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
About the Scripture's use of Plural Personal Pronouns
One of the greatest failures of Christianity has been the complete lack of understanding the Prophets' and Epistle writers' inspired use of plural personal pronouns. This had led to over-painting man with Israel's transgressions.
Paul had this to say about human accountability: Romans 4:15 because the law brings
about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression; and 5:13*:
For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
* this is the one after verse 12!!!
Death and decay are common to all living organisms on earth including humans. Compliance to God's good advice, however, provided the only exception for human beings. They were given the unique opportunity to continue living indefinitely as long as such compliance prevails, which would include the eating of food and breathing. That was Jehovah's original intent in Eden yet to be fully realised. As Jesus said: man must live not on food alone, but also by listening to and complying with other directives and advice from God –Luke 4:4.
Quite a revelation isn't it, that the latter is impossible without the former, since one needs to be alive to comply with it.
Sin, transgression and the resulting death the Bible speaks constantly about, as it does about salvation, is exclusively the domain of Israel. The Apostle Paul clearly stated that the cause for sin and death was the Mosaic Law and not some legacy from Adam:
1 Corinthians 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
That is also why Paul was delighted when that law of sin and death terminated along with the only nation for whom it was written and applied to: Israel, as they died in Jesus when he was executed in their stead (Romans 8:2), for it was that law which tempted him immorally through the details of the prohibitions, as he so clearly describes it in the preceding chapter; verse 7 here as an example: I would not have known covetousness if the Law had not said: “you must not covet.
That would include men having sex with children, mothers, step mothers, step daughters, animals and other men. Women were likewise not to have sexual relations of any kind with children, fathers, step fathers, step sons and animals*.
* In an earlier edition of this page I had: and other women, which is not accurate in the absence of a direct command by God to that effect. There are no clear directives in the word of God to Israel how intimacy in marriage ought to be conducted. Jehovah did not invade the privacy of the bedroom of married* couples with directions and prohibitions.
While Israel were to multiply like sand on the seashore and stars of heaven, that was still a by product of the beautiful intimacies and pleasures granted men and women for happy, fulfilled lives. Had the focus been solely on offspring production, post-menopausal sexual intimacies would have been forbidden by the law.
* in keeping with God's will and specific purpose.
Traditionally, and quite OK with God, Man meets girl, takes her home to his family, has sex and is thus ‘married’. That’s the ceremony; no formal signing etc.. The joyous celebration prior to that sexual begetting, however, also served as a legal witness to the occasion.
Adultery was a sin only between a man and a woman owned by, as in belonging to another man in marriage. A man could have more than one wife and/or have additional concubines, as did Abraham and Israelite men under the law.
What they were able to do during sexual intimacies in marriage, or if indeed more than one woman could simultaneously participate, was left entirely to the individuals, since no law existed to prohibit that.
No use reciting the early chapters of Romans in defence of mankind's inherited sin and depravity contention in Christian doctrine, because these were not written to and about humans in general, but only to those who knew God, namely Jews and Gentile proselytes in Rome, who would be the only ones capable of understanding what Paul was endeavouring to say.
Paul referring there to those who knew God, can only apply to Israel, because no other people ever did, nor could they disobey or sin against laws of God they were never given.
Isaiah the Israelite sheep in the Israelite flock, writing and prophesying to his Israelite brothers, his fellow Israelite sheep said in Isaiah 53:4-6:
Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. NKJV
Daniel's beautiful prayer, wherein he pleaded with God regarding Israel's collective guilt in Chapter 9, prompted God to respond with that powerful 70-week prophecy promising an end not only to their existence as an autonomous people, but more particularly to their being completely forgiven by God for all their transgressions against their temporary law covenant, through their Messiah. That is the timing underlying Paul's words in Galatians 4:4 quoted farther down.
Yes the sheep of the flock of Jacob, Israel, did indeed go astray in a big way. That is why the great shepherd was sent to Israel: Jesus in Matthew 15:24:
. . . answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
Ezekiel 34 contains a most pertinent discussion of the need for and promised provision of a shepherd. Verses 23 and 30 are especially relevant to Israel's salvation:
23 "I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them––My servant David*. He shall feed them and be their shepherd. 30 "Thus they shall know that I, the LORD their God, am with them, and they, the house of Israel, are My people," says the Lord GOD.’"
* who had died in the 11th century BCE, long before that 7th century BCE prophecy of Ezekiel was uttered. David will never shepherd Israel again. It will however be that one sitting on David's throne, Christ the King of Kings who will shepherd God's congregation of the firstborn Israel in the capital city of their destined heavenly promised land, Jerusalem and its antitypical Israel environs –Luke 1:31-32; Hebrews 12:23; Exodus 4:22.
In addition, Paul clearly stated under inspiration in Romans 15:8: . . . that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, NKJV or from the NWT:
For I say that Christ actually became a minister of those who are circumcised in behalf of God’s truthfulness, so as to verify the promises He made to their forefathers,
It is all about the multi-gender, multi-ethnic Seed of Abraham, the Israel of God
‑Galatians 3:28-29; 6:16.
Though mankind, as in all the families of the earth of the Abrahamic promise past, present and future, will be the ultimate beneficiaries as they yield to the blessings awaiting them from that heavenly seed of Abraham, the Scriptures are entirely about Israel's salvation; absolutely no one else's.
Some particular plural personal pronoun verses:
Galatians 3:13: Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"),
Galatians 4:4-5: But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
Here Peter, the Apostle to the circumcised -Galatians 2:8- includes himself in the plural personal pronouns, as he recounts how the Israelites had all deviated from the course laid out for them under their law:
1Pe 4:3: For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing* the will of the Gentiles*––when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. NKJV
* the filthy preferences and desires of what God's wicked people Israel now preferred doing.
