Idols, images, and gods.
Genesis 35:2 has Jacob (Israel) warning his family to put away their “strange gods.” This is in reference to the statues and trinkets that the family stole from Dinah’s rapists who were slaughtered in chapter 34, and the “images” (some translations say “idols”) stolen from Laban way back in chapter 31.
I prefer the KJV translation of “images” rather than “idols.” When I hear “idols,” I think of little statues. When I think of “images,” I think of everything that we see. When a human being worships something other than God, it is typically an image. Statues are images that are given supernatural power by our reification. So are the images on our television screens. So are the images of professional athletes, movie stars, musicians, and pastors. Images are found in art, architecture, and books. When words are spoken to us, we often create images in our mind that act as a physical representation of a spoken image.
Christianity is represented as an image; a cross. Most do not think of the cross as an idol, but it is an image. It is a symbol. Some Christians worship the symbol. I worship the God who became man and died on the cross. I need not carry this crucifix around, because my savior is no longer tied to that old rugged tree.
Another example of incest occurs in Gen. 35: 22 (Ham and Noah, Lot and his daughters, now Reuben and his stepmother) leading to another lost birthright (Cain, Esau, and now Reuben).
Fun fact: Bilhah, the woman in question, was the mother of Dan (tribe of Antichrist) and was Hamitic. Lot’s daughters were also Hamitic. Another incestual relationship was Goliath’s (Hamitic) sons who were also his brothers.
Joseph is the greatest “type of Christ” in the entire Bible. The parallels in Gen. 37 alone are 1. Loved most by his father (v. 3), hated by his brethren (in Christ’s sake, Satan and humans – v. 4), a prophet (v. 5), will be worshipped by has brethren (v. 9), envied by his brethren (v. 11), sent by his father to his brethren (v. 13), conspired against (v. 18), stripped of his clothes (v. 23), cast into a pit (v. 24), given to another to pass judgment – like the Pharisees and Pilate (v. 27), sold for pieces of silver (v. 28), a scapegoat (v. 31), his “death” devastated his father (v. 35).
Envy, once again rears its ugly head. Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him, just as Satan envies Christ, Cain and Abel, Esau and Jacob, Rachel and Leah, Saul and David, Herod and Christ, the Pharisees and Christ. “Who is able to stand against envy?” (Prov. 27:4).
God gets jealous when we worship the images mentioned above. This is why the first TWO commandments deal with God’s envy. Exodus 20: 3-5 says “Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4.Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5. thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.”
Envy is the “original sin” of Satan. Wanting to be like God (envy) is the “original sin” of Adam and Eve. Sexual perversion is the “original sin” post-flood. The “first mention” of the word “sinner” is connected to the most perverse city in history whose name is synonymous with pleasure seeking and sexual deviance (Sodom). These two “original sins” of envy and sexual perversion are at the crux of almost every major political scandal and social downfall we see in America today.
It is envy that leads to Wall Street greed and the entitlement mindset of the youth. Extra-marital affairs and envious covetousness are destroying the American family. We envy the “perfect” lives of our family and friends on social media and begin to take what we have for granted. We cannot turn on the television, check our Instagram or Facebook pages, open a magazine, or listen to the radio without seeing or hearing some form of pre or extra-marital sexual images (idols). Do we worship these idols more than we do God? He is a jealous God, and we spend more time engaging in images than His Word.
If only we treated God as our idol and filled our minds with His image. How much better would we be? Romans 12:2 says “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
We must renew our mind by purging it of these images, and replacing them with God’s Word. Turn of the tv and pick up The Bible. That is the key to transformation.
I am tired of conforming.
There is a fascinating trend of sibling rivalry in The Bible. It began with Cain and Abel. Cain, the eldest, saw his blessing given to his younger brother. In jealousy, he murdered Abel. He was then once again usurped by Seth. Ishmael was also passed over for his younger brother, Isaac, and became lifelong enemies (Muslims vs Jews). Jacob (Israel) would then receive God’s blessing over Esau (Rome), in which Esau decided he would hunt and kill Jacob. Rachel’s son, Joseph, would supplant all his eleven older brothers to become the ruler of Egypt. Rachel was also younger than her sister who gave birth to sons that would later serve Joseph.
