True News 4 U — Truth-Religion — 03/20/2021
Updated: Apr 24
This is Part 1 of Part 5 of our study on The Seventh Commandment.
Thou shalt not commit adultery
The Seventh Commandment is found twice in the Old Testament and six times in the New Testament: Exodus 20:14; Deuteronomy 5:18; Matthew 5:27, 19:18; Mark 10:19, Luke 18:20; Romans 13:9 and James 2:11.
This teaching is devoted to the sexual intimacy that Yahweh designed for a man and a woman joined together in holy matrimony to experience and enjoy. Adam referred to this husband-and-wife relationship after Yahweh had provided Eve as his helpmeet:
“23 Then Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” 24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.”
(Genesis 2:23-24, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis added)
When this “one flesh” relationship between a husband and his wife is approached and experienced as Yahweh intends it, sexual intercourse is one of the most intimate and beautiful acts shared by two individuals. However, when it is perverted or adulterated, it becomes one of mankind’s most debased, obscene and repugnant of acts. When man turns away from Yahweh’s created order, he makes what is beautiful ugly, what is wholesome obscene and what is lovely vulgar. In short, he makes what is good evil, what is light dark, and what is sweet bitter – Isaiah 5:20.
Without Yahweh and His Laws, unregenerate man is capable of devising, participating in and justifying the vilest behavior. The Seventh Commandment – the antithesis of man’s decadent sexual conduct – brings Yahweh’s condemnation upon anyone who does not repent of the sin of adultery.
Sexual relations with someone other than a person’s husband or wife is adultery; but this limited application does not cover the scope of the Seventh Commandment. Sexual relations with someone other than your marriage partner is adultery; but adultery is not simply sexual relations with someone other than your marriage partner.
The word “adultery” is derived from “adulterate.” Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines “adulterate:”
“…to corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance … spurious.”
 “adulterate,” Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary (Springfield MS: G. & C. Merriam Company, 1975) page 17.
Infidelity, miscegenation, sodomy, bestiality, incest and other spurious sexual relations satisfy this definition of adultery because they all corrupt, debase and make impure by the addition of a foreign or an inferior substance.
Moichos and Pornos
Adultery is any sexual transgression as defined by the Bible that defiles the marriage bed. Hebrews 13:4, which is probably the single best commentary on the Seventh Commandment, associates not only moichos (Strong’s #G3432), the Greek word translated adulterers, with defiling the marriage bed but also pornos (Strong’s #G4205), the Greek word translated whoremongers or fornicators.
“Marriage is to be held in honor among all [that is, regarded as something of great value], and the marriage bed undefiled [by immorality or by any sexual sin]; for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.”
(Hebrews 13:4, Amplified Bible (AMP), comments added)
Hebrews 13:4, in the New American Standard Version, is fairly close to how the translators of The Bible in Basic English rendered Exodus 20:14:
“Do not be false to the married relation.”
Pornos, which is a form of porneia (Strong’s #G4202) and from which our English word “pornography” is derived. It is usually translated as “fornication” in the New Testament. Pornos or porneia are more inclusive words than what most Christians realize. Fornication is most often portrayed as sexual misconduct participated in by an unmarried couple. While this is one form of fornication, porneia or fornication is not limited to premarital sexual improprieties. For example, incest is described as porneia in 1 Corinthians Chapter 5:
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“It is actually reported [everywhere] that there is sexual immorality among you, a kind of immorality that is condemned even among the [unbelieving] Gentiles: that someone has [an intimate relationship with. Some maintain that the man had married his stepmother. The marriage, if it occurred, was illegal and invalid by both Jewish and Roman law.] his father’s wife.”
(1 Corinthians 5:1, Amplified Bible (AMP), comments added)
Porneia, in 1 Corinthians Chapter 6, describes harlotry or prostitution:
“13 Food is for the stomach and the stomach for food, but God will do away with both of them. The body is not intended for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body [to save, sanctify, and raise it again because of the sacrifice of the cross]. 14 And God has not only raised the Lord [to life], but will also raise us up by His power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Am I therefore to take the members of Christ and make them part of a prostitute [Corinth was famous for its prostitutes, and many if not all probably practiced their trade in connection with the worship of Aphrodite. Having relations with temple or cult prostitutes was considered acceptable behavior, and Paul’s admonitions here indicate that some of the Corinthian converts were continuing the practice.]? Certainly not!”
