WHO IS THE ANTICHRIST?

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WHO IS THE ANTICHRIST?

The New Testament, the new covenant, has four gospel accounts of the life of Jesus.

                                   Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

NEW 1It also contains the actions of the apostles after Jesus death and resurrection, in a book written by Luke called “ACTS”. Where he gathered all the information from those who had been eyewitnesses with Jesus.

Also it contains many letters directed to the early church of the Christ encouraging them to stay loyal and faithful, and giving them extra instructions and reminders on how to stay true to Jesus Christ.

In those letters it mentions “an antichrist”will be revealed in the last days for the true believers to be on guard against, but in John’s first letter to the church he says in chapter 2v18 “Children, it is the last hour and as you have heard the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrist’s have come, therefore we know it is the last hour”. John speaks here of many that are antichrists all followers of the original antichrist. So, the question is who is the original antichrist and how can we get the answer from God’s word the bible? Does it give us guidance to identify this one?

Yes! It certainly does if we use logic, which is after all common sense, we can indeed work out who the original antichrist is. And yes! He certainly has many followers today being guided by him.

As every good story begins, “lets start at the very beginning”.

The beginning for us takes us to the account in Genesis but before we look in Genesis take a look with me in the book of John chapter 1v1-34 Where he tells us “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God, all things were made through him and without him was not anything made”. “The word became flesh and dwelt among us, glory as of the only son from the father” (RSV)

This shows us the “WORD” is also our LORD and everything came into being like the creation of the earth and its heavens came through OUR LORD. Then later when he came to the earth as flesh and blood he became the man JESUS CHRIST the MESSIAH but before this he was known as the LORD.

1st Corinthians chapter 8 v 6 shows we have ONE GOD and father and ONE LORD, now Jesus Christ.

Now let us go back to the very beginning to Genesis. God had ended each of the creative days with “its good”, so when he came to the end of the 6th creative day, after the creation of Adam and Eve, he said in chapter 1v31 “And God saw everything he had made and behold it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning a sixth day”. “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done. . So everything was good in God’s eyes, everything was created perfectly. Remembering all this was achieved through our lord and now God was going to sit back and watch what happened during this seventh day.

The point of interest here is the time value of “the creative days” for in 2nd Peter 3v8 he shows “that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”. Logically speaking we know God did not create the earth and its heavens in just six thousand years because it has now been six thousand years from Adam’s creation and the seventh day of one thousand years are about to begin with our Lord Jesus as the LORD OF THE SABBATH. (Matthew chapter 12v8) The seventh day. When this seventh day ends at the end of our Lord’s reign, the 8th day will begin ending seven thousand years from Adam’s creation.

So again logically speaking the “creative days” must be of a longer time period. When we speak of a working day we refer to 8 hours, a full day 24 hours, we also refer to a 12-hour day, the same with God’s word. The days from Adam are one thousand years in length and after the end of the seventh day the Sabbath, under our lord Jesus it will end seven thousand years from Adam’s creation. So, at the end of the seventh day of one thousand years under our lord Jesus the bible shows the new heavens and the new earth will again be good. Leaving God to end the seventh creative day with the same words “look everything is good”. The conclusion being each of the creative days were seven thousand years in length. So the end of the seventh day of 1,000 years under the Christ coincides with the end of the seventh “creative day” of  7,000 years. Both ending together at the beginning of the 8th day.

Genesis shows not long after being settled in the garden home an angelic spirit disguised as a serpent told Eve that if she ate from the tree that was forbidden SHE POSITIVELY WOULD NOT DIE. He lied to her and that is why he is called “the father of the lie”. (John chapter 8v44) Punishments were dished out upon all three wrongdoers.

This brings us to the very first prophecy of God in the bible, Genesis chapter 3v14-15, “I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel”. 2nd Corinthians chapter 11v3 shows “as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to the Christ” and v 14 shows “for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light”.

Who is the woman referred to in this prophecy?

We need logic to understand this prophecy. Jesus is known as “the bridegroom” in the bible and his true church, the chosen ones, as his “bride”. This arrangement comes from the highest level, his father. So logically speaking if a bride has been chosen for the only son of God by his father, then it is reasonable to assume that the heavenly host of spirit ones are classed as the father’s “woman”.

God’s heavenly family are classed as his heavenly “woman” not women in the sense of females, as we understand today but helpers in subjection to their head, their husbandly owner. This arrangement has been in force from the very beginning as in the garden with the human creation too.

The woman was created from the man and was to be a helper to him, and was subject to him. (Genesis chapter 2v21-24) It is also very interesting to note! Adam could have changed our history if he had chastised his wife Eve for disobeying him, Adam, and eating from the tree of knowledge of good and bad instead of listening to her and eating from it himself. What do I mean? Let me explain.

It was the man Adam that was told by God not to eat from the tree in the middle of the garden for in the day he ate from it he would die. (Genesis chapter 2v15-18) Adam would then have instructed his wife not to eat from that tree, so technically speaking, she disobeyed her husbandly owner Adam and not God, and he could have chastised her instead of listening to her and eating it himself. How do we know this? Again, let me explain. Numbers chapter 30v6-9, this shows if the husband hears of her misdeed he can reverse the consequences, chastise her and change the situation.  

It shows in Genesis chapter 3v5-13 the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that is was a delight to the eyes and that the tree would make her wise, she took of its fruit and ate and she gave some to her husband and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they knew they were naked. Then they heard the sound of God walking in the garden so they ran away and hid themselves. But the lord God called to the man and asked where he was, Adam replied he was naked and hid and God asked him, who said you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree I asked you not to?

Note! Eve ate the fruit but her eyes were not opened, otherwise she would have hidden herself from Adam, their eyes were not opened until after Adam had eaten of the fruit then both their eyes were opened together. (Eve could have told Adam, I have eaten the fruit and look nothing has happened to me) Also it was Adam that was addressed by God have you eaten from the tree I commanded you not to. So logically speaking Adam could have disciplined his wife and used his headship over her. As the account in Genesis shows, you listened to your wife instead of me. (3v17-20)

From the very beginning the principle has been, that the head of the family is the father and the wife is in subjection to her husbandly head. When a man chooses a bride it is said they are “betrothed ” or promised in marriage, what we today would call an engagement, a promise of a marriage reunion, he then takes the woman to his home and a marriage takes place as in the case of Mary. (Luke chapter 1v26-35)

The same marriage arrangement takes place with our lord Jesus, his father chooses the bride for him (which was the custom with Abraham when he chose a bride for his son Isaac) and he goes off to prepare a home for her and returns later when everything is ready, then he takes his bride to live with him. (John chapter 14v1-3)

This enmity, meaning strife, rivalry or hatred, in the prophecy will be between Satan and the righteous heavenly host of spirit ones who are called God’s woman and between Satan’s seed and the seed of the woman. Satan will bruise the principle seed Jesus Christ in his heel and Jesus will bruise Satan in the head. Isaiah chapter 53v5,10 speaks of this bruising where it says “It was the will of the Lord to bruise him” referring to the first prophecy.

