Begin an authentic relationship with the Lord

Harem Dancers by Fabio Fabbi

This is not a normal teaching from your normal church.  Some experiences cannot be shared by the congregation.

This blog is not for the immature or new believer. It is for the believer who sits up one days and says “I want more, in my relationship with God. I want to be closer to my God, my King, my Redeemer, and my Beloved.”

The Song of Songs teaches that we are all in God’s harem.  We are all brides of Messiah, individually. For purposes of the blog I have substituted Harem where one would normally write congregation, church, or believers. The great love poem was left for us to understand that the  relationship with out Lord is to be as intimate as any passionate encounter.

Jezreel is The Valley of Decision

Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. Joel 3:14 

The valley of decision is not a literal place, just as Armageddon is not literal (see the Battle of Armageddon). The valley of Jezreel in Israel represents a state of mind or rather the nations religious beliefs.

At the western end of the valley of Jezreel stands Mount Carmel where Elijah called down fire from heaven [1Kings 18]. This is where Elijah had challenged the priest of Baal to a kind of duel between his God and theirs.

Aerial view of Tel Megiddo by AVRAM GRAICER

Aerial view of Tel Megiddo by AVRAM GRAICER

The sight was chosen to make Elijah’s point. If you stand on top of mount Carmel and look east toward Mount Tabor you would have seen the city of Megiddo on the north side of the valley and the city of Jezreel on the south.  Megiddo means “the place of cutting”.  The priests of Baal had come from city of Megiddo for that is where their cult center was. Cutting themselves was a central part in the worship of Baal.

 

Jezreel- 24 December 2005, picture by Ori~

Jezreel- 24 December 2005, picture by Ori~

Whereas Jezreel mean “God sows”.   This is what Elijah was referring to,

And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. 1Kings 18:21 

Make your choice, which city do you belong to?

At the time of Elijah these two cities no longer stood in contrast to each other. Ahab and Jezebel lived in and had corrupted Jezreel. For which they and their children paid a terrible price. Not one survived.

” He said,  “Take them alive.” And they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of Beth-eked, forty-two persons, and he spared none of them. 2 Kings 10:1-14 

The lesson or principle here is that we are to have nothing further to do with the false church. The false preachers, priests, and teachers who have compromised with paganism from the beginning.

Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues. Rev. 18:4   

This is what happens to those who conspire against God and His purposes, and those who associate themselves with them. Like the kinsmen of Ahaziah the neighboring kingdom, you should have nothing to do with the apostates. [2 Kings 10]

But God is able to restore us to a right relationship with Him. But we must stop the Baal and Ashtaroth worship.  We must stop mixing the pagan with the divine. Stop standing in the middle of the valley, get yourself into Jezreel.

 “And in that day, says the LORD, I will answer the heavens and they shall answer the earth;  and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil, and they shall answer Jezreel;  and I will sow him for myself in the land. And I will have pity on Not pitied, and I will say to Not my people,  ‘You are my people’; and he shall say ‘Thou art my God.’” Hos. 2:21-23

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; Eph. 6:14

For a complete understanding of what is Babylon see: The Two Babylons, or The Papal Worship Proved to be The Worship of Nimrod and His Wife by Alexander Hislop.

Renew or Repair your Mind

The Greek word for renew is anakainosis, it means to make new, to renew, to repair so that it is superior.Amerling, Friedrich Von (1803-1887) -The Oriental

True ladies of the Harem renew their minds. It is our work.

In the letter to the Gentile churches believers are called on to renew their minds, spirits, and knowledge.

Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Rom. 12:2

. . . he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, Titus 3:5

. . . and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Col. 3:10

. . . and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, Eph. 4:23

The Hebrew equivalent in the Old Testament is chadash, and is most often used in the cleansing of the temple. The temple was constantly being corrupted by pagan idols and practices. Just as our temples of the Holy Spirit are continually subject to the temptation of these same pagan concepts.

