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viernes, 30 de junio de 2017
Free Will and the Problem of Evil
Why Does Yahweh Allow People to Commit Evil Acts?
By Pastor Eli James
“Do good, O Yahweh, to those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.” - Psalm 125:4.
Given the Bible’s numerous admonitions to obey Yahweh’s commandments, I am somewhat surprised that there are those within Identity who do not believe in Free Will. This belief is common outside of Christianity, as most materialists subscribe to some form of determinism, which is the belief that the world proceeds according to a causal chain of events and that we individuals are powerless to influence this chain of events. Marxism assumes this principle as if it were a natural law. They refer to it as “dialectical materialism” or “scientific materialism.”
Other secular philosophies, such as Skinnerian behaviorism, hold similar views, which, in essence, deny Free Will.
But the Bible most assuredly tells us that Yahweh grants us Free Will in the area of morality. If this were not the case, presenting us with the Ten Commandments would be a waste of time and effort. At the very least, this is the power to say Yea or Nay to any given temptation or test that is presented to us. Paraphrasing Shakespeare, “To do or not to do; that is the question.” One’s personal response to any test is the individual’s responsibility and no one else’s.
Furthermore, judging between good and evil would likewise be vain and worthless. Without Free Will, our very Consciousness would be unnecessary and vain; because, if unconscious, mechanical forces are making our decisions for us, then our Consciousness, the Self, is superfluous and vain. What would be the point of having Consciousness, if our Consciousness cannot influence the world? It would be like sitting in a movie theater, watching our lives go by, without the ability to make decisions. But Yahweh did not make the world for vanity. Life is not a spectator sport, even though some people would like it to be. Without question, the Bible tells us that we ourselves will be judged according to how we handle these decisions. (Psalm 119:113-120; Matt. 7:1-12; Luke 6:36-38; Rom. 3:4.) If there were no such thing as Free Will, all of this instruction, including the Golden Rule, would be worthless. Yahweh gave us Consciousness and Will, in order to voluntarily be like Him. “Thy will be done.” This is a moral commandment, not a law of nature.
The Realm of Morality Is a Realm of Free Choice
Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, had this to say when establishing the judges of Israel:
“Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes[legal cases, disputes among the people] unto God; And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt show them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do. Moreover, thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place over them rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear burden with thee.” –Exo. 18:19-22.
Although this passage does not specifically state that we have Free Will, it is certainly implied by the context, since we are expected to learn the statutes and judgments and abide by them. Can a machine do this? Do machines have feelings? Can a machine consider the feelings of others, who might be affected by our decisions? Can a machine show mercy?
For skeptics, a more direct statement is required, such as,
“And Yahweh spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they may bring Me an offering: of every man that giveth WILLINGLY with his heart ye shall take my offering.” – Exo. 25:1-2.
What is called the “heart” is that portion of our being that possesses the ability to accept or deny Yahweh’s laws. If that were not true, then morality, with its rewards and punishments, would be meaningless. Our “heart” is the location of our will. It is not a physical place; but it is temporarily attached to this human form, via incarnation, until the promised regeneration changes the relationship.
The Hebrew word for ‘willingly’ is NADAB (Strong’s #5068). The definition is “to impel; hence, to volunteer (as a soldier), to present spontaneously: -offer freely…). The Chaldean NEDAB (#5069) means “be or give liberally…freewill (offering), offer freely.” The plain meaning of both words is FREE WILL, voluntary, uncompelled behavior.
In the New Testament, the word is HEKOUSIOS (Strong’s # 1596), meaning voluntary or voluntarily. The word is used by Peter: “…not by constraint, but WILLINGLY.” - 1 Peter 5:2.
The OT contains the word ‘freewill.’ It is Strong’s #5071, NEDABAH. It means, “spontaneity...freely, plentiful… willingly.”
Since Yahweh is the source of this power, He wants His children to have this power as well, so that we can be like Him. This is what it means to be His “sons and daughters.”
From the above word studies, it is abundantly clear that we have FREE WILL and that Yahweh expects us to use it…appropriately.
Does Yahweh Do Evil?
Those who say we have no Free Will believe that Yahweh does everything for us and that He is the only responsible entity. This is a false idea. They also believe that He commits evil acts; but this conclusion is based on a misunderstanding of the meaning of the word ‘evil’ in a few verses, where it says that God does evil. A careful study of such verses reveals that the word evil, when designated of Yahweh, is a reference to the just punishment inflicted by Yahweh Himself against those evildoers who deserve it. (See examples in the next section.)
The Apostle James tells us, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts He any man.” - James 1:13. In addition, those who overcome temptation from various other sources will be given the crown of life. (Jas. 1:12; Rom. 3:4; 12:21.)
From the Old Testament:
“The face of Yahweh is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.” – Ps. 34:16.
“Far be it from God that He should do wickedness; and from the almighty, that He should commit iniquity. For the work of a man shall He render him and cause every man to find according to his ways. Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.” - Job 34:10-12.
“Yahweh is righteous in all His ways and holy in all His works…Yahweh preserves all them that love Him; but all the wicked will He destroy.” – Psalm 145:20.
Does Yahweh Create Evil?
Yes, He does. He even says so; but there is huge difference between having created a universe in which Free Will beings can commit evil acts VERSUS Yahweh Himself performing evil acts, ie. violations of His own laws. The above quotations prove that He does no iniquity. Let’s look at some of the verses which have caused people to falsely assume that Yahweh does evil acts.
“I form the light and create darkness; I make peace and create evil: I Yahweh do all these things.” (Isa. 45:7.)But the Hebrew word for ‘evil’ here is RA (Strong’s #7451), meaning adversity, affliction, calamity, disaster, punishment. It is “evil” only in sense of judgment inflicted upon those who deserve it. It is “evil” in the sense of “karma,” but not in the sense of malevolence or sin on the part of Yahweh. Wherever Yahweh is said to do “evil,” its meaning is retribution for violations of His laws. And this retribution is meted out by Himself in complete justice. This is the only sense in which Yahweh creates “evil.” It is only evil from the perspective of those upon whom the justice is being meted out. To those who being penalized, the penalty is referred to as “evil,” but it is actually just retribution. It is a poor choice of words by the KJV translators, but it is also the attitude of those who do not wish to accept the punishment as just. Often, the Israelites did not perceive that they were actually being punished for various acts of wrongdoing. So, when various calamities befell them, they called it “evil.” The KJV translators should have chosen a different word, such as calamity, or judgment, in such verses. This would have avoided the implication that Yahweh performs evil deeds.
These words of Isaiah 45 are meant in the same sense as in Isa. 47:11: “Therefore shall evil come upon you; you shall not know from where it rises: and mischief shall fall upon you; you shall not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon you suddenly, which you shall not know.” This is ‘evil’from our perspective; but from Yahweh’s perspective it is righteous judgment!
Just as the Hebrew word SHALOM has a broad range of meanings for “peace,” and as the Hebrew word TOWB can have a very wide range of meanings for “good,” RA covers every type of “evil,” from accidents to murder. However, wherever this word is used of an action by Yahweh, it is in reference to the judgments and punishments that He inflicts upon us for our wrongdoing. It is only in this sense that Yahweh brings “evil” upon us. An example of this type of “evil,” is contained at Joshua 24:20: “If you forsake Yahweh, and serve strange gods, then He will turn and do you hurt [RA’A, #7489, a cognate of RA]and consume you, after that He has done you good.” This verse confirms the fact that we have Free Will and that Yahweh punishes or rewards us according to our disobedience or obedience.
In no way is Isaiah, or any verse of Scripture, saying that Yahweh violates His own laws. Lawbreaking is a type of evil only lesser beings do. There are many passages in which RA means lawbreaking, but only when it is done by us. Yahweh does not perform deeds that are evil according to His own laws. That is out of the question, as James, Job and David testify.
By creating beings that have Free Will, He gave us the power to choose evil over good. Yahweh did create the possibility for His laws to be violated, but not by Himself. This is what Yahshua means when He says, “Woe to the world because of offences! For it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offense comes.” – Matt. 18:7.
