The meaning of the story of Jephthah’s daughter

You know, we are told that all Scripture was written for our learning (Romans 15:4), and we are also told that reading of Scripture is profitable, and even necessary, for the people of God to grow to maturity in Christ (2 Timothy 3:15-16).

As natural men you and I can know nothing about the character of God, unless He reveals Himself to us.  He has chosen to reveal himself primarily through the Scriptures.  He does not reveal Himself through dreams and visions during the Church-age, although He could if He chose to.  Even if He did, however, He would not contradict anything in the written Word!

What if I said I believed everything the bible says about God, with the exception of one story?  If that were the case, then on that one story, my God is not the God of the bible, but actually an idol! On that one story I have chosen to be my own God, because I don’t like what the bible reveals about the true God!

If I have rejected what the bible says about God on even one point I have actually rejected the God of the bible!

Christianity today is full of idolators; people who refuse to accept everything the bible says about God.

One story that is seldom spoken of in Christian sermons is that of the Israelite Judge Jephthah, and his daughter.

This would be understandable if it were not for the fact that Jephthah is included in the “Hit parade of Faith” found in Hebrews 11. You see, Jephthah sacrificed his daughter to the Lord, so how on earth are we to understand his inclusion in a list of “heros of the faith”?  How are we to reconcile this “child sacrifice” with the God of the bible?  We can and we must!

Before we go on you need to see this;

31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:

33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Hebrews 11:31-34

You see lots of kings and judges of Israel defeated Israel’s enemies by faith. Some of them. like Saul, began to think that the victories were the result of their own work, but Jephthah knew better.  He knew that it was God who had given him the victory.  He is not included in the “hit parade of faith” for his victory in battle, but for his relationship with his daughter, and with the Lord!

Before the battle Jephthah told the Lord that if He gave him victory in battle, he would sacrifice the first thing that came out of his house upon his return. I imagine that he was probably thinking “I would gladly sacrifice my favorite dog to the Lord, if He were to give me victory in this battle” but he didn’t say this! God is not really interested in sacrifices of dogs, or even sheep, goats and cattle. What He really wants is people! And, God isn’t really interested in death, so much as people who trust Him with their life, even to the point of death!

So this story is not only about Jephthah, but to an equal extent it is about his daughter, and the type of person she was. In all the people of the bible, the only persons who were willing to lay down their life, because of a promise their father had made, were Jesus Christ, and Jephthah’s daughter;

29 Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah, and he passed over Gilead, and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over unto the children of Ammon.

30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the Lord, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,

31 Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.

32 So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; and the Lord delivered them into his hands.

33 And he smote them from Aroer, even till thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and unto the plain of the vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel.

34 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter.

35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me: for I have opened my mouth unto the Lord, and I cannot go back.

36 And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the Lord, do to me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy mouth; forasmuch as the Lord hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the children of Ammon.

37 And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows.

38 And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains.

39 And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel,

40 That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.

I have heard pastors go through this story and come to the conclusion that the lesson of the story is “don’t make foolish promises” or “don’t make open-ended promises”!

To be sure this is a corollary of the story, but it is a minor point!

There are several major points to this story;

  1. Jephthah won the battle by relying on the Lord to lead him to victory. While he was smart and an experiened man of valour, he relied on the Lord’s leading in the battle.
  2. It appears that it was the Lord who led Jephthah to make his vow to the Lord, since verse 29 tells us “Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah” and then the next two verses describe the vow. Jephthah was thinking that it would be something else that would come out of his house when he returned from the battle, but he didn’t say so. Sometimes the things we don’t say are as important as the things we do say!
  3. Unlike the sacrifices the pagans made to their gods, like Moloch, this one was done with the assent of the victim. In fact Jephthah actually gave her the opportunity to escape. She requested “Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows (friends).” So she went camping for two months, with her friends, to take time to reflect on what she was about to do.I imagine that Jephthah might have hoped that she would escape to a neighboring country, to live out her life normally. Who wouldn’t have hoped such a thing? His daughter, however, was a woman of her word, and it is very clear that she loved her father more than life itself! She returned because she knew it is a serious thing to lie to the Lord! In her judgment it is more serious to lie to the Lord than to lose her own life! She could have escaped to Jordan, or Lebanon, or Saudi Arabia, and lived out her life as a fugitive, but that would have been a life without honor!
  4. To most people throughout the history of the world, having children is important, because it is your legacy. Leaving someone behind when we die is important because they carry on the family name, and often the family business. They will remember us if no one else does!Jephthah’s daughter was an only child. Her mother is not in the story, so she may have already been dead. She might have died in child-birth having his daughter, or she might have left, but she is not in the picture at all.So, when Jephthah sacrificed his daughter he was actually sacrificing his whole family! All his descendants would have come from this daughter! So he lived the rest of his life without children or family, and with no hopes that there would be some!
  5. I am sure that Jephthah would have preferred to die himself, but then he would have died as a man who had broken his promise to the Lord! Committing suicide would have been an act of cowardice! He had painted himself into a corner, and there was no honourable way out!To the unsaved a promise to the Lord can be broken whenever it is inconvenient to keep it. To a believer, however, the Lord God is more important than anything in this life! It is “faith” to believe that God heard your promise, and it was faith for Jephthah to believe that God had chosen his daughter for the sacrifice.Indeed, I believe that it was God who had chosen Jephthah’s daughter for this sacrifice. He had a purpose in this particular sacrifice!
  6. Jephthah’s daughter became a type of Christ by willingly laying down her life, because of a promise her father had made. God the Father promised Salvation to humanity, and it could only be accomplished by His Son dying on a cross, willingly, for you and for me!Certainly one of the purposes in this sacrifice was to show you and me the depth of love that existed between Jephthah and his daughter, the same as between God the Father and God the Son. It was also to show us the sense of loss the Father had when His Son died for someone else’s sin!Jephthah gave his daughter the opportunity to escape, in the same way that Jesus could have walked away from the cross. Had she done so her father would have been known as a man who broke his promises, in the same way that if Jesus had walked away from the cross, then God would not have been a God of honour! In both cases it was the father’s honour that was at stake, and it was the child who had the power to honour or to dishonour their father!
  7. Jephthah shows us the importance of keeping one’s promises, even if there is a personal cost to us! So, when Jesus says33 “Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

    37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

We had better believe that He is serious. God wants us to learn to be people of honour! It might seem like a little thing at the time, but a broken promise can have implications that reverberate throughout time, long past our own lifetime!

If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26-27

How many Christians have had a Leftist, or a Muslim, hold their child with a knife to the throat and say “Deny Jesus or your child will die!”  It happens every day, folks! Maybe not in Canada or the USA, but there are places in the world where this actually does happen every day!  The day is coming when it will happen in the west!  In that situation God wants you to be like Jephthah, and his daughter!

So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:33

 Jephthah forsook all that he had to keep his promise to God!  His only daughter forsook all that she had to honour her father!  Yes, God wants us to be like Jephthah AND his daughter!

