WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT SELFISHNESS?

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT SELFISHNESS?

Selfishness is that attitude of being concerned with one’s own interests above the interests of others. However, the Bible commands us to “do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4, NASB).

It’s interesting to note in this passage that Paul compares selfishness to “empty conceit”—a term that could be translated “vanity” or “arrogance.” It refers to an overly high opinion of oneself. Selfishness, then, is akin to narcissism, and excuses are a narcissist’s best friend.

Selfishness or empty conceit is often expressed by building up oneself while tearing down someone else. It is one of the “works of the flesh” according to Galatians 5:20. It leads to “disorder and every evil practice” (James 3:16). Selfishness caused the children of Israel to “willfully put Elohim to the test by demanding the food they craved” (Psalm 78:18). Selfishness causes those with means to show no compassion for others in need. (1 John 3:17) Selfishness ruins friendships (Proverbs 18:1), hinders prayer (James 4:3), and is the product of earthly wisdom (James 3:13-14).

The opposite of selfishness is also found in Philippians 2: being united with Yeshua, having tenderness and compassion, and “being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose” (Philippians 2:2).

Combating the sin of selfish ambition requires genuine humility. Unpretentious humility restores and grows relationships. Being humble involves having a true perspective about ourselves in relation to Yehovah. “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith YHVH has given you” (Romans 12:3).

Prayer and a love of Scripture are necessary as well. “Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain” (Psalm 119:36). Love covers a multitude of sins, including selfishness. If we are truly “devoted to one another in brotherly love” (Romans 12:10), we cannot be selfish. Having the attitude of Yeshua is to demonstrate tenderness and compassion for all those we come in contact with.


Another sure cure for selfishness is to know where our treasure is. The Christian Israelite holds the things of this world loosely because he is laying up “treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:19-21). He knows it is “more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35), and he lives according to the truth that “YHVH loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Once any true, genuine, and real believer – rather than being a fake through words this world of modern Christianity has become so good at – understands this truth on love for others from scripture, they will also know that Yehovah cannot be known through uncountable words of love, song, tears, and even waving their arms towards heaven, when they themselves have showed no action towards loving others as they love themselves being the royal law.

“If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.” James 2:8

A man or woman will say I love you to their spouse or lover – and then go to have many more; and this world of Christianity is no different when saying how much they love Jesus Christ and God the Father while not even knowing their proper names;

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ZOXmRb/the-true-pronunciation-of-the-sacred-name

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/NZ1l1v/how-yeshua-became-jesus

Plus taking part in pagan holidays like Christmas, Easter, and many more when living in total disobedience through showing absolutely zero love for Yehovah or others in doing as the word instructs: thus committing spiritual adultery in the worst possible way as made very clear in Hosea.

This link below that I wrote over 2 years ago reveals through scripture just how Yehovah views all shepherds, pastors, ministers, reverends, bishops, and every religious title along with all congregations — plus many verses on how to gain YHVH’s mercy during the coming worst timesoftrouble ever before on this planet earth.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ljD9ZQ/vital-untaught-truth-in-all-religions-worldwide

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[ Yodh. ] Your hands have made me and established me; Give me understanding and a teachable heart, that I may learn Your commandments.
How can we have a teachable heart when it has been given through trust in man only to become twisted, clogged, and polluted with human doctrines and traditions not written in the words we are to live by?

After 15 years of private Bible studies and keeping to myself, in 2005 I went to Iraq as a civilian welder for the US Army, and after 6 months took a two week rest in the Philippines; and it was right then that I planned on returning.

On December 3rd, 2006 being exactly one year later, I arrived in Manila on a one way ticket from Chicago’s O’Hare to begin a different way of life which taught me how to live on faith through dependence on our creator, become disassociated with worldly ways, beliefs, and religions – while also – my wife and I – living a decade lacking all basic needs – therefore, my experience with all Christianity has been seeing them just as our Father through pride with greed while coveting all earthly and material items for themselves – and showing no compassion in any way whatsoever for those crying out to this world for any small help that hear not through being lost in their own darkness – and completely unprepared for their coming calamity when Yehovah Elohim will laugh at them and not hear their prayers just as they heard not the needs of others. Proverbs 1:26, Lamentations 3:8, 44, etc.

Below are some links that show my past ten years of effort along with some information and photos that describe the way life has been for my wife and I since we met March 21st 2007, and as I write these words, as usual we have no food, money, or life with anyone that cares with today’s Christianity through their true color is by far the worst when it comes to doing what the Bible instructs; far as how we can have Internet without funds — because from a neighbor’s router it has been free since the fall of 2015. Any more questions for judgment Christians love for protecting their $$$?

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The bottom line is this; even with likes, help will never come unless Yehovah psychologically directs – because for the most part, people being who they are is no more than words.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/about/  Myself

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/  Contains writings on faith, truth, obedience, end times, human suffering, slavery, and more.

My Efforts for Spiritual Knowledge https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  http://timesofroubles.webs.com/mywritingsforgod.htm

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble offers a good choice being many [over 240] individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet.

http://vigilantcitizen.com/ – How Powerful This World of Darkness Truly Is

https://truthernews.wordpress.com/ – In depth fact most all don’t want or have knowledge of.

http://www.newworldordernews.com/ – Accurate news on twisted people in every position so true people cannot believe.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/ – Continual reports which reveal just how deranged our human race has become.

Contact

timesoftroubles@gmail.com

My wife and I have lived on our faith for 10 years while always being in need for just basic items like peter pan, smuckers, rice, bread and basic needs while just accepting our hardship; and that is because living as have-not is only blending in with a billion others living in far worse circumstance; therefore any help at all would be a very kind action.

jeffcallarman@ymail.com our Paypal email and ID

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A Well-Worn Bible Reveals What Dust Collectors Hide

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Nothing on this earth through human beings is by accident; thus all known, planned, and predestined for specific individuals having a purpose – or do you think as all worldly existing in their unknown ways of darkness lacking True Light?

The first section of all you shall read are words by writer Casandra as a loving sister in Christ – along with my comments in bold.

It has been said that a bible falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t. I like that. The well-worn pages of a bible tell a beautiful story. Every wrinkle marks a spot where someone came to meet God. The notes written in the margin are reminders of lessons learned, questions asked, and surrender given. In a few places, you might find smeared ink where tear drops have fallen, battles have been fought, and sins have been forgiven. The cracked, worn binding of a Bible reveals strength that has been unleashed in prayer as the words of God have breathed life into a soul.

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The Bible is more than a book. God breathed and His heart took shape in the form of words on paper. His Word is a window into who He is, how He loves us, and what He is doing in us. It is a mirror by which we can see our own hearts. It shows us the truth about who we are, why we need Him, and who we can be in Him. It is a light that shows us where to go, who to trust, and how to be filled with joy.

Many believers can write beautiful words through their own spirit as uplifting, positive, hope filled, and very pleasing to read, even though YHVHs spirit is completely absent because of their many unknown iniquities which have separated them from YHVH, and that is because there has always been many Gods just as Satan being the God of this misled world all unknowingly believe and follow through uncountable different ways; after all, is not he the father of lies?

In opening our Bibles, we receive an amazing gift. Each word echoes with the voice of God. Every book points to Jesus. Every verse reveals His plan, His purposes, and His passion for you. Every time you open your Bible you meet God. You come into His presence and have the chance for a fresh start, new beginning, radical transformation, or quiet grace.

If every time a Christian opened their Bible, or dust collector, what gift, what echo, or what voice could they possibly receive or hear through being separated? How many Christians obey loving others as they love themselves? How many accept self sacrifice to help another in need? How many prove all things through spiritual research? How many do things commanded rather than what their own mind leads? Through these past nine years, even with hundreds of thousands of views through my now 15 free websites, I have yet to find just one true Christian brother, sister, shepherd, or anyone for some help on a regular basis, and just a little help like an old box of misc unused whatever, or some original Kraft dinners that to me would be as a good meal and blessing; yet our world of Christians all claiming love, saved, born again, forgiven, or whatever are actually living in very dead faith because of their own zeroed actions. Mathews 4:4, James 2:14-17, Hebrews 11:6  

God gives us a stunning promise about what will happen when we allow Him to unleash the power of His Word in our lives. “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” – Isaiah 55:10-11

Do you want to flourish? Do you want to be fruitful? Fill yourself with the words of God. His Word will not return to Him without fulfilling His deepest desire in you. Opening His Word makes it possible for Him to achieve His purpose in your life. His purpose is transformation. He wants to fill you with Jesus.

Opening His word ten thousand times, or every day for a hundred years will accomplish absolutely zilch when the instruction within is not followed; therefore whatever read or spoken through any directed by their own spirit such as all the greatest loved TV preachers and EVANGELISTS WORLDWIDE HAVING MANY MILLIONS OF FOLLOWERS — actually becomes as worthless dust in the wind.

My Jesus Resolution today is to open my Bible and meet God in its pages. Today I am not going to read just to check it off my list or quiet the guilt-o-meter. I am going to still my spirit and listen for the voice of God. I am going to let my heart beat in anticipation of being with the One who loves me beyond measure. I am going to let the richness of His Word feed my deepest hunger. I am going to let the living waters of His presence fill the deep crevices of my soul. And if my Bible looks well-loved, it will just be a reflection of a heart that has taken a journey of joy.

What saddens me greatly is just how few even have a guilt-o-meter, and if any do, their relief is only words with nothing more to quiet it – while still totally ignoring their dust book of instruction revealing them as the goats in Matthew 25:31-46, rather than sheep hearing their Lord Yeshua.

Because I do have well over two decades seeking, my Bible is well-worn through over 25 years of use – while never being a church member or associated since 1995.

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The words read by Casandra at the start of this writing, being an author, speaker, and lover of God and Christ are very uplifting, moving, heartfelt, and joyful because all she writes seems as straight-up pure promise requiring zero efforts, sacrifice, or obedience, while bringing great delight; and truth is, that is what all Christianity really want to hear from other believers, priests, pastors, ministers, bishops, laymen, and prophets being filled with love towards YHVH almighty and our Lord Yeshua in the same way — but sadly, only through words with nothing added, as I have witnessed and experienced since the end of 2006; therefore any words spoken or written being the opposite of what all worldly Christian speakers lead their followers to believe – which is completely lacking and misleading regarding their hopes, dreams, and desire of being close to Yehovah and Yeshua – are shunned, ignored, not liked, not listened to, and not believed while hating or despising whomever delivers them – even though scripture being 31,102 verses, depending on which Bible version is a message, instruction, and warning directly to Israel being Christianity scattered worldwide according to the Bible through scripture few really understand; and that is because of what has been written below in Revelation 12:9 that none believe.

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Want more biblical knowledge from a man not of this world according to the scripture not understood in John 15:18-21? https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/RJP16w/how-christians-lacking-spiritual-knowledge-hate-god   

Where is all the joy she and this world of Christian believers speak about? Now for me and my wife, tears have been plenty, and the battles between flesh and spirit are nonstop; however . . .

“The prophets tell lies. The priests will not do what they were chosen to do, and my people love it this way! But what will you people do when your punishment comes? Jeremiah 5:31

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Has this world of Christianity been told to come out of all the church buildings of man where Satan dwells? Do Christians even know that all the rough, unsmooth, non uplifting and negative scripture is speaking to them as if being a mirror to the words?

Have believers been made aware that salvation for all mankind, which Yeshua accomplished through being crucified, only becomes eternal through being obedient as stated in Hebrews chapter 5:8-9? And that obedience will come when this world is being judged.

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In Isaiah 26:9 is what lies ahead for all on this earth, and verse 20 speaks of the few with verse 21 being the many of this world. Read the 16 verses in Psalms 91 which discuses the two kinds of people.

Most importantly is how our entire race has been deceived, totally misled, conned, beguiled, lied to, tricked, and even paying unbiblical tithes along with many additional offerings which rarely go where people have been told, but rather line many crooked pockets just as world governments, charities, and Good Will as Wal-Mart selling massive amounts of product obtained for free, and that’s good will, rather than helping those in need? — and all spoken my brothers and sisters includes the over two billion Christians everywhere on this earth – or is Revelation 12:9 only a godly lies not including Christians?

If and when pulpits talk about world deception, wolves in sheep’s clothing, etc, — they really have no idea whatsoever that they are talking about themselves, because if they did – their error would be revealed to the congregation they teach, repentance would follow, and proper lead through much self sacrifice through becoming doers of the word would occur, rather than hearers only deceiving themselves. James 1:22-25

Would you like over 200 pages of rough read from scripture on this world of preacher teachers, churches, Satan, and congregations?

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ljD9ZQ/vital-untaught-truth-in-all-religions-worldwide

When is the last time any religious title of all Christian denominations very sternly told their believers these following words from Isaiah 54:7-8 and 59:2?

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So what exactly is iniquity, and why should Christians be concerned?

In Psalm 32:5, the psalmist says, “I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” In this one verse, “sin,” “iniquity,” and “transgression” are all mentioned. Basically, the three words communicate the same idea: evil and lawlessness, as defined by God (see 1 John 3:4). However, upon closer examination, each word also carries a slightly different meaning.

The word sin and its cognates are used 786 times in the New International Version of the Bible. Sin means “to miss the mark.” It can refer to doing something against God or against a person (Exodus 10:16), doing the opposite of what is right (Galatians 5:17), doing something that will have negative results (Proverbs 24:33–34), and failing to do something you know is right (James 4:17). In the Old Testament, God even instituted sacrifices for unintentional sins (Numbers 15:27). Sin is the general term for anything that “falls short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Sin leads to a downward progression that, without the restoring power of the Holy Spirit, we all tend toward. The sin nature is present in every human being born since the Fall of Adam (Genesis 3:6–7; Romans 5:12). If left unchecked, continual sin leads to a “reprobate mind,” spoken of in Romans 1:24. Our sin nature causes us to gravitate naturally toward selfishness, envy, and pride, even when we are trying to do good. The apostle Paul alluded to his propensity to sin when he wrote, “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Romans 7:18).

The sin nature leads to trespassing. A trespasser is someone who crosses a line or climbs a fence that he should not cross or climb. A trespass may be intentional or unintentional. Trespass can also mean “to fall away after being close beside.” Peter trespassed when he denied Yeshua (Luke 22:34, 56–62). We all “cross the line” in thought, word, or attitude many times a day and should be quick to forgive others who do the same (Matthew 6:15).

