GOD’S TEMPLE (I)

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Verse 30 of 1Kings 8:22-53 reads, “And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive”. The ‘place’ meant by King Solomon in this verse is the Jerusalem Temple i.e. where God’s dwelling place used to be among men. Nowhere else did God ever choose to tabernacle the people of the earth. In the holy of holies or the third compartment of the sanctuary was placed the ark of covenant which was the mercy seat and upon which the Holy Spirit sat as the Jehovah of the Israelites; of whom we see in verse 53, “For thou didst separate them from among all the people of the earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord GOD”.

In 1Kings 9:3 the Bible shows God’s gracious response with, “And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually”. This verse holds an astounding fascination. The word ‘hallowed’ is qadash (kaw-dash’): ‘to be (causatively make, pronounce or observe as) clean (ceremonially or morally)’. Then we have the word, ‘name’, which is shem (shame): ‘fame, glory; an appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character’. Shem happens to be the name of one of the antediluvian sons (by whom the present population of the earth came into being) of Noah. Shem is the patriarchal ancestor of Israel. God put His fame in the physical Israel i.e. the Church. God pronounced the sanctity of Israel as perpetual. His eyes (attention of Divinity) over Israel has no end. His heart (Eternal One’s thought) of endearment towards Israel is forever. No wonder the physical nation of Shem’s progeny is still a reality of a global force to be reckoned with.

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Yes, I hear your sound argument against the perpetuity in the light of: i. the Holy Spirit’s departure of the holy of holies (Hebrew 10:19-22), ii. Israel’s apostasy (Acts 7:51, “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye”. Matthew 3:7, “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”) and, of course, iii. the unavailability of the very temple in question – having been completely destroyed (1Kings 9:7; 1Kings 9:8; Jeremiah 26:18; Ezekiel 7:20-22; Daniel 9:26; Daniel 9:27; Micah 3:12; Matthew 24:1-2 & Luke 19:44) (a probable proof of the fallibility of the oracular afflatus according to the Bible?). “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”; is the Lord Jesus’ assertive pronouncement in Matthew 16:18, even when the LORD God still tabernacled Solomon’s Temple. Matthew 15:37 & 38, “And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. 38) And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom” (confer Hebrews 10:20). That which gave Jesus the authority to declare, “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins”, in Matthew 26:28, is because He is the LORD God of the Old Testament!

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God had always walked into Eden

“6) But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. 7) But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day” (Matthew 12:6-8). Two facts emerge from these verses. Jesus is greater than Sabbath (which is the reason for worship). Jesus is the Lord of Sabbath (no wonder He made the categorical statement, “…I will give you rest”. He had just told them that He created the seventh Sabbath day! (…to be concluded…)

Read part I, click here.

LUCIFERIAN INCURSION INTO HUMAN LEADERSHIP (1)

 

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The difference between the One on the throne and the heavenly creatures is the obeisant worship HE receives as Jehovah, the Deity. Lucifer’s subtle attempt at celestial deification was evidently scurrilous. Woeful failure to a fiendish foe it was.

To the earth, at a time when Adam had not been created, he and his putsch collaborating fallen angels were cast. Part of Isaiah 45:18 says, “…God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited”. The phrase ‘in vain’ tohu (to’-hoo) meaning: ‘to lie waste; a desolation (of surface), that is, desert; figuratively a worthless thing’, and the word, ‘inhabited’ is yashab (yaw-shab’) ‘to dwell, remain, sit, abide’. “And the earth was without form, and void…” is the report of Genesis 1:2, where ‘without form’ is the same Hebrew tohu. The auxiliary ‘was’, hayah (haw-yaw): ‘to be, become, come to pass, exist’, proves that the right word should be ‘became’ and that the auxiliary ‘was’ ought not to be employed by the translators, and that the account of Genesis 1:2 was not the original situation of creationism. Beings who were inhabiting the earth are the ones Paul mentions in Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”. The Principalities, Powers, Rulers of the Darkness of this World and Spiritual Wickedness were the four prominent group of leaders of that earthly era.