Since the cross until now, many millions of Christians have had to face the same choice Jephthah’s daughter had to face. Many millions took the cowardly way out, and dishonoured their Saviour. History has forgotten those who joined with the murderers, but the martyrs are remembered as jewels in the Messiah’s crown! They still shine today!

In the Muslim world today, every day, Christians are persecuted and martyred. Some of them are from denominations I would tend to disagree with on some major points, but these people are not dying for Orthodoxy or for Catholicism; They are given the choice “Jesus or Muhammad” Those who choose Muhammad are set free as cowards, and those who say “Jesus” die for Him!

He knows those who are His, and He will honour them before His Father’s throne!

He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. John 12:25

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 10:32-33

Yes indeed, God wants us to be like Jephthah, and his daughter!  He does not ask every believer to actually give up all of their possessions, or even their life, but He truly wants every one of His children to be willing to do so, should He ask it of them!

Do you love God that much?

Oh yes, there was a minor point wasn’t there? “Don’t make open-ended promises”!  It is a valid point of the passage, but it pales in comparison to the character shown by Jephthah and his daughter!

God is all about character!

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The Sinner’s Prayer and Salvation

[Having reflected on this article for several days after writing it, I realized that I may have left the impression that we can only be saved if we keep the law!  Nothing could be further from the truth!  None of us is able to keep the law perfectly, even as born-again Christians!  So I have edited it, and added some clarifications below.  I hope this article is a blessing to you.  Dan]

Have you ever been to a church, or an evangelistic meeting, where they teach the “sinners prayer”? It goes something like “Dear Jesus, I am a sinner, please forgive me and come into my heart/life, and make me yours”, or words to that effect.

As a child I attended a church like that with my parents, (Fellowship of Evangelical Baptists in Canada) and prayed that prayer many times.

People would get up and give their testimony, which went something like “When I prayed that prayer the whole world seemed so new, and I felt so clean!”  The implication was that when you said this prayer that you would be saved and life would be easy, and good!

But that wasn’t my experience! I would be on an emotional high, but after a few days I would sin again and then I would think that maybe I had said that prayer wrong! Maybe I wasn’t really saved, and so I said it again!  (It wasn’t the experience of those who made those claims, either!  Over the years I have seen many of those same people walk away from their marriages, and even from God!)

Eventually I got to the point that I just gave up; I married an unchristian woman, and determined to live like the world. For a couple of years I stopped attending church at all. It wasn’t until my wife asked me to leave, (we were living with her parents) that my world came crashing down around me, that I began to examine myself, and where I was going.

At that time I repented and truly began to trust Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. And that’s when my troubles really began, but I’ll spare you the gory details!

As I began to study Scripture in earnest I discovered verses that contradicted what I had been taught as a child! Here’s one of them;

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. John 14:23

So, according to this verse, when does the Holy Spirit enter into people, and live with them? Is it when they ask Him in? No!

Isn’t it when we take Him and His commands seriously, and begin to follow Him?  Isn’t the indwelling of the Holy Spirit a result of saving faith?

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. John 14:21

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. John 15:10

For some this seems like a contradiction, because there are many places where the bible says that we “are not under law”. I know Christians who just do what they feel like, and then claim “grace”, but that was not Jesus’ intention!

Here, however is what the Scripture says;

But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Galatians 5:18

And;

9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 1 Timothy 1:9-10

You see the goal of the Christian life is to become like Christ. Jesus never broke the law, not because He was under the law, but because the law is an expression of His character. It is the goal of the Christian to develop the character of Christ within themselves. So when it says we are “not under law” it means that there is no condemnation when we sin, but the righteousness of Christ is still our goal.

When we sin we confess our sin to God, dust ourselves off, and keep moving in the direction of Christ-likeness!

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. Romans 13:14

For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Galatians 3:27

My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, Galatians 4:19

The bible does indeed say that “all who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”, but you shouldn’t take that statement out-of-context. It does not refer to those who say “the sinner’s prayer” and then carry-on as if nothing had happened. You have to read the rest of Scripture to find out what it means to “call upon the name of the Lord”.

Don’t forget Paul also said

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Acts 17:30

This does not mean simply to repent from (change your mind about) sin, but really to change your mind about everything!  Change your mind about yourself, and your abilities.  Change your mind about, and toward, God and Jesus Christ.  Change your mind about the world’s system.

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Hebrews 6:1

Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 20:21

Revelation 3:20 is often used to justify the sinner’s prayer;

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20

Think for a minute about how these preceding verses tell us to “open the door” to Jesus;  Do they not tell us to “believe Jesus and what He claims to have done on the cross, and to obey Him.”  Yes they do!  If you want Jesus to come into your heart, you need to read what He has said, believe Him, and obey him.

Before I go, I just want to give you a couple examples of people who were saved without the sinner’s prayer. We need to see what Scripture teaches and not follow traditions of men…

Phillip preached Christ to the Ethiopian Eunuch, and he was saved;

And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. Acts 8:36-38

Note that verse 37 is missing from some of the modern versions, but I can assure you it was there in the beginning! People who want to baptize their unbelieving children are responsible for its omission! The only baptism that God recognizes is the baptism of those who are already believers!

So, no sinner’s prayer, but only the confession that he believed that Jesus is the Son of God. This is the qualification for baptism, and if you were “baptized” before you believed that Jesus is the Son of God, but you now do believe, you should get baptized again!

Peter was called to preach to a gentile centurion, Cornelius, and to his family and friends in Acts chapter 10. While he was preaching, without a word from them, the Holy Spirit fell upon those listening, and they began to prophesy and speak in tongues, as had happened to the Jews in Jerusalem in Acts 2;

44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days. Acts 10:44-48

So again, there is no evidence of the sinner’s prayer being prayed here, the hearers believed as Peter was preaching, and they were saved. Not only this but these people received the Holy Spirit before they were baptized, as had the Jews in Jerusalem in Acts 2!  In both cases these groups of people received the Holy Spirit, not only before baptism but also before they had a chance to obey the Law!

No doubt these believers were baptized AFTER having received the Holy Spirit, because it is commanded, and it is a witness both to other believers as well as to the unsaved!  It is the same with obedience to God’s law; we first get saved by grace through faith-Alone, and then we are able to keep the law, so long as we remain attentive to the leading of the Holy Spirit!

Having said this it is abundantly clear that no Christian has ever walked completely without sin from the moment of Salvation!  This is why John says;

8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:8-10

These verses are not only for the unsaved, but also for the saved, for our entire life here on earth!  What did Paul say on the same subject?

21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. Romans 7:21-25

So Paul called himself “wretched” and “the chief of sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15), not because he lived a life of debauchery, but he regretted even the occasional, unintended sin.  He is talking about the fact that all Christians still have the fleshly nature at war with the Spiritual nature that God gives us at Salvation.  We all slip and fall at times, but don’t give up; confess it to Jesus, repent, and keep on moving forward in Christ!

I hope I am making myself clear; Once you believe that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, and believe that His blood shed on the cross was for your sins, and that God raised Him up from the dead, you are a Christian! Tell somebody about it, and rejoice in Jesus Christ!  Realize that it is the Holy Spirit who leads us to this point!

