Sunday, April 30, 2017

Life After Death - Part 3, What About Enoch?

OK! Let's get back into the swing of things!

(ESV)
Gen 5:21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah.
Gen 5:22 Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters.
Gen 5:23 Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years.
Gen 5:24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took (la-qach) him.

(...la-qach; simply, to take)

(ABP)
Gen 5:21 And Enoch lived five and sixty and a hundred years, and he procreated Methuselah.
Gen 5:22  was well-pleasing And Enoch to God. And Enoch lived after his procreating Methuseleh, two hundred years, and he procreated sons and daughters.
Gen 5:23 And came to pass all the days of Enoch, five and sixty and three hundred years.
Gen 5:24 And Enoch was well-pleasing to God. And he was not found, for transposed (metatithemi) him God.

(... metatithemi; to transpose, or transfer - transpose meaning "one which is put in place of the other" - transfer meaning "to simply relocate")

(BSEP)
Gen 5:21 And Enoch lived an hundred and sixty and five years, and begat Mathusala.
Gen 5:22 And Enoch was well-pleasing to God after his begetting Mathusala, two hundred years, and he begot sons and daughters.
Gen 5:23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty and five years.
Gen 5:24 And Enoch was well-pleasing to God, and was not found, because God translated him.

(translated; to carry or remove to a new location)

(NASB)
Gen 5:21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah.
Gen 5:22 Then Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters.
Gen 5:23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.
Gen 5:24 Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took (la-qach) him.

(...la-qach; simply, to take)

[Notes/Conclusion: Obviously, something happened to Enoch! He didn't "live" as long as the others, when you compare the surrounding text, because Yehovah "took" him. Enoch was either "changed" and relocated as in "transposed", or he was simply relocated/translated. But, we do know he didn't die! Why? Because, it's never a good idea to rely on one section of the Bible. Let's look elsewhere.

(ESV)
Heb 11:5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.
 
So, Enoch did not die, therefore his "Spirit", his "neshama", the "breath" of God, his "pneuma" never left him. Why?
 
(ESV)
Heb 9:27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,
Heb 9:28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
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Ecc 12:7 and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
(the context of this verse is relating to the death of a man)

(Enoch must have been an exception because he pleased God?)
 
So, Enoch DID NOT die. And, we know for sure that Enoch DID NOT go to heaven! Why do we know this? Because Yeshua told us so!
 
(ESV)
Joh 3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
Joh 3:2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him."
Joh 3:3 Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."

(Yes, I know, the "kingdom of God" is on earth! But, keep reading!)

Joh 3:4 Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"
Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Joh 3:7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
Joh 3:8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Joh 3:9 Nicodemus said to him, "How can these things be?"
Joh 3:10 Jesus answered him, "Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?
Joh 3:11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony.
Joh 3:12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
Joh 3:13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.
Joh 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
Joh 3:15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.]
 
So, we know that Enoch was never "born of the Spirit" (because he did not see death - he was still flesh) and we also know that Enoch never went to heaven (because Yeshua told us). So, where is Enoch?
 
The truth is, nobody knows! Some folks will claim they know, but we must look at all of Scripture and take it as it is. Other folks will tell me to look at the "Book of Enoch". Well, there are several, none of which are reliable enough to trust.
 
Was it possible that Enoch was changed to a spiritual being without seeing death? Yes, I suppose that's possible. Yehovah/Yeshua can do anything. But, we still don't know where he is, but we do know he's not in heaven! This also might redefine for many the idea of being, "born again". Are we "born again" in the "twinkling of an eye", at the "last trump"? I myself lean toward this as truth.
 
This is getting more and more interesting, isn't it?
 
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Look At This Car ! Amen Brother, Amen !

Hi Folks! Sorry about being away so long. I've been dealing with a prolonged illness but I'm beginning to perk up, finally!

My Son took this pic on his cellphone while driving home from work. You gotta luv it! (click to make larger)


Notice the tag number? Good News 777!
Be back soon ...
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Friday, February 24, 2017

God of the Living, not the Dead

Please enjoy this teaching from Lex Meyer



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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Life After Death - Part 2

In the first part of this series we learned that Yehovah-Yeshua breathed His "breath", "pneuma", "wind", "spirit", "naphach"; the "neshama" or breath of life into A'dam (man) and he became a living soul - a "nephesh". This animated A'dam and he became conscious or aware; alive.

... now, we continue ...

(ESV)
Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?"  (gan)
Gen 3:2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden,
Gen 3:3 but God said, 'You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'"
Gen 3:4 But the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. ('mooth' - to be dead)
Gen 3:5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
Gen 3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
Gen 3:7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
Gen 3:8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
Gen 3:9 But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, "Where are you?"
Gen 3:10 And he said, "I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself."
Gen 3:11 He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?"
Gen 3:12 The man said, "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate."
Gen 3:13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this that you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
Gen 3:14 The LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.
Gen 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel."
Gen 3:16 To the woman he said, "I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you."
Gen 3:17 And to Adam he said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
Gen 3:18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.
Gen 3:19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return."
Gen 3:20 The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
Gen 3:21 And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
Gen 3:22 Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—"
Gen 3:23 therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.
Gen 3:24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.

