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The (King James) Bible itself is composed of 39 books in the old testament and 27 in the new. These being divided topically into:  

 

The Torah (Pentateuch) - 5

Historical Books - 12

Wisdom Literature - 5

The Major Prophets - 5

The Minor Prophets - 12

The Apostolic Gospels & Acts - 5

The Epistles - 21

Apocalyptic - 1  

 

**Notice the symmetry of 5-12-5, 5-12-5 capped off at the end of the age by the book of Revelation. Notice also the propensity of the number 7 throughout the structure. For example, the difference between 12 and 5, in 4 sections, the number of epistles that are perfectly divisible by 7, leaving the Apocalyptic book of Revelation as the odd one out. Again there are 7 major topics, if we leave the odd book of Revelation out. There is an integral mathematical symmetry and design through out the whole Bible as a collection, that is truly mind blowing (revealed to this author circa October 2014).** This permeates through the Hebrew, Aramaic and the Koine Greek language Bible. Jehovah thus proves his Word through mathematical complexity which even the most powerful computers in the world would not be able to calculate if they were millions of times more powerful. Take note that chapters and verses were not instituted till the 5th century for the New Testament.   

 

Roman Catholic Bibles have 73 books, 46 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. Protestant Bibles have 66 books with only 39 in the Old Testament. The books removed from the Protestant Bibles are Tobit, Judith, Baruch, Wisdom, Sirach, 1 and 2 Maccabees, and parts of Esther and Daniel. They are called the 'Deuterocanonicals' by Catholics and 'Apocrypha' by Protestants. Martin Luther removed those seven books and placed them in an appendix during the reformation.  

 

Hellenistic Greek was the language du jour during the time of Christ. This was due to the fact that Alexander the Great had conquered the region several hundred years before. We infer that Christ was fluent in Hebrew and Aramaic (since fluency in these languages were needed to read the Torah in the Temple) as well as Hellenistic Greek.  

 

The Hebrew language was on its way out, and there was a critical need for a translation of the Hebrew Old Testament for dispersed Greek speaking Iverites. This translation, called the Septuagint, or LXX, was completed by Judaistic scholars in about 148 B.C. and it had all of the books, including the seven removed by Martin Luther over 1650 years later. The New Testament has about 350 references to Old Testament verses. By careful examination, scholars have determined that 300 of these are from the Septuagint and the rest are from the Hebrew Old Testament. They have shown that Yeshua Christos Himself, quoted from the Septuagint. Early Christians used the Septuagint to support Christian teachings.

 

For the first 300 years of Christianity, there was no Bible as we know it today. Christians had the Old Testament Septuagint, and literally hundreds of other books from which to choose. The Catholic Church realized early on that she had to decide which of these books were inspired and which ones weren't. In concurrence with the opinion of St. Augustine, Pope St. Damasus I, at the Council of Rome in 382, issued a decree appropriately called, "The Decree of Damasus", in which he listed the canonical books of both the Old and New Testaments. He then asked St. Jerome to use this canon and to write a new Bible translation which included an Old Testament of 46 books, which were all in the Septuagint, and a New Testament of 27 books.  

 

a) Is Jesus' name actually mentioned in the Old Testament?: 

 

Weblinks - The Origins Of His NameWikipedia Definition

 

b) Mystical Biblical Mathematics

 

Weblink - The Amazing First Verse Of The Bible

 

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Introduction  

 

Women have always played a central role in the plans of Jehovah and have never been denounced as servants to the male gender by Him. The world being full of sin has repeatedly speculated as to the subservient role of women in the work of Yeshua on the earth yet it has been mentioned that there is neither male nor female in the eyes of Jehovah.  

 

Women In The Gospels  

 

1 Timothy 2  

 

1 Corinthians 14  

 

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.  

 

Note the requirement to apply the knowledge of this principle ONLY within the context of belief in Christ. It is no wonder that those without the knowledge of Christ would seek to divide, enslave and ridicule any differing groups of people, whereas those that seek the mind of Christ, as versed above, should not!  

 

1 Corinthians 1

26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 

 

The woman has always been derided as the 'weaker sex' and certainly physically (in terms of physical strength) they would be, this obvious fact in the physical world cannot be denied. This though, is insufficient justification for denying their role in Jehovah's plan, both in the present and in the future. In fact, whenever people (both male and female) follow a train of thought that in the 'physical' (ie following physical laws of the Universe) seems comprehensible (humanly logical), Jehovah uses the diametric opposite to prove that ultimately, He is in control, and can make illogic (to the unrepentant mind) seem real, just to prove His omnipotence. Note that in the verses, the Apostle Paul does not deny Yeshua's calling to EVERY 'wise men after the flesh' (eg. university professors, intellectuals), but it certainly seems that he is professing that on balance, it seems the calling amongst them is unlikely, probably due to the fact that that to reach their lofty place in society, they would have to adhere to the unchristian way of life. 

