Paul’s Epiphany to the Hebrews

Background

This article claims fundamentalist and orthodoxy theologies have darkened the world for two thousand years.  Paul’s message has been grossly warped to justify institutional religiosity compounding ignorance of the populace.  From birth to death, from all corners of the earth, an appalling great schism, a major controversy resounds daily between the religious and non-religious.  Society’s fracture is perpetuated, encouraged and inflamed by all sides.  Believers and non-believers are lost, floundering in their want-to-be doctrines – called the doctrines of men.  Both are bonded in in deep lifeless wastage of staid philosophies, ideas and deceptive theologies all well past their use by dates – the sun and moon having been turned back.

Paul’s epiphany written within twenty years of the Christ catastrophe clearly exemplifies that western Christianity has absolutely failed to exonerate his message.  Paul’s epiphany is highly realistic denigrating all manipulative works of men.  Paul holds high the pinnacle of the creative Spirit that led to a consciousness displayed in the populace’s daily actions.  Such insights are written into a word story – called the “Word of God” for eternity.  But how is Paul’s epistemology at odds with other works of men?

Paul’s epiphany was that Christ was within each individual – “Christ liveth in me” – Gal. 2:20, each person being a limb of the body.  Christ was never just an icon, not a figure to be made a noun, but always indicative, ever completing daily action.  Christ as such had no father, no mother, and no descendants – no ideology.  Paul went out to preach this new Creative gospel which he called a “profession”.  He said “we teach Christ crucified” – Cor. 1:23.  Yes he was “teaching” not reporting.  Being a Pharisee he was an eye witness to their tyranny.  He preached a new gospel of oneness stretching back to the very beginnings energised by what he called the “Spirit”.  Its application was through the Holy Ghost within the temple of the body.  In the words of Paul there is no mention of a Mary (bitterness – book of Ruth) – no virgin (alma (unmarried to God) nor bethulah (with God) – from the book of Isaiah), no Joseph (increaser – in “Egyptian” captivity), no Emmanuel (from Isaiah’s Immanuel).  These were later words adopted in the synoptics also annulling any possibility of a literal figure.  Christ, the Son of God, was after the priesthood of Melchisedec, without precedent.  The individual had ability a liberty of choice.

John of Patmos in the book of Revelation reveals a different Jesus Christ.  Christ was incomprehensible after the massive wave of persecution, ending all hope of resurrection.  There has been no resurrection!  John’s tract substantiates Paul’s writings ending in a universal apocalypse.  Everything we have inherited as tradition is turned inside out and light shines again – once Paul’s epiphany becomes apparent.  In Paul’s works there is no manger, no wise men, no overturning of the tables, no sleeping in the garden and virtually nothing of the three synoptics.  But why the synoptics were written after John’s Revelation will be dealt with in later articles.  The conception of the Ancient writings will become clearer if you can stay the course.  The later gospel of John collaborates, both Paul’s and John of Patmos’ “Revelation of Jesus Christ” – “the Word of God”.

Now let’s revere Paul’s epiphany to the Hebrews:

Hebrews

Heb. 1:1 – “God, who at sundry times and in divers manner spake in time past … Hath in these last days spoken to us by his Son”

Paul immediately states that the message has been known at many times and in many different ways – substantiated in Rev. 11:8 – “which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where our Lord was crucified”!  But in these last days, the days after the persecution by the Pharisees and Sadducees, the message would be known by “his Son”.  That is fairly clear is it not?  Both Sodom and Egypt were metaphors of crucifixion for our admonition, too.  But the new testament would be by words spoken.

Paul in Hebrews mentions the “Son of God” three more times:

Heb. 6:6 – “crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to open shame”. 

Paul recognised that attempts to literalise had already begun to proliferate.  To the Sadducees who did not believe in an afterlife the idea of a literally crucified Christ had much appeal.  It would be the end of the matter – dust to dust.   No resurrection, no more insurrections, and indeed no figurativeness posing questions to ponder.  The Sadducees wanted to get on with business.  The defeated persecuted populace had no choice but to favour a replication of the golden calf, a longing for firm and steady ground.  So Paul stated that they “crucify afresh” the truth of Christ, the anointing oil of the inner spirit.   Paul emphasised in Gal. 1:6 “ye are so soon removed … unto another gospel.”  Regrettably, that gospel remains predominant today.

Paul gave an interesting insight into what is crucifixion meant when he said – “was Paul crucified for you?” – 1 Cor. 1:13.  Was this a little blasphemous, maybe even falling under our definition of seditious language?  This of course was a bit sarcastic, twinging our theologically correct vicarage.   At least they do hold high respect and are morally trustworthy, aren’t they?

Heb. 7:3 – “made like unto the Son of God” abideth a priest continually.  

Here Paul is not talking about a precise figure twenty years earlier.  Christ, being the inner spirit, was “made like” and “unto the Son of God”.  Paul is talking of Christ being made synonymous with the priesthood of Melchisedec, king of Salem (summit – completeness) … a priest “Without father, without mother, without decent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life” – who met Abraham (father of the multitude – the populace).  Paul was referencing the roots of philosophical ponderings.  All was speculative before history began – before created gods of innumerable persuasions.  Mankind had to appreciate heaven(s) (shamayim – things heaved up) and be in the highest firmament on the right side.  A fresh start had been given at Mt. Ararat (creation or holy land – those set apart, where all is at rest).  We can and want to be there too.  We are coming sometime soon.

Heb. 10:29 – “how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath countered the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing”. 

Paul abhorred the immediate two decades of betrayal, subsequent to intensive persecution by the so-called worthy, the ones thinking they were “of the covenant”.  Many commenced promulgating a literal Christ, a Jesus saves message, in lieu of preaching a profession of Jesus Christ an anointed oneness “made like” the Son of God.  This anointed Christ had fought so strenuously for forty odd years against the principalities and high places – their sacred-civil oligarchy – they were taxed, hungry, laboured, impoverished, displaced and ritualized.

At Heb. 10:28 Paul is directing conversation back to those that “despised Moses’ law”, not the alleged crucifixion on a cross.  Paul’s was recollecting an eternally Spiritual aura.   He draws upon Moses’ laws.  Paul’s vison was a wider angled panoramic, from alpha to omega.  Paul wanted to resolve the question – “What is Man, that thou art mindful of him?  Or the son of man that thou visitest him” – Heb. 2:6.  Paul wanted to know if Man’s, “son of man”, can be made like a “Son of God”?

Paul’s solitary “Son of God” was a figurative sceptre holding of all sons.  And that’s all of mankind (sons and daughters) – the sons of God (male and female) “came” to the daughters (life-givers) of men just as Eve (life-giver) came from Adam (male and female).  The life-giving procreative had structural flair.  These words are gothic symbols.  Paul’s wavelength was so much higher pitched to that of James and Peter, the post-persecution Pharisees and Sadducees.  James had insisted Paul ritually cleanse himself to prove his faith and deny rumours of teaching rebellion against the Torah.  James presided over the mother church of Christendom and did not want any talk of revived insurrection, nor resurrection. James edged closer to Roman sanctioned procurators.  Peter lost his way and wandered away. To Paul doomsday was foaming on the horizon.

