THE BIBLE FOR PRAGMATISTS…

“The Holy Bible” is a selection of books written by different authors, taken from HEBREW SCRIPTURES. This blog is a practical summary of what the authors of these books thought of this world; – from its Creation to its End.

First of all, please understand that Hebrew and Greek are VERY different languages to English. The Holy Bible we read in the Western world was translated from these 2 languages. If English is your primary language, you are likely to be quite rigid in your comprehension and application of words, and thus – you are faced with many translation errors when reading these ancient Scriptures. For example – a Hebrew word can have several different meanings dependant on the context and position within a sentence… In Greek, where the words; ‘eros’, ‘phileo’, ‘storge’ and ‘agape’ all have distinctly different meanings; – the English of the Bible translates all 4 words as, ‘love’.

My paradigm, cosmology and world-view is formed largely from what the Hebrew Israelite people wrote many, many years ago…

The Elohim (or God) of the Hebrew Israelites named “YHWH” or Yehovah, (the Creator of all things) created the earth. It was once formless and void but YHWH changed all that.

He created a man we call ‘Adam’ and a woman we call ‘Eve’. These were images of YHWH Himself. NO OTHER CREATURE bore YHWH’s image. These two human beings were the walking, talking, living embodiments of YHWH’s glory. Let us remember what an ‘image’ does… An image glorifies that which it is ‘imaging’. Think of statues, paintings etc; – they are not the real thing but they seek to represent and/or embellish the things that they reflect.

YHWH made a garden called EDEN. This was a special location on the earth in which He placed Adam and his wife to live. It was a kind-of “Crossover Space” between “YHWH’s Space” (Heaven) and “Man’s Space” (earth). It was what we would call “heaven on earth”.

This “Crossover Space” was the ORIGINAL PLAN for mankind… God & man dwelling in the same space forever. If you are a “Holy Bible” reader you will find this “Crossover Space” or ‘Heaven’ at the beginning of the narrative in Genesis and also at the end of the Biblical narrative in Revelation.

EVERYTHING that happens in the Bible after the fall of man, documents YHWH attempting to restore this dual existence with mankind; – and Satan (or “the Adversary”) trying to stop this from happening by many (and any) means necessary.

YHWH is perfect. Our minds as humans are so far away from perfection that we cannot even imagine what ‘perfect’ actually is. YHWH chooses to dwell (reside and live) in perfect places only.

A cunning, crafty creature called the serpent tested the faith of Adam’s wife (later named Eve). The serpent led her to doubt the words and instructions of YHWH and she sinned. She – in turn led her husband Adam, to also sin. Adam and Eve disobeyed YHWH by eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. They had not had any children at this point. They were banished from this “Crossover Space” into the wider earth, which was a considerably rougher terrain – now cursed to make their job of tending to it, subduing it, eating from it and sustaining their lives a hard task.

Everything (literally EVERYTHING) that we read about in Hebrew Scripture (or see in life) from there on in, is an on-going attempt by YHWH to restore ‘heaven on earth’; along with continuous attempts by the Adversary (or Satan, or Opposer) to disrupt this plan from taking place.

In A Nutshell:

  • A band of angels named the Watchers went beyond their station and fathered hybrid children (Nephilim) with human women. This created a bloodthirsty war between the different classes of these creatures and mankind got caught in the crossfire. These Watchers taught mankind (and their Nephilim hybrid sons) things about the earth and stars that they were not instructed to tell them. These were things like the understanding of herbs and their uses, the art of seduction and make-up, how to extract metal from the earth and forge weaponry, how to read signs in the stars and worship them and much more… The earth was full of bloodshed and all manner of sin and disorder. This era is known in the Bible as ‘the days of Noah’.

  • YHWH regrets that He created mankind and is disgusted by their sinful ways. He decided to flood the earth, saving only 8 human beings. This served as a ‘soft reset’ but did not reinstate the “Crossover Space”. It did not bring heaven to earth. Soon enough – sin was back on earth, this time with the aid of the now disembodied spirits of the Nephilim who are tormented, longing for bodies in which to walk and dominate the earth again. These are described in Scripture as ‘evil spirits’ or ‘demons’.

