menu.
My former religious friends along with other groups make much ado about God's sovereignty, which, according to their doctrinal position, Christians need to uphold, defend, proclaim and faithfully submit to for longevity.
Alas, only Israel had to and miserably failed to submit to. The rest of mankind never consciously had to, because they were never requested to do so in the first place.
Alas, aren't we all continually submissive to His sovereignty as we are born, breathe, eat, live and die and submit to all the physical and chemical laws of the natural world we are a submissive part of, without necessarily having to acknowledge the lawgiver. Try to stop breathing long enough or jumping of a cliff too high. Yes we can! But only if we acknowledge the need to take preventative measures to avoid the consequences of the sovereignty of what comes naturally.
We just have to submit to the rules or be dismissed.
What about John 3:16? Does that apply to all mankind i.e. all the millions who have availed themselves of the saving grace provided by God through Jesus Christ?
Let us analyse the verse: "For God so loved the world <2889> that He gave His only begotten <3439> Son <5207>, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting <166> life <2222>.
The koine Greek <2889> kosmov kosmos, commonly translated with the broad-spectrum world, has as its principal definition in the context of Scripture: an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government. The only arrangement of that kind ever provided by Jehovah God for any group, assembly or tribe of people, was Israel. The body of law He gave exclusively to Israel via Moses was their constitution for governance.
This is the world God ever so passionately loved, as firstborn son and wife. This is completely in accord with everything said in the Bible in connection with Israel. –for greater detail please go to the Israel and other pages on this site.
If God had meant to say that he loved all mankind to the degree of giving His only begotten, he certainly would have inspired Jesus to use this Greek word: 3625 oikoumenh oikoumene the principal definition of which is the inhabited earth i.e. the whole of mankind. Yes indeed all humanity, for that is the way John was inspired to use that word in Revelation 12:9, where the great deceiver deceives all of mankind as in the entire inhabited earth.
The only begotten <3439> Son <5207> God gave for that world of His people Israel, was the one spoken about in Colossians. That was not Jesus, son of man descendant of the first man Adam via Mary's womb for the material, while Jehovah provided the life force directly for Jesus the last Adam as He had done for Adam I. Jesus was truly of the earth in the manner of Psalm 139 so beautifully describing it:
13 For thou didst form my inward parts: Thou didst cover me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks unto thee; For I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Wonderful are thy works; And that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My frame was not hidden from thee, When I was made in secret, And curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Please note the analogy between womb and earth. Jesus was a complete product of earth. Throughout his life he grew from an embryo to full manhood entirely from earth's produce, replacing worn-out, decaying cells throughout his life.
After becoming the Messiah/Christ, Jesus introduced the Good News/Tidings of freedom and liberty with these words from Isaiah 61:1:
The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon me; because Jehovah hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken–hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; ASV
This good news had their genesis in Genesis 3:15, would you believe? Then it progressed via some very specific promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to the genesis of the people who would ultimately form a multiethnic heavenly government, still called Israel on the basis of Jehovah's promise to Abraham and his seed through Isaac, whose ultimate purpose it still is to become a blessing to every family that ever graced our beautiful planet.
Great historical account this, which is frequently turned into a hysterical account by various opposing sides who can neither agree among themselves nor with God on any matter . . . Ever!
Albeit it is a true story based on the reality that will ultimately affect every human being that has ever lived and ever shall. It continued its progress to Israel's Messiah, Christ or Anointed one and on to the early congregation (church in some translations) of anointed ones, or Christians, founded at Pentecost 33 CE.
Very soon, however, even while the apostle Paul was still composing his Epistles, selfish glory seekers from within the local enclaves of that global congregation impatiently seeking the promised rewards prematurely, soon adulterated the process into nonsensical story telling - here in the Apostle Paul's own words:
Acts 20:28: Be taking heed unto yourselves, and unto all the little flock in which the Holy Spirit hath set you as overseers,––to be shepherding the assembly* of God which he hath acquired through means of the blood of his own. 29 I, know, that there will enter, after my departure, grievous wolves into your midst, not sparing the little flock; Rotherham (1902)
*congregation - i.e. Israel.
See also 1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Peter 2:2; and especially 1 John 2:18,19: 18: Little
children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming,
even now many antichrists have come, by which 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 none of them were of us.
Then they amalgamated with the Roman State to form the very first Universal (Catholic) Christian (anointed) Church (Congregation).
So much for a future Antichrist during an alleged fear-inspiring end-time scenario where safety and salvation can only be reached under the protection of the group who invented not only the threat, the fear and the guilt, but also the fix: The adulterous bride of Christ and now harlot of Revelation 17, which has been there all along to misguide the people entrusted to her.