The “sons of God” where first mentioned in Gen. 6:2, 4.  These sons were each and every individual.  In Paul’s writing the “Son of God” is a key symbol “likeness” to God displaying potential accomplishment of vox populi, community wisdom and individual integrity, buffering bondage and indoctrination.  Paul says they were “taken by the hand” and lead out of primordial Egypt, looking way back to the distant past for inspiration.  After two millenniums being blindfolded what hope is there for us.  Can we glorify each day as a thousand years?

Paul is there to take us by the hand, today.  Our mythos of modernity is a little incorrect and Paul is a little consternated with the sons of man.  Paul stressed to the Hebrews that steadfastness of character had commended Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sara, Isaac, Joseph and Moses, all a long time back.  That was paramount in his thinking.  Paul’s contemporary governance was his concern.  But he drew the substance from types of very ancient recall.  He revered every evolutionary step of those who held the sceptre, the baton for God.  But do we understand the messengers, the seals, the trumpets and plagues?  Vicarious mankind had leaped the gap to “The Word of God” but the populace was illiterate.  Not much filtered down.

The Son is the metaphor that Paul preached as a profession.  Paul’s epiphany was contemporaneous.  Turn, turn and turn again.  He ended up going the Gentiles and one could say “suck the milk”, “eat the riches” to declare the glory.  He knew they would “come to thy light” – all from Isa. 59-66.

Now let’s quickly and easily traverse the remainder.

Heb. 1:5, 6 – “Thou art my Son” … “when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world”

The first begotten always indicates the ongoing evolutionary oeuvre.  Paul appreciated that there was a masculine and feminine in everything.  Life would always move forward.

Heb. 1:8 – “unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom”

Paul was looking at the big picture not the immediate past.  The symbolic seven days of Genesis indicates conscious potential is unlimited.  God could rest for all time.  Will, existing for ever and ever is righteousness (i.e. steadfastness much more accurate interpretation) is the sceptre of our kingdom.  We all want to aid regeneration.

Heb. 2:1 – “give more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip”

Paul brings to our attention respect.  Respect for the old stories, fables, metaphors, allegories and glyphs recalling those gemstones must never slip.  We must more than just carry on.  We want to teach our progeny and pass the baton.

Heb. 2:6 – “What is man, that thou art mindful of him?  Or the son of man, that thou visitest him?”

Paul’s query was of man, the son man, never a solitary figure.  A Son of God was a literary means to the end – a one body, similar to a judge – “knit together as one man” – Judg. 20:11, or a king (Saul – lion, David – bear, Solomon – leopard or a kingdom (Israel – 10 horns, Judah (little horn) – 7 heads).  Enoch was a teacher-preacher emanating unity, equanimity’s energy if not banded.  Cyrus and Judas Maccabees were renowned historical personages for their heroic acts.  One must be mindfulness, ethereal, to go marching on.  And of course all the sons of man would maintain the strain, if not distracted.  It’s was a chaotic world of illiteracy, chaos, wastage – a squandering world where all was my and mine, truths in every corner where only the greatest survived.  Overcoming is always daily possible.

Heb. 2:9 – “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels”

Seeing Jesus does not come easily.  Jesus is only fully revealed in the great book of Revelation, the book that accumulates all ensamples into one.  Revelation was never left to the later synoptics.  Revelation reveals Christ – Rev. 1:1 as not a literal person but within man, defining man.  Written after Paul’s epistles Revelation is highly patterned (messengers, seals, trumpets, plagues, all archetypes of early types, length, breadth, and height, male and female relationships, wheels within wheels, horses (red, white, black and bay), a new Jerusalem, two beasts and a dragon, the powerful (self-assured) and the fallen (of principalities, high places), sacred and civil, and all with multiple interactions of juxtaposed texts.  There are many gemstones, many gates, but most importantly wedding bells, a marriage.  But the bridegroom has to wait for the bride.  It’s of universal dimension.  It is only when you see Jesus as “The Word of God” – Rev. 19:13, after all the accumulation from alpha to omega, craftily formed by artisans from the very beginning, by all the sons of God, that you can come to know Jesus’ higher configuration.

Yes, Jesus is very real, a patterned construction, let’s make no mistake – very mindful.  Jesus is not lost in a sanctuary above.  Jesus is a new testament, glorified by apostolic diversity.  It is in stark contrast to the chaotic and verbose.  Paul surpassed the prolix by remembrance of steadfastness without vanity.  Principalities could never accept that an abstractive reflection of the objective and the inner subjective.  Paul’s epiphany “in the midst” of the decline of the seven churches of Asia, the shutting of the book, and revisionary governance (state-church), was never going to stop a long period of engulfing darkness.  Paul only hope was to take the message elsewhere.

Heb. 2:11 – “For he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one”

Paul stressed the unity, the commonality in understanding.

Heb. 2:15, 16 – “ And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage … but he took on him the seed of Abraham”

The deliverance has always been of the people subject of bondage.  These were those that took seriously the seed of Abraham – Paul again stresses that the message was devolved, not concentrated as espoused today.  Many more overtures.  Paul message was one of anointing.  Hope eternally abided with a resourceful populace.

Heb. 3:4 – “he that buildeth all things is God”

Again Paul reveres the spark of life that everlastingly abodes.  His spark unceasingly builds, makes, writes and constructs anew.  All must be replenished, renewed and revered in our celestial-terrestrial conjunction.

Heb. 3:7 – “To day if you will hear his voice”

The message is always for “Today”.  It never clogs.  Silenced but never forgotten.

 Heb. 3:13, 15 – But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day” … “To day if ye will hear his voice”

Paul’s message is easy to understand – an appeal for liberty for everyone.  Act out each and every day, unencumbered.  The best things were always to come.  Paul had no short sightedness always concentrating on the bigger picture.

Heb. 4:7, 11 – “To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice” … “lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief”

Paul exonerated all to understand the power that resided within their temple.  It had been misappropriated, not short-term, but “after so long a time”.  Unbelief, was a failure to believe in yourself.  To know thy self was Paul’s message.  Governance had continued to regress.  The Roman imperium was now first and foremost raising greater anxiety.  Paul appealed to everyone to have a belief, that they could still have significance.  Paul’s message was one eyed.  The message was not ever about a two decade prior singular happening.

There is a complete void of circumstantial evidence in all of Paul’s writings of God being formed in the likeness of man named Jesus Christ, the conjunction of Joseph and Christ.  His preaching was neither theistic nor atheistic.   It is very wrong to blame Rome, Rome, Rome for the tyrannical reign of Herod the Great of Jewish descent.  It was not until at least the fourth decade of the new century when Roman procurators were appointed in closer liaison.  Rome wanted more influence.  They repeatedly failed, and were replaced one after another due to incompetence.  Nearly all contemporary books, films, academia down to the patronage tagged lay are heralds of the same bandwagon.  But Paul and John of Patmos’ account were still very much admired by those resisting their Jewish status quo.  Roman infiltration failed to such a degree that the burning of Jerusalem in 70 AD resulted.  But Paul’s epiphany opened the book.  Revelation’s archival of struggle and reverse, over and over, culminating in the great victory of Judas Maccabees was still a rocketed bright and shining light on a very storming sea.