Transgression refers to presumptuous sin. It means “to choose to intentionally disobey; willful trespassing.” Samson intentionally broke his Nazirite vow by touching a dead lion (Numbers 6:1–5; Judges 14:8–9) and allowing his hair to be cut (Judges 16:17); in doing so he was committing a transgression. David was referring to this kind of sin when he wrote, “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered” (Psalm 32:1). When we knowingly run a stop sign, tell a lie, or blatantly disregard an authority through disobeying Yehovah instruction, we are transgressing.

In the Old Testament of the 11 words translated “iniquity,” by far the most common and important is `awon (about 215 times). Etymologically, it is customary to explain it as meaning literally “crookedness,” “perverseness,” i.e. evil regarded as that which is not straight or upright, moral distortion (from `iwwah, “to bend,” “make crooked,” “pervert”). Driver, however (following Lagarde), maintains that two roots, distinct in Arabic, have been confused in Hebrew, one equals “to bend,” “pervert” (as above), and the other equals “to err,” “go astray”; that `awon is derived from the latter, and consequently expresses the idea of error, deviation from the right path, rather than that of perversion (Driver, Notes on Sam, 135 note) Whichever etymology is adopted, in actual usage it has three meanings which almost imperceptibly pass into each other:

(1) iniquity,

(2) guilt of iniquity,

(3) punishment of iniquity.

For any true and genuine believer, the only way for our path in this life must come from our creator – so when we only look to YHVH just as our Head Yeshua, His truth is set before us, IF, we seek his truth through our dedication of study; and to actually study and show ourselves approved takes so much time that worldly ways simply become as obsolete or done away with because our mind has become set on things above as written in Colossians 3:1-4 – Because only then shall all of these verses below become as greatly needed and required spiritual education when read.

Primarily, it denotes “not an action, but the character of an action” (Oehler), and is so distinguished from “sin” (chaTTa’th). Hence, we have the expression “the iniquity of my sin” (Psalms 32:5). “ I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord [continually unfolding the past till all is told]—then You [instantly] forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

And while you are thinking about that – think on this world of deception having over two billion Christians filled with so much iniquity, that they don’t even know they have been made crooked and off the path of righteousness through disobedience to Yehovah; so how can they confess what sin, such as pagan Christmas billions take part in – yet is not even known as being iniquity?? And in truth, do any Christians ever really confess their daily sins to our Father that He already knows? 

What about all Christians living by the Torah, laws, and feasts having no pagan holidays? All any need to do is ask themselves what they have ever really sacrificed to help others in need – and they have their answer as in YHVH knows all things; therefore shall reward them equally during world chaos, famine, drought; in plain English – whatever you have done for others shall be returned in the same measure – so spare a crumb, get a crumb, give what you can according to your heart, and what is possible – and our Father will show you His mercy during the coming perilous times.

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 “For though you wash yourself with lye and use much soap, yet your iniquity and guilt are still [upon you; you are] spotted, dirty, and stained before Me, says the Lord. (Jeremiah 2:22)

Do any of today’s shepherds worldwide tell their congregation how and why Yehovah God views them all as spotted, dirty, and stained?

From “guilt” it again passes into the meaning of “punishment of guilt,” just as Latin piaculum may denote both guilt and its punishment. The transition is all the easier in Hebrew because of the Hebrew sense of the intimate relation of sin and suffering, e.g. Genesis 4:13, “My punishment is greater than I can bear”; which is obviously to be preferred to King James Version margin, the Revised Version, margin “Mine iniquity is greater than can be forgiven,” for Cain is not so much expressing sorrow for his sin, as complaining of the severity of his punishment; compare 2 Kings 7:9 (the Revised Version (British and American) “punishment,” the Revised Version margin “iniquity”); Isaiah 5:18 (where for “iniquity” we might have “punishment of iniquity,” as in Leviticus 26:41,43, etc.); Isaiah 40:2 (“iniquity,” the Revised Version margin “punishment”). The phrase “bear iniquity” is a standing expression for bearing its consequences, i.e. its penalty; generally of the sinner bearing the results of his own iniquity (Leviticus 17:16; 20:17,19; Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 44:10, etc.), but sometimes of one bearing the iniquity of another vicariously, and so taking it away (e.g. Ezekiel 4:4; 18:19 f). Of special interest in the latter sense are the sufferings of the Servant of Yahweh, who shall “bear the iniquities” of the people (Isaiah 53:11; compare Isaiah 53:6).

Other words frequently translated “iniquity” are:

‘awen, literally, “worthlessness,” “vanity,” hence, “naughtiness,” “mischief” (47 times in the King James Version, especially in the phrase “workers of iniquity,” Job 4:8; Psalms 5:5; 6:8; Proverbs 10:29, etc.); `awel and `awlah, literally, “perverseness” (Deuteronomy 32:4; Job 6:29 the King James Version, etc.).

In the New Testament “iniquity” stands for anomia equals properly, “the condition of one without law,” “lawlessness” (so translated in 1John 3:4, elsewhere “iniquity,” e.g. Matthew 7:23), a word which frequently stood for `awon in the Septuagint; and adikia, literally, “unrighteousness” (e.g. Luke 13:27).

Who am I to speak a real truth this world of Christianity wants not?

Did Job choose the way he suffered? How the early years of about Joseph? Daniel in prison and the lion’s den? What about Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and the fiery furnace? Did Peter and other men of YHVH expect their ways of death? Did Jeremiah want to be let down into a dungeon with mire and left to die? Did Paul want a life with many thorns including false brethren, being stoned and left for dead? What about Ezekiel surrounded by scorpions being prophecy describing this world of Israelite’s who know not their own identity?

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What about the signs of the times, and the coming punishment upon this entire world of disobedient, prideful, and very selfish and blinded Christians described in the 66 verses of Lamentations 3?

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What I know for sure without question or doubt is the indescribable world chaos being en route, and almost upon our entire human race as the beginning of our end under the yoke of pathetic human rule bringing 3 1/2 years affliction, wrath, and suffering followed by 3 1/2 years of great tribulation being the worst timesoftrouble since the creation of humanity; and with this spiritual understanding I am becoming prepared for my journey as one of the 144,000 that I will be a part of. . .

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/08/13/the-two-witnesses-of-revelation/

Read well the above link, and then ask yourself, will you also have part in the greatest position that a Christian could ever again gain as becoming a part of YHVHs eternal government? Do you want the hard walk of living on faith, being hated and casting plagues upon a rebellious mankind, and then your own death and resurrection? What I also know is this earthly life has never done me good in 61 years – so the difficult times lying ahead for me bring my only joy because I know where my final end shall be . . .

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Why did I leave America at the end of 2006 on a one way ticket to the Philippines with just over one thousand dollars to start a new life with absolutely zero income? Because sin dwells in us all, why was Job, Jeremiah, Paul and all who suffered drawn for YHVHs use?

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/OzPBmQ/what-compelled-me-to-author-my-first-book-message-for-this-entire-human-race

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble  offers a good choice being many individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide mislead Christianity according to the Bible.

 

 

 

THE GODS OF THE NATIONS

We all truly live within a world of deception so great, that even all those having good intent backed with decades of study, writings, prayers, and even self sacrifice through living conditions, health, and other issues have also been deceived; however all is according to the will and purpose of YHVH. Now my life at 61 has drastically changed through my strong addiction of spiritual truth set before me rather than my past decades of learning only partial truth through mixed doctrines, mistranslated words in all English Bibles, and massive division in not only Christianity, but all religions and beliefs worldwide. In YHVHs time, all will learn truth and righteousness – but until that time arrives during the millennial kingdom, only chosen firstfruits are being fed spiritual truth unknown to all of this world.

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In our modern era of advanced technology, if something cannot be quantified by science or directly observed with the five senses, many now think it unsophisticated or outright foolish to believe in it.  Even some religious people have succumbed to this secular mindset.  Consequently, today the supernatural spirit realm revealed in the Bible has been redefined, minimized, or outright rejected by a significant number of people.

Yet this is no new position (Ecc. 1:9); the Sadducees of Yeshua’s day also rejected the existence of angels and spirits (Acts 23:8).  In the first centuries after the founding of the New Testament church, rabbinic Judaism and nascent Christianity abandoned the scriptural teaching on the spirit realm.   Both groups redefined their theological positions to differentiate themselves from one another.  As a result, most Jews and Christians now view angels through the lens of their respective traditions rather than what the Bible actually says.

However, the true history of this world is much different than what most have been taught and now believe.  The Holy Scriptures reveal a fantastic tale of powerful spirit beings that have been and continue to be intimately involved in directing and governing the affairs of mankind.  As disclosed in the Bible (the world’s ONLY standard of truth), this involvement goes back to humanity’s origin at the very beginning of creation.

In this article, we’re going to look at the role that these mighty spirit beings called “‘elohim” (“gods”) have played in the history of mankind.  The role of the ‘elohim in human history is generally unknown, ignored, or willfully rejected by mainstream Christianity.   However, there is a considerable amount of information in the Bible about this topic.  In addition to the Scriptures, we will refer to several ancient writings which depict the established view at the time of Yeshua.  This ancient understanding contradicts later religious beliefs that eventually became entrenched as orthodox doctrine.

In his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul makes a statement that is often repeated but not generally well understood:

EPHESIANS 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (NIV)

Who are these “rulers,” these “authorities,” these “powers,” these “spiritual forces of evil” that rule in our world and in the first two heavens (i.e., the skies and outer space)?  Where did they come from?  How did they receive their authority to rule?

IN THE BEGINNING – THE LIGHT

For an understanding of where these ‘elohey hagoyim (“gods of the nations”), also called the beney ha’elohim (“sons of God”) originated, we must go back to the very beginning, recorded in Genesis 1.  Here we see the figurative description of the origin of the greatest “Son of God”:

GENESIS 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth [ha’aretz].  2 The earth [ha’aretz] was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (NKJV)

In Hebrew, the root word ‘eretz (“earth”) can either be viewed as the entire world, or “land” as opposed to bodies of water.  The context of a statement in the Bible has to determine the meaning of this word.  In these two verses, ha’aretz is a reference to the entire earth.  At this point in the creation sequence, the earth was simply an unfinished mass of raw materials that would afterward be used to fashion all things.

GENESIS 1:3 Then God said, “Let there be Light“; and there was Light.  4 And God saw the Light, that it was good; and God divided the Light from the darkness.  5 God called the Light “Day,” and the darkness He called “Night.”  So the evening and the morning were the first day. (NKJV)

This mysterious passage is one of the most ignored or discounted in the whole Bible.  “The Light” that God brought forth first is NOT what we commonly recognize as literal light.  At this point in the narrative, the creation of the physical sources of light (the sun, moon, and stars) was still several days away (cf. Gen. 1:14-19).

There are other passages of Scripture that shed some light on the identity of this first LIGHT.  In fact, the Gospel of John starts with a parallel passage to Genesis 1 that clearly explains the identity of the first Light:

JOHN 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 He was in the beginning with God.  3 All things were made THROUGH him, and without him nothing was made that was made.  4 In him was life, and the life was the Light of men.  5 And the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.  6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.  8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.  9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.  10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world did not know him. (NKJV)

JOHN 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  19 And this is the condemnation, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than Light, because their deeds were evil.  20 For everyone practicing evil hates the Light and does not come to the Light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  21 But he who does the truth comes to the Light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” (NKJV)

JOHN 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the Light of the world.  He that follows me shall by no means walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (EMTV)

JOHN 12:35 Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the Light is with you.  Walk while you have the Light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.  36 While you have the Light, believe in the Light, that you may become sons of Light.”  These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them. (NKJV)

As the apostle John records many times, the preincarnate Messiah was YHVH’s firstborn, the prototypical Light that He brought forth on the first day of creation.  The Gospel of John is not the only place in Scripture that identifies Yeshua in the language of Genesis 1:3-5:

2 PETER 1:17 For he [i.e., Yeshua] received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is My Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”  18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.  19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a Light shining in a dark place, until the Day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your hearts. (NIV)

1 THESSALONIANS 5:5 You are all sons of the Light and sons of the Day.  We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.  6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.  7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.  8 But since we belong to the Day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.  9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV)

REVELATION 21:22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.  23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it.  The Lamb is its Light. (NKJV)

In his letter to the church in Laodicea, Yeshua plainly states that he was the initial ‘elohim that God brought into existence, the first of YHVH’s finished works of creation:

REVELATION 3:14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘ These things says the amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God:‘ ” (NKJV)

Proverbs 8 speaks figuratively of the Messiah as “Wisdom” (cf. 1 Cor. 1:24) and tells us that the Almighty Father used him as His “master worker” (Pro. 8:30) to complete the creation of the heavens and the earth.  Yet this scriptural identification is rejected by most Christians because they have been erroneously taught that Yeshua is the uncreated creator, one of three co-equal and co-eternal persons in a Trinitarian godhead.

Additionally, other related scriptural statements describing Yeshua’s role in the creation are not usually used to qualify the statement that he created EVERYTHING (John 1:3).  However, a closer look at all the relevant Scriptures reveals that this prevailing view is not supported by the actual text of the Bible.

In Genesis 1:1-2, context shows that ha’aretz refers to the whole earth, which is elsewhere called tevel (the “world”) in Hebrew.  However, ‘eretz can simply refer just to dry land, as opposed to the seas.  This distinction is important in understanding what is said about Messiah’s role in creation in Proverbs 8:

PROVERBS 8:22 The LORD created me at the beginning of His work, the first of His acts of long ago.  23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth [‘aretz].  24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.  25 Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth — 26 when He had not yet made earth [‘eretz] and fields, or the world‘s [tevel] first bits of soil.  27 When He established the heavens, I was there, when He drew a circle on the face of the deep, 28 when He made firm the skies above, when He established the fountains of the deep, 29 when He assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth [‘aretz], 30 then I was beside Him, like a master worker; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing before Him always, 31 rejoicing in His inhabited world [tevel ‘aretzo] and delighting in the human race. (NRSV)

As my article on the identity of the Messiah shows, early “church fathers” such as Ignatius and Justin Martyr often used this passage in Proverbs 8 to explain the identity of Yeshua.  Here, the form ‘aretz refers to the earth as a whole, while ‘eretz speaks just of the dry land.  The Messiah states that he was brought into existence before the completion of the unformed world commenced (vv. 22-23).  He goes on to explain in detail that he was the “master worker” at the side of YHVH when He shaped the mountains and hills, formed the soil, set the boundaries of the seas, and eventually created mankind in the process of finishing the creation (vv. 24-31).