Lucifer used his subtlety to infiltrate the psyche of those beings and they pitched their spiritual camp with the adorable fallen arch angel. They became, as God’s punishment, disembodied spirits, having sold their God ordained leadership to Satan, the Devil. Demonism was birthed. You will find more exposition on the origin of demons when you read my post “DEMONISM”. What is observed in Genesis 1:3 is creation all over again and this is the reason why I do find it apropos to term it recreationism.

Adam and his wife were enjoying a most pleasant Eden. The old dragon dared not approach Adam the man, in whose custody is both the oracle of Jehovah and the dominion of the entire earth. At that material time Adam owned the earth, power of authority had changed by the reason of the recreationism! The dragon is a coveting – power hungry – sinner. He had studied the couple very well, having burnt the proverbial midnight candle in a serious homework. Adam was robbed of his leadership. Cain reestablished the rapport with the serpent from which his parents had backpedalled, thereby creating an Adamic dichotomy of saints and miscreants of the antediluvian.

An unprecedented freakish species of half human, half angel is presented to us in Genesis 6:4, “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown”. Nephıyl or nephil (nef-eel’) is the Hebrew word for ‘giant’, meaning: ‘a feller, that is, a bully or tyrant’. Satan infiltrated the earth with domineering freaks who took over the government, economy, sporting and social activities of the earth. This incursive stance a la nephil was designed to populate the earth with polluted beings: a spiritually irreconcilable ones who would have made it impossible for Christ to die for a world of spiritual freaks.

noah-leaving-the-ark1                                          Only eight souls, all of Noah’s household, survived the diluvial annihilation.

Oh, that Noah would just have mastered his paroxysm and would have forgiven the error of his fun poking children! Noah parted his lips and what poured forth? Anathema: first, to the detriment of a new beginning of the mankind that he led out of the great deluge, and second, to the official enthronement of the leadership of the evil-turned Lucifer, the first to be cursed. Noah’s curses had abetted Ham’s i.e. the African states’ backwardness and the spiritual tepidity of Japheth i.e. Europe. Lucifer made sure that the anathematized stock of Ham, called Nimrod, a hunter of human heads, lorded and headed the first constituted human government!                                (…to be continued…)

Jehovah and Lucifer (any rapport?) 1.

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That God does good things and all things well is a truism. Jehovah decided to place His virtues inside mankind for an external projection of His thoughts. The good things an individual embarks upon are actually the Divine deposits. A doer of good scriptural recommendations is dutifully hoisting the banner of Divine love over creation.

At his creation Lucifer was an angel of good representation of Divine will up until the devilish occurrence that made God to say, from the prophetic lips of Ezekiel, “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee” (Ezekiel 28:15). The word ‘perfect’ is tamiym (taw-meem’) ‘1. (literally, figuratively or morally) entire 2. (also, as noun) integrity, truth’. Tamiym comes from tamam (taw-mam’) ‘to complete, in a good or a bad sense, literal, or figurative’.

‘Iniquity’ is ‛evel (eh’-vel) in Hebrew, which means: ‘injustice, unrighteousness, (moral) evil. Èvel comes from ‛aval (aw-val’): ‘to act wrongfully or unjustly, deviate from, to distort (morally)’. The only way that I know an intelligent being can and will distort, behave immorally, deviate from or do evil to God is by going against His express Word. We sin against God simply by disobeying His word of command. There was absolutely nothing in the Eden fruit of the knowledge of good and evil per se. It is the act of the disobedient eating of it that has brought this calamity of phenomenal sinfulness. Lucifer is a user of words in opposition to God’s Logos. That makes him God’s number one enemy.

 

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This archangel decided against sporting an appreciative spirit of his exalted position ordained by Christ, his Creator. He began, in an attenuation of God’s word, to see himself on a throne where he receives worship and in turn stretches his hand of beneficence, which is contrary to the written word of Romans 11:36, “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen”. Lucifer cannot safely say, “…that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him” of John 10:38, simply because he is not on the same spiritual page as the Father. Based on this grounds, Lucifer has no qualification to say, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). The good God warned us, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:17).