Just as Yahshua was sinless in the flesh, so has Yahweh always been sinless. But Yahweh did create a universe in which sin is possible; and, indeed, it has come. Sin had to come in a universe in which lesser beings are given Free Will. Lucifer was the first one to sin, when He discovered pride and began practicing the art of deception. Yahweh foresaw this development and had a remedy prepared in advance: “The Lamb which was slain from the foundation of the cosmos.” (Isa. 11:6-11; Rev. 13:8.)
This evil world is an object lesson in what happens when we Israelites sin. The Kingdom is that place in which we Israelites will have mastered sin; and it no longer has any power over us.
Said the Sinless One: “Wherefore if your hand or your foot offend you [cause you to sin], cut them off, and cast them from you. It is better for you to enter life lame and crippled, rather than having two hands or two feet and be cast into everlasting fire.” – Matt. 18:9.
The Big Picture: Why Does Yahweh Allow Evil to Occur?
Many people, from philosophers to laymen, have asked this question. They say, “Surely, if God were omnipotent, all-knowing and all-good, He would not allow evil to occur.” But this question ignores the crucial fact that Yahweh wants His Sons and Daughters to be like Himself, possessing Free Will. Hence, we have to learn the difference between Good and Evil for ourselves. If He makes our decisions for us, then we do not learn the lessons. We have to learn righteousness from Experience. This is what the last 6,000 years of history is all about. Our Race – at least some of us – is learning this lesson in preparation for dominion in the Kingdom. His plan involves 4,000 years of “eye for an eye,” plus 2,000 years of Grace, while we internalize the Law (Jer. 31:31-37; Heb. 8:8-13).
Grace does not mean that the “law has been done away with,” as so many denominations falsely teach. It only means that ultimate judgment has been suspended until that Last Great Day, when we will be required to pay the uttermost farthing for our own evil acts. (Matt. 5:26.) At that time, we will all be judged according to our works. (Rev. 15:3-4; 20:12-13.) Those who believe that Grace erases all sin are kidding themselves. Grace is not a license to sin; it is only a temporary suspension of judgment: a grace period from the Cross to the Lake of Fire.
Does Yahweh “allow” innocent children to be victimized by murderers and rapists? It appears the He does; but this does not mean that He does the act. It only means that such extreme acts of evil are necessary for us to learn the lessons of Free Will. These are very hard lessons. The Bible does not tell us exactly what happens to children when they die, although there is no reason to believe that they go anywhere else but where the adults go after death: a state of disembodied Consciousness, which is reserved for the Judgment Day, when all of the dead will return. It is then when rewards and punishments will be meted out. If innocent children have died, then no punishment is deserved by them. Therefore, they will have a place in the Kingdom. Most of the martyrs have already achieved their crowns of glory. (Rev. 2:10.) They are just waiting for the Great Day, when those crowns will be placed upon their heads.
Jesus assures us that those who hurt children will be severely punished. “And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in Me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and he were cast into the sea.” (Mark 9:42.) We are also assured that whatever befalls us in this world for righteousness’ sake will be rewarded in the Kingdom. (Matt. 5:10.) The martyrs will get their reward. Unfortunately, justice is not always granted in this world. But we are also assured that life in the Kingdom will be infinitely superior to that of the richest and most powerful in this world (Matt. 11:11.), so we have much to look forward to and much to work for.
The undeniable reality is that evil is running rampant in these End Times. This is because Lucifer/Satan has been given dominion in these Last Days, to try us in the fire of tribulation. This is the only way that Yahweh can separate the Remnant from the reprobates. This is a test, cosmic test; and only the overcomers will be saved. (Rev. 2:7.) For this reason, Israel must be gleaned and only the best will be preserved (Isa. 65, esp. verse 9) for the administration of the Kingdom.
I think Paul sums up this situation very succinctly: “…so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and the prophets: And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God and toward men.” – Acts 24:16.
It is incorrect to blame Yahweh for the evil acts committed by others. We are the authors of our own evil. Blaming God does not solve our problems and it distracts us from the main lesson to be learned: We must be stalwart in our resistance to evil and faithful to His promises to us. We must all develop a desire for Justice (righteousness) and Truth. Those who have no compassion for others will fail the test, for justice is impossible without compassion..
For the sake of argument, let’s pretend there is no God. Who then is responsible for the murder that happened down the street? Surely, Yahweh did not do it. It was done by some human being. Blaming God overlooks the fact that some responsible agent, a human being, performed the act. Rest assured that the rapists and murderers will be judged, as well as all those in the churches who make excuses for evil instead of teaching judgment and repentance.
The Discernment of the Elect: Yahweh’s Plan to Refine Israel
The Main reasons why Yahweh causes tribulation for us:
1.)Punishment for our transgressions
2.)Testing our resolve against the enemy (Deut. 4:30; John 16:33; Acts 14:22; Romans 2:9)
3.) Learning compassion through tribulation. By suffering ourselves, as He suffered for us,
we become compassionate towards our Brethren
4.) Qualification of the Elect (passing the test of Job: remaining just and faithful against all adversity)
5.) The ability to accept seeming failure in this life, as not all things will be resolved in this life. Knowing that this world is not the end of our existence, there will be an afterlife for the just.
Because the modern churches have lost all sense of discernment, they cannot grasp that they are even being tested. They falsely assume that Grace will last forever and their sins will not be judged. The antinomians believe they have all been saved at the Cross, while they turn a blind eye towards injustice and earthly evil gets intolerably worse!!! Likewise, the rapturists do nothing worthwhile, as they also allow evil to flourish, pretending that they will not have to overcome this evil world. These churches have ceased preaching repentance and resisting evil. Instead, they foolishly claim “salvation” by compromising with evil. The Bible says that salvation is about overcoming through tribulation: a trial by “fire”; but the Judeo-Christians, the apostate church of Laodecia, deny that this is so.
Some passages for discernment: Matt. 3:10; 7:15-21; 10:11-16; Acts 24:14-16; Rom. 2:5-16; 8:18, 35-39; 12:12-18; II Cor. 1:2-7; II Thes. 1:3-12. “When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. – II Thes. 1:10. That day is coming; and no one is going to escape it. Come what may, we are not to lose heart. We are not to abandon Yahweh and His Laws. Those who can retain their Faith through tribulation will be the Remnant that overcomes this evil world. This is how we share in the passion of the Messiah, who suffered for us. We also must help and encourage one another, to avoid falling into the trap together.
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” - Matt. 24:21. In these Last Days (composition date: Feb. 2013), the world will be going through the birth pangs of the Kingdom. It will be a very painful delivery. But, as a mother forgets the pain of childbirth after the baby is born, we Israelites will forget all of the Tribulation we have had to endure, for the glory we achieve will be more than worth it.
When Peter asked Him, on behalf of the Apostles, what is the purpose of their forsaking all and following Him, He said: “Verily I say unto you, that you which have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man shall sit in the throne of His Glory, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” – Matt. 19:27-30.
Our current suffering steels us against the Great Day. We must be strong: physically, morally, politically and spiritually, to stand against Satan’s final attempt to wrest the Kingdom from the Righteous. There will be a very great reward for those who keep His commandments. Only those who, by their own Free Will, choose righteousness over disobedience, shall inherit everlasting life. The rest of the world will go on as it was before, with the vast improvement that His Throne will be administered by the Bride of Christ, the Righteous of the Twelve Tribes of Israel (Rev. 21:12). The seat of this government will be the New Jerusalem. (Rev. 21:10.)
“The government shall be upon His shoulder.” - Isa. 9:6-7.
The Burning of the Tares
The following discussion is culled from the work of Ed Tarkowski, from his article entitled, “The Tares (Darnel).” [Link provided at the end of this section.] “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” – Matt. 13:24-30.
Holman's Bible Dictionary: "TARES KJV term for grassy weeds resembling wheat, generally identified as darnel (genus Lolium)." Darnel is of the genus Lolium.
