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
Separating the Goats from the Sheep Matthew 25:31-46
I like to give special attention to this prophetic parable because of the variety of interpretations by different ‘Christian’ denominations.
Some see it as: A two-tiered heavenly destiny for the saved; while still others envisage:
Two ultimate destinies for humanity — The Saved and The Destroyed.
Since all of Scripture, from Adam's refusal to cooperate to the end of Revelation, is about Israel as the only means chosen by Jehovah to restore Adam's original opportunities to every human being past, present and future embedded in His sworn oath promise to Abraham for his seed to bless all the families of the earth, the key verses in Matthew 25 need to be seen in exactly that context – see Hebrews 7.
Let us now read and analyse the relevant verses of the separation.
Now for a slightly different approach to the same question:
You are surely familiar with Jesus' wonderful resurrection scenario prophecy in
John 5:28-29: here from the 1901 American Standard Version:
Marvel not at this: for the hour cometh, in which all that are in the tombs* shall
hear his voice, 29 and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection
of life*; and they that have done evil*, unto the resurrection of judgment*.
This beautiful prophecy, that has encouraged millions now for almost 18 Centuries, is a wicked lie in the way Christianity applies it to humanity's dead.
There was no need for Jesus, who had only come for the flock of Jacob Israel, to deal with a general resurrection already having a been-there-done-that presence in the Old Testament.
Mankind's salvation has no presence in the NT. Saving Israel was the indispensable yet secondary objective within Jehovah's primary purpose for them to become a blessing to all the families of the earth.
Nothing more needs to be said about a resurrection of all humans gone before.
It is just going to happen without anyone needing to worry about their own good-enough-ness. No one needs to qualify. It is part of our heritage as sons of Adam and Eve in the imbedded promises for them to fill the earth with his offspring, take care of it and potentially live forever. While Adam messed that up for himself, all of their children, as well as Eve*, shall be given that opportunity, because they are not guilty and sinners by default.
* she, unlike Adam, was deceived: 1 Timothy 2:14: Also Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived, and was in transgression. Every rendering of that verse was badly structured in an attempt to blame women. Alas, it was Adam who was in transgression of God's command, not Eve. The verse ought to read: Also Adam was not deceived and was in transgression, but the woman was deceived. or Also Adam was not deceived, but was in transgression, and the woman was deceived. The two Greek words used here (Strong's 1161 and 2532) can both be translated and or but. It matters little to me but don’t blame the women; they have enough to contend with.
Strong's Online Bible definitions referenced from the above verses:
(The AV definitions are not actual word definitions, but merely the translators' usage based on doctrine perceptions of his time)
3419 mnhmeion mnemeion mnay-mi'-on
from 3420; TDNT-4:680,596; n n
AV-sepulchre 29, grave 8, tomb 5; 42
1) any visible object for preserving or recalling the memory of any person or thing
1a) a memorial, monument, specifically, a sepulchral monument
2) a sepulchre, a tomb
sepulchres, and tombs are most familiar only to Jews and those who have inherited their customs i.e. Christians and Muslims.
2222 zwh zoe dzo-ay'
from 2198; TDNT-2:832,290; n f
AV-life 133, lifetime 1; 134
1a) the state of one who is possessed of vitality or is animate
1b) every living soul
2a) of the absolute fulness of life, both essential and ethical, which belongs to God, and through him both to the hypostatic "logos" and to Christ in whom the "logos" put on human nature
2b) life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed, in the portion even in this world of those who put their trust in Christ, but after the resurrection to be consummated by new accessions (among them a more perfect body), and to last for ever.
It is not about just living again, but about a very special kind of life along the lines of definition 2, without that Logos nonsense.
5337 faulov phaulos fow'-los
apparently a primary word; ; adj
AV-evil 4; 4
1) easy, slight, ordinary, mean, worthless, of no account
2) ethically, bad, base, wicked
The German word for lazy faul comes from that Greek word in keeping with the definitions of the Greek original.