This description in Proverbs 8 supports the details we are given in the New Testament about the Messiah’s role in creation:

JOHN 1:10 He was in the world [kosmo], and the world [kosmos] was made THROUGH him, and the world [kosmos] did not know him. (NKJV)

The Greek word kosmos is usually translated as “the world” or “the universe.”  However, the Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (BDAG) says that its original meaning was “that which serves to beautify through decoration, adornment, adorning.”  The Messiah was the “master worker” in charge of adorning the earth and the heavens with all those things which God had planned for His creation (land, mountains, hills, seas, lakes, planets, stars, life).  Paul’s statement in Colossians 1 about Yeshua’s role in creation confirms this:

COLOSSIANS 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers — all things have been created THROUGH him and for him. (NRSV)  17 He existed before all things, and he holds everything together. (CJB)

Notice that this passage from Colossians doesn’t say that Messiah created everything, but rather it states that all things “IN heaven and ON earth” were created through him by God Almighty.  The author of Hebrews makes a similar statement regarding God’s utilization of the Messiah at the beginning of his letter:

HEBREWS 1:1 At many moments in the past and by many means, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets; but 2 in our time, the final days, He has spoken to us in the person of His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things and THROUGH whom He made the ages. (NJB)

The first two verses of the Bible (Gen. 1:1-2) show that the unfinished and unpopulated heavens and earth were in existence BEFORE the creation of the Light on Day One.  The New Testament explains that Messiah was the one through whom God the Father created all the things IN the heavens and ON the earth.  When the totality of Scripture is examined, we see the Bible teaches that under YHVH’s supervision, the Messiah was the primary one who developed and completed His creation.

THE MORNING STARS – THE SONS OF GOD

Did Messiah the “master worker” act alone in the endeavor of creation?  Or does Scripture indicate that others were also involved in the process of creation?  We are not told directly, but numerous clues are given that allow us to deduce the answer.

The book of Job gives us some information about the creation from YHVH Himself, as He questions Job’s understanding of His plan:

JOB 38:4 Where were you when I established the earth?  Tell Me, if you have understanding.  5 Who fixed its dimensions?  Certainly you know!  Who stretched a measuring line across it?  6 What supports its foundations?  Or who laid its cornerstone 7 while the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God [beney ‘elohim] shouted for joy? (CSB)

From this passage, we can see that the “morning stars / sons of God” (i.e., angels) were present during the creation.  However, Genesis 1 does not tell us specifically WHEN during creation week these spirit beings were created.

In the Jewish Midrash, Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai taught that the angels were brought forth on the second day of creation.  He placed their creation at the time immediately after YHVH divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament.  Rabbi Yochanan based his understanding on Genesis 1:6-8, as clarified by Psalm 104:3-4:

GENESIS 1:6 Then God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters, separating water from water.”  7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above the expanse.  And it was so.  8 God called the expanse “sky.”  Evening came, and then morning: the second day. (CSB)

PSALM 104:3 He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters, who makes the clouds His chariot, who walks on the wings of the wind, 4 who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire. (NKJV)

Genesis 1:6-8 speaks of the division of the waters into two portions: the waters on the earth and the waters above in the heavens (i.e., skies).  Psalm 104:3-4, which Rabbi Yochanan understood to be speaking of Day Two of creation, contains the additional detail that YHVH made His spirit beings, the angels, after separating out the upper portion of water from the lower.  As Paul tells us (Col. 1:16), the Messiah would have been the instrument through which the angelic “thrones, dominions, rulers and powers” were brought into existence on this day.

LET “US” MAKE MAN

Now that we have located the origin and role of the Messiah in creation, as well as the foundation of the angelic realm, let’s move forward in the narrative to Day Six.  On this day we see an interesting statement recorded in Scripture:

GENESIS 1:26 Then God said, “Let US make man in OUR image, in OUR likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (NIV)

The identity of those God is speaking to in this verse is clearly presented in the ancient Aramaic translation and commentary known as Targum Pseudo-Jonathan:

And the Lord said to the angels who ministered before Him, who had been created in the second day of the creation of the world, “Let us make man in Our image, in Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl which are in the atmosphere of heaven, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every reptile creeping upon the earth.” (Gen. 1:26, Targum Pseudo-Jonathan, translated by J.W. Etheridge)

Despite the ancient witnesses regarding Genesis 1:26, this verse is often used by modern Christian scholars to attempt to prove that the doctrine of the Trinity can be found in the Old Testament.  Regarding this erroneous assertion, The Eerdmans Bible Dictionary (Eerdmans) states:

The “us” in “Let us make man in our image” (Gen. 1:26; cf. 3:22; 11:6-7) refers to the “sons of God” or lesser “gods” mentioned elsewhere (6:1-4; Job 1:6; Ps. 29:1), here viewed as a heavenly council centered around the one God (cf. Ps. 82:1).  In later usage these probably would be called “angels.” (p. 1019, “Trinity”)

If the angelic “morning stars” (Job 38:7), including the preincarnate Messiah (cf. 2 Pet. 1:19), are the “us” mentioned in Genesis 1:26, what does it mean that mankind was created in the image of YHVH and these “sons of God”?

The answer is not hidden; in the final half of verse 26 we are told that man was given RULE over the rest of the creatures that had previously been created to populate the earth.  Just as YHVH rules over all His creation, mankind was given dominion over all lower life forms on the earth.  This understanding of the “image” is described in Harper’s Bible Commentary on verse 26:

The context suggests that humanity is the image of God in the dominion it exercises over the rest of creation; ancient Near Eastern parallels suggest that “image of God” is a royal designation, emphasizing the godlike nature of the ruling monarch. (p. 87)

The function of RULING was primarily how mankind was made in the image and likeness of God and the ‘elohim.  As we continue this study, we will see the Bible clearly shows that the “sons of God” were given rule over mankind.  In fact, the book of Hebrews strongly implies this fact:

HEBREWS 2:5 For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. (NKJV)

By stating that YHVH the Father will not put the “world to come” (i.e., the Millennial Age) under the control of the angelic rulers, the author of Hebrews is clearly inferring that the current world certainly IS under their authority and power.

Soon after the creation, one of these powerful angels, “that serpent called the Devil and Satan” (Rev. 12:9), incited Adam and Eve to disobey God and eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  This rebellious act prompted YHVH to make the following statement to the ‘elohim:

GENESIS 3:22 And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of US, knowing good and evil.  He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the Tree of Life and eat, and live forever.” (NIV)

This statement shows that, unlike mankind, the ruling angels were created with the ability to recognize both good and evil.  It was this ability, combined with his arrogance and pride (cf. 1 Tim. 3:6), that prompted Satan to tempt mankind to disobey God in the first place.

THE ANGELS WHO SINNED

Satan’s sin in the Garden was the first time that the powerful ruling angels went contrary to God’s instructions, but it certainly was not the last.  In Genesis 6, we see another angelic mutiny against YHVH recorded:

GENESIS 6:1 When people began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that they were fair; and they took wives for themselves of all that they chose. . . .  4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days – and also afterward – when the sons of God went in to the daughters of humans, who bore children to them.  These were the heroes that were of old, warriors of renown. (NRSV)

The identity of these “sons of God” has been in dispute for the past 1,800 years (primarily for doctrinal reasons not related to the text itself).  However, there was no doubt about who they were at the time of Yeshua’s ministry.  The virtually unanimous opinion of antiquity was that these were some of the same angelic “sons of God” that had been present during the creation (Gen. 1:26; Job 38:7).

The ancient books of Enoch and Jubilees document that these offending angels were locked up in a subterranean “jail” called the Abyss for the actions summarized in Genesis 6:1-4.  This prison for spirit beings is mentioned several times in the New Testament.

Let’s first look at what the apostle Peter said about the angels imprisoned there:

2 PETER 2:4 For if God didn’t spare the angels who sinned, but threw them down into Tartarus and delivered them to be kept in chains of darkness until judgment; (CSB)

In Greek mythology, the poet Hesiod said that Tartarus was where the Titans, the first pantheon of Greek gods, were imprisoned after their defeat by the Olympian gods.  Tartarus was the hellish abode located far below Hades.  The original legends show that Tartarus was used only to confine those who were considered dangerous to the Olympian gods.  Only later did Tartarus also evolve into a place of punishment.  In this Scripture, Peter is citing the true history of the world before the Flood, which later became the basis for Greek mythology.

Jude also speaks of the angels’ imprisonment, and goes further to give the reason for it:

JUDE 1:6 And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, He has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day – 7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. (ESV)

Jude clearly states that the reason for the imprisonment of these wayward angels was the same sin attempted by those in Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 19:5) – sexual immorality brought on by unnatural lust.  Their sin brought about global devastation when YHVH wiped out their works and influence with the Flood of Noah.

But this is not the last the Bible has to say about these fallen angels.  We’ll pick up their story again later when they appear once more at the end of the age of Satan’s rule over the earth.

THE DIVISION OF THE NATIONS

More than three hundred years after the “sons of God” were banished to the underground prison and the earth cleansed of their vice by the Great Flood, we see YHVH once again consulting the remaining ruling angels.  This time, the issue was man’s rebellion at the Tower of Babel:

GENESIS 11:5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building.  6 The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.  7 Come, let US go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”  8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. (NIV)

The “us” in verse 7 is the same group of beney ha’elohim that God had earlier spoken to in Genesis 1:26 and 3:22, as Targum Pseudo-Jonathan again shows:

And the Lord was revealed to punish them for the work of the city and the tower which the sons of men builded.  And the Lord said, “Behold, the people is one, and the language of all of them one:  and this they have thought to do:  and now they will not be restrained from doing whatever they imagine.”  And the Lord said to the seventy angels which stand before Him, “Come, we will descend and will there commingle their language, that a man shall not understand the speech of his neighbour.”  And the Word of the Lord was revealed against the city, and with him seventy angels, having reference to seventy nations, each having its own language, and thence the writing of its own hand:  and he dispersed them from thence upon the face of all the earth into seventy languages.  And one knew not what his neighbour would say:  but one slew the other; and they ceased from building the city. (Gen. 11:5-8, Targum Pseudo-Jonathan, translated by J.W. Etheridge)

This Aramaic translation/commentary on Genesis 11:5-8 clearly states that YHVH was speaking to a group of 70 powerful angels when He said “let US go down.”   Shortly we will see why the number was 70; however, let’s first recognize WHO led these angels down to Babel.  YHVH did not leave His heavenly throne to bring this group to earth Himself.  Instead, the targum tells us that He sent one called “the Word of the LORD” as His agent in this task.  Elsewhere in the Bible, “the Word” is identified as Yeshua the Messiah (e.g., John 1:1, 14; Rev. 19:13).

The Legends of the Jews by Louis Ginzberg gives us some additional information about this event:

Beside the chastisement of sin and sinners by the confounding of speech, another notable circumstance was connected with the descent of God upon earth . . .  It was on this occasion that God and the seventy angels that surround His throne cast lots concerning the various nations.  Each angel received a nation, and Israel fell to the lot of God.  To every nation a peculiar language was assigned, Hebrew being reserved for Israel – the language made use of by God at the creation of the world. (vol. I, sec. IV, “Noah”)

The notion that the division of humanity into 70 nations at the Tower of Babel was by and for the angelic “sons of God” is also found in the ancient Book of Jasher, which is mentioned twice in the Bible (Jos. 10:13; II Sam. 1:18):

And they built the tower and the city, and they did this thing daily until many days and years were elapsed.   And God said to the seventy angels who stood foremost before Him, to those who were near to Him, saying, “Come let US descend and confuse their tongues, that one man shall not understand the language of his neighbor,” and they did so unto them. (ch. 9, vv. 31-32, Book of Jasher)

The reason the number of nations of mankind was established at 70 can be found one chapter earlier, in Genesis 10.  Here we see a list of the descendants of Noah’s sons, which not coincidentally totals to 70:

 SHEM (26) HAM (30)  JAPETH (14) 
Elam 1 Asshur 2 Cush 1 Mizraim 2 Gomer 1
Arphaxad 3 Lud 4 Put 3 Canaan 4 Magog 2
Aram 5 Uz 6 Seba 5 Havilah 6 Madai 3
Hul 7 Gether 8 Sabtah 7 Raamah 8 Javan 4
Mash 9 Salah 10 Sabtechah 9 Sheba 10 Tubal 5
Eber 11 Peleg 12 Dedan 11 Nimrod 12 Meshech 6
Joktan 13 Almodad 14 Ludim 13 Anamim 14 Tiras 7
Sheleph 15 Hazarmaveth 16 Lehabim 15 Naphtuhim 16 Ashkenaz 8
Jerah 17 Hadoram 18 Pathrusim 17 Casluhim 18 Riphath 9
Uzal 19 Diklah 20 Caphtorim 19 Sidon 20 Togarmah 10
Obal 21 Abimael 22 Heth 21 Jebusites 22 Elishah 11
Sheba 23 Ophir 24 Amorites 23 Girgashites 24 Tarshish 12
Havilah 25 Jobab 26 Hivites 25 Arkites 26 Kittim 13
Sinites 27 Arvadites 28 Dodanim 14
Zemarites 29 Hamathites 30

The idea that the nations were distributed to a group of powerful spirit beings who became their “gods” was quite well known and widely accepted in the ancient world.  This view is also found in the Bible:

DEUTERONOMY 32:7 Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.   8 When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when He divided mankind, He fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God.  9 But the LORD’s portion is His people, Jacob His allotted heritage. (ESV)

Most English translations follow the Hebrew Masoretic Text of verse 8, which substitutes “sons of Israel” for “sons of God.”  However, the 3rd-century BCE Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures known as the Septuagint (LXX) contradicts the Masoretic Text:

DEUTERONOMY 32:7 Remember the days of old, consider the years for past ages:  ask thy father, and he shall relate to thee, thine elders, and they shall tell thee.  8 When the Most High divided the nations, when He separated the sons of Adam, He set the bounds of the nations according to the number of the angels of God.  9 And His people Jacob became the portion of the Lord, Israel was the line of His inheritance. (Brenton’s LXX)

Copies of Deuteronomy found among the Dead Sea Scrolls in Qumran support the LXX reading.  Regarding the controversy over verse 8, The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible says this:

In the famous poem found in Deuteronomy 32, verse 8 tells us that God set the bounds of the peoples according to a certain number.  Following the Masoretic Text and the Samaritan Pentateuch, most modern Bibles describe this as the number of the “children of Israel.”  4QDeutj, however, specifies it as the number of the “children of God,” apparently denoting divine beings who would serve as protectors for various nations. (p. 191, translated and with commentary by Martin Abegg Jr., Peter Flint & Eugene Ulrich)

