June 10, 2023
I want to say right from the very beginning of this message that I am not putting this study together for the purpose of convincing anyone to give up a personal conviction one way or another on the matter to be addressed. I am writing this because the topic of cooking on The Sabbath is a matter of debate, sometimes heated, among those who otherwise agree with the core issue—that being that The Sabbath is to be kept. My intent is to evaluate everything Scripture says related to the matter—not just the sole ‘proof-text’ used by those who will dogmatically hold that cooking food is prohibited on The Sabbath—and use the accepted rules of hermeneutics to more properly evaluate this matter.
The word hermeneutics is a fancy theology term that most define as: “how we interpret Scripture.” However, I feel that this is not the best way to define it, as we really are not supposed to interpret Scripture at all. Rather, The Bible is first to be read, second to be believed, and third to be obeyed. For this reason I think a better definition for hermeneutics would be: “how we understand The Bible.” It is important to a proper understanding of The Bible that we follow the four rules of hermeneutics, and these are…
The so-called “inner circle” of disciples consisted of Peter, James, and John–the disciples that Jesus took with him to the Mount of Transfiguration (Mount Hermon), as we see in Matt. 17:1. They are listed in that order, because they form a unique prophecy that is applicable to Church history.
As we have described over the last four segments of this presentation of Paul’s epistle to the Romans, from Romans chapter 9 Paul has been discussing and contrasting three different groups…
Paths of Old – Ancient Paths
Jeremiah 6:16; 18:15; Acts 15:21
“Thus said יהוה (Yahweh), “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and find rest for yourselves….” (Jeremiah 6:16)
“But My people have forgotten Me, they have burned incense to what is false, and they have stumbled from their ways, from the ancient paths, to walk in bypaths and not on a highway.” (Jeremiah 18:15)
Regular public reading of the Torah was introduced by Ezra the Scribe after the return of the Jewish people from their Babylonian captivity (c. 537 BCE), as described in the Book of Nehemiah 8. In the modern era, adherents of Orthodox Judaism practice Torah reading according to a set procedure they believe has remained unchanged in the two thousand years since the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (70 CE).
“For from ancient generations Mosheh has, in every city, those proclaiming him – being read in the congregations every Sabbath.” (Acts 15:21)
Bible readings for June 10, 2023. In the 6th solar month of the Hebrew 3rd month of Sivan (May/June).
When you set up
- Numbers 8:1—12:16
- Zechariah 2:10—4:7 (Tanach: Zechariah 2:14—4:7)
- John 19:31-37
- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13—14:40; Hebrews 3:1-6
If you are interested in downloading the annual Torah reading schedule with projected new moon sightings, Feast Days, click HERE.
Three Year Bible Reading Schedule
Genesis to Revelation
Exodus 11:1—12:34 | 2 Samuel 3:1—4:12 | Psalm 65:1-13 | Jeremiah 1:1-19 | Luke 8:19-56
If you are interested in downloading the complete 3 year Bible reading schedule, click HERE. You can break up your Bible reading into 5 days of your choosing or combine the above readings of your choice.
Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, “Brothers All” (Fratelli Tutti), used “love” as a repetitious theme to call for a One-World Order. Due to his position, whatever goals he has must be motivated by the Gospel of Christ…or at least it must appear to be, if he is to save face. Yet, by using love and Jesus as the motivation behind establishing the One-World Order, Francis is unequivocally positioning Christianity at the forefront of launching the Antichrist system.
The pope’s letter begins with a reference to “a way of life marked by the flavour of the Gospel…that transcends the barriers of geography and distance.” From this syrupy beginning, Francis spends several long paragraphs developing his call for a “fraternal society,” before clarifying that he doesn’t intend to teach on the subject of fraternal love; rather, his purpose is to emphasize its “universal scope.” Then, in a manner predicted by just about every prophecy-watcher on the planet, he mentions that COVID-19 has exposed vulnerabilities in the working relationships each country has with its neighboring nations. He states that simply improving existing communication strategies is equivalent to “denying reality.” Something far more drastic must be done to correct this malady…like a united world (so predictable). Therefore, Francis poetically writes before continuing on to discuss his propositions in more detail, “Let us dream, then, as a single human family, as fellow travelers sharing the same flesh, as children of the same earth which is our common home.”
