Friday, August 17, 2012

How Yeshua’s Reference to Balaam Applies to Paul

DID PAUL INVENT CHRISTIANITY?

 



"The doctrine that the earth is neither the center of the universe nor immovable, but moves even with a daily rotation, is absurd, and both philosophically and theologically false, and at the least an error of faith."

--Catholic Church's decision against Galileo Galilei

Note, these Church Fathers are the very ones to canonize the letters of Saint Paul into the New Testament Bible. Peter gives a warning about these letters in 2Pe 3:16  Indeed, he speaks about these things in all his letters. They contain some things that are hard to understand, things which the uninstructed and unstable distort, to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. 

This is not an attack on Paul, it only asks reasonable questions to be viewed in light of Torah and the words of Moshe (Moses) Balaam was a Prophet in the Hebrew Scriptures who was changed from an enemy to a friend by an angelic vision on a Road. Paul was an enemy changed to a friend. Has the Church distorted Rav Paul as justification? 




Therefore, Balaam was the ultimate embodiment of extraordinarily keen mental powers and perception on the side of impurity, and he was the counterbalancing mirror image of holy wisdom, as our Sages, of blessed memory, said on the verse, " 'There never arose a prophet among the Jews like Moses’ (Deuteronomy 34: 10) – ‘among the Jews’ there did not arise; but among the [gentile] nations there did arise a prophet like Moses, and this was Balaam” (Sifri, 34; Zohar II, 21b). [Now, Balaam] produced this lust-poisoned air in Midian, as it is written, “These were the very women [of Midian] who were involved in corrupting the Children of Israel by the word of Balaam” (Numbers 31: 16) – specifically, “his words,” through the words that were the external manifestation of his mind and thoughts.

Nosson of Breslov, Rebbe (2009-09-01). Kitzur Likutey Moharan (Abridged Likutey Moharan) Vol. 1 (Kindle Locations 3443-3448). Breslov Research Institute. Kindle Edition.


How Yeshua’s Reference to Balaam Applies to Paul

If we dig a little deeper into the eating of idol-meat issue, we find Yeshua mentions Balaam in Revelation 2:14.

Yeshua says the source of this heretical idol meat doctrine is a “teaching of Balaam.” Yeshua says Balaam taught one can eat meat sacrificed to idols, among other things. Why is Yeshua mentioning Balaam, a figure from the era of Moses? Evidently because Balaam is a figure who resembles the one who in the New Testament era teaches eating meat sacrificed to idols is permissible. What do we know about Balaam that would help us identify who was the Balaam-type figure in the New Testament church?

The Biblical story of Balaam in the book of Numbers does not reveal the precise nature of the teachings of Balaam. Yeshua alone tells us that Balaam taught the Israelites they could eat meat sacrificed to idols and commit fornication. (Rev. 2:14.) Thus, with these additional facts, let’s make a synopsis of the story of Balaam. Then we can see whether anyone appears similar in the New Testament era.

Balaam was a Prophet in the Hebrew Scriptures who was changed from an enemy to a friend by an angelic vision on a Road.

Revelation 2:14: “But I have a few things against thee, because thou
hast there some that hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to
cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things
sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication.” (ASV)

Balaam, after properly serving the Lord for a time, changed back into being an enemy.

This inspired prophet is deemed to be an enemy of God because he taught it was permissible to eat meat sacrificed to idols and to commit fornication. This part of the story was omitted in Moses’ account. Yeshua alone reveals this.

Who else is a prophet of God who was changed from an enemy to a friend by an angelic-type vision on a Road, but then later taught it was permissible to eat meat sacrificed to idols? Who likewise taught an act of fornication condemned by Yeshua (i.e., remarriage after divorce if certain circumstances were lacking) was perfectly permissible?

