Thursday, October 12, 2017

Back In the Saddle

Whew! What a busy summer! It's been very discouraging to have no time for the blog.

We've had a tough time in the Southeastern U.S. this hurricane season, and the season is not quite finished yet!

First Harvey hits Houston, then Irma hits just about everyone; next came Jose and Katia, and the devastating Maria! Puerto Rico is still without power for the most part! Lastly, we had Hurricane Nate which hit the Gulf Coast.

Irma plowed through Orlando where I live. Thank heaven, I only lost an old wooden fence and a screened-in enclosure. Otherwise, we're fine!

Many, many people are still hurting, though.

On top of all that we had the worst massacre in modern American history take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. At last count it was 60 dead and over 500 wounded. A man barricaded himself in a hotel room with multiple firearms and attacked an outdoor concert crowd through the windows.

U.S. citizens can legally own firearms. It is a basic constitutional right to guard against a tyrannical government. The man's motive is still being investigated. Contrary to what you might hear in the "Fake News", the murder rate in America is very low for it's population.

This God-given right to self defense is, as stated, a gift from Yehovah, not the State. The video emphasizes this requirement to have weapons. In fact, it is a requirement from Torah! You should watch this video, especially if you are liberal "Jew" and think otherwise. Do you want to delay and otherwise deny the New World Order? Then, get all the guns and ammo you can get your hands on!




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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hi Folks!

The "Patterns of Evidence - Exodus" people are creating a new film; "Patterns of Evidence - Moses". The first film blew the lid off of academic (incorrect) Egyptology and the second film may do the same.

Please watch the first film (trailer below), if you haven't already, and please consider supporting the second film.

www.PatternsOfEvidence.com

Thanks!



The Observer

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Have A Wonderful Shavuot!

My family is celebrating Shavuot this year on Sunday, June 4th. May you and yours be blessed! And please enjoy this 18 min.video from Zachary Bauer.

The Observer

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Life After Death - Part 4, What About The Ruach?

In the last blog I referred to the "Spirit" returning to God upon death.

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)

This word spirit here in most translations and versions is "ruach", as in Ruach Ha Kodesh (Spirit The Holy), "The Holy Spirit".

Ruach is defined as: wind; by resemblance breath, that is, a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions): - air, anger, blast, breath, X cool, courage, mind, X quarter, X side, spirit ([-ual]), tempest, X vain, ([whirl-]) wind (-y).

As we can see, Ruach is essentially the same as the "Breath" of God and is only figuratively speaking of life. Another element included in this definition is; "spirit, but only of a rational being, existing in the sky". This is where we get the idea, in a Hebraic sense, of a Nephesh, as opposed to a Neshama. All creatures and things that have the breath of life have a Neshama, at least, but a Nephesh is an expression used for a rational being - a human.  It does imply a wind or movement of air in the sky, however, as when the Holy Spirit comes down from heaven on Pentecost - Shavuot. But none of this implies a rationality or consciousness after death occurs.

On a side note, some "Jews", no, not all, will say that Gentiles do not have a Nephesh and are therefore not much different from animals. This is a minority prejudiced view only.

All of this brings up an interesting debate! When I first started in Hebrew Roots I believed in the Trinity; Father, Son, Holy Spirit. I don't believe in a Trinity any more. Why? Because the Ruach Ha Kodesh is not a "person", not a "Godhead" of a Trinity. Yehovah/Yeshua is ONE! Now, I am unable to understand how two distinct figures, Yehovah and Yeshua, combine to be ONE, but this is what the Bible says! Yeshua IS Yehovah in flesh!

This also brings up a point about the King James Version. Like most American Protestants, I grew up with a KJV only perspective. However, the beloved KJV has so many linguistic errors it is not at all funny anymore. Not to be "punny", but one grave error it makes is to use the word, "ghost". There is no such thing as "The Holy Ghost"! There is no apparition involved. No one is being possessed by the Holy "Ghost". The word "ghost" is an entirely pagan usage that does not belong in the Word!

Now, I will look at the actual study I intended for this entry.  The ESV will be used only because the ABP, BSEP, and NASB are all the same words, essentially.

(ESV)
Gen 7:15  They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life.
...
Gen 7:22  Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died.

[Notes/Conclusion: Ruach and Neshama are used here for "breath". Both the animals and the humans simply died. At this point in the study there has been no reasonable affirmation of "life after death". So far, you would really have to make up a man-made doctrine to declare we have consciousness and go to heaven or hell at death. However, I'll keep an open mind and keep searching the biblical text. One young fellow told me once that because of the verse in Ecclesiastes, ALL people go to heaven (return to God) at death. Do you begin to see how man creates what he wants to have happen and establishes an incorrect doctrine?]

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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.
...
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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