The seed of Satan started when the sons of God left their positions in the high heavens to come to the earth to look at the women of the human creation taking them and having children with them. (Genesis chapter 6v1-20)

They could not return to the high heavens so they made their home here in the earth’s heavens. Some ended up as “princely rulers” over the earth as the book of Daniel shows us in chapter 10 when Gabriel was sent to Daniel he was stopped by these spirit rulers and Gabriel had to send for Michael the prince of Daniel’s people Israel. (Daniel 10v12-15, 20) So the seed of Satan started long before the flood of Noah’s day.

Satan’s seed are also the spirit demons who have been confined to the earth and heavens from the time of Noah and whom Jesus met while he was on the earth and expelled them and the seed of the woman are all the righteous spirit ones who repented after Jesus preached to them and all the half-breed spirit children born as “the nephelim” whose earthly side died in the flood and became the “demon spirits” on the earth, not being fully spirit in nature but half spirit. This hatred between them will continue until the day of their judgement.

These are the ones that Jesus preached to after he had been resurrected. (1st Peter 3v19, 2nd Peter 2v4) the idea that he preached to them may have encouraged some to repent and become the seed of the righteous spirits again. The day of judgement will begin with these spirit ones, they will be judged and dealt with when the day of our lord begins. Judgement starts with the household of God. (1st Peter 4v17)

The enmity, hatred, between the two seeds, Satan’s and the woman’s, comes to a head at the time of judgement, fighting will take place between them in the spirit world on the earth which will cause a tribulation on the earth which will probably affect the human family too. We have the accounts of Jesus expelling some of these demon spirits who possessed humans and making them very violent in nature, this could happen on the day of judgement too where humans will become violent because of their influence. Luke chapter 8v29-34 shows of one account where Jesus expelled these demon spirits who had possessed a man and the spirit told Jesus his name was “Legion” because there were many of them. 

Satan’s seed, his angelic rebels, will influence humans on the earth to fight against the seed of the righteous angels, and may even fight against the church of the Christ and Christians throughout the earth. Satan, the original Antichrist, will encourage his seed made up of humans that these spirits use to destroy all remains of Christ’s teachings, that by putting faith in him we may have eternal life.

Chapter 15 of the book of Enoch confirms this battle of wills where it shows: ~

[Chapter 15] 1 And He answered and said to me, and I heard His voice: ‘Fear not, Enoch, thou righteous 2 man and scribe of righteousness: approach hither and hear my voice. And go, say to the Watchers of heaven, who have sent thee to intercede for them: “You should intercede” for men, and not men 3 for you: Wherefore have ye left the high, holy, and eternal heaven, and lain with women, and defiled yourselves with the daughters of men and taken to yourselves wives, and done like the children 4 of earth, and begotten giants (as your) sons? And though ye were holy, spiritual, living the eternal life, you have defiled yourselves with the blood of women, and have begotten (children) with the blood of flesh, and, as the children of men, have lusted after flesh and blood as those also do who die 5 and perish. Therefore have I given them wives also that they might impregnate them, and beget 6 children by them, that thus nothing might be wanting to them on earth. But you were formerly 7 spiritual, living the eternal life, and immortal for all generations of the world. And therefore I have not appointed wives for you; for as for the spiritual ones of the heaven, in heaven is their dwelling. 8 And now, the giants, who are produced from the spirits and flesh, shall be called evil spirits upon 9 the earth, and on the earth shall be their dwelling. Evil spirits have proceeded from their bodies; because they are born from men and from the holy Watchers is their beginning and primal origin; 10 they shall be evil spirits on earth, and evil spirits shall they be called. [As for the spirits of heaven, in heaven shall be their dwelling, but as for the spirits of the earth which were born upon the earth, on the earth shall be their dwelling.] And the spirits of the giants afflict, oppress, destroy, attack, do battle, and work destruction on the earth, and cause trouble: they take no food, but nevertheless 12 hunger and thirst, and cause offences. And these spirits shall rise up against the children of men and against the women, because they have proceeded from them. 

It shows in the book of Enoch that these evil spirits will be given wives of their own creation to keep them from them lusting after the flesh and blood of the human creation of women in order to procure offspring. So their numbers will be great at the judgement day. 

In order for the spirit half-breads to live separate lives while on the earth they were confined to live under the ground mainly or under populated areas. They did stray at times during the first century when Jesus was here and he expelled them. They had become predators upon the humans making them very unpredictable and wild.

What is interesting about this new creation is: ~ they do not need food to sustain their lives like the human creation because they are of the spirit. They do not have to live like us either in houses and sharing towns but they will have their own dwelling places. This too is born out for us in the book of Enoch chapter 10 where it states “cast him into darkness ~ open the desert and place over him (one of the fallen angels) rough jagged rocks”. These spirit ones are placed in caverns deep under the ground in the desert places and have rocks placed over them.

The seed of Satan, the demon spirits, will engage the services of the human family to bring about a tribulation on the earth to establish a worldwide dominion of the human family, just like the demon spirits that possessed men in the first century when Jesus was on the earth and he expelled them so too at this time of the end they will again enter into the human race to fulfil their purposes to take over the world. The supremacy of the world is still their goal as it was with the original “Nephelim”