2920 krisiv krisis kree'-sis
perhaps a primitive word; TDNT-3:941,469; n f
AV-judgment 41, damnation 3, accusation 2, condemnation 2; 48* -see below
1) a separating, sundering, separation
1a) a trial, contest
3a) opinion or decision given concerning anything
3a1) esp. concerning justice and injustice, right or wrong
3b) sentence of condemnation, damnatory judgment, condemnation and punishment
4) the college of judges (a tribunal of seven men in the several cities of Palestine; as distinguished from the Sanhedrin, which had its seat at Jerusalem)
5) right, justice
* This is how it is used by most translators, but it is not the actual definition, which should have been used, for it perfectly reflects the same judgment criteria used by the Christ in his separating the sheep from the goats.
But wait, there are more doctrinal twists wickedly extracted from Scripture to perpetuate that lie by contriving to use the Lord's selection of the members of Jehovah's heavenly Kingdom Government to mean a universal judgement of humanity, said to be wicked, guilty sinners.
So what did they do but also commandeer the sheep from goats verses to substantiate
their wicked claims. Since most of these potential sheep and goats are already dead,
they would need to be resurrected. This certainly means that the resurrection verses
of John 5:28-29 are inexorably linked to those describing the separation of the sheep
from the goats in
Matthew 25:31-34; 41; 46.
Here from the World English Bible a public domain modern rendering of the 1901 American Standard Version wherein I have rendered a couple of key words to accurately reflect the correct meaning and intent of the original Greek words.
But first the chronological setting of the heavenly manifestation of the Messiah coming with power and great glory prophetically recorded here in Matthew 24:29-31 within which the sheep/goats separation is taking place:
29 But immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will fall from the heavens, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken; 30 and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. Then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 He will send out his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together his chosen ones from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
and then continues on thematically into chapter 25:31-34; 41; 46 with the how of that gathering:
31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 Before him all the people* will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world of Israel*;
41 Then he will say also to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed*, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels;
46 These will go away into eternal pruning off,**but the righteous into eternal life.”
* All those permanently pruned off from the Israel olive tree of Romans 11 will absolutely retain the original opportunity open to all humans to live on earth indefinitely under the rule of all the branches of the entire Israel olive tree constituting the Kingdom of God.
Only the people who had originally come to the Christ from out of forgiven Israel
and Gentile proselytes on the basis of these definitive words in John chapter 6:
44-45 No man can come to me, unless the Father who sent me, shall draw him; and
I will raise him up at the last day.
45 For it is written, in the prophet: And they shall all be taught of God. Whoever, therefore, heareth from the Father, and learneth from him, cometh to me are gathered for final selection of the sheep to be permanently grafted into the Israel olive tree of Romans 11.
The difference between the sheep and the goats is simply their destinies:
1. heavenly governance for the sheep and
2. an opportunity for life on earth along with the rest of humanity,
death not being one of them.
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Please note that AV definitions are generally not the actual word definitions, but merely the translators' usage based on the doctrine perceptions of his time.
Here are the Strong's Online Bible definitions referenced from the sheep/goats parable:
1484 eynov ethnos eth'-nos
probably from 1486; TDNT-2:364,201; n n
AV-Gentiles 93, nation 64, heathen 5, people 2; 164 rarely nation the intent or even Gentiles – Context! Context! Audience relevance of considerable significance, while God’s purpose the prime determiner.
1) a multitude (whether of men or of beasts) associated or living together
1a) a company, troop, swarm
2) a multitude of individuals of the same nature or genus
2a) the human family
3) a tribe, nation, people group
4) in the OT, foreign nations not worshipping the true God, pagans, Gentiles
5) Paul uses the term for Gentile Christians
*the world of Israel
2889 kosmov kosmos kos'-mos
probably from the base of 2865; TDNT-3:868,459; n m
AV-world 186, adorning 1; 187
1) an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government. –
The world and Kingdom of Israel.
2) ornament, decoration, adornment, #1Pe 3:3 —
Israel the wife and adornment of Jehovah
This definition: i.e... the arrangement of the stars, ‘the heavenly hosts’, as the ornament of the heavens is unlikely to have come from Strong, because it is not the Bible's.
Inserted the above line to separate reality from doctrinal conjecture based on the false inherited sin doctrine. Everything hereunder refers to the world of Israel Jesus was neither a part of nor ought the anointed Israel of God.