(I wanted to show the context of all of chapter 3 at least once)

(ABP)

Gen 3:1 But the serpent was most skilled of all the wild beasts, of the ones upon the earth whom made the lord God. And said the serpent to the woman, For why said God, No way should you eat from all of a tree of the paradise? ('paradisos')
Gen 3:2 And said the woman, From fruit of the tree of the paradise we shall eat;
Gen 3:3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the paradise, God said, Eat not from it, nor touch it! that you should not die. ('apoth-nace-ko' - literally die)
Gen 3:4 And said the serpent to the woman, Not to death will you die.
Gen 3:5  knows For God that in which ever day you should eat of it, will be opened wide your eyes, and you will be as gods, knowing good and evil.


...

Gen 3:19 By sweat of your face you will eat your bread, until the returning you into the earth from out of which you were taken. For earth you are and unto earth you will go. And Adam called the name of his wife, Zoe, for she was mother of all the living.
Gen 3:21 And made the lord God to Adam and his wife garments of skins, and he clothed them.
Gen 3:22 And God said, Behold, Adam has become as one of us, to know good and evil. And now, lest at any time he might stretch out the hand, and should take from the tree of life, and should eat, and will live into the eon --
Gen 3:23 that ejected him the lord God from the paradise of the delicacy, to work the earth from which he was taken.
Gen 3:24 And he cast out Adam, and settled him before the paradise of the delicacy, and ordered the cherubim, and the flaming broadsword turning, to guard the way of the tree of life.

(BSEP)
Gen 3:1 And the two were naked, both Adam and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Gen 3:2 Now the serpent was the most crafty of all the brutes on the earth, which the Lord God made, and the serpent said to the woman, Wherefore has God said, Eat not of every tree of the garden? (gan)
Gen 3:3 And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden, (gan)
Gen 3:4 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Gen 3:5 And the serpent said to the woman, Ye shall not surely die.('mooth' - to be dead)

...

Gen 3:19 Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.
Gen 3:20 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat thy bread until thou return to the earth out of which thou wast taken, for earth thou art and to earth thou shalt return.
Gen 3:21 And Adam called the name of his wife Life, because she was the mother of all living.
Gen 3:22 And the Lord God made for Adam and his wife garments of skin, and clothed them.
Gen 3:23 And God said, Behold, Adam is become as one of us, to know good and evil, and now lest at any time he stretch forth his hand, and take of the tree of life and eat, and so he shall live forever--
Gen 3:24 So the Lord God sent him forth out of the garden of Delight to cultivate the ground out of which he was taken.
Gen 3:25 And he cast out Adam and caused him to dwell over against the garden of Delight, and stationed the cherubs and the fiery sword that turns about to keep the way of the tree of life.

(NASB)
Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" (gan)
Gen 3:2 The woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden (gan) we may eat;
Gen 3:3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden (gan), God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'"
Gen 3:4 The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! ('mooth' - to be dead)
Gen 3:5 "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
 
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Gen 3:19 By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return."
Gen 3:20 Now the man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living.
Gen 3:21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.
Gen 3:22 Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever"--
Gen 3:23 therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken.
Gen 3:24 So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden (e'den, 'ay-den') He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.

[Notes/Conclusion: There are no appreciable differences in translations except for one word, which I'll cover below. Chapter 3 of Genesis is chocked full of fish to catch! I'll start from Ch. 2 and cast forward into 3.

First, we know that man becomes a living soul when he receives the "Breath/Spirit" of Yehovah-Yeshua. This point is incredibly important to understand from a critical thinking aspect. It says man does NOT have a soul, but becomes a living one! Now, we also learn from Ch. 3 that if sin had not entered the picture Adam and Eve would have lived forever. Why? Because they were eating from the "Tree of Life", not because they had any innate immortality. Please notice they were warned not to eat of the "Knowledge" tree because it would cause them to die.

I didn't want to project forward too much in this study but in this case it would be helpful.

"the soul who sins shall die!".

This admonition in Ezekiel 18 is speaking of generational sin but the point is well taken. A man is held responsible for his own sin and he will die because of that sin. Please notice this ESV verse says it correctly; "the soul who sins". The KJV, for example, says "the soul that sins", as if a soul is an entity separate and distinguishable from the human. The KJV is good for some things, but it is one of the worst versions in history, for accuracy!

Next, please notice that the Serpent lies to Eve. The Serpent actually mixes some truth with the lie telling Eve she will be like God, "knowing good and evil". But he intimates a lie by declaring, "You surely shall not die!"

The narrative continues and we discover that Adam and Eve have to be driven out of the Garden because they would eventually eat again of the "Tree of Life", after sinning" and live forever, in that sinful state.

It is important to note here. We have ALL sinned! The soul who sins shall die because of his sins. Only One in all of history has not sinned - Yeshua. And He was resurrected! Yes, I know there are more details but I'll eventually get there.

One more thing. Please notice the (ABP) version uses the word, "Paradise", instead of Garden. "Paradisos" is used quite a lot in scripture to speak of "gan e'den", or the garden of Eden. This becomes important later. How often have we heard a Pastor speak of Paradise as heaven where the throne of God is? This is misleading. "Paradise" was here on earth and will be again, along with the Tree of Life and the leaves of the Tree will be used to "heal the nations".]

Have you ever noticed? The first lie spoken of in Scripture and spoken by the father of lies, is one of the most repeated lies in the Church! When you die, you won't surely die - you'll go straight to heaven!

Wow! Just beginning to scratch the surface!

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Thursday, February 09, 2017

Who Was Yeshua? An Angel?

Please enjoy this vid by JimvesterStallone. Turn down the sound if you don't like the accompanying music, obviously!



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