Heb. 4:14 – “Seeing we have a great high priest … Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our profession”

Paul’s abstractive but very real Jesus (Joseph in Hebrew) movement was an enabler.  I was a galvanizer.  It helped stave off despondency after their crushing defeat around 33 AD.

The teaching of this Jesus was entwined, as the symbolic saviour “Son of God”, male and female, the sons of God recorded in Genesis.  The sons of God were before recorded history began.  From the reign of David onwards phonetics started transitioning to the written word.  Orally passed down recollections could provide a pedagogical record of governmental styles.

Heb. 5:6 – “Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec”

Paul definitely wanted his Jesus to be without father, without mother and without descendants.   Paul referenced his writing way back as far as possible – intentionally before the battle of kings – putting space between him and the pharisaic teaching, broadening the spectrum, substantiating the whole.

Heb. 6:1 – “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go into perfection … not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith towards God”

Astonishingly Paul admonished that we had to leave the principles of the “doctrine” of Christ to “go into perfection”.  All running commentaries are “dead works”.  So many reams have to be left on the shelves of time.

Heb. 6:6 – “to renew … seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and to put him to open shame”

By promulgating “dead doctrines” they “crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh”.  Paul also said “I have been crucified”.  Paul’s teaching was contrary to all high mountainous peaks who wanted a dead Christ.  But Paul wanted a living Christ within each individual.  Paul taught his new testament to all that would listen – not many.

Heb. 7:3  Melchisedec “Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, not end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually”

If Jesus had been born of a virgin (parthenos – one put aside), Mary, fathered by the increaser, Joseph, and had descendants, he would never have associated the Christ’s priesthood with the perpetual priesthood.

Heb. 7:15, 16 – “after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest” … “power of endless life”

Melchisedec was from Salem, peace.  Paul longed for peace and love of thy neighbour.  Paul knew good always triumphs with the power of endless life and that a charitable life edifies.  Events had been local, had transcended to state level and were becoming universal.  This was sequentially espoused by Paul’s contemporary John of Patmos.  Paul’s theosophical philosophy was a theology adopting a grace abounding – the rock of all ages.

Heb. 7:22, 27 – “Jesus was made a surety of a better testament”  … “for this he did once, when he offered up himself”

The suffering of the Jewish populace guaranteed its resurrection.  The Jewish race had endured many such trials and tribulations.  Eventually there would be a resurgence of an even better testament.  Often two steps forward and one step back.  Whatever the diverse portrayal methodology it is appropriate for that day and that stage.  They had learnt through hardships that their ensample would never be forgotten.  Hope reigns eternal.  Paul knew each age needs to define their “better testament”.  The Jesus antitype ensures us a better testament.  Paul would have had a little doubt about modernity’s contribution.

Heb. 8:2 – “which the Lord pitched, and not man”

Wealth and power has always gallivanted to the rich becoming very rich and growing wings.  But the hope of all others, the vast majority, always guarantees a longing for a higher elevation.  Paul’s epiphany was not a simple philosophy of question and answers, nor years of study.  The Ancients writers parodied life using the pegs “my” and “mine”.

Heb. 8:4 – “For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest”

Paul divulges that if Jesus “were on earth” he would not be a priest.  This is a very direct exposition to our spiritual leaders.  Of course Paul did believe Jesus was on earth but not in this earthly sense.

Heb. 8:6 – “he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises”

Paul refers to much earlier times when a better covenant was made with better promises.  Was Paul talking of about a recent man-child when he longing for those better promises?  Those promises were of a land of milk and honey (not a literal space) for the oppressed, poverty stricken, illiterate souls – the arthurs and marthas.

Heb. 8:9 – “I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt”

Would Paul be talking in this way if there had just been an earth shattering, clanging moment just twenty years beforehand?  Surely he would be concentrating on that miraculous event.  Paul once again generalised.

Heb. 8:10 – “I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts”

Paul wanted to win hearts and minds.  He preached a profession, religiosity on high high-jacked his words.  Later synoptics substantiate the endless betrayal of the Pharisees and Sadducees.  The books of King’s and Chronicles likewise substantiated the diverse.  John’s fourth gospel around 120 AD sought to reinvigorate Paul’s and John of Patmos’ caveats.  Paganism and Christian paganism have dominated our mythos since the councils of knowledge.  Christian mystics did well.  Early art, and counter-reformation portrayals violated all dignity – evidence is in all our art galleries.

All are far, far, far removed from Paul’s perception.

Heb. 8:13 – “A new covenant, he hath made the first old”

The mythos of the logos is always being renewed.  We must never cling to the old.  Reinvigoration is set before us.  Nothing is ever staid.  Refurbish according to the needs of the day.

Heb. 9:8, 9 – “The Holy Ghost this signifying, the way into the holiest of all” … “was a figure for the time then present”

The Holy Ghost does reside.  It is a figurative.  It’s our ability.  Application allows you into the holiest of all.  The priest entering the holiest once a year portrays us.  Life daily amazes.  The priest set the example.

Heb. 9:11 – “But Christ … of good things to come … perfect tabernacle not made with hands”

Christ always anointing, oiling, smearing things to come.  Everything is ever completing.  Christ is the shining ones pouring out things to come.  Paul experienced no anointing from the pharisaic.  He did witness the masses in their struggle.  He knew all the history.  He was aware of Herod the Great’s, from 73 BC, absolute inflicted tyranny.  He knew of the great persecution hanging from a tree.  He knew any second coming had been annihilated.  He knew of steadfastness.  He knew Christ could be said to be in a heavenly sanctuary not made with hands.   Paul knew his dialogue would be taken at face value by the demons.

Heb. 9:14, 15 – “purge your conscience from dead works … he is the mediator of the new testament”

Paul was an eyewitness to Christ crucified.  He was a Pharisee every part and parcel.  He had wanted total surrender, reversion back to the dogma of the Pharisees and Sadducees.  But he came to see their failure.  The administration of James and Peter offered no reform.  Their acquiescence to Roman procurators only inflamed the pending storm.  Many of the population also longed for messiah’s return.  Many zealots had claimed to be that messiah.  Someone would come to save them.  It could not be them.  It must be someone else.

Paul was antithetical to all these dead works.

Paul and John of Patmos plus many scribes set out the great writings completely de-literalising the idea of a single Christ-man.

Heb. 9:24 – Christ entereth “into heaven itself”

Paul refers to Christ, not a western version.  It is a raised up acuity, a condition, far from all doctrines.

 Heb. 9:28 – “unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time”

Christ never appears to perverted and simplistic ingenuousness – billboard displays catching eyes.  Christ is not something in one ear and out the next.  No not one hears.  But if there is one in the city grace abounds.  Water can turn to wine.

