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
Judgement day was a great film, as was Deep Impact . . . and there are others.
Uh, yes, the Bible version, I almost forgot.
Well, in that library it occurs just 4 times and only in Matthew.
All are in the words of Jesus he aimed squarely at unresponsive inhabitants of certain towns or villages of Israel.
In response to the last occurrence in 12:36 the scribes and Pharisees asked him for a sign to watch out for this judgment day. Using the allegorical Jonah experience, Christ's death and the resurrection were it.
There is NO JUDGEMENT DAY for those who have died!
They are nowhere at all, except as a handful of dust, devoid of life and its sustaining power.
Psalm 104:29 Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled; Thou takest away their breath, they die, And return to their dust. ASV-said with reference to living creatures in general.
Psalms 146:3-4: 3 Put not your trust in princes, Nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; In that very day his thoughts perish. KJV
Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10, 18-20: 5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. ASV
10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. ASV
Ecclesiastes 3:18-20: 18 I said in my heart, "Concerning the condition of the sons of men, God tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like animals." 19 For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity. 20 All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust. NKJV
But what about when they come back to the whenever place man has invented?
Ditto, because dust is a one-way ticket!
Well, what about the bible promise of a resurrection i.e.: a standing-up-again in John 5:28-29?
Uh that! But still NO JUDGEMENT for those either!
C'mon, really? . . . J
Yes, because death acquits all humans from their sins
- here from the same manual at Romans 6:7:
7 For he who has died has been acquitted from [his] * sin. NWT
7 for he that hath died is justified from sin. ASV
7 for he who has died is freed from sin. NAS
7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. KJV
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. NKJV
* an unscriptural insertion because the JWs and others falsely assert that death
only removes sins committed
aside from the alleged legacy of inherited, Adamic sin.
The religious have this habit of shouting: Context! Context!
And yes, they are right; it does matter, as it does with all words ever uttered by anyone in any language.
I mean, where was Jesus? Right there among the flock of Jacob speaking to, would you believe, Israelites, or Jews.
Why had he come? To redeem all the 13 tribes of the flock of Israel, the sheep lost to Jehovah God their shepherd through their persistent disregard for and disobedience of the Law of Moses, their constitution.
Since there is no day of Judgement for individuals after completing their earthly sojourn, what is that all about?
Well, Judgement Day is entirely related to that Israel under the Law Jesus had come to and for.
The context has it?
Yes, the New Testament writings solidly based on the foundation of the Hebrew writings - the Old Testament.
The mission assigned to Jesus contains the word vengeance as part of the Good News or Gospel:
After his baptismal anointing he read the word of his assignment from Isaiah 61:1, 2, here from Luke 4:18, 19:
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, Because he anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor: He hath sent me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovering of sight to the blind, To set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.
But there is something decidedly odd about this quotation.
It does not give right of passage to the illustrious name of God, Jesus' disciples were meant to hallow or sanctify as per the Lord's prayer.
Neither does verse 19 include the words and the day of vengeance which is the continuing thought expressed in verse 2 of the original text as here in the first three verses of Isaiah 61 of which Jesus only quoted part of the first two; here the first three verses from the American Standard Version:
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; 2 to proclaim the year of Jehovah’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3 to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them a garland for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Jehovah, that he may be glorified.
In his leading up to his prophecy of their Judgment Day , Jesus uttered these condemnatory remarks at the Jewish leaders in Matthew 23:
33 O serpents, O vipers’ brood, how are you to escape condemnation to Gehenna***?
34 "For this reason I am sending to you Prophets and wise men and Scribes. Some of them you will put to death—nay, crucify; some of them you will flog in your synagogues and chase from town to town;
35 that all the innocent blood shed upon earth may come on you, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Berechiah whom you murdered between the Sanctuary and the altar.
36 I tell you in solemn truth that all these things will come upon the present generation. (Matthew 23:33-36)
*Weymouth translation 1912 to avoid that ridiculous word Hell, which in any case just means a hole in the ground or in a wall.
* thrown unceremoniously without any ID into a rubbish/refuse dump in symbol of their one-way ticket to nonexistence, devoid of any opportunity of a resurrection. The eternal flames of the analogy were simply sulphur that burned continuously to control disease
Seven times he said: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!"
Once: "Woe to you, blind guides, . " NKJV
Once: "O serpents, O vipers’ brood, how are you to escape condemnation to Gehenna?"*
and finally: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38 "See! your house is left to you desolate;* NKJV
* Here from Luke 3:7: Therefore he began to say to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him: “you offspring of vipers, who has intimated to you to flee from the coming wrath?
After King Solomon completed the Temple inauguration prayer, God had these words for him:
* 1 Kings 9:3-9 'And Jehovah said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication,
that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built,
to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually.
