Monday, June 8, 2015

Critique of A.D. The Bible Continues, Brothers at Arms



Here is the beginning of the record we have about Candace's eunuch. Whether or not he is in the next episode depicting this remains to be seen.
Acts 8:26-28
26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. KJV
The first scene featuring the eunuch shows him entering Jerusalem and how he is greeted by the Roman soldiers. I have no problem with this at all because we are not told anything about. I also have no problem with the scene that shows Caiaphas, the High Priest, delivering the scroll of Isaiah to the eunuch. In both scenes we know the eunuch came to Jerusalem to worship and we know Phillip found him trying to understand it on his way home to Ethiopia.

One of the problems of this episode is that of chronology, which is very simple to follow. For example, everything we know about the eunuch is recorded (Acts 8:27-39) while Saul is still wreaking havoc on the church (Acts 9:1). This episode shows Saul with the other disciples and apostles as buddies when they were still archenemies.

I did find it very interesting how the Jews and Zealots were throwing around the word "cult" to refer to the "followers of that/the way," as they were first called (See Acts 19:9 but spake evil of that way). Outsiders called them cult members now insiders call other members with whom they do not agree as cult members! So ironic.

Near the end of the episode we have one of the funnier scenes of Saul ministering healing to a sick girl that I believe he called Tabitha. (I could have heard him wrong). We have already seen that even if Saul had been there, which he wasn't, it was Peter who was doing the ministering to one called Tabitha, who was not sick, but dead! I don't know, maybe this was someone else and Peter will raise her next week, because a scene from next week showed someone raising someone from what appeared to be the dead. We'll see.
Acts 9:36-40
36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.
37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.healing, cult,eunuch, Ethiopia
38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.
39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.
40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. KJV
The thing that was funny to me in the scene of Saul ministering to the girl was that the words he was saying were like he was reading directly from Romans 8:35-39!

The final scene of the apostles and disciples sending Saul away to his hometown of Tarsus was very good. It would have been even better had it been 3 years later.
Acts 9:29-30
29 And he was talking and arguing with the Hellenistic Jews; but they were attempting to put him to death. 30 But when the brethren learned of it, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus. NASB
 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A.D. The Bible Continues--Saul Returns (or, Did He?)


For those of you who may be following the highly entertaining 
http://www.nbc.com/ad-the-bible-continues, there was not a lot in the last show that was biblically accurate. There may have been a lot of historical aspects that were true but I cannot attest to that.

What I can attest to is what the Bible says:

Gal 1:15-20
 But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother's womb and called me through His grace, was pleased 16 to reveal His Son in me (Saul) so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, 

I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, 

17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; 
but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus. 

18 Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days. 19 But I did not see any other of the apostles except James, the Lord's brother. 
NASU

As you can see, Saul did not go to Jerusalem to meet any of the apostles for at least 3 years after his conversion. When this occurred I do not at this writing definitively know. It could have happened "immediately after he took food and was strengthened" in 9:19a or he could have gone into Arabia after verse 25. All I really know is that sometime after his conversion he went to Arabia and did not go to Jerusalem for at least 3 years afterwards.

If all one read was the book of Acts for your script, this is what you would see and what you saw in the TV show:
Acts 9:19-30

Now for several days he (Saul) was with the disciples who were at Damascus, (at this point, who they were we don't know, because it doesn't say),

20 and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "He is the Son of God." 

21 And all those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, "Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?" 

22 But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ. 

23 And when many days had elapsed, the Jews plotted together to do away with him, 

24 but their plot became known to Saul. And they were also watching the gates day and night so that they might put him to death;

 25 but his disciples took him by night, and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket. (Depicted very well).


HERE IS WHEN WE RUN INTO SOME DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY. THE NEXT VERSE SAYS when he had come to Jerusalem; NOT THEN HE WENT TO JERUSALEM. 
26 And when he had come to Jerusalem, he was trying to associate with the disciples; and they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. (This was at least 3 years after his conversion, mind you). 
I really like how Saul is portrayed in the show, very energetic, very bubbly. After he was caught by the prison guards in Jerusalem (which did not happen) one of the guards said to him when he was behind bars, "You just couldn't keep your mouth shut, could you?" Ha!


Monday, June 1, 2015

Critique of the A.D. series The Bible Continues


For those of you who have been following A.D. The Bible Continues  (http://www.nbc.com/ad-the-bible-continues/video/the-road-to-damascus/2866552), this segment was pretty good and accurate concerning Saul's conversion, with the following exceptions:

No one was ever healed in Jesus' name only. Healing was done  in the name of Jesus Christ, the Lord Jesus Christ or the Lord Jesus, but never "You are healed in the name of Jesus."