Who likewise is interpreted by most Paulinists as saying fornication is no longer strictly prohibited and no longer leads to spiritual death but instead the propriety of fornication is examined solely based on its expediency?
On those key points, Balaam identically matches Paul. Yeshua is putting a thin veil over the fact He is talking about Paul. Yeshua reveals His purpose by referring to Balaam in Revelation 2:14
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By citing the example of Balaam, Yeshua reminds us that a true prophet who is turned from evil to good then could turn back and completely apostasize. Yeshua’ citation to Balaam in this context destroys our assumptions that Paul could never apostasize. By referencing Balaam, Yeshua is telling us, at the very least, that Paul could turn and apostasize after his Road to Damascus experience. Paul could be just like Balaam who did so after his Road to Moab experience.


Is Revelation 2:14 A Type of Parable?
Did Yeshua mention the "teaching of Balaam" as a parable to identify Paul?
It appears Revelation 2:14 is a type of parable. Yeshua identifies the false teaching as the "teaching of Balaam." Yet Balaam is dead. Someone in the apostolic era is like Balaam. To know whom Yeshua meant, one has to find someone who matches Balaam's historically-known qualities.

Furthermore, we have a second reason to believe a parable is intended in Revelation 2:14. At the end of Revelation chapter 2, Yeshua says: "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches." (Rev. 2:29.) This is Yeshuas standard catch-phrase when He wanted you to know there are symbolic meanings in His words.

Let's next try to identify who was the Balaam-like figure in the New Testament apostolic era by studying the life of the original Balaam.

Balaam Was Changed to A True Prophet By A Vision on A Road

In the book of Numbers (written by Moses), Balaam begins as a soothsayer intent on accepting money from Moab's King Balak. He was offered payment to travel to Moab to curse Israel. As such, he begins as an enemy of the true God.
God then appeared to Balaam and told him not to curse Israel. (Numbers 22:5-12.) King Balak then called on Balaam again to come to Moab. However, God appeared to Balaam and allowed him to go on condition Balaam did only what ADONAI told him to do. (Numbers 22:20.) Apparently after starting on his trip, Balaam decided to still curse Israel. On route to Moab, Balaam (on a donkey) and his two companions are stopped on a road by an unseen angel of ADONAI. (Some commentators think Numbers 22:35 proves this was actually Yeshua, an eternal angel) Then the famous incident takes place where Balaam's donkey talks back to him. The donkey complains that Balaam is goading him by smiting him with his staff: "What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?" (Numbers 22:28.) At first Balaam cannot see the angel which is blocking the donkey. (Numbers 22:25-27.) Balaam is in a sense blinded. However, then God "opened the eyes of Balaam" and he could see the angel. (Numbers 22:31-33.)
Balaam then confesses to the angel that he sinned. (Numbers 22:34.) He offers to go home. The angel tells Balaam to continue onto Moab, but repeats the command that Balaam must only bless the Israelites. (Numbers 22:35.) Then Balaam proceeded to Moab. (Numbers 22:36.)
Next when Balaam arrived in Moab, he warned King Balak that he could only do what ADONAI allowed him to say. (Numbers 22:36-38.) Balaam's famous oracles of blessings over Israel then followed. (Numbers 23:1-29.)
While giving the blessing, God through Moses says Balaam was directly led by the Spirit of God. Balaam simultaneously turned away from his prior practice of using omens. Moses writes in Numbers 24:1-2:
(1) And when Balaam saw that it pleased HaShem to bless Israel, he went not, as at the other times, to meet with enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness. (2) And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel dwelling according to their tribes; and the Spirit of God came upon him. [Then Balaam blesses Israel.]
Thus Balaam had become a true prophet whom Moses reveals was having true communications from HaShem. Balaam is indwelt by the Spirit of God and repeats precisely what God wants him to say. God wants us to know through Moses that Balaam begins as a truly inspired prophet of God Almighty. The last we see of Balaam in action, he is acting as a good prophet. His words of blessings end up as part of standard synagogue services to this very day, known as the Mah Tovu.