World English Dictionary: "Darnel is a weed grass (probably bearded darnel or Lolium temulentum) that looks very much like wheat until it is mature, when the seeds reveal a great difference. Darnel seeds aren't good for much except as chicken feed or to burn to prevent the spread of this weed.”
Easton's Bible Dictionary: "The bearded darnel, mentioned only in Matt. 13:25-30. It is the Lolium temulentum, a species of rye-grass, the seeds of which are a strong soporific poison. It bears the closest resemblance to wheat till the ear appears, and only then the difference is discovered. It grows plentifully in Syria and Palestine."
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition 2000 defines "soporific” as: “ADJECTIVE: 1. Inducing or tending to induce sleep. 2. Drowsy. NOUN: A drug or other substance that induces sleep; a hypnotic.”
Smith's Bible Dictionary: "There can be little doubt that the zizania of the parable, #Mt 13:25 denotes the weed called "darnel" (Lolium temulentum). . . .The grains of the L. temulentum, if eaten, produce convulsions, and even death."
Botanical.com says this about darnel: "The admixture of the grain with those of the nutritious cereals amongst which it is often found growing should be guarded against, as its properties are generally regarded as deleterious. Gerard tells us: 'the new bread wherein Darnel is eaten hot causeth drunkenness.' When Darnel has been given medicinally in a harmful quantity, it is recorded to have produced all the symptoms of drunkenness: a general trembling, followed by inability to walk, hindered speech and vomiting. For this reason the French call Darnel: 'Ivraie,' from Ivre (drunkenness); the word Darnel is itself of French origin and testifies to its intoxicating qualities, being derived from an old French word Darnel, signifying stupefied. The ancients supposed it to cause blindness, hence with the Romans, lolio victitare, to live on Darnel, was a phrase applied to a dim-sighted person.
Recapping the symptoms in the various definitions above concerning darnel and/or its fungus, they are:
A.) Physical Effects of Darnel B.) Psycho-physical Effects of Judeo-Christianity, Caused
Poisoning by the Leaven of the Pharisees
1. Sleepiness, drowsiness 1. Apathy, Christian zombies sleepwalking through life 2. Hypnotic episodes 2. Brainwashing 3. Convulsions 3. Christian Zionism, social chaos, war, bolshevism 4. Drunkenness, intoxication 4. Fundamentalist giddiness, the “Feel Good Gospel” 5. Trembling 5. Reaction to those who do not agree with their theology 6. Inability to walk 6. Fainting and swooning, Holy Rollers in the churches 7. Hindered speech 7. Speaking in tongues of gibberish, free speech denied 8. Vomiting 8. Judeo preaching 9. Stupefaction 9. Dispensationalism, Antinomianism, Rapturism
10. Dim-sightedness 10. Blindness to leaven of the Pharisees
11. Death of the victim 11. Death of the Caucasians
Other effects of darnel poisoning include giddiness, apathy and various abnormal sensations as effects of darnel.
Some commentators have argued that darnel itself is not harmful, often being used as fodder for livestock, but that it becomes deadly when an associated fungus takes up residence within the seed head. The darnel weed will be cast into the fire. The wheat is to be gathered into the barn. The problem is that the average wheat (White Christian Israelite) does not recognize that darnel is an alien species, which resembles wheat until it matures. Darnel is deadly to the wheat, but the wheat does not comprehend the danger:
Matt. 13:30. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
There is a time to distinguish between darnel and wheat. The fruit of the darnel is smaller than the fruit produced by true wheat. When the two are ripening, the difference becomes very obvious, including the size, just as the Jews have historically been 8-10 inches shorter than Israelites. There are those who have convulsed, been made drunk, trembled uncontrollably, stammered in their speech, were stupefied, turned giddy, etc., who have tried to tell us that the Jews are the wheat. [The above information culled from: http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/tares.html ]
From the above analysis, it is easy to see that as darnel is to wheat, Jewry is to Caucasian Israel. The Jews have poisoned our society with their deceptions, delusions, drugs, and impersonation of our seed. They are the disease organism that has infected the body politic with their parasitic infection. The Judeo-Christian world mistakes the darnel for the wheat (which is the soporific delusion); and only those of us in Christian Identity understand this. The Judeo-Christians, more than any others, have been infected by darnel poisoning. By allowing the darnel to take up residence in our midst, we suffer the agony of a host that is being eaten alive by a parasitic organism. “They are drunken, but not with wine.” – Isa. 29:9.
Thus, the Judeo-Christians are stumbling around like giddy drunkards, stupefied by the leaven of the Pharisees. Only Christian Identity has ever offered the explanation of the true cause of this drunkenness. It is darnel poisoning. It is the church-going Christians who are most affected, but the churches are clueless. The churches are drunk, believing themselves to be sober! Therefore, we pray to the Father and the Son: “Wake them up, before it is too late. Awaken them out of their drunken stupor, that they may live. In the Names of Yahweh and Yahshua, Amen.” Only when the evil seed is destroyed can there be peace on earth. The progeny of Lucifer will be cast into the fire, never to appear again. The true source of evil will finally be vanquished, according to His 6,000 year old Plan.
The Autoimmune Analogy and the Conflict of the Ages
Although the Darnel Analogy is explicitly covered in Matt. 13, the Autoimmune Analogy must be gleaned from various passages throughout Scripture. It concerns the fall of Lucifer/Satan from his high place as a Cherub (Eze. 28:14-16), being cast down from his former abode in heaven down to the earth, and his ultimate destruction at the Judgment Day. At some point after being cast down to earth along with his fallen angels, Nachash/Azazel, also known as Satan, infected Eve’s womb (Gen. 3 – 4:1) and fathered his own line of descent, the offspring through Cain: the Kenites, the Canaanites, the Edomites, whose priesthood was the Idumean Pharisees of Judea. It is these descendants of Cain (Matt. 23:31-35; John 8:32-44) who are the forebears of the breed known as Jews today. They are the literal Synagogue of Satan, which has deceived the world (Rev. 12:9) via their parasitic infection of the Adamic host. Their religion is called Judaism. Judaism is NOT the religion of Moses. The Pharisaic rabbis freely admit that their religion is based upon the Babylonian Talmud, which overrules the Mosaic Law. Judaism = Talmudism. Most Christians do not understand this, because their false priests do not inform them of this reality. This satanic infection will be cured, once and for all, when Yahshua returns to burn all the tares. The tares will be so thoroughly eliminated that they will be left with neither root nor branch (Mal. 4:1; Ob. 18). This is what must be done in order to cure the disease. The Israelites failed to do the job in Old Testament times, so we have been under the curse of Numbers 33:55 ever since, as the Jews have definitely been pricks in our eyes and thorns in our sides from that day forward.
When did this infection begin? It began with the rebellion of Lucifer and the angels that joined him in the rebellion. This story is told in Revelation 12. That Chapter details the cosmic and earthly history of the conflict of the ages, between the progeny of Satan and the descendants of Adam and Eve. Read that Chapter very carefully, and you will easily see how it dovetails with Matt. 13 and the two seedlines of Gen. 3:15.
The question that I am often asked is “Why didn’t Yahweh just destroy Lucifer and the fallen angels right from the moment they rebelled?” The answer to this question is the Autoimmune Analogy. We have to understand that this rebellion, which was the heavenly origin of the parasitic disease that is covered under the Darnel Analogy, infected one third of the heavenly host. Just as the human body is a complex interrelationship of many different organs, each of which cannot survive without the healthy performance of the other organs, so is the Universe an integral body. The Universe is Yahweh’s body. If one third of your organs failed, it is not possible to simply cut them out and throw them away. The patient would die from the operation! This is why Yahweh had to institute a Plan of Salvation, not just for Israelites, but for the Universe itself! This is high cosmic drama! This is the original Star Wars!