Then Samuel said to the people,  “Come, let us go to Gilgal and there renew the kingdom.” 1Sam. 11:14

When Asa heard these words, the prophecy of Azariah the son of Oded, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had taken in the hill country of Ephraim, and he repaired the altar of the LORD that was in front of the vestibule of the house of the LORD. 2Chr. 15:8 

After this Joash decided to restore the house of the LORD. 2Chr. 24:4

It is the Spirit of God that is the agent of renewal.

. . . thou dost renew thy witnesses against me, and increase thy vexation toward me; thou dost bring fresh hosts against me. Job 10:17

When thou sendest forth thy Spirit, they are created; and thou renewest the face of the ground. Psa. 104:30

Restore us to thyself, O LORD, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old! Lam. 5:21

We must return to learning Messiah and the only way to do that is to read the Bible.

17   Now this I affirm and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds;  18 they are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart;  19 they have become callous and have given themselves up to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of uncleanness.  20 You did not so learn Christ! —  21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus.  22 Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts,  23 and be renewed in the spirit of your minds,  24 and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Eph. 4:17-24

Piety

Where have all the pious people gone? As a child I remember old people in the church deeply grieved about how the young people were no longer respectful of God. The way we treated Him like a buddy and friend rather than the Judge and Righteous King He is.

I must say it is even worse now as the next generation is more profane than the sailors when I was a child. Piety as a word has all but disappeared in our post-modern language. Piety is presented as a negative word for as long as I can remember. It represented one who was so heavenly minded that they were no earthly good, or too religious.

“Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Matt. 6:1

And when Peter saw it he addressed the people, “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk?” Acts 3:12 

When we consider that the Greek word for pious is dikaiosun and that it is most often translated as righteousness, we get a new perspective on what is meant.

But seek first his kingdom and his piousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. Matt. 6:33

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for piousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matt. 5:6 

We should seek and thirst for a pious life. Rather than the earthly life that is before us.

The crazy thing is that most of those who fain piety, don’t believe it when they see it is others. However a sinner knows it when they see it.

For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the harlots believed him; and even when you saw it, you did not afterward repent and believe him. Matt. 21:32 

The world must be convinced of piousness, because Messiah is not physically here to do the convincing.

7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.  8 And when he comes, he will convince the world concerning sin and piousness and judgment:  9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me;  10 concerning piousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more;  11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. John 16:7-11

We need to get our pious on.

And Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality,  35 but in every nation any one who fears him and does what is pious is acceptable to him. Acts 10:34   

Now go back through the verses because dikaiosun can also mean just/justice.

Shame/Boshet

More word play in the Hebrew or things lost in translation

There are several names that have the ending boshet at the end their name. The most famous of which is Maphibosheth/

David and Maphibosheth

David and Maphibosheth

Mefivshet Johnathan’s son. [2Sam. 4; 2Sam. 9; 2Sam. 16; 2Sam. 19;  2Sam. 21] Boshet is Hebrew for shame. So Maphibosheth means from the mouth of shame. Seems a strange thing to name a child even for Hebrew speakers.

The other famous one is Maphibosheth’s uncle Ish-bosheth’s (man of shame) whose name was changed from Ashba’al or Eshba’al (man of Ba’al ).

These names where altered presumably by a later scribe or scribes who were tired of all the pagan references to the pagan gods and altered the names substituting boshet for the pagan god’s name, so Maphibosheth was actually named Merib-baal meaning from the mouth of Ba’al. We know this because they missed two references each in the geneologies.

. . . and the son of Jonathan was Merib-baal; and Merib-baal was the father of Micah. 1Chr. 8:34

 . . . and the son of Jonathan was Merib-baal; and Merib-baal was the father of Micah. 1Chr. 9:40

Ner was the father of Kish, Kish of Saul, Saul of Jonathan, Malchishua, Abinadab, and Esh-baal; 1Chr. 8:33

Ner was the father of Kish, Kish of Saul, Saul of Jonathan, Malchishua, Abinadab, and Eshbaal; 1Chr. 9:39

It all makes one wonder about the house of Saul. What was a son and grandson named for the pagan god Ba’al?

Jeremiah uses the words as synonyms in Hebrew parallelism poetry.