Even some leading Catholic sources believe this to be obvious. As noted earlier, discussions related to the pope being either Antichrist or the False Prophet aren’t hard to find, especially in literature provided through Defender Publishing and SkyWatch TV. However, in case you haven’t yet had a chance to check out some of the astonishing trails and links Thomas Horn recently blew the whistle on in his “Defender Virtual Conference” presentation (STREAMING FOR 90 DAYS NOW!), here’s a short excerpt that, by now in this series, may not surprise you:
Both Catholics and Protestant evangelicals see the current pope, Francis, echoing a prophesied role in pushing…the system that Antichrist will employ. And, in fact, several Catholic Defenders of the faith—including the largest Catholic news agencies in the world, CAN and EWTN News, as well as several of Rome’s leading theologians like Archbishop Carlo Vigano—have recently stated publicly that Francis is this man from the book of Revelation and Daniel, even writing letters to then President Trump to warn him….
But for mystic Catholics, it’s much more than that. Many of them believe in the Prophecy of the Popes, which predicted nine hundred years ago that one hundred and twelve pontiffs, from the day that Saint Malachy had his divine vision in Rome and forward. One hundred and twelve popes would arrive, with the last one ruling over the Vatican when the Church and the world enter the Great Tribulation period, according to that prophecy.
Perhaps the most glaring example is some of the witchcraft and occultism that had global attention during a well-known revival that drew multiple millions of people all over the world in the 1990s and dramatically and permanently changed the landscape of Sunday morning worship practices in the West. Because there was actually some calculable good that came from this revival—and because several of those who perpetuated the more negative aspects of it have since repented of their involvement—we will sensitively refer to this period in time as the “Charisma Revival.” (As a quick disclaimer: These authors have studied the Charisma Revival throughout the years, and we want to be clear that the Lord certainly met many seekers at those altars. The movement was popular enough that readers may recognize which revival we’re writing about. If readers of this book were among those who attended and had a real encounter with God, we are not questioning the authenticity of your experience; we merely want to look at some of the questionable origins and goings-on of the movements that began in the area at that time.)
So why don’t the sleepers wake up?
It’s so obvious, we say… why can’t they see?
For whatever reason, it appears they were not called by God to participate in this great battle.
Clues are being dropped everywhere!
Not a day goes by that we don’t read something, or see a meme, or watch a video, that there are not massive clues being dropped. We see it and can’t understand why the sleepers don’t wake. The awake want to pull out their hair in frustration.
We shake our heads in disbelief when what is so obvious to us goes straight over the sleepers heads… wake up, we cry!
Yes, we all want this over and done with… absolutely! We so look forward to ‘the other side’… but nevertheless you know, there is work still to be done.
In 1912, German meteorologist Alfred Wegener[i] advanced the “continental drift” theory, a concept based on the proposition that the land masses on earth were at one time held together in one supercontinent called Pangea, from the Greek word pangaia, which means “all the earth.” According to Wegener, approximately 299 to 272 million years ago, ALL of terra firma was a solid mass, surrounded by one uninterrupted ocean called Panthalassa.
Wegener postulated that the supercontinent began to break apart during the early Jurassic Period, some two hundred million years ago. Over time, the shifting hunks of land masses formed the continents and the oceans that we know today. Modern geology identifies this shifting of the earth’s crust, or lithosphere, as plate tectonics, the theory that explains how the continents of the earth continually grind against each other in subduction zones or fault lines.
If you cut out the continents from a map, each of the pieces seem to pull together into one large land mass. The results are astonishing. With some exceptions, due to erosion and damage, the individual pieces fit together in a single puzzle—Pangea.
Assembling the puzzle pieces of the dismembered supercontinent should cause us to ask questions. What kind of violence was visited upon the earth to separate the supercontinent in this way? And, although Wegener proposed the shifting occurred over millions of years, what if this violence was sudden and complete?
In their book, God’s Plan for All, David and Zoe Sulem present an excellent exposé on the subject of a pre-Adamic civilization, in which they note:
The Pre-Adamic Age is the First Age of the Seven Ages in God’s Plan for All. It began at the creation of the heavens and the earth, and ended at the start of the six-day creation week, during which Adam and Eve were created. The Pre-Adamic Age was the age when Angels were the key focus of God’s dealings.
The First Age is an important age in God’s Plan for All. It helps us to appreciate and understand the following five important facts:
- Our earth is much older than six thousand years.
- When God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning, He created the earth in such a beautiful and perfect condition that the Angels responded with joyful singing and shouting.
- There was a massive cataclysmic global judgment of God against the world of Lucifer (Satan) and his Angels when they sinned by rebelling against God during the Pre-Adamic Age.
