Simon of Cyrene: An African who must take the gospel to the whole world.
(…continues from part one…)
2) Cyrene is in North Africa, precisely in Libya. Cyrene, by interpretation, is ‘a wall’. God’s protective benediction placed Ham in His Divine calendar, serving as a wall of protective preservation. Simon means ‘hearing’ or ‘heard’. Though seemingly under curse, the progenies of Ham will hear the gospel and the vagrant African remnants will stand up to preach to a dying world this end time because God has heard the prayers of “…let Thy kingdom come…”
Shem is the progenitor of Abraham – the grandfather of Jacob –. God Himself gave the name Israel to Jacob, who fathered the twelve tribes of Israel. Japheth is the progenitor of Europe. And Ham? He is the father of Africa and some nations of Western Asian people. Where is the largest percentage of the Third World nations from? Is it not of the Hamish progenies? A coincidental stance? Do not bank on it! I quote from Keil and Delitzsch Bible Commentary on the Old Testament concerning the resultant effects of Noah’s curse: “The Phoenicians, along with the Carthaginians and the Egyptians, who all belonged to the family of Canaan, were subjected by the Japhetic Persians, Macedonians, and Romans; and the remainder of the Hamitic tribes either shared the same fate, or still sigh, like the negroes, for example, and other African tribes, beneath the yoke of the most crushing slavery.”
wounded for our transgressions, bruisedfor our iniquities [Isaiah 53:5]
It is very easy to say, “But Jesus did remove the curse of our sinfulness from us on the cross of Calvary.” That is very true. But it is also an undeniable fact that even for the forgiven soul the consequences of past deeds do tend to rear up the ugliness of their heads. A husband committed an adulterous act. He begged his wife. The wife forgave him. But four months down the line of time, the second culprit, the Madam’s maid, began to experience the protrusion of the belly. Yes, adultery has been forgiven; but the natural consequence of an erroneous deed is another bone of contention. Reuben definitely earned the epithetic ‘excellency of disgnity’ of Genesis 49:3. He made sure that Joseph was not killed, suggesting the pit hurl (Genesis 37:21, 22 & 29). What is more? Reuben pledged his two sons to assure Jacob, their father that he would bring Benjamin back to him. He showed true remorse when Joseph took them through harrowing experience in Egypt. But “because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed; then defiledst thou it”; the dying progenitor’s verdict consequentially, was, “thou shalt not excel.” As Jacob’s son, Reuben received an acknowledgement of one of the tribes of Israel.
It says that “Japheth shall dwell in the tents of Shem.” While Japheth means ‘enlarged’, Shem is defined as, ‘name’ or ‘fame.’ The word ‘tent’ is ‘ôhel (o’-hel): ‘a tent (as clearly conspicuous from a distance).’ The next word ‘enlarge’ is pâthâh (paw-thaw’): ‘to be spacious, be open, be wide.’ I believe this can be seen in variety of exegeses. I see a very profound explanation of this verse is in this wise: Shem is the progenitor of the Israel that hoisted the name of Jehovah Jesus, the Saviour of fallen Adam. The ‘fame’ of the LORD God and His salvific project, the accomplished business of the Lamb’s perfection – when sin was atoned for – was first published by Israel of Shem. The business is the proclamation of the word of God. Israel went from a community to another; then from the land of Israel to the land of the Gentiles: for does it not read, “… to the Jew first, and to the Gentile” [Romans 1:16].
Shem, having successfully preached the gospel to the Japhetic Gentiles and Japheth had got born again, the two sons of Noah are found conspicuously dwelling in the tent or the tabernacle of the Lord God.
When Japheth took the same word of God – for it cannot be in any way different from one person to another – there was a huge thirst and hunger for the glorious word of salvation. The Book was not only very voluminous, it was an arduous task making just the New Testament part of the Book. Necessity, the mother of invention, moved Japhetic Europe to invent the printing press. Voilà! Millions of the Bibles run in rapid circulation. Japheth, according to his name, enlarged the word of God universally.
Horus, Egyptian solar god, is of Ham.
Ham, all the while, had been satisfying himself with the worship of variety of gods. Africa busied herself with the myriads of mythical deities. In the expansive drive of Europe, the progeny of Japheth, through seafaring brought the gospel to Africa of Ham, the son of Noah. Ham means ‘warm, hot’. The curse must not go directly to Ham. Why? Ham has his own calendar of divine timing for the proclamation of the word of Adamic salvation. Check this out. You will find out that Africa is the hottest in this end of time propagation of the gospel of atonement. Great teachers of the Word abound in the land of Ham. It is the Divine turn of Ham to preach till the rapture experience. Amen. Satan understands these things, so, he must do all he can to make it very difficult and if possible, outright impossible to continue Divine mandate according to God’s calendar in regard to Hamish duty in the business of the heavenly Father.
You must be born again to be free from Divine condemnation. Pray the sinners’ prayer. Say:
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”
(…to be continued…)
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