Christianity does not have a magic incantation that makes you a Christian! When I said the “sinner’s prayer” my focus was on myself and on subjective experiences. This was wrong; our focus needs to be on Jesus Christ! Christianity is based on knowledge of Jesus Christ, and not on experiences!

You will struggle with sin, all Christians struggle with sin because Satan will attack you if you truly believe, and the closer you are to God the more he will attack! So don’t worry if you sin occasionally, confess your sin, repent continuously, and move forward in Jesus Christ!

 

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A Summer of Insanity

It has been a while since I have written for Housetops. It has been a long, crazy summer! What with a pile of jobs around the house, vacation, and overtime at work, there is little time to write. Oh yeah, I’m also taking Hebrew lessons, so a few hours of homework each week, and the weeks fly by!

What else have I been doing?

I have been watching the political situation around the world.

The insanity I see south of the border is just mind boggling. It would make no sense unless you knew that there is a plan behind it all. There is no doubt that the Antifa-fascists, and the communists, are attempting to start a civil war, and it seems like the millionaire football players are in there egging them on!

There will not be a world government with national governments guarding their own sovereignty, like the USA under Trump. In order for the Elites of the World to prove that “nationalism is a bad thing”, they are preparing an “object lesson” for the world… war!

So while the Elites don’t like the likes of Donald Trump, or Czech’s Andrej Babis, they will use these men as an object lesson for you and me, or those who survive the upcoming wars, to “prove” that nationalism is a bad idea!

As you watch the things progress inevitably toward war, you should realize that this is all planned, and ultimately they are working to move your opinion to a position of support for a world government. Do you think it will take a lot for you to change your opinion in that direction? They have a lot planned!

I have also been watching the referendums in Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan. I am certain these have something to do with the End Times Scenario. The Catalans are Celts, and during the Gog-Magog war they will be on the side of their brother Celts in Scotland, Ireland, England and France. The Spanish are descended from Javan, and will not be on the same side in that war. Some time before, these two nations will go their separate ways.

The Kurds, on the other hand, are the biblical Medes, of Daniel-and-the-Lion’s-den fame. Jeremiah 51 indicates that the Kurds will be involved in the destruction of Babylon in the End Times! So, ultimately both of these nations independence referendums will succeed! It’s just a matter of time.

 

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Thoughts on recent developments in the news

Well, it has been a while since I have written. In the mean time Theresa May has lost her majority in the British election, and Donald Trump has made a trip to the Middle East.

You know, as I studied who the nations are who comprise the attacking nations in Ezekiel 38-39 I became convinced that the British Isles, Germany, and the other Germanic nations, along with Central Europe, Russia, Turkey, Iran, and Libya will all unite in that war (along with many others).

You will find a lot of bible teachers today downplay, or ignore entirely, the involvement of the UK in that war. Most people find it unthinkable that the UK could join Germany and Russia in an attack on tiny little Israel! “The UK is a “Christian” nation, and has always been on the side of fairness and decency! Haven’t they?”

And so what happens is that people’s pre-conceived notions and prejudices drive their understanding of Scripture!

Such people ignore the replacement theology that is common in UK Christendom. They also ignore the long-standing tendency of the UK to support Palestinian causes against Israel. They ignore the broken promises of the Balfour Declaration. And they ignore the fact that Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israelism is rampant in places like Scotland and Ireland!

I took heart that the UK voted to leave the EU with their Brexit vote last year, but was a little concerned that Theresa May was voted in as their new leader, After all, she had campaigned for the “remain” side of that vote. Still, she promised to lead the UK out of the EU and I had hopes that she would keep her word.

I am absolutely certain that the bible’s account will occur exactly as prophesied, but there is always hope that the Lord will relent and delay the inevitable. Indeed, even as we move toward that war, Christians need to speak-out on behalf of Israel, and to warn their nations of the dangers of going up against God’s chosen people.

Yes, in the Church-age Israel is still the apple-of-God’s-eye. Though many in that nation are not saved, God still has a special relationship with them. He is going to bring them all back to the land, like a manufacturer recalling a defective product, and once there He will bring the Time of Jacob’s trouble upon them.

This is the purpose of the Gog, and Magog war, of Ezekiel 38-39.

The nation will interpret that war as a sign that the worst is over, The Time of Jacob’s Trouble is over, and it is safe to return! In fact,however, that war is the last major event of the Church-age! Shortly after that war is over, the last remaining members of the house of Israel will return, the Rapture will occur, and the Antichrist will rise to power!

So, as I look at current events in Europe, it really doesn’t matter if the UK stays in the EU or if they leave; They will ultimately join the aforementioned nations in their attack on Israel! They may leave and then later form some sort of economic and military alliance with the other Western European nations, or they may stay in, and participate as full-fledged members of the EU. Either way the results will be the same.

As we look at the failure of the European nations to confront Islamic extremism in their midst it is becoming more and more apparent that the current influx of Muslim immigrants will result in those nations being dragged into Ezekiel’s war!

I for one, don’t think that war is imminent. My studies have led me to the conclusion that before Ezekiel’s war takes place, there is another war which will embroil the Middle East; The Psalm 83 war.

As I examined in the Spirit of Prophecy, the nations listed by their patriarchs in Psalm 83 form a ring around Israel. Every one of those nations have attacked Israel from time to time throughout history, sometimes even in groups of nations, but all ten of them have never attacked together.

Abraham’s son Ishmael was the patriarch of the Saudi Arabians, and the Hagarenes, or Hagarites, of southern Syria. As the driving force of Wahhabi Islam, I view the Saudis as a great danger, not only to Israel, but to the world in general. Wahhabism is a strict form of Islam that insists on a literal interpretation of the Qur’an. The Saudis are known supporters of Islamic terrorism around the world.

So it is with alarm that I view the current Israeli cooperation with Saudi Arabia. Because the Saudis are not currently making threats against Israel, and are cooperating in intelligence gathering efforts against Iran, does not fill me with confidence.

I was watching Amir Tsarfati the other day, and was surprised that he thinks the Psalm 83 war is over and that Saudi Arabia no longer poses a danger to Israel.

Please don’t get me wrong, I love Amir as a brother, and I consider him to be an excellent journalist and source of information of what is going on in Israel, but he is wrong about the Saudi’s. They still pose a grave danger to Israel, and the Israelis need to keep their eyes on the Saudis.

You see the nations included in the Psalm 83 war are not included in the Ezekiel 38-39 war. The obvious reason is that they attack first and are defeated and subdued. As you will see in Amir’s video the Saudis appear to be cooperating with Israel, but I think this is actually a prelude to war, and a deception. In fact this subterfuge is alluded to in the Psalm account;

2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.

3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.

4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

You see, the Psalm 83 war will be a surprise attack, and it will very nearly result in the destruction of Israel. This is what it means by “crafty counsel”! In the past the enemies of Israel amassed on the border before they attacked, but this one will happen when Israel thinks they are safe!

