Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Christians before Christ?

This excellent speech discusses the imposition of a European pharaoh upon Egypt (in Africa) and how a man in that dynasty came to be referred to as "the Christ" and his servants "the bishops of Christ" and how the Africans and Jews were made to worship him on pain of death, long before Jesus!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqFtpV4i4zs

Here is the text of the historical reference from Hadrian's letter to Servianus:

"...8 1 Legamen ad paginam Latinam From Hadrian Augustus to Servianus22 the consul, greeting. The land of Egypt, the praises of which you have been recounting to me, my dear Servianus, I have found to be wholly light-minded, unstable, and blown about by every breath of rumour.2 There those who worship Serapis are, in fact, Christians, and those who call themselves bishops of Christ are, in fact, devotees of Serapis. 3 There is no chief of the Jewish synagogue, no Samaritan, no Christian presbyter, who is not an astrologer, a soothsayer, or an anointer. 4 Even the Patriarch himself, when he comes to Egypt, is forced by some to worship Serapis, 
p401by others to worship Christ. 5 They are a folk most seditious, most deceitful, most given to injury; but their city is prosperous, rich, and fruitful, and in it no one is idle. 6 Some are blowers of glass, others makers of paper, all are at least weavers of linen23 or seem to belong to one craft or another; the lame have their occupations, the eunuchs have theirs, the blind have theirs, and not even those whose hands are crippled are idle. 7 Their only god is money, and this the Christians, the Jews, and, in fact, all nations adore. And would that this city had a better character, for indeed it is worthy by reason of its richness and by reason of its size to hold the chief place in the whole of Egypt...."
http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Historia_Augusta/Firmus_et_al*.html#8

This is an amazing piece of history that throws light on the creation of the Catholic/Protestant debacle.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Can we agree that Jesus was a pacifist?

I think a casual reading of the gospels ought to persuade everyone that Jesus was a pacifist. Can we agree on that?

And this man finds a corollary: Glorifying war is a sin.

Interesting timing, today on NPR Mr. Takei/Zulu said that while he acted in a John Wayne movie glorifying and promoting war he didn't feel any responsibility because it was just a John Wayne movie.

So, ethicists?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/26/1316892/-glorifying-war-is-a-sin?detail=email

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The "chief princes" of Daniel 10:13

Okay, well after giving this passage some consideration and consulting a commentary (Barnes) I've come to the following conclusions:

* the "great princes" are archangels
* the guy with the appearance of lightning that spoke with Daniel was a regular angel
* the "prince of the kingdom of Persia" was a regular angel assigned to Persia to observe and report to God anything newsworthy and also to intervene as called for

So contrary to popular belief there are more than one archangels.

How many? Well there are seven. Their names are given in The Scrolls of Enoch:

[Chapter 20]
1,2 And these are the names of the holy angels who watch. Uriel, one of the holy angels, who is 3 over the world and over Tartarus. Raphael, one of the holy angels, who is over the spirits of men. 4,5 Raguel, one of the holy angels who takes vengeance on the world of the luminaries. Michael, one 6 of the holy angels, to wit, he that is set over the best part of mankind and over chaos. Saraqael, 7 one of the holy angels, who is set over the spirits, who sin in the spirit. Gabriel, one of the holy 8 angels, who is over Paradise and the serpents and the Cherubim. Remiel, one of the holy angels, whom God set over those who rise.
These are "the seven spirits before the throne" and "the seven spirits of God" and "the angel[s] of God's presence":

Rev_1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
Rev_3:1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
Rev_4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
Rev_5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

Isa 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.

Luk_1:19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sirach 43:26 as the background of Colossians 1:17

I just came upon an interesting verse in Sirach (considered apocryphal by Protestants) that Paul quotes in Col 1:17

Brenton
Sir 43:26 By him the end of them hath prosperous success, and by his word all things consist. 


Compare with:

KJV
Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 



So the author of Colossians quotes a verse in Sirach that refers to God's "word" (utterance) and applies it to Jesus!

Let's look at the context:

Sir 43:23 By his counsel he appeaseth the deep, and planteth islands therein. 
Sir 43:24 They that sail on the sea tell of the danger thereof; and when we hear it with our ears, we marvel thereat. 
Sir 43:25 For therein be strange and wondrous works, variety of all kinds of beasts and whales created. 
Sir 43:26 By him [God] the end of them [the sailor] hath prosperous success, and by his [God's] word [utterance] all things consist [they/their ships don't fall apart]. 

So the original context refers to sailors succeeding in their journey over the treacherous ocean by God's counsel.

So could it be that we should understand Col 1:17 to be saying, by virtue of this allusion, that Jesus is the one who causes the church/assembly to prosper and not fall apart? Or rather, that God through Jesus causes the church/assembly to prosper and not fall apart?

I think so. I think Jesus is being said to be the counsel of God in Col 1:17.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Powerhouse reporter Rachel Maddow explains Posse Comitatus

This dangerous movement has been growing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEiS8ZjZLno

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Jewish background of "antichrist" in the NT

Traditions build and build. The NT antichrist was building on Jewish tradition:

http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/1577-antichrist

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Lucifer

I like it when I find a web page that has lots of good information on a subject I thought I understood pretty well. This is one of those pages:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucifer