It is Important to Have the Right People.

Recently there was an article posted on line about the idea that so many people can read the Bible and come away from it with different conclusions. There are a few very good reasons for this. Here are just two.

Let me suggest a scenario where I tell a story about three dogs. The story eventually gets to a part where the dogs go into hibernation. Some readers might not notice anything strange about that. Some readers might see that as strange that dogs were going into a winter hibernation. If I told you that the story was supposed to be about bears then the part about hibernation would make more sense.

A number of people through the years, including one of the founders of the united States, disregarded scripture because they would read in scripture about some people and then compare them to what was believed to be the modern portion of those same people. It did not make sense. Many misunderstand scripture because of the people who today call themselves Jews. The story wasn’t about dogs, but bears. Scripture is not about a modern people called Jews, but rather a people who were Hebrews, called Israelites, and in scripture a portion of them were referred to as Judeans or Judahites. These words were changed in English Bible translations to Jews in 1775. The term Jew did not exist before 1775.

About ninety percent of today’s Jews are Ashkenazi Jews who descend from a grandson of Japheth, Ashkenaz through Gomer. Around ten percent are descended from Esau who is Edom. “Edom is in modern Jewry” is a quote from the Jewish Encyclopedia. The rest are Sephardic Jews who’s history we won’t get into here. The fairy tale concerning Jews being Israelites continues on today with as much validity as the Easter Bunny. Much of the available evidence for this comes from Jewish writers although scripture has plenty to say about this as well. There are an endless number of quotes that could be cited.

So the first problem for many in reading scripture is that the wrong people have been assigned to the most important roll. Israelites are not modern day Jews. Modern day Jews are not Israelites.

“Strictly speaking it is incorrect to call an ancient Israelite a ‘Jew’ or to call a contemporary Jew an Israelite or a Hebrew.” (1980 Jewish Almanac, p. 3, A brief History of the Terms for Jew).

“Khazars, a non-Semitic, Asiatic, Mongolian tribal nation who emigrated into Eastern Europe about the first century, who were converted as an entire nation to Judaism in the seventh century”. (The Jewish Encyclopedia)

The term Gentile does not mean non-Jew as it is misunderstood today. The term Gentile is a Latin word first used by Jerome in his Latin translation of scripture for the Greek ethnos. The term Gentile includes the idea of kinship. The basic meaning of ethnos is nation or race. The idea was that a nation was made up of a people of the same race, they were kin.

There are several instances where translations use the word Gentile, but the context clearly refers to Israelites. I have covered this elsewhere, but my favorite is in Romans 2:14-15 where we are told a group of Gentiles has the Law of God written on their hearts. Scripture is very plain stating in Jeremiah 31, Hebrews 8 and Hebrews 10 that only Israelites have the Law written on their hearts as a part of the new covenant agreement. This is a contract and has never been amended in scripture to include any other people.

The basic story of scripture starts with a man described as Adam in Genesis 2 and follows his descendants down through a man named Jacob, renamed Israel. From that point on scripture is mainly only about a people who descended from Jacob Israel. To suggest otherwise makes God a promise breaker and a liar.

There is a group that would like this truth to remain unknown. Because of that there is a lot of incorrect and misleading information on the internet concerning who truly is Israel today. It’s not a spiritual only group. It is a physical people who’s history is obvious when one does just a bit of research. If you are interested you can start at this very short web site for just the beginning.

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Tim

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Oh the Pain, the Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth!

A few have been posting 2 Chronicles 7:14 lately.

“If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

I have not thought that we were to the point where people are calling on the name of the God of Jacob/Israel, Yahweh for help. Maybe I am wrong, but regardless Praise Yahweh, I think they did see trouble coming and reacted to it.

Not to be insensitive, but it has been pretty amazing witnessing the wailing and gnashing of teeth on the part of those who feel the world is ending. Everything has slowly been going their way for the last 60 years. They can’t handle what they think is about to happen. Even a Yale college professor has made mid-term tests optional for those students who are in shock over the concept that they didn’t win.

Their Christian neighbors have been beginning to actually suffer persecution here for following their conscience, but they didn’t care. Their man made morality, self righteousness and arrogance about what is or is not right is far more important.

People are no longer taught critical thought and logic. They are taught political correctness and the ideology of the victim. One of the possible reasons is that God and His morality, His Law have been set aside. People have been taught that God’s Law has been done away for the last hundred years. Removing God from the schools back in the 1960s was just a consequence of men deciding that their ideas and laws were more important, more righteous, more relevant.

What is sad is what we are all missing. When you read Deuteronomy 28 there are two lists. The first fourteen verses are the blessings for obeying God’s Law. The rest of the chapter shows what happens when we follow our own righteousness or pretend that we are being Christian being politically correct. After you read the chapter, which portion do you think sounds more like today?

A few years ago Jonathan David Brown, who recently passed away, wrote a song titled, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”. Much scriptural logic is lost on those who might actually read scripture. Understand in the opening lyrics below that the phrase “he shall even live in them” should be understood as live well with the blessings of the first half of Deuteronomy 28 as opposed to not living or living according to the second half of Deuteronomy 28.

” . . I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness . . . I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols; I am [YHWH] your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them . . . Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my Sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness. Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth . . . Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my Sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers’ idols. Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good and judgments whereby they should not live . . .”

The Sabbath is one day in seven counting from the first day of Spring. It’s really very simple and totally for our own benefit. We are to rest for twenty four hours. We do no work or shopping, just staying home. Now under our calendar we can’t really do it, but if we just took one day in seven and rested, “according to the commandment”, yes a new covenant reference, Luke 23:56, then 2 Chronicles 7:14 might be realized with out any doubt.

Tim

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Political Correctness, again.

Political correctness is a part of mob rule. It is mob morality. It can change. Yesterday’s mob morality is today’s bigotry and racism. Today’s mob morality can become tomorrow’s bigotry and racism.

Today’s mob rejects God’s morality. The mob was taught that God’s Law ended and now has been replaced by Love. Since the mob was taught to reject God’s Law they never learned it and they never learned that it represents God’s morality. The mob only negatively learned about a few of God’s Laws.

Love has always been a part of God’s Law and his morality. There are no arbitrary laws of God. All have a reason and purpose and are designed to protect our safety and health and the safety and health of others.

The attitude of today’s mob morality is extreme and arrogant. It’s response immediate. When violated it brings instant wrath. There is no tolerance in mob morality because it is always right until it changes. When it changes it will usually become more extreme and more arrogant. The mob will become more self righteous.

God’s Law, his morality never changes. It is always fair to everyone and driven by love. How others are treated does depend on people properly following it, but then so does political correctness. When you get up in the morning God’s morality will not have changed.

Tim

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Admixture

First a couple facts from scripture. God made everything. There is nothing that exists that does not have it’s source from God, John 1:3. God created all the races. Scripture does not directly address this however due to a poor choice of wording in Genesis chapter one it is not so obvious.

The Hebrew word chay, H2416, is a general word that means life and living. In the KJV in Genesis 1:24 it is translated as living and beasts. In Genesis 3:20 it refers to the children of the Eve from the garden. It is translated living and life quite often. So the point here is that in Genesis chapter one God created living beings, some who could walk on two legs, reason and talk, and this meaning may have been obscured by the translators choice of the word beast.

God created everything and then said it was good. God did not say or imply equality among men or the races. The US constitution states that “all men are created equal”, but one must consider that the framers and signers of the constitution owned slaves and using their own words limited that equality to “our progeny”.

God created everything and then said it was good. It was good until man messed it up. The Book of Jasher, recommended reading by scripture, tells us a bit more detail about the reason for the flood at the time of Noah.

“..and the sons of men in those days took from the cattle of the earth, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and taught the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order therewith to provoke the Lord; and God saw the whole earth and it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon earth, all men and all animals.” Jasher 4:18

Men and animals were being corrupted from God’s original perfect and good creation by admixture, by miscegenation. So why was Noah preserved? After God said that he would destroy those in the land this is what scripture says about Noah.

“But Noah had grace in the eyes of God.
These are the generations of Noah. Noah was an upright man and without sin in his generation: he went in the ways of God.” Genesis 6:8-9

Noah’s lineage was perfect. Noah did not practice admixture.

A couple other details to consider. The actual meaning of the word bastard has changed over the years. In scripture the meaning is not “one born out of wedlock”. Rather the meaning in the Hebrew is mongrel. When one takes that along with the seventh commandment Hebrew word meaning of adultery, adulteration, mixing and yes the meaning includes miscegenation, then the meaning of all of this becomes rather clear.

God created everything and then said it was good. God created all the races and said that they were good. God made what he made for his own purpose.