In fact I believe that Israel will be forced to use WMDs during that war. This is the war that will result in the destruction of Damascus (Isaiah 17:1), Lebanon (Zechariah 11:1), Cairo (Isaiah 19:17-18), and likely many other Arab cities.

So, when I heard of Donald Trump’s $110 billion arms deal with the Saudis it caught my attention. What are the chances that those weapons will one day be used against Israel, during the Psalm 83 war? I would say “astronomically high”! Even if they are used against Iran, with Israel’s cooperation, they will then turn and use them against Israel herself!

Amir is correct that Sheba and Dedan are Saudi Arabia, but Tarshish is most likely the port of Tartus in Syria, and very likely their new capital after the destruction of Damascus. Look at the language these nations use against the invading forces;

13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?

The little word “come” is very significant. These nations are not saying “are you going”, as they would say if they were in North America. They are using this language because they are in the way the invading armies must travel on their journey to Israel. Having been disarmed after the Psalm 83 war, they will be helpless to stop the invaders, but only able to register a complaint!

I know Mr. Trump, and even the Israelis, think the Saudis can be trusted, but I think this is a mistake. It is a yuuge mistake, but I don’t think Trump or Israel have any ill intentions against the people of Israel. It is just that the Saudis are very good at practicing Taqiyya! (Taqiyya: the Muslim practice of lying to their enemies to gain an advantage)

The practice began when Mohammad made a ten-year treaty with the people of the Quraysh tribe of Mecca, and then found a pretext to break it in the second year!

I want you to see some of the passages in the Qur’an that teach this;

Qur’an 2:225 Allah will not hold you responsible for your mere utterance in an oath, but he will hold you responsible for that which your hearts gained. And Allah is forgiving, forbearing.

A Muslim can make an oath to an unbeliever, so long as he intends to break it in his heart!

3:28 Believers do not take the infidels for friends, rather than the believers, and whoever does this so he has nothing to do with Allah, except that you should guard yourself from them, cautiously. And Allah himself warns you, and to Allah is the final return.

Muslims can pretend to be friends with unbelievers, so long as they guard their hearts from the things the unbeliever says!

3:54 And they deceived, and Allah deceived. And Allah is the best deceiver.

The God of Islam is a deceiver! The bible says that God cannot lie, and that Satan is the deceiver! So who is the God of the Qur’an?

66:1 O you prophet, why do you forbid what Allah has made lawful to you, seeking to please your wives? And Allah is forgiving, merciful. 2 Indeed, Allah has allowed you to be released from your oaths. And Allah is your protector, and he is the knowing, the wise.

So the God of Islam allowed Mohammad to break his vows, and Muslims have been following his example ever since! (All Quran Quotes from The Generous Qur’an, a literal translation by Usama Dakdok)

But the God of the bible says;

In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; Titus 1:2

Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: Psalms 50:14

But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. James 5:12

If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth. Numbers 30:2

But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Deuteronomy 7:8

So, with the exception of his treatment of the Saudis, I am generally happy to see the way that Donald Trump is leading his nation, against extremely vocal opposition, but don’t think that Mr. Trump is a Saviour. He may give us a few more years of freedom, which we should use wisely, but he can’t stop God’s judgment against the USA or the world.

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Seven Mountains or Seven Spheres

I was recently listening to Brannon Howse on my car mp3 player when I heard him talking about a new video “Is Genesis History?”, and gushing with praise about it. From what he said it sounds like its an apologetic work on young-earth creationism, which would be a good thing, and something sorely needed in the world today, but then he mentioned the producer, Dell Tackett, and also that “We don’t agree with everything that Dell Tackett has done in the past, but this film is one we can agree on, and support.”

I was with him until he mentioned Dell Tackett’s name, and then alarm bells began ringing in my head! OK, that ringing may have been my tinnitus, but I was alarmed! Dell Tackett was the presenter in Focus on the Family’s film “The Truth Project” which my Church watched in 2010.

At the time I was nearing the end of writing The Spirit of Prophecy, and I had recently been through a study of the New Apostolic Reformation’s teaching called “the Seven Mountain Mandate”. What I found was that the NAR’s “Seven Mountain Mandate” and Del Tacket’s “The Seven Spheres of Society” is that this is exactly the same thing!

The NAR teaches that the Church has to take over the seven mountains of society, before Jesus can return. The Church takes over these seven mountains of society and then when Jesus returns they hand them over to Him.

So what are the Seven areas of the Seven Mountain Mandate?

1) Education
2) Religion
3) Family
4) Business
5) Government/Military
6) Arts/Entertainment
7) Media

If you’re a Christian, and haven’t found these seven mountains in Scripture, don’t be alarmed! They actually aren’t there! This teaching is not to be found in the Word of God, but is something that has recently been added to Church teaching by false teachers!

This teaching is a logical extension of an old, false, eschatological system originally popularized by one Augustine of Hippo. The system I am referring to is known as Amillennialism, and its related philosophies of Post-millennialism and Preterism.

Amillennialism says that we are in the millennial reign of Christ right now, and that things will get progressively better until He returns and takes us all to Heaven, or at least separates the wheat from the tares.

What the bible actually says is much closer to the system known as Dispensationalism. This system teaches that things will get worse and worse until the Tribulation and Armageddon occur, then Jesus will return, destroy the world’s system, and take over the world and rule from Jerusalem for 1,000 years. This system teaches that even under the perfect government of Jesus Christ things won’t be perfect because people will still be natural men, and while they might physically obey the laws of Jesus Christ, most will not be born-again, and when the opportunity presents itself they will rebel at the end of the 1,000 years!

This teaching does not fit with the teachings of false Christianity, which discounts the idea that we must be born-again by the Spirit of God!

A misunderstanding of the depraved nature of natural man seems to be at the heart of this philosophy; That man is basically “good”. It also puts man in the driver’s seat and makes God dependent upon humanity!

On a related note; When reading Revelation 17 and 18 there are 2 different prophecies about cities called “Babylon” and built on seven mountains.

I realized years ago that the original Babylon was built on a flat plain, and there isn’t a mountain in sight! It thus follows that if this city is actually the same Babylon, its mountains cannot be literal mountains, and if it is about a city of seven literal mountains it cannot be literally Babylon, Iraq.

In time I came to realize that these prophecies are 2 distinct cities; one is literally Babylon, with seven allegorical mountains, and the other is allegorically Babylon with 7 literal mountains! Two different cities in different geographical locations, and neither of them is Rome, Italy!

So what about the NAR’s “Seven Mountain Mandate”? This is the beginning of Babylon’s seven mountains!

And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. Revelation 17:9

After Rome is destroyed during the Gog-Magog war, the false Christians of the world (perhaps with Hinduism, Buddhism and the remains of Islam, but this is not necessary, since these religions might well be converting to this false form of Christianity by this time!) will unite and build their headquarters in the place where all false religions began; Babylon, Iraq! They will use this teaching of the “Seven Mountain Mandate” as their basis for unity!