No one after Pentecost was ever baptized according to Matthew 28:19, (known as the Great Commission), "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
After Simon the sorcerer offered Peter money for the ability to heal people, clouds, lightening and thunder did not appear in the sky as an ominous threat to Simon. Peter did not beg anyone for forgiving Simon.
In Acts 9:17-18 Paul received his sight back and simultaneously received the baptism of the holy spirit. Acts 9:17 says, "And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled, pletho, with  holy spirit.

Pletho means filled to overflowing, not just to the brim. On Pentecost and since then, whenever anyone pletho'd holy spirit, they spoke in tongues, the sign that the baptism from the Holy Ghost had been received! Amen!
Vs. 18 reads, And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he both received his sight  and the baptism of holy spirit, then arose and ate. No water involved.

Jesus sent Ananais to give Saul back his sight and fill him with the gift of holy spirit. Paul had nothing to do but believe and receive. He didn't ask to be healed of his blindness or to be baptized as the TV show portrayed.

Barnabas was not there either with Ananais. He is not mentioned until Saul gets to Jerusalem in Acts 9:27

Friday, April 3, 2015

ACCORDING TO JESUS, HOW MANY HOURS ARE THERE IN A DAY? IN A NIGHT?

Have you ever taken the time to wonder how the people who set important dates could have squeezed 3 days and 3 nights between sundown Friday and sunrise Sunday? Or do you just accept it as another 'Mystery" of God? According to Jesus Christ, in John 11:9 he is quoted as saying :

"Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. KJV

We all know that there are 24 hours in a complete day, so reciprocally, there must be 12 hours in a night as well. So, a day and a night = 1 complete day or 24 hours. But, just to be sure let's take a look at the context of John 11, which is the subject of "raising Lazarus from the dead." In verse 6 we read, that after Jesus found out that Lazarus was sick, he continued to stay where he was for 2 more days. This is incredible in and of itself. Most of us would scurry right over and start praying. But Jesus waited 2 days before departing. John 11:7-11 goes on to say:

Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.
8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?
9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.
10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.
11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

In the 2 days since Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick, he died. But Jesus told his disciples that Lazarus was "sleeping." His disciples replied with: "Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well." I get such a kick out of these guys! These disciples were so tired from following the Lord around, they couldn't wait to get some sleep. When Jesus told them Lazarus was sleeping, they were probably thinking to themselves, "that lucky dog, I wish I was getting some sleep!" I can just see Jesus now, shaking his head and looking up to heaven, saying, "O Lord, O Lord, what am I going to do with these guys?" Jesus had to have a great sense of humor.

John 11:13-15
13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.

By the time Jesus got there, Lazarus had been dead 4 days and was all ready in a cave grave, corrupting and stinking away. 3 complete days, or 72 hours, is as long as the body can go without decaying or as the Bible puts it, corrupting. And we know that the Lord Jesus suffered no corruption:

Acts 2:3131 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

What we need to see, is that when God says something, that is what he means. To corroborate what he said, he even brought Jonah into the picture: Jonah 1:17
Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
To get even greater clarification, let's go back to the beginning:
Gen 1:55 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

It can't get much clearer than this, but still Christians are willing to fight tooth and nail to hang on to Tradition. Many will say, "what difference does it make?" It has to do with the Integrity of God's Word: Can it be believed? God does not want people just to take things on "faith," that His Word is Truth. He can prove it's truth and he wants people to be able to do the same. But, when we celebrate or commemorate or venerate Christ's life and death and resurrection on days which are biblically impossible, it makes it more difficult for the unbeliever to believe.

Jesus was raised from the dead by sunset on Saturday, at which time Sunday began in accordance with eastern Biblical Times. Counting backwards 3 days and 3 nights means he was dead and buried by sunset on Wednesday. Why? Because Thursday, which began at sunset was a "High Day," not the weekly Sabbath:
John 19:3131 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

A High Day is a particularly special Sabbath, a day of holy convocation to The Lord God, which in this case was the first day of The Feast of Unleavened Bread and fell on Thursday the 15th of Nisan, which, again, began at sunset on Wednesday the 14th.

When the Bible says 3 Days and 3 Nights, that is what it means. It does not mean 2 nights and 1 day which is what you have if Jesus was dead and buried before sunset on a Friday. There is no Good Friday in the Bible.

God Bless and Happy Resurrection Sunday


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SINCE 4 WERE CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST, why doesn't anyone teach it?

John 19:32-33
 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.
33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:
KJV

To the student of the Bible these 2 verses should "stand out like a sore thumb" in contrast to what is traditionally taught. Here is what we have:

  1.  Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, (the first among those who were crucified that day)
  2. and of the other which was crucified with him. (One of the ones crucified WITH, at the same time as Jesus was)
  3. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: (when they came to Jesus----think about this------if there were only 2 crucified with him the soldiers would have come to Jesus 2nd, if he was between the 2 or Jesus was at the end of the three).
John makes a distinction between the first crucified and the one crucified along with him showing that everyone was not crucified at the same time.