There are many times where Christ’s line was in danger of being derailed (Cain killed Abel, Ishmael hated Isaac, Esau hunted Jacob, Haman, Pharaoh, and Herod all attempted genocide on the Jews), but Satan’s plans were thwarted at every turn.
Another uniting of Esau (Rome) and Semitic Arabs (Muslims) occurs in Genesis 28:9. Esau’s first wife was Hamitic (Muslim), and his new wife was Arab (Muslim). I mentioned before that Edom (Esau/Rome) and Babylon (Iraq/Muslims) team up against Israel in Psalm 138. These two religious-political factions (Catholic and Islam) have a 4,000-year-old partnership. They will have one again soon.
Rachel was barren, yet miraculously gave birth to Joseph. There are seven women who are “types of Mary” in The Bible, who had this same affliction overcome by divine intervention. Sarah (mother of Isaac), Rebekah (mother of Israel), Rachel (mother of Joseph), Hannah (mother of Samuel), the Shunammite woman (whose son was resurrected by Elisha), Manoah’s wife (mother of Samson), and Elizabeth (mother of John the Baptist).
These seven women, plus Mary, equals eight. Eight is the number of “resurrection,” “regeneration,” or “a new beginning.” Consider their children: Isaac (the father of Israel – a new beginning), Jacob (who became Israel – a new beginning), Joseph (Jacob thought him dead – resurrection; went from slave to prince – regeneration), Samuel (the last Judge of Israel who anointed the first King of Israel – a new beginning), the Shunammite’s son (resurrection), Samson (his strength was regenerated), John the Baptist (baptism is regeneration), and Jesus Christ (a new beginning, regeneration, AND resurrection).
Finally, Jacob (Israel) kissed his father when he betrayed him and Esau (Antichrist). The favor would later be returned as Judas Iscariot (Antichrist) kissed Jesus Christ. This is another “Law of First Mention.” The context of betrayal is constant in the time between these two events. However, AFTER Judas’ betrayal, Paul instructs us to greet one another with a HOLY kiss (Romans 16:16, 1 Cor. 16:20, 2 Cor. 13:12, 1 Thess 5:26) or a kiss of charity (1 Peter 5:14), thus changing the context.
Interesting. Genesis 22:8 (KJV) “God will provide himself a lamb” and (MEV) “God will provide for himself the lamb”.
The King James leaves a double meaning; the lamb will be provided for God AND God will become the lamb himself.
Isaac was to be sacrificed, but God decided to provide the lamb that would take his place.
Modern English Version strips away the reference to the sacrifice of God in the form of Jesus Christ as our scapegoat.
The MEV removes the deity of Christ here. This is not the only offense.
John 1:14; 18
Differences: MEV says Only Son (God has many sons; Adam, angels, fallen angels in Gen. 6) vs KJV’s only begotten (Greek: Monogene…also used in John 3:16, where MEV used begotten. Why? More familiar passage? Seems shady.) To removed begotten is to remove Christ’s deity and puts him on the same level as the angels.
The worst offender (that I have found so far) is Philippians 2:6
Differences: MEV: Jesus Christ “did not consider equality with God something to be grasped” (He could not grasp equality with God…HE IS GOD!) vs KJV: “thought it not robbery to be equal with God” (Jesus had no problem with being equal with God…HE IS GOD!) This is opposite. It is contradictory. It is WRONG!
When dealing with the Word of God, we need 100% doctrinal accuracy in our translations. If our “Bible” contradicts doctrine, then it is as valuable as a boat with a hole in it. You may not take on a ton of water at first, but you will still end up drowning.
What is Scripture?
Must be 1. God breathed 2. Written down 3. Preserved
Ex. Christ writing in the sand = Inspired and written, but not preserved.
If the KJV, which has been written and preserved for over 400 years is not Inspired, then it is not Scripture.