 

Genesis Plan 

 

Genesis 1

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 

 

It was Elohim's intention from the very start to build a unique set of beings. Beings which, like the angels, had free will, but would ultimately have a a strong connection between the physical dimension/s and the Heavenly dimension/s. Elohim formed the light being within Himself and breathed this sentient but inexperienced light being into Adam, the physical, forming the first Son. In this somewhat bizarre (to our carnal mind) fashion, Elohim acted as father and mother to this Adam, for Elohim possesses all the characteristics that are present (and differentiate) the human male and female species. In fact, it would not be unfeasible that the non-physical characteristics of both the male and female species resided in the original Adam, just like the Being who made him, Elohim. This was later separated out physically, when Adam's rib was surgically extricated to genetically clone form the WoMan, with the duplication of the X chromosome to form XX. Note that Elohim did not form a NEW chromosome (eg. Z  chromosome). Elohim just duplicated the X chromosome for WoMan. Thus WoMan retained all that the male had but morphed into something slightly different, though complementary. This was going to be an analogy of Yeshua and His bride, the Church. Different but complementary. The bride (church) would not be as powerful as an individual but would possess all the powers of the groom in the union. 

 

Let us not forget that the reason that the woman was physically different is that the plan was to enable procreation within the union (a characteristic of Elohim but not of the angels). This was in light of the fact that Elohim knew the human race would become separated from Him, and that the ability to multiply would enable a subsequent 'perfect' human to form, that would be the ultimate seed for the hybridization process between sinful (in the past) human kind and the creator, Elohim. In essence, Elohim killed 2 birds with one stone. Elohim, allowed man to mirror His procreative capabilities, and also prevented sinful humans from needing eternal physical life (which would negate the work of dying on the cross in the future), since without death, there would be no need to procreate to carry on the species.

 

Why not build Adam so that asexual reproduction could be accomplished? Because Elohim knew the feeling of loneliness/separation, both in the past and in the future. He knew that the Adam would be lonely without an Eve. Just like the Father would be lonely without the Son or the Holy Spirit. Within the context of the physical universe, this 3 in 1 capability of Elohim had to be translated into a separation of 1 into 2 but still able to form a union to form the 3rd (child), perfectly mirroring the relationship dynamics of the Father, the Holy Spirit and the Son. Mirrored symmetry is very important to Elohim.  All great and good, but the whole ideal was shattered by the SIN of Adam and Eve. Make no mistake, both were equally culpable. Eve for not believing the Word of Jehovah to the letter (ie not subject to carnal interpretation, but Word for Word), Adam for being blinded by infatuation (as opposed to responsible love). The ideal was a 50-50 partnership producing a 500% expected gains as opposed to an individual alone. SIN took care of that for sure! 

 

Genesis 3:16 Unto the woman he said , I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forthchildren; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

 

Be aware that it would make more sense to translate this as 'To wife: you will toil in conception a lot, delivery will be painful. You will crave for a man, and it will end up with him lording it over you'. How true, if modern life is anything to go by. Isn't it typical for the women (of any age) to go to the pub/dance to 'get a man' and after the pleasantries, end up in bed? Then the man fulfills his lording over her by assuming the wham, bam, 'thank you ma'am' characteristics much vaunted amongst men . These sayings of Elohim are not a curse to punish humans, but a foretelling of the consequences of sin that will impinge upon their lives, as evidenced by the fact that the 'I will' was an addition to the narrative. 

 

Prophetesses of The Bible 

 

Women Prophets In The Bible  

  • In Judges 4:4, there was a woman judge of Israel. She had a husband, and Jehovah did not find it beneath Himself to elect a female to fulfill this very powerful role. If Jehovah could choose a lady then, why not now? This is a rhetorical question.
  • In 2 Kings 22, the prophetess Huldah was consulted when the long forgotten Mosaic Laws were brought from the temple to King Josiah, who ripped his clothes in repentance. When enquiry was made of Huldah, she did not mince her words, giving the truth (which turned out to be bad news and judgement for the sins of Judah), as straight as an arrow on a calm day. Huldah is not inspired by big titles or intimidated by the power of men. This attitude is affirmed by the way she responds confidently and with authority to the high ranking government officials. She refers to the king as just any other man by commanding in an unceremonious manner to "Tell the man who sent you to me".
  • In Luke 2:36,  Anna is a prophetess that bears witness to the redeemer. She was very old and spent all her time worshiping God by fasting and praying at the temple. Upon seeing the baby Jesus she praised God; she joyfully told of the child to everyone in the community seeking deliverance for Jerusalem.
  • In Acts 21:9 the four daughters of Phillip were bestowed the gifts of prophecy. The Greek word used in Acts 21:9 for prophesying is prophēteuō which means "to prophesy, to be a prophet, speak forth by divine inspirations, to predict".
  • In Revelations 2:20, where Jesus was speaking to the individual churches in Asia Minor (Thyatira), there was reference to a false prophetess called Jezebel. Jesus mentions this woman as having an unacceptable influence on the church. Furthermore, Jesus is obviously not impressed with her claim to being a prophet; she was a wolf in sheep's clothing. Her wicked actions parallel Queen Jezebel's in 1 Kin 16 and 2 Kin 9. She teaches and seduces God's servants to commit sexual immorality and to eat things sacrificed to idols. Jesus is displeased with the church of Thyatira because they tolerate this Jezebel. 