“But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed ask him who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?”
Or hasn’t the potter a right over the clay, from the same lump to make one part a vessel for honor, and another for dishonor?” Romans 9:20-21

If one can get past their political correctness arrogance and let God be God, then one must admit that it is truly his choice to create, make and design as he sees fit. Who are we to question? So with all the political correctness training that has invaded the church one might then find it interesting that the above is even in the scripture. The fact that God made the races makes God a racist in the eyes of men. Either God is a racist or he is Righteous. God does not make arbitrary law. He has a reason for everything and this is only a part of the story. For a bit more click this link to read another aspect that you may have missed in scripture.

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Knee Jerk Reaction

We had just moved, to a new town, in a new state, for a new job. So we started visiting a new church of Christ. They are always happy to see a new family and when we said that we home schooled our three children they were quick to point out that there was one other family that did that as well. We met them in the parking lot and I remember saying a few things to let them know where we stood on a few doctrinal issues. If I remember he didn’t catch those, but we later found out that we were of a similar mind.

As time went we would go to early worship, Sunday school and then meet up at Wendy’s for lunch. They lived way out in the country so this was almost the only time we saw them. We became friends and eventually every Tuesday I would go by his work in Nashville, pick him up and we would go eat lunch together. We did this for about twelve years. This was great because it not only allowed two mostly like minded Christians to fellowship, but also bounce ideas off each other. I have learned that this is very important.

A person who is off by themselves all the time with out any fellowship has the possibility of coming up with some possibly very strange ideas. Having one person who you can freely mention all of your weird ideas to without worry is so very helpful. One funny aspect was that I would mention something to him. Then anywhere from six months to four years later he would come back to me with this new thing he had learned which of course was what I had told him earlier. This happened many, many times. I finally did tell him in the last couple years that I had told him those things earlier.

So we moved, to a new town, in a new state, for a new job. Really in both cases it was just a new location, same job, same company. Now neither of us have the old fellowship, the opportunity to bounce new ideas off each other. He is not much for emailing although I did send him some of my new ideas by email so he is pretty much up to date with me. It was nothing too out of line with what he already knew about my beliefs. However he has made a very major change in that he has dropped Paul and all of his writings. I feel badly because I was not there for him to bounce those ideas off of and hear some reason. I have told him that most of the problems with people’s understanding of Paul is due to bad English translation. That I think is the case with maybe sixty percent of all doctrinal problems. Forty percent then is left for bad definitions and having the wrong people identified in history as it all relates to scripture.

A few years ago an old friend from Harding called and said hi. He has been preaching in the church of Christ for the last twenty years. He was explaining to me that many had begun to question or had already changed their belief on the need for immersion or baptism for the remission of sins. This has been a major church of Christ doctrine. He was now in that crowd. I told him that I didn’t see how one could get around Romans 6:3-4. Then I made the mistake of telling him some of my changes, pointing him to one of my web sites to read further. I haven’t heard from him since. He is a good man and I wish he had had the desire to chat with me further.

He likely had a knee jerk reaction. It is a natural reaction to any new information. It is natural to reject new ideas before one has the opportunity to logically study something new. The Bereans were noble people in this regard. Preachers are taught to identify some doctrine and “pigeon hole” it. That training keeps the preacher safe from the possibility of losing his job and keeps him ignorant of what possibly might be important truth for him to learn. I have noted that most of the text books that identify these doctrines are rarely accurate and are very good about picking out the worst examples of any doctrine considered false by the group.

I have another friend who shares a hobby with me, but works in Christian radio. Excluding family I have probably known him longer than anyone else. About fifteen years ago he heard about a one minute explanation of just some of my beliefs. I am pretty confident that he has never given any of those ideas even five minutes of consideration. In that regard I guess I am amazed that he is still my friend. We pretty much only talk about our hobby. He would lose his job if he started to believe any of what I believe.

So as I want to share ideas with anyone new I understand that it is almost impossible to do so. What we think we know is comfortable. I know all the old arguments and was successful with them. I was there once upon a time. For those of us who have had to make changes for conscience sake it is a lonely road, but quite exciting to see how wonderfully scripture all works together and even matches history once the fairy tales taught in the churches are done away.

Tim

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The Twelve Tribes, Not Just the Church.

People generally know that the ten northern tribes were divorced by God and sent into exile among the Assyrians. What most do not know is that most of the twelve tribes actually went into that exile. Only Jerusalem and a couple towns nearby were spared that captivity. Even so many believe that the northern tribes became amalgamated into the Assyrian empire and disappeared from history.

James, really Jacob, knew the word that we translate as church. James 5:14 has the phrase, “let him call for the elders of the church”. So James knew the word we translate as church.

