Thursday, March 31, 2011

Metal books found in a cave in Jordan could answer questions about the first Jewish Christians

(This is an opinion article with regard to recent news associated with Biblical Archaeology ONLY)
(New Post on reputed first portrait of Jesus HERE)

UPDATED: April 2: 1PM - It appears that examples of these plates were made public, although low key, in 2007. There seems to be a lot of suspicion surrounding this find. One thing we must remember is if ancient Biblical texts are found they could be worth a pretty penny, if these same texts are found with illustrations pertaining to the Jewish community, i.e menorahs ect.., then they are worth 10, 20 times more. Plus the illustrations shown on these plates from the 2007 release are of objects located in the Holy of Holies in the Temple, that was forbidden.

UPDATED 2: April 3: 3PM - More information has been released, as well as more photos of the find. The photo to the left appears to be an illustration of Christ Yeshua. My own personal analysis of a photograph of a plate released in 2007 shows the writing to be from the 1st century. The metallurgical tests show the composition of the lead to be from the 1st century. A piece of leather was Carbon-14 tested and show a likewise age, from the 1st century. BUT: at the end of the day this could still be nothing but a fake. We will keep our faith in Christ Yeshua, stand still and let GOD be GOD, then go from there.

Original Article

70 lead/metal books found in a Jordanian cave by an Israeli Bedouin, that appear to contain illustrations associated with early Christians, could shed light into the beginnings of Christianity, which was entirely Jewish Christianity.
Then again it could be yet another hoax perpetrated by unscrupulous antiquities dealers from the region.
Some are relating the sealed nature of the books to scripture found in Revelation 5.

Revelation 5

1. And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
2. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
3. And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

We need to be careful here because obviously the books were opened by the scholars who examined them, NOT CHRIST, and considering that the Apostle John actually ascended to Heaven, so the books he spoke of were in Heaven not in a cave in Jordan.

We need to look at something Jesus said in Matthew 10 about secret knowledge, or the appearance of secret knowledge, revealed by Christ Yeshua to his 12 Apostles.

Matthew 10
24. The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
25. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? 26. Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
27. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

We need to read the scripture above within its context. Christ said "27. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops."

That is very telling and points toward the likelihood that Christ revealed something secret to his choice Apostles. But he did tell his Apostles to "TELL" the secret.

We must also remember that at the beginning of Matthew 10 Christ Yeshua "GAVE THEM POWER", "them" of course are his Apostles.

Matthew 10
1. And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
7. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
So we can conclude that Yeshua likely, not for certain, gave his Apostles secret knowledge that he did not reveal to the world at large. Now, we should be very skeptical simply because of the ramifications of this find.
If real, IF, then it appears that these ancient books may be of a Jewish Christian origin.

Found in a cave in Jordan, these metal tablets could possibly change, or enhance, our understanding of the Bible. The pages are about the same size as a credit card and have images, symbols, and words that seem to refer to the Messiah and even the Crucifixion and Resurrection. The Guardian
If these books actually date to the first century AD, during the TIME of Christ, then this could be by far the most exciting Biblical Archaeological discovery of all time, even more so than the Dead Sea Scrolls. But this may turn out to be a complete FAKE. I do find it interesting that around the same time, 2005, when these books were actually discovered, the Israeli Antiquities Authority arrested and then prosecuted Oded Golan, the man who apparently discovered the James Ossuary. Now we have scholars under threat, as one scholar from great Briton was shot at shortly after she examined photographs of the books and she is apparently receiving constant death threats.

As we know an Israeli judge has NOT released his verdict in the Golan case. On the surface, and considering the testimony by numerous scholars, the James Ossuary may in fact be deemed authentic. That in itself would provide historical proof, to some not all, that Christ Yeshua existed historically. People who accept Yeshua do not need "historical" proof of his existence but some do.

Now with this find we have TWO potential archaeological finds that would confirm that Christ Yeshua existed and both finds, if proven to be real, are certainly of Jewish origin. The Bible says that the Jews will return to their King before or during the end times, and with more and more Jews realizing that Yeshua DID NOT come to destroy the Torah the stage is set for a Christ movement within the Jewish community that will have no rival.