This difference in the text was apparently known to the rabbinic scholars.  In trying to explain Deuteronomy 32:8, Rabbi Avraham Ibn Ezra related it to an earlier verse in Deuteronomy:

And the meaning of When the Supreme One gave the nations their inheritance, etc. is similar to that of the verse:  the entire host of heaven, which Hashem, your God, has apportioned to all the peoples ([Deu.] 4:19).  The meaning of both of these verses is that corresponding to every “portion” below, i.e., every earthly nation, there is a “portion” above, i.e., a star or constellation.*

* (. . . as Ibn Ezra writes above on 4:19), God guides the affairs of the nations – with the exception of Israel – through the medium of these heavenly bodies.  Thus the verse there is saying that God apportioned the heavenly bodies to the nations, assigning each nation a different heavenly body through which He governs its affairs.  Ibn Ezra is saying that the inheritance that God gives the nations in our passage similarly refers to these heavenly bodies and their angels. (vol. 7, p. 762, Ramban Commentary on the Torah)

Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman also attempted to reconcile the two variant readings of Deuteronomy 32:8 in his commentary on this verse:

. . . They should remember the benevolence that [God] bestowed upon them at the time of Creation, as [Scripture] states:  When the Supreme One gave the nations their inheritance, when He separated the children of man, He set the borders of the peoples according to the number of the Children of Israel (v. 8).*

* The system of the celestial bodies and their angels, with their domain over the various nations, is a fundamental element in God’s providence over the universe and was established at Creation.  Yet according to verse 8, at its inception it was set according to the number of the Children of Israel, i.e., it was ordained that Israel was to have a special position of prominence, as Ibn Ezra has explained. (vol. 7, p. 763, Ramban Commentary on the Torah)

Targum Pseudo-Jonathan (which predates the Masoretic Text by many centuries) supports the more ancient reading of Deuteronomy 32:8 while possibly explaining the origin of the later variation in the Masoretic Text (i.e., “number of the sons of Israel”):

When the Most High made allotment of the world unto the nations which proceeded from the sons of Noach, in the separation of the writings and languages of the children of men at the time of the division, He cast the lot among the seventy angels, the princes of the nations with whom is the revelation to oversee the city, even at that time He established the limits of the nations according to the sum of the number of the seventy souls of Israel who went down into Mizraim. (Deu. 32:8, Targum Pseudo-Jonathan, translated by J.W. Etheridge)

The ancient writings record that a powerful class of angels participated in the creation and was given authority to rule over mankind by YHVH.

THE HOST OF HEAVEN

Now let’s look at other scriptural references to these “rulers,” “authorities,” and “powers.”  One title by which these spirit beings are occasionally referenced is the “host of heaven.”  Let’s begin by examining the verse discussed earlier in Ibn Ezra’s commentary:

DEUTERONOMY 4:19 “And beware not to lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, and be drawn away and worship them and serve them, those which the LORD your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.” (NASU)

As Ibn Ezra explained, God guides the affairs of the Gentile nations through angels who are associated with various heavenly bodies.  This verse is saying that God correlated each nation with a different heavenly body, and the angelic rulers of those heavenly bodies were also given rule over the corresponding nations.  While this might at first seem like a strange concept, it is borne out by other passages of Scripture:

DEUTERONOMY 17:2 If there is found among you, in one of your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, a man or woman who does what is evil in the sight of the LORD your God, and transgresses His covenant 3 by going to serve other gods and worshiping them – whether the sun or the moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have forbidden – (NRSV)

The implication of this statement is that when an Israelite worshiped the sun, moon, or any other heavenly body, they were in fact worshiping the ‘elohim who had been given authority by YHVH over that body.  These “gods” were essentially interchangeable with the “host of heaven” assigned to them; worship of one was considered to be worship of both.  These ‘elohim had power over the nations YHVH had assigned to them, but He expressly forbade His people Israel from worshiping them.

Yet YHVH’s command did not stop Israel from forsaking Him and worshiping the gods of the other 70 nations:

2 KINGS 17:15 They [the Israelites] rejected His statutes and His covenant which He made with their fathers and His warnings with which He warned them.  And they followed vanity and became vain, and went after the nations which surrounded them, concerning which the LORD had commanded them not to do like them.  16 They forsook all the commandments of the LORD their God and made for themselves molten images, even two calves, and made an Asherah and worshiped all the host of heaven and served Baal. (NASU)

JEREMIAH 19:13 And the houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah shall be defiled like the place of Topheth – all the houses upon whose roofs offerings have been made to the whole host of heaven, and libations have been poured out to other gods. (NRSV)

In this example of Hebrew parallelism from Jeremiah, “the whole host of heaven” is equated to the “other gods” that the inhabitants of Jerusalem were worshiping.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t just the common people who worshiped these foreign gods.  Even some of the Jewish kings bowed down to them and honored them:

II CHRONICLES 33:1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem.  2 He did what was displeasing to the LORD, following the abhorrent practices of the nations that the LORD had dispossessed before the Israelites.  3 He rebuilt the shrines that his father Hezekiah had demolished; he erected altars for the Baals and made sacred posts.  He bowed down to all the host of heaven and worshiped them, 4 and he built altars to them in the House of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, “My name will be in Jerusalem forever.”  5 He built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the House of the LORD. (JPS Tanakh)

YHVH warned the Jews where worshiping these foreign gods would finally lead:

ZEPHANIAH 1:4 “I will stretch out My hand against Judah, and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem.  I will cut off every trace of Baal from this place, the names of the idolatrous priests with the pagan priests – 5 those who worship the host of heaven on the housetops; those who worship and swear oaths by the LORD, but who also swear by Milcom; 6 those who have turned back from following the LORD, and have not sought the LORD, nor inquired of Him.” (NKJV)

JEREMIAH 8:1 “At that time, declares the LORD, the bones of the kings of Judah, the bones of its officials, the bones of the priests, the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be brought out of their tombs.  2 And they shall be spread before the sun and the moon and all the host of heaven, which they have loved and served, which they have gone after, and which they have sought and worshiped.  And they shall not be gathered or buried.  They shall be as dung on the surface of the ground. (ESV)

Finally YHVH punished their rebellion and fulfilled His warnings to Israel.  He had kept Israel as His own portion out of all peoples, but they betrayed Him and pursued the gods of the other nations instead.  It is easy to see why Israel is figuratively portrayed as an adulterous woman in Scripture (Jer. 2:19-20; 3:1-10; Eze. 6:9; 23:1-49; Hos. 4:12; 9:1).

Contrary to what one might think from the preceding passages, these “gods of the nations” were not originally the enemies of YHVH.  In fact, they worshiped and served Him, as Nehemiah informs us:

NEHEMIAH 9:6 “You are the LORD, you alone.  You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and You preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships You.” (ESV)

THE HEAVENLY DIVINE COUNCIL

This “host of heaven,” the gods of the nations, composed a heavenly divine council that met regularly under the direction of YHVH.  In the following passage of Scripture, the prophet Micaiah describes a vision he saw of a heavenly council meeting called by YHVH to bring about the death of Israel’s King Ahab:

2 CHRONICLES 18:18 Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of the LORD:  I saw the LORD sitting on His throne with all the host of heaven standing on His right and on His left.  19 And the LORD said, ‘Who will entice Ahab king of Israel into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?’  One suggested this, and another that.  20 Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD and said, ‘I will entice him.’ “‘By what means?’ the LORD asked.  21 “‘I will go and be a lying spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said.  “‘You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the LORD.  ‘Go and do it.’  22 “So now the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouths of these prophets of yours. The LORD has decreed disaster for you.” (NIV)

From this passage, it is clear that “all the host of heaven” standing before YHVH’s throne in this meeting of the divine council were in service to Him.  Why this afterward changed will be discussed later in this article.

In Scripture, one of the signs of a true prophet of YHVH was being shown a vision of one of His divine council meetings.  Those seers who had not stood in a council meeting were proclaimed to be false prophets and deceivers:

JEREMIAH 23:16 Thus says the LORD of hosts:  “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes.  They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.  17 They say continually to those who despise the word of the LORD, ‘It shall be well with you’; and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ‘No disaster shall come upon you.'”  18 For who among them has stood in the council of the LORD to see and to hear His word, or who has paid attention to His word and listened? (ESV)

JOB 15:7 Were you the first man born?  Were you created before the hills?  8 Have you listened in on the council of God?  Have you sole possession of wisdom? (JPS Tanakh)

The Bible mentions the divine council in heaven several times, including this interesting passage from Psalm 89:

PSALM 89:5 The heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.  6 For who in the skies above can compare with the LORD?  Who is like the LORD among the heavenly beings?  7 In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; He is more awesome than all who surround Him. (NIV)

The book of Job records two of the most well-known divine council meetings:

JOB 1:6 One day the sons of God [beney ha’elohim] came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan [hasatan] also came with them.  7 The LORD asked Satan [hasatan], “Where have you come from?”  “From roaming through the earth,” Satan [hasatan] answered Him, “and walking around on it.” (CSB)

JOB 2:1 Again there was a day when the sons of God [beney ha’elohim] came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan [hasatan] also came among them to present himself before the LORD.  2 And the LORD said to Satan [hasatan], “From where have you come?”  Satan [hasatan] answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” (ESV)

As these two passages of Scripture indicate, the beney ha’elohim regularly assembled in heaven for meetings of the divine council.  When they did so, it seems that Satan [literally hasatan, “the Adversary”] would come with them to appear before YHVH at the same time.

SATAN’S ROLE IN THE DIVINE COUNCIL

This raises the question of the role Satan played in the divine council.  Was he one of the 70 ruling angels?  Or did he serve another function?  Let’s examine a related Scripture to see what more we can learn:

ZECHARIAH 3:1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, with Satan [hasatan] standing at his right side to accuse him.  2 The LORD said to Satan [hasatan]:  “The LORD rebuke you, Satan [hasatan]!  May the LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you!  Isn’t this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?” (CSB)

In the Bible, God usually names someone what they are.  In the case of Satan, he is called “the Adversary” because he is the principal foe of humanity.  Genesis chapter 3 tells us how this animosity between Satan and mankind originated:

GENESIS 3:13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”  The woman said, “The serpent [i.e., Satan – cf. Rev. 12:9] deceived me, and I ate.”  14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals!  You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.  15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (NIV)

The curse placed on Satan was FIGURATIVE, not literal. Just as an actual serpent crawls on its belly along the ground, Satan was removed from his position in heaven as an “anointed cherub who covered” the throne of YHVH with his wings (Eze. 28:14; cf. Luke 10:18 ) and sentenced to “roam throughout the earth and walk around on it” (Job 1:7; 2:2). The second part of the curse (i.e., “eat dust”) dictated that while going to and fro on the earth, Satan’s job would be to continually seek to harm mankind (who is made from dust – Gen. 3:19; Psa. 104:29; Ecc. 3:20).

By properly understanding the curse, we can discern HOW Satan got his authority and position in the divine council.  As Zechariah 3:1 and Revelation 12:10 confirm, YHVH empowered him as the accuser of mankind (Satan clearly took a special interest in accusing God’s people).  In the New Testament, Satan is often called the “Devil” (diabolos), which in Greek literally means “accuser” or “slanderer.” Satan was heaven’s “prosecuting attorney,” appointed by God to find shortcomings in mankind and present those faults to God for punishment.

Regarding Satan and his role in God’s plan, Eerdmans states:

At Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7 . . . this being is a member of the heavenly court of God who wanders about the earth observing mankind and then stands as mankind’s accuser before God, thus functioning as a servant of God; a similar function was performed in the Persian Empire by officials known as “the king’s eyes and ears” (cf. Zech. 4:10), and similar officials may have existed also in early Israel (cf. 1 Sam. 22:6-10) (p. 914, The Eerdmans Bible Dictionary, “Satan”)

By comprehending his position in the heavenly divine council, we can begin to understand HOW Satan has authority over the 70 nations:

LUKE 4:5 And the Devil took him [i.e., Yeshua] up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, 6 and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will.” (ESV)

1 JOHN 5:19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. (ESV)

Satan was not made a ruler over any of the 70 nations by YHVH.  However, he was given legal authority by Him to accuse them (and Israel) of sin before the divine council and prosecute them for those sins.  The Bible clearly tells us that sin leads to death (Eze. 18:4; Rom. 5:12; 6:23; Jam. 1:15), and states that the Devil has the power of death (Heb. 2:14).

None of the 70 nations had a system that allowed their sins to be forgiven by YHVH the Father.  Therefore, YHVH gave Satan de facto power over the nations when He gave him the authority to prosecute their sins.  By sinning, the nations placed themselves under Satan’s power.

However, Israel was provided a way to have their sins removed once per year, on the Day of Atonement (i.e., Yom Kippur).  This means of forgiveness was something the other 70 nations did not have.  Regarding this exception, the Babylonian Talmud has an interesting observation about Satan’s authority:

On the Day of Atonement, Satan has no power to serve as prosecutor.  And how do we know this fact?  Rama bar Chama said:  the numerical value [i.e., gematria] of the word Hasatan is 364.  Thus out of 365 days of the year there is one day, Yom Kippur, on which he has no power. (Yoma 20a)

Every year on Yom Kippur, the Israelite high priest was commanded to conduct a ritual that removed Israel’s sins and reconciled the nation as a whole to YHVH (Lev. 16).  On this day when Israel was cleansed of sin, Satan had no ability to accuse or prosecute them.  This concept has important ramifications for understanding HOW Satan has control of the 70 nations.  Complete forgiveness of sin was available only to the Israelites and only on Yom Kippur.

YESHUA’S ROLE IN THE DIVINE COUNCIL

Now that we’ve defined Satan’s role in the divine council, let’s examine Yeshua’s place in it.  We’ll start by looking closely at Psalm 82.  Here, Asaph (a chief Levite musician under King David – 1 Chr. 6:39) proclaims a prophecy about YHVH’s eventual punishment of those ruling angels on the divine council:

PSALM 82:1 A Psalm of Asaph.  God [‘elohim] has taken His place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods [‘elohim] He holds judgment:  2 “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?  Selah  3 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.  4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”  5 They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.  6 I said, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you; 7 nevertheless, like men [‘adam] you shall die, and fall like any prince.” 8 Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations! (ESV)

Asaph begins by showing YHVH the Father in His role as the head of the divine council.  During this meeting of the council, God criticizes the “gods” for not properly exercising the authority He has granted them.  Asaph explains that the injustice of the ‘elohim have undermined all the foundations of the world.  He records God’s warning to these spiritual rulers that the punishment for their iniquity will be to “die like men.”  Obviously all mortals will “die like men.”  Therefore, the view that this Scripture is referring to human rulers/judges is illogical and makes no sense.  Asaph ends the psalm by exhorting YHVH to judge the earth and its divine rulers, because all nations truly belong to Him and not to them.