 

  • YHWH makes a promise to a man named Abram (later renamed Abraham). Abram has great faith and he follows YHWH’s instructions, taking Him at His word. YHWH promises to restore the earth by using Abram’s family/bloodline. He promises him that he will have more descendants than he is able to count in the night sky.

IT IS ABRAHAM’S FAMILY (Hebrew Israelites) THAT WRITE THE SCRIPTURES FROM WHICH WE GET – “THE HOLY BIBLE”.

 

  • These Hebrew Israelites kept an account of their lives. After their enslavement in Egypt, they went into a direct Covenant with YHWH. This is found in Exodus 20-24 and it’s where you will see the 10 Commandments. This was another MAJOR attempt by YHWH to bring about the “Crossover Space” or ‘heaven on earth’ through the Israelites. They were to be a ‘royal-priesthood’. They were to be a peculiar nation, set-apart from the rest of the peoples of the earth. They were to rule in righteousness and be a beacon of hope, wisdom and goodness for all to see. They were meant to be ambassadors of YHWH. They would have truly glorified their God – just as any good ‘image’ does; – but alas, they sinned repeatedly and continuously.

 

  • The Israelites could not keep their end of the Covenant. They broke it time and time again despite YHWH putting in contingencies like Sacrificial Laws, sin offerings and Atonement festivals. They were enslaved time and time again as a result throughout history and to this day – still suffer under the curses prescribed for their disobedience in DEUTERONOMY 28.

  • Prophecy is a MASSIVE-yet-understated part of Hebrew Scripture. It was prophesied by several writers of their books; that one day – the New Covenant would replace the Covenant they went into at Mount Sinai. One such reference is in JEREMIAH 31:31-34.

 

  • A Messiah was prophesied to come and do the mighty work of saving His people from death and the grave due to the hopeless situation that they were in because of their rebelliousness. He would replace the Old Covenant with a New One. This Covenant would be open to ALL nations; – no longer would Israel have exclusive rights to YHWH.

This Saviour was Yeshua Hammashiach aka JESUS the ‘Christ’.

The book of HEBREWS does an excellent job of explaining exactly what Yeshua did and why He had to do it. On the run up to Yeshua’s execution/Sacrifice – He taught His disciples how to pray – starting the prayer with the same sentiment that John ends the book of Revelation with in chapter 21 –

“…Thy kingdom COME, Thy will be done ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN…”

The ultimate “Crossover Space” comes down out of “YHWH’s Space” in REVELATION 21. John calls it New Jerusalem. Before this, we see glimpses of these spaces throughout Scripture – they are usually called ‘the tabernacle’, ‘the sanctuary’, ‘the tent of meeting’ or the temple. It is in these spaces that both YHWH and mankind coexist – briefly.

 

This is why the metaphor of our bodies being the temple of YHWH would have been quite startling and avante garde for Yeshua’s Jewish audience. The tabernacle or temple was a holy place that only a priest could enter. Only the highest priest on duty could enter the ‘Most Holy Place’ and live; – even then, the priest’s life depended on his ceremonial cleanliness.

 

Yeshua turned this doctrine on its head by tearing the veil of the temple/sanctuary (this separates the holy from the ‘Most-Holy’ place) – allowing anyone other than priests to approach the ‘Mercy Seat’ (throne of YHWH)… Also – by saying that the temple is now within us and that YHWH is to reside inside of each of us; – this put the responsibility on each individual to ensure that their hearts were pure and clean – fitting for YHWH to descend down into.

To conclude – we have a few things yet to happen in terms of the narrative according to the Hebrews. REMEMBER – YHWH’s end-game is to restore that “Crossover Space” down here on earth.

FORGET the old notion of us flying away into ‘Heaven’ to live with God forever. Hebrew Scripture does not say that.

We are human beings…

EARTHLINGS. 

According to Scripture – YHWH created a special place just for us!

He called it ‘earth’.

HALLELUJAH!!!

 

ONLY. ONE. MIIKZ.

 

HAPPY EOSTRE!!!

 

No – it’s not a typo. For my dedicated readers and critics, please always correct me if you see any typos (pet peeve, lol). 

It’s Easter weekend. Yaaaaaay! Did you eat fish on Friday? Did you go on a painted egg treasure hunt? How about those cute little chocolate bunnies? Bite the head off of any of those? (the Malteasers mini-bunny tastes amazing!)