So what about the protestants who support Focus on the Family? They too will join in this doomed endeavor, and it is movies like “the Truth Project” that are preparing the way for this Satanic unity! Despite protests to the contrary, the vast majority of professing Christians, especially the Dominionists and Reconstructionists, will join in this movement!

So why is the endeavor doomed? Because not only will the Antichrist hate this harlot, so does God, and it is God who puts it into the hearts of the Beast and the world leaders to destroy this city, after using it to create their world government!

12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

The use of the present tense in verse 18 has led many to assume that this must refer to a city that has ruled the world for the last 2,000 years, but the truth is there is no such city. Several cities have aspired to that goal, but none of them have attained it, not even Rome!

What they are forgetting is that this passage is prophetic, and refers to the time of the end, so the phrase “that great city, that reigneth over the kings of the earth” is a reference to this period of time, and does not refer to any particular city that has wielded power for a time during the last two millennia. In fact it refers to a city that lost power at a time before Christ came, and will not pick it up again until the time of the end; Babylon!

So what of the video “Is Genesis History?”? What if it actually contains much useful and true information about science? As I see it, this is simply a fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy of Matthew 24:5

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

It is not that Jesus isn’t the Christ, He certainly IS, but rather many false teachers come proclaiming Jesus is the Christ as a means of getting their “foot in the door” and then they teach their errors, and it is accepted because “they are Christians, after all”!

You would be better off getting your scientific information from www.icr.org, https://answersingenesis.org, or http://creation.com . To my knowledge, none of these ministries yet teach the 7 mountain mandate!

Dan

For more information;

https://www.thebereancall.org/content/less-truthful-truth-project

https://www.gotquestions.org/seven-mountain-mandate.html

https://mkayla.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/finally-found-the-roots-of-the-seven-mountains-mandate/

http://herescope.blogspot.ca/2016/02/

http://apprising.org/2011/08/26/denying-dominionism/

 

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The 2017 Canadian Conservative Party Leadership Vote

The Conservative Party of Canada is in a race to choose the replacement for Steven Harper, as party leader, and potentially the next Prime Minister of Canada.

I joined the Conservatives after following them on Facebook, and having been impressed by Rona Ambrose’s articles. I actually joined at the invitation of Kellie Leitch, one of the candidates, because I agree with her on defunding the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The CBC is a leftist propaganda outlet, and does not deserve Canadian Taxpayer dollars.

Unfortunately, I am not a one-issue voter.

As a Christian I attempt to view all things through biblical lenses. None of us is wise enough to make all decisions on our own understanding, or by our gut-feelings. We need an objective standard, one that has the fingerprints of God on it, the bible.

Some of the candidates talk about “Canadian values” but I have seen Canadian values shift since I was a child, and they have shifted in a negative direction!

A core issue in this and every election these days, is the issue of how we view human life, and unborn human life in particular.

The bible is very clear that the child inside its mother’s womb is actually a person from conception.

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. Psalms 139:13

So what was put together in your mother’s womb? It was you. It was not some lump of tissue, but a living human being. Being in your mother’s womb is a normal part of life, just as being a baby, a toddler, a child, a teen, middle-aged, and elderly are all normal parts of life.

I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly. Psalms 22:10

We all depend on God from conception until death. None of us is an island, and we are not independent!  (You may think you are, but every breath you take is a gift from God!)

Up until very recently all societies on earth, even pagan societies, have viewed children as an asset, and a blessing!  It is a sign of the depravity of our generation that this is even the subject of a debate!

In fact children are God’s plan for the welfare of the elderly.

Think about it; even in a society like Canada, where work and government pensions are common, we all need there to be a body of young people working as we grow older.

If everyone in a society decided not to have children, there would be no one working in hospitals and retirement homes, after everyone retired. There would be no one working on farms or in grocery stores when we went to get food, because they all would have retired along with us!  Your old-age welfare depends on there being a large number of young people working in all facets of society!

So who are we killing when we allow abortions?

Not only are we killing a human being, made in the image of God, but we are also killing a future worker; a future grocer, farmer, garbage collector, nurse, doctor, taxi/bus driver, novelist, journalist, and perhaps even a future prime-minister!

This has been going on so long that our government leaders actually see the problem, and are doing something about it. No! They are not doing the right thing, prohibiting abortion, but they are bringing in large numbers of immigrants. And no, they are not bringing in immigrants who share our values, but aliens with a different set of morals and goals!

Think about it; will the children of Middle Eastern immigrants be happy to pay increased rates of taxation to support elderly Canadians on government pensions, especially when these Canadians did not have children of their own? These groups take care of their own elderly, and don’t rely on someone else to do it, as a rule! Why would they want to support people who did not have the foresight to have their own children?

Why indeed?

So, I read a few articles regarding the stands taken by the leadership candidates in the 2017 Conservative Party of Canada leadership race, and I would like to take a moment to share my findings;

There are a couple of candidates who are consistently Pro-Life, and another couple who tend to vote Pro-Life, and the rest don’t take much of a stand.

As Dana Loesch recently said “If you are not Pro-Life, you are not a Conservative”. I agree completely! We don’t need a Liberal in disguise as the Prime-Minister of Canada!

Here is Right Now!’s analysis on the  race;

http://www.itstartsrightnow.ca/cpc_leadership

I tend to agree with them, but I’m not likely to go beyond the mid-point of this sample ballot.

Pray about it, and then vote your conscience.

Dan

You could also check out;

https://www.catholicregister.org/item/24466-pro-life-group-ranks-conservative-hopefuls

http://www.campaignlifecoalition.com/index.php?p=Hot+News&id=325

Anti-abortion group endorses ‘pro-life’ Conservative leadership candidates Brad Trost and Pierre Lemieux

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The Ontario “Human Rights” Tribunal’s persecution of John Alabi

I recently heard about a case where the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has levied a fine against a landlord, which must be payed to a Muslim couple, Walid Madkour and Heba Ismail, of the sum of $12,000 CDN.

Evidently the landlord had refused to remove his shoes when showing the bedroom, because the couple used this space as their prayer room.  He had given them 24 hours notice of the visit, but refused to give an additional hours notice, which is not required by law in Ontario.

The leftist government of Ontario is full of deluded people who think that respect of persons is synonymous to respect for their religion.  This is not the case in the real world.  When you show respect to another person’s religion you are giving it credibility.

Mr. Alabi is a professing Christian, and must behave towards others the way the Christian bible dictates, NOT the way the Ontario government dictates behaviour!

So how does the bible tell us to treat other religions?  It certainly tells us to show love to others, but it does not tell us to respect their religion.

Here is one situation where the religion of another is addressed;

27 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.
28 But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof:
29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience?
30 For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?
31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:27-30
While the earth is the Lords, and we are not forbidden to eat anything, eating something that has been sacrificed to idols does not glorify the God of the Bible, but is an insult to Him!  It is forbidden for Christians to eat food that they know has been sacrificed to a false god!  So if you see “Halal” on a package of meat, you should leave it at the grocery store; it has been sacrificed to a false god!Would taking off his shoes glorify the God of the bible, if John Alabi had removed them in a Muslim prayer space?  Absolutely NOT!  It would give the God of the Qur’an credibility, and dishonor John Alibi’s own God, Jesus Christ!