This is brought out fully in Amos chapter 9v1-5 where it explains the judgement upon them it shows “not one of them will escape. Though they dig down into sheol from there shall my hand take them though they climb up to heaven from there I will bring them down and though they hide from my sight at the bottom of the sea there I will command the serpent and it shall bite them and though they go into captivity before their enemies there I will command the sword and it shall slay them”.Angelic spirit ones can hide from God in these places when the judgement day comes but we are assured he will get all of them. You may think this is not reasonable? But yes” it is. During the last few years “SINC” holes have opened up all around the earth even under the sea bed where large caverns have been under the ground just as the book of Enoch shows. These spirit ones would not live on the earth but in their own habitat, under the earth and under the sea even on top of very high mountains.  download (1)

download (2)There are examples of other areas for instance in the desert rocky mountainous areas in Jordan there is a city called “Petra” which has been carved out of solid rock even scientists today do not fully understand how this was done. If you look at this close-up you will see it is an entrance to a city deep under the ground. It could even represent a temple area with a crown, a throne, which could represent a kingdom, and its name “Petra” reminds us of Jesus words to Peter that Jesus was the rock-mass and “upon this stone, Meaning Jesus, I will build my church”.Al_Khazneh

downloadCould this be a mock temple, church, imitating our lord’s words to Peter and built by the angelic seed of the Antichrist leading to their city. Even the stone artifacts are of angels. It has been carved from the solid rock-face and inside there are beautiful floor and ceiling mosaics. royal tombs petra

royal tombs petra 1Again, their plans to take over the world will be thwarted by our Almighty God who takes control of the earth’s heavens. We are shown in Revelation chapter 11v15-19, where it says “We give thanks to thee, Lord God Almighty, who art and who was, that thou hast taken thy great power and begun to reign. The nations raged but thy wrath came and the time for the dead to be judged for rewarding thy servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear thy name both small and great and for destroying the destroyers of the earth”.

Daniel chapter 11 shows the war between these angelic spirit ones over the earth and we have the account in the Revelations too of the great war at the place Armageddon, where they will all be gathered against our lord Jesus in battle. (Revelation chapter 16v16)

The rivalry between these two angelic spirit ones will be very great but we have been told the outcome already and that is, Satan will be removed to the abyss for the duration of the reign of our lord Jesus for the thousand years. In his absence the earth will be transformed and the prophecy of Peter chapter 3v13 will be fulfilled. A new heavens and a new earth we are waiting for will become a reality.

(Peter chapter 3v7, 13) The new heavens referred to here is the new ruling power over the earth no longer under Satan’s control but under our Lord Jesus and his bride.

Enmity means hostility, so between Satan and the other angels there will be hostility throughout time. But the end will come when the seed of the heavenly host, Jesus the messiah will bring about the death of Satan at the end of his reign by stamping on his head killing him. Satan bruised Jesus on his heel when he had him killed on the cross but one can recover from a heel wound, which Jesus did when he was resurrected by his father back to the heavens.

So from the very beginning of our creation the original Antichrist, Satan has worked in opposition to our lord and his seed make up all those he can manipulate to do his bidding are the Antichrist’s today. Every religious group on the earth today that add any of the laws of Moses to their teachings do not put faith in our lord Jesus are of this group of Antichrist’s. Jesus himself says in John chapter 14v30 “for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me”. When Jesus said this he was actually confirming too that his life was transformed into the womb of Mary as a perfect embryo and had none of the earthly inherited sins of imperfection the human race had. Yes the ruler of this world is Satan and he only had a hold over the human creation, as is shown in John chapter 12v31, 18v11, 13v21-31, 18v3 and Luke 22v31-33.

antichristThese are the ones the apostles warned the true church about in their letters of encouragement. 2nd Corinthians chapter 11v13 For such men are false apostles deceitful workmen disguising themselves as apostles of Christ and no wonder for even Satan disguised himself as an angel of light”. There have been rivalry between these two angelic spirits from the beginning starting in the garden of Eden.

In John’s 1st letter chapter 2v18 he shows that “the antichrist is coming, so now many have come” so in a relatively short time that Jesus was here on the earth, the antichrist’s have been at work under Satan. John draws attention to “the antichrist is coming” which shows he was referring to an individual one that will be coming just as in the same sense Jesus referred to the ruler of this world that was coming. This started with the Scribes and the Pharisees who wanted Jesus dead so they enlisted the aid of Judas, who was only too willing to gain money. John chapter 13v21-31 shows the events that took place. Satan entered into Judas and he betrayed Jesus. then the scibes and Pharisees had Jesus killed they had wanted him out of the way because he was showing their teachings up.

Then after his death it came from many sauces even some who claimed to be Christian. In Acts chapter 10v9-17 it shows Peter was given a vision of all kinds of animals and reptiles coming down on a great sheet and a voice told him to kill and eat. But Peter said No! Lord for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean. Peter had to be told three times “do not call unclean what God has cleansed”  Peter had been with Jesus for 3 ½ years yet he was still slow to realise the law was no longer needed.

Also after Paul had been appointed by the resurrected lord as an apostle to the nations, he taught the law covenant was no longer needed for life but faith in Jesus Christ instead. Many Gentiles put faith in Jesus with the promise of “eternal life”. (John 6v38-41) this made many of the Pharisee converts very jealous so they went out from Jerusalem preaching the gentiles had to be circumcised in order to gain life.

Paul and Peter and the other apostles travelled to Jerusalem to put the matter right. The account in Acts chapters 13-15 shows what took place at Jerusalem. The apostles presented their case that none of the laws of Moses were needed to gain life through the Christ. James, the half brother of Jesus, son of Mary and Joseph, agreed that circumcision is not necessary but he feared the Jews so he compromised and gave a little of the law to the gentiles and told them it was necessary they did this in order to gain life.

This was the very same law the apostle Peter had to learn that what God has cleansed do not call unclean. But, James giving his opinion that if the gentiles kept this law about unclean meat it would appease the Pharisees and the rest of the Jews into converting to the Christ. What James did not fully understand at that time was that this made him on the same side as the antichrist along with all the Pharisees who wanted to discredit the Christ and add laws to the Christ.

James had listened to Peter how he was told three times, that all meat was clean to eat and now James was going against that very council and insisting meat was unclean still, even though under the Jewish laws it states “at the mouth of two or three witnesses let the matter stand”. The three witnesses confirming that all things have been cleansed by God were born from the heavens, “what God has cleansed do not call unclean”. Acts chapter 11v9-18 shows also there were at least another six witnesses to the events that followed, making it 10 witnesses in all, that nothing is unclean.

Paul also told them how many gentiles were coming to put faith in Jesus but some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said “it is necessary to circumcise them and to charge them to keep the law of Moses. (15v5), then Peter rose and told them “God has given Holy spirit to them just as he did us and he made no distinction between us” so why do you make trial of God by putting a yoke upon the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear”.  But still James would not listen to reason and he sent a letter to the gentiles in three areas where there was a large population of Jews living with the hope that the Jews would look more favourably upon them. “Antioch, Syria and Cilicia”. 

In fact the brethren in Jerusalem even got Paul to circumcise Timothy to prove to the Jews that he was still under the laws of Moses because they had heard how Paul was preaching and teaching the laws were not now necessary as Jesus had fulfilled them with his death. So the brethren and elders in Jerusalem were already corrupt through Satan’s influence and was against the teachings of Jesus making them of the antichrist. (Antichrist means against the teachings of the Christ Jesus)

So, did Jesus instruct anyone to take charge of his church on the earth? The short answer is NO! 