(1 Corinthians 6:13-15, Amplified Bible (AMP), comments added)
In Hebrews Chapter 12, forbidden lineage relationships are likewise associated with the Greek word pornos:
“15 See to it that no one falls short of God’s grace; that no root of resentment springs up and causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; 16 and [see to it] that no one is immoral or godless like Esau [who took two wives from the forbidden lineage of the Canaanites], who sold his own birthright for a single meal.”
(Hebrews 12:15-16, Amplified Bible (AMP), comments added)
In Jude 1, sodomy or homosexuality is defined by the Greek word ekporneuo (Strong’s #G1608), a combination of two words including porneuo, from which porneia is derived:
“just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the adjacent cities, since they in the same way as these angels indulged in gross immoral freedom and unnatural [women with women and men with men - Romans 1:26-27] vice and sensual perversity. They are exhibited [in plain sight] as an example in undergoing the punishment of everlasting fire.”
(Jude 1:7, Amplified Bible (AMP), comments added)
These four acts of immorality – incest, harlotry, forbidden lineage and sodomy – are identified in the New Testament as instances of porneia or fornication that defile the marriage bed. This defilement is not limited to sexual misconduct committed after the wedding. Sexual sins committed prior to the wedding also defile the marriage bed because Yahweh’s design for sexual intimacy is exclusive to the marital relationship between husbands and wives.
Although not specified as porneia in the New Testament, there are other sexual perversions, for example miscegenation and bestiality, that also constitute porneia or fornication that can be placed under the broader heading of adultery.
 “Miscegenation,” Merriam-Webster definition is - a mixture of races; especially: marriage, cohabitation, or sexual intercourse between a white person and a member of another race.  “Bestiality,” Merriam-Webster definition is - sexual relations between a human being and a lower animal.
Adultery is any sexual impropriety committed before or after the wedding that is false to the marriage covenant. Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language (1828) corroborates this broader definition or understanding:
“1. Violation of the marriage bed; a crime, or a civil injury, which introduces, or may introduce, into a family, a spurious offspring. In common usage, adultery means the unfaithfulness of any married person to the marriage bed…. 2. In a scriptural sense, all manner of lewdness or unchastity, as in the seventh commandment.” (Emphasis added)
 Noah Webster, “adultery,” American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828 edition reprinted (San Francisco, CA: The Foundation for American Christian Education, 1967).
The Seventh Commandment is found only twice in the Old Testament. However, most commentaries and books devoted to the Ten Commandments include Leviticus 18:20 as another instance where the Seventh Commandment is cited in the Old Testament:
“You shall not have intimate relations with your neighbor’s wife, to be defiled with her.”
(Leviticus 18:20, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis added)
With the limited definition that most Christians assign to “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” it is immediately apparent why many “think” that this verse is another Old Testament instance of the Seventh Commandment. Leviticus 18:20, however, is not a reiteration of the Seventh Commandment but instead it is one of the statutes that falls under or helps to explain the Seventh Commandment. Most of the other Seventh Commandment statutes are also listed in Leviticus Chapter 18. This is one instance when the Bible has the majority of a commandment’s statutes listed in the same location.
“No [This passage (vv 6-18) states incestuous prohibitions.] one shall approach any blood relative of his to [This Hebrew euphemism for sexual relations occurs in each verse in the passage.] uncover nakedness (have intimate relations). I am the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text].”
(Leviticus 18:6, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
Leviticus 18:6 is a general statement condemning incestuous relationships. The following twelve verses expand upon this statute to include prohibitions against sexual relationships between parents and children, siblings or half siblings, grandparents and grandchildren, uncles or aunts and nephews or nieces and between in-laws.
Leviticus 18:7-8 describes incest with a person’s mother or a father’s wife with the idiom “uncovering your father’s nakedness:”
“7 You shall not uncover the nakedness [The father’s nakedness is a reference to his wife in her role as his sexual partner, i.e. the nakedness that belongs to him alone by virtue of their marriage (cf 1 Corinthians 7:4). Otherwise, the literal meaning would refer to intimate relations with the father himself, including homosexuality. The text itself states that this is not the meaning, especially in 20:11a (The man who lies...has uncovered his father’s nakedness).] of your father, that is, the nakedness of your mother. She is your mother. You shall not uncover her nakedness. 8 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife; it is your father’s nakedness.”