 

From the examples given above, it becomes clear that Jehovah could and would use women in His ministry, putting in doubt the idea that women should be subservient to the men when it comes to ministry work. Strangely, men seem to abhor women in ministry UNLESS the women lead them into sexual immorality like Jezebel. Peculiar, isn't this?  

 

Let Your Women Keep Silent?  

 

There has been a ridiculous misunderstanding of the text in 1 Corinthians 14 which has permeated evangelical churches (possibly most churches in the world), and this must be correctly interpreted in the light of the context that it was mentioned. Take into consideration that the Cambridge and Oxford translators under King James were wary of not antagonizing the king too much, and the king had been brought up culturally to follow the 'women should keep silent in any part of life' philosophy, especially since this was practiced by the Vatican and also by the Islamic world at the time. The culture dictated the translation here rather than the direct Word of Christ changing the culture (as it normally should be permitted to do so).  

 

Statements of logic: Yeshua had 12 disciples, all were men, but that does not mean that women were beneath them or shut out of any ministry. If it was surmised that all the disciples were all perfect, and perfectly following the Mosaic Law, and that is why they were chosen, why then was there a traitor among the 12? No, the disciples were men for practical purposes. They had to be physically strong to walk around with Him, plus a woman would be a strong sexual temptation. Yet Yeshua had to make the number of men 12 to fulfill prophecy.  

 

In Christ, there is no male or female. All things are lawful but not all things are expedient. Which, being explained in more common vernacular, means that in Christ's eyes, He doesn't give a damned about which gender, race or nationality the person is, being extremely neutral. But this doesn't preclude the use of practical common sense. One can break all the Laws of Moses and still get to Heaven through Christ, but on the earth, doing bad things would get one into trouble. The believer is admonished to use the wisdom of Christ, which is extremely practical.  

 

1 Corinthians 14 34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak ; but they are commanded to be under obedience , as also saith the law.

 

Direct transliteration of this author based on context  

 

34  Quieten down the wives in your congregation: for it is rude to gossip loudly during the service; in fact the Law of Moses specifically says slander is a sin, and as such the wives should be subject to the Law of Moses.  

 

The wives are gossiping during the speaking of tongues, loudly and across the room to their husbands, and saying that speaking in other tongues is undignified. They would shout over the tongue talkers and try to find out and gossip over their interpretations. It is uncouth for them to rabble rouse over the talking in tongues. They should follow the Mosaic Law that says bearing false witness (which really is what gossiping is about) is wrong. If they want to find out any information from their husbands, they should ask them at home, not in church during the spiritual gatherings. Also note that the Apostle Paul used the possessive pronoun Yours, meaning that this situation was particular to the Corinthians' service not to ALL, which would have made use of another Greek word.

 

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The Genesis passage in the bible has always been interpreted with a framework based on current knowledge, politics and world view. Presented here is an interpretation based on the latest scientific findings circa 2015, with minimal political and world view injection.  

 

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  

 

Interpretation: At the start God (here the plural; meaning the 3 in 1 God) fashioned the heaven (we have to assume it means the matter universe we live in, as the whole Genesis narrative sticks to this, not of Elohim's house, which is also termed heaven) and the globe called Earth. Take strong note of the fact that Elohim (3 in 1 God) built the matter universe first and then the earth was built. We cannot presume this was done in the same time scale, neither can we assume that Genesis 2 was within the same time scale of creating the universe.  

 

We do know that Moses had studied cosmology when in Egypt and he knew  quite a bit of scientific detail about the universe. Egyptians knew about gravitational forces, flightelectricity and even space craft (whether they saw one or whether they saw pictures of them, we do not know). Like all great empires, true high level knowledge was reserved for the elite, so these findings may not have been recorded, or the records are still being passed on amongst the elites of each generation, and the non-elite (ie. the rest of us) are not privy to this information.  

