This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Last-edit: January 1 2018
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
Who, When, How and Where was the son sent?
Commented on in other pages within different contexts.
Galatians 4:4-5 4 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.
Which one of His three sons did He sent?
1. His heavenly Only Begotten Son ?
2. His firstborn son Israel ?
3. His earthly son Jesus ?
the fullness of the time was the beginning of the seventieth week of years of Daniel's chapter 9 Prophecy.
His son sent forth was Jesus a son of man through Mary at his baptism and anointing appointment to higher office.
born under the law meant that it was necessary for him to obey the law-
as he substituted for and save Israel i.e.: to redeem those who were under the law
that we might receive the adoption as sons - Paul and the mixed ethnic Galatians he was corresponding with were now able to become true sons of God in heaven and true brothers of the heavenly Only Begotten Son of God, who had actually been offered for Israel by God but saved by the obedience of the sheep Jesus sent in his place.
Here is another when in Galatians 3:19 here from the Weymouth 1912 translation:
Why then was the Law given? It was imposed later on for the sake of defining sin, until the seed should come to whom God had made the promise; and its details were laid down by a mediator with the help of angels.
This seed could obviously not be Jesus, because no promise was ever made to him.
The seed of Abraham Israel in the person of Jesus came from Egypt, crossed the Jordan and arrived at Jesus' baptism.
NWT cross-references from this verse and Galatians 4:4 lead the studious reader to the baptism, because that was when he came and arrived the first time.
Jehovah offered the heavenly Only Begotten Son of God as a sacrifice to redeem His firstborn son Israel.
God then miraculously fathered His earthly son Jesus through generic man Mary as a substitute body.
The World of Jesus into which and for whom he had come.
Identifying this world, the noun as well as that phrase, has to occur within the context of Jesus' words to the Syrophoenician woman (Matthew 15:24) about he coming only for the lost sheep of the house of Israel and, even more conclusively some three decades later and under the guiding influence of Jehovah's* Holy Spirit:
* Let’s not argue about God's name here, a pointless exercise. His signature is attached to His every promise, guarantying fulfilment. So He must both, have a name and that the meaning of that name embodies that guarantee in a resounding Trust Me!.
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. NKJV.
To whom does the plural personal pronoun we apply? If you really want to know, read all the epistles or letters of Paul, Peter and John. It will become patently obvious.
In a nutshell: The Israel of the Promises, composed of Israelites (Jews) and Gentiles, to become a blessing to every family on earth i.e. the entire human race, as promised Abraham:
Genesis 22:18 "In your seed all the nations* of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."
* Translators generally use the word nations, whereas only the base meaning people is required, since nations, as we currently understand the term, will no longer exist in the time of these blessings, but a global community of people shall, whatever their racial or former national identity.
There may be others, but from all the versions I have access to, only the NWT uses all the families instead of nations, which better captures the reality of that future.
Interesting to note that the people Israel are included among those nations, having also lost their ethnic identity along with all the others and are now just Adamites ‑ part of the human race.
the identity of the we in Galatians above is clearly confirmed by Paul here in Hebrews 9:15 which also connects the adoption as sons with receive the promise of eternal inheritance:
And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they who are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance. Webster 1833
Peter an apostle to the Israelites/Jews (Galatians 2:7-9) spoke thus to those of the Israel of he promise who had accepted Christ:
1 Peter 2:25 For you were like sheep going astray*, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls*. NKJV
* Isa 53:6 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.
Jer 23:2 Therefore thus says Jehovah, the God of Israel, against the shepherds that feed my people: Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them; behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, says Jehovah.
Eze 34:6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my sheep were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and there was none that did search or seek after them.
Mt 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were distressed and scattered, as sheep not having a shepherd.
* Jehovah God, because Jesus Christ never had been the shepherd of Israel for them to return to. Does anyone recall Psalm 23 where the Psalmist says: 1 A Psalm of David. Jehovah is my shepherd; I shall not want. American Standard Version – Darby 1884 – Calvin_Bible - the NWT:
Peter's words above need to be seen not in isolation, but in the context of what lead to verse 25:
All the above are not meant to be well reasoned out theological arguments in support of this, that and the other doctrine or opinion. They are just tools for the reader to reason matters out for hermself ;-).
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