Curing this infection is not as simple as lancing a boil. Lucifer and his fallen angels, via their rebellion, infected one third of the heavenly body. Yahweh was faced with two choices: 1.) Allow the heavenly body to die and start all over with a new universe, or 2.) Cure the disease. This infection cannot be cured by surgery. It can only be cured by a concerted operation of the immune system.
Yahweh opted for choice #2. The problem with choice #1 is that Yahweh, in starting over from scratch, would have to accept the death of all of the other living beings in the universe. This would not be fair to them. In addition, given the fact that Free Will would also be operative in the recreated Universe, the same problem would eventually occur. This is why choice #2 is the only one that makes sense. Why start all over and still be faced with this possibility? Deal with it now!
Yahweh began the cure process by shrinking the tumor, isolating the disease from the rest of the heavenly body. “There was war in heaven.” (Rev. 12:7) Michael and his legions of faithful angels defeated Lucifer and his angels. The first stage of the cure had taken effect. Then, Satan and his rebellious host were cast down to earth. Thus, the infection was localized to this planet.
We have no way of knowing how many eons of time that this struggle took. What we do know is that we are in the final stages of the cure. Six thousand years ago, Adam and Eve were charged with the job of maintaining a pure line of descent, the White Adamic race. This Race was designed to possess immortal bodies, preserved and protected by the Shekinah Glory. They were explicitly told by Yahweh not to even touch the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.” This “tree” cannot possibly be a literal tree, since literal trees do not have knowledge of good and evil. This “tree” can only be the race of the fallen ones, who inhabited this planet after they were cast out of heaven. Nachash, the “Serpent,” was one of their number. This hybrid species, even today, possesses the genius of their father, Nachash, in their ability to mix very clever lies (knowledge of evil) with the truth (knowledge of good), so as deceive the unwary. They possess the knowledge of both good and evil and are experts at poisoning the well of Truth. It is possible that, before the formation of Adam and Eve, Yahweh gave Satan one last chance to stop rebelling by giving him and his host of angels an opportunity manage the ecology of this planet. This would include all of the humanoid races (“beast of the earth” in Gen. 1 and “beast of the field” in Gen. 2) that existed before Adam and Eve were formed. Obviously, Satan failed in this job as well, as he could not resist lording it over this domain, as opposed to being a steward on behalf of Yahweh. In consequence, Adam and Eve were formed with the Shekinah Glory (Holy Spirit) to protect them from harm by the fallen ones. Adam and Eve’s job was to quarantine the fallen ones, thus shrinking the tumor again, with the goal of eliminating it entirely. What was accomplished in heaven, now had to be finished in the physical realm of the earth. But Satan had one last trick up his reptilian sleeve. He knew that, if he could infect Eve’s womb by implanting his own seed within her, she would lose her Shekinah Glory. He knew that she would not do this willingly, so he had to deceive her. The Book of Enoch records that one of Satan’s lieutenants, the fallen angel Gadrel, was chosen to seduce Eve. The scriptural details are scant, but we know that Eve had a dual pregnancy, from both Adam and Gadrel. Cain was sired by Gadrel (Enoch 1, 68:6-7), while Abel was sired by Adam. Gen. 4:1 records Eve’s surprise at giving birth to a mere mortal (IYSH) when she exclaimed, “I have gotten an iysh from Yahweh.” She was expecting to give birth only to immortal offspring! After Adam realized what had happened, he was faced with a serious dilemma. He could have asked Yahweh for a new wife; but he chose to join her in her error.
I John 3:12 records the fact that Cain “was of that wicked one,” the Serpent. Paul confirms these events at II Cor. 11:2-3, where he states that Eve was beguiled. The Greek word for ‘beguile’ is EXAPATAO (#1818), meaning to “seduce wholly.” We know that the seduction was complete, because Eve’s reproductive organs were cursed in Gen. 3 and our unfortunate parents had to wear loincloths to cover their shame! The illegitimate offspring was Cain, the first murderer. From Gen. 4 on, the Bible faithfully records the two lines of descent: the older line of Cain and the later line of Seth. This latter line is given to us in its entirety in Luke, chapter 3. Note that this line of descent excludes Cain and his line of descent.
Just as the Jews fit the Darnel Analogy in Matt. 13, the Adamic Race fits the Autoimmune Analogy of the two seedlines. The White race represents the White blood cells of the organism. It was Adam and Eve’s job to quarantine the fallen ones, so that they could no longer infect the earth by lording it over the other races and corrupting the earth with their fornications and pollutions. But Satan outsmarted our parents by infecting first Eve and then Adam. When this happens in our bodies, it is called an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the cells of its own body, instead of the invading organism. Examples of autoimmune disease are multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Addison’s disease.
Here is a medical explanation of autoimmune disease:
An autoimmune disorder is a condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disorders. Normally the immune system's white blood cells help protect the body from harmful substances, called antigens. Examples of antigens include bacteria, viruses, toxins, cancer cells, and blood or tissues from another person or species. The immune system producesantibodies that destroy these harmful substances. In patients with an autoimmune disorder, the immune system can't tell the difference between healthy body tissue and antigens. The result is an immune response that destroys normal body tissues. This response is a hypersensitivity reaction similar to the response in allergic conditions. In allergies, the immune system reacts to an outside substance that it normally would ignore. With autoimmune disorders, the immune system reacts to normal body tissues that it would normally ignore.
What causes the immune system to no longer tell the difference between healthy body tissues and antigens is unknown. One theory is that some microorganisms (such as bacteria or viruses) or drugs may trigger some of these changes, especially in people who have genes that make them more likely to get autoimmune disorders.
[Source: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000816.htm ] This is what the Jews have done to us, by arranging wars in which our people die by the millions. The Jews are the antigens and the Adamites are the white blood cells. The Elect are the antibodies that are developing the discernment to distinguish between the antigen and the normal cells of the body. While this infection lasts, the antigens kill us all the day long by their vaccinations, sorceries (pharmakeia) and their promotion of sexual immorality, which leads to venereal diseases and family break-ups. They kill us with usury, debt and foreclosure. They infiltrate our governments, so as to corrupt and sabotage our institutions, using them against us and to control us. They created the Federal Reserve Bank, the Infernal Revenue Service, the Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression. They kill us by destroying our economies, which leads to fatherless homes, suicide and starvation. All the while they seduce us by claiming to be “God’s chosen people,” so we can’t figure out that they are the true source of the river of pollution. In this manner, they train us to commit racial suicide and to kill each other while they flourish in this atmosphere of exploitation, debauchery, disease and decay. Thus, the sheeple are led to the slaughter, even while worshipping their executioners.
This is also why the Jews attack our Constitution, especially the Second Amendment, which is our immune system’s last line of defense. The Jews mean to complete the job that was started by Nachash in Gen. 3. The Jew-Bolsheviks exterminated 60 million White Christians during the misnamed, “Russian Revolution.” In reality, it was a Jewish-Bolshevik coup d’ etat. As one observer of Jewish history, Werner Sombart, has stated, “Wars are the Jews’ harvest.” In addition, organized Jewry has committed silent genocide against us by promoting race-mixing in all of our White countries. They know that if they can eliminate the White Race, all opposition to their tyrannical dictatorship will end…or so they think.
The reason why organized Jewry hates Christian Identity so much is because we understand who and what they are. The parasitic infection lives in absolute fear that the White blood cells will become “wise as serpents” and understand that they have been attacking each other instead of the antigens. Christian Identity is the cure for this disease, and the parasitic entity knows it. We are the Elect that cannot be deceived.
As with any biological infection, many of the white blood cells die fighting the infection. These cells sacrifice themselves for the good of the body, until the infection is brought under control and total immunity is established, so that the disease can never recur. So, this is the answer to the question, “Why does Yahweh allow evil to exist?” For Free Will to exist, evil must be allowed. But the extreme nature of evil is due to the fall of Lucifer and the ongoing struggle between Good and Evil. Although this battle has been fought for thousands of years, in cosmic terms it is only a temporary autoimmune response, an adjustment of the immune system to the invading parasite. In order to preserve our Free Will, the Adamic Race must learn the painful lessons of deception and temptation, lest the whole organism die.