 

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Picture of space and air craft on Egyptian Temple wall   

 

Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  

 

Interpretation: Taking a general assumption that the Universe and the 'Earth' could have been made a long time before the Genesis 1:2 account, and that this 'creation' was made before photons (light) were created, we have to ask the question what was the Universe made from then. The conclusion that the Universe was made before the seven day narrative of the rest of creation is in response to the fact that the seven day creation account does not actually mention the formation of the 'Universe', and the Earth was already present, just not in the present solidified state of matter.  

 

Anti-Matter   There is speculation that the basic building block of all particles in the Universe is the photon (light), in conjunction with other particles, eg leptons and quarks. Also, new discoveries have suggested that amongst the 'matter' that is making up the visible Universe is 'dark energy, dark matter' and 'anti-matter'. There is evidence that CERN with its Large Hadron Collider, is releasing and storing anti-matter. A point to remember is that when matter (m) and anti-matter (am) occupy the same space, there is a tremendous explosion (heat or h) and the two particles form light photons (p).

 

m+am = h+p

 

So to make matter (m)                                              

 

m=h+p-am

In other words matter can be formed when heat and light are infused into anti-matter (am). 

 

As an aside 'dark energy' is given as the reason for the increasingly rapid expansion of the Universe, beyond what could be explained by the 'Big Bang Theory'. At present the prevailing empirical findings are, that in the Universe, free unconjugated anti-matter can only make up a galaxy, not a whole universe. Which means that when the known visible Universe was formed, most of the anti-matter was conjugated with possibly ?LIGHT photons to make up matter. 

 

Firstly, the Genesis account's emphasis is on the Earth and its formation, with a particular focus on the plan for Humankind. So it makes sense to look at the formation of the Universe solely to fit this plan, ie the egg (the Earth) was created after the chicken (the universe WITHOUT the planets and stars) which was made for the purpose of ensuring that the plan for the egg was in motion. 

 

Before light there was darkness. Of this we can be sure since Genesis 1:4 says that the light was DIVIDED (or separated) from the darkness, which means that there was darkness as a THING before light was created. This is proof that there was a universe BEFORE Genesis 1:2, but it consisted of 'darkness'. A Dark universe, what could that be? In this dark (devoid of 'light', but certainly not devoid of energy) universe there existed a structure that would eventually become Earth, but it had not been formed from matter yet, since photonic light had not been created yet (to make matter you need photons of light). 

 

Genesis 1:2 And the earth (non-matter earth) was without form (there was no matter as we know it), and void (a wasteland); and darkness (secret place) was upon the face (in front) of the deep (the abyss). 

 

So, before Genesis 1:2, something happened, and we are not sure over what time scale this occurred. Reviewing our findings so far, we can make an educated guess that in the beginning, Elohim created the universe from anti-matter and also made the foundations of what we would call in future, Earth, but made of anti-matter particles. This may have lasted thousands, millions or billions of our earth years. This information is inferred. 

 

Hebrew 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear . 

 

This verse is further proof that matter itself (which can be seen or noticed, sometimes with the need for tools to do so), was made of things that did not seem to be existing, but provide certain clues of their existence, eg. anti-matter. Remember that once light was introduced to this theoretical anti-matter universe, most of the anti-matter integrated with light to form matter, with an influx of energy into this resultant amalgam. There exists a disparity in that there is still some antimatter left in the universe, and particle physicists do not have a clue why this is so. But it also alludes to the fact that there must have been a structure of things within this theoretical anti-matter universe. This could have been what we term dark matter, a framework which renders the matter and anti-matter universes a structure.

In conclusion, this passage describes a matter universe that we live in now formed by the introduction of light to the anti-matter universe (darkness), held in a frame made up of dark (unknown or unseen) matter, and with some remnant pockets of anti-matter around the place. 

 

The Abyss 

 

The deep mentioned ins Genesis 1:2 can be translated as the abyss, whose King is Abaddon, or Appolyon to the Greeks. The abyss is presently nominated by Jehovah as the dwelling place of demons, which are the spirits of the dead Giants (or Nephilim) of Genesis 6:4. Could this abyss be directly connected to the anti-matter rich darkness upon which the Holy Spirit was brooding? 

 

Pre-Adamite Universe 

 

It is interesting that the Spirit of God made the Earth as Elohim's focus, hovering (or we could use the word shaking or vibrating since these words confer a deposition of energy, possibly electromagnetic, since all particles and waves behave in a vibrational manner, nothing is still) over it. What is the meaning of waters? It may not actually mean H20. An alternate translation is 'violence'. This could be the result of Satan's chaotic nature over the anti-matter Earth. Remember that light had not entered the universe yet and the Spirit of the Living God was preparing the way for the Word (Yeshua) to perform his work of creation. 

 

Job 38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare , if thou hast understanding.

Job 38:5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who hath stretched the line upon it?

Job 38:6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner stone thereof;

Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? 