- Earth’s geology has been catastrophically impacted and shaped by this massive Pre-Adamic cataclysmic global judgment from God.
- There will be another massive cataclysmic global judgment from God against this present sinful world, at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
The early part of the Table of the Kings Period covers the reigns of eight kings. The span of their rule lasted a total of 241,200 years from the time the kingship “descended from heaven” to the time when a catastrophic Flood wiped out the earth.
Scholars who adhere to a creation event, specifically the one in Genesis 1:1–2, maintain that the earth was created some ten thousand to six thousand years ago. Without getting into the arguments between evolutionists and creationists, for the Bible-based critical thinker, the fossil record of dinosaurs and other archaeology poses a challenge. But what if the traditional interpretation of Genesis 1:1–2 has greatly limited our understanding? Is there a lifeline in Scripture to connect both the dinosaurs and man being created by God?
As an answer, ten thousand years, six thousand since the Flood, is nothing compared to the 241,200 years prior to the Flood. Yet this also begs the question: If man was only created ten thousand years ago, when were the angels created?
As previously discussed, although the angels were free to leave the place or dimension wherein they were created to exist, an exit from that habitation had consequences. We have a general idea about when they got their wings clipped, but was limitation set on the angels before or after the pre-Adamic era? Are some angels more limited than others?
Pseudepigraphal writings like the Book of Enoch give us some answers, but perhaps the best place to start is with humanity’s beginning in the Bible itself. If we dig into the original language of Genesis 3:11b–15, we find some puzzle pieces from the account of what happened in the Garden:
And he said, “Who told thee that thou was naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?” And the man said, “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.” And the Lord God said unto the woman, “What is this that thou hast done?” And the woman said, “The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the serpent, “Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above…
After School Satan Clubs have been steadily increasing in popularity and are not likely to slow as their supporters rack up media attention and legal wins fighting for free speech.
The clubs, associated with the Satanic Temple and offered only in primary schools, began at the beginning of 2020 and quickly gained attention from parents who wanted an alternative to religious clubs, according to June Everett, campaign director of the After School Satan Club.
“That’s kind of when things started blowing up. And I anticipate that every year moving forward is going to get busier and busier,” Everett told The Hill.
Last Monday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled in favor of the Satanic Temple and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which sued when a Northampton County school district would not allow the club to meet on its grounds.
The Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University released its 2023 American Worldview Inventory earlier this year. According to that study, over 69% of Americans identify as Christians.
In a nation beset by a major culture war—with issues such as racism, the debate over transgenderism, a split view on the controversy of abortion—one might think a number like that would be encouraging.
However, when you read further into the research document, a most telling statistic arises. Only 4% of Americans share a biblical worldview—revealing a discouraging percentage of people who filter the decisions of their lives through the Word of God. A biblical worldview, by definition, is a means of experiencing, interpreting and responding to reality in light of biblical perspectives so that each choice you make is consistent with God’s principles and commands.
Over the past few decades, Christianity has both retreated from the public square and from mass culture and been pushed from them. Its once-venerable pillars in this country have atrophied. Catholics continue to disaffiliate, and many Protestant denominations can barely be distinguished from unbelief. “The crisis of the Western world exists to the degree in which it is indifferent to God,” Whittaker Chambers, an early editor at National Review, wrote in Witness in 1952. William F. Buckley Jr. believed that Chambers was susceptible to “Spenglerian gloom.” But, on that score, things since then have undoubtedly gotten worse in the West. It is said that nature abhors a vacuum; man’s soul abhors it even more. Thus, into this spiritual vacuum have poured all manner of pretender faiths. It is impossible to understand the rise of “wokeness,” the totalistic vanguard of the modern Left, otherwise. Then there is “vitalism.”
Monumental stone structures called mustatil weren’t a subset of the mega-traps called kites, they were a separate phenomenon that may attest to Neolithic religion in Arabia.
A century ago a Royal Air Force pilot flying over the Middle East observed vast ancient structures from the air: stone walls stretching for kilometers, creating enclosures. They came to be known as “kites” due to the shapes the pilot observed from the air. After much research and argument over their purpose, consensus has been reached in recent years that kites were mega-traps for wild animals – not for capture and domestication but to kill them, whole herds at a time.
Initially lumped in with the kites in Saudi Arabia are a group of rectangular shapes called mustatil (Arabic for “rectangle”). In March a report on the excavation of a monumental mustatil…