For your gods have become as many as your cities, O Judah; and as many as the streets of Jerusalem are the altars you have set up to shame, altars to burn incense to Baal. Jer. 11:13

molech kingThe other famous name is Molech. Now Hebrew has no vowels, however in the middle ages people were forgetting how words were pronounced so the Rabbis came up with a method of making little marks (nicadote) around the letters to indicate the vowel sounds. The words for king, messenger/angel, and the pagan god Molech are all spelled the same, the only difference are these vowel pointings. The vowel pointings for Molech may not be the way it was pronounced because they use the vowels from boshet, the scribe/scribes have hidden their cryptogram by making Melech into Molech, the king of shame.

 

 

See Also: Paronomasia/Word Play in the Bible

Ezek. 16:53-63 A Foundling’s Tail

une-ouled-nail by Dinet, Etienne 1861 - 192953   “I will restore their fortunes, both the fortunes of Sodom and her daughters, and the fortunes of Samaria and her daughters, and I will restore your own fortunes in the midst of them,  54 that you may bear your disgrace and be ashamed of all that you have done, becoming a consolation to them.  55 As for your sisters, Sodom and her daughters shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate; and you and your daughters shall return to your former estate.  56 Was not your sister Sodom a byword in your mouth in the day of your pride,  57 before your wickedness was uncovered? Now you have become like her an object of reproach for the daughters of Edom and all her neighbors, and for the daughters of the Philistines, those round about who despise you.  58 You bear the penalty of your lewdness and your abominations, says the LORD. 

59   “Yea, thus says the Lord GOD: I will deal with you as you have done, who have despised the oath in breaking the covenant,  60 yet I will remember my covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish with you an everlasting covenant.  61 Then you will remember your ways, and be ashamed when I take your sisters, both your elder and your younger, and give them to you as daughters, but not on account of the covenant with you.  62 I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall know that I am the LORD,  63 that you may remember and be confounded, and never open your mouth again because of your shame, when I forgive you all that you have done, says the Lord GOD.” “Ezek. 16:53-63

Abruptly and unexpectedly, the rebuke takes a turn. The tone of condemnation is subjugated to one of forgiveness and restoration. As a Historicist I do not like to speculate on an unfulfilled passage. Historicist’s prefer to wait until the event is in the history books before commenting. So we shall look at some ideas that have been proposed.

The covenant theologians have a simple solution. All the prophecies concerning Israel and Judah are transferred to the church. Because they teach that Israel and Judah are cut off forever. So this is just about the church repenting as they are saved.

For the dispensationalist, there is a real problem here, for those who are incline to believe and teach that Judah’s fortunes began being restored in 1948.  Where is Samaria i.e. the Northern Kingdom of Israel? Sodom was gone before Ezekiel wrote this prophecy. Because dispensationalist take everything woodenly literal they need Sodom to be restored. However Sodom was so utterly eliminated, that the archeologist still don’t agree where it was. There simply are no people to restore. Also the present country of Israel is unrepentant, and still refusing to accept that a first century Rabbi from the backwaters of Nazareth is their Messiah. Some  of them teach that Sodom stands for the Moabites and Ammonites, the descendants of Lot who were the only survivors of the judgment [Gen 19].  However, today there are no Moabite or Ammonites left. Neither is there a Philistia or Edom.

Yes! we see the little hopeful Messianic in the back of the room, chirping, “but nothing in impossible with God”. Yes! but a lot of things are improbable. Scripture interprets Scripture, not our hopes and ideas.

It is also possible that Ezekiel means something else when he says Sodom. In the Book of the Revelation, Sodom and Egypt are an allegory for “the great city” which we know to be Papal Rome. [Rev 11:8]

And just as it is appointed for men to die once, and after that comes judgment, Heb. 9:27 There are no second chances. We don’t see how all these people can literally come back and be restored. But then it doesn’t have anything that would make one think that it is symbolic either.