 

Note that Lucifer and the other angels (sons of God, or people directly from Elohim) had not rebelled yet when the Universe and the Earth was being made. Chances are the rebellion started prior to light entering the Universe in Genesis 1:4. 

The Earth was created to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18), and was inhabited before the flood of Genesis 1:2 and the work of the six days of Adam's time (Genesis 1:3-2:25; Isaiah 14:12-14; Jeremiah 4:23-26; Ezekiel 28:11-17; 2 Peter 3:5-7).   

So at that time there was some sort of universe and some sort of earth that did not know the meaning of light yet. Could this be a purely anti-matter universe with the framework of dark matter all ready for the action of creation of matter? 

 

Jeremiah 4:23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.

Jeremiah 4:24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled , and all the hills moved lightly .

Jeremiah 4:25 I beheld , and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled .

Jeremiah 4:26 I beheld , and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger. 

 

This interesting passage talks about the earth before the Genesis 1:3 account of the influx of light photons. Again it talks about a desolate land when humans had not been created yet (Jer 4:25). This desolation was caused by Jehovah. It HAD been fruitful and had cities, and some sort of flying animal (winged dragons?), but no more. Now the mountains were shaking, probably like volcanoes. Remember, the thing called light had not been brought into this universe yet. Thus there was no Sun and no Moon to 'light' up the earth, a true dimension of darkness. 

Was the anti-matter earth Lucifer's playground, where he and his tribe of angels built cities? Was there a type of anti-matter bird? Were there fruit trees? Could it be that these angels used the anti-matter earth to practice their limited skills of creation? Before debunking these rather esoteric ideas it would behove one to examine the capabilities of Lucifer before his rebellion. 

 

Ezekial 28:12-15  

 

This passage, although referencing the king of Tyrus, seems more logically explained as a description of Lucifer, since the king of Tyrus never set foot on heaven's ground. Just like the King of Tyrus, Satan's self delusion was the cause of his downfall. 

'Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.' This description of Lucifer makes a strong case towards its ability to form basic living things. Lucifer may have tried its hand at creation to prove its claim to the throne of Jehovah. For that matter, the 'birds' referenced in Jeremiah 4:25 could have been a creation of Jehovah. In any case, there seems to have been some sort of creative environment on the anti-matter earth. The wrath of Jehovah could have been shortly after the fall of Lucifer, which places the angelic fall before Genesis 1:2, in the anti-matter world. These interpretations are all highly speculative, but seems to fit the Genesis story in a more logical manner than other interpretations. 

 

Conclusion 

 

A conclusive statement, based on what we have discussed so far, could be as follows:The anti-matter Earth was a mess of destruction, and Lucifer and his minions inhabited the area in front of the abyss. And the Spirit of God moved upon the front of the violent areas. Then the Light of the World swooped in and converted (or removed almost all of) the darkness in to the Universe. Colossians 1:16-17 

 

Genesis 1:3 And God said , Let there be light: and there was light.  

 

 

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The Bible is popularly seen as a collection of stories by various authors with no particular logic behind the words. This is far from the truth. Grasping the fact that the Bible as a whole was authored by the Spirit of Christ through holy men (made holy by their relationship with Jehovah), it permits the reader to come to the conclusion that there is a definite logic behind the structure of the books, and even the structure of the words. Like mathematics, coherent logic can be applied, and, in fact, where the reader does not grasp the logic, gross misunderstanding is assured. What does this mean? In Jehovah's righteous eyes, everything is created good, including the Written Word. In the grand scheme of things, Jehovah has entrusted some holy men with the oracles, though this does not preclude the subsequent misrepresentation, the mistranslations and the blatant obfuscation that the followers of Lucifer have attempted of the Scriptures. A clear magnifying glass reveals the truth in all its glory, but a murky glass gives glimpses of the truth but veils important details. And so it is with man (the human soul). A sold out (to Christ) soul is clear and will reveal great detail, but an ambivalent, ignorant or even decidedly vile spirit will not show detail (at best) or obfuscate (at worst) the truth of the Scripture. The reader is advised to come in reverence before the Spirit of Christ to let their magnifying glass be cleaned and empowered, all this only possible due to the death and resurrection of Yeshua (Jesus). As we delve into the intricacies of parsing knowledge and logic, let us not be encumbered by past habits, sin or previous misrepresentations. Be especially wary of 'learned' teachers who have minimal spiritual enlightenment by the Holy Scripture, depending only on their head knowledge to unlock the 'magic' of Scripture.  