(Leviticus 18:7-8, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)
In Deuteronomy 22:30, the phrase “expose his father’s wife” in the Amplified Bible (AMP) and in the KJV, it is “discover his father’s skirt” and the KJV phrase “uncovereth his father’s skirt” in Deuteronomy 27:20 also describe incest with a person’s mother or a father’s wife.
The proper understanding of these phrases is crucial to understanding Yahweh’s judgment upon Noah’s grandson Canaan. Many Bible readers are bewildered as to why Canaan was cursed for his father Ham’s sin in Genesis Chapter 9:
“22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw [by accident] the nakedness of his father, and [to his father’s shame] told his two brothers outside. 23 So Shem and Japheth took a robe and put it on both their shoulders, and walked backwards and covered the nakedness of their father; their faces were turned away so that they did not see their father’s nakedness. 24 When Noah awoke from his wine [induced stupor], he knew what his younger son [Ham] had done to him. 25 So he said,
“Cursed be Canaan [the son of Ham]; A [The words of Noah are prophetic. God later found the disobedience of the Canaanites to be repulsive and replaced them with the descendants of Shem.] servant of servants He shall be to his brothers.”
26 He also said,
“Blessed be the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text], The God of Shem [The Jewish people are the descendants of Shem. Through Shem’s lineage came the Messiah and salvation.]; And let Canaan be his servant.
“May God enlarge [the land of] Japheth,
And let [Note that “let” in this verse represents a command, as in “Let there be light” (1:3). “Let” is a word of permission.] him [The antecedent of the word “him” could be Japheth but it could also be “God,” thus making Him (the Messiah) dwell in the tents of Shem indicating the incarnation in the Semitic line.] dwell in the tents of Shem;
And let Canaan be his servant.” ”
(Genesis 9:22-27, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
The biblical understanding of the phrase “the nakedness of his father” helps to correctly determine what happened in this incident. It reveals why Canaan was named in this passage instead of Ham’s other sons and why Canaan and his descendants were cursed instead of Ham. Permitting the Bible, specifically Leviticus 18:7-8, Deuteronomy 22:30 and 27:20, to be its own commentary, it becomes apparent that Canaan was cursed because he was the offspring of Ham’s sexual relationship with his mother.
While some people may still question why Canaan was cursed instead of Ham, Yahweh, in His omniscience, knew that the progeny from this incestuous relationship would prove to be morally reprobate. This was also true of the Moabites and the Ammonites who were from the incestuous relationships of Lot and his two daughters, as described in Genesis 19:30-38. In addition to the Canaanites, the Moabites and the Ammonites were likewise cursed in Ezra 9:1-12 and the Israelites were forbidden to marry them.
 The Perizzites, although not Canaanites, dwelt among the Canaanites (Genesis 13:7; 15:18-21, 34:30, etc.) and certainly they intermarried with them. Therefore, the Perizzites were counted among those lineages with whom Israel was forbidden to marry. Not all Egyptians (Hamites – Psalm 78:51, 105:23, 27; 106:21-22) were forbidden for Israel to marry. However, the descendants of Canaan were a forbidden lineage of Hamites and, therefore, the reason for concluding that the Egyptians cited in Ezra 9:1 were another line of Canaanites or Hamites who had mixed with the Canaanites.
New Testament Testimony
The gravity of incest is also demonstrated in the New Testament. Of all the crimes, including murder, of which Herod was guilty, John the Baptist singled out the sin of incest:
“14 King Herod [Antipas] heard about this, for Jesus’ name and reputation had become well known. People were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why these miraculous powers are at work in Him.” 15 But others were saying, “He is Elijah!” [Many of the Jews believed that the prophet Elijah would return before the Messiah appeared.] And others were saying, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets [of old].” 16 But when Herod heard [of it], he kept saying, “John, whom I beheaded, has risen [from the dead]!”