3) the world, the universe
4) the circle of the earth, the earth
5) the inhabitants of the earth, men, the human family
6) the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ
7) world affairs, the aggregate of things earthly
7a) the whole circle of earthly goods, endowments riches, advantages, pleasures, etc, which although hollow and frail and fleeting, stir desire, seduce from God and are obstacles to the cause of Christ
8) any aggregate or general collection of particulars of any sort
8a) the Gentiles as contrasted to the Jews (#Ro 11:12 etc)
8b) of believers only, #John 1:29; 3:16; 3:17; 6:33; 12:47 #1Co 4:9; 2Co 5:19
In keeping with God's purpose and His overall theme of saving the seed of Abraham
to fulfil the promises for them to be a blessing to al the families of the earth,
kosmos invariably means the world of Israel - note 1 & 2 above, while the world of
mankind i.e. the entire inhabited earth finds expression in an entirely different
Greek word: Strong's 3625 oikoumene
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Items 3-8 above are largely interpretive as in how used and understood in the prevailing doctrinal mindset of Christianity's false inherited sin doctrine.
Here particularly from the printed version: Strong's Expanded Dictionary of Bible Words not entirely free from conjecture:
Kosmos is first a harmonious arrangement or order, then by extension, adornment or decoration, and came to denote the world, or the universe, as that which is divinely arranged. It came to mean anyone not of the ekklasia (1577). Kosmos, primarily "order, arrangement, ornament, adornment" is used to denote . . .
and here from: The Complete Word Study Dictionary of the New Testament by Spiros Zodhiates not entirely free from conjecture because all were influenced by the status quo of doctrinal perceptions:
2889kosmov kosmos masc.noun probably from komeo (n.f.), to take care of. World, with its primary meaning being order, regular disposition and arrangement.
(1) A decoration, ornament (I Pet. 3:3; Sept.: Ex. 33:4-6; Jer. 4:30).
——— here again the identity mix-up on the basis of humanity’s alleged inherited sin ———
(II) Order of the universe, the world.
(A) The universe, heavens and earth (Matt. 13:35; 24:21; Luke 11:50; John 17:5, 24; Acts 17:24; Rom. 1:20; Heb. 4:3). Metonym for the inhabitants of the universe (I Cor. 4:9). Figuratively and symbolically, a world of something, as an aggregate such as in James 3:6, "a world of iniquity" (cf. Sept.: Prov. 17:6).
Even here “a world of iniquity” refers to the absolutely wicked unyielding firstborn son (Exodus 4:22) of God Israel for whom Jesus the sheep had been sacrificed and described here ever so accurately by Jehovah in Isaiah chapter 1:
2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for Jehovah hath spoken: I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. 3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib; but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. 4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil–doers, children that deal corruptly! they have forsaken Jehovah, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are estranged and gone backward. 5 Why will ye be still stricken, that ye revolt more and more? the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. 6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and fresh stripes: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with oil. ASV
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2851 kolasiv kolasis kol'-as-is
from 2849; TDNT-3:816,451; n f
AV-punishment 1, torment 1; 2 in the context of the entire subject, a torment or regret only relative to what could have been: “If only I had . . . “
1) correction, punishment, penalty death only to a condition or place, a change as a correction or reduction in value or station.
And finally here from: The Complete Word Study Dictionary of the New Testament by Spiros Zodhiates, not entirely free from conjecture because all were influenced by the status quo of doctrinal perceptions:
While acknowledging correction and bettering of the offender, Spiros Zodhiates does a great leap of faith to the accepted doctrines in the context of his religious education and the alleged guilt of humanity that leads to eternal death or torture unless saved by their alleged saviour Jesus Christ. In consequence, he changes the meaning of the Greek words from a beneficial pruning of the Romans 11 Israel tree to everlasting damnation for violating the eternal law of God.
The géenna connection simply indicates the removal from the collective memory of Israel of anyone thrown into that rubbish dump outside Jerusalem. Some have it that they are also erased from God's memory for a possible resurrection.
That is profoundly erroneous, since death acquits the sinner Romans 6:7. What is the meaning of that verse?
Simply, that Israel's collective sins against their Law covenant had now been annulled through dying in their final atonement and second Passover lamb Jesus - Israel's Redemption!
End of this examination of the sheep/goats separation/resurrection issue.
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