On leaving after he had been resurrected he told his apostles, he would send a “councillor” to teach them. This councillor would take from Jesus and teach it to them. John chapter 16v7-16, 14v15-26. this indicates a “spiritual councillor” not an imperfect person.

Paul visited Jerusalem to see Peter about 3 years after being appointed by Jesus (Galatians chapter 1v18, 2vv1) then he did not visit until 14 years later, and in all that time he had been taught through this councillor the truth. He taught the gentiles were not under any of the Jewish laws from Moses in fact neither were the Jews any more under them. This got back to the Pharisees and Jews in Jerusalem and they went out from there preaching Paul was an apostate and they had to keep the law.This was what brought them to Jerusalem. Acts chapter 13v39, 45-51, 14v2-6, 15v1-6, 17v10-17 and 21v17-33 says “but as for the gentiles who have believed we have sent a letter with our judgement that they should abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what has been strangled and from unchastely”. Note! “Our judgement” not the judgement of our lord.

Paul had already been teaching for many years now that meat offered to idols could be eaten. 1st Corinthians chapter 8v4-13, 10v25-33.

The apostle Paul instructs us today about ones who pervert the truth about our lord Jesus he tells us in Ephesians “be sure of this, that no fornicator nor impure man or one who is covetous (that is an idolater) has any inheritance in Christ or in God and because of these things that the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not associate with them. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness but expose them. (Ephesians 5v6-15.) Those teachers in Jerusalem were perverting the truth and as false teachers we must as the apostle Paul says, WE MUST EXPOSE THEM.

We also have the account in Luke chapter 13 v 1-4 where some told Jesus about the Galilean’s whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices and Jesus asked them, “do you think that these Galilean’s were worse sinners than all the other Galilean’s because they suffered this?” Jesus said NO! So even though the blood was used in sacrifices Jesus was showing it was no big deal.

Not only did Satan fulfil the first prophecy from Genesis and had Jesus killed but as the ruler of the world he spread his influence upon others to destroy the Christ. These all make up the antichrist’s and today they are still powerful under him.

So what is the bible’s view of Armageddon we hear so much about? And should we fear the “end of the world”?
It shows it is God’s war upon his own household of angelic spirit ones who
have been ruling over the earth for the last six thousand years under the ruler of the world, Satan.
Judgment starts with the house of God, his angelic ones 1st Peter 4v17 “those who do not obey the gospel of God” note here the gospel of God not the gospel of Jesus. In order for us to come under a new heavens the old heavens must come to an end to make way for our Lord to return as the new king over the whole earth.

It is logical to assume the war amongst the angels take place first before the resurrection. The heavens will then be cleansed of all unrighteousness as Jesus has used this saying many times, “you cannot put new wine into an old wine bottle”. (Luke 5v35-39) neither would you put a clean shirt on without removing the dirty one first. The old leaven must be removed from the earth’s heavens before the new heavens can be set up.

The bible’s war at Armageddon is God’s war upon his household his angelic ones and the only mention of this is in Revelation 16v16 where it says it is a place and not the name of a battle. Logically speaking, how can the whole of the human race be gathered into ONE place and to fight against spirits whom they cannot see?

As we are near to the beginning of the seventh day, the Sabbath, which we are told in God’s word Jesus Christ will be lord of the Sabbath and rule over us with his kingdom. The earth and its heavens will need to be cleansed from all the angelic spirit created ones who had been ruling over the earth with Satan and all those who were placed on the earth in prison bonds from the time of Noah. (1st Peter chapter 3v19, 2nd Peter chapter 2v5-10)

This is the bible’s Armageddon of Rev 16v16. Cleansing the heavens and the earth of these rebellious spirit ones to make way for our Lord Jesus to return and reign over us in a new clean heavens.

                         LET YOUR KINGDOM COME!

                        LET YOUR WILL TAKE PLACE!

THE BIRTH OF GOD’S SON the MESSIAH.

GOD’S  WORD    bible 2  IS TRUTH!

God transferred the life of his son into the womb of Mary, his chosen one, to bring to birth an earthly son by which he will bring salvation to everyone on the earth. Both Matthew and Luke gives differing accounts of his birth. Both showing that Joseph and Mary was of the lineage of David.

 The messiah was prophesied to be born in Bethlehem of Judea but Joseph was living in Galilee so a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that everyone should be enrolled and Joseph went up from Galilee from the city of Nazareth to Jerusalem as he was from the lineage of Judah.(Luke 2 v 1-6)

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 Luke’s account also gives us the legal side of his birth according to the law of Moses that when the baby was taken to the temple for purification at 8 days old, the parents offered up “TWO TURTLE DOVES OR TWO YOUNG PIGEONS” this was the offering of anyone who could not afford a lamb according to the law. (Luke chapter 2 v 24, Leviticus chapter 12 v 6 – 8) this would prove that Mary and Joseph were of little means. But you might ask, what about the wonderful presents the “wise men brought him” when he was born? Surly then they could have afforded a lamb as the law dictates?

 Take a look at the account with me in Matthew chapter 2 but before we read the account, go back to the pictures we have every year of the “nativity scene” at Christmas time where we have the three kings visiting the stable bearing gifts for the child, alongside the shepherds. 

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Now read the true account with me from God’s word.  

 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king Matthew chapter 2 v 1-23 gives us a detailed account of these visitors who were seeking for the new baby that had been born “king of the Jews”.

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They were most probably trained in astronomy and studied the stars. After seeing a special bright star and understanding a new king had been born they went to Jerusalem in search of this new king and when word reached king Herod he gathered all the chief priests and scribes together to find out where the Christ was to be born according to their prophecies and they told him in Bethlehem of Judea. (v 3-5) 

nativity 20  Herod realised how far these men had travelled so he summoned them privately to find out exactly when they saw  the star. (v 7) After Herod sent them on their way to look for the child he told them to tell him where the child was so that he too could worship him.

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The star went before them and stood over the house where the young child was and verse 11 says “and going into the house they saw the child with Mary its mother and they fell down and worshipped him. Then opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh”. 

 Note here, the account only says “wise men” not three, true there were three different gifts mentioned but not three men. Also, they travelled from the East from where they had seen the star, saying “where is he who HAS BEEN BORN”, so by the time the men arrived Jesus had already been born.