17 For Herod himself had sent [guards] and had John arrested and shackled in prison because of Herodias [Herodias was not the lawful wife of Herod Antipas. She was married to her uncle, Herod Philip I. She deserted him in order to live with another uncle, Herod Antipas, whose legal wife was the daughter of Aretas, King of Arabia.], the wife of his [half-] brother Philip, because he (Herod) had married her. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful [under Mosaic Law] for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 Herodias had a grudge against John and wanted to kill him, but she could not, 20 because Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he continually kept him safe. When he heard John [speak], he was very perplexed; but he enjoyed listening to him. 21 But an opportune time [finally] came [for Herodias]. Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his officials (nobles, courtiers) and military [Greek chiliarchois (Strong’s #G5506), originally referring to a commander of 1,000 but in Roman times of 600.] commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 Now [Salome] the daughter of Herodias came in and danced [for the men]. She pleased and beguiled Herod and his dinner guests; and the king said to the girl [Salome was probably only fourteen or fifteen years old.], “Ask me for whatever you want and I will give it to you.” 23 And he swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give it to you; up [This was intended as an expression of generosity rather than a literal offer. In reality Herod was a tetrarch, a puppet ruler under Rome and he did not have authority over a “kingdom.”] to half of my kingdom.” 24 She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” And Herodias replied, “The head of John the Baptist!” 25 And she rushed back to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter!” 26 The king was deeply grieved, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests [who might have regarded him as weak], he was unwilling to [break his word and] refuse her. 27 So the king immediately sent for an executioner and commanded him to bring back John’s head. And he went and had John beheaded in the prison, 28 and brought back his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother.”
(Mark 6:14-28, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
The Apostle Paul also condemned incest:
“1 It is actually reported [everywhere] that there is sexual immorality among you, a kind of immorality that is condemned even among the [unbelieving] Gentiles: that someone has [an intimate relationship with. Some maintain that the man had married his stepmother. The marriage, if it occurred, was illegal and invalid by both Jewish and Roman law.] his father’s wife. 2 And you are proud and arrogant! You should have mourned in shame so that the man who has done this [disgraceful] thing would be removed from your fellowship!
3 For I [Paul], though absent [from you] in body but present in spirit, have already passed judgment on him who has committed this [act], as if I were present. 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I am with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 you are to hand [Probably a call for the man to be excommunicated and removed from the safety and blessing of the church.] over this man to Satan for the destruction of his body, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”
(1 Corinthians 5:1-5, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
The Physical Consequences of Incest
Yahweh did not feel compelled to explain His reason for condemning the familial relationships listed in Leviticus Chapter 18. Although the Israelites of Moses’ day may not have yet made the connection between such close genetic relationships and the spiritual and physical consequences that usually result from incest, theirs was not to question why but to simply benefit from what might be labeled blind obedience.
 Incest is usually defined as forbidden sexual relations between near-blood kinsmen. However, Leviticus 18:16 and Deuteronomy 27:23 expand the term “near of kin to him” to include sister-in-laws and mother-in-laws.
Arthur C. Custance in “Doorway Papers, No. 51, Cain’s Wife” expounded upon the physical consequences of incestuous relationships:
“From a mathematical point of view … matings among first cousins (as in Darwin’s case, for example, or his sister Caroline’s case) result in the offspring having identical genes in a ratio of 1 to 7. Many of these genes will be recessive mutants and therefore detrimental to the possessor when inherited homozygously. Mating of uncle to niece or nephew to aunt raises this ratio to 1 to 3. Matings among brothers and sisters raises this ratio, often disastrously, to 1 to 1….
Such children will have an increased risk of being affected by recessive conditions. In order to get an estimate of the extent of this risk, in 1958 I invited Children’s Officers to let me know prospectively of pregnancies or of new births in which it was known that the pregnancy or birth was the result of incest between first degree relatives.
…Thirteen cases of incest (6 father-daughter and 7 brother-sister) were reported to me … when the children were all 4 to 6 years old. I summarize … the information on these 13 children.
Three children are dead: one at 15 months of cystic fibrosis of the pancreas, … one at 2 1/2 months of progressive cerebral degeneration with blindness; and one at 7 years, 11 months of Fallot’s Tetrology (this child had an IQ of 70). One child is severely sub-normal, with much delayed-milestones, and was considered non-testable at age 4 years, 9 months, when she had a vocabulary of only a few words. Four children are educatively subnormal: the known IQ of 3 are 59, 65, and 76….”
 Arthur C. Custance, “Doorway Papers, No. 51, Cain’s Wife.”
In other words, eight out of thirteen children were born with or developed severe mental or physical deficiencies and three of the children were dead before they reached their eighth birthday. Although man may not have yet understood these potential consequences, Yahweh could foresee the consequences when He commanded Moses to ban these adulterous relationships.