The testing of Job, Abraham, Jacob, Moses and the prophets, plus the ultimate sacrifice made by the Messiah Himself, are all examples of the mental and moral fortitude that are required of potential citizens of the Kingdom. It is the crucible of the refiner’s fire. In all of these things, we must trust Yahweh, who does reward us for obeying His Laws. If we want to be true sons and daughters of Yahweh, we must accept the responsibility of Free Will. The Remnant are those who accept this responsibility and persevere. Even the New Testament states that Christians must expect tribulation and be glad for the testing. (John 16:33.)
But when too few Christians accept this moral challenge, corruption flourishes; and the Jews flourish in this atmosphere of corruption. Contrary to the false doctrines taught by the pastors of the modern “feel-good” philosophy, true Christianity has never been and is not an easy path. It requires faithfulness unto death. It requires courage and fortitude, which is something the modern churches totally lack. Because the Judeo-Christians have rejected the responsibility of establishing a moral world order, they become the playthings of the Jews. The Jews kill them all the day long, while they think they are being “saved.” In fact, the Judeos worship the parasite that is killing them. We pray that they will become “wise as serpents,” so that they can understand their error.
(For a more complete analysis of the Autoimmune Analogy, please see “Why Did God Create the White Race?” at ASI, www.anglo-saxonisrael.com .)
Free Will Cannot Be Overruled by God, Otherwise It Isn’t Free
The first violation of this sacred institution of Free Will occurred in heaven. All of the pain and suffering recorded by history is the direct result of that rebellion. Now it is reaching its conclusion here on earth. If there were a painless way to preserve our Free Will and also cure the disease, I’m sure that Yahweh would be doing things differently. It may not be apparent from an earthly perspective, but no one has suffered in vain. No one has died in vain. The eradication of the disease is the only solution to the problem of evil. Those who have suffered will be rewarded in the Kingdom. This is our Faith. This is what the Bible teaches. Temporary pain must be endured for the establishment of eternal glory. This is why Jesus Himself suffered. He is the King of the White Blood Cells. Those of us in Christian Identity wait and prepare with great anticipation the ultimate eradication of the disease called evil.
A lady named Victoria, in a radio interview entitled, “From the Foundation of the World,” is asked by Zeph Daniels how she can explain the fact that God “allowed” her father to rape and beat her when she was a little child. A friend asked her “What kind of God would allow this to happen to you?” So, in prayer, she asked God why these things were allowed to happen, and the response was, “’I am your sovereign Father, and all things happen for a plan and a purpose.’ So I kind of fell apart on that one, and I cried for days and asked, ‘Lord, please, why would you say it like that to me?’ And then He came to me and said to me, in my spirit, ‘I have a place for you. I have a plan for you. I have known you from the foundation of the earth. And these things that you have gone through will help somebody else. Plus you are Job. You are like Job. You are proving a point to Satan, the Devil, that even from a very small age, you stayed, your heart stayed true to Me. Your heart did not grow hard.” [Source:https://dl.dropbox.com/u/90054595/FileChute/VICTORIA%20Clip%203_From%20The%20Foundation%20of%20the%20Earth.zip] Brian Stiller gives us his perspective:
Questions on "Why does God allow evil?" asked on daily talk shows, was asked of me by Syrians in a refugee camp. There are two ways forward. First, logic: Why does a sovereign and good God not eliminate evil? The second is to follow the biblical narrative, seeing over time if God is doing something about it. First, the path of logic. Here are some possible ideas: (1) God wants to prevent evil, but can't which makes him impotent. (2) He is able but won't which makes him mean. (3) God wants to eliminate evil and is able, which leaves us back where we began (Hume, 18th century philosopher).
There is another possibility: Could God create a world where there is free choice but only one choice and that to do good? Your counter argument would be, ‘But that's hardly an exercise of free will.’ Also it defies logic. To say God can fashion a world where humans are free to do good or evil but only allowed to do good, makes God self-contradictory. We can't have our cake and eat it too.
Wired with choice, Augustine, the fourth century theologian, put it this way:
‘Such is the generosity of God's goodness that He has not refrained from creating even that creature which He foreknew would not only sin, but remain in the will to sin. As a runaway horse is better than a stone which does not run away because it lacks self-movement and sense perception, so the creature is more excellent which sins by free will than that which does not sin only because it has no free will.’
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God.For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. [The whole universe is still suffering from this disease] And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first-fruits of the Spirit [the restoration of the Shekinah Glory bestowed upon the Disciples of Christ when He walked the earth], even we ourselves groan inside ourselves, waiting for the HUIOTHESIA[placing the sons and daughters of Israel into the position of heirs], that is, the redemption of our body.” - Romans 8:18-23. Contrary to the “pie in the sky, by and by” doctrine of the apostate churches, the Bible teaches that the role of the Spirit is to RESTORE THE SHEKINAH GLORY TO OUR BODIES.This restoration will be the fulfillment of the law and the prophets. By spiritualizing the New Testament, they actually deny the true role of the Spirit!! Some of these apostates even teach that there is no more sin, that it was done away with, along with the Ten Commandments, at the Cross. But this antinomian doctrine is a prescription for evil to flourish. The devil is in the pulpit.
Contrary to this doctrine, Paul warns,
“For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy, who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith He was sanctified, an unholy thin, and has done insult to the Spirit of grace?” - Hebrews 10:26-29. So much for the Calvinist doctrine of “Once saved, always saved”!! With fear and trembling, we work out our own salvation (Php. 2:12), unless, of course, we are obedient to Yahweh’s laws. Only then can we expect to remain under His grace, or favor. He has given us His guarantee that He will love and support those who obey Him. It’s all about Free Will. He being the source of Free Will, He dispenses it to His children to see what we will do with it.
Yahweh promises that this situation of fear and trembling will not go on forever. Satan is NOT Yahweh’s equal. Satan was a created being, but his pride asserted that he would try to usurp Yahweh’s authority. But that situation will end with a great crash. At the Judgment Day, having purged the repentant of all uncleanness, our bodies will become worthy receptacles, once again, for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit cannot inhabit corrupt flesh. The flesh must become uncorrupted by accepting the terms of the New Covenant, voluntarily! The regeneration-restoration is the process by which the Remnant will experience the anticipated change “in the twinkling of an eye.” (I Cor. 15:52.) This is the True Rapture, which will be accomplished in our bodies right here on earth!
Prepare yourselves, Israel, for that day is coming soon!
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents, yet guileless as doves.” – Matt. 10:16.
At the same time, Evil, as manifested by the fallen ones, will be vanquished, never to appear again.
“But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:4-9.)
“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” – Rev. 20:14.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” – Rev. 21:4.
The cure for evil will have been effected.
Calvin’s False View of Predestination
Many of those who oppose the idea of Free Will have been influenced by the doctrine of John Calvin, who took an absolutist interpretation of Paul’s teachings on predestination. Wikipedia has this to say about Calvinistic predestination: “Calvinistic predestination is sometimes referred to as "double predestination." This is the view that God has determined the eternal destiny of every human being. He has chosen some to eternal life to be saved through the finished work of Christ, and foreordained others to everlasting punishment for their sin.” In other words, we have no choice in the matter. Supposedly, God has foreordained, before the creation of the world, whether you or I will be saved or damned…and there is nothing we can do about it!! In my view, such a God would be cruel indeed! Let’s look at Paul’s words, to see if Calvin was correct in his interpretation. First, Romans 8:27-39:“And He that searches the hearts [remember, the “heart” is that place that contains our freewill, according to the OT (Exo. 25:2)] knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. [Question: If election was assured from the beginning, why the need for intercession? Yahshua would simply be going through the motions, following the script, unable to affect reality or an unconverted heart!] And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. For whom he did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.[So, the purpose of predestination was to assure that Yahshua would have many brethren of His own Race. Thus, only the saints, the called-out ones, are the subject of this teaching.] Moreover, whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, He also glorified…Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifies. Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died, yea rather, is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.”