This is confirmed later in verses 7, 16-17, where Herod had all the baby boys killed up to the age of two years old, which also fulfilled the prophecies about these deaths, which was the time Herod got from the men when they said they saw the star while they were in the East before travelling to Jerusalem, by now Jesus would have been about two years old and not a new baby. This too is confirmed in verses 9-12 where the men entered into the HOUSE where they saw the young CHILD with Mary. Now no longer a babe in a manger in a stable but a young child living in a house.

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 So the nativity scene we have every year enacted for us is totally inaccurate to have three wise men in the stable with a newborn baby alongside the shepherd’s , you might think does it really matter? Well yes! It does matter; it is false and wrong to teach our children lies about God’s word of truth which we have documented by loyal ones to guide us to put faith in Jesus and his father. Remembering what Jesus taught, “by putting faith in him we might have eternal life” and to put faith in someone we need to know the truth about that one.

The account in Luke chapter 2 detailing the birth of Jesus is so moving starting in verse 8 it says ” and in that region there were shepherd’s out in the field keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the lord appeared to them and said to them “be not afraid for behold I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people, for to you is born this day in the city of David a saviour who is Christ the lord. And this will be a sign for you, you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased”. 

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When the angels went away from them into heaven the shepherd’s went down to Bethlehem to see this wonderful event and they found the babe just as the angels had told them, so they related to the mother and the father what had happened to them and how they had the witness born to them of his birth through the heavenly host. What a wonderful blessing those lowly shepherds had that night.

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 The messiah had come onto the earth to change our future inheritance through his life and his very humiliating and painful death to release the Jews as the first fruits from the laws of Moses and including the gentiles to give them the chance to have eternal life by putting faith in him.

                       A NEW MEDIATOR FOR THE WORLD.

THE TWO COVENANTS.

GOD’S WORD  bible 2 IS TRUTH

The bible contains TWO covenants, one under Moses as the mediator between the Jews and their God, which is known as the OLD TESTAMENT, and one under Jesus Christ as the mediator for a new people, Christians, THE NEW TESTAMENT.

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Under the old covenant through Moses, God’s chosen people Israel were given instructions to help them through life with a promise that the messiah would come through the line of David and bless them.

Sadly, the scribes and the Pharisee’s added many other laws upon the Jews making life very hard for them to keep. Although the Jews were in expectation of the messiah’s coming they did not all accept him as God’s representative, especially his son, the anointed one the Messiah.

They took some of the laws to the extreme, for instance: ~

The Sabbath was designed to give humans the chance to have a day of rest but they took this to the limit where no one was allowed to do anything at all and when Jesus and his apostles were seen walking through a field of corn, plucking some and eating it, they were accused of breaking the Sabbath law. (Luke 6v1-12)

Also, Matthew chapter 15v1-12 shows another tradition that became law. “Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands before they eat”. Jesus told then “for the sake of tradition you have made void the word of God” (v6,) “Hear and understand, not what goes into the mouth defiles a man but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man”. (11)

Jesus came to release them from the laws of Moses by fulfilling them, bringing them to a close by his coming. But, instead of the wonderful opportunity of being released from the laws, they wanted to keep them and condemned Jesus instead.

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 SACRIFICES UNDER MOSES       TO       PUTTING FAITH IN JESUS!

In order to fulfil the laws of Moses Jesus had to come as a Jew under law himself to God’s people. He gave them the first chance to have the opportunity to become a new people set free through him as the new mediator between them and God. Matthew chapter 5 v 17. Luke chapter 24 v 44-48.

And while he was talking to them he said, “I am the good shepherd, the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10v11) and I have other sheep that are not of this fold, (Jews) I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock one shepherd” (v16) Jesus was talking here about the Gentiles that were going to be invited to join the Jews in salvation through his death.

Matthew chapter 12v17-22 quoting from Isaiah 42v1-4 says, “I will put my spirit upon him and he shall proclaim justice to the gentiles, and in his name will the gentiles hope”. 

Luke chapter 2 v 25-36 shows what happened when Jesus was taken to the temple when he was 8 days old for purification under the law of Moses, it had been revealed to a man called Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the “Lord’s Christ” and he says “for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for the glory to thy people Israel”.

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We know through history that ten of the 12 tribes of Israel left the kingdom of Judah and formed their own kingdom and became the Samaritans. These too were looking forwards to the Messiah’s coming, as shown in John chapter 4v7-43. They were still under the mediator Moses but chose not to come under the kingdom of Judah and worship in Jerusalem. For this, those living in Jerusalem despised them.

Although Jesus life was transferred into the womb of an earthling woman, his embryo was pure and perfect coming from his father. It did not need man’s intervention and it did not carry any inherited imperfections from the mother, her womb became just like an incubator to house the embryo for those 9 months so that when he was born he carried none of the sin or imperfection of the human family.

But, we can see from reading God’s word Jesus had a wonderful strong love for the human family and that was why he was willing to come, to be born, to die a very painful and humiliating death to give us a better future life under God’s kingdom. Many times God’s word says how Jesus was moved in sadness.

One example was in John chapter 11v11-45 when Lazarus died. Jesus was a close friend of Lazarus and his two sisters Mary and Martha and when he was told he was ill he told his apostles “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep” (11) “If he has fallen asleep he will recover” (v12, 13) “But Jesus told them plainly Lazarus is dead”.

This account shows the feelings and the emotions that Jesus felt when he arrived and saw the two sisters. He felt their pain and sorrow. This must have convinced him even more that coming to the earth as the “lamb of God” to be sacrificed, to atone for the sins of the world was right. He wanted to change our future life’s inheritance that is the real love he and his father have for us.

When Martha asked Jesus why he did not come sooner to stop their brother from dying, (John 11v21-28, 32, 37) he was not too concerned because he knew he was going to show his father’s power through her brother’s resurrection. Even though he knew he was going to do this he still felt sorrow at seeing them at the tomb, and how distressed they were verses 38-45 shows the resurrection of Lazarus. We will cover this a little more in detail under the new covenant through our mediator Jesus Christ.

So, as Jesus fulfilled the laws between the mediator Moses and the Jews, we are certainly NOT under any of those laws belonging to the old covenant, the Old Testament, today. They have all finished and are no longer needed except for references of the creation. They were only given to the Jews not the gentiles.

The Jews today who choose to remain under those laws will not benefit from them in any way whatsoever as they have been cast off and a new people have taken their place today under the new mediator Jesus Christ.

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THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS!

GOD’S WORD  bible 2 IS TRUTH!

The Israelite’s became known as “Jews” in later years and have a long history of going against their God who rescued them from slavery in Egypt.