How Balaam Fell: His Idol Meat & Fornication Teaching

Then something negative happens that Moses only cryptically revealed. In Numbers 31:16, Moses writes: "Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against ADONAI in the matter of Peor, and so the plague was among the congregation of ADONAI." Balaam had counseled the Israelites that they could sin in some unspecified manner. This cryptic statement is the only explanation why later in Numbers 31:8 that the Israelites, during their slaying of the Midianites, also kill Balaam.
Rabbinic tradition tries to fill in the missing information. It attributed to Balaam the lapse of Israel into the immorality we find in Numbers 25:1-9. [2]
Yeshua, however, gives us an inspired message on what was missing in the Biblical account. Yeshua says Balaam misled the Israelites by teaching them they can eat meat sacrificed to idols and they can commit fornication. Yeshua is the only inspired source of this information. Yeshua says:
But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there some that hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication. (Rev. 2:14, ASV.)
The Rabbinic tradition in Judaism supports what Yeshua said, but only in general terms.
So Who is Balaam in the New Testament Era?

[2] Morris Jastrow Jr., "Balaam," Encyclopedia of Judaism (online at http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=161&letter=B&search=balaam.) If we look at Numbers 25:2, we will see the Israelites were invited to the sacrifices to idols, and ate the idol meat. (Numbers 25:2, "for they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods; and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.")

So Who is Balaam in the New Testament Era?
The prophet Balaam was a person whose life mirrors apostle Paul's life to an extraordinary degree. Absent Yeshua telling us that Balaam taught it was permissible to eat meat sacrificed to idols, we would never have known how virtually identical are the two lives. Yet when Yeshua filled in the missing detail, it made the parallel between Balaam and Paul become extraordinarily uncanny.

In particular, Balaam's Road to Moab experience has many striking parallels to Paul's Road to Damascus experience. In fact, how it affects both Paul and Balaam is identical. Balaam is on his road with the wrong intent to curse God's people. This is true for Paul too, aiming to imprison God's people. (Acts 22:5.) Balaam is on the road with two companions. Paul likewise has companions with him. (Acts 22:9.)

Next, Balaam is given a message by the angel that converts his way to the true God. Likewise, Paul gets a message from Yeshua that converts his way to the true God. (Acts 22:8.) Both Balaam and Paul follow God for a time. Both apostasize when they teach it is permissible to eat meat sacrificed to idols.

There is another odd parallel between Balaam and Paul. After Balaam strikes his donkey to make him move, Balaam's donkey asks: "What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?" (Numbers 22:28.) The donkey in effect asks Why are you persecuting me? Balaam then learns that an angel of God was itself stopping the donkey from moving. Balaam learns it is hard for the donkey to keep on kicking (moving ahead) against the goads of God's angel. It is hard to keep on kicking against divine goads.

Now compare this to Paul and his vision. Paul is likewise confronted by Yeshua with a similar question: "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?" (Acts 22:7.) And most telling, Yeshua adds in the "Hebrew" tongue: "it is hard for thee to kick against the goad." (Acts 26:14.)

When Yeshua spoke to Paul on the road in the Book of Acts, He was speaking in a manner that would allow us to invoke the memory of the story of Balaam. In Acts, Yeshua laid the seeds for us to later identify Paul as the apostolic era Balaam. To repeat, first Yeshua asks Paul why Paul is persecuting Yeshua. The donkey asked Balaam the same question. He asked why was Balaam persecuting him. Second, Yeshua said to Paul that it is hard for Paul to keep moving forward against God's goads. Likewise, Balaam's donkey was up against the goads of God's angel. Yeshua' words in the vision experience with Paul were well chosen to invoke a precise parallel to the story of Balaam. Thus, we could never miss the point in Revelation 2:14. We thereby could identify the NT Balaam.

What Does It all Mean?