Psalm 82:7 refers to these governing ‘elohim as “princes.”  This title connects these council members with a passage of Scripture found in the 10th chapter of Daniel:

DANIEL 10:5 I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist.  6 His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude. . . . 12 Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.  13 The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia, (ESV)

In this passage we are given a fascinating glimpse into the order and activities of the spiritual realm.  The mighty angel Gabriel was sent from heaven by YHVH to give Daniel understanding of what would happen to his people the Jews “in the end of days” (v. 14, Heb. be’acharit hayamim).  However, Gabriel was impeded for three weeks because “the prince of the kingdom of Persia” contested God’s purpose to enlighten Daniel (and through him, us).

This prince of Persia clearly was not human; he was the divine council member who ruled over the nation of Persia.  Since Daniel was in the land of Persia, he was under the authority of this angelic prince.  The prince of Persia did not want Daniel to receive this revelation, so he fought hard against Gabriel to keep him from delivering YHVH’s message.

Gabriel tells Daniel that God’s message to him might not have been delivered except for the help of Michael, here called “one of the chief princes.”  Gabriel continues speaking about these divine princes later:

DANIEL 10:20 Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you?  But now I will return to fight against the prince of Persia; and when I go out, behold, the prince of Greece will come. (ESV)

After conveying his message to Daniel, Gabriel states that he must return to again battle the prince of Persia.  Furthermore, he states the prince of Greece will come after he has finished with the prince of Persia.  The picture portrayed by this brief account is one of spirit beings exercising authority over the nations they have been given to rule.

DANIEL 10:21 I’ll inform you about what has been recorded in the Book of Truth.  No one stands firmly with me against these opponents, except Michael your prince. (ISV)

Gabriel finishes this part of his narrative by stating that his only ally against these powerful spirit beings was Michael, whom Gabriel here calls Daniel’s prince.  His title is again given at the beginning of the 12th chapter of Daniel:

DANIEL 12:1 “At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people.  And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time.  But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the Book.” (ESV)

In these passages from Daniel, Michael is identified as “one of the chief princes” (Dan. 10:13) on the divine council who is said to be the prince over the people of Israel (Dan. 10:21; 12:1).  Earlier we saw that Israel is NOT one of the 70 nations, but rather was YHVH’s chosen people, separate from the rest.

Other than establishing his role in relation to Israel, we are not told much about Michael here.  However, he is specifically mentioned twice in the New Testament (Jude 9; Rev. 12:7).  Interestingly, an interaction between Yeshua and the Pharisees during his observance of Chanukah in Jerusalem gives us some important additional information:

JOHN 10:24 Then the Jews encircled him and said to him, “How long will you hold us in suspense?  If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”  25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe.  The works that I do in my Father’s name, these things testify about me.  26 But you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep, just as I said to you.  27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.  28 And I give to them eternal life, and they shall never perish; and no one will snatch them out of my hand.  29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand.  30 I and the Father are one [hen].”  31 Therefore the Jews took up stones again to stone him.  32 Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from my Father.  For which of those works do you stone me?”  33 The Jews answered him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone you, but for blasphemy, and because you, being a man, make yourself God [theon].”  34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods [theoi]” ‘?  If He called those gods [theous], to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), 36 do you say of him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God‘ [huios tou theou, lit. “son of the God”]?  37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, do not believe me; 38 but if I am doing them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in Him.” (EMTV)

In the passage above, the Jews specifically asked Yeshua if he was the prophesied Messiah (v. 24).  He said that he had already told them he was the Messiah, and they had not believed him (v. 25a).  Yeshua went on to say that the works he had performed in the Father’s name were a witness to his true identity (v. 25b).  But then he made a distinction between the unbelieving Jews who were not of his sheep and those the Father had given to him (vv. 26-29).  In verse 30, Yeshua concluded his comments to the Jews by proclaiming that he and his Father were “one” (Gr. hen).

Let’s look more closely at the Greek word hen.  Vincent said that the Greek word hen, translated “one” in John 10:30, is “the neuter, not the masculine e??, one person” (p. 197, vol. II, Word Studies of the New Testament).  The use of hen here clearly indicates that Yeshua was not claiming that he and the Father were the same being.  Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown wrote of this verse:  “Our language admits not of the precision of the original in this great saying, ‘We (two Persons) are One (Thing).’  Perhaps ‘one interest’ expresses nearly, though not quite, the purport of the saying” (p. 414, vol. III, part I, A Commentary, Critical, Experimental, and Practical).  The Abingdon Bible Commentary says: ” V. 30 does not affirm a metaphysical unity, but a moral, and we must not read the later creeds into the words” (p. 1079).

Yeshua’s answer in verse 30 prompted the Jews to charge him with blasphemy and prepare to stone him (vv. 31-33).  In verses 34-36, Yeshua addressed the charge that they had leveled against him, namely that he had blasphemed by proclaiming himself to be an ‘elohim (the Greek root word theos is the equivalent of the Hebrew ‘elohim).

Based on Yeshua’s answer to the Jews, why were they planning to stone him?  Did they think that he, a man, had proclaimed himself to be YHVH the Father?  Or did they understand his claim in a way that was different from the common understanding of today?

The Jews did not view Yeshua’s response in verse 30 the same way a Trinitarian or Oneness believer would today.  Let’s allow the Jews themselves to define for us what they took Yeshua’s claim to be:

JOHN 19:6 Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify him, crucify him!”  Pilate said to them, “You take him and crucify him, for I find no fault in him.”  7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God [heauton huion theou epoiesen, lit. “himself a son of God he made”].” (NKJV)

According to the Jews’ own words, they understood that Yeshua was claiming to be an ‘elohim, one of the divine sons of God.  Yeshua’s specific reply in John 10:34 to their charge of blasphemy was to quote from Psalm 82:6, which is a reference to those ruling angels on the divine council who were called “sons of God” in the Old Testament (Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7; etc.).  Then Yeshua asked the Jews, “Why do you say I’m blaspheming just because I’ve proclaimed myself to be a Son of God, when the Father Himself in the Scripture calls the members of the divine council “gods” (‘elohim)?” (vv. 35-36).

Yeshua’s response to the Jews (which they understood) was that he was one of those divine council members.  But which one?  In his Gospel, John tells us that Yeshua came to his own people, and his own people did not accept him (John 1:11).  The clear implication of this statement is that before his mortal existence as a man, Yeshua had been the ‘elohim Michael, the prince over Israel who represented and defended them in the divine council.

The identification of Michael with Yeshua is often summarily rejected by Christians.  This is primarily because it is considered a foundational doctrine of the Jehovah’s Witnesses denomination, which most Christians deem to be a cult.  However, a look at how Christian scholars from a time before the foundation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses viewed this identification is edifying:

Jesus Christ shall appear his church’s patron and protector:  At that time, when the persecution is at the hottest, Michael shall stand up, v. 1.  The angel had told Daniel what a firm friend Michael was to the church, ch. x. 21.  He all along showed this friendship in the upper world; the angels knew it; but now Michael shall stand up in his providence, and work deliverance for the Jews, when he sees that their power is gone, Deut. xxxii. 3. 6.  Christ is that great prince, for he is the prince of the kings of the earth, Rev. i. 5.  And, if he stand up for his church, who can be against it?  But this is not all: At that time (that is, soon after) Michael shall stand up for the working out of our eternal salvation; the Son of God shall be incarnate, shall be manifested to destroy the works of the devil. (p. 1942, vol. 4, Matthew Henry, Commentary on the Whole Bible)

  1. For the children – The meaning seems to be, as after the death of Antiochus the Jews had some deliverance, so there will be yet a greater deliverance to the people of God, when Michael your prince, the Messiah shall appear for your salvation.  A time of trouble – At the siege of Jerusalem, before the final judgment.  The phrase at that time, probably includes all the time of Christ, from his first, to his last coming. (p. 4092, John Wesley, Notes on the Bible)

Some think the word Michael represents Christ, and I do not object to this opinion. Clearly enough, if all angels keep watch over the faithful and elect, still Christ holds the first rank among them, because he is their head, and uses their ministry and assistance to defend all his people. (p. 243, vol. 2, John Calvin, Commentaries on the Book of the Prophet Daniel)

but, lo, Michael one of the chief Princes, came to help me; called in the New Testament an Archangel, the Prince of angels, the Head of all principality and power; and is no other than Christ the Son of God . . . (Daniel 10:13, John Gill, Exposition of the Bible)

Michael, he who is like God, sometimes appears to signify the Messiah, at other times the highest or chief archangel.  Indeed there is no archangel mentioned in the whole Scripture but this one. (Daniel 10:13, Adam Clarke, Commentary on the Bible)

Henry, Wesley, Calvin, Gill, and Clarke are all respected Christian scholars who either identified Michael as Christ or admitted of that possibility.  The scope of the available evidence clearly demonstrates that the Jehovah’s Witnesses sect cannot lay claim to having originated the identification of Michael with the Messiah.

Additionally, many Jewish writings identify Michael as the Prince of Israel who mediated for them in many ways.  He was the lead angelic prince who presented offerings in the heavenly sanctuary (Babylonian Talmud, Menahot 110a) ; was the leader of the angels who visited Abraham (Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 37a); was Israel’s guardian angel (Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 77a); prevented Isaac from being sacrificed (Yalkut Reubeni, Wayera); wrestled with Jacob (Targum Pseudo-Jonathan, Gen. 32:25); was Israel’s advocate when they deserved death at the Red Sea (Exodus Rabbah, 18:5); led Israel during the forty years in the wilderness (Rabbi Abravanel’s commentary on Exo. 23:20); gave Moses the tables of stone (Apocalypse of Moses, 1); instructed Moses at Sinai (Book of Jubilees, i. 27, ii. 1); destroyed the army of Sennacherib (Midrash Exodus 18:5).

A TRANSFER OF AUTHORITY

As Satan’s temptation of Yeshua shows (Matt. 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13), he understood that the Messiah’s goal in becoming human was to qualify to rule over all nations, not just Israel.  The Devil tried to get Yeshua to take the easy path to attaining this authority by worshiping him:

LUKE 4:5 Then the Devil led him up to a high place and showed him in a flash all the kingdoms of the world.  6 And he said to him, “To you I will grant this whole realm — and the glory that goes along with it, for it has been relinquished to me, and I can give it to anyone I wish.  7 So then, if you will worship me, all this will be yours.” (NET)

Of course, Yeshua rejected Satan’s offer and instead followed the narrow path to his destiny on the cross.  Because of his obedience unto death, many Scriptures show that God raised Yeshua from the dead and elevated him to His right hand in heaven:

PHILIPPIANS 2:6 [Yeshua the Messiah] who though he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature.  8 He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross!  9 As a result God exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, (NET)

HEBREWS 10:12 But this one [i.e., Yeshua], after he had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, sat down at the right hand of God, (CJB)

HEBREWS 1:3 The Son is the radiance of His [i.e., YHVH’s] glory and the representation of His essence, and he sustains all things by His powerful word, and so when he had accomplished cleansing for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. (NET)

HEBREWS 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (NIV)

ROMANS 8:34 Who is the one to condemn?  It is the Messiah Jesus who is interceding on our behalf.  He died, and more importantly, has been raised and is seated at the right hand of God. (ISV)

Many Scriptures in the New Testament testify that Yeshua was rewarded by God for his faithful obedience unto death.  In essence, a massive transfer of authority took place after Messiah ascended back to heaven after his resurrection.  This transfer, and the reason for it, was succinctly prophesied in Psalm 45:6-7.

PSALM 45:6 Your throne, O God [‘elohim], is permanent.  The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of justice.  7 You love justice and hate evil.  For this reason God, your God [‘elohim ‘eloheykha] has anointed you with the oil of joy, elevating you above your companions. (NET)

This prophecy of Messiah’s exaltation by YHVH the Father is quoted in the letter to the Hebrews:

HEBREWS 1:8 But about the Son He says, “Your throne, O God [theos], will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.  9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God [ho theos ho theos sou, lit. “the God, the God of you”], has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” (NIV)

The letter to the Hebrews was primarily written to Jewish believers in Yeshua to explain his origin and identity, as well as his role in YHVH’s plan.  In quoting Psalm 45:6, the author of Hebrews applies the title ‘elohim specifically to Yeshua to describe his power and position.  This anointed Son of God was one of the exalted ‘elohim that served on the divine council, the one that YHVH assigned to rule over His portion, the nation of Israel (Deu. 32:9).

The next verse of the quotation confirms this identification.  As we saw earlier, Psalm 82 shows that the other ‘elohim acted unjustly in the administration of their duties over the nations.  But Psalm 45:7 tells us that this Son “loved righteousness and hated lawlessness.”  He walked in YHVH’s ways instead of doing his own will.  Therefore, Yeshua was elevated above his “companions,” the other members of the divine council.

The effect of this divine anointing and elevation was the authority that had been vested in Satan and a council of 70 was centralized in Yeshua.  YHVH elevated Yeshua to the right hand of His throne in heaven, and placed him in authority over all the other spiritual rulers that existed:

I PETER 3:22 [Yeshua] who has gone to heaven and is at the right hand of God, where angels, authorities, and powers have been made subject to him. (ISV)

EPHESIANS 1:20  This power He [God the Father] exercised in Christ when He raised him from the dead and seated him at His right hand in the heavenly realms 21 far above every rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. (NET)

COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. (NIV)

The author of Hebrews tells us much about Yeshua’s exaltation after his resurrection.  Unfortunately, his comments have generally been misunderstood and misinterpreted:

HEBREWS 1:4  Thus he [Yeshua] became so far better than the angels as he has inherited a name superior to theirs.  5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are My son!  Today I have fathered you”?  And in another place He says, “I will be his Father and he will be My son.”  6  But when He again brings His firstborn into the world, He says, “Let all the angels of God worship him!” (NET)

The statement in verse 4 that “he became” better than the angels (a reference to the other ‘elohim on the divine council) clearly indicates a change in status.  This declaration shows that “after making purification for sins” (v. 3), Yeshua was elevated to higher position.  Many New Testament Scriptures confirm that his obedient death on the cross allowed him to be exalted.