“19 When a woman has a discharge, if her bodily discharge is blood, she shall continue in her menstrual impurity for seven days; and whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening. 20 Everything on which she lies during her menstrual impurity shall be unclean; and everything on which she sits shall be unclean. 21 Anyone who touches her bed shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening. 22 Whoever touches anything on which she sits shall wash his [or her] clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening. 23 And if it is on her bed or on the thing on which she is sitting, when he [or her] touches it, he [or her] shall be unclean until evening. 24 If a man actually lies with her so that her menstrual impurity is on him, he shall be unclean for seven days; and every bed on which he lies shall be unclean.”
(Leviticus 15:19-24, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
“Also you shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness during her menstrual impurity and ceremonial uncleanness.”
(Leviticus 18:19, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
This verse addresses an area of privacy that is seldom spoken of or written about. Because many people are unaware that the Bible addresses this area of intimacy, many Christians are transgressing this statute.
This Seventh Commandment statute is principally speaking of the monthly cycle that follows a woman’s ovulation, technically known as menstruation. It is by this cycle that Yahweh designed a woman’s body to cleanse and prepare itself for reproduction.
A man’s wife, especially a prudent wife, is a gift from Yahweh – Proverbs 19:14. But, Yahweh has not given man a license to do whatever he wishes with his wife, prudent or otherwise. The gift comes with certain conditions, as do all of Yahweh’s gifts.
Even though Adam and his progeny were given the earth to inhabit, till and subdue, the Bible contains many agricultural statutes that dictate how the land is to be farmed. Included in those laws is a stipulation that the land is to be rested every seven years. It could be said that the same applies to a man’s wife, not every seven years but for at least seven days every month. Menstruation is a time when women are to be set apart and protected.
Just as the land suffers when Yahweh’s agricultural Laws are abandoned, so does a woman’s health when the statutes regulating sexual relations are ignored. It is a medical fact that a woman’s health, specifically the environment of the womb, is compromised when Yahweh’s statutes concerning sexual abstinence are disregarded.
Couples should abstain from conjugal relations for seven days from the beginning of the menstrual cycle, provided the woman’s cycle is normal. Although, there are differences of opinions as to whether this passage requires total separation, there is no question that Yahweh demands sexual abstinence during this cleansing cycle. The same Law of abstinence applies so long as the blood flow continues:
“25 Now if a woman has a flow of blood for many days, not during the time of her menstruation, or if she has a discharge beyond that period, as long as the impure discharge continues she shall be as she is in the days of her [normal] menstrual impurity; she is unclean. 26 Every bed on which she lies during the time of her discharge shall be to her like the bed of her menstrual impurity, and whatever she sits on shall be unclean, like the uncleanness of her monthly period. 27 And whoever touches those things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening. 28 When she is cleansed from her discharge, then she shall count off for herself seven days, and after that she will be clean.”
(Leviticus 15:25-28, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)
Abstinence should also be observed following childbirth. The duration differs depending upon the gender of the child, forty days for a male child and eighty days for a female child:
“2 Speak to the children of Israel, saying,
If a woman conceives and gives birth to a male child, she shall be [ceremonially] unclean for seven days, unclean as during her monthly period. 3 On the eighth day the flesh of the male child’s foreskin shall be circumcised. 4 Then she shall remain [intimately separated] thirty-three days to be purified from the blood; she shall not touch any consecrated thing nor enter the [courtyard of the] sanctuary until the days of her purification are over. 5 But if she gives birth to a female child, then she shall be unclean for two weeks, as during her monthly period, and she shall remain [intimately separated] sixty-six days to be purified from the blood.”
(Leviticus 12:2-5, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)
The Bible does not disclose why sexual abstinence is to be twice as long following the birth of a female child as it is for a male child. Although probably having something to do with hormonal variations, medical science has yet to determine the reason for this stipulation. Unquestioning obedience is, nonetheless, required. At the best, it is an inconsiderate and selfish husband who would demand or do otherwise.
The judgment for transgressing Leviticus 18:19 depends upon whether defilement during menstruation is inadvertent or deliberate. According to Leviticus Chapter 15, inadvertent contamination results in physical uncleanness, requiring purification by a self-imposed separation or quarantine, whereas a deliberate offence is a much more serious transgression in Yahweh’s sight:
“If a man lies [intimately] with a woman during her menstrual cycle and uncovers her nakedness, he has exposed her flow, and she has uncovered the flow of her blood; both of them shall be cut off from their people [excluding them from the atonement made for them].”
(Leviticus 20:18, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)
The phrase “cut off from their people” is used in the Old Testament for both capital punishment and excommunication, the latter probably being the punishment in this instance. No matter how this phrase is interpreted, it is obvious that deliberate transgression of this statute is a serious infraction in Yahweh’s sight.