I didn’t really do much to be honest. I did have a wonderful dinner with my family but didn’t really do much else tradition-wise. I’m cool with that. I’m sitting here writing this because, once again – I’m here thinking about what we do and WHY we do what we do.

It’s a family tradition to not eat any meat or poultry on Good Friday. We go to Church on Sunday where we partake of the ‘Lord’s Supper’ (or Communion service), followed by a mini-banquet with the family in the afternoon. It can be much like a mini-Christmas dinner, type of affair. Being around family and friends and eating in merriment is a wonderful thing… But why do we do it? Where did my family get this tradition from at this time of year?

As far as the story in Christianity goes, Jesus was crucified and died on Good Friday; and miraculously rose from the dead two days later, on the Sunday. Now this is where we have  a contradiction in popular belief between what is written in the Bible and what “Christianity” teaches.

In Matthew 12:40 – Jesus spoke of His death and said that He would be in the ‘heart of the earth’ for 3 days and 3 nights, just like Jonah was in the belly of the whale for the same amount of time. If He died on Friday, Saturday makes ONE day, – and His body was missing when they checked the tomb at dawn on  the Sunday. Now I’m no mathematician but either Jesus made a mistake in saying He was going to take 3 days and 3 nights; or maybe He did His thing, captured the keys of Death and Hell in an expedient manner; and finished up ahead of schedule…?

Hmmm… Let’s go back to exactly what was happening at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion…

The Jews had an important religious observance (festival) called Passover. It was at this time of year that it all went down. Jesus was crucified on ‘Preparation Day’ of this festival (John 19:31). I can see how confusion might have entered into Christianity and is sustained today among modern Christians. This is assuming there is no hidden, insidious deception at play.

Mark 15:37-42 also details the event, adding that Jesus was murdered on the ‘day before the Sabbath’. Now we know that according to Jewish custom and the Bible – the weekly Sabbath is the seventh day of the week – Saturday. So if Jesus was crucified on the day before the Sabbath, that would make it a Friday. Continuing on from this, Mary Magdalene visits Jesus’ tomb on the first day of the week (Sunday) according to John 20:1 and finds the tombstone rolled away from the mouth of the grave. Make sense thus far? Good Friday, Holy Saturday, then Ascension Sunday = 3 days. This adds up; – right??

 

OK, good… Now here’s a spanner in the works for you – the ‘Sabbath’ Mark wrote of was not the weekly Sabbath. It was the Sabbath of the Passover.

I’m trying not to get all preachy and Bible-bash you here, lol… I’m just pointing out that once again, – we have a modern situation where we do things because we just go along with whatever, for whatever reason. Maybe you trust the judgement of the millions of people that you join in keeping these customs… Maybe you can’t be bothered to study for yourself… Or maybe it just feels downright good and you have a great time with family & friends!

If you want to know the truth according to The Good Book – continue reading. If not – skip this blog and wait till next weeks’ entry. No offence taken!

In the Bible (the book that Christianity is supposedly based on), we see in Leviticus 23 where the LORD God gives quite comprehensive and detailed instructions of festivals and religious ‘high days’ that the Israelites were commanded to keep. The Jews of Jesus’ day were in-keeping with these same practices; this is how we know what was going on culturally at the time. You see, a ‘Sabbath’ was not restricted to one day a week. Sabbath days were days set aside for the Chosen people of God to not do any ‘servile work’ (manual labour). They were to rest; – this is where we get the phrase, ‘Sunday is the day of rest’ from. (It’s not Sunday by the way, lol) So there was the original, weekly Sabbath to be kept every Saturday (seventh day of every week), then there were these other Sabbaths to be kept in accordance with the various festivals and high days. A List Of Different Festivals & Their Accompanying Sabbaths.

Here – we see where the Passover is originally instructed (Lev. 23:5-7). The Preparation was the day before the Passover’s Sabbathnot the usual weekly Sabbath (see John 19:31 above). How else could Mary Magdalene rush to Jesus’ tomb on the 2nd day (at the crack of dawn, while it was still dark) and Jesus be already gone – pyjamas all folded neatly?? Jesus Himself said, He would be dead for three days and three nights. There is no room for rhetoric or easy-speech here. He mentions the days and the nights, making His point a matter of fact rather than idiomatic slang.