Yes, it is Yahweh who justifies; but that statement is in the present tense; and it is dependent upon His intercession. Remember that many are called, but few are chosen. Hence, to be called is not a guarantee of election. We still have to live up to the expectations of the predestinated in order to be counted among the Elect who will be glorified. Furthermore, Paul’s discussion of predestination here is predicated by hope, faith and good works. (Heb. 6:19, 7:19, 10:23-24.) If everyone’s destiny is foreordained, what good would hope do? Faith and good works would not be rewarded. They would be rubber-stamped. Would Paul be encouraging us to hope for something that is inflexibly set by unchangeable destiny? I don’t think so. What is the point of exhortation if we do not have the Free Will by which to effect conversion of the heart?
Paul’s discussion of predestination is simply saying that a certain number of Israelites, perhaps all Israelites, were predestinated to incarnate in order to have the opportunity to win election. Thus, a certain number of us will ultimately achieve the Election into the government of the Kingdom. That number is set at 144,000. If there are more than this number, so much the better! Even if we are not elected to that number, citizenship in the Kingdom will be a glorious thing. And this is what all of us hope for.
The first prerequisite is that He searches our hearts! (v27) The second prerequisite is that you must love Him! (v28) If Yahweh has foreordained your destiny, leaving you without any choice in the matter, what is the point of searching your heart? Love cannot be forced. It is also one of those qualities that must be given freely, voluntarily, without compulsion. The fact is that most people do not love Him, because, biblically, love is defined as willing obedience to His laws. (Jo. 14:15, 21.) Do you choose to love people of your own Free Will? Or is love forced upon you?
“If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and WE [the Father and the Son] will come to him and make OUR abode with him.” – Jo. 14:23.
Now, wouldn’t you like this to happen in your own being? It is up to you.
“And hereby we do know that we know Him, IF we keep His commandments. He that says I know Him, and keeps not His commandments, is a liar.” – I Jo. 2:3-4. This world is full of liars who call themselves by the name of “Christian” and “God’s chosen people.” I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman.Every branch in Me that bears not fruit He takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” - John 15:1-2. Obviously, some of the branches of Israel will not survive. The tree must be pruned of the dead and dying branches, so that the good ones can flourish. Pruning is an ongoing process. Yahweh is the husbandman. Yahshua is the Word by which the Universe was created; and He is also the Vine of Israel. We are the branches. The Adamic Race was created and foreordained to fulfill the objective of producing the Elect. This is the meaning of predestination; but not all Adamites, nor even all Israelites, will qualify for glorification. It depends upon their own obedience, love and faith.
“If a man [an Adamite] abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” (Jo. 15:6.)
So, you see, even Adamites of the chosen race will be cast into the fire IF they do not abide in Him. Glorification is conditional upon faithfulness and abiding in His Law. (Verse 10.) “You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you SHOULD go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit SHOULD remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in My Name, He MAY give it you.” – John 15:16.
Note the words ‘should’ and ‘may.” These are conditionals, which means that it is not guaranteed that every one of the predestinated will remain faithful.Many will not be able to endure the hatred, abuse, insults, and skepticism, even among our own people, let alone that which comes from a disobedient world; or, they might succumb to the lusts of this world, as the Parable of the Sower explains (Matt. 13). Not all of the seed that is sown will produce lasting fruit. Only those who remain steadfast to the end will receive glory. It is entirely up to you!
All of the conditions mentioned by Paul and John show that Yahweh is constantly intervening, pruning the predestinated flock, in order to ensure that the proper number of Israelites achieve election and glorification. This is why He chastens us! “For whom the Lord loveth he chaseneth. And scourges every son whom He receives. If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the Father chastens not?” – Heb. 12:7-8. We call it “tough love.” He does not like punishing us, but He has to, for our own sakes. He does not want to see us lying in the gutter, like drunkards.
The Husbandman is tenderly cultivating the flock, protecting them from the ravages of Edomite pollution, even while the world slides into the pits of hell. Even though it may seem as though Yahweh does not love us – because there is so much evil in this world – we understand that His mercy is infinite, as He is willing, of His Own Free Will, to forgive us if we truly repent. He knows our “hearts,” and He can easily tell if someone is faking it!!! So, don’t even think about it! Fakery will condemn you all the more. (Rev. 22:10-12.)
Yahweh wants you to get angry and upset with evil. He wants you to be filled with righteous anger, because this is the sign that you actually care. He does NOT want lukewarm Christians!! Speaking of today’s churches, He says, “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I would rather you were cold or hot. So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth.” - Rev. 3:15-16.
The world is full blasé Christians, unconcerned with the evils of this world, because they have been seduced by the false promise of easy salvation!
Predestination in Ephesians
Now, considering the above, let’s read Ephesians and see if Paul is making an absolute or a conditional statement: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we SHOULD be holy and without blame before him in love:Having predestinated us unto the placement of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.[We have been predestinated to incarnate as His acceptable Brethren, so that we SHOULD be restored to our place as Sons and Daughters of Yahweh.] In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace [He decides which of us is worthy by searching our hearts.];Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he MIGHT gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:That we SHOULD be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Messiah.” – Eph. 1:3-11.
The churches gloss over these words, which are spoken exclusively of Israelites, and try to apply them to “believers,” their own “church,” all races, etc. What a profound corruption of the Holy Scriptures, initiated by Satan itself! It is quite possible that Paul is only speaking of the early disciples, since the last words of the quotation are addressed to those “who FIRST trusted in the Messiah.” Nevertheless, these words will ultimately apply to all Israelites who are worthy of the inheritance. Far from being a universal proclamation that all souls are predestinated to go to either heaven or hell, as Calvin argued, Paul is merely saying, “Just as Messiah’s redemptive act was foreordained, so was our presence here, as His brethren.”
Whether you choose right or wrong is entirely up to you.
Some of His brethren accepted Him. By their own choice, others didn’t. “He came unto His own; and His own received Him not.” - John 1:11.
The words ‘may,’ ‘might’ and ‘should’ are conditionals. We have been predestinated that glorification might and should be brought forth in us and through us; but like any seed that is sown, not all of the grains bear good fruit. Another way of saying it is this: A large number of us were prepared for a particular mission here on earth, but not all of us would succeed. But Yahweh created the circumstances, fertile ground, to ensure that there would always be a Remnant who would obey His laws, even if He has to personally intervene to prevent the fallen ones from totally destroying us. It is this Remnant that deserves the greatest reward, for enduring until the end.
All of the things Paul mentions are the EARNEST of our inheritance. The down payment has been made, but the Kingdom has not been purchased yet. (Eph. 1:14.) Plus, our understanding has been heightened, so that we MAY achieve this inheritance. (Verse 18.) It is obvious to me that Calvin has misrepresented the concept of predestination and has created a very clever, Pharisaic teaching, which removes all of the conditionals and replaces them with his personal absolutes, such that you have no choice in your own salvation. But this view belies all of the conditional language that attends the concepts of obedience, punishment and predestination as well. Your own attitude will determine whether you see the glass as half empty or half full. Which example will you set?
A defeatist attitude will virtually guarantee your own disappointment. A hopeful attitude will tend to lead you in the right direction. [Note: many people believe that Calvin was a crypto-Jew, having Anglicized his name from the French Cauvin (Cohen) into Calvin. Be that as it may, his absolutist interpretation of predestination lacks scriptural merit, for the reasons given herein.]
Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t have Free Will. That idea is based on poor scholarship, dogmatic theology and materialistic thinking. It is precisely because Yahweh himself possesses this attribute as a universal power that He is able to share His own Free Will with those upon whom He decides to bestow it. But with Freedom comes Responsibility. If Responsibility scares you, then eternal life is not for you.
The domain or dimension in which we utilize this power of Free Will is called morality, or ethics. If we are sufficiently ethical, we may even develop the power to walk on water. Even He said, of those who truly believe in Him, “Greater things than these [miracles] shall he do.” – John 14:12.
