Nothing new under the sun
This article is in response to a trend that is emerging on the internet to drive a wedge between the Old Testament and the New Testament and to portray the God of the OT (Yahweh) as somehow different to the Christian God. It is in essence an attack on the roots of Christianity, and it starts by casting doubt on Yahweh which if unchecked develops into an full on attack against Christianity itself as a Jewish plot to convince the “goyim” to passively accept the Jewish takeover of the world and turning of the “goyim” into a slave race.
This sort of attack is often coupled with a form of Gnosticism. The Gnostics emphasize personal spiritual knowledge (gnosis). Gnostic cosmogony generally presents a distinction between a supreme, hidden God and a malevolent lesser divinity. As the preacher says, there is nothing new under the sun as in the first century Marcion of Sinope preached that God had sent Jesus Christ who was an entirely new, alien god, distinct from the vengeful God of Israel who had created the world. He rejected the Old Testament and wrote his own gospel. He was of course kicked out the church in 144 AD.
Directly or indirectly the Jews are behind many of the attacks to subvert the gospel. The apostle Paul warned against false brethren transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ and adds that Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light (2 Cor 11:13-14). The Masons and the illuminati believe that Satan is the “illuminator” the bringer of light and knowledge (gnosis) that the cruel Yahweh of Eden wanted to prevent. So we see that there really is nothing new under the sun and these heresies are ancient. Christians were warned in the epistle of John to “test the spirits” which means that they should test those who claimed to have the Holy Spirit but yet were preaching a gospel that declared that Jesus was not come in the flesh (human nature). The Gnostics with their “hidden knowledge” and claims that the material world was inherently evil were in fact the spirit of antichrist. (1 John 4:1-3).
Historically, wherever the Jews obtain power through Bolshevism and revolution they seek to persecute and abolish Christianity. The Jews subvert every society and every religion (even their own) in their goal to become “gods”. They attempt to undermine all Christian values regarding family, ethics, and norms. Christian values are themselves based on a proper understanding, development, and application of OT principles. For centuries Christianity has been the bulwark against Jewish supremacy and narcissism. And yet we have certain people claiming that Christianity is a “Jewish plot” and should be removed. They are doing the Jews bidding and one must assume that they are either compromised or lacking discernment.
The Yahweh of the Old Testament was the God that Jesus prayed to, and Jesus’ name means Yah Saves (yahshuah). In the Old Testament Yahweh promised a way back (messianic redemption through Eve), stopped human sacrifice and provided his own means of redemption (story of Abraham) delivered his people from the land of death (Egyptian Passover) and revealed himself as the one who, “will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy” (Exod. 33:1). The ontological telos of creation is God manifestation or “becoming” which is solely the divine prerogative (He hath mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth, Rom 9:18) and not an act of self-deification the Causa sui of our predicament and something that Jesus refused to do. So much so, that he put ego to death and claimed no hidden gnosis only an ultimate trust and love for the Father that overrode even his instinct for survival.He learned obedience through the things he suffered (Heb 5:8).
Child Sacrifice was an abomination to Yahweh and the Jews were castigated by the prophet Amos for bearing the tabernacle of Moloch and the star of their god (Amos 5:26) which they still honor with the black box tied on the forehead (cf. Muslim black stone and black Kaaba) which is all of course linked to the occult worship of the black cube of Saturn. So, Yahwehism rejected child sacrifice, occult practices, and cannibalism.
Jesus himself has been accused of promoting cannibalism by his hard saying in John 6:53; “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you”. Many of Jesus disciples left him after this shocking pronouncement and the Catholic Church has turned it into the ridiculous dogma of Transubstantiation. This is due to the curse of literalism that is prone to strike those who are not spiritual. The saying is clearly about identifying with him in such a manner that we are baptized into his death (and resurrection) and our flesh and blood (human nature) become like his flesh and blood. In other words, it is about adopting a new identity (ironic in this age of identity politics) in which Jesus represents us and we become like him (which is to say that we put self-to death) in being completely subject to the Father. The eucharist is a symbolic expression of the church becoming one body united in Christ. It is the ultimate “identity politics” because individually and collectively we recognize that we must put sin to death and subject ourselves to the Father and this can only be done through the means that Yahweh provided because Yah Saves (Jesus or Yahshuah). Now we turn to the supposed quotes that prove that Yahweh is a vengeful, cannibalistic God in contradiction to all that both the New and Old Testament teach:
Jeremiah 19:9: "And I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters, and everyone shall eat the flesh of his neighbor in the siege..." (Yahweh caused this)
The comment in parenthesis has been added as proof that a prophetic pronouncement delivered by the prophet Jeremiah as a warning of what would happen for continued disobedience was somehow God’s fault. It obviously turns on the phrase “I will make them” which is true because God would create the circumstances that would force them to be confronted with the consequences of their actions. God creates both light and darkness: “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things” (Isa 45:7). God is in control there is no dualism. The God who brings the blessing of rain also brings droughts. Does that mean that God takes pleasure in suffering and “wants” them to eat their sons and daughters? Ezekiel who was contemporary with Jeremiah and who speaks for Yahweh says this: Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? (Ezek 33:11). God did not desire them to endure this horror but they would not accept correction. The Prophet Jeremiah moved by the spirit of Yahweh wept for the people. “But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD’S flock is carried away captive” (Jer. 13:17). They refused to listen and sat down to a banquet of consequences which included eating their own children. Yahweh took no pleasure in this and wanted repentance. Likewise, Jesus: “Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam (the one who is sent) fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:4-5). Whoever has the Father (Yahweh) also has the son. Whoever does not have the Father, does not have the Son either. Repent.