So HOW does it work out? How can Jesus be right – and the account of what actually happened also be right??? I’ll tell you how; and it may not be easy to accept…

JESUS DID NOT DIE ON GOOD FRIDAY.

Sometimes it’s hard for us as fully grown, intelligent adults to accept changes to the templates that have been set in our minds, because when re-evaluating; we have to separate our pre-existing knowledge bias, from the base evidence. So try to wipe the slate clean for a moment OK? Imagine you know nothing of this Easter period. Simply reading the Bible for the first time like a child would with no bias – it becomes plain to see. I offer you this timeline…

 

TUESDAY NIGHT/WEDNESDAY = ‘The Preparation’ day before the Passover. (Mark 15:42). Jesus had supper with His disciples on Tuesday evening. After dinner He goes for a walk with them to the Mount of Olives and prays earnestly in the Garden of Gethsemane. It is night time by the time Jesus is betrayed by Judas and handed over to the Jewish officials to be judged by them for blasphemy. Just before the Jews take Him to Pontius Pilate the Roman governor, Peter denies knowing Jesus 3 times and then a cockerel crows, indicating the sunrise (Wednesday morning) He is then taken to the Roman officials so they can get Him executed by Roman hands, claiming that it would not be Lawful for them to kill Him themselves. Pontius Pilate reluctantly sentences Jesus to death and He is whipped, then tortured en route to the location where they crucify Him. Jesus died on the Cross at 12 noon during a solar eclipse (which lasted for 3 hours). He hurriedly gets buried in a tomb that evening so that His body is not on display during Passover (the following day). Also that evening, a Roman soldier gets stationed at the tomb to prevent zealous grave robbers from stealing Jesus’ body. Night 1…

THURSDAY = Passover. A Sabbath. No work to be done. Roman soldier still stationed at the tomb. Day 1… Night 2…

FRIDAY = The Feast Of Unleavened Bread. Also a Sabbath. No work to be done. Roman soldier still stationed at Jesus’ tomb. Day 2… Night 3…

SATURDAY = The seventh day and end of the week. The weekly, regular Sabbath. Day 3… Night 4!

SUNDAY = Mary Magdalene visits Jesus’ tomb first thing in the morning (during the darkness of dawn) to find it empty.

JESUS DID WHAT HE SAID HE WOULD DO. Mark 8:31 John 2:19-21 Matthew 12:40 He was in the earth for 3 days & 3 nights before rising from the dead!!! We can only assume that He arose before the night was up. All we know is that Mary checked the tomb at dawn on Sunday morning. Who knows what she would have found if she went earlier, during the weekly Sabbath before the 4th night had passed…?

We have to unlearn things and renew our minds in order to get to the truth sometimes… For example – did you know that according to the Bible, the Jewish concept of time is not like ours?

 

A whole day begins at sunset and lasts until the sun rises and sets again. We see this in the Genesis account of the creation of the earth – the evening and then the morning are the markers of the days; in that order. So you have evening, and then morning… Then allllllll of that daylight throughout the day until it gets to evening again (sunset) belongs in the same block (or unit or measure of time). Then we begin again – evening then morning; – the second day, third day, fourth day and so on. (Genesis 1:5) See also The Jewish Day.

 

So what has Eostre (Easter) got to do with ANY of this? Where does the name even originate from? It clearly has no association with any of the Jewish festivals happening at this time of the year. Is it pagan? Is it rooted in ancient Egyptian sun-worship and the fertility-goddess Ishtar? Perhaps it is more about the Anglo-Saxon goddess of fertility, ‘Eostre’ and her bunny-lover? Who knows?

Shouldn’t Christians be focused on Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for all humanity? At the least – should they not follow what He did according to His customs? They definitely shouldn’t be aligning with other, foreign gods and traditions. This is not ‘…fleeing the very appearance of evil…’ When we say, ‘Happy Easter!’ – what are we really saying?

This is just another indicator that ‘Christianity’ is not what we’ve been led to believe it is, and does not follow the teachings of the Bible as closely as we assume it does.

To Be Continued…

ONLY. ONE. MIIKZ.