It was not long after they were taken miraculously across the Red Sea on dry land that they started to rebel. Exodus chapter 14v 21, 28, shows how Moses was told to stretch out his hand over the sea and the waters parted for them to cross and after they crossed over, the waters returned and covered the chasing armies of Pharaoh and they all died.

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 They complained to Moses repeatedly how they were better off in Egypt, even as slaves. They had good food and meat to eat and they requested many times for them to return. Numbers chapter 20v 4-14 (Deuteronomy 32v48) shows how their complaining became too much for Moses to bare so he loses his temper with them and loses his right to enter the promised land.

moses After their continual complaining that the water was bitter, Moses struck the rock in anger but he did not give the glory to God, hence, he lost the chance to enter the promised land and instead he was taken up onto the mountain to view the wonderful land from afar.

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 Each time they complained they were disciplined but this made no difference to their attitude, so we have Moses account recorded in Numbers chapter 21v5-10 how their God sent serpents to bite the people to bring them to their senses, then they repented a little. Moses was instructed to make a copper serpent and suspend it high upon a tree so that when the people were bitten they would look at the serpent and be saved by putting faith in their God to save them.

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 This was something Jesus referred to in John chapter 3v14 and 8v28 and 12v32, he likened himself to that fiery copper serpent in the wilderness that saved the Israelites from death. He said “As Moses lifted up the copper serpent in the wilderness, so must this son of man be lifted up that whoever believes in him may have eternal life”. Where, today we see Jesus lifted up high upon the cross we can look upon him and put faith in him and have eternal life.

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                                         WHAT A WONDERFUL GIFT.

 

It seemed good in theory to have a people representing God’s kingdom upon the earth amongst the whole world being under the angelic gentile princes, it would have been a wonderful spectacle for his angelic creation to see the difference between the nations. Those under a righteous rule compared to everyone else.

 

But sadly in practise it did not work out that way. The Jews rebelled all the time and wanted to be like the other nations having their own visible king. So our God provided them with a king, after first explaining to them the duties of having a king over them and how they would suffer many restrictions and hardship but they were a stubborn people and would not listen. (1st Samuel 8v4-19)

 

1st Samuel 9v15-10v1 shows the anointing of Saul God’s chosen one to govern Israel. (12v1-5) (15v1) The Jews proved to be a great disappointment to our God from the very beginning of their being saved from Egypt and eventually in 605 BC they were handed over to the Babylonians, king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came with his armies and took the city of Jerusalem captive. He installed a new king in Jerusalem, Zedekiah who was 21 years old at the time and he ruled for 11 years then he too rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar. (2nd Chronicles 36v9-15)

 

Again, the Jews were told that if they rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar he would come and destroy the temple and the city, but true to form, they did rebel and Nebuchadnezzar did return in 586 BC and completely destroyed the temple and the city. He took everyone captive to Babylon where they stayed for 70 years.

 

So after the city was taken they had to serve the king of Babylon 70 years. 605-538 released by Cyrus.

After the destruction of Jerusalem, the land would remain desolate for 70 years. 586-516. (2nd chronicles 36v17-21)

 

Ezra shows the return to Jerusalem 3v6-9 the temple was finished and dedicated in 516 BC Ezra 6v14-16. After lying desolate for 70 years.

 

Jerusalem’s destruction was very severe, it was a long drawn out battle and Jeremiah account in chapter 19v3-15, 20v1-7, shows the people were starved and actually ate their own children in order to survive.

 

God’s kingdom on the earth ended when he handed his rebellious people over to the Babylonians in 605 BC. Although the city of Jerusalem and the temple was re-built the people still remained under the angelic and the earthly gentile nations. This was emphasised by the remark made to Jesus by his apostles recorded in the Acts of the apostles chapter 1v6 “Lord are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel”.

 

Under the laws of the Jews, they were promised that a messiah would be sent to them to free them from the law as Matthew chapter 5v17 shows. He would fulfil, complete the law. It shows also how his birth was acknowledged by others who travelled looking for him. Matthew chapter 2v1-17. They asked “where is the one born the king of the Jews”?  

When Jesus entered Jerusalem riding upon an ass as the kings of Jerusalem presented themselves he was accepted as their king by the crowds that greeted him as shown in John chapter 12 v 12-20, he was acknowledged as the promised Messiah but, when the scribes and the Pharisees gathered together while he was being tried and they all said “we have no king but Caesar” again denying God’s son and his kingdom. John chapter 19 v 12-22.

  

God’s people will stay under the Gentile Nations until God’s kingdom under Jesus Christ is set up over the whole of the earth where Jesus taught his people to pray “let your kingdom come Let your kingdom come and let your will take place over the earth”.

                             AMEN COME LORD JESUS!

 

THE INVASION OF THE EARTH!

GOD’S WORD  bible 2  IS TRUTH!

The invasion started not long after the daughters of man were born, they were good looking and the angelic ones left their positions and came to look at them on the earth. They desired them greatly and took them and had offspring with them.

nativity 15 There is only a small account of this in Genesis 6v1-5. We also have other references to them apart from Jude, for instance when the 12 spies were sent into the land they came back with tales of these giant men. Numbers 13v25-33 says “the land through which we have gone, to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people we saw in it were men of great stature. And there we saw the Nephelim (the sons of Anak who came from the Nephelim) and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers”.

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But the two spies came back with a glowing report about the land bringing wonderful produce to show the people.

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This shows that knowledge of these angelic half-breeds were known to the people for many hundreds of years after the flood and their destruction.

 As for the flood waters themselves, it had to cover the whole of the earth completely for it to work and it must have been very hard for the angels to watch their offspring dying in the flood waters and not be able to help them.flood

 Genesis 6v6-19 shows how our God felt sorry that he had even made man on the earth (6v6) and the earth was completely corrupt in his eyes (v11) he now determines to end all flesh because the earth is full of violence (v13) but Noah has found favour with him and he instructs him to build an ark so that he would be saved from the floodwaters. He tells Noah, “I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life from under heaven, everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons wives with you”. This statement also expels many “myths” about Noah preaching about the coming flood in which some may get saved because the covenant from God was only for the family of Noah and no one else so Noah certainly would not have preached a salvation to any one else, only 8 souls were to be saved. This also shows the flood waters will cover the earth completely and only those inside the ark will survive.

 The construction of the ark was to be just a wooden crate which would float on the water with a door on its side, and was not designed to sail through the waters like a giant ship of boat. It finally came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat.

 It may be of interest to note, Noah’s father Lamech died five years before the flood and Methuselah, the oldest man, died the same year as the flood.