If the KJV is not Scripture, then the English speaking peoples have been without the Word of God for centuries!
The first two sins:
Eve removed a Word of God (Gen 3:2; “freely” in Gen 2:16-17)
Eve added to the Word of God (“touch” in Gen 3:3; Gen 2:16-17)
Last warning of the Bible:
Rev 22: 18-19
The MEV removed “begotten” from KJV AND TEXTUS RECEPTUS (and there are many other examples of the same.
How Important is God’s Word?
Ps. 138:2; 119:9, 11, 105
If a “baby Christian” is getting the wrong WORDS, then how can they be a lamp? How can they be hid in a heart?
Can anyone argue the “fruits” of the KJV?
Regardless of which texts were inspired in other languages and throughout history, which is inspired NOW!
Do we have God’s inspired, infallible, preserved Word NOW? If so, what is it?
If my KJV and MEV (or any translation) contradict, then one MUST be more accurate than the other. By removing the deity of Christ in even one single verse (there are several), the MEV violates doctrine. It is corrupt.
By the time we get to Genesis 25, we see our fourth set of brothers where one perpetuates the line of Christ, and the other is against Christ. Seth, Shem, Isaac, and Jacob are all in the Messianic line. Cain, Ham, Ishmael, and Esau are all “types” of Antichrist.
Ham is the progenitor of North African (Libyan, Ethiopian, Egyptian) and Middle Eastern (Canaanite, Palestinian) Muslims.
Ishmael is half Semitic (Abraham) and half Hamitic (Hagar).
Muhammad traces his own line back to Ishmael.
Esau is Semitic, but marries a Hamite and produces half-Hamitic offspring.
Ham’s grandson, Nimrod, was a hunter (archer). Ishmael was an archer (hunter). Esau was a hunter (archer). Antichrist (the white horseman in Revelation 6:2) is an archer with no arrows.
Thus, the cursed line of Ham continues to be the line of the “seed of Satan” (Gen. 3:15), while the blessed line of Shem continues to move toward Christ. When Jacob steals Esau’s birthright, The Bible once again clearly shows the enmity between the Semitic (Jews) and Hamitic (Muslims) people.
Another interesting “Law of First Mention” can be see here. The first mention of “heel” is in Gen. 3:15 describing the battle between the seed of Satan (Antichrist) and seed of the woman (Christ). The second occurs here as Jacob (Israel) grabs Esau (Antichrist) by the heel just after being born (Gen. 25.26). Jesus tells us in John 13:18 that Judas (Antichrist) will lift his heel against Christ.
Furthermore, Esau is called Edom in Gen. 25:30. Rome (Catholics) was founded by descendants of Esau. Psalm 138:7-8 links Edom (Rome) to Babylon (Iraq) as attackers of Israel. Esau is a type of Antichrist who unites Catholics and Muslims (because modern day Iraq is about 100% Muslim) against the Jews (and by proxy, Christians). Beware of the 33 year old Syrian-Jew who brings Islam and Catholicism together!
As I have mentioned before, Alexander Hislop lays out the historical case that the Catholic Church borrowed heavily (that’s an understatement) from the traditions of the Nimrod worshiping Babylonian “mystery cults.”
The woman (a city or empire) who rides “The Beast” (Antichrist) is Rome. Therefore, the Antichrist will be Pope.
This is further evidence that “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Rev. 17:5) is the Catholic Church.
The “law of first mentions” is an interesting perspective to take when reading the Bible. This law, some call it a rule, is essentially that the context of the first usage of a word or doctrine is maintained in every subsequent mention throughout the Bible unless there is additional clarification.
For instance, Abel was the first shepherd. This is a positive connotation. Other shepherds include Abraham, Isaac, Moses, David, and Jesus Christ. These are all heroes. The one exception is the “idol shepherd” who is the Antichrist.
The first serpent was Satan in the garden of Eden and tempted Adam and Eve to sin. Serpents are wicked beasts throughout the Bible and they are sometimes fiery (Numbers 21:6) and flying (Isaiah 14:29) save for the brass serpent on a pole in Numbers 21:9 which represents Christ.