Unfortunately these days there is a tendency to spiritualize anything in scripture that is not understood or does not fit with doctrine. In James 1:1 he wrote:

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

Many will teach that James was writing to the church. This is partly true, but James wrote “twelve tribes” and that is what he meant. As I mentioned earlier James knew the word for church and if he had wanted to write church he would have. So to teach that James wrote to the church because one’s understanding is lacking on why he would write what he did is not honest study or teaching of scripture.

The twelve tribes were in existence. The Pharisees knew where many of them were living. Josephus wrote, “…wherefore there are but two tribes in Asia and Europe subject to the Romans, while the Ten Tribes are beyond the Euphrates till now, and are an immense multitude, and not to be estimated by numbers.” The ten tribes were in Europe. Also Ptolemy spoke of the western isles of Britain and Ireland writing, “They were peopled by descendants of the Hebrew Race .” An early name for Ireland was Ibernia which meant “new land of the Hebrews”. Europe is scattered with grave markers declaring the tribe and family of those buried there. History also records that many of Israel were in the United States. One grave site was found near Knoxville, Tennessee . Those buried there were from the time of Christ.

So the point is that we have been spiritualizing anything we didn’t understand when we should let the scripture writer’s meaning stand. Take a look at John 3:16 and the word perish for another example.

Tim

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So Much of Our Past History is Almost Lost.

I have been reading Tracing Our Ancestors by Fredrick Haberman. The last half of the book has been very interesting.

I knew about the tradition that the prophet Jeremiah took the daughters of King Zedekiah with him when he left Egypt and that one of the daughters, Tea or Tamar Tephi married the king in Ireland. The ancient name of Ireland was Ibernia, meaning new land of the Hebrews. That marriage reunited the lines of Judah’s sons Pharez and Zarah thus continuing the several promises that David would never lack a man on the throne. See Ezekiel 17 and note the twigs, the daughters, being carried away.

Here is what I didn’t know. At that time in Ulster, about 580 BC, Zarah’s descendants had a religion based on Bel and serpents. Jeremiah demanded a renunciation of that religion and an acceptance of the Mosaic law and Yahweh as their God. Once this was done he gave his charge, Tamar Tephi to King Eochaidh the Heremon for wife thus continuing the lineage of King David.

This line eventually moved to Scotland and thus from there to the throne in England. Now when ever a man is crowned as king in England he must recite his lineage back to King David of the tribe of Judah.  The harp has been a symbol in Irish history and the stone of Scone has been a part of the lineage of the kings. It is said that Jeremiah brought David’s harp and the stone with him.

Quoting now from the book, “From this eradication of the serpent worship appears to have grown the legend that the Patriarch, St Patrick, drove the snakes out of Ireland.” Later the Catholic church changed this tradition to their favor.

Tim

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Abraham Was a Godly Man and a Friend of God.

There are times when I feel badly for Abraham. He has been maligned by many Christians.

James 2:23 “And the Scripture had been fulfilled which says “And Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness”, and he is called a friend of God.

Who else do you know who was called a friend of God?

I have heard people say that Abraham was was an idol worshiper and a pagan. Thanks to a translation error and misunderstanding of how terms were used in his day people also believe that Abraham married his true sister.

Knowledge and wisdom makes one wise to see truth. Although not inspired the Book of Jasher is a historical document that the scripture twice tells us to examine for more information. According to Jasher, Abraham grew up in the house of Shem learning God’s law. Terah, Abraham’s father, was an idol worshiper and at one point Abraham gave his father some grief about that. Terah also gave Abraham some grief about that grief.

Concerning Abraham marrying his sister here is the quote from Genesis 11:29.

Genesis 11:29
And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.

Let’s take a look at two verses dealing with Abram and Lot.

Gen 14:12
And they took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

Gen 14:16
And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.

Did you notice that in Genesis 14:12 Lot is called Abram’s brother’s son or his nephew, as we would say today, and then in Genesis 14:16 Lot is called Abram’s brother. So one might suggest that in Abram’s day the word brother could be understood to also include nephews. Let me suggest that the same is true for the word sister.

In the Hebrew language a noun can be singular or plural based on the context. Strong’s says that the Hebrew word for daughter is bath, 1323. If you do an Englishman’s search for this word you will see that quite a number of the instances are translated as daughters and also some are daughter. So now here is Genesis 11:29 with the word daughters instead of the singular daughter.

Genesis 11:29
And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughters of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.