So if these "coded" books, apparently written in an archaic form of Hebrew, actually reveals a secret so be It, if these books repeat the highlights of the Gospels, then so be it, if these books totally dispute what is found in the New Testament, then so be it; our faith in Yeshua will not waiver no matter the outcome.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Yeshua (Jesus) - Matthew 10:32-42, Not peace but a sword - Isaiah 49, Son against Father - Micah 7, Worthiness of Christ’s love and our Reward

(This is a general interpretation and commentary of Holy Scripture. We encourage you to read the scripture for yourself and pray to GOD for knowledge, he will give you knowledge if you ask for it in prayer.)

We continue with one of the most confusing and important sections of the Gospel of Matthew. In this lesson we will explain Christ's instructions with regard to being worthy of his love and Christ's comments on one of the most misunderstood verses in the Bible, Matthew 10:34.

Matthew 10

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

This is pretty simple to understand. If we confess Christ before men he will defend us with the Father Y.hweh. If we deny Christ, then Christ will not defend us with the Father. Simple.

Matthew 10

34. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
36. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

This is one of the most misunderstood quotes of Christ in the entire Bible. We cannot think of Matthew 10:34 in the sense of Christ condoning violence, as many want to believe. Christ's sword is the WORD of GOD, not a literal steel sword. One has to read Isaiah 49 and the Revelation of John to understand Christ's sword comment.

Isaiah 49
1. Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.
2. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;
3. And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.
4. Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God.
5. And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength.
6. And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.
7. Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.
8. Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
9. That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.
10. They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.

Also, one must read Micah 7 to understand the source of Christ's declaration that son will be against father, mother against daughter.

Micah 7

5. Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.
6. For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house.
7. Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

Matthew 10

37. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
39. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
40. He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
41. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.
42. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

In this last section Christ is pretty straight forward in his instructions. We must love Christ and his Father Y.hweh unconditionally. God must be number one above all in our lives. Many people follow what their parents believe without looking for themselves. MOST people put their families first before GOD.

Lastly, Christ's instruction in Matthew 10:42 should awaking us to the true nature of salvation. If we spread the seed, do good works and continue to atone for our sins we will receive our reward. Some people may use verse 42 as proof of the common belief of "once in grace always in grace" but I think not. You must do something that can be defined as good works, even giving a simple drink of water to a thirsty child.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Yeshua (Jesus) Matthew 10:16-28, wise as serpents, beware of men, persecusion for Christ, enduring to the end, all things will be revealed

(This is a general interpretation and commentary of Holy Scripture. We encourage you to read the scripture for yourself and pray to GOD for knowledge, he will give you knowledge if you ask for it in prayer.)

We continue our lesson in Matthew 10. In this section we read that Yeshua the Christ instructs us to be wise and to be naturally wary of men. Christ Yeshua also tells us that GOD our Father will speak through us when we are being horribly persecuted for his name sake. He also warns us that we will be persecuted and hated for loving Him (Christ).

Matthew 10

16. Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
17. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
18. And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
19. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
20. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
21. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
22. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
23. But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

Christ telling us to be wise as serpents is VERY VERY important in the sense that we have a solemn duty to know our world, to be wise in all things. We should know what man is up to, always. Christ also gives us specific instructions to be naturally wary of men, or to be naturally suspicious, ALWAYS. We don't have to show it but we must be wary.

Also, a very important quote from Christ "but he that endureth to the end shall be saved". Key phrase: endureth to the end. What "end" is Christ talking about? In my opinion the end is the end of our lives and for those living during the last days, the end.

Matthew 10

24. The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
25. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
26. Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
27. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
28. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

29. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

We should always follow the WORD of GOD and never put ourselves in a position that elevates ourselves above his WORD.

We should not fear man, AT ALL. We should fear men who have the ability to drag our souls to hell through false teachings. This lesson encompasses what we should be focused on today but are not. False doctrine, and or false dogma, is leading more people to hell than all the major sins (other than adultery) combined and it is our duty to be: wise and notice it, to be wary of all men, never exalt ourselves above GOD by changing his WORD and to always teach GOD'S WORD in Light.