The first mention of “seed” refers to plants until Genesis 3:15 where we see the origin of the battle between the SEED of Satan and the SEED of the woman (Christ). The wicked belong to the Devil, and the righteous are children of God. Of course, the promise in this verse is that Christ will have victory over the Antichrist. Hallelujah!
The Sons of God in Genesis 6 are angels; thus, all mention of the Sons of God are angels. If the phrase differs, like “sons of the living God,” the meaning changes, and we know that this phrase is talking about men.
These Sons of God married human women and gave birth to a race of powerful giants (the many races of giants were also descendants of the fallen angels) called “mighty men.” Nimrod, as mentioned before, was called a “mighty man.” He was somehow linked to the line of half human/half angel hybrid gods that were worshiped around the globe (see my earlier post).
Speaking of gods, Genesis 3:5 has the first mention of them (unless you are not using a King James Bible). Satan is aware of them before the Sons of God produced offspring. God judged them in Exodus (each plague corresponded to an Egyptian god). God stood before them in judgment in Psalm 82:1 “God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.” and in verses 6-7, “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.“
The first time the word “sinners” is used, is in reference to Sodom, a place known for sexual debauchery. Therefore, using the law of first mention, whenever we see the word “sinner” or “sinners”, it is referring to someone who engages in sexual sin. The lust of the flesh is powerful! It takes us all in some way.
There are countless examples of this. Grace, love, blood, wine, and on and on and on. Try reading your Bible while using this rule and see if it enhances your experience!
I was asked by a sweet lady from church to expand on the Law of First Mention that I talked about earlier this week. She specifically wanted to know about wine. I had not yet looked into this fully, so I was more than happy to put this “law” to the test.
LAW OF FIRST MENTION: WINE
Noah was drunk on wine in Genesis 9:21 leading to being sodomized by his youngest son where he ended up cursing his son, Ham. The first mention of wine shows us the dangers of getting drunk
Lot was drunk and raped (Gen 19),
Leviticus 10:9, Numbers 6:3, Deut 29:6, 32:33, Judges 13:4, 7, 14; 1 Samuel 1:14, Isaiah 5:22, Romans 14:21, Eph 5:18, 1 Tim 3:3 support not drinking wine or strong drink.
Deut 14 links wine with lust
Christ refused to drink it (Mark 15:23) opting instead for vinegar
Washing garments (Gen. 49:11) and links WINE and BLOOD of grapes (more later)
As a drink offering (Numbers 6 and 28)
There are a lot of mentions of wine just being there or being consumed with no positive or negative connotations, but that does not negate drunken excess warned about in the first mention.
JESUS TURNS WATER INTO WINE (JOHN 2):
Was it alcoholic? Going back to Genesis 49:11, wine is the “blood of grapes.” Wine is a type of blood.
When Mary asked Jesus to make wine, he said “mine hour is not yet come.” This was a reference to Christ spilling his BLOOD.
The “blood of grapes” can be used to clean or purify clothes (Gen 49:11) Christ’s BLOOD was pure of imperfection, thus the water he turned into WINE was also pure. It was non-alcoholic and you could not get drunk from it.
BACK TO THE LAW OF FIRST MENTION:
The original, Old Testament context of wine was that it could make you drunk, leading to sexual perversion, and drinking it in excess was explicitly warned about.
The NEW context in the New Testament was given as Christ shedding his perfect blood to purify us from our sins. This is a fundamental doctrinal shift (allowing consumption of wine), but it STILL has relevance to the first mention. Wine is not to be consumed unless it cannot get you drunk (non-alcoholic). We may still use it for things, particularly in cooking where the alcohol is washed off or for cleaning purposes where it is not being consumed, but we should not drink it.
The FINAL mentions are in Revelation and are linked with the “wine of wrath” (Rev 14:8, 10; 16:19; 18:3) and “wine of fornication” (Rev 14:8, 17:2, 18:3). Therefore, coming full circle. First mention: Noah being drunk and was sexually violated (fornication) leading to his cursing of Ham (wrath).