 Not only did these angelic ones invade the earth in the beginning but they stayed here making their home in the expanse, the earth’s heavens from where they stayed close to their half bred sons. They also became the angelic gentile princely rulers over the earth as Daniel shows us in his book.

 Daniel 10v13-15, 20-21, shows how these princes stopped access to the earth when Daniel was being visited. They have dominated the earths affairs ever since. Daniel chapter 2 shows that when Gods kingdom is being set up all these kingdoms will be destroyed all together in one full sweep. 2v44 shows “and in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up  a kingdom which shall never be destroyed. them It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end”. They will not allow our Lord Jesus to place his kingdom over the earth so we have been told, they will all gather together against him at the place called Armageddon. (Rev 16v16)   This will be their day of judgement. 2nd Peter 2v4-6, and chapter 3v6,7 shows the heavens and the earth that now exists have been stored up for fire being kept until the day of judgement and destruction of ungodly men.

 Daniel chapters 11 and 12 also speaks of this great conflict, that will be fought in the earths heavens and as this involves the princely rulers over the earth we are bound to be affected by their warfare. We have never experience peace on the earth from their kingdoms but under the kingdom of God through our Lord Jesus we are promised “a new heavens and a new earth we are waiting for”. The new heavens, a new ruling kingdom under our lord Jesus and this in turn will produce a new earth where righteousness will dwell. (2nd Peter 3v13)

 The invasion took place about six thousand years ago now by these rebels, the angelic ones, and we are told that our Lord Jesus is “the lord of the Sabbath”         ( Matthew 12v8) the Sabbath being the 7th day and in Peter 3v8-13 tells us “that one day with God as a thousand years” so if 6 thousand years have passed we are due for the Sabbath day to take effect over the earth.

        Let your kingdom Come and cover the earth in righteousness. 

OUR PLANET EARTH! and THE HUMAN FAMILY EXPANDS!

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READ GOD’S WORD OF TRUTH!

OUR PLANET EARTH!

As we are only under the “new covenant today” with Jesus Christ as our mediator, or what is commonly called “the new testament” we do not need to study in depth other aspects of the bible.

Although a study of the laws given by Moses to the Israelite’s will not really benefit us in our lives today, they will give us a back-ground knowledge for what life was like for God’s people.

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The creation in Genesis deals only with the earth. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”.

Our planet earth started out as a ball of hot gasses and as it cooled it produced a water vapour, or steam, just like when you place something over a boiling kettle forms water droplets, so too when the heat of the ball of gasses hit the cold atmosphere of the planet earth, this formed a thick water canopy to form.

Genesis chapter 1v14 shows how the earth was given light to shine through the expanse onto the earth. Its says “ let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens, to give light upon the earth”. One needs to read and understand this using logic, which really in commonsense, it says to give light upon the earth. We have already established the water canopy over the earth was to protect the earth from severe heat and cold coming from the sun for instance, so it was only “the light” of those planets and not the actual sun, moon and stars that were placed under the canopy expanse.

In order to produce a paradise earth for man, the earth needed to be protected from the severe outer space conditions. The earth needed to be protected.

eden Chapter one says from v6 “let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters. And god made the firmament and separated the waters, which were under the firmament from the waters, which were above the firmament. And it was so. And god called the firmament Heaven”. (Firmament, meaning a space)

genesisGenesis shows that the water that was on the earth was divided into two sets of water, one becoming the seas and one becoming a canopy over the earth with an expanse in the middle that was called heaven. The water that was above acted as a canopy protection for the earth from the severe heat and cold like a woolly jacket for the earth and it was eventually used as a flood which flooded the earth in the days of Noah.

What is interesting is: ~ After the creation of man, most people are only familiar with ONE forbidden tree that they were not to eat from. But, in actual fact there were TWO prominent trees. Genesis 2v9. The tree of life became a key tree to their not dying and if they had had access to this tree of life they would not have died after all.

So, after our first parents lost the right to live in the home provided for them by our heavenly father because they broke the tenancy agreement and ate from the tree they were told not to, they had to be turned out of that home to fend for themselves instead which deprived them from eating from “the tree of life” which was in the garden.

eden 1If they had access to this food they would have continued living so in order to stop them gaining entry the Cherubim with a flaming sword which turned every way was placed to guard the tree of life at the East of Eden. (Genesis 3v22-24) This explains more fully just how our first parents died.

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Some people today believe it was the fruit that killed them but reading Genesis it shows it was their disobedience that caused their downfall by being turned out of their home and not having access to the tree of life. It was this tree of life that kept them in perfect condition and without this food their bodies would eventually break down and die, which is what happened.

THE HUMAN FAMILY EXPANDS.

Genesis 3v22 says “then the lord God said, “”behold, the man has become like one of us knowing good and evil””, this shows that the angelic creation were fully aware of what was good and what was bad. So there was certainly no excuse for their later behaviour.

As for Adam, after eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they both had their eyes opened to what seemed bad in their eyes, they realised they were naked and tried to cover themselves and hide themselves.

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Their eyes had been opened to good and evil and they realised they were naked and felt shame so they hid when they heard God walking in the garden to see them.

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God asked them, why do you hide from me? Who told you, you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree I asked you not to?

They were sent out of their beautiful home to fend for themselves. 

After being turned out of their home, our forefather Adam and his wife bore children. Two sons are named as Cain and Abel. But, again the evil showed through and Cain killed Abel in a fit of jealousy for his brother and was banished. It shows in Genesis 4v17, that Cain knew his wife, and they produced offspring too. It also shows in 5v4 that Adam had “sons and daughters” so logically Cain would have taken one of his sisters to be his wife.

 By the time Enoch was born, 7th in line from Adam, through his new son Seth, which replaced Abel, the earth had become a giant spectacle to the angelic creation. Lots of the angelic ones left their posts and came to the earth to watch the beautiful daughters of men and were smitten by their lovely appearance so they took the women and produced offspring for themselves.

 The mixing of the two creations, human and angelic produced a new creation half human and half angelic in nature, which meant they were not fully human or fully angelic and they terrorised the natural human because of their strength and stature. The earth was becoming filled with these half-breeds and a drastic solution was needed to stop them.

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 Anyone wanting to read the book of Enoch in detail can do so by typing in the search engine, “the book of Enoch”. It gives a greater account of the angelic creation that tried to take over the earth.

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 Just three generations after Enoch, Noah was born he was to be the one that would change our history.