Heb. 10:7 – “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me)

Paul haply chants Christ comes in the volume of a book, the Written Word.  If Christ had been just literal there would be voluminous scrolls.  Paul’s and John of Patmos’ sophistication exemplifies what was possible.  All the O.T. books and existent libraries had profoundly shaped centuries before.  Written words, the ink horn, was a long established weapon.

Christ’s typification is available to all who read the testaments and apocrypha as one.  And it offers a philosophy vastly in contrast to surrounding Mediterranean cultures, governance at its very core.  This ancient tradition surpasses the many Grecian influences that modern Christianity embraces.  But even Grecian ethos is contrary to later paganised misanthropy.

Heb. 10:9 – “He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second”

Paul recognises the old passes away so that the second can be birthed.  The time is ripe for harvesting.  A new Christ is overdue.  After any great era of persecution churches are enveloped by darkness – one has a little against them.  However there is always goodness anywhere.  Time passes, a second emerges.  As sure as day follows night a third pronouncement comes, then a fourth.  Long overdue it’s not on schedule.  Paul tried but the circumstances were not in his favour.  There’s a time for everything.

Heb. 11:23 – “let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering”

Paul called for all to hold fast to the profession.  And it is time for the great revival.  No doubting Thomas’ please.

Heb. 10:31 – “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God”

Moving to a living God is awesome.  Moses said he was most fearful, apprehensive.  Upsetting the apple cart has unforeseen ramifications.  In a world of turmoil, violence, masculinity, gross deception, manipulation, possessions, extreme poverty, endless wars and media exoneration the consequences cannot be predicted.

Heb. 11:2 – “things which are seen were not made of things which do appear”

The Ancient writer’s employed the objects of their days for portrayal of the subjective-abstractive qualities.  The Temple represented the temple of the heart and soul.  The contents represented the things one could make.  Paul said the “things which do appear” far exceed the “seen things”.  Sentience is always ahead – science, medicine, mathematics, electronics, all enhancing life’s experiences, and pleasures.  It always trickles down to all.

Heb. 11 – “By faith” – Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sara, Isaac, Joseph, Moses.

Paul ends Hebrews by acknowledging it was steadfastness of the very Ancients that enabled empowerment, abounding sacred and civil.  Paul’s story shows the Holy Spirit residing, domesticated.

Heb. 12:1 – “and let us run with patience the race that is set before us”

Paul was patient.  He urged all to run the race set before us.  Once and once only. Paul ran well.  Set sail, upped the mast.  Was little, made tent playing his tune, performed well.  Exonerated all.

Heb. 12:21 – “Moses said, I exceedingly fear the quake”

Why are we inclined to trepidation?  We are all born naked and dust we shall return.  But we have our great teachers set before us, a treasure chest of brilliance.  The world moves on in mysterious and wonderful ways.

Heb. 13:3 – “Remember them that are in bonds”

Concluding Paul remembers all those in bonds.  Looking around we cannot escape such pertinent sentiments.

Heb. 13:8 – “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and for ever”

So Jesus Christ is the same in all times – some may look for someone somewhere over the rainbow.  But Jesus Christ, the increaser and anointer ever present, omnipresent.

Heb. 13:12 – “Jesus … suffered without the gate”

Jesus – outside the gate!  It is time to reopen the book, investigate, intelligently debate, mediate, and ponder.  Let’s move to the higher.   That is Paul’s message.

Heb. 13:15 – “that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his name”

Paul’s epistle to his own race is very persuasive, on the tip of our lips.  We give thanks to the great insight Paul gives us in his epiphany.

Paul’s Epiphany to Galatians – (F) Freethought

Background

Fundamentalist and orthodoxy theology has stifled Paul’s message causing a major schism between the religious and non-religious, fracturing society. Paul’s epiphany was a climactic revelation, a great light on the road to Damascus. Paul had been a Pharisee and became aware of their wrong and wicked ways. He saw restrictive governance raise its ugly head, enforcing labour from the populace. Previous victories over the Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians and Grecians were always held up for great remembrance. Paul foresaw the impending threat from the Roman imperium appointing rotating procurators for greater influence within a decade of persecution by the Pharisees and Sadducees. Enslavement must not happen again. From the great victory of Judas Maccabees Paul came to the conclusion that everything must quickly change and went out with a message to the downtrodden. He apprehended a conflagration with Rome was now unavoidable.

Paul immediately lambasted the hierarchy’s purported doctrines and administrative ways directly criticising Peter and James. To Paul, God the Father had raised a Christ, an anointed oneness, amongst the populace. Many zealots claimed to be that one. Citizens initiated uprisings against the rulership of the Pharisees and Sadducees during Herod the Great’s reign from 73 BC onwards. Discontent had been brewing. Paul perceiving greater enslavement was pending and sacrificed himself, even appearing to blaspheme, asking “was Paul crucified for you” – 1 Cor. 1:13. Paul from being part of the principality and high places (almah – not with God, unmarried) separated himself (bethulah – with God) from ingrained corruption (unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity and whisperers) of government and religiosity of the Pharisees and Sadducees – the so called spiritual and civil leaders.

Paul knew consciousness had been drawn from the rib cage of society (Adam – male and female) elevating life from oral recollections to the “written word”. Eve, meaning life-giver, symbolised the power of advance, challenging the chaotic warrior’s world. Eve knew ordinary people could achieve. But there was always two types of women depicted the bond and free, the “bondmaid” and “freewoman”.

Paul began by stating he was not an apostle of men – “not of man”. No ideology, no doctrine, and no decree could match for the Spirit nurturing mankind above all the animal world, becoming a sentient being. Only an ever-present gospel from time immemorial, uniting celestial and terrestrial, would suffice. This phenomenon, of the “Spirit”, was the spark igniting each limb of the body. To Paul, Jesus Christ was this notional priesthood after the order of Melchisedec – without father, without mother, without descent. Hebrew society had great representatives of this oneness – judges, then the kings – Saul, David, Solomon , kingdoms – Israel and Judah, Hezekiah (Immanuel – Wonderful, Counsellor), Josiah and Cyrus the anointed, down to Judas Maccabees – ensamples for admonition “making” modern civilization.

Now let’s revere Paul’s epiphany.

Galatians

Gal. 1:1  – “Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)”

Paul was an apostle, one sent forth, to promulgate a teaching. Yes a teaching! It was not about a literal one person. It was about how to be united, to have focus, one objective. Christ was of the priesthood of Melchisedec, king of Salem (summit – like Mt. Ararat meaning new creation), who “brought forth bread and wine”, who blessed Abraham, the father of the multitude, populace. Never was this priesthood the father of principalities and high places. The anchor was the populace. Jesus was made a high priest forever “after the order of Melchisedec”. Melchisedec was “without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually” – Heb. 7:3. This priesthood was like the “Son of God”, that is eternity without father, without mother and never anthropomorphised.