This concludes our study of Part 1 of Part 5 on The Seventh Commandment. Stay tuned for Part 2 next week.
CUTTING OUR TEETH
November 16, 2020
Psalm 119:161-168 Revelation 2:12-17
Psalm 119:161 SCHIN.
Ancient Name: Shin
Pictograph: Two front teeth
Meanings: Sharp, Press, Eat, Two
Psalm 119:161 SCHIN. Princes have persecuted me without a cause:
but my heart standeth in awe of Thy WORD.
Psalm 119:162 I rejoice at Thy WORD, as one that findeth great spoil.
Psalm 119:163 I hate and abhor lying: but Thy Law [H8451 TORAH] do I love.
Psalm 119:164 Seven times a day do I praise Thee because of
Thy Righteous Judgments.
Psalm 119:165 Great peace [H7965 SHALOM] have they which
love Thy Law [H8451 TORAH]:
and nothing shall offend them.
Psalm 119:166 YHVH, I have hoped for Thy Salvation [H3444 YESH-OO’-W],
AND done Thy Commandments [see the book of James!].
Psalm 119:167 My soul hath kept Thy Testimonies;
AND I love them exceedingly.
Psalm 119:168 I have kept Thy Precepts and Thy Testimonies:
for all my ways are before Thee.
As we cut-our-teeth on our DADDY’s WORD, we begin to eat the solid food of HIS WORD. Our two-front-teeth become the incisors that separate good from evil; even as, the “churches” of Revelation chapter 2 are NOT all good and need to LISTEN UP!!
Revelation 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write;
These things saith HE [this is no longer sweet-baby-Jesus talking!
This IS The LION of The Tribe of JUDAH!]
which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
[Psalm 119:161 SCHIN.]
Revelation 2:13 I know thy works,
[these are RED letters! This IS our SAVIOR = YESH-OO’-AW speaking!]
Revelation 2:13 I know thy works,
and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is:
and thou holdest fast MY name, and hast not denied MY faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was MY faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
[PERGAMOS the seat of Satan... where IS (present tense) — lOOkie:
Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam,
who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel,
to eat things sacrificed unto idols,
[such as the HOG sacrificed on our DADDY’s altar , were the lamb is to be; hence, we have Hanukkah/Dedication, which YSHA-OO’-AW honors in John 10:22-23.
this “church” prefers to eat the HOG]
and to commit [physical ANDspiritual] fornication.
Revelation 2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans,
[Nico (as Nike running shoes) means to conquer and laity is the street mob thugs, as the ROMAN Crusaders! TODAY!!]
which thing I [YESH-OO’-AW] hate.
[which thing WHO hates?
These are RED letters, right?]
Revelation 2:16 Repent;
or else I will come unto thee quickly,
and will fight against them with the sword of MY mouth.
Revelation 2:17 He that hath an ear,
let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches;
To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna,
and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written,
which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
News just in from White House News Correspondent Bill Koenig at https://watch.org/
November 16, 2020
[before Trump leaves office???!!!]
The following presentations by Bill Koenig and Ari Abramowitz are about a decade old; and yet, TRUTH is timeless. At the end of Bill’s presentation, at Mark Biltz’s EL SHADDAI MINISTRIES, Shabbat July 14, 2014, Bill’s wife Claudia prays — The MOST POWERFUL prayer I have ever heard! A Jewess CRYING OUT for MESSIAH to return!!! As Yeshua foretold would happen in the last days:
And Ari — what can I say about Ari? I love him :o))) On April 23,2012 Ari presented this amazing information at EL SHADDAI MINISTRIES; and again, TRUTH is timeless. At one hour 12 minutes to one hour 13minutes 20 seconds — Ari is speaking of days, weeks, maybe not even months ahead of us NOW:
This, among many other things, leads me to believe (not that I know, at this date) that Joe Biden will be our next President and that he will give Israel’s enemies full passage to attack ISRAEL!! If, perchance so, this would be EXACTLY as Psalm 83 and Jeremiah 38 are also telling us. Hang onto your keebs. The proverbial fertilizer is about to hit the ventilator; and the question is, do we have plenty of oil in our lamps and what EXACTLY IS the oil? “Come, let us reason together...” (Isaiah 1:18)
Sink your SCHIN, your two front teeth, into this and digest the gravity of REALITY, in THIS generation!!!