And now we come to the “gotcha” moment. A text which demonstrates a complete lack of “gnosis” discounting intertextuality, source and form criticism, textual-criticism or any attempt at contextualization people rush to fit the surface meaning of a text that they do not understand to establish their pet theories.
Judges 11. The judge Jephthah had just won a battle over the Ammonites, and vowed that he would offer the first thing that came out of his house as a burnt offering to Yahweh. However, his only child, an unnamed daughter, came out to meet him dancing and playing a tambourine (v. 34). She encourages Jephthah to fulfill his vow (v. 36) but asks for two months to weep for her virginity (v. 38). After this period of time Jephthah fulfilled his vow and offered his daughter. (a human sacrifice to Yahweh to which Yahweh did not stop or command Jephthah to stop in pursuing this action)
Once again the Parenthesis has been added by way of “clarification” reading into the text things that are simply not there and assigning motives and actions that we are not told about. This is a classic example of poor exegesis.
Jephthah is mentioned in the roll of honor as a man of faith in Hebrews 11:32. So whatever else he might be, he is also a Christian hero of faith. Does this mean that Yahweh wants Christians to slaughter their virgin daughters? (lolz). Remember this is the same God that forbade child sacrifice in Israel and who stopped Abraham from sacrificing Isaac. That was a turning point in religious history. All cultures practiced human sacrifice. Some two thousand years later when Jesus hung on the cross Mesoamericans were still sacrificing humans. In fact, the Aztecs were ripping out human hearts until the time of Columbus which is only a relatively recent 500 years ago. Why would the God that halted human sacrifice want Jephthah to offer his virgin daughter? Jephthah was no stranger to such passages as the following: “Thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord” (Lev. 18:21).
“Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to the Lord, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters have they burnt in the fire to their gods” (Deut. 12:30,31).
“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch” (Deut. 18:10).
Exegetes who want this to be about human sacrifice are the ones with the problem. Watch them squirm as they attempted to reconcile the blatantly obvious because it contradicts what Yahweh unambiguously states elsewhere.
The phrase: “And I will offer it up for a burnt offering” is ambiguous in the Hebrew. It may mean what this AV rendering says. Or it may be read: “And I will offer to him (to the Lord) a burnt offering”. (Other examples of this grammatical construction are to be found in Zech. 7:5; Josh. 15:19; Neh. 9:28; Job 31:18; Isa. 22:20.) This second alternative gives the idea that besides the dedication of a person Jephthah was also vowing a sacrifice.
That this is the correct reading is established by another grammatical detail — the AV reading: “offer it up for (or, as) a burnt offering” would require a prepositional prefix to represent “for”, and this is not there in the text. Other passages combine to reinforce the interpretation offered here. If Samuel could be dedicated to the service of the sanctuary for life, why not Jephthah’s daughter? The Hebrew word for “offer a burnt offering” is used for going up to the sanctuary of the Lord and for personal dedication there (1 Sam. 1:7,21,22,24; 2:19).
And now it makes sense. His daughter mourned her virginity because she was dedicated to a life of celibate service in the tabernacle. Jephthah was expecting to have to give to God, in fulfilment of his vow, a person and not an animal; or to be more precise, both a person and a burnt offering. His words were: “Whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me….shall surely be the Lord’s.” There is no point in stressing “whatsoever (as distinct from whomsoever) cometh forth”: the word “whatsoever” is a Hebrew masculine, for in such a sentence the masculine would cover all genders. The burnt offering consumed completely by fire represented complete dedication and consecration thus Jesus could declare; “The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up” (John 2:17) his whole life consumed like a burnt offering. Repent.
And now the final quote:
Deuteronomy 13:16: "Then you shall gather all its booty into the middle of its open square and burn the city and all its booty with fire as a whole burnt offering to the Lord your God; and it shall be a ruin forever. It shall never be rebuilt." (As spoken in in the later verse of 18, it states that "because you obey the Lord your God by keeping all his commands that I am giving you today and doing what is right in his eyes.")
I fail to see the problem with this text. A city that has apostatized and followed children of Belial (v.13) and false prophets (v.1) who encouraged them to serve “other gods” (like Molech). Cities that had degenerated into permissiveness (like Sodom and Gomorrah) were to be destroyed. Utter destruction is akin to a whole burnt offering. Some things cannot be fixed and need to be burnt down. Destruction is coming to this age as well. Repent.
The people perish due to lack of understanding and pride. The truth has been swamped by a deluge of syncretism and a deliberate attempt to confuse and obfuscate especially by those who want to induct us into a “new age” (religion). Very fitting that the last quote comes from a chapter that speaks of the “dreamer of dreams” (v.1) and false prophets with their dreams and hidden knowledge (gnosis) encouraging them to abandon faith; “Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul” (v.2-3).
The Jews and their Shabbos goy want us to either reject Christianity or adapt it to Noahide precepts or they want to change it into some all-encompassing mishmash of new age consciousness gnostic gobbledygook. The lesson from Scripture is that man cannot transcend through his own efforts. The altering of mind, body and spirit is only something God can do. Anyone who tells you otherwise is repeating the lie of the serpent.
Finally, the Christian is not to be passive. That does not mean we should start a revolution but we must speak up and bear witness to the truth without fear or favour. Only God will defeat this enemy (and in truth already has on the cross) but we must play our part for it is important that the truth be heard and that we overcome the world. This is a spiritual battle and will be won with spiritual weapons. Citing the apostle Paul who was filled with the Spirit of Yahweh and who preached the gospel of Yahshuah:
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." (Galatians 5:22-23).
There are many out there who “wrest Scripture” (2 Pet 3:16) to their own destruction, they are unstable and unlearned; Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof: from such turn away (2 Tim 3:5).