To reiterate, Jesus Christ, the later “Son of Man” had no father and no mother, and no descent. Everyone in society today, of all polarities, believe that a literal person was named Jesus Christ – even non-believers. The story was an allegory derived from design in the books of the OT. In the book of Ruth the rudiments of the story are evident – Naomi said call be not Naomi but call me Mara for I am bitter. Joseph in the OT was the increaser and we are all aware of his deeds in Egypt. Emmanuel in the NT was taken from Immanuel, Hezekiah, in Isaiah, who initiated the rebuilding of the Temple – a collage of the temple of the inner man (man and woman). The increase (Joseph) in bitterness (due to bondage) brought forth Joshua in the OT – noted in the Book of Joshua (Jesus in NT Greek).

The OT story includes the symbol of the virgin moving from almah (unmarried, without God) to bethulah (with God). The virgin always referred to Jerusalem (governance) – and never just a literal woman:

– “a virgin( almah) shall conceive and bear a son” – Isa. 7:14
– “The virgin (bethulah), the daughter of Zion” – Isa. 37:22
– “O virgin daughter of Babylon” – Isa. 47:1
– “for the virgin daughter of my people is” – Jer. 14:17
– “the virgin of Israel hath done very horrible” – Jer. 18:3
– “The virgin, the daughter of Zion” – 2 Kings 19:21,
– “O virgin of Israel” – Jer. 31:21
– “The virgin of Israel is fallen” – Amos 5:2

So it is improbable that we are talking about a literal individual and Paul’s gospel can be digested as an abstract configuration, an allegory having real application.

Gal. 1:6 – “I marvel that ye so soon removed from him”

Straight after the events of the third decade AD the populace reverted and turned back to the rulership of the Pharisees and Sadducees under James and Peter. Paul recalled of escape from Egyptian captivity. Murmurings, a longing for yesterday, they, the populace, built a golden calf of better times. Paul could only marvel with astonishment at their fragility of his day.

Gal. 1:7 – “pervert the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

The good news perverted. After the crucifixion (persecution) of the Jewish uprising the old forces resurfaced in James and Peter. They carried on like policies of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Paul accepted that there could be no resurrection. There would be no overcoming. A resounding defeat – blood had been spilt – the rib cage penetrated. The Spirit evident in the populace endured no longer. Paul warned of the consequences hyperventilating like a pillar of salt. A new commandment had to be given superseding all the old.

Gal. 1:12 – “but by the revelation of Jesus Christ”

Paul appreciated that the meaning of Jesus Christ had to be revealed and soon. John of Patmos was inspired to write “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” – Rev. 1:1. This Christ has been less than comprehensively perceived by modernity. The book closed for two thousand darkened years from the decline of the churches of Asia. The council decrees and icons of later pre-Reformation and counter-Reformation dominant our museums. It’s essential history requiring maintenance for eternity.

Gal. 1:14 – “extremely zealous of the traditions of my fathers”

Paul’s epiphany gave a full appreciation of the Ancient’s world of form creation in the written “Word of God”, “Faithful and True” – Rev. 19 riding a white horse. Paul’s jewel was comprehension of the vanity of ecclesiastics. Paul saw the rotation – type, antitype and archetype, there being nothing new under the sun. Illiteracy, ignorance and hostility groped. Paul became extremely zealous but never fanatical of their fathers’ traditions.

Gal. 1:16 – “to reveal his Son to me”

Paul, never met a Jesus, he said he had to be “separated…from my mother’s womb” to reveal his Son. This was the eternal “Son of Man” formed from the “dust of the ground”. Each person being a part of the body has the right to say “son of Man” of “my God”. To Paul it was a very personal, individual pathway – “to be separated”.

Gal. 1:21 – “he which persecuted us in times past”

They in Syria and Cilicia heard “he” (Paul) “now preaches the faith he once destroyed”. This is indicating that the Pharisees and Sadducees destroyed the faith of the Jewish populace. This was well before Roman brutality of 70 AD. Tyranny first arose with the Hasmoneans. It worsened in the time of Herod the Great who built many fortresses, aqueducts, theatres, and other public buildings, taxed the populace, shifting many from agricultural subsistence to urban cities under forced labour programmes. Starvation followed and zealotry arose. Intrigues plagued Herod’s family and politics throughout his reign. The testament portrays him as a tyrant of the Jewish population. Paul’s epiphany changed his outlook. He came to appreciate the recurring ensamples of the Ancients.

Gal. 2:2 – “I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preached”

Paul always indicated it was “by revelation” and his gospel (not that of later Synoptics) was “preached”. Yes, it was a gospel “preached” – to the lesser educated. The gospel was an enduring gospel. Paul never said it was a recollection of a literal figure twenty years previously. Paul went right all the way back – “he looked for a city that hath foundations”. The gospel was of the Spirit from the very beginning of time. That Spirit remains alive and well today.

Gal. 2:4 – “false brethren…came privily into spy…our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they may bring us into bondage”

One side, due to a misunderstanding, wants to dominate the other, an old story of why denominations predominate. Abstraction’s key opens the book, the spark ignites and all is overcome. False brethren are astonished.

Gal. 2:6 – “in conference added nothing to me”

Participating in agendas of conferences added nothing for Paul. A fresh start was required.

Gal. 2:8, 11, 13 – “Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision”…“I withstood him to the face”…“their dissimulation”

Paul had learned from experience you have to be face-to-face, on the highest peak, to challenge your opposition with the sword and word in hand. The old preached “circumcision” a distraction from governance.

Gal. 2:15, 16 – “but by the faith of Jesus Christ”…“and not by the works of law”

Paul stressed the restriction of the law. Set beliefs overwhelmed. Only to “make” replicated a free consciousness – two personality types, the domineering, and the other free spirits.

Gal. 2:19 – “but Christ liveth in me”

Christ was never “out there”. Christ always alive in the individual. The statement could not be clearer.

Gal. 2:21 – “for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain”

Paul had given up entirely on the old law, for good governance. He grasped the futility of its waywardness. If one wanted steadfastness being lawful was vain. Structure always changes, civilisation evolves higher and higher. We are so lucky to be where we are and not there. Forward, onward.

Gal. 3:3 – “having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh”

Easy – we have evolved from a spiritual omnipresence since the world began. No need to be a theist or an atheist. Love your neighbour, love life as you have threescore and ten. Stop sitting on the pews. Get up.

Gal. 3:7 – “that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham”

Faith was never just a solitary happening. Rectitude stretches back through all time. No need to espouse an exclusivist lite philosophy. A world united with integrity is egalitarian.

Gal 3:11 – “the just shall live by faith”

Are we neither born into faith nor is it that faith works anew. Hebrew stresses the enduring faith of the Ancients, Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sara, Isaac, Joseph, Moses – “faith being the substance of things hoped for”. Faith existed well before it became institutionalised (to the west a belief in a literal Christ with mother and father), creedal and masculine.