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has not upheld any “universal” human rights of this Muslim couple, but rather they have imposed foreign laws on a Canadian citizen, and a Christian.

As the Apostle Peter said;

Acts 5:29
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
When I heard of this travesty of justice I wrote the following to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and I recommend you do something similar;

To the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

“I am writing you about your persecution of John Alabi.

Mr. Alabi is a Christian, and he was showing his own property to a prospective tenant.

To say that Mr. Alabi violated someone else’s rights by not removing his shoes is actually a violation of Mr. Alabi’s rights as a Canadian citizen!  It is a lie, since no religion has the right to make me conform to its ideas, especially on my own property!

There is no law in Canada that says someone must observe any one else’s religion, and even if there was such a law, it would be an unjust law.

Islam is a false religion that worships a devil, and as such forcing respect to such a religion would be a violation of any Christian’s rights!

I recommend to John Alabi that he does NOT pay your fine, since the fine itself is a form of religious persecution, and is in fact a form of the Muslim Jizya, the tax on unbelievers!

Sincerely,
Dan Knezacek”

These “Human Rights Tribunals” are not really about human rights at all, but about punishing Christians for their faith!
The email address I used is hrto.registrar@ontario.ca
Dan
For more information;

http://www.torontosun.com/2017/04/26/human-rights-tribunal-rules-brampton-landlord-must-pay-muslim-couple-12000

While I disagree that the fine should be paid, the Rebel Media is collecting money to help John Alibi.  As a Christian I believe it is wrong to pay such an unjust fine.  Mr. Alabi did not violate anyone’s rights!  If you wish to help go to https://www.therebel.media/help_john

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The Case for Christ

Last night my wife and I went to see The Case for Christ, at our local cinema.

I must say that I was pleasantly surprised, although there are some concerns, which I’ll get to later.

The movie is the story of Lee Stobel’s attempt to disprove the resurrection of Christ, ultimately leading to his own conversion to Christianity.

It starts with a chance encounter leading to his wife’s conversion.  Lee’s response to his wife’s conversion was one of anger and frustration.  When talking to another reporter at the Chicago Tribune, he was told “Christianity is built on the resurrection of Christ.  If you can destroy the resurrection of Christ the whole thing will come crumbling down like a house of cards”.

Being an investigative reporter Strobel approaches the resurrection the same way he would approach any journalistic assignment.  In the quest to disprove the resurrection he speaks to a number of experts on a variety of subjects, such as an archaeologist, a medical doctor, a psychologist, and others.

Interwoven in his quest is the story of the stress he put his family through.

It is an engaging story which will keep you interested from the beginning to the end!

As I said, there are some concerns;

While the movie does a good job of examining the evidence for the resurrection, I was disappointed that there was no clear presentation of the gospel.  Without the gospel, there is no reason for the crucifixion, or the resurrection!

There is no discussion of sin, or the fact that it separates us from God for eternity.

In a movie about the resurrection of Christ there is no discussion, or even mention, of the reason for its occurrence!

The Church in the movie is Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, Illinois.  This is the church founded by Bill Hybels.  This Church is deep into the “seeker friendly” errors, and is associated with Saddleback Church of Rick Warren, and the Purpose-Driven crowd.  I wrote a chapter in The Spirit of Prophecy about the myriad of serious errors in Rick Warren’s book.

Willow Creek is also heavily into “Dominionist” and “Kingdom now” theology, which is a serious theological error.  Closely related to this is “Replacement Theology” which denies that God has a plan for national Israel.  This would account for the fact that Senior Pastor Hybel’s wife, Lynn Hybels, is a sponsor of the “Christ at the Checkpoint” conference in Bethlehem, Israel, which is nothing less than an anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, hate-fest!

Willow Creek Church also promotes Contemplative Spirituality, which is nothing less than an invasion of the Church by Pagan practices! There is nothing Christian about Contemplative Prayer!

The Willow Creek Association is nothing less than fulfillment of Jesus words of  Matthew 24:5

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Just because someone names the name of Christ, it does not mean that they are theologically sound!  Very often false teachers use a Christian testimony as a means to gain credibility in order to teach error to a larger crowd!  I hope this is not the case with Stobel.

Still, Lee Strobel is no longer at Willow Creek, though I have no information if it is because of theological differences, or merely that he took a job out-of-state.

The archaeologist he spoke to in the movie is a Roman Catholic Priest.  While there was nothing wrong in the evidence the priest presented, the problem I have is that this tends to give credence to Rome and their wicked system.  There are lots of protestant experts in the biblical texts. I wish he had spoken to one of them!

Really there was nothing about doctrine of any sort in the movie!

Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. I Timothy 4:13

So, those are my concerns with this movie, and if you keep these in mind the rest of the movie is still worth watching.

Dan

For further research;

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/willowcreek.htm

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2013/07/04/willowcreek-church-s-involvement-in-ant-israel-group-raises-concerns/

https://standupforthetruth.com/2012/02/why-are-lynn-hybels-tony-campolo-and-shane-claiborne-hosting-anti-israel-christ-at-the-checkpoint/

http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/willowcreek.html

http://bereanresearch.org/an-open-letter-to-all-82-willow-creek-association-churches-in-wisconsin/

 

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Eisegesis versus Exegesis

Have you ever been confused by the modern methods of interpreting texts? I remember in high school how I was rather intimidated by the English teachers and their searching for hidden meanings. At the time I didn’t understand the difference between Exegesis and Eisegesis. In fact I suspect that many today still don’t. On the contrary, Eisegesis is taught in our higher education institutions as the proper method for interpretating any text,when in fact, it should almost never be used!

The difference could be summarized as the difference between Objective and Subjective interpretations. We could also characterize it as the difference between In-Context versus Out-of-Context interpretation. Eisegesis is the foundation of post-modernism, probably the most destructive philosophy in the main-stream culture these days!

As Wikipedia says;

Eisegesis (/ˌaɪsəˈdʒiːsəs/; from the Greek preposition εἰς “into” and the ending from the English word exegesis, Greek ἐξήγησις, which in turn is derived from ἐξηγεῖσθαι “to lead out”)[1] is the process of interpreting a text or portion of text in such a way that the process introduces one’s own presuppositions, agendas, or biases into and onto the text. This is commonly referred to as reading into the text.[2] The act is often used to “prove” a pre-held point of concern to the reader and to provide him or her with confirmation bias in accordance with his or her pre-held agenda. Eisegesis is best understood when contrasted with exegesis. While exegesis is the process of drawing out the meaning from a text in accordance with the context and discoverable meaning of its author, eisegesis occurs when a reader imposes his or her interpretation into and onto the text. As a result, exegesis tends to be objective when employed effectively while eisegesis is regarded as highly subjective.

What we really want, when studying any text, is to understand the intent of the author. This should be our goal above all!