* should read people for it has absolutely nothing to do with the Gentiles!
Yet they, in spite of their transgressions and sins, were destined to fulfil the position offered to Israel, in preamble to the Law being given to them, in Exodus 19:6
1 Peter 2:9-10: But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. AV
It needs to be noted that the Apostle Peter spoke these words in the context of his mission as an Apostle to the circumcised.
What does Peter mean here when he says: were not a people, but are now the people of God ?
The Witnesses, as do indeed most others, infer here the inclusion of Gentiles into the scheme of salvation, whereas he addresses those previously of the Israel under the first testamental covenant.
They were there during Christ's transfiguration –no Gentiles present.
2Pe 1:16: For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
2Pe 1:18: And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.
2Pe 1:19: And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; NKJV
When he said earlier in 1Peter 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness –- by whose stripes you were healed, he was clearly referring to Israel.
Yes we, the Israel having died in the person of the sacrificial lamb Jesus were now free from all sin against their Law. Now healed by Jesus' stripes, they had a clean new start to live for righteousness evermore, exactly as prophesied in Isaiah 53:5 above.
Here are the results for the final 1000 years of God's 7th creative Rest day:
2Pe 3:13: Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens* -new government from heaven- and a new earth* –human society subsequently governed by the seed of Abraham- in which righteousness dwells.
* Please check out the meaning of heaven and earth in this context: Leviticus 26:19
for bad heavens and earth were Israel's penalty for their disobedience.
All that without a single religion anywhere in the universe; ever again!
Thus and in this manner is Genesis 1:26-28 heading towards completion when 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 is fulfilled at the end of that rest day.
Written the following submission to the leading JW Elders,
but their shunning initiative beat me to it:
Doctrinal significance of Plural Personal Pronouns in Scripture.
you receive a letter from someone containing quite a number of plural personal pronouns such as we, us, our. Who is included or excluded?
The identity of the author will certainly play a contextual role in determining that.
Do you share a history of association with the author now or in the past?
Is the writer recounting a recent experience with a group you were not part of?
1. Remember when we . . . ? 2. We toured the artist's quarter of Mugcity.
3. We should get together sometime. 4. We just could not help ourselves.
In the above examples: 1 clearly includes you, 3 is most likely to include you, whereas 2 and 4 may be a shared experience or not.
As you read the letter you will experience little difficulty understanding who is meant by any plural personal pronouns, since the setting and circumstances of their use will be explicit.
When it comes to the Judeo/Christian Scriptures, however, the internal contextual evidence is shoved aside for doctrinal accommodation.
The Jewish prophet addressing Israel is suddenly said to address humanity. The Jewish Messiah and Savior strangely metamorphoses into mankind's.
Those who consider context absolutely essential for definitive understanding, consistently ignore it to support the myth of universal sinfulness and imperfection. A mythtake indeed.
It is today as it was in Jesus' day as expressed by the Jewish leaders of the day:
If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation. John 11:48 ASV
Yes, Power, Prestige, Money and Pride are at stake now as they were then.
In the broad context of generic man not being a born sinner on the basis of inheritance and that Jesus the lamb of God had only come for the transgressor Israel to die in their stead so that they could inherit the promises, the plural personal pronouns used in OT and NT Scriptures will once again attain their rightful clarity as intended by the author Jehovah.
When Paul says in 1 Corinthians 5:7 that . . . For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us; (NKJV) who does the our and the us represent here?
Generic man i.e. Mankind?
All those of mankind who repent and accept Jesus?
A new spiritual Israel?
Exactly the same as what they meant at the time of the Hebrew OT Prophets: Israel!
A look at Isaiah 53 will be revealing. The Scripture text the Ethiopian eunuch was reading were verses 7 and 8 of that chapter. (Acts 8)
But before we look at that, we need to be clear just whom were the prophets addressing?
To whom did Jehovah send them?
Isaiah 1:4: Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.
Zephaniah 2:1 ¶ Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation that hath no shame;
Yes the inspired words in Isaiah 53 the Ethiopian eunuch was reading, were likewise exclusively associated with Israel. It was the continuing transgression of their law that had condemned them to a death from which only the central figure of the sacrificial lamb in verses 3-7 could be their and only their salvation:
3 He was despised, and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and as one from whom men hide their face he was despised; and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upo him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and Jehovah hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he opened not his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who among them considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due? 9 And they made his grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in his death; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. ASV
He saved them from these curses:
Deuteronomy 28:15 ¶ But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of Jehovah thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day, that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee. ‑see verses 16-64 for details. ASV
Did Isaiah the Israelite prophet here speak to the whole of mankind, humanity in general? Did they have a law from God to obey or transgress?
Who only had LAW to transgress? Israel!
The Apostle Paul said that where there is no law there cannot be transgression against
that which does not exist.
–see Romans 4:15; 5:13
What about the sheep that had gone astray in verse 6? Mankind or Israel?
Or those in Matthew 15:24: But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. and in Matthew 10:6 he instructed his disciples likewise.
In Romans 15:8 Paul confirmed that by saying that the Christ had only come for the
For I say that Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers, NAS95
High Priest Caiaphas clearly indicated at the time that Jesus was to die only for
the nation of Israel and the Israelites scattered in the lands of the Diaspora:
Caiaphas prophesied that Jesus was destined to die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but in order that the children of God who are scattered about he might also gather together in one. -John 11:51-52 NWT.
Good to remember that Paul and others consistently addressed Jews and proselytes in the Synagogues, aside from isolated Jewish families, because they were the only ones present there and able to understand the good news of their redemption through their Christ/Messiah. (anointed one).
—––That's it for these plural personal pronouns —––