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
Life and death
Is actually an easy subject if it had not been subjected to a profound identity crisis mix up of the first order.
The word of God -the printed version and not the person of the Christ, as alleged, because he DOES NOT wear that name, but is the actualisation of Jehovah's word, as beautifully expressed by Paul in 2 Corinthians 1:20:
'For no matter how many the promises of God are, they have become Yes by means of him.. . .'-
These promises are exclusively about God's promise for Israel to become a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy nation (Ex 19:3-8) in keeping with His promise to Abraham to have all mankind ultimately blessed by that seed of Abraham, Israel.
The words in Isaiah and Psalms are exclusively for and about Israel. The psalms were sung by, to and for them. Isaiah Chapter 1 identifies the target audience for the book.
The religious blame-shifters who seem to love feeling guilty and waiting for God to fix things for them, see themselves as the principal subjects of Bible prophecy and so write themselves into a salvation not theirs.
They therefore ignore and/or misapply plural personal pronouns used by the OT prophets and NT epistleliers. A little statistical example here:
'us' is used in Psalms 138, Isaiah 76 and Jeremiah 76 times; 'we' 90, 69, 77 and 'our' 139, 63, 76 times respectively.
These books need to be read and the meaning of original languages better translated in keeping with God's purpose.
People may have sinned over the past 6000 years, but IT IS NOT COUNTED as such because humanity had NO LAW to identify sin Romans 4:15; 5:13.
Humans will NEVER be written into a book of life, because if they don't eat, they will die anyway. All the ETERNAL LIFE and IMMORTALITY promises exclusively relate to the small flock of the tribe of Jacob, the bride of Christ who WILL become immortal sons of God at their resurrection even as did their Christ, King and Master -not Jesus, because he remains as dead as all the sacrifices gone before.
People need not worry at all. No one has gone into the second death except perhaps a few of the chosen out of 1st and 2nd edition Israel who have become Antichrists by trampling on the redemptive sacrifice of the son of God who had died for them.
All of the billions of humanity past, present and future will get their opportunity as soon as the little flock of saints (separated ones) completed washing their robes in the blood of the lamb and are seated on their thrones in Heavenly Jerusalem.
To that end I need to counter the nonsense in this verse from the NKJV Rev 22:14: 'Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.' with an extract from one of the pages of my website:
Revelation 22:14 is where those privileged to become part of the heavenly Kingdom Admin needing to wash their robes as a prerequisite to entering the heavenly city of Jerusalem to become the kingdom of the thousand years, whereas the King James and quite a few other translations read 'do his commandments' rather than wash their robes. This plays a significant role in the identification, origin, role and destiny of the Great Crowd (NWT) or multitude (KJV) or company (Russell).
Here from the New International Version and the Catholic Douay Rheims Version: '"Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. NIV - '"Blessed are they that wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb: that they may have a right to the tree of life and may enter in by the gates into the city. Douay Rheims
The following 20 translations feature wash their robes in that verse: ASV 1901, BBE, DARBY 1888, DOUAY RHEIMS 1899, ERV 1852, ESV, GWV, HSCB, MESSAGE, NAS, NIV, NLT, NOYES 1869, NRSV, NWT, PHILIPS, ROTHERHAM 1902, RVSV, WEYMOUTH 1912, WILLIAMS 1936
as noted above, The NKJV reads 'do His commandments'.
Finally here from a 4th-5th Century treatment of Revelation in Jerome's time, on which the Douay is based I believe, via the current version of the Vulgate:
14 beati qui lavant stolas suas ut sit potestas eorum in ligno vitae et portis intrent in civitatem
Blessed are they that wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb: that they may have a right to the tree of life and may enter in by the gates into the city.
Sourced from: http://vulgate.org/nt/epistle/revelation_22.htm
One needs to understand that God appointed the Law, associated commandments & regulations as a tutor to temporarily guide Israel through childhood to their Christ –Galatians 3:24-25.
Because Jehovah had sold them into the slavery of the Law, they needed to be repurchased through Christ Jesus, who had come to free them. Their impudent disobedience and transgressions compounded matters so that their continuing position in Jehovah's purpose had become untenable and their execution inevitable.
In view of this, the phrase do his commandments in Revelation 22:14 of the KJV and other translations is entirely unscriptural. The penal system of the Law of commandments having served its purpose was permanently terminated by God never to be re-imposed upon any people.
End of my little essay