I will conclude with the words of Joshua, who said: “Choose you this day whom you will serve…as for me and my house, we will serve Yahweh.” – Josh. 24:15.
Now, it’s up to you. The stakes are eternal life or the second death! Choose wisely!
Appendix: Arnold Kennedy on the True Meaning of the Word Translated as “Adoption” “What Does ‘Adoption’ Really Mean?” by Arnold Kennedy
The commonly accepted doctrine about Jews and Gentiles provides a basis for the popular thought that non-Israelites can be adopted into Israel. In the Old Testament it is claimed that strangers who became circumcised, kept the Passover and Law of Moses and became as Israel. On the surface this looks to be a reasonable case and appears to fit together in a unified view. However, these views are contested; the intention is to show:
[a] That adoption refers to the adoption of Sons out of the Children of Israel, ‘sons’ being huios and ‘children’ being teknon.
[b] That strangers in the Old Testament may often refer to Israelites who were residentamong other nations, living apart from the main body of Israel. There are different words for “strangers” in both Testaments, some being foreigners and some being Israelites.
THE WORD “ADOPTION”
The word translated poorly as “adoption” is huiothesia and it occurs only five times in the New Testament. It is not found in the gospels although the proper meaning or principle is there. Before we examine the five Scriptures, and the context in which they are used, it is better to first look at the wordhuiothesia itself. Lexicons do not agree precisely on the meaning of the word. Typically, they give meanings such as, adoption as a son, but this is a vague compromise.
Vine states huiothesia is a composite word consisting of: Huios = a son andThesis =
A placing, or setting. Hence it means the placing of a son or the placing of sons.
From Bullinger’s comments: Adoption = sonship. An adopted child may partake of all the privileges of the family, yet is not begotten and born in the family. But the subjects of this verse are begotten of the Spirit [John 3:6] and are, therefore, sons of God by spiritual generation. It is therefore a real sonship-spirit that enables them to cry ‘Abba Father’. Once we can penetrate the religious explanation, we find Bullinger is close to the Bible’s truth. The Israelites, who were the subject of John 3:6, contain spirit from their conception. They are born with the potential as “children” to be “sons” of God.However, in their dispersed or cast-off state, due to their disobedience and disbelief, they are not acceptable as sons of God. They are still to be “placed” as sons of God and this happens when they prove themselves to be worthy – just as Abraham did – by demonstrating their belief. Until that time they are known merely as children of God. Jesus made it crystal clear to Nicodemus that anyone not born of this “spiritual generation” cannot acquire it later in life: John 3:5 “Except a man be born [begotten] again [from above], he cannot [is not able] to see [perceive] the Kingdom of God …. Jesus used anothen [from above] not deuteros [a second time], as Nicodemus did.
This is why Jesus said that which is begotten of spirit is spirit and that which is begotten of flesh is flesh. Jesus is telling us there are two orders of human beings – those that are of the spirit and those that are of the flesh – spirit beings and natural beings. The spirit-carrying being contains the spirit from conception. The natural or non-carrying being does not contain the spirit at conception and can never acquire it.
The word huiothesia is never used to mean make anyone a son. It is to place a son. Each son who is placed already exists as a son. The Greek does not suggest making anyone a son and some lexicons point this out. Strong G5206 also gives the placing of a son.
Following this up in Thayer we find: “That relationship which God was pleased to establish between himself and the Israelites, in preference to all other nations … that blessed state looked for in the future life after the visible return of Christ from heaven …” The word appears in five verses where we should read placing of a son rather than “adoption” and so let us look at the five verses where the word is used.
THE FIRST adoption VERSE
Rom 8:15. “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption (placing of a son), whereby we cry, Abba, father”.
It is this indwelling spirit which enables those who are begotten from above to cry [krazo] “Abba Father”. Dr. Bullinger’s comments: Abba that is, father. It is said that slaves were never allowed to use the word Abba. Strictly therefore, it can be employed only by those who have received the gift of the Divine nature.
Paul continues: The Spirit beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. We must clearly recognise to whom this book of Romans is written. It was to those who had the Law Covenant. This is why it was necessary to understand that Paul was writing to Israelites only. Only then can we understand what Paul goes on to say in the next verse.
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ … There is no “Jesus” in this verse. It is further pointed out:
As xristos [christos] is in the genitive case, it means ‘of’ or ‘belonging to’ an anointed. There is no sound reason why the AV should alter this to ‘with Christ’. Surely He cannot be regarded as a joint-heir to these promises. Consequently, verse 17 is better translated:
If we are children then we are heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs belonging to an anointed people.
The “joint” heirs refers to all of Israel, that is, the circumcised and the uncircumcised who constitute the two parts of the one anointed people. THE SECOND adoption VERSE Rom 8:22, 23. “For we know that the whole creation (ktisis) groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now, and not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruitsof the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption (placing as sons), to wit, the redemption of our body”. In this verse we can see an explanation of what adoption is, namely the redemption of our body. It only remains to establish if this redemption is available to all and sundry. There is no way huiothesia refers to the popular concept of presently bringing non-Israelites into Israel.
Ktisis refers to the whole Israel nation or the whole creation that is groaning, waiting for the placing as sons. This is confirmed in Isaiah 43:1 where we read, But now saith the Lord [that is, Jehovah] that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel. Ktisis (creation) in the whole creation does not mean all races, but means those of the two sections of God’s race who are waiting [together] for the placing of Sons – “and not only they” refers to the Uncircumcision or Dispersion and “but ourselves also” refers to the Israelites of the Circumcision in Judea.
THE THIRD adoption VERSE
Rom 9:3, 4. “For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh; who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption (placing as sons), and the glory, and the covenants, the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises.”
If they are Israelites, then they do not include others than Israelites. This must be a difficult passage for those who want to insist on maintaining the traditional teaching that anyone of any seed can become an Israelite. The kinsmen according to the flesh and brethren [from the womb] are straight statements. So is, “Who ARE Israelites”.
To whom was this covenant made? The giving of the Law that pertained to Israel was given by the disposition of angels [Acts 7:53]. The new covenant was made with the same Israel that had the old covenant. Under “disposition” (diatheke), Thayer gives: “As the new and far more excellent bond of friendship which God, in Messiah’s time would enter into with the people of Israel”.
Many lexicons also limit this to Israel, as does the context: To whom was the giving of the Law? This law-giving was made to Israel alone. To whom are the promises? These were the promises to Israel alone, as the children of the Fathers. To whom is the service? Again, this Levitical law was exclusive to Israel.
In connection with the last point, see Rom 9:3 and Thayer’s comment about “service” or Latreia, “The service, or worship of God according to the requirements of Levitical law”. The verse itself states who ARE Israelites. So, if they are Israelites only who are placed as sons, where is the scope for saying such placement could possibly refer to non-Israelites? To find any statement, anywhere in Scripture, saying that these things pertain to non-Israelites, is impossible. So, the placing as sons is not for everyone of every race and God sets the limits.
Exodus 33:19. … and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.
Romans 9:18. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
God is always sovereign! God is gracious to those that He chooses! Hence this third adoption verse should read, “WHO ARE ISRAELITES, TO WHOM BELONGS THE PLACING OF SONS”. This can never refer to a church made up from all races. The subject refers always to the redemption and restoration of Israel [Jacob]. There are no references to other than the re-gathering of Israel. The remnant is always the remnant of Israel, who ARE Israelites. There is no record of any remnant of others outside of Israel.
THE FOURTH adoption VERSE
Galatians 4:5. “To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption (placing) of sons”.