In Grade 11 English my class was studying John Milton’s Paradise Lost, some 40 years ago.  We came to a place where our teacher began to teach Eisegesis, which was such a glaring example that it has stuck with me all these years. I had to go through Paradise Lost again, but I think I’ve found the place;

I saw when at his word the formless mass,

This world’s material mould, came to a heap:

Confusion heard his voice, and wild uproar

Stood ruled, stood vast infinitude confined;

Till at his second bidding Darkness fled,

Light shone, and order from disorder sprung:

Swift to their several quarters hasted then

The cumbrous elements, earth, flood, air, fire;

Or it might have been;

With dart and javelin, stones, and sulfurous fire;

What she said here was essentially that “This is a reference to the Big Bang,where the earth was formed in fire, as a molten mass”

As a quiet kid I rarely said anything in class, unless asked, but this was so obviously wrong that I had to speak-out! You see, John Milton was a Creationist, and while I disagree with some of his ideas, and especially his inclusion of classical pagan characters in the poem, there is no hint of Evolution in Paradise Lost! My teacher was reading her Evolutionary views INTO Paradise Lost!

The Big Bang was invented by believers in Darwinian evolution, in the 20th century, long after Charles Darwin died, some 250 years after John Milton! No one has any business reading evolution into the work of John Milton, because we know that he never heard the word in his life!

In case I haven’t made myself clear, it is wrong to do this to any text!

The proper way to understand any text, whether it is your car’s ownership manual, books on philosophy, or the bible, is to understand the plain-sense meaning of the words.

Some tell us that we must understand the bible’s context, by understanding the first-century context of its author’s homeland, or by learning about Jewish culture. The error of this type of thinking is that not all Jews thought alike, and the biblical authors did not write human books based on the human traditions of their time, but they wrote what God instructed them to write.

Some accuse Christians of Eisegesis when we find Jesus in the Old Testament text, but the fact is that God placed him there through the pens of its authors! Christians would, in turn, accuse many Jews of Eisegesis in places like Isaiah 53, where the servant of God, “he”, is separate and distinct from the Jewish nation “we” and “us”.

4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:4-6

So, this person has borne the griefs of a group of people; “He” cannot be synonymous with the people “He” bore the griefs of! So this person is the Messiah, Jesus, and not the nation of Israel.

We also see Jesus in Psalm 22 where the crucifixion is described in precise detail;

16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

David wrote this psalm, but he never experienced the events spoken of, himself. Rather David was looking through time, and through the eyes of the Saviour as He hung, dying on the cross.  There is no one else in Jewish history who fits the events of either Isaiah 53, or Psalm 22, except Jesus of Nazareth!

One thing that disturbs me is the number of professing Christians who practice Eisegesis, without even knowing it. Not ony is this practiced in Catholic and Pentecostal circles, but even Baptists do it as well.

When I was a young teen, my parents were looking for a property to invest in, and to move out of the city. They found one that they could afford, and then my mother said that she had found a verse that convinced her that we should move to this property;

Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; Isaiah 54:2

My mother was the daughter of a pastor, and I was a 13-year-old kid, so who was I to question my mother’s judgment? And, besides that, I wanted to move there!

The truth is, however that she was reading her own ideas into the text. She told us that it meant that we should buy the property, and add on to the house, but the text actually says to enlarge where your tent is, now! Besides this, if she had read the verses before and after she should have seen that this passage is specifically about Israel, in the last days!

1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.

2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;

3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. Isaiah 54:1-4

I love my mom, but taking verses out-of-context like this is dangerous. It turns the bible into a book about you, rather than a revelation of God! It also makes it subject to your will, to be used as your tool, where God becomes a genie who grants us our carnal wishes!

She didn’t have to do this; If buying a property is a good business decision, you don’t have to twist Scripture out of shape to make it seem that your decision has God’s stamp of approval on it! Just buy it and use the principles found in the Word of God to work it! Pray that He will make you wise to make good business decisions.

There is no place in Scripture where we are told that we must have God’s personal stamp of approval on everything we do. He gives us principles, and when we follow them, and work hard he will bless us.

The Contemplative Prayer proponents take another verse out-of-context;

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalms 46:10

They take the phrase “Be still, and know that I am God” to mean that we should practice emptying our minds, to make them open for spiritual contacts. What it actually does is make us susceptible to demonic contacts!

They teach the saying of a word or a phrase repeatedly, as a mantra, as a way of emptying the mind, and the result is that you induce an altered state of consciousness where you can be contacted by spiritual entities. The problem is that God and His angels never come when summoned this way! The only spiritual beings that will come are fallen angels! God is sovereign, and not subject to commands of mere men!

When you read the context of the passage you get a very different understanding from what these people want you to believe;

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

You see, God was saying that they should sit back and watch Him work to save them! To relax and put their trust in the Lord!

Here is a passage frequently abused by the Word of Faith movement and the New Apostolic Reformation;

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. Romans 8:18-19

This passage is a reference to the coming of Christ with His glorified saints, the Church, at the end of the Tribuation period, but these groups teach that they themselves are here to take dominion over the earth, now, and to manifest themselves as the Sons of God, through signs and wonders! Their claim is that they will do this in this life, and they frequently go as far as to say that Jesus can’t return until they take over the world and hand it to Him!

This is actually a variation of the old Catholic Eschatology of A-millennialism, dating back to the arch-heretic, Augustine of Hippo. Ultimately I believe these people will unite in the Tribulation, in Babylon, Iraq, to form the Harlot of Revelation 17!  After this God’s judgment will fall on them!

Here is a Catholic leader kissing the feet of N.A.R. Leader, Lou Engle (at about the 5:28 point)

…And, here is Lou Engle kissing the feet of a Catholic Priest!

Taking Scripture out-of-context can be very dangerous! It is one of the worst habits one can get into!

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eisegesis

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=20820

 

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Milo’s Controversy

Well, you might have seen the storm of controversy over some videos that have appeared which seemingly make it look like Milo Yiannopulos is in favour of pedophilia. Since my last post was somewhat sympathetic to Milo, I thought it would be best if I address this current controversy.

Milo claims that the videos in question have been edited to make it appear that he is in favour of pedophilia. It also appears, by Milo’s own words (below) that he himself was a victim of pedophilia himself.

You need to understand that it is this experience that has turned him into a gay man. He might not say so himself, because his abuser was smart enough to make him think the ideas in his head were his own. A smart abuser will make his victim believe that the abuse was not only something he asked for, or deserved, but actually something he wanted! This is the way an abuser can go for many years without being caught!

And, it appears that Milo is in denial, or blind to the damage that sexual abuse, at the hands of a Catholic Priest, did to himself! He tells himself that “that’s the way I was made”, but the truth is that he chose this behavior. He was not made that way!

Please read Milo’s explanation below. I will follow it up with some more comments of my own;

Milo Yiannopoulos

Yesterday at 1:26pm ·

“I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim.

I would like to restate my utter disgust at adults who sexually abuse minors. I am horrified by pedophilia and I have devoted large portions of my career as a journalist to exposing child abusers. I’ve outed three of them, in fact — three more than most of my critics. And I’ve repeatedly expressed disgust at pedophilia in my feature and opinion writing. My professional record is very clear.