YeHoVaH IS adding HIS blessing to the reading of HIS entire Holy Bible. Amen.
Shema (Hear & Obey) YeHoVaH's instructions for Yeshua is coming soon. Read ALL YeHoVaH'S BOOK!
Does the Bible Permit Drinking Alcohol?
If asked “does the Bible permit drinking alcohol?”, here is one way you may want to respond.
Beginning at the Beginning
by Brad Scott
I am going to begin by assuming that you have read the About WildBranch Ministry section, and you are now ready to launch into some fundamentals. The title I have chosen is not an indication that we are going to study the book of Bere’shiyt (Genesis), but rather to begin at a very crucial verse. The very first verse of the Scriptures. "In the beginning ’Elohiym created the heaven and the earth." This is the verse that ’Elohiym chose to begin all creation with. (Before we begin, this would be a good time to review an article called The Aleph-Bet then come back to the teaching section. If you have already read it, then let's go on.)
In the About section I briefly mentioned that many ministries that teach the "Hebrew Roots Perspective" tend to use terminology that has not been clearly defined. Sometimes this leads to a misunderstanding. Many Christians assume that a kind of dualness is being taught, i.e. there are Jewish ways of viewing the Scriptures and there are Christian ways of understanding Scripture. But, there is only one way to see the printed Word, and that is from the minds of the people who YHVH chose to pen the Scriptures. The interpretation of the Constitution is a great example. This wonderful document that we can look at and read today had a beginning. Over two hundred years ago, brilliant men, based upon the teachings of the Tanakh, produced this work. (See the book "The Myth of Separation" by David Barton.) They carefully chose all their words after much debate. The record of these debates is called the Constitutional Convention Records. You can find these documents in most larger libraries. You can read what they meant by what they said in these documents. However, after two hundred years of language evolution in our country, many of our most intelligent scholars can all look at the same English words and draw dramatically different conclusions. Why is this? Because language has changed, and our culture has changed dramatically.
What do these mean to us today? Is the constitution designed to be a "living" document? Is it supposed to change with the times?
Dr. Walter Williams, Professor at Georgetown University, said it masterfully when he said, "How would you like to play poker with me and use living rules?" So I would also ask of the Scriptures. Are they designed to change with the times? When they are translated into another language, is the fundamental meaning to evolve with the times? We believe the answer is NO! I hope to show you that the meaning of New Testament words are found in their beginning, the Tanakh. I will show you that most of the New Testament phrases and wording is right out of "Jewish" thought and culture. So, let's begin by defining some terminology.
What do we mean by the "Jewish" or "Hebrew Perspective?"
Let me begin by giving the simple answer. When we use this term, we mean the way that the writers of the Scriptures looked at life, the world we live in, and the life to come. Almost from the beginning ’Elohiym divides the inhabited world into His way and all other ways. He separates good from evil, right from wrong, holy from unholy, clean from unclean. ’Elohiym told Adam and Chava, from the beginning, to eat from all the trees. Do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He put a difference between His way and another way. He instructed Adam as to what sacrifice to bring and what not to bring. Adam told (logical assumption if you add revelation of Ivrim (Hebrews) 11:4) his sons ’Elohiym's commands. Noach was told which animals were clean and which ones were not clean. At the tower of Babel, YHVH then scatters the people by language, not race. He chooses Avraham from everyone else to be the Father of a countless nation. He reveals that everyone who clings to Avraham will be blessed (Bere’shiyt 12:1-3). He disseminates His word through Avraham and his son Yitz'chak. He continues to use His language (Hebrew) to reveal His precious words. He reveals a difference between Yitz'chak and Yishma'el. From this point forward, He divides the world into Israel and the nations; His ways and the ways of the nations; His ways and all other ways. The ways of the nations are always contrasted to the ways of YHVH. Sha’ul (Paul) mentions several times that there is male and female, slave and free, Yehudah and nations. Why is this? Because the nations look at all aspects of life, the world we live in, and life to come, much differently than the people that were chosen by YHVH to disseminate His adoption, the glory, the covenants, the torah, the service of YHVH, and the promises (Romans 9:4-5). You might stop and ask yourself "Why is over 90% of the Scriptures written by Hebrews? Why did ’Elohiym choose to take upon the flesh of the Hebrews? Why did Yeshua‘ observe only Hebrew feasts? Why were all His disciples Hebrews? Why did the gospel go to the Yehudim first, then to the Greek (Romans 1:16)? Why was the disciple to replace Judas another Hebrew? Why was the apostle to the gentiles a Hebrew?" Could it be that the Hebrew people spoke His language, celebrated His feasts, knew His commands, were familiar with His covenants and His ways?