Luke 23:26, 32-33
 And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. KJV

Here we have:
  1. Simon a Cyrenian carrying Jesus' "cross" behind him.
  2. Cross is the Greek word, stauros, a stake, pole or post
  3. 2 Malefactors, kakourgos, workers of evil
  4. Led with him, sun, accompanying him
Contrary to tradition Scripture clearly teaches that Jesus did not carry a physical piece of wood, particularly not a 2 member piece of wood with one member perpendicular to the other. These 2 evildoers were led with him and crucified with him, at the same time as him.

Matt 27:35-37  And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there; And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. KJV

After they crucified him they: (These things took a little bit of time to do).
  1.  and parted his garments, casting lots: 
  2. And sitting down they watched him there; 
  3. And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. KJV
Matt 27:38 Then were there two thieves, leistes crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. KJV

These 2 are a specific kind of malefactor who came up to be crucified after the other 2 who were led with Jesus. One could easily say that I am just splitting hairs here, if it were not for this verse 44:

 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. 

But we know from Luke 23:39-40 that only one malefactor reviled Jesus while the other did not:

39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
KJV

There can be no doubt in your mind what the Scriptures teach on this subject, that 4 were crucified with Christ, not just 2. Now John 19 makes sense. There were 5 people crucified in a line with Jesus in the midst of them
John 19:18

18 where they crucified him, and with him two others, on this side, and on that side, and Jesus in the midst.
YLT

Here's how the KJV reads:

18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
One is not in the texts and was added by the translators. "on either side" are the Greek words enteuthen kai entheuthen.  Kai is usually translated as "and," and serves as a copulative, Here enteuthen is translated as on and side. When  enteuthen is repeated as it is here, it means both sides:
  enteuthen 
NT:1782  from the same as NT:1759; hence (literally or figuratively); (repeated) on both sides:

(Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)



It is unbelievable to me how many versions and translations have missed this: 2 on both sides! 

This should cause you to wonder how much more they've misrepresented the God-breathed Word, but, unfortunately, it probably won't because hardly anyone really cares. After all, most Christians are more content with 2,000 years of Church Tradition than they are with the truth.
Does the truth matter to you?


















Sunday, February 15, 2015

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER?

Exodus 20:12 tells us, to "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

The Epistle to the Ephesians puts it like this: Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3 that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth. Eph 6:1-4 NASB

     The reason I am writing about this is because of all the parents we have spoke with in the past couple of years who are experiencing quite the opposite, with some of their children. I feel that it has grown to a point that some light needs to be shed upon it. Since the commandment is reiterated in the church Epistles, it is just as viable to New Testament believers as it was to the old.

     The promise accompanying the commandment is,when you honour your father and your mother "you will live a long, prosperous life." I would like to submit that doing the opposite will result in a shorter, poorer and unhealthier life. I have copied some popular Commentators on the subject in the following quotes:

"[Honour thy father and thy mother] There is a degree of affectionate respect which is owing to parents, that no person else can properly claim. For a considerable time parents stand as if were in the place of God to their children, and therefore rebellion against their lawful commands has been considered as rebellion against God. This precept therefore prohibits, not only all injurious acts, irreverent and unkind speeches to parents, but enjoins all necessary acts of kindness, filial respect, and obedience. We can scarcely suppose that a man honours his parents who, when they fall weak, blind, or sick, does not exert himself to the uttermost in their support. In such cases God as truly requires the children to provide for their parents, as he required the parents to feed, nourish, support, instruct, and defend the children when they were in the lowest state of helpless infancy. See the note at Gen 48:12. The rabbis say, Honour the Lord with thy substance, Prov 3:9; and, Honour thy father and mother. The LORD is to be honoured thus if thou have it; thy father and mother, whether thou have it or not; for if thou have nothing, thou art bound to beg for them. See Ainsworth.


        [Honour thy father and mother] This word was taken in great latitude of meaning among the               Jews: it not only meant respect and submission, but also to take care of a person, to nourish         and support him, to enrich. See Num 22:17; Judg 13:17; 1 Tim 5:17. And that this was the               sense of the law, as it respected parents, see Deut 27:16, and see the note at Ex 20:12. 

(from Adam Clarke's Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1996, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

Matthew 15:4. [For God commanded ...] That is, in the fifth commandment (Ex 20:12), and in Ex 21:17. To "honor" is to obey, to reverence, to speak kindly to, to speak and think well of. To "curse" is to disobey, to treat with irreverence, to swear at, to speak ill of, to think evil of in the heart, to meditate or do any evil to a parent. All this is included in the original word.