4 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in
integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded
thee, and wilt keep my statutes and mine ordinances; 5 then I will establish the
throne of thy kingdom over Israel for ever, according as I promised to David thy
father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel. 6 But
if ye shall turn away from following me, ye or your children, and not keep my commandments
and my statutes which I have set before you, but shall go and serve other gods, and
worship them; 7 then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them;
and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and
Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all peoples. 8 And though this house
is so high, yet shall every one that passeth by it be astonished, and shall hiss;
and they shall say, Why hath Jehovah done thus unto this land, and to this house?
9 and they shall answer, Because they forsook Jehovah their God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath Jehovah brought all this evil upon them.' American Standard Version
So it was at the first time, when the Babylonians destroyed it. Although rebuilt after the return of the exiles, Jehovah never had a presence again in the Most Holy of that temple as symbolized by the of the Ark of the covenant, now located in His heavenly precinct -Revelation 11:19.
No king in the line of David sat any longer on Jehovah's representative earthly throne
Jeremiah 22:1-5 ¶ Thus said Jehovah: Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word, 2 And say, Hear the word of Jehovah, O king of Judah, that sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and thy people that enter in by these gates. 3 Thus saith Jehovah: Execute ye justice and righteousness, and deliver him that is robbed out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence, to the sojourner, the fatherless, nor the widow; neither shed innocent blood in this place. 4 For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by the gates of this house kings sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants, and his people. 5 But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by myself, saith Jehovah, that this house shall become a desolation. American Standard Version
And so it finally turned out to be when the greatest disaster ever to befall any people, let alone the precious inheritance of Jehovah when the Roman armies besieged, conquered and destroyed Jerusalem and razed the temple to the ground destroying their whole way of life.
That precious woman of Ezekiel 16 Israel who had became an adulterous harlot while she still had a husbandly owner, having died in the person of her Passover and Atonement lamb Jesus, now saw the last vestiges of her immoral past vanish forever at the hands of the Romans.
God's adverse judgment day of the Flock of Jacob, Israel continues even as we speak in 2014.
The ingredients and elements that gave motive and drive to all their works on earth will be exposed or discovered. That is even more true of those of those claiming to be of the Bride of Christ founded on a remnant of Israel under the law, whose works will also be laid bare as criteria when their Lord returns to judge them.
2 Peter 3:10 Howbeit the day of the Lord will be here, as a thief,––in which, the heavens, with a rushing noise, will pass away, while, elements, becoming intensely hot, will be dissolved, and, earth, and the works therein, will be discovered.*
* for a little more detail please go to Israel/world from the menu
The Jew Jesus, the Christ, is quoted as saying in Luke 11:19 that Wisdom is proved righteous by its works, by what it produces, by what it leaves behind as a legacy for those who follow.
Has it really been of lasting benefit for the families of the earth, as purposed by God and indicated to Abraham?
As these elements are discovered and laid bare, will they be found wanting in the absence of peace and harmony, where tribalism of family, commercial enterprise and religion runs amok in mockery of Jehovah's great intentions for his firstborn son Israel and where among the most magnificent achievements in engineering, the sciences and the arts, the earth is pepper-sprayed with endearing nuclear holocaust possibilities and other delightful negative impacts of mismanagement and attendant degradation of our beautiful planet and its well-stocked, abused larder?
The New Testament describes a peculiar mission or work assignment for multiethnic Israel to judge the twelve Tribes of Israel. In Jesus' words to his Israelite disciples here from the American Standard Version:
Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that ye who have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit on the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
The apostle Paul reinforced that to the anointed disciples in:
1 Corinthians 6:2 Or know ye not that the saints shall judge the world*? and if
the world is judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
* the world of Israel - Strong's #2889 kosmos = organised arrangement of things, government
Does that countermand this clear inspired direction by Paul to the Roman congregation of anointed ones?:
Romans 6:7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. or as the NWT has it as: acquitted from [his] sin (transgression).
No, for this principle is set in concrete, as it were, and was applied here to Israel having their collective sins against the Law annulled as she was executed in Jesus. Therefore no one will ever be judged on their past deeds.
The judgement referred to in Matthew 19:28 and 1 Corinthians 6:2 above is about judging their individual behaviour and deeds after their new-start resurrection while Israel will not then be judged as a tribal entity. That was a done deal in Jesus, and anyway, they will be in the royal precinct of heaven doing the judging.
All Israel, the whole flock descended from Jacob will be judged along with the rest of humanity by what they do after their resurrection into their common domain of earth.
There may be some individuals who have already been judged to have committed, what Jesus termed: the sin against the holy spirit:
Matthew 12:32 "And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age, or in the age to come.
This may very well apply throughout history to anyone who deliberately blasphemes Him and His commands in word and deed. Only God knows.
That means that some may be covered by Jehovah's non-return policy and just stay dead .
Apart from those few exceptions, if any, almost all of the Israel under the law will be refashioned or resurrected individually in the re-creation, along with all of that tribe of Jacob who have died since. Just the same, many will insist that their special legacy of heritage is eternal and will continue to resist God's good advice at their own peril.
There will be many millions of other racial and ethnic persuasions who shall share their fate, because tribalism is a deadly disease along with individualism, whereas a willingness to yield to Jehovah is the only preservative.
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