Verse 5 contains two citations from the Old Testament which confirm the sure nature of God’s promise to His “Anointed” that He would establish him as king over the entire earth.  These two citations show that Yeshua is not simply one of the ruling angels, but instead he is the promised Messiah, the seed of David, the one who will reign in Jerusalem on David’s throne during the millennial Kingdom of God.

Verse 6 is a partial citation of Deuteronomy 32:43 from the ancient Greek Septuagint translation of the Old Testament.  The author relates this Scripture to the return of Yeshua, the firstborn Son of God, into the world at the end of the age.  He builds on the theme of messianic rulership initiated in verse 5 and shows the time when the Messiah will come to take his rightful authority over the nations of the earth from their former angelic rulers.

When the Messiah sacrificed himself for the sins of mankind, he took away Satan’s ability to accuse YHVH’s people of sin.  Instead of simply being an advocate for Israel, he became their replacement.  To those who accepted it, his blood paid the debt of death owed to the Law for sin which Satan and the other ‘elohim demanded:

COLOSSIANS 2:13 And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He [i.e., YHVH] made you alive with him [i.e., Yeshua] and forgave us all our trespasses.  14 He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross.  15 He [i.e., Yeshua] disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; he triumphed over them by Him [i.e., YHVH]. (CSB)

SATAN AND HIS ANGELS REVOLT

Needless to say, Satan and the divine council did not like the new situation they found themselves in after Yeshua was resurrected and ascended to sit at the right hand of the Father.  Although the timing is subject to conjecture, it seems likely that Satan and the ruling princes rebelled against this new order shortly before the siege and destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 CE:

REVELATION 12:7 Then war broke out in heaven:  Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, so there was no longer any place left in heaven for him and his angels.  9 So that huge dragon – the ancient serpent, the one called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world – was thrown down to the earth, and his angels along with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, “The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the ruling authority of his Christ, have now come, because the accuser of our brothers and sisters, the one who accuses them day and night before our God, has been thrown down.  11 But they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die. (NET)

Regarding this heavenly battle described in Revelation 12, several ancient historians record what certainly could have been man’s view of it.  From Josephus’ 1st-century history, we have record of a heavenly battle that took place in the skies over Jerusalem in the Spring of 66 CE:

Also on certain days after the festival [i.e., Passover] there appeared a thing so marvelous as to be beyond belief, but that it was related by many that saw it in their own eyes.  Before the setting of the sun there were seen chariots driven across the sky, and hosts of armed men setting themselves in order of battle, and surrounding the cities. (bk. 6, ch. 5, sec. 3, Wars of the Jews).

Interestingly, this event would have taken place about 40 years from the time Yeshua began his earthly ministry in the fall of 26 CE.  Josephus is not the only historian who records this celestial war.  About 110 CE, the Roman historian Tacitus described this same supernatural event.

In the sky appeared a vision of armies in conflict, of glittering armor.  A sudden lightning flash from the clouds lit up the Temple.  The doors of the holy place abruptly opened, a superhuman voice was heard to declare that the gods were leaving it, and in the same instant came the rushing tumult of their departure.  Few people placed a sinister interpretation upon this.  The majority were convinced that the ancient scriptures of their priests alluded to the present as the very time when the Orient would triumph and from Judaea would go forth men destined to rule the world. (bk. 5, ch. 13, Historiae)

The early church historian Eusebius of Caesarea also wrote about this heavenly fight around 325 CE:

And not many days after the feast [i.e., Passover], on the twenty-first of the month Artemisium [corresponds to the second month of the Jewish year, Iyar] a certain marvelous vision was seen which passes belief.  The prodigy might seem fabulous were it not related by those who saw it, and were not the calamities which followed deserving of such signs.  For before the setting of the sun chariots and armed troops were seen throughout the whole region in mid-air, wheeling through the clouds and encircling the cities. (bk. 3, ch. 8, sec. 5, Ecclesiastical History)

Satan and the princes of the divine council were cast out of heaven by Michael, which is the divine council name of Yeshua.  The holy angels of heaven gave thanks for this event, but also recorded a warning for mankind:

REVELATION 12:12 Rejoice then, you heavens and those who dwell in them!  But woe to the earth and the sea, for the Devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” (NRSV)

EPHESIANS 2:1  You used to be dead because of your offenses and sins, 2 that you once practiced as you lived according to the ways of this present world and according to the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now active in those who are disobedient. (ISV)

Bryan T. Huie
July 11, 2014

Revised: July 11, 2014

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CIVILIZATIONS GRIM FUTURE & MANY UNKNOWN TRUTHS

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Within our human race of modern society this day via technology such as Internet, massive libraries, or whatever our minds have been fed ever since we were born; any seeking knowledge or truth through their own want of genuine understanding can either think they know everything needed for their life, or have found it on any subject according to their own mind; when in absolute truth all have been presented with an endless smorgasbord of different views with religions being the worst and greatest mixture of truths blended well having many mistruths, errors, and flat out lies which have misled our entire earthly civilization; and that includes non believers because who would ever want to be like this world of Israelite misled Christian believers???

There is but only one way to seek absolute unknown fact regarding this earth and our human race; and that comes through total disassociation with this world, all of its ways, and all beliefs regardless of their title. Another way to describe world disassociation comes when a person has gone through a decade having no funds, nowhere to go, and nothing to do beyond daily life having many spiritual chains for restriction so that they can be shaped and molded for YHVHs use through these end times; therefore ‘if any’ being the inhabitants in over 7.3 billion world population would actually believe any truth from not of this world — that would make Yehovah God as a liar when any read these following words. . .

“And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels [include ministers in “ALL” of today’s churches] were thrown down with him. (Revelation 12:9)

Have you ever really wanted to better understand more about the two witnesses, the 144,000, the destroyer anti-Christ, the beast, Satan, trumpets, seals, rapture, hell, the law, soul, lake of fire, clean foods, feasts, Sabbath, world deception, and much much more?

How much love do you really have towards Yehovah God and Yeshua Christ? Enough to follow instruction from the Bible? Enough to actually suffer as He suffered for our entire human race? Enough to long with great desire for the hard life and hard walk until death being the greatest honor any human could ever have through becoming one of the firstfruit end-time witnesses in Revelation chapter 11?

What if I were to tell you that all things are possible for doers of the word rather than hearers only deceiving themselves?

Have you ever asked yourself how billions scattered worldwide could possibly view and celebrate the death of only two individuals within their own 2 square ft section of this earth? Or does that ‘two’ have a meaning in scripture not known or understood?  After many years of wanting, or should I say dreaming of such a position, yet feeling so low and unworthy as a sinner or reprobate as being good for nothing – I now know my calling and destiny — do you know yours? I am 61, have over 25 years of private study, never been a church member; and left America on a one way ticket to the Philippines in 2006 only to begin my direct walk and way of life thru learning to live on faith towards gaining the spiritual knowledge which is understanding of our Father upon His Throne in the 3rd heaven; therefore place zero trust in any of this world filled with religions through being called out of this world in John 15:18-21 – thus following the instruction in Proverbs 2:1-6 and 3:5-6 along with the entire Bible according to what path Yehovah has placed me for His purpose during these end times – which for me, and perhaps you also, if it be your desire to become a doer of the word by placing you amongst the other 139,999 which will end in the most glorious way through death for 3 ½ days followed by the firstfruit resurrection.

How many believers do you know that for a decade have had no life other than, for the most part, morning till night reading, studies, writing, praying, and coming to know without doubt or question that by themselves spiritually speaking – they can do absolutely nothing but mislead even themselves; however, when believers have come to realize the meaning of instruction from the Bible is not just words, but rather direction when followed because they have overcome the God of this world being the father of lies all unknowingly believe in uncountable ways through his psychological power held over all minds.

Through the past nine years while living in poverty, I have built 15 free websites, have no printer use, not my own wireless signal, not my own domain, not my own home, expired passport, no bank account, wrote a 474 page book in 2012 that was published and never sold, over 1000 blogs, and much more for gaining my spiritual education through walking our commanded walk while becoming as a living sacrifice through much physical, mental, and spiritual endurance through years of my wife’s physical suffering while lacking many basic needs such as decent meals on a regular basis ever since 2007 — which endurance comes from deep spiritual roots being as preparation for what lies ahead — rather than only talking religious talk this world of Christians are so very good at doing while completely ignoring all scripture on loving others through deed as they love themselves, proving all things, and living by every word through obedience instead of being extremely selfish, all knowing, prideful, and completely blinded by the God of this world all worship in their own way; and that includes billions taking part in the greatest pagan holiday on this earth known as Christmas — and are not even aware of the false light leaving them all in darkness rather than life’s instruction as written in Colossians 3 and all through their book of instruction never followed.

Because our creator does all things in His own time, since my start through being spiritually drawn in 1989 — my greatest blessing has finally arrived through very well detailed truth as spiritual planting not known to any being set on worldly ways or any of the well over 30,000 Christian beliefs flowing with many major doctrine twists on this planet earth — but rather seeking from the only supplier of truth not yet spiritually known by earth dwellers associated with human ways because. . .

“There is a way that seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death. (Proverbs 16:25)

Everything I have written thus far regarding scripture can be found through the links below followed by one of my own websites having much [190 reads] needed knowledge that can be gained rather than our world of religious smorgasbords pedaling lies, mega advertisements, misconception, and wrong direction upon a world of people in no way prepared for the worst timesoftrouble en route, and coming upon all worldwide including Christianity with the 66 verses in Lamentations 3 as their own destiny.

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Acts 15 – What Was the Objective of the Jerusalem Council?

Last Updated: October 26, 2012

Acts 15 records the decision of the Jerusalem Council regarding the way to handle Gentile believers who were then coming to faith in Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah. The commonly held belief that Gentiles are under a different law or that the Law of Moses is not relevant to them is examined. This article reveals the truth regarding the real intent of the council’s very narrow ruling.

Are the Dead Conscious or Asleep?

Last Updated: June 1, 2009

This article uncovers many of the lies of our Adversary (Satan) which cloud our understanding of what happens after we die in the flesh. One belief is that we go immediately to heaven to be with our loved ones. Some believe that we are placed in purgatory or a similar area waiting for judgment. Yet another belief is that we enter into “soul sleep”, a form of unconsciousness, awaiting the final Day of Judgment. To know the truth, we will review the Scripture to see which view is supported by the word of God.

Azazel

Last Updated: September 26, 2012

The identity of Azazel is revealed and his relationship to Satan, the Abyss, demons & fallen angels using sources including the book of Enoch.

Beast in Revelation and Daniel

Last Updated: February 21, 2009

This article discusses the symbolic meanings of several end time prophecies and interlaces the book of Daniel and Revelation where they complement each other. Topics covered are the beast, Satan, Abaddon, Apollyon, the Antichrist and Leviathan. It is essential to rely on Him and know His word since even the elect will be deceived in the end times, if it were possible.

Between the Evenings

Last Updated: February 5, 2011

The Hebrew phrase beyn ha’arbayim, translated as between the evenings, is reviewed in great detail in this article. It is the period of time God commanded the Passover lambs to be slain. A proper understanding of when this occurred is essential in unlocking the time of Yeshua’s death. Once the time of his death is properly understood, we can then review the last supper the apostles had with their Lord and savior, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus Christ).

Bible Code – 10 Sons of Haman

Last Updated: May 7, 2009

From the book of Esther, hidden within the story of the death of the ten sons of Haman, is encoded the fate of the ten German Nazis hung for their role in the attempted extermination of the Jews.

Bible Code Topics

Last Updated: October 4, 2011

The following Bible code findings are presented as a testament to the inspiration of God’s Word.

Biblically Clean Foods

Last Updated: April 7, 2009

This commentary reviews what the New Testament teaches regarding clean and unclean animals, which animals are considered food, and how food may become unclean. Old Testament references are reviewed, along with Peter’s vision recorded in the book of Acts, Paul’s words to Timothy and the Romans, and the words of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah on this topic.

Daniel – 70 Weeks Prophecy – Chart

Last Updated: April 7, 2009

This chart shows the seventy weeks of Daniel on the calendar.

Daniel 11 – Prophecy Fulfilled!

Last Updated: January 2, 2012

This article is a verse by verse commentary of the prophecy recorded in Daniel 11, delivered by the angel Gabriel. There are many views regarding this prophecy, but not all of the views are supported biblically. The roles played by Darius, Xerxes, Alexander the Great, Antiochus Epiphanes, and Herod the Great are reviewed in the fulfillment of this prophecy.

Daniel’s 70 Weeks

Last Updated: June 5, 2009

The 70 weeks prophecy given to Daniel by the angel Gabriel is a precise time line which pointed to the first coming of Yeshua the Messiah. Unfortunately, it has been generally misunderstood by most modern commentators. Consequently, many have an expectation of the role the Antichrist will play in end-time events that the Bible does not support. This article reviews the time line recorded by Daniel which proves that Yeshua was the prophesied Messiah, and explains the historical fulfillment of the events described by Gabriel.

Does Grace Nullify God’s Law?

Last Updated: April 18, 2009

This study examines what the Scriptures really teach about God’s grace and its relationship to His Law. Is God’s grace intended to replace the Law or does His grace compliment the Law? What is the “curse of the Law” and what does it mean to be “under the Law”?

Eternal Life / Everlasting Punishment

Last Updated: August 14, 2014

This study examines what the Scriptures really teach about eternal life and everlasting punishment. This article will give you a biblically sound understanding of hell, Gehenna, Hades, Sheol, Tophet, Tartarus and the lake of fire and what those terms meant in the 1st century. A good comprehension of God’s plan cannot be reached without correctly understanding what the Greek word aionion (“eternal”) really means.

Fallen Angels and Demons

Last Updated: October 5, 2010

This article reviews what the Bible tells us regarding fallen angels and unclean spirits, also known as demons. This information can be used to better understand ghosts or psychic phenomenon. This is a very intriguing topic and one where reality is much different from common perception.

First Passover – When Was It?

Last Updated: March 19, 2010

Some things, such as prophetic events, are hidden from our eyes. However, the historical account of the first Passover should not be hidden. This page shows the proper timing for the first Passover, as it was observed by the ancient Israelites in Egypt. This understanding is essential because it is foundational for unlocking the truth behind the “Last Supper” before Yeshua’s death.

Galatians Commentary

Last Updated: January 5, 2014

Paul was NOT invalidating the Law of God in this letter! Paul was preaching against a legalistic form of Judaism, not against the Law of Moses.