(from Barnes' Notes, Electronic Database Copyright © 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

Matthew 15:1-9 The sanction of this law in the fifth commandment, is, a promise, that thy days may be long; but our Saviour waives that, lest any should thence infer it to be only a thing commendable and profitable, and insists upon the penalty annexed to the breach of this commandment in another scripture, which denotes the duty to be highly and indispensably necessary; He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death: this law we have, Ex 21:17. The sin of cursing parents is here opposed to the duty of honouring them. Those who speak ill of their parents, or wish ill to them, who mock at them, or give them taunting and opprobrious language, break this law. If to call a brother Raca be so penal, what is it to call a father so? By our Saviour's application of this law, it appears, that denying service or relief to parents is included in cursing them. Though the language be respectful enough, and nothing abusive in it, yet what will that avail, if the deeds be not agreeable? it is but like him that said, I go, Sir, and went not, ch. 21:30.

(from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible, PC Study Bible Formatted Electronic Database Copyright © 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All Rights reserved.)

Mark 7:10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:

Matthew 15:4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

Ex. 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother - by expressions of respect and reverence for them, as instrumentally the representatives of God, and by every token of attention and considerate regard for their support and comfort. This commandment holds a high place in the rank of social duties, and comes next in order after the law of the Sabbath, with which it is associated (Lev 19:3). Love is the sentiment required to be cherished toward our fellow-men (Lev 19:18), but honour or 'fear' toward parents.
(from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

As you can see, there is a lot more to this commandment than meets the eye. Jesus concluded the matter with this and so do I, Mark 7:16  If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. KJV

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ALL LIVES MATTER!


Does anyone remember Detective Melvin Santiago? He was a Jersey
City police officer who was shot to death just a month ago, on July
13th. Santiago was white. His killer, Lawrence Campbell, was black.
Does anyone recall Obama appearing before national television and
calling for justice for Officer Santiagos family? Does anyone
recall Eric Holder rushing to Jersey City to see that justice was done?
See http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/09/06/slain-jersey-city-officer-melvin-santiago-to-be-inducted-into-circle-of-honor/

How about Officer Jeffrey Westerfield? He was a Gary, Indiana
police officer who was shot to death on July 6, 2014. Officer
Westerfield was white, his killer, Carl LeEllis Blount, Jr. was
black. where was Obama? Where was Holder?
See http://abc7chicago.com/news/3-in-custody-in-murder-of-gary-police-officer-jeffrey-westerfield/160071/

Officer Perry Renn was an Indianapolis, Indiana police officer
who was shot to death July 5, 2014, the day before Officer
Westerfield was killed. Officer Renn was white. His killer, Major
Davis, was black. I don't recall any mention by Obama about the
untimely death of Officer Renn. and, I doubt that Eric Holder
rushed to Indianapolis to make sure justice was served.
See http://www.cbsnews.com/news/death-penalty-sought-for-accused-cop-killer-in-indianapolis/

Vermillion Parish Deputy Sheriff Allen Bares was gunned down by
two men June 23, 2014 in Louisiana. Deputy Bares was white. His two
killers, Quintlan Richard and Baylon Taylor were black. was Obama
outraged? Did Eric Holder rush to Louisiana to make sure that the
family of Deputy Bares found justice?
See http://www.odmp.org/officer/22125-deputy-sheriff-allen-bares-jr

Detective Charles Dinwiddie of the Killen, Texas Police
Department was murdered on May 11, 2014 by Marvin Lewis Guy, a
black male. Officer Dinwiddie was white. Do you recall seeing
anything about that on the news? Certainly, the white citizens of
Killeen didn't take to the streets to loot and burn businesses. Do
you recall any mention of Obama or Holder here?
See http://www.odmp.org/officer/22073-detective-charles-dinwiddie

Then, there is Officer Kevin Jordan of Griffin, Georgia Police
Department. He was gunned down on May 31, 2014. Officer Jordan was
black, his killer, Michael Bowman was white. This was a white man
murdering a black police officer. Where was Jesse Jackson? Where
was "The Reverend" al Sharpton? Was there looting and burning on
the streets of Griffin, Georgia? No, in fact, we don't recall
hearing about this one in the news as well. Why? You can draw your
own conclusions.
http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/authorities-griffin-police-officer-shot-killed-waf/ngBLC/ 


Over the past 60 days, there have been five reported deaths of
police officers by gunshot in the U.S. Of those, four were white
officers who were murdered by black men. Blacks complain that white
officers treat black men more aggressively on the street. You can
draw your own conclusions on that one, as well.