 

The Math  

1+1=2. This is, and always was, true in the universe we live in. Mathematics is inherently factual (until we delve into theoretical mathematics) though the concept of mathematics is not natural, but has to be taught. There are long forgotten tribes in the Amazonian forest who do not possess the culture of mathematics, unable to count past 6. They thus also do not have the ability to recollect many things in detail, locked into this ignorant (to us who know mathematics, not to them) way of life. Though simple, they will not be able to live beyond a certain understanding of the universe, making them susceptible to misrepresentation by others. Using this analogy, at face value, the human mind is taught through life that the truths in the Bible are not real. When, like mathematics, the reader assumes standard logic, then the truths become clear.

 

The Language Barrier  

The King James Version Bible was a translation from the Textus Receptus, a collection of accepted Greek manuscripts which included the Septuagint (or LXX, the Old Testament in Greek). As such scholars versed in the traditional Greek written language have an advantage in terms of the translation or interpretation of the Textus Receptus. Note that there is evidence that the book of Matthew was originally written in Hebrew.

Old English was an accumulation and fusion of the languages from Germanic, Norse, French and original Britannic dialects, very much derived in lockstep with the tribes that assumed power within Britain. Owing to the assimilation of words from many other languages throughout history, modern English contains a very large vocabulary, with complex and irregular spelling, particularly of vowels. Modern English has not only assimilated words from other European languages, but from all over the world. The letter J was originally pronounced 'i', as in Hallelujah, which explains why Jesus' name was pronounced as such from the Greek Iesous. The Greek language itself was more sophisticated (and more scientifically detailed) than the English language, which posed a slight problem when it came to the King James Version Bible. This author believes that the scholars were blameless in their attempts at translations and subsequent conceptual misunderstandings, rather the onus is on the modern Bible reader to study Scriptural context with a good Greek language reference eg, Strong's Exhaustive Concordance. Unsurprisingly, knowledge of Hebrew and Aramaic would also be useful, but more difficult to attain.

 

Historical Validity

 

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it - Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, aka George Santayana

 

As an extrapolation of this famous saying, if history is obfuscated by the architects of power to benefit themselves, the seething masses would be repeatedly enslaved by these same architects. The same could be said of Lucifer, the chief architect of untruth, and the leader (acknowledged or not) of these selfish architects of power. To date, the usual attack on the validity of Scripture has almost always been its historical validity. This compounded by the fact that the copy process for the original writings were actively altered to bring about mistruths, to more reflect the beliefs and thoughts of the copiers, hence the large number of slightly different manuscripts post death of Christ. The other attack point is of the very physical proof of the history written within the Bible eg. did the Hebrew slaves travel through the wilderness as described?

 

Exodus of Hebrew slaves - Weblink

Sodom and Gomorrah - Weblink

Noah's Ark - Weblink  

 

Prescribed Method Of Scriptural Interpretation

As described within rabbinical schools of Judaism, Scripture must be interpreted within the following framework:

1) Language

2) Context

                   - Textual Context

                   - Historical Context

                   - Cultural Context

 

Example of Scripture Interpretation  

The following web article gives a very good example of the way the reader should read, analyse and decipher Scripture. This is dependant on the reader acquiring conceptual and historical knowledge to 'understand' what the Scriptures mean, to its fullest.  

 

What Did The Apostle Paul Teach About The Rapture? - Weblink

Hebrew Scholar's Interpretation Of The Torah, Tanakh and Talmud - Weblink

 

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The King James Version (KJV), commonly known as the Authorized Version (AV) or King James Bible (KJB), is an English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England begun in 1604 and completed in 1611. First printed by the King's Printer Robert Barker, this was the third translation into English to be approved by the English Church authorities. The first was the Great Bible commissioned in the reign of King Henry VIII (1535), and the second was the Bishops' Bible of 1568.   

 

Who Were the King James Translators  

One of the first things the new King James did was the calling of the Hampton Court Conference in January of 1604 "for the hearing, and for the determining, things pretended to be amiss in the church." Here were assembled bishops, clergymen, and professors, along with four Puritan divines, to consider the complaints of the Puritans. Although Bible revision was not on the agenda, the Puritan president of Corpus Christi College, John Reynolds, "moved his Majesty, that there might be a new translation of the Bible, because those which were allowed in the reigns of Henry the eighth and Edward the sixth, were corrupt and not answerable to the truth of the Original."

Although 54 men were nominated, only forty-seven were known to have taken part in the work of translation. The translators were organized into 6 groups, and met respectively at Westminster, Cambridge and Oxford. Ten at Westminster were assigned Genesis through 2 Kings; seven had Romans through Jude. At Cambridge, eight worked on 1 Chronicles through Ecclesiastes, while seven others handled the Apocrypha. Oxford employed 7 to translate Isaiah through Malachi; eight occupied themselves with the Gospels, Acts, and Revelation.