The dissenting words of the adversary is quoted thus, “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:” [Genesis 3:4]. This he brought forth in an advertorial stunt to propagate his new cosmic order. The woman did not understand that the surreptitious motto behind the addendum, ‘not’, of Genesis 2:17 was “I’ve come to steal, kill & destroy”. If Adam’s wife did not succumb to Lucifer there was no way he could have acquired for himself, a spiritual superintendency on earth. He needed to get his right of global dominance from the original Adamic couple. Extreme deftness! Man’s fall created an idolatrous god, in Satan, on earth. The enemy got his sole desire i.e. to receive worship from man. When he successfully won a very massive third of the angelic host, it was a cruel attempt to treat the throne of God with contempt. The evil attempt threw him into disgrace. The earthly beings who followed him became doomed demons. Adamic adherents of Satan who gave him a parallel kingdom are equally hell bound.

 

 

 

 

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Satan was indicted in the Book of Job chapter 2 verse 3 “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause”. The last clause proves that God and Lucifer have absolutely nothing in common. What are Job’s credentials? Perfect, upright, feareth God and escheweth evil: four is the number of creation. (…to be concluded…)

JESUS THE CHRIST (2)

yeshua-puts-his-foot-down-on-the-catching-away-dream-960x540                    Isaiah 53:5, “He was wounded for our transgressions”.

Jesus as a man: grew up – Luke 1:80; had brothers and sisters – Matthew 13:56; was a carpenter in Mark 6:3; needed food – Mark 11:12; was thirsty in John 19:28; did fall asleep, Matthew 8:24 and wept in John 11:35 but unlike every other man He did not commit one sinful act, 2Corinthians 5:21. As the Christ, Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth and the life”, John 14:6; “I am the resurrection”, John 11:25; “All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers”, John 10:8; “I go to prepare a place for you” John 14:2; “And I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish”, John 10:28; “I and my Father are one”, John 10:30, the word ‘are’ esmen, in Greek means ‘substance’ a neuter gender, thus implying that the Father and the Son are of the same essence. Put all His assertions together and the aggregation simply says, “Jesus is God”.

When Jesus said, “…my Father is greater than I” in John 10:28, the ‘I’ refers to His humanity and when He declared,”My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all;” He meant all created beings (including Jesus, who was formed inside the womb of Mary). Can any angel claim to be greater than God’s temple, Matthew 12:6? Only God can so declare! Jesus had His beginning in Mary’s womb, to be born into this world. Christ was not born; He said in John 8:58, “Before Abraham was, I am.” ‘I am’ is ego eime, in the Greek, meaning, ‘I exist’ which in Hebrew is the same as Jehovah! “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” ‘Beginning’ is actually eternal past (where none of creationism did exist). ‘Word’ is Logos, the only Divine connectivity. ‘With’ is pros, meaning a certain proximity none ever had with the Eternal Father. ‘Word was God’ means the Word was of the same essence as God (John 10:30), not an indefinite but as in the Greek theos, a definite God. This is Christ.

Christ is of Hebrew origin. It is called in the Hebrew: mashiyach (maw-shee’-akh) meaning, ‘1. Anointed 2. usually a consecrated person (as a king, priest, or saint) 3. (specifically) the Messiah, the Anointed One.’ The Greek calls it Christos (khris-tos’) ‘1. (literally) Anointed 2. (transliterated) “Christ” 3. (properly) the Messiah, the Anointed One of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob 4. (by function) the (kinsman) Redeemer, the Saviour 5. (by identity) Jesus, Yeshua.’