But I do understand that these videos, even though some of them are edited deceptively, paint a different picture.

I’m partly to blame. My own experiences as a victim led me to believe I could say anything I wanted to on this subject, no matter how outrageous. But I understand that my usual blend of British sarcasm, provocation and gallows humor might have come across as flippancy, a lack of care for other victims or, worse, “advocacy.” I deeply regret that. People deal with things from their past in different ways.

As to some of the specific claims being made, sometimes things tumble out of your mouth on these long, late-night live-streams, when everyone is spit-balling, that are incompletely expressed or not what you intended. Nonetheless, I’ve reviewed the tapes that appeared last night in their proper full context and I don’t believe they say what is being reported.

I do not advocate for illegal behavior. I explicitly say on the tapes that I think the current age of consent is “about right.”

I do not believe sex with 13-year-olds is okay. When I mentioned the number 13, I was talking about the age I lost my own virginity.

I shouldn’t have used the word “boy” — which gay men often do to describe young men of consenting age — instead of “young man.” That was an error.

I am certainly guilty of imprecise language, which I regret.

Anyone who suggests I turn a blind eye to illegal activity or to the abuse of minors is unequivocally wrong. I am implacably opposed to the normalization of pedophilia and I will continue to report and speak accordingly.”

Well, he says he watched those videos in context, but I don’t think he has posted them online. He should if he wants us to believe him. He also clearly thinks that some 13 year-old-boys are capable of giving consent; using himself as an example.

Notice also that he is concerned with what is “legal”.  There are lots of things  that are “legal” that are still quite wrong!

The book I referenced in my last article, The Pink Swastika, is highly recommended for those who wish to have a greater understanding on this subject. This book is very well documented and researched, and I believe is a well-balanced look at the subject.

The abuse of young boys by older men is an ancient practice that goes back to the Nazis in Germany, and even before the Nazis, all the way back to the Greece of Plato, and even as far back as Sodom and Gomorrah. It has reared its ugly head in many societies throughout history. Even ancient Rome was no stranger to the practice, having many Caesars who were sexually abnormal and Rome has the dubious distinction of having the first man to marry another man in history; the Emperor Nero and his boy-wife Sporus!

The modern Gay push can be traced to many global elites’ belief that humanity is harmful to the planet, and that by promoting this practice fewer children will result, with the ultimate goal of reducing the human population on the earth! This is also why these same elites push abortion.

The amazing thing is that this planet is actually a rather empty place! All the inhabitants of earth could actually fit within the city limits of Jacksonville, Florida, and if they moved to Texas, there is actually enough room there for everyone to have a city lot with a bungalow!

There is no need to reduce the population of planet earth, and in fact God’s goal is to fill the earth with people! God loves people!

Interestingly, in the context of the End Times, God says this about the earth;

For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else. Isaiah 45:18

God created sex because He wants to fill the earth with people, and He will do so to an extent that most today would think impossible, during the Millennial reign! Why does God say that He will bring the mountains down, and raise the valleys (Isaiah 54:10)? Because He is going to make room for so many more billions of people that people today would think the idea is crazy!

The Gay agenda is an attack on God, and His purposes, but Milo is a victim. He’s not the enemy!  He is working for him, however! (I mean Satan, not Trump!)

Don’t look to the Old Testament to try to understand what God wants to do with Gays! We don’t live in OT Israel, we live in the age of grace. Certainly Romans 1 is about the depravity of both male and female homosexuals, but we don’t stop there. We also read that there were former homosexuals in the early Christian Church!

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers (slanderers), nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. I Corinthians 6:9-11

The first century society was a lot like our own!

All the sins here exclude one from the kingdom of God!

The “effeminate” are men who behave like women, most likely the passive member of a gay couple, and “abusers of themselves with mankind” are the modern hyper-masculine Gays. The fact that the early Church had former homosexuals as members should be a clue to us as to how to deal with them. Treat them as any other sinner. Show them the love of Christ, and don’t be upset if they reject the gospel the first time they hear it. How long did it take for you to come to Christ?

Our job is to preach the gospel, and to show them the love of God. There are so many sins that required the death penalty in the Old Testament, that if the death penalty was carried out the earth would be empty! Even worshiping false gods was a capital crime. And so was adultery, and speaking back to one’s parents!

What can we say about people who want to bring back the OT law? Only that they don’t understand the gospel, and have a deluded view of their own righteousness!

Look what it says at the end of Revelation;

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:8

Just being fearful is enough to condemn you to the lake of fire forever! Fearful of man, that is!

I see so much pride among professing Christians, but Jesus says “there is none good but one, that is, God”! (Mark 10:18)

My parent’s generation lived at a time when jobs were easy to find, and to keep. There was so much money around that one-income families were the rule! In times like this it was easy to sponsor a child overseas, or to make donations to your Church or other charities. It was easy to take in foster children, and you got paid for it.

Times of prosperity are not a test; the test comes when times are tough! What kind of person are you when you don’t have enough money to buy food? What kind of person are you when your job is at stake, and your boss wants you to tell a “little white lie” to a customer? (Remember, “all liars have their place in the lake of fire”) What kind of person are you when you are abused by a man in secret?

So, I think that Milo has failed one test, but the truth is that I too have failed, many times! So have you, and if you think you haven’t, you actually missed the test entirely!

But what about Milo’s crass jokes, and innuendo?

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:11

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? II Corinthians 6:14

We are here to be Christ’s representatives. Our commission is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are not here to save the world politically. The political future of the world is the kingdom of the Antichrist! We want to snatch people out of that kingdom, and we want to leave a legacy that people will be drawn to after the rapture!

If Milo runs for political office, and his views are the closest to yours on the ballot, then you can vote for him. (Of course, if he were in a position to relax the laws against pedophilia, he just might do it, so be warned!) That’s not being yoked together, but joining him in any endeavor is off limits to Christians. The same goes for all the unbelievers in Washington, or Ottawa, and these cities are full of them.

Working for the same employer as a gay person is not being yoked together, unless you find you are compromising your beliefs.

Christians ought not to be uniting with unbelievers, in marriage, or in any endeavor where your testimony could be compromised. This is not about being better than them, but about being faithful to the Lord’s commands.

It is also about protecting your testimony, and avoiding sin yourself;

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

When we think about deviant behavior we become drawn to it, and ultimately participate in it!  Think about good and praiseworthy things, like the gospel, and good works!

Christians ought to have compassion for people like Milo. Compassion means we must give them the gospel. We can support the same causes, but we ought not to be seen to be supporting their sin.

So, should CPAC have uninvited him as a speaker, when they found out that he was promoting pedophilia? I do think their action was appropriate, although I hope they spoke to him first.

Where I part ways with many professing Christians is when they want to bring back laws to criminalize homosexual behavior. We do not live in biblical Israel, nor in the Millennial reign. Laws that are applicable to those times are not applicable to the age of grace! If God has been gracious to you, then you need to be gracious to other sinners!

Watch this video by John MacArthur.  He is mostly correct;

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