Gal. 3:14 – “come to the Gentile through Jesus Christ; that we may receive the promise of the Spirit through faith”

In the time of Isaiah the message likewise was taken to the Gentiles – Isa. 60:3, 5, 11, 16, Isa. 61:6, 9, Isa. 62:2 , Isa. 66:12, 19 to name a few indicators. Paul refreshed the message as a third witness. Paul references the word “Spirit” to show faith’s longevity in all ages and races. We need resurrection today and therefore Paul spoke of “leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ let us go into perfection” – Heb. 6:1. Any allegorical portrayal of Jesus Christ represents the faithfulness for that time. John of Patmos revealed an enduring difference, an anointing what becomes apocalyptic and universal.

Gal. 3:16 – “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made…And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ”

Abraham, father of the multitude, received the promises for all, for many but “as of one”. Paul ensured the body was “as of one”. Today once the book is open we will be “as of one” – no heavy encumbrances.

Gal. 3:18 – “For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise”

Restrictive life is no life. Empowerment is faithfulness, steadfastness. You can be a traditionalist, or alternatively have locomotion.

Gal. 3:23 – “Before faith came, we were kept under the law”
All society has to have a rib cage. Forward motion comes from an enduring Spirit in the celestial wonder and terrestrial plains.

Gal. 3:29 – “if ye be Christ’s, then ye are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise”

Paul went all the way back to Abraham and beyond, not just two decades. A little leaven leavens the lump at all times in all places.

Gal. 4:1 – “we were children in bondage under the elements of the world”

We were children bonded at an early age to the elements of the world. Can we free the chains?

Gal. 4:4 – “But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman”

Nothing comes quickly but in the “fullness of time”, revelation. Life-giving Eves nurture new births. From Adam, male and female, the rib cage, new life, good or bad results. A woman is to be found sitting on the beast, the mother of harlots and abominations – “I sit a queen”. The beast has seven heads and ten horns. John says “I will tell ye the mystery of the woman” – Rev. 17:7. Astoundingly her supporters cast her into the lake of fire and brimstone. But the bride awaits the Lamb and a new bedecked Jerusalem. The Son of Man has no father, no mother, nor descendants but has been has been holy set-apart.

Gal. 4:6 – “God hath sent forth the Spirit”

The Spirit is “not of men” and was “sent forth” prior to the baton passing. No, no one can lord-over the other’s subject or his abstract. It is always “my” possession, all form is “mine”.

Gal. 4:18 – “until Christ be formed in you”

It is mine and mine alone and can be celebrated in the common.

Gal. 4:22 – “one was a bondmaid, the other a freewoman”

Have you ever had an original thought of your own?

Gal. 4:24 – “Which things are an allegory”

All is an allegory, metaphor, glyph, fable, tale, ensample – content for the inner temple.

Gal. 4:4:25 – “Agar is mount Sinai…and is in bondage with her children”

Sinai – simply a symbol of restriction.

Gal. 4:26 – “Jerusalem which is above is free”

Jerusalem – simply a symbol of liberty.

Gal. 4:29 – “even so it is now”

Oh. So it was then, so it is now – treat each day as a thousand years.

Gal. 5:1 – “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free”

Be anointed, yourself, be free.

Gal. 5:5 – “For we through the Spirit”

Appreciate, extract yourself from the singularity. Glorify the wider glow.

Gal. 5:7 – “Ye did run well”

Seventy years to run the race of life.

Gal. 5:9 – “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump”

From little things big things grow.

Gal. 5:13 – “ye have been called into liberty”

You, are called to liberty.

Gal. 6:4 – “let every man prove his own work”… “For every man shall bear his own burden”

Carry your own backpack. Never be disheartened, the best is yet to come.

Gal. 6:8 – “he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap everlasting life”

Sow and ye shall reap, you have ability within. Life abounds “Today”. Today is the Apocalypse.

Next: Book of Corinthians – late Jan-Feb

Paul’s Epiphany – Introductory Overview – (F) Freethought Category

The resolution for 2017 is to tackle every book of Paul in depth, questioning the very belated Christian interpretation, well after, much, much later.

Written within about 20 years of this renowned climactic upheaval the books are quite in contrast to the gospels. Here are some quotes of Paul, as a brief introduction, casting a penetrating light on his intended sayings.

Romans

Rom. 16:25 – “preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which has been kept secret since the world, began” – This is a strange statement saying there was a mystery that has never been understood, since the world began, within two decades of the Christ catastrophic sensational incident. Rev. 1 also speaks of this mystery and that book was written by 70 AD. Why was this still a mystery if Christ was a sensational literal figure? What was the mystery? Can we reveal the mystery?

Rom. 4-6 – “Who are the Israelites…For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel” – has there been a gross misunderstanding by some claiming to be Israelite? Who are the true Israelites of the Ancient writers?

Corinthians

1 Cor. 1:16 – “know ye not that ye are the temple of God” – Paul was speaking to humanity after decades of persecution and the attempted uprising of the Jewish populace against the cruelty of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Why not concentrate on the literal figure?

2 Cor. 3 – “to preach Christ’s gospel” – Paul realised that hope reigns eternal, even after a massive defeat portrayed as a crucifixion, for the vox populi after the crossing of establishment. Christ we are told, in the later gospels, was “hanged on a tree”. Paul stresses a crossing – a cross. Paul also stressed humanity had to have a gospel to engender forward hope after the resurgence of the law, represented by books of Peter and James. There are two types of people in this world – the supporters of “the law” (the bonded) and the anointed Christs (the free) followers of the sparkling Spirit elevating ability to the highest. To Paul we must be life-giving Eves and not Abels the rib cage of structure.

2 Cor. 5:4 – “if one died for all, then all were dead” – This statement is a red herring. If each individual is the temple of God then all were never dead. The written Word from which our anointed oneness Christ becomes apparent to all the apostles since the world began.

2 Cor. 12 – “As the truth of Christ is in me” – we need to ask what is the anointing – what is the outcome of the Christ in me.

Galatians

Gal. 2:21 – “for if righteous come by law, then Christ is dead in vain” – Paul perceives through the eye that everything keeps positively changing, nothing is stable, and that advancement comes from the higher abstract. We can see this advancement down the aeons of time, right from Melchisedec or earlier – from when God rested and passed the baton to Adam (male and female). Christ has always been the oil of life.

Ephesians

Eph. 3:18 – “comprehended with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height” – this subject is four dimensional – east, west, north and south and so precept upon precept. This subject is very complex, so expect many pros and cons, fors and againsts, and we delve into Paul. We have not begun to envisage Paul’s epiphany in this partial selective overview.

Eph. 3:16 – “his Spirit of inner man” – Christ (the anointed) a priest after the order of Melchisedec, is the Spirit of inner man – demonstrated throughout the reign of the pre-exilic, post-exilic and the third temple witness eras. The new testament of mankind moved from phonetics to the written word of symbols, form creation, very ideal, of Types, Antitypes and an apocalyptic Archetype when all is revealed.

Eph. 6:31-32 – “a man shall be joined unto his wife” – to some this is a great misogynist blundering, to others a confirmation of Creation. Who is right? It grates as a quandary. It is unable to be appreciated by the libertarian. It is also lesser understood by Creationists. Paul’s writings are holistic and once comprehended higher consciousness triumphs.