God is One

Last Updated: April 7, 2009

What does the Bible teach regarding the Godhead and the relationship between Yeshua the Messiah and heavenly Father? Is Yeshua eternal like the Father? What does it mean to be one with the Father? Does oneness constitute divinity? Does God have more than one son? What did the early church believe and consider heresy? Who created all things? This and many more questions are answered in this article. May we be led by His word and not the traditions of men.

Gods of the Nations

Last Updated: July 11, 2014

The Bible reveals a surprising amount of information about the gods of the nations, not just the God of Israel. Much of that information is lost to most or considered myth. Regardless of current thinking, it is the truth.

Gog of Magog

Last Updated: February 17, 2012

This article explores the tie between Ezekiel 38-39 and Revelation 16,19. Is the Gog/Magog War the same as the Battle of Armageddon? The timing of the event is carefully analyzed to put the question to rest once and for all. Includes modern and historical maps for reference.

Heaven – Our Eternal Home?

Last Updated: April 17, 2009

Is heaven the home for mankind? Where will His Kingdom be when the Messiah returns? Do your current beliefs match the scriptures

Heavenly Divine Council

Last Updated: April 5, 2014

This article reviews the material provided within the Bible regarding the spiritual world around us. Many quote Ephesians 6:12, but they would likely be astounded if they truly understood how much the physical world is affected by the spirit world that surrounds us. Spirits, heavenly powers, angels, princes, gods, the host of heaven, Prince of the host, and elements are all terms covered in this article that reference the unseen; each will be much clearer when you finish the article.

How Long Were the Israelites in Egypt?

Last Updated: March 23, 2010

This study examines what the Scriptures show us about the length of time the Israelites were in Egypt. The answer may surprise you.

Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha’Mashiach) in the Old Testament

Last Updated: April 7, 2009

This article examines information from the Old Testament detailing Christ’s activities before his incarnation as a human being. Combined with data found in the New Testament and various Jewish sources such as the Mishnah and the Targums, we get a more complete picture of the role of the Messiah in God’s plan. Critical to understanding His various appearances is a review of the source text. Topics covered are the Angel of the Lord, the Word, Logos, YHVH (or alternately YHWH, Yahweh, Jehovah).

Jesus Christ Birthday

Last Updated: April 6, 2014

This study examines the scriptural evidence which pinpoints the ACTUAL birthday of Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha’Mashiach). You may be surprised to learn that he was NOT born on Christmas, which was an important date from ancient pagan worship. This article shows how the birth of the Messiah is actually tied to Chanukah (or Hanukkah) and Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles).

Kingdom of God – Three Feasts & A Parable

Last Updated: July 13, 2013

This article unveils the long-forgotten plan of God for the salvation of mankind. The three pilgrimage feasts commanded in the Torah are a pattern of YHVH’s plan which shows WHO will be saved and WHEN. This great mystery was revealed by Yeshua in his parable of the leaven and three measures of flour.

Last Supper – Was it the Passover Meal?

Last Updated: April 14, 2013

This article explains that the “Last Supper” Yeshua ate with his disciples on the night before his crucifixion was NOT the annual Passover meal.

Lazarus and the Rich Man

Last Updated: April 8, 2009

Lazarus and the rich man is a parable long misunderstood when taken literally. It’s an incredible prophecy of Jesus resurrection and rejection

Lord’s Supper

Last Updated: April 8, 2009

This article is a commentary on 1 Corinthians 11:17-34. It details Paul’s teaching about the Last Supper. Should we participate in the Lord’s Supper, and if so, how often?

Melchizedek

Last Updated: April 8, 2009

Was Melchizedek, the king of Salem in the time of Abram a pre-incarnate Jesus Christ? Recently the consensus among bible scholars is shifting

Messiah in the New Testament

Last Updated: June 11, 2011

This study examines what the New Testament has to say about the Messiah. Who is he and how does he fit into the Godhead? What are his many names and what do they teach us about him? How do the scriptures align with the teachings of modern day Christianity?

Millennial Resurrections

Last Updated: December 21, 2012

This article outlines two of the resurrections spoken of in the Bible (the “first resurrection” and the resurrection of “the just and the unjust”). We will examine who is in each resurrection, their timing, their similarities, and their differences.

Mystery of God – Predestination or Freewill?

Last Updated: September 27, 2013

The heavenly Father is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. These traits impact predestination and free will and teach us of His plan for mankind.

Parable of the Fig Tree

Last Updated: October 26, 2012

This article looks at the parable of the fig tree given by Yeshua just before his crucifixion, and seeks to determine if it can be used to understand the timing of the end of the age.

Pentecost and the Holy Spirit

Last Updated: November 6, 2009

Is Pentecost relevant for believers today? Since our bodies are the temple for the Holy Spirit what power does its indwelling offer followers?

Pharisees and Sadducees

Last Updated: June 8, 2013

This study details the origin and beliefs of the two principal sects in 1st-century Judaism, the Pharisees and Sadducees. Which group was most closely aligned with the teachings of Yeshua? What impact did the Pharisees and Sadducees have on the early church? These and more questions are answered in this article from Scripture and history.

Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Last Updated: April 11, 2009

When was Jesus (Yeshua) resurrected? A seemingly simple and foundational question is actually quite difficult to pinpoint from the Scriptures. Simple math quickly eliminates a Good Friday death – Easter Sunday resurrection as is commonly believed. Digging into the ancient Greek text, combined with a foundational Hebraic mindset towards the festivals of the Lord, reveals the amazing answer to this question.

Revelation 6 / Matthew 24

Last Updated: December 23, 2011

Prophecy is one of the most intriguing topics in religion. This study of end time events reviews two different accounts of the same prophecy, providing a stunning amount of detail regarding recent events. The seals of Revelation and the Olivet prophecy found in Matthew are reviewed together. Pray for an open mind before reading this article. We may not understand how or why, but He wants us to recognize the signs of the times. Don’t let Him come upon you like a thief in the night!

Sabbath vs Sunday – God’s Holy Day

Last Updated: January 2, 2012

Sabbath worship and Sunday worship are not the same. This article discusses misconceptions and provides a review of the original Greek text

Satan – Adversary of Man

Last Updated: February 9, 2013

Is Satan an angel, a dragon, a serpent, the devil, the king of Tyre, or something else? This article discusses the reasons and timing of the fall of Satan, his current placement, and his ultimate destiny.

Sermons – Bryan Huie

Last Updated: October 3, 2014

Audio sermons and teachings by Bryan Huie covering a wide breadth of topics.

Sivan 6 – Counting the Omer to Pentecost / Shavuot

Last Updated: October 26, 2012

This article examines the timing for God’s feast called Shavu’ot in Hebrew or Pentecost in Greek. This festival is to be celebrated 50 days after the offering of the omer (“wave sheaf”) during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Due to differences in the start of this count, this festival is variously celebrated by different groups on a Sunday, Monday, or on the fixed date of Sivan 6. This article reviews the historical information showing when this feast was kept in the days of Yeshua.

Sons of God and Daughters of Men – Genesis 6

Last Updated: April 6, 2014

This page reveals the long-ignored, biblically sound truth about the world before the Flood and the reason for God’s wrath. The Flood was a punishment for the sins of the angels (the sons of God) and their wicked offspring the nephilim, as attested in Scripture. As Yeshua (Jesus) said “as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man.” Read this article to understand the events that are about to befall mankind in these last days.

Spirit and Power of Elijah

Last Updated: March 30, 2013

The life and words of Elijah, John the Baptist (the 2nd Elijah), and Revelation are reviewed to see who is to come before the Day of the Lord

Synchronizing Calendars

Last Updated: December 28, 2010

This article shows how the creation calendar, the Roman calendar, and the Jewish calendar can be synchronized.

The Role of Women in Church Services

Last Updated: July 26, 2013

This controversial article studies what the Scriptures reveal regarding women’s role in church services, as ordained by God

The Two Houses Of Israel

Last Updated: January 27, 2013

In the Tanakh (Old Testament), blessings for obedience and punishments for disobedience were prescribed for God’s chosen people, the 12 tribes of Israel (collectively known as the House of Israel and the House of Judah). Due to their sins, the House of Israel (also known as Ephraim) was removed from the Holy Land by Assyria in 722 BCE exactly as God foretold. Yet through the Old Testament prophets, God promised to one day regather and reunite His scattered people. This article examines what the Bible says about how God is now fulfilling that promise.

The Two Witnesses Of Revelation

Last Updated: September 1, 2013

The two witnesses of Revelation have intrigued readers for centuries. Traditional scholarship usually identifies the witnesses as Elijah and either Enoch or Moses. Putting aside these traditions of men, what does the Bible tell us about the two witnesses? This article examines the startling scriptural evidence for the true identity of these witnesses.

What is Death?

Last Updated: February 25, 2011

Satan deceived Adam regarding spiritual death. Also discussed are destinations after death such as hell, the lake of fire, Hades, and Tartarus

What Was the Colossian Heresy?

Last Updated: June 27, 2009

This article unveils the purpose of Paul’s letter to the Colossians. The Colossian church was being attacked by Gnostics who were promoting asceticism and angel worship. This commentary reviews the first two chapters of Paul’s letter and highlights clues in the text to identify who his foes were.

Who Is Abaddon/Apollyon (Destroyer)?

Last Updated: April 6, 2014

Abaddon/Apollyon (Destroyer) is currently locked in the Abyss. Gods plans for this character are clear yet many confuse his role in the end times

Who is Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha’Mashiach)?

Last Updated: April 6, 2014

How does Jesus fit into the Godhead and is the trinity beyond our understanding? We must worship God in spirit and truth, making this topic of paramount importance.

Who or What is “The Anti christ”?

Last Updated: March 15, 2013

The term Anti christ is actually used only a few times in the New Testament, but this entity is spoken of often in the Bible by various names (Man of Sin, Lawless One, Son of Perdition, Prince of Tyre, King of Babylon, King of Assyria, the Assyrian, Little Horn, Gog, etc.). This article addresses the biblical teaching about the Antichrist and identifies this entity.

Yeshua and the Father are One

Last Updated: April 8, 2009

The oneness of God is probably the most misunderstood topic in Christianity. Yet it is arguably one of the most important. One of Christianity’s foundational beliefs is the Trinity. However, this doctrine raises a simple but profound question: How can three be one? Additionally, how can we be one just as the Godhead is one?

This study http://www.herealittletherealittle.net/index.cfm turns to the Scripture for understanding, allowing the Bible to teach us rather than the traditions of man accompanied with https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble  offering a good choice being many individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide mislead Christianity according to the Bible.

 

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https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/OzPBmQ/what-compelled-me-to-author-my-first-book-message-for-this-entire-human-race

 

 

Efforts for Spiritual Knowledge

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Requires losing all trust in man through complete disassociation; thus looking only to the Father always for understanding this world of natural minds has not.

http://about.me/timesoftrouble

I do not claim to be anyone having any spiritual significance, or anyone special. I am simply another brother, one of many living stones that make up the house. I am merely one of many today watching, and listening for, the prophetic word (the ‘now’ meaning of the Scriptures) as quickened by the Holy Spirit.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble Most Used Site With Over 250 PDF’s On Our Crumbling Human Race and Religious Mislead

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/about/  Who I am Spiritually Speaking

What follows is not to boast, and not saying everything written is right; and that is because the father of lies has deceived us all — therefore is only to show my non-stop efforts through these years past while learning to live on faith in a simple life having little to nothing, and only looking to our Father always for direction.

The Times of The End Have Arrived http://timesofroubles.webs.com/index.htm

Truth You Need Beyond Words http://timesoftrouble.webs.com/index.htm

The Beginning of the End http://timesoftroubles.webs.com/index.htm

What No One Can See http://timeoftrouble.webs.com/index.htm

Wisdom or Foolishness http://ttimesoftroubles.webs.com/index.htm

The Way of This World http://ttimeoftrouble.webs.com/

We Are Within End Times http://timeoftroubles.webs.com/

Words as God Leads http://ttimesoftrouble.webs.com/

Today’s Reality in Truth http://ttimeofttrouble.webs.com/index.htm

World Book Your Life Depends On http://theonlyworldbook.webs.com/index.htm

Human Ignorance http://ttimesofttrouble.webs.com/

What All Civilization Needs To Know http://ourdestinyarrived.webs.com/

What Believers are Not Taught http://godsunknownmessengerr.webs.com

Messenger For Humanity http://godsunknownmessenger.webs.com/

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Being not of this world is so spiritual that only Yehovah [God] can supply the meaning for those who seek according to His instruction which all shepherds within religions of man worldwide fail to teach; and it’s because they are all the ‘Blind Leading the Blind’ while not even knowing because the father of lies leads all minds ‘of this world’ through not knowing the only way to become ‘not of this world’ as one who overcomes the god of this world to become worthy of His coming kingdom after the 31/2 years of affliction followed by 31/2 years great tribulation and wrath upon a very rebellious human race hating truth.

Message for this Entire Human Race is a short video on the 474-page book I wrote that was published in September of 2012 – and this is no promotion because it never sold; therefore was only more for my spiritual education.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q_IzHL_zG4&feature=youtu.be

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Even though the site in link below will be closed in April 2016, the list of hyperlinks will continue to be readable only for expressing my efforts in becoming spiritually educated while having no other life for near a decade; therefore I can honestly say that all need much edit because YHVH has greatly increased my spiritual understanding since most all were written.