Time will tell. Somehow the Northern Tribes and Sodom must be repentant and restored back from their captivity, at the same time as Judah, and since Judah is due to be exiled once more, maybe this is farther in the future then we think. (See Also: Zech. 14:1-5]

Ezekiel 16:43b-52 A Foundlings Tail (part 7)

 

The Lack of Charity

The Abandoned“Have you not committed lewdness in addition to all your abominations?  44 Behold, every one who uses proverbs will use this proverb about you, ‘Like mother, like daughter.’  45 You are the daughter of your mother, who loathed her husband and her children; and you are the sister of your sisters, who loathed their husbands and their children. Your mother was a Hittite and your father an Amorite.  46 And your elder sister is Samaria, who lived with her daughters to the north of you; and your younger sister, who lived to the south of you, is Sodom with her daughters.  47 Yet you were not content to walk in their ways, or do according to their abominations; within a very little time you were more corrupt than they in all your ways.  48 As I live, says the Lord GOD, your sister Sodom and her daughters have not done as you and your daughters have done.  49 Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, surfeit of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.  50 They were haughty, and did abominable things before me; therefore I removed them, when I saw it.  51 Samaria has not committed half your sins; you have committed more abominations than they, and have made your sisters appear righteous by all the abominations which you have committed.  52 Bear your disgrace, you also, for you have made judgment favorable to your sisters; because of your sins in which you acted more abominably than they, they are more in the right than you. So be ashamed, you also, and bear your disgrace, for you have made your sisters appear righteous. Ezek. 16:43b-52

God starts out with the insult of insults, instead of being His beloved, pure and clean, she is rather the daughter of a Hittite and Amorite  and a sister to Samaria. But to top it off, He compares them to Sodom, nothing in the Bible is a greater insult than being compared to Sodom. Even in our culture Sodom is a byword for all that is evil and destined to be destroyed. A city so wicked that God erased them from the face of the earth. Archeologist  are still not definitive as to where it was. One of the mistaken interpretations of Gen 19, that the great sin of the city was homosexuality. We see here that the greater sin was being uncharitable to the poor and needy.

A careful reading of Gen 19 reveals that it is not their homosexuality that was condemned, but the fact that their homosexuality caused them to behave in an inhospitable manner. Throughout the ancient world hospitality was a cardinal responsibility of everyone. There were no inns or hostile for travelers to stay in. So it was a universal rule that travelers be taken in and cared for and protected. Most pagan culture have a similar story where the god or king goes traveling to see if his people are kind and charitable or not. If they treat him well they are rewarded, if not they are punished or cursed. In Gen 19, where the three visitors come to Sodom, only Lot offers them hospitality. Because of the wholesale homosexuality the citizens of the city, they only want to prey on the visitor rather than protect them, and this is why they were cursed. This is not the instructions of God. The law states that the traveler is to be shown hospitality.

Love the sojourner therefore; for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. Deut. 10:19

Because Judah had the temple, she is more guilty than the Northern tribes.  After Solomon’s reign the Northern ten tribes had split politically with Judah. This left Samaria or the northern tribes with no access to the temple, and it’s distribution system. The reason that this is important is that God’s welfare system was to be run by the priests and Levites through the temple.  See Also: Tithing.

Where Samaria’s inhospitality was there because they had lost the distribution network. Judah was without excuse as they had the temple and the Priests and Levites to instruct them. Clearly from this text we see that they had not kept these laws of charity and hospitality. They now stand condemned by God for not caring for the poor and needy, their neighbor or the traveler.

God clearly intended for his spiritual leaders to care for the poor and needy, not the government. It was to the temple and Levites that the widow and orphans were to turn, not the king. When the early church was uninvited to the temple they picked deacons to fulfill this need. [Acts 6] They did not complain to the temple authorities. They did not turn to the Roman government.

Should Christians Obtain a State Issued Marriage License?

wedding-ringsAfter the US Supreme Court decision on marriage last week, we have been considering writing a long paper on the signing of state issued licenses. However after poking around on the internet we find we don’t need to write the paper, it has already been written.

5 Reasons Why Christians Should Not Obtain a State Marriage License

Warning, We haven’t read anything else from this sight.