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
Only Israel could sin to be accountable to God, since only they had Law!
They did not need to sin! That was NOT God's purpose!
It was a life and death matter for them!
NOT for a humanity without law!
Israel sinned in a big way!
Messiah saved them!
Writing to the Israel of God (Galatians 6:16) the Apostle John said toward the end of the first Century in one of his Epistles: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us 1 John 1:8
Who was he writing to?
A scholarly view: https://bible.org/seriespage/2-background-and-setting-1-john:
1 John itself contains no hint of the identity of the Christian community to which it was addressed, nor does it give any specific clue to the identification of the locale involved where these believers lived. The only thing that can be said for certain about the intended readers based on the content of the letter itself is that (1) they were Christians, (2) they appear to have been well-known to the author (and he to them), and (3) they were facing a threat from false teaching, a threat which was both serious and which appears to have arisen from within their Christian community ().
Alternatively, a link to my site: http://www.sanctifyname.com/pronouns.html
Israel had TWO options. They were not forced into either of them:
Deuteronomy 30:19: I do take the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you today, that I have put life and death before you, the blessing and the malediction; and you must choose life in order that you may keep alive, you and your offspring,
Moses writes that the man that has done the righteousness of the Law will live by it*. —Romans 10:5
* Cross-references (marginals) at Romans 10:5 from the NWT '84 *
(Leviticus 18:5) And you must keep my statutes and my judicial decisions, which if a man will do, he must also live by means of them. I am Jehovah.
(Nehemiah 9:29) Although you would bear witness against them to bring them back to your law, they themselves even acted presumptuously and did not listen to your commandments; and against your own judicial decisions they sinned, which, if a man will do, he must also live by means of them. And they kept giving a stubborn shoulder, and their neck they hardened, and they did not listen.
(Ezekiel 20:11) "‘"And I proceeded to give them my statutes; and my judicial decisions I made known to them, in order that the man who keeps doing them might also keep living by them.
(Galatians 3:12) Now the Law does not adhere to faith, but "he that does them shall live by means of them."
to which I must add that Israel lacked the faith in that arrangement of attaining
to the promises, for which most were broken off their Israel tree of destiny.
–Romans 11:20 — Please check the whole chapter.
Verse 26 tells the tale:
and in this manner all Israel will be saved. Just as it is written: "The deliverer
will come out of Zion and turn away ungodly practices from Jacob. . . .
—NWT ‘84 Reference Bible
* Use the NWT '84 ed. in my earnest endeavour to assist my former JW friends to
really understand the Scriptures and our place in God's inimitable purpose.
This is the first time I write about this, because it is equally the first time I actually understand this and the somewhat ambiguous words live by them in the above verses.
Sure, Israel would have had to die anyway, since flesh and blood would not allow them to inherit the Kingdom* and attendant duties and privileges, but certainly not as a wantonly disobedient people.
* 1 Corinthians 15:50
The words live by means of them in Galatians 3:12 above really puzzled me; perhaps they just suggested to live a life of obedience.
Yes, of course they did, but, more profoundly, for the very good reason of their purposed continuance into their heavenly destiny as immortal sons of Jehovah.
There would have NEVER been a need for the stranger Jesus, Adam 2 to have ever been created.
The heavenly Only-Begotten would have been ultimately elevated to sonship, because of his faithful service as Archangel, for not having sided with that outstandingly wicked rebel angel and for his willingness to be sacrificed for God's firstborn son Israel. John 3:16; Philippians 2:9-10.*
* It is rather unfortunate that he early Christian apostates had injected the name of the dead sheep Jesus here in Philippians even as they had done elsewhere in Paul's Epistles.
As in the type enshrined in Israel's history: The sheep is dead, long live Isaac!
So it was this time: The sheep Jesus is dead! Long live the only-begotten son of God to whom Jesus bequeathed the office of Messiah/Christ along with all of God's promises.
To remove the ambiguity, the New American Standard Bible really tells it as it is and was intended, because it is worded in accordance with Israel's obligation to submit to the law willingly and the consequences awaiting them for doing so or not.
Other translators waffle on ambiguously and hedge around what was essentially a life and death matter for Israel; here from the NAS:
Leviticus 18:5: ‘So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them; I am the LORD.
Nehemiah 9:29: And admonished them in order to turn them back to Thy law. Yet they acted arrogantly and did not listen to Thy commandments but sinned against Thine ordinances, By which if a man observes them he shall live. And they turned a stubborn shoulder and stiffened their neck, and would not listen.
Ezekiel 20:11: "And I gave them My statutes and informed them of My ordinances, by which, if a man observes them, he will live.
That was all written to the little flock of the Israel of God redeemed out of an Israel forgiven their transgressions against their law.
Little else to say really.
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