The annoying thing with the AV handling of this verse is that it adds “of sons” in this instance but not in the others. This is a very straightforward statement as to whom the Son of God came to redeem. It was those who were under the law [Israel only]. These also are the only ones who can receive the adoption [or placing] of sons. These are the we in the verse. Never is there a proposition in Scripture that others should be redeemed, or needed to be redeemed. Strong G1805: exagorazo (redeem) To buy up, that is, ransom; fig., to rescue from loss [improve opportunity] … redeem … [to buy out, as of purchasing a slave to free him]. Thayer: exagorazo (redeem) By payment of a price to recover from the power of another … metaphoric of Christ freeing the elect from the dominion of the Mosaic law at the price of his vicarious death … to buy up for one’s self, for one’s own use.
It was Israel who was to be bought back by the Redeemer of Israel. The “receive” in this verse contains the prefix apo which makes “receive” mean to receive back again what is due. Therefore these are Israelites who are being re-instated to their former position with God. To receive back again therefore cannot include any who did not originally have this position; it cannot mean non-Israel.
Galatians 3:24 tells us that the child is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the Father. But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the Law, to redeem them that were under the Law. There is a progression from childhood to sonship in this chapter. This sonship is fully realised at the time of the manifestation of the sons of God. ‘Children of God’ is not a title, but ‘Sons of God’ is a title. Rom 8:18-23 gives the connection with “adoption”:
… the glory which shall be revealed in us (v18)
… the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God (v19)
… hope … (v20)
… shall be … (v21)
… waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of the body (v23)
The time of the manifestation of the sons of God is an important subject.
1 John 3:2. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is”. [This means that we will have our own resurrection bodies, just as he does. – Eli]
It is pointed out that one does not become a man without first having been a child. The child is under the schoolmaster. The child is the man earlier in time. He is still the same person. HE IS STILL OF THE SAME RACE AND BLOODLINE! Today we are taught that anyone of any race can become a son. This is based on the presumption that every person of every race was given the Law of Moses and that all races are the same because, “they all came from Adam”. This is manifestly not true!
THE FIFTH adoption VERSE Eph 1:5. “Having predestinated us unto the adoption (placing as sons) of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will”. Strong G4309: proorizo (predestinate) - to limit in advance or to determine before. Thayer: proorizo (predestinate) -To predetermine, decide beforehand, to foreordain, to appoint beforehand.
That there might be any limit in advance on who can become sons might find sentimental objections among sentimental Christians who think thatwhosoever has no limits. According to the good pleasure of His will might also find sentimental objections, but God is still sovereign and selective, and He is as unchanging as ever. The “good pleasure” (eudokia) is given as: Strong G2107: Satisfaction, delight, purpose etc.
Thayer: Delight, pleasure, satisfaction.
God does choose according to His purpose! For thelema (His will), we find:
Strong G2307 is a determination … desire … will … pleasure.
Thayer: What one wishes or has determined shall be done … of what God wishes to be done by us.
The “us” in the verse is selective and not everyone of every race. Talking of God’s selection, the Apostle Paul also asks this question, How is anyone able to argue with God?
HOW CAN ANY ARGUE WITH GOD?
Rom 9:20-22. Nay but, O man, who art thou who repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
Arguing with God is impossible. The we in this book of Romans is those to whom it is written. The relationship of this peculiar people, in particular, to the Law, is an issue in the books of Romans and Galatians. For this reason the argument Paul makes does not apply to all peoples but is limited to the two sections of God’s people, Israel.
Can any really argue with God about His selection and limiting in advance? Paul goes on to tell of the vessels afore prepared unto glory. This is referring to Israelites only in the Book of Life. God determined long ago that it would not be everyone of every race. No, in context, it is to Jews [Judahites – Eli] and Greeks [The Israelites in Judea and the Dispersion]. Paul again goes on to associate the “Greeks” with those to whom Hosea prophesied, namely the House of Israel.
WHAT IS THE TEACHING ABOUT ADOPTION?
In all five occurrences of the word adoption in the New Testament, each is associated with Israel. At this point some might say, So what? Israel is spiritualised in the New Testament. If Israel was not spiritualised when the Apostle Paul wrote his epistles, when was this change made? Again, this is one of the reasons why this point had to be covered in an earlier chapter to show that the common view is not valid. The thrust of Scripture is that the change is within the Israel people who now may receive sonship - that is, be reinstated and placed as Sons of God. It is not a change of non-Israelites into Israelites, but of those sons of Jacob who become worthy to have such a title. 1 John 3:2 tells us that we are now the Sons of God and that when Jesus returns we shall be like Him. WHO ARE THESE SONS? In the New Testament there are two Greek words translated as “son” or “sons”. These words are not interchangeable. The Lexicons give enlarged coverage to these two words, so that the main points only can be presented here. 1. TEKNON [Strong G5043]. This is translated in the KJV as child 77 times, daughter 1 time and son 21 times and means a child.
Vine states: “In contrast to huios, son, [see below] it gives prominence to the fact of birth, whereas huios stresses the dignity and character of the relationship”.
Acts 13:33… Thou art My son [huios], … All Israelites are teknon [children] of God but not all Israelites will be called huios [sons] of God. The wordhuios is used in a way that involves the character, orderliness and discipline of a particular group.
From Thayer’s compilation we find: “Offspring, children, a male child, a son … the name transferred to that intimate and reciprocal relationship formed between men by the bonds of love, friendship, trust, just as between parents and children … in affectionate address, such as patrons, helpers, teachers and the like employ: my child … in the NT, pupils or disciples are called children of their teachers, because the latter by their instruction nourish the minds of their pupils and mould their characters … children of God: in the OT of "the people of Israel" as especially dear to God, in the NT, in Paul's writings, all who are led by the Spirit of God and thus closely related to God”. …
The religious tone of the comment almost buries the truth! When were the Children of Israel ever downgraded the status of being merely “dear” to God! But despite this bias, it seems they still cannot get away from the basic fact the Children of Israel were in a different relationship with God in comparison with all other races.
2. HUIOS [Strong 5207]. This word occurs 380 times, and is translated mainly as “son”, or “child”. It does denote kinship. [Note this well!]
Thayer, “A son; rarely used for the young of animals; generally used of the offspring of men … in a wider sense, a descendant, one of the posterity of any one … used to describe those who are born again … and hereafter in the blessedness and glory of the life eternal will openly wear this dignity of the sons of God.”
Vine: Primarily signifies the relation of offspring to parent. [John 9:18-20 and Gal 4:30] Although Thayer’s comments reflect those of the church, the special nature of those that are begotten from above (not born again) is nevertheless present. This goes to show how vigilant we have to be when we read the lexicons and other such references - they all have their in-built religious beliefs that colour their discussions.
Let us look at some of the verses where huios is found:
Rom 8:14. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Rom 8:19. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
Gal 4:5. … that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Gal 4:7. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son: and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
2 Cor 6:18. … ye shall be my sons and daughters, …
Heb 2:10. … in bringing many sons unto glory …
The important thing to establish is the origin of these sons of God. What is clear is that they come from a state of servanthood under the Law. From there they come to a state where they can be placed in sonship. That they do not originate from those who were never under the Law is clear. There is no possible way adoption can relate to the adoption of non-Israelites into Israel. There is another point in Greek which might help understanding of this subject. If we consider Galatians 4:5 again, That we might receive the adoption of Sons, the word apo-lambano (receive) is a compound word. The prefixapo has the force of back again. These particular people must be receiving something back which they had possessed at some previous time. Hosea, prophesying to Israel, nails this:
Hosea 1:10 “… and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them [that is, Israel] ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God”. In this verse My people and sons are different terms. [In both cases, the reference is to Israel and Israel only. – Eli.]
HE CAME UNTO HIS OWN
John 1:11, 12. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, …
Once again, we need to determine the origin of the Sons of God. They are from among His own. Jesus came to His own possessions but those in control of these possessions did not receive Him as the owner. On the other hand, the common people there heard Him gladly and recognised His authority. Their belief enabled them to become the Sons of God once again. The rulers who questioned His authority are to be cast out. As many [that is, of Israel] as are led by the Spirit, they are the Sons of God [Rom 8:14]. This is the qualification. It is from this verse that the verses containing the word “adoption” follow on.