The King James Version translators took the baton passed on to them by devout men and martyrs who translated before them. Men like John Wycliff, aka "The Morning Star of the Reformation" who was the first to translate the entire Bible into English. Although he only had the Latin Vulgate to work with, you can see his influence on Tyndale's translation and ultimately the Authorized Version. Like Martin Luther, Dr Wycliff was awakened to the truth through the reading of the scriptures. He spoke out vehemently against the Romish rites and practices that at that time had a stranglehold on the land.

The King James translation was done by 47 scholars, all of whom were members of the Church of England. In common with most other translations of the period, the New Testament was translated from Greek, the Old Testament was translated from Hebrew and Aramaic text, while the Apocrypha were translated from the Greek and Latin. In the Book of Common Prayer (1662), the text of the Authorized Version replaced the text of the Great Bible – for Epistle and Gospel readings – and as such was authorized by Act of Parliament.  By the first half of the 18th century, the Authorized Version had become effectively unchallenged as the English translation used in Anglican and Protestant churches. Over the course of the 18th century, the Authorized Version supplanted the Latin Vulgate as the standard version of scripture for English-speaking scholars. With the development of stereotype printing at the beginning of the 19th century, this version of the Bible became the most widely printed book in history, almost all such printings presenting the standard text of 1769 extensively re-edited by Benjamin Blayney at Oxford; and nearly always omitting the books of the Apocrypha. Today the unqualifed title 'King James Version' commonly identifies this Oxford standard text, especially in the United States.  

 

The Bible as the Word of Jehovah  by the Pen of Man

The Biblical proof of the divine revelation of the text in the Bible is shown in 2 Peter 1:20–21, "First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from Jehovah." This passage teaches that when you read Scripture, what you are reading does not merely come from a man but also from Jehovah. The Bible is the writing of many different men. But it is also far more than that. Yes, men spoke. They spoke with their own language and style.

 

Speaking from Jehovah, Moved by the Holy Spirit  

First, they spoke from Jehovah. What they have to say is not merely from their own limited mental perspective. They are not the origin of the truth they speak; they are the channel. The truth they speak of through their writings is Jehovah's truth. Their meaning is Jehovah's meaning. Second, not only is what they spoke from Jehovah, but how they spoke it is controlled by the Holy Spirit. "Men, moved by the Holy Spirit, spoke from Jehovah." Jehovah did not simply reveal truth to the writers of Scripture and then depart in hopes that they might communicate it accurately. Peter says that in the very communicating of it they were carried by the Holy Spirit. The making of the Bible was not left to merely human skills of communication; the Holy Spirit himself carried the process to completion. One recent book by three former teachers (LaSor, Hubbard, and Bush,Old Testament Survey, p. 15) puts it like this:  

"To assure verbal precision God, in communicating His revelation, must be verbally precise, and inspiration must extend to the very words. This does not mean that God dictated every word. Rather His Spirit so pervaded the mind of the human writer that He chose out of His own vocabulary and experience precisely those words, thoughts and expressions that conveyed God's message with precision. In this sense the words of the human authors of Scripture can be viewed as the word of God."

 

Not Just Prophecy, but All Scripture  

Someone might say that 2 Peter 1:20–21 only has to do with prophecy not with all Old Testament Scripture. But look carefully how he argues. In verse 19, Peter says that a prophetic word has been made more sure to him by his experience with Yeshua (Jesus) on the mount of transfiguration. Then, in verses 20–21, he undergirds the authority of this prophetic word by saying it is part of Scripture. Verse 20: "No prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation." Peter is not saying that only prophetic parts of Scripture are inspired by Jehovah. He is saying, we know the prophetic word is inspired precisely because it is a "prophecy of Scripture." Peter's assumption is that whatever stands in Scripture is from Jehovah, written by men who were carried along by the Holy Spirit.   His teaching is the same as Paul's in 2 Timothy 3:16, "All scripture is inspired by Jehovah and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness." None of the Old Testament Scriptures came by the impulse of man. All of it is truth from Jehovah as men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from Jehovah.  

 

What About the New Testament Writings?  

Did the apostles and their close associates (Mark, Luke, James, Jude, and the writer to the Hebrews) experience divine inspiration as they wrote? Were they "carried" by the Holy Spirit to speak from Jehovah? The Christian church has always answered yes. Yeshua (Jesus) said to his apostles in John 16:12–13, "I have yet many things to say to you but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you things that are to come."   Then the apostle Paul confirms this when He says of His own apostolic teaching in 1 Corinthians 2:12–13, "We have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from Jehovah, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by Jehovah. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit." In 2 Corinthians 13:3 he said that Christ speaks in him. And in Galatians 1:12 he said, "I did not receive [my gospel] from man nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Yeshua Christos (Jesus Christ)." If we take Paul as our model for what it meant to be an apostle of Christ, then it would be fair to say that the New Testament as well as the Old is not merely from man but also from Jehovah. The writers of the Old Testament and New Testament spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.  