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Who can be the saviour of man if not God Himself: 2Samuel 22:3; Isaiah 43:3, 11, 45:15, 49:26; Luke 1:47, 2:11; John 4:42; Acts 13:23; 1Timothy 1:1 & 1Peter 3:18 to mention a few. There is no doubt in my mind that if Mohammad knew the true meaning of Messiah, he would never have attributed it to Jesus, eleven times, in the Islamic Qur’an. Moslems believe and teach that Allah is the only saviour (and it can never be this Jesus whom they call Issa). The Messiah and the ‘Holy One of Israel’ (Psalm 78:41) are of the one and the same Personage: a conundrum. God hides Himself (Isaiah 45:15). What does it betoken what Jesus told them in John 10:38. “…the Father is in me, and I in him”? Christ is the unseen Father of light, with whom is no variableness neither shadow of turning (James 1:17). Inside Jesus, the man, our Christ is hidden, thus Jesus is the very God of very God!

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When they found out His true identity on the mount of the transfiguration, the Bible says that Jesus forbid them to, “Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead”, in Matthew 17:1-9. He, the expected Christ, was hiding in the known Yehoshua, the first born of Mary. What they saw was Jesus, a mere son of carpenter Joseph. The things He performed should have jolted them to see clearly. Jesus the Christ hid Himself expecting to be apprehended via the vehicular stance of faith. Is it not by faith alone a man may come to God?

Jesus, the man, was Adam all over again, to right the wrongs of the first and sinful pristine paternity, whose disobedience served us the death sentence (Romans 5:4; 1Corinthians 15:22). Satan, the Devil became the god of this world after the fall. To reverse this oddity, God decided to come in the similitude of the second man (for a created being could not face Lucifer [the first created intelligent being] in any form of duel) to undo man’s fatal error (1Corinthians 15:45). The second man alone could destroy the evil planting and deceitful ploys of the old serpent because of Who He is, 1Corinthians 15:47. “Verily, verily I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am”, John 8:58. ‘Verily’ in the Greek is amen (am-ayn’) Heb. origin. ‘1. (properly) firm 2. (figuratively) trustworthy 3. (adverbially) surely 4. (often as interjection) so be it’. The Bible clearly tells us that Jesus is Amen, Revelation 3:14. ‘Verily’, uttered twice, enforces the indubitableness of the claim. ‘Before Abraham was’ speaks of time, the auxiliary ‘was’ is ginomai (ghin’-om-ai) 1. to cause to be (“gen”-erate) 2. (reflexively) to become (come into being)’. The ‘am’, which is not an inflection of the auxiliary ‘be’ is: eimi (ei-mee’): ‘I exist {used only when emphatic}’. When God told Moses His name, He said, “I AM” and the Septuagint renders it “Ego Eimi”, just as we see in John 8:58. Christ already existed before creationism, verily, verily, truly, truly, Jesus, Jesus. AMEN! (Concluded)

Read the 1st part here

HEAD-COVERING OF 1CORINTHIANS 11:3-16(1)

 

 

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“But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God” [1Corinthians 11:3]. Here we have four persons mentioned. Two of them are in heaven and the other earthly two typify the celestial order. Three of them have heads (?) The woman is head of no one while God has no head. Right? Logically speaking, has each of them a physical head or not? We see women and men everyday, all around us, having heads on their necks. Jesus had His head crowned with thorns (John 19:2). The Everlasting Father, seated on the throne, in the Book of Revelation chapters 4 & 5, is not headless when juxtaposed with, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:” of Genesis 1:26.

If you ask me to give 1Corinthians 11:3-16 a title or a subhead it will not be ‘head-covering’, it is ‘headship’. It is for this reason I see the whole exegesis as: A spiritual phenomenon, couched in abstraction. Spiritual in the sense that headship is subjective; phenomenal: for it objectively characterizes normal occurrence. It is couched in the holy writ, and abstract because anything abstract needs careful study for an apprehension. Headship, as we know, is not visible to ocular experience. Verse three holds the key to the proper understanding of the entire teaching. Most of our Bible teachers insist that this teaching is all about the physical covering of the head of the female Christian in Church, prophesying or at prayer. Let us see what the scripture is actually saying. The word ‘know’ is, eidō (i’-do): ‘to know, i.e. get knowledge of, come to understand, perceive’. It is an experiential knowledge. The thing is, if they already had the culture and the experience of covering their heads (for those who do not were viewed as loose women) why would Paul use the word eidō? It is simply that the interpretation of eidō, entails a process to understanding. ‘Head’ is kephalē (kef-al-ay’): ‘probably from the primary word κάπτω kaptō (in the sense of seizing); the head (as the part most readily taken hold of), literally or figuratively; chief, source, origin’. Is it because of this definition that we do not see the one to whom the woman is the head? The headship, as the source, is definitely a spiritual phenomenon.