When we talk about seeing the Scriptures from an "Hebraic Perspective", we are talking about the ways of YHVH already clearly defined in the Tanakh, but virtually ignored by Western Christians. The necessity of knowing how the New Testament writers looked at life and the various idioms and peculiar phrases, is imperative to interpreting everything they spoke about. Most of what Yeshua‘ said meant something totally different in the ears of the New Testament writers than it does to our ears. This just so happens to reveal much of the meaning behind the use of the phrase, "he that hath an ear, let him hear ...". This is just one example of what is called idiom. The word idiom comes from the Greek word idios. It means something peculiar, unique, or private to a particular person or thing. In our context it means something privately understood.
The way this phrase is translated into the Greek and then into the English reveals that it came from the Hebrew. Idioms are important because the New Testament is packed full of them. Idioms are individual words or groups of words that cannot be understood by translating each word individually. Let me illustrate another way. Suppose someone from Japan came to America to learn all about us. Let us say that he obtained an English-Japanese dictionary, and proceeded to translate our English words to Japanese equivalents. After six months he goes back to his country. He is asked, "So, what are Americans like?" "Well, you know, they are a strange bunch of people." "What do you mean?" they respond. "Well, some people have egg on their face, some people actually eat their hearts out, some people cannot see the forest for the trees, some cannot seem to even face the music, and worst of all most of them think they can kill time." Can you begin to see how translating these common phrases one word at a time will get you nowhere? In order for this man to accurately represent what we are trying to say, he would have to spend some time with us to get to know our ways. The culture of the writers of the New Testament is just like this, and even more so.
We will begin an adventure into the world of the New Testament writers. We will define dozens and dozens of these idioms. I promise you that it will radically change your perspective, your studies, and your life.
(Alcheim means peace to you —It is used as a traditional Jewish greeting.)
God had specific reasons for supplying the contents of each book of the Bible to His converted children. If asked, not everyone would give the same reasons for each book’s presence because each book does not influence every person to the same degree. However, each book is jam-packed with help that everyone needs, though not at the same time in each person’s growth and development.
Many have described Hebrews as the Leviticus of the New Testament and the New Covenant. While true in a broad sense, they address far different circumstances, making them very different in the details. One point is certain: Each book remains vital to the spiritual growth of all of God’s children. Each enhances the ability of the church to continue to fulfill the work Jesus assigned it after His resurrection and ascension (Matthew 28:16-20).
We will continue exploring a few specific areas that provide a foundation for understanding that Hebrews was written to fulfill several needs for the church at the time. These critical points provide building blocks for a clearer understanding of the epistle’s contents.
Previously, we speculated about who wrote Hebrews, when it was written, to whom it is addressed, who was being converted by the gospel, and the Jews’ and their leaders’ reactions to the preaching of the gospel. We extracted much of that information from the book of Acts. Acts reveals key reasons why the church needed the epistle to the Hebrews. The Jewish religious leadership realized by the end of Acts 5 that their verbal warnings did not motivate Christians to cease from preaching in the name of Jesus Christ. So, having reached the point of violent opposition to the apostles, the leadership began jailing and beating them. The intensity of resistance against Christian preaching began rising steeply, but these pressures and persecutions did not stop God from converting more people. Acts 6:1-4 records that the number of disciples was not merely increasing but multiplying, signaling that the unconverted Jews’ reaction was backfiring.
During this rising intensity of evangelistic activity, Stephen accused the Jewish leaders of being “stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart,” of betraying and murdering the Messiah, and not keeping the law (Acts 7:51-53), resulting in his martyrdom. These sharp and pointed truths stung the Jews, thrusting their consciences into fight mode almost instantaneously.
Acts 7:57-58 reveals that at this violent encounter, God chose to reveal that the man leading the mob that killed Stephen was the same man He soon converted to Christianity: “Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.” We know him as the apostle Paul.
Stephen’s murder at the behest of the Jewish authorities intensified the Jews’ anger, but it did not stop the church’s strong evangelism from continuing or conversions from happening. Rather, it seemed to ignite activity to an even higher level, increasing the gospel’s spread even farther beyond the Jerusalem area.