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David Underwood

 

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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David Underwood

 

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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