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‘Man’ in the Greek New Testament, has thirteen definitions. This one here is anēr (an’-ayr): ‘a man (properly as an individual male) fellow, husband, man, sir’. Anēr is the only ‘man’ of the 13 types defined as ‘husband’. Three Greek words: thēlus, eleutheros & gunē translate ‘woman’. Thēlus (thay’-loos): ‘1. of the female sex 2. a woman, a female’ [Origin: from thēlē — thay-lay — (the nipple); to suckle]. Eleutheros (el-yoo’-ther-os) means: ‘unrestrained (to go at pleasure), that is, (as a citizen) not a slave (whether freeborn or manumitted), or (generally) exempt (from obligation or liability)’. Gunē (goo-nay’) Thayer Definition: ‘1. a woman of any age, whether a virgin, or married, or a widow 2. a wife, of a betrothed woman’. Strong’s Definition: ‘a woman; specifically a wife’. Gunē, the only translation that means wife, is the ‘woman’ from verses 3-16. Every ‘man’ of those verses of 3-14 is none other than anēr. The two mundane persons out of the four entities of verse three are a couple. The one who should cover the head is not a ‘figure 8’ female, it is not a spinster but a married woman. The one she is expected to cover in a headgear happens to be not just any other man but her very own husband! Once, when I was at the home of my boyhood friend, and as his daughters made for the Church service, he called back the four years old, “You have not covered your head, the Lord expects you to”.

 

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The said girl, for goodness’ sake is just a thēlus, not even an eleutheros not to mention, for her very tender age, gunē. If the woman is to cover her head, physically, as most churches teach, then she definitely has to take a good measurement of her husband before buying the material for the scarf. If the husband is her head then she has to wrap him up (head to toe)! Her head, Paul teaches by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is the anēr, her husband. This is what most misleading exegesis refuse to see. 1Corinthians 11:4 reads, “Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head”. The ‘covered’ of this verse, it should interest you, is not a verb (a word of action) it is a preposition (which is a hooker of a subject to the object, grammatically, hence, implying a state of being). It is kata (kat-ah’): ‘down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case [genitive, dative or accusative] with which it is joined)’. Who is the man’s head? Is it not Christ? How does he dishonour Christ if not by refusing to acknowledge the headship of the head of the Christian family aka the Church and the dereliction of his (the husband) priestly duty? Most certainly it is the misrepresentation of Christ by the anēr that constitutes having his kephalē in the state of kata. This kephalē is not visible.

Verse 5 has ‘uncovered’ akatakaluptos (ak-at-ak-al’-oop-tos) meaning: ‘not covered, unveiled’. Akatakaluptos originates from the Greek, ‘a’ (a negative ‘not’) and katakaluptō (kat-ak-al-oop’-to): ‘to cover wholly, that is, veil’; which is a derivative of a compound of: kata and kaluptō (kal-oop’-to): ‘to cover up (literally or figuratively)’. Is this covering a spiritual act? Yes. Then let us journey into matters of spirituality. The word tabernacle was first used by God in Exodus which He told Moses to construct as he had been shown, in heaven. A ‘tabernacle’ called in Hebrew, mishkan (mish-kawn’) is: ‘a residence (including a shepherd’s hut, the lair of animals, figuratively the grave; also the Temple); specifically the Tabernacle (properly its wooden walls)’.                              (…to be continued…)

read part two here