Experience Project http://www.experienceproject.com/about/timesoftrouble

How Human Beings Have Become Ignorant Time Wasters The Coming Crusher Zone man is to blinded to see. Words of need The Coming Economic Hell For American Families How to Learn of God’s Purpose for Your Life The Few and why verses the many in the wide gate that leads to destruction The Human Race Today Beginning of the End Without Genuine Love for Others—God cannot be known. Updated How the very elect of God are deceived. Proverbs 1:22-32 was written for the “many” today with verse 33 for “few” WHO A FIRSTFRUIT IS; WHO GOD’S CHURCH IS; WHO IS DECEIVED; WHO IS NOT  A perfect example of how God sees all believers as hypocrites. Job 8 There are but only Two Educations in Life–with update There are but only Two Educations in Life Those who care for others the most through efforts become most hated. To The Point About Religious Deception. Because we ate you’re words of truth, How much longer O Lord? Words to a Writer with 3 Best Sellers When We Just Write Depending on God What love means to God because the ship sinking has not enough lifeboats.  What to Expect when Walking with God Words of God on men of God verses men of the religions of man. Why We Were Created, Why Satan, Why Judgment, Why Hypocrites Truth or Consequences–Hear and Listen—or—Reject and be rejected. Very Educational —Spiritually Speaking—On Just Who Other God’s Are Only God’s Pure Words to all in this world who believe in Him. Religions and spirits—spirits and Religions God’s Funds Belong to God and Not Corrupt False Teachers. What True Faith Is. A Unique Story Of My Dedication To God and This World of Religious Deception A Message For All Believers From God In Psalms. We All Have Things In Life To Learn About Love, And Very Few Will Learn Now Because Most All Will Be Crying Out For Love And Care When There Is Not Any To Hear Just As They Could Not Hear. Think about the Black Hole in the Universe, God, and the way of this world. The Higher Power and why the religions of man are the most deceived through rejecting God’s truth. The Higher Power Written By An Author And Professor To The Point Regarding The Condition Of America Followed By My Comment. Who I Am; My Purpose In Life; and how a blind woman sees through feel. The Only Way To Know God Is To Love Others; And This World Of Religion Has No Love To Show Beyond The Tongue, So They Know Not God In Spirit And Truth. 1 John 4:7-8 Who I am; and My Purpose in Life Subconscious With a Purpose Howl, Ye Shepherds, And Cry; And Wallow Yourselves In The Ashes, Ye Principal Of The Flock: For The Days Of Your Slaughter And Of Your Dispersions Are Accomplished; Why The Religions Of Man Know Not God Often The Best Or Only Way For Us To Speak Is Through Photographs. Updated Writing On Our Hearts And How To Read The Holy Bible. The Greatest Fools Are The Religions Of Man That Label God A god Of Torture That Thrives On Dishing Out Eternal Barbecues With All Invites From Toddlers To The Elderly. Even Christ Asked The Father To Forgive Those That Tortured Him. This World of Man-made False Religions that Show Belief in Man with Rejection towards God. Whether One Believes In God Or Does Not This Whole World Has Been Deceived, And Life As All Have Known It Is Going To Come To Its End In Ways They Don’t Want To Hear And Won’t Believe—until They Learn The Hard Way. Faith is Trust in what cannot be seen when your life is at stake.Faith is complete trust in what cannot be seen through actions that please the Father. Why Judgment Must Come Upon Us All Why There Is Evil  Why People Don’t Believe in God, and Why Religious People Don’t Even Believe God. One Of Many Emails Written To Oprah Winfrey. I Would Greatly Appreciate Any Answer To A Question That You Will Find In This Writing. The Greatest Mistake We As Human Beings Make Is Not Looking Only And Directly To God With Unwavering Faith That Exits You With Elimination From This World Of Man With His Words, Teachings, Doctrines And Traditions That Make The Words Of God To Become As N When The Plumbing Of Our Minds Becomes Corroded With Bad Cruds, It Cannot Be Cleared To Allow A Fresh Flow, So The Only Way For Repairs Is To Scrap It All And Start Afresh With Only What’s Pure And Tried As Silver In The Furnace Of Earth Seven Times  Some Things We Really Need To Think About In Deeper Ways Than Ever Before Because Reality Is Not What It Appears To Be Through Man. Beginning Of The End Through Hidden Ways Via The god Of This World Why I Read The Bible And What Faith Truly Is Through Actions. God–Man–Satan—Earth–Universe & Why Judgment Must Come Upon Us All God–Man–Satan—Earth–Universe & Why Judgment Must Come Upon Us All  Lies—Lies—Lies—and More Lies Via The god Of This World.  The Rehabs Of Man Are Only A Revolving Door, But To Just Walk Away For Good Is Much More. There Is But Only One Way That Can Ever Work Regarding “Rehabilitation For Troubled People” These Are The Words Of A Spiritual Weather Report That Shows The Beginning Of Sorrows Approaching On The Radar Screen That A Deceived World Cannot See; And When It Strikes There Will Be No Where To Run. Words From God The Majorities Within A Deceived World Will Not Hear. . . The Meaning Of Love To God Goes Far Beyond Words. For, Behold, The Lord Cometh Out Of His Place To Punish The Inhabitants Of The Earth For Their Iniquity: The Earth Shall Disclose Her Blood, And Shall No More Cover Her Slain.  Discuss The Handwriting On The Wall   When God Speaks Only Few Can Hear   Have Much Respect For Those With Much Age   Our Native Home In The Philippines   Discuss Daniel And Revelation   Write My Communications With Others That All Can Learn From   Speak Of The Exact Time Of The Birth Of Jesus Christ   Speak Of Just How Bad What We Eat Can Be For Us All   Speak Only Facts Of Who God Is And Who We Are In Comparison   Discuss The Ways Of God And Not The Ways Of Man   Discuss The Context Of The Words Of God   Speak Of Why Job Was Written For These End Times   Discuss Gods Prison Of Truth   Speak Of What It Means To Grow With God   Speak Words From God To The Shepherds And Congregations   Write Of What No One Can See   Speak Words Of Truth Just Between Us From Me To You   Speak Truth On The Beginning Of The End Of Humanity   Write Of Gods Truth Of Who Israel Is In Prophesy   When You Reject God Even Unknowingly He Will Reject You   Understand How To Know God   God Speaks Of A Nation Void Of Counsel With No Understanding   See How People Don’t Always Read Others Correctly   Speak Of World Famine With Proof Of Its Coming   Discuss From Christianity To Wicca From God’s Point Of View   Discuss Murderers In The Eyes Of God   Tell Of How My Mind Operates With Only God For My Source   Speak On What All Need To Know About The Love Of God   Speak Of The Sabbath On Saturday   Discuss Why Most Are Abiding In Death And Know It Not   Speak Of What A Man Is To God   Speak Of Life And Death   Speak Of Breaking News   Understand What Is Childish To God   Understand What Understanding God Means   Speak Of Our Hearts That Can Hide Nothing   What My Life Would Be Like If I Was A Billionaire   Discuss What It Means To Overcome   Write Of The Truths Of Today And Every Day   Discuss The Church As Fuel For The Fire In Great Tribulation   How Improper Construction Will Cause Your Ship To Sink   Speak Of Only Gods Truth That Only He Can Teach   Speak Of Why God Punishes The Saved With His Words Of Truth   When Your End Has Come It Will Be To Late To Awake   Speak Only Spiritual Truths Of God   My Wife And I Will Be Homeless At The End Of July   Prepared Or Unprepared The End Still Comes   How Long Ye Simple Ones Will Ye Love Simplicity  How Light Is Really Darkness   The Beginning Of The End   The Times Of The End Have Arrived   Why Judgment Must Come   See Hypocrites By Their Actions   Speak Of Our Home In The Philippines   Speak Of False Religions Worldwide   Speak Truth That The Times Of The End Have Arrived   Why God Created Man, The Universe And Why Judgment Must Come   Speak Only Truths Of Darkness All Need To Know   Speak Of The End Of Humanity Known To Man   Speak Of Life And What You Should Be Doing With It   Speak Of God’s Coming Judgments   Why Most All Cannot Understand Reality   Speak Of Love And What It Means To God   The New World Order And The Fall Of America  Edit Story Discuss What God Views On Earth From His Throne   Tell Of God And The Universe   Want To Discuss Science And Religion   Speak Of How Faith Makes All Things Possible   We Are Nearing The End Of The Human Race As Known To Man   Talk About Fruits Of The Spirit   Speak Of The Forth Seal In Revelation   Speak Of The Third Seal In Revelation   Speak Of The Second Seal In Revelation 6   We All Need Help In Different Ways   Speak Of Great Tribulation   Have No Other Life Other Than God’s Truths Few Understand   White Horse False Christ’s Religious Deception Part 2   Understand The White Horse False Christ’s Religious Deception   Know Who God Punishes And Who He Protects   Understand Why Humanity Is Nearing Its End    Understand The Seals In Revelation   Have You Ever Had Any Confusion About God   Have A Good Understanding Of The Ten Commandments   Understanding What God Is Saying   No Tree Of Life Till The 2nd Resurrection   Speak Only Breaking News   Understand The Spirit Of Truth Verses The Spitit Of Error   God, Truth, Church, Reality, Understanding   Have Understanding Of Genuine Reality   Truth You Need To Know   Know That Our Calamity Is At Hand   Hear The Conclusion Of The Whole Matter   Feel Terrible When I Hurt Somebody   Want Know What Happens Next   Understand Reality   Have A Message For Moms And Dads   Love Truth All Need To Know   Who A Firstfruit Is Who Gods Church Is And Who Is Deceived  Love People Old And Children Because Their Unique   Education From Jeremiah   David And Bathsheba   Down To The Wire On Truth, Lies   Know Thy Word Is Truth  Write Short Stories About God And Man   Am Extremely Distant From The World   Have Been Hurt At Church But I Still Believe In God   The Natural Mind And The Spiritual Mind   Love The Greatest Puzzle Of Eternity   Teach About The Body Of Christ As God Sees It   My Dedication To God   Have Bad Experiences With Churches   See What’s All Around That The Blind See Not   Supply Bits And Pieces Of How Death Is Sneaking Up On All   See Who We Are To Learn From While Expecting The Same   See And Know The Horrors Coming On One Very Blind USA   See A People So Lost They Can’t Even Find Themselves    See The Worst Lost Trying To Save The Lost   Can See The Reality TV Show That All Must See   See Massive Bloodshed Coming On People Of Blindness   Read In God’s Truth How He Sees Churches And Congregations  Need Only Truth Of Reality Behind The Scenes   Live In My Own World And You Live In Yours, But We All Live   Speak Of Life As Chess With The King Of Power About To Fall   Watch Times Of Trouble   When God Becomes Your Life’s Priority What All Need To Know, But Don’t Want To Know The Powers Of Satan   See What God Sees In Man   Have The Faith For Tribulation To Share   Simply See The True Reality As It Genuinely Is Behind All   I Have Life’s Experiences And So Do You   Share Truth And Reality Behind The Scenes

About Love And What It Means Too God; About My Grandmother At 103About Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing And The Coming Horrors.  Whats Been Happening Behind The Backs Of All Worldwide Including Religious Deception.About Suffering For People Of God And Why I Was Chosen Out Of This World By Christ. Strait Is The Gate And Narrow Is The Way Which Leadeth Unto Life, And Few There Be That Find It. About Running The Race Words From An Ex-church Goer  And My Reply Powers Of Satan Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me  What God Is Looking For Within His Created Beings That Is Completely Missing, Therefore Great Punishment Is Coming. The Powers Of Darkness About My Past In America And Now In The Philippines

What God Says About Churches The Worst Living Horrors Are Coming Closer Each Day. . If God Is Not The Center Of Our Lives With Priority, We Are Of This World; Therefore Know Not Truth As It Is Written. Strong Meat: Hebrews 5:14 We As People Of God Are Always Watched And Measured By Our Hearts. The Love Of Christ That People Of God Are Lacking. Prophecy Towards The Fall Of America Prophecy Towards The Fall Of America What God Sees Within The Hearts Of Overcomers As Christ About True Christianity God Knows All Things Including You’re Own Heart Better Than You Know Yourself—Plus His Instruction on How to Read the Holy Bible  I Have About Eighteen Years With God And Not Church, Therefore God Is My Teacher Through His Words Of Truth Rather Than The Twisted Words Of Man. There Is But One God And Only One Religion; Yet Man Has Made His Own That Have Caused Confusion. The More Faith That We Have; The More We Turn Only To God While Going Around Man. People May Not Always Like Truth, Yet It Is Written For Those Who Put Absolutely No Trust In Man. People Helping People Will One Day Be The Way The Whole World Is.

There exists hundreds more of my writings not listed, and even though many may not be well done as I would like, they still have a strong message using Scripture; therefore the whole point is only my sincere efforts to warn all of what is en route, and growing closer each day.

The most current site used is http://www.cross.tv/timesoftrouble  having over 700 of my detailed and lengthy blogs.

Below is another website where I have 520 posts with well over 100,000 views; yet was banned the same as many other religious sites for speaking too boldly just as Amos, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and all men of YHVH despised by this world of religious scorpions talking their religious talk, but never walking their commanded walk.

http://www.true2ourselves.com/Jeffcc

In a Christian friends network years ago I had over 300 posts written from biblical truth, yet the same as all others because I had not one genuine brother or sister in Christ, not one friend and not even one rooted for spiritual communication; and this world of shepherds, pastors, ministers, priests, and all religious titles are the worst when it comes to loving others through deed — thus the blind lead the blind with great affliction growing closer each day.

There was also the Christian site allaboutGod and another called Godspace that I was banned from and denied access to my own hundreds of writings; and added was ‘For Baptists Only’, the Bible in Facebook, some church sites and others which hate truth from the Bible about themselves; and reason is because it’s an untaught mystery about the Kingdom of YHVH. Matthew chapter 13.

All that I post is only on YHVH, Yeshua, and the realities of this world past, now, and what is to come because I have absolutely no interest in anything worldly while having my heart and mind set on things above (Colossians 3) in the 3rd heaven as my life’s priority with my wife next in line; and the story about her is that she was a gift from YHVH because He knew that I needed to survive in a foreign country with no income or employment making our life a great struggle along with her many years of severe health issues while having zero funds — yet she never complains, and we pray together in faith even thou we have so very little within a world of religious Christians who have absolutely zero care for any others whatsoever, but plenty of loving words with praise to God — yet very acceptable to me because they know not what they do as made quite clear in John 15:17-21.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/RJP16w/how-christians-lacking-spiritual-knowledge-hate-god

Faith is endurance through knowing that only our Father YHVH can become our supplier of basic needs and mercy during the times ahead when there is no food to be had. Want mercy? Know what it means? Do you desire to read in scripture exactly how YHVH views all shepherds and their congregations worldwide? This link below carries more spiritual truth than most minds can accept; yet has the greatest warning for all on what is coming with the reason why these things must be.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ljD9ZQ/vital-untaught-truth-in-all-religions-worldwide

100_3175For any to walk the walk is no easy life, yet shall bring great reward.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/mpxzXp/lifes-misfortune-in-different-ways-for-us-all

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/about/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  My Efforts for Spiritual Knowledge

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble offers a good choice being many [over 235] individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet.

http://www.newworldordernews.com/ – accurate bad news so true people cannot believe.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/  – continual news reports which reveal just how deranged our human race has become.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/435W4W/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/n9z36E/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-2

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/2mw7me/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-3

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/Dx26Jv/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-4

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/mpxzXp/lifes-misfortune-in-different-ways-for-us-all

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