 The water canopy that had been divided by the waters from the waters, with an expanse in the middle called “heaven” became the means to rid the earth of the half-breeds. It fell down to the earth as flood waters which destroyed the human side of the half-breeds, but the angelic side to their nature survived producing another creation again, not fully angelic so could not return to heaven because they had never come from heaven. They became the “demon spirits” that was on the earth when Jesus was here and was earthbound becoming parasites upon the human creation.

floodOnly 8 souls survived the flood, Noah and his wife and his three sons with their wives plus of course the animals Noah was instructed to take into the ark of safety with them.

 It was after Jesus was resurrected it is said he preached to these spirits on the earth before going back to his father. 1st Peter 3v18-21 says “In which he went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark”. Peter also tells us that “judgement will start with the household of God” and the household of God are his angelic creation.

 As Jesus preached to these ones after his resurrection it shows they were still here on the earth about two thousand years after the flood and they are still on the earth today waiting for their day of judgement.

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UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE TODAY.

Most people think of the bible, God’s word as one book, but it is in actual fact a collection of books written by different scribes under the Holy Spirit’s direction.

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 The present format of the “King James” version contains 66 books in all. 27 books of the “new testament and 39 books from the “old testament”. It is thought over the years that disputes were made to determine which books should be included and which books omitted. But, we need to remember that the author of God’s word would make sure that we should have what is needed to help us until the return of his son Jesus. The bible has been divided up into two sections, the “old testament” and the “new testament”.

The Jews knew of the book of “Enoch” and even quoted from it (Jude v14-16) although written by Enoch this book is not included in the bible today. He was said to be the 7th generation from Adam (Genesis 5v18-25) as these quotes show.

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 Genesis 5:18-24 [18] Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and begot Enoch. [19] After he begot Enoch, Jared lived eight hundred years, and had sons and daughters. [20] So all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years; and he died. [21] Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. [22] After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. [23] So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. [24] And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Jude 1:14-15 [14] Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, [15] to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

We first learn of Enoch in Genesis 5 but it leaves us with questions. Hebrews 11 has the answers and Jude quotes Enoch! How did Jude come to know the words of Enoch? They are not in the Bible. The answer of course, is The Book of Enoch. A book which is actually quoted by Jude in the New Testament. What is the Book of Enoch and where did it come from?

Enoch was the great-grandfather of Noah. The Book of Enoch chapter 68:1 “And after that my great-grandfather Enoch gave me all the secrets in the book and in the parables which had been given to him, and he put them together for me in the words of the book of the parables.”

The Book of Enoch was extant centuries before the birth of Christ and yet is considered by many to be more Christian in its theology than Jewish. It was considered scripture by many early Christians. The earliest literature of the so-called “Church Fathers” is filled with references to this mysterious book. The early second century “Epistle of Barnabus” makes much use of the Book of Enoch. Second and Third Century “Church Fathers” like Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Origin and Clement of Alexandria all make use of the Book of Enoch. Tertullian (160-230 C.E) even called the Book of Enoch “Holy Scripture”. The Ethiopic Church even added the Book of Enoch to its official canon. It was widely known and read the first three centuries after Christ. This and many other books became discredited after the Council of Laodicea. And being under ban of the authorities, afterwards it gradually passed out of circulation. (end of quote)

The Old Testament covers the “old covenant between Moses as the mediator for Israel which covers the laws of Moses and “the new testament covers the new covenant between the new mediator Jesus and his people Christians” and by putting FAITH in him they may have eternal life.

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 So, today we are under the NEW COVENANT between our mediator Jesus Christ and his father and those putting faith in him, and we are not under the laws of Moses. This new covenant consists of both Jews and gentiles. (John 10v16, Eph 2v11-22) A completely new group of people just as Jesus taught the Jews when he told them, “I have other sheep which are not of this fold (Jews) those too I must bring and they will be one flock under one shepherd”. Jesus here was referring to the gentiles becoming one flock with those Jews who put faith in him.

Luke 16v16 says, “the law and the prophets were until John: since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone enters it violently”. So, before the coming of our Lord Jesus the laws of Moses and the prophets were used but, now John the Baptist was sent as a forerunner to our lord and he preached a forgiveness of sins through baptism. And it is the good news about the kingdom through Jesus that is our salvation today.

We have been told that it was MOSES who wrote the first five books of the bible. This covers the creation of the earth and the earth’s heavens, the creation of the animals and the creation of our first human parents, Adam and Eve and the forming of God’s people through Abraham, the ISRAELITE’S.

The name “Israel” came about because Abraham’s son was called Isaac and his grandson was called Jacob and God changed his name to “Israel” hence; the 12 sons of Jacob became the 12 sons of Israel.

Abraham was promised by God that his seed would be blessed and they would inherit the land flowing with milk and honey. (Genesis 12v1-4)

 Abraham’s great grandson Joseph, the youngest of the 12 sons was taken to Egypt after being abandoned by his jealous brothers for his constant dreams and he was used by God to help and free the families of Israel when a great famine struck the land and the families went down to Egypt to buy food. His father was told his son had been killed.

joseph Joseph became a prominent figure in Egypt and provided food for his family and after many years of slavery in Egypt the time was right to help them. It was at this time that Moses was also born and used by God to go to God’s people to free them from slavery.

joseph 1 But pharaoh proved difficult and had the ten plagues cause havoc before he finally drove the Israelite’s out of the area.

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They travelled across the “red sea” where the sea opened up onto dry land for them to cross, but they still did not appreciate the wonderful divine help they were receiving from their God.

 Eventually after travelling many miles they came to the land they had been promised. 12 spies, one representing each of the tribes, were sent into the promised land for 40 days to spy out the land and 10 came back with a report that giants were living there and they would not be able to take the city. They had forgotten completely how their God took them out of Egypt and across the sea to safety. So as a punishment they were to stay in the wilderness for 40 years, a day for a year, 40 days spied out the land and 40 years they were punished. (Numbers 14v34)

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But the two loyal faithful spies who came with a glowing report of the land were blessed and they eventually went into the land.

spy out During all those years they moaned and caused problems for Moses, even wishing they were back in Egypt as slaves and eventually Moses snapped and lost control and lost his right to go into the promised land himself. This came about because he lost his temper with the people and struck the rock to produce sweet water without giving the praise to God. It was a moment of anger and stress on his part. (Numbers 20v4-14, Deut 32v48-32, 3v23-28)

mosesHe was taken up into the mountain where he was able to look out upon the land where he died and a dispute arose over his body by Satan and Michael ever since. (Jude 1v9)

moses from afar The first 5 books of Moses cover a great deal of the history and the setting up of God’s people Israel and is important to our history.