Eph. 6:12 – “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness…against spiritual wickedness” – life evolves if staid principalities are challenged. Everything is new and rapidly changes our perception. The public domain is always an incubator of evolutionary modes and leaping gaps.

Philippians

Phil. 3:2 – “Beware of the dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision” – Paul knew there was much more to become aware of, and the light would shine each day. Paul’s speaks more about the individuals he encounters and their pithiness and not about a literal one figure of dominance.

Phil. 4:22 – “All the saints salute you, chiefly they are of Caesar’s household” – Rome was never the story. AD 70 was not later mentioned in the four gospels. Strangely the gospels were written as confirmation of Paul and John of Patmos’s major works. John’s fourth gospel resurrects and de-literalises the first three as major support for Paul and John of Patmos. No worry about the missing Q. We have little time to explain here – whilst we are – but this will be covered as we climb all the mountains of deceptions.

Colossians

Col. 2:8 – Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men” – Paul knew tradition (lion, bear, leopard and a diverse beast) would be roaring, clawing, and swiftly returning in diverse forms. Later the western world became reliant on Greek philosophy that strangely never fundamental literalisms that the Greeks did not adopt. We have now experienced its blandness for over two thousand years, following a tradition of men.

Thessalonians

1 Thes. 4:14 – “If we believe Jesus died and rose again” – Jesus is the Spirit and is why the “if we believe”? The word Spirit is foremost in Paul’s writings and existed before the world began. It interconnects the intrinsically terrestrial and celestial physicality and mentality. Freethought of genuine freethinkers may be able to link these two facets of the whole.

2 Thes. 2:8 – “And then shall the Wicked be revealed” – who are the Wicked? We will be displaying the wicked for all to see as they await the fire and brimstone.

Timothy

1 Tim. 4:8 – “all things have promise of the life that is now” – we don’t have to wait for Jesus to descend from an unknown sanctuary when Christ is within us – it is existential, here and now, or “Today” as told over and over in Hebrews.

1 Tim. 4:13 – “Till I come, give attendance, to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine” – be active and understand that the doctrine of oneness is superior to law, is ordered, evolutionary and has a processed structured life-giving love for all, wherever one is at.

2 Tim. 3:10 – “But though hast fully known my doctrine” – a gospel, a story written, providing a base surpassing the old law. Paul’s is the true gospel, before the supplementary, for the post-crucifixion decades and for all times to come. It gives perennial hope to humanity, inspiration and ongoing with the best yet to be sounded.

2 Tim. 3:16 – “All scripture …is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction” – what we think aren’t necessarily so, be prepared for a dressing-down and correction.

2 Tim. 4:3 – “they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, with itching ears” – Paul knew false prophets were inevitable but he may not have foreseen the decrees of ecumenical councils.

Titus

Titus 1:9 – “that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and convince the gainsayers” – Like some have the law, Paul openly admitted that the proponents of the Spirit needed a gospel (that’s encouraging good news at a time when leadership was failing with Roman enslavement on the horizon). Without an allegorical story one cannot be as united, enthused to strive onward to combat the combination of religiosity of state law state that had regressed ever since victorious Judas Maccabees enabled singing in the streets. Paul wished for the sacred and civil to be in harmony. He grasped in epiphany on the road Daniel’s open book where civil and sacred both equalled 1260 duration days over a seven year cyclical of 2520 days or 3.5 out of 7 years duration.

Hebrews

Heb. 6:1 – “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go into perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and faith towards God” – Paul always knew, speaking to his own people, that Christ is the inner man, the Spirit or sparkling firecracker, and that you must not just endlessly preach the doctrine of Christ. Speaking to his own, Hebrews makes this abundantly crystal clear that it is time to move on.

Heb. 6:4 – “who are the enlightened” – this speaks for itself without a tranquilliser, after the above statement. The enlightened ones are the ones enacting the ten commandments of the inner temple of good works.

Heb. 6:6 – “seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to open shame” – wow, the Jewish governance was again reverting to the law in Peter and James, and so crucifying again the mystery of the Spirit. Paul said he was crucified and the law appointed numerous governors of the Roman empire in the decades post the Christ incident. Paul could see end was near.

Heb. 7:1 – “Melchisedec…without father, without mother, without descent”. Christ was said to be a priest under the order of Melchisedec – Mary was foreshadowed in the book of Ruth when Naomi said I am bitter, call me not Naomi but Mara. Joseph was the OT Joseph, the increaser – everyone knows his accomplishments. Emmanuel was transposed from Immanuel, Hezekiah in the book of Isaiah, Wonderful and Counsellor. Jerusalem is always the virgin – alma (without God) or bethulah (with God) and Cyrus was an anointed free but not for himself. And Jesus as covered in the OT book of Joshua for the first time. Jesus was certainly of the priesthood of Melchisedec – “without father, without mother, without descent”, makes it hard to literalise. It is easy to note the implications from such pedigree. But principalities have other claims and sit as a woman on the red beast but the ten horns turn on her.

Heb. 6:20 – “even Jesus made a high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec” says it all.

Heb. 8:4 – “For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing there are priests” – how does this fit the picture you can ask yourself.

Heb. 9:14 – “Christ, who through the eternal Spirit” – is a different Christ to that of denominational school-room’s teaching and yet to be perceived.

Heb. 9:24 – “Christ did not enter into the holy places made with hands” – we are taught Christ entered the temple so how does this bode with our traditional beliefs.

Heb. 10:7 – “I come (in the volume of a book it is written of me,) to do thy will” – we will soon perceive the importance of the “Word” and that Jesus Christ is named the “Word of God” – the great crafted weapon against all warriors.

Heb. 11:3 – “that the worlds were framed by the word of God; so that the things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” – everything is framed, structured in the scientific maths of the testaments. It is not quite as it seems.

Heb. 12:1 – “run the race set before us” – Paul knew that each individual needed to contribute and appealed to others, to do the same. Run, run, and run, fast.

Heb. 12:21 – “Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake” – Paul knew the turmoil each would face, go ahead or not to go ahead. The apocalypse is pending and note referenced back to Moses than the recent oeuvre.

Heb. 12:23 – “To the general assemble and the church of the firstborn” – Paul was appealing to all, the firstborn evolutionary citizens of his world. Let’s do the same for civilization.

Next: Book of Galatians

The Prophetic Books

 

Christianity always has taught that Jesus Christ was prophesied thereby guaranteeing a literal figure must have appeared in a much later century – up to 8 centuries after the first so called prophetic utterings. But these “prophetic” claims by Christianity, whether it be in the book of Daniel or the so called “prophetic books”, all referenced known past events of the Jewish nation – of the two temple eras of the Jewish nation. – pre-exilic (pre-Babylonian captivity) and post-exilic (down to the victorious Maccabean victory over Grecian imperialism).