Interesting! So now let’s get a second source for this idea from the Book of Jasher.

Jasher 12:44
And at that time Nahor and Abram took unto themselves wives, the daughters of their brother Haran; the wife of Nahor was Milca and the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai. And Sarai, wife of Abram, was barren; she had no offspring in those days.

Haran had just died before they took his daughters as wives. Abram then also took upon himself the care of his nephew Lot. Abraham knew God’s law very well and would have known it was improper for him to marry his sister. Sarah was actually Abraham’s niece. Leviticus 18 does not prohibit the marriage of a man and his niece. So it is helpful to remember how Abraham understood the word sister when reading the following. Keep in mind that daughter can also include grand daughter.

Genesis 20:12
And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.

Tim

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A Comment about Missionaries and Giving.

The scripture has a lot to say about giving. Much of it is in the old testament, but is unfortunately ignored or not understood for what it is. It is not outdated if you understand and believe the meaning of 2 Timothy 3:16.

It is scriptural to ask for support to preach the gospel. We as a people are generally very eager to give. We give much more than is required and perhaps a lot more than we should. Then one should consider the meager results that come from most foreign missions.

Scripture says that we should give based on our increase. When a farmer plants a garden he receives an increase on his investment in that garden if it grows well. When a man goes to work he exchanges time for pay. That is not an increase. That is hopefully fair exchange.

It has been my opinion for many years that if we preached the gospel here at home and returned this to being a Christian nation then others would come to us and ask. As is we go to foreign nations and in their eyes push our beliefs on them. When they come to us it is something they want.

The gospel is really mostly already available to the world. The world does not really need more missionaries. Once the gospel is preached and accepted in an area then it should grow and flourish on it’s own after a point. Missionaries have been preaching through out the world for centuries. If after they leave an area and the gospel immediately dies there then it wasn’t because we didn’t water, but God did not give the increase. He is the potter and we can’t force people to become and remain Christians on their own. Seems we haven’t learned how to shake the dust from our feet and move on.

Let’s encourage those who want to preach to do it right here and they don’t have to leave their own congregation. Their local congregation may need and appreciate more help than any congregation in Ghana for example. They just don’t realize it. What we need are more people who dig into the scripture and seek the truth in the Hebrew and Greek with out letting church doctrine stop them.

Tim

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Politically Incorrect Scripture

In the previous post I stated that much of the non-politically correct scripture was hidden in the Greek and Hebrew. There is quite a bit that is not hidden. It is either read over or not understood for what it is I guess. Here is one example.

The churches teach that Christ came to save the whole world.

Matthew 15:24  But he answered, “I wasn’t sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

Remember the event? Christ was ignoring a Canaanite woman. When she came and worshiped before him his response was..

Mat 15:26  But he answered, “It is not appropriate to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”

So Christ’s response to this woman was to say that it was not appropriate to giver her the blessing that belonged only to the children (Israel) calling her a dog. Because of her response he made an exception. Remember, his intent at the beginning was to ignore her.

You can’t read through Romans chapter nine with out realizing that there are some who God has raised up to show his power. God is the potter and indeed there are some he has created for dishonor, infamy, that is the state of being well known for some bad quality or deed. Scripture makes it clear that God does not love everyone.

The Bible says that God hated Esau. Malachi 1:3, Romans 9:13
The Bible says that God does “hate all workers of iniquity” (lawlessness). Psalms 5:5
The Bible says that God hates “A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren”. Proverbs 6:16, 1

It’s not fun to have to write about what many would consider the darker side of truth, the ignored side of scripture. There is a lot more of it too. The churches only teach what is pleasant to hear with the exception of the occasional hell fire sermon to increase attendance and contributions. By the way, there is no eternal bar-b-que pit misnamed hell. Go read what is the symbolism behind the lake of fire. Then go read John 3:16 and see what it really says and not what is taught that it says.

There is one simple thing we could do that would have God over look a whole lot of sin and future punishment for us in this life. Simply, it is to observe a scriptural Sabbath. Don’t go looking to those who say they keep it today. Only go to scripture to find the correct answers. There was a time in the old testament when God said he would not punish Israel if they would only observe His Sabbath. Churches today teach that it is done away and in most new testaments it is hidden in the translation. The WEB translation got this one right.

Hebrews 4:9  There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God.

More information concerning the Sabbath. There are two articles there. I actually forgot I had already written one of them when I wrote the other. For more information about true Israel, those with whom the new covenant was exclusively made, see Christian Israel.

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