 

The Holy Spirit Is the Divine Author of Scripture  

The doctrine that emerges is this: The Holy Spirit is the divine author of all Scripture, and ultimately the absolute authority on the teaching of the Word (1 John 2:27). If this doctrine is true, then the implications are so profound and far-reaching that every part of our lives should be affected.  

The Holy Spirit is the author of Scripture, therefore, it is true (Psalm 119:142) and altogether reliable (Hebrews 6:18). It is powerful, working its purpose in our hearts (1 Thessalonians 2:13) and not returning empty to the One who sent it (Isaiah 55:10–11). It is pure, like silver refined in a furnace seven times (Psalm 12:6). It is sanctifying (John 17:17). It gives life (Psalm 119:375093107John 6:63;Matthew 4:4). It makes wise (Psalm 19:7119:99–100). It gives joy (Psalm 19:8119:16,92111143174) and promises great reward (Psalm 19:11). It gives strength to the weak (Psalm 119:28) and comfort to the distraught (Psalm 119:76) and guidance to the perplexed (Psalm 119:105) and salvation to the lost (Psalm 119:1552 Timothy 3:15). The wisdom of God in Scripture is inexhaustible.

 

Excerpts taken and edited from John Piper. ©2014 Desiring God Foundation. Weblink

Excerpts taken and edited from Ken Kayce. ©2014 Discover Books Of The Bible. Weblink   

 

Other biblical scriptures agreeing with this sentiment, that is, the scriptures declaring its divine origin and integrity:

Joshua 1:8

1 Corinthians 4:1

2 Corinthians 5:20

1 Thessalonians 2:13

Revelations 1:1-3

Revelations 22:9-10

Revelations 22:18  

 

Why use Jehovah rather than God as His name?: Gad  

How We Got Our Bible

 

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The Bible is the most printed book in the world, by a long shot. According to statistics brain, online, there have been over 6 billion bibles printed up to 2013. And it is the most translated book in the world, estimated at 6,900 and counting. So it is absolute foolishness to dismiss its authenticity and its authorship by the Spirit of God. No human or carnal organization could reach these levels of statistical awesomeness on their own.  

 

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(As revealed to this author circa December 2014)

In the Old Testament, all knowledge and wisdom in the universe was available as layers upon layers of knowledge, requiring great study and a subservience to the 'Teacher' (the Holy Spirit of Christ) to perceive revelation. These layers may be blatantly obvious, occasionally allegorical or prosaic and sometimes, even encoded (encrypted).

 

The Bible, taken as a whole, is a journey through life for each individual, as well as the Church (believers in Christ).

It talks about the beginning (Genesis), the end (escathology eg Daniel), the focus (Yeshua, the prophecies about Him) and the workings of the spiritual dimension, portrayed as the physical in the Old Testament, and the spiritual in the New Testament. If you consider that education was meted out in a class (as an analogy of what happens in the physical universe) then the Church was being, and is being taught exactly what was and is happening in 'reality' where the real 'real' is actually the spiritual dimension.  

 

1) First the 'Church' was birthed through Adam and Eve

2) was weaned during the time of the Torah

3) Jehovah then taught the 'terrible teen' adolescent Church (the Hebrew people in their apostasy and exile)

4) was matured during the life of Christ (the Apostolic Gospels)

5) blossomed in the Apostolic book of Acts

6) plans for marriage were made in the Epistles

7) the Banns of marriage will come to pass in Revelation

 

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Jeremiah 1 King James Version (KJV)    

12 Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten (shaqad: watch) my word to perform it.  

 

"A through knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education" - Theodore Roosevelt  

Weblink - Why The Bible? Ravi Zacharias  

Weblink - Revealing Himself In His Creation  

 

So how do we approach Scripture in a way that promotes real life change? Weblink

  • READ with an open, focused mind and a surrendered heart. Ask God to help you understand the context (big picture) of what you’re reading and the author’s original intentions.
  • REFLECT on what you’re reading. Pause to reread portions of it and let it soak in. If something really speaks to your heart highlight it or make a note. If something raises a question jot it down to explore later.
  • RESPOND to what you’ve read. Is there an action to take or an attitude to adjust? Is there a sin to confess or a praise to offer God? Prayerfully invite the Holy Spirit to continue speaking to you from what you’ve read.
  • Use a small notebook to record your daily readingreflecting and responding. This is a great way to review your journey with God through Scripture and can be an encouragement when times get tough.

Meaning of Exegesis  

 

The branch of theology that specializes in interpretation, or exegesis, of Biblical literature. Historically, exegetes have recognized four levels of meaning in the Bible:  

 

- the historical or literal, 

- the allegorical,

- the moral, and the

- anagogical or mystical, putting emphasis on the necessity of a foundation for the latter three in the literal sense. — exegete, n.

 

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