And Christianity’s literal Christ is reliant on all the old symbols of the OT of Mary from Mara meaning bitterness, Joseph meaning increaser, Immanuel meaning strength is within mankind, the book of Joshua (Jesus in Greek) and so on like taking the message to the Gentiles (which happened in Isaiah’s time). Many other types were borrowed from OT in the gospels written well after Paul’s writings that refer to the gospel but not to the later written ones – Mark, Mathew, Luke and John. Christianity has no explanation as why the book of Revelation starts off with the words the revelation of Jesus Christ and then calls his name the Written Word, “The Word of God” towards the end of Revelation – Rev.19 after exposing the scarlet woman on the beast.

So what were the “prophetic books” and why were they written?

The message of the “prophetic” books is strictly a record and criticism of whorish governmental ways of Israel and Judah. “Ye are not my people” and “I will break the bow of Israel”. These books concern only the first (pre-Babylonian) and second (post-Babylonian) temple eras. The word prophecy is from massa, meaning “what is lifted up,” and in Greek prophēteia, meaning “public exposition,” and no more. The principle purpose of the narrative was a reminder of their jurisdictional errors. The intent was never a prophecy or a prediction of the coming of a western Messiah at a particular point and place in linear time. The language is of many diverse colors from many writers. They have one objective in common — the rejection of the practices instituted by the leadership between about 800 BC and 400 BC. There is no point in trying to make Jewish writings into a prophetic Christian pronouncement. They were written to document the state of the nation during these centuries in these words:

• “Israel slideth back as a back-sliding heifer” (Hosea 4:16)

• “Ephraim is joined to idols” (Hosea 4:17); “Their drink is sour” (Eph. 4:18)

• “howl, ye ministers of the altar” (Joel 1:13)

• “The sun shall be turned into darkness” (Joel 2:31)

• “For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought” (Amos 4:13)

• “I will set the plumbline in the midst of my people Israel” (Amos 7:8)

• “Who shall bring me down to the ground?” (Obad. 1:3)

• “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy” (Jon. 2:8)

• “They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity” (Mic. 3:10)

• “For I have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt” (Mic. 6:4)

• “She is empty, and void, and waste” (Nah. 2:10)

• “And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as creeping things, that have no ruler over them?” (Hab. 1:14)

• “for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off” (Zeph. 1:11)

• “she drew not near to her God” (Zeph. 3:2)

• “Who is left among you that saw the house in her first glory” (Hag. 2:3)

• “before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple” (Hag. 2:15)

• “I will clothe thee with a change of raiment” (Zech. 3:4)

• “The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and shall build the temple of the Lord” (Zech. 6:12)

• “build the temple” (Zech. 6:15); Zechariah certainly sets up form, with “King cometh,” “riding upon an ass,” “weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver” (Zech. 11:12); “mount of Olives” (Zech. 14:4); and “wounds in thine hands” (Zech. 13:6). All these analogies were made in the days of Darius and had nothing to do with the NT times, similarly to the counterpoise of Immanuel for Emmanuel.

• “ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi” (Mal. 2:8)

You would think all is lost in reading these prophetic books. The writers possessed total conviction that by recording their woes, improvement would come about and they could look on the brighter side. There was always hope — creativity is ever resilient — the best is yet to come. It cannot be otherwise. And of course, the written word became a lesson from their hand of action.

The prophetic books are ground zero of the OT. Taken together, they all confirm that the writings were for the Jews only. Jewish scribes were never so vain as to predict any future specifics. Their coming to be known to us as the prophet books has been quite deceptive. There was no bluffing; life was a daily task, and each writer sought to reach that higher plateau. Each book concerns the BC date indicated below. Most of these prophetic books, naturally, were written centuries later from oral recollections of their narrated times of upheaval. They were establishing their eternal memorials on parchment even in those days:

• Hosea: “In the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah … Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel” (Hos. 1:1)

• Joel: “came to Joel the son of Pethuel …” — according to Young’s lexicon, the period was 800 BC — “Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness” (Joel 3:19)
• Amos: “in the days of Uzziah king of Judah” (Amos 1); about 808 BC

• Obadiah: “concerning Edom” (Oba. 1:1)

• Jonah: “unto Jonah the son of Amittai” (Jon. 1:1); about 890 BC

• Micah: “to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz,

Hezekiah, kings of Judah” (Mic. 1:1); period from about 750 BC

• Nahum: “Nahum the Elkoshite”; considered to be about 713 BC

(Young’s lexicon)

• Habakkuk: A prophet in Judah whose parentage, birthplace, and era are unrecorded, about 626 BC
• Zephaniah: “in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of

Judah” (Zeph. 1:1); about 642 BC–611 BC

• Haggai: “in the second year of Darius the king … prophet came

unto Zerubbabel” (Hag. 1:1) after 536 BC

• Zechariah: “in the second year of Darius” (Zech. 1:1); a prophet of Judah, from 520 BC to Greek times
• Malachi: messenger of Jah, the last of OT prophets, 400 BC–300 BC

All these end OT books help induce evoked history. Coming generations would have knowledge of the past, wearing a breastplate of these types into battle of the written word as necessary. The works just need to be used carefully in the right way. But the book, although open at times during the times of Hezekiah and Daniel, has been closed and selectively translated by paganized Christianity, especially after the synoptic books played into the hands of fundamentalist, devious strains in the third and fourth centuries down to the present day.

The writers of these OT books, including Daniel, strove to document the two temple eras in an inscribed majestic language amid an abyss of woefulness. Writing words was just springing forth from phonetic sounds. Cyclops and Nimrods were triumphant in these early ages. Mighty nations had arisen; failing states had been witnessed time over time. But the power of the written word could never be erased. It would be truly indelible. The chosen saw themselves as rainmakers, cropping fruition, and sculpturing an everlasting memorial. They sought to be contemporaneous. They sought to rectify aberration, advancing mankind in an age of “my” and “mine” – possessiveness dominating all activity – for survival.

David had issued instructions to build the temple following his hierarchical over-lordship. Solomon transgressed using slavery. Both Israel and Judah slid back. Fifty years of Babylonian slavery engulfed their nation. Many Jews betrayed their nation and joined the Grecian imperial. Many saviors and messianic figures strove to right the wrongs — Hezekiah, Josiah, Cyrus, Judas Maccabees, and individual writers of these final OT books.

Nations had come, built massive fortifications, and been obliterated: Hittites, Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians, Medes, and Grecians. Warring tribes bespoke destruction on a whim. But intrinsically purposeful scribes — call them saints — elevated and grounded their civilized philosophy well before the gross lite philosophy of the Grecians and modernity. The temple was the beacon of the inner temple. The world became a theater. The Greeks knew it well but resorted to mystification. They never humanized the glorification within governance. The Hebrews placed man on the stage, asking, “What is man?” On the other and the Greeks perfected Platonic idealism and great poetic masterpieces in writing and stage. In contrast, Jewish writers sought a covenant, with man holding the baton of governance, the driver accepting duty, laying the foundation to harmonize the union of heaven and earth, light and dark, sacred and civil, sea and dry land. The Christos resided within; in community resided the spirit of the anointed man. They longed for that real-life Messiah, the chance to perfect governance. The written word became a master, crafting from phonetics and oral history a superlative parlance for Jewish life — lessons of preserved history.

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