Paulinists apparently sense a problem if Balaam's story were ever told in detail. They always identify Balaam as merely a false teacher or someone who prophesied for money. But this misses Yeshua' point.
Balaam is precisely the example, unique in Hebrew Scriptures, of an enemy converted by a vision on a road, turned into a true spokesperson of God, but who later apostasizes by saying it is permissible to eat meat sacrificed to idols. Balaam precisely matches Paul in an uncanny way despite millennia separating them.
Thus, in Paul's vision experience, God laid the groundwork for a comparison to events two millennia earlier. What an amazing God we have! Yeshua specifically made sure the encounter with Paul would have all the earmarks of the Balaam encounter:
  • It would be on a road.
  • There would be a divine vision.
  • Yeshua would ask why is Paul persecuting Him.
  • Yeshua would let Paul know it is hard to go up against the goads of God.
  • The experience would turn Paul around to be a true spokesperson of God for a time.
  • Finally, Paul would fall like Balaam did by teaching it was permissible to eat meat sacrificed to idols.
Of course, to understand this, you have to have ears to hear. (Rev. 2:29.)

In other words, God set in motion what happened on the Road to Moab, just as He did on the Road to Damascus. Paul apparently indeed had the experience he claims. That's why Yeshua could cite the teaching of Balaam as repeating itself in the apostolic era. Yet, to cement the similarity, Yeshua had to give us a crucial new similarity between Balaam and Paul. By disclosing Balaam's idol meat teaching, Yeshua in Revelation 2:14 suddenly made appear an extraordinary parallel between Paul and Balaam that otherwise remained hidden.
Just as Yeshua said Elijah was John the Baptist, "if you are willing to receive it" (Matt. 11:14), Yeshua is saying the teaching of Balaam that deceives Christians is the teaching of Paul, "if you are willing to receive it." [4]

Paul's teaching, which he explains in Romans 14:14-23 and 1 Corinthians 8:4-13, is that eating food sacrificed to idols is not wrong. Totally contrary to Moses. Had Paul apostatized by this point? For his teaching to the Colossians is in complete harmony with Moses and Torah. Like Balaam, Paul spoke true to the Colossians. When did he turn away from ADONAI, is Yeshua saying the teaching of Balaam that deceives Christians is the teaching of Paul, "if you are willing to receive it."


Jesus commends the church at Ephesus for discerning the lying apostles. Rev. 2:1,2.

Paul was the apostle to Ephesus. Eph.1:1.?



 Christianity reached the non-Jewish world through the person of Paul. Paul traveled the length and breadth of the Mediterranean, teaching the gentile world about Jesus. Paul founded many churches throughout the Roman Empire. The churches which Paul established were predominantly gentile.  The Christian scriptures end their narrative at this point. They leave the reader at the historical point where there are two churches; the Jewish church of James, and the gentile church of Paul.


 History tells us that the Jewish church of James did not survive as a separate entity. By the time Christianity became the established religion of the Roman Empire, there were almost no Jewish Christians left. The few Jewish Christians which still existed, were persecuted as heretics by the gentile  church. All of Christianity as it exists today, was transmitted through the body of the gentile church. The books of Christian scripture were products of the gentile church. They may have included in these books, material which came from the Jewish Christians. But the gentile church was the editor of this material. It was the gentile church who determined the contents of the Christian scriptures, and who transmitted these texts to the future generations.


 In order to be convinced that the gentile church is truly transmitting the original message of Jesus, one must determine that Paul’s teachings conformed with the teachings of Jesus. The gentile church only learned of Jesus through the teachings of Paul. If Paul’s teachings were not synonymous with the teachings of Jesus, then the gentile church does not possess the original message of Jesus. 

 To determine Paul’s connection to Jesus, we will turn to the books of Christian scripture. It is clear that the editors of these books were strongly motivated to present Paul as one who is faithfully transmitting the original message of Jesus. Yet even these biased writers, were not able to do so.


 The Christian scriptures describe the basis of Paul’s mission in the following manner. Paul never saw Jesus in real life. Neither did Paul learn of Jesus’s teachings through the disciples of Jesus. Paul emphatically states (in the 1st and 2nd chapters of Galatians) that no living person was involved in transmitting Jesus’s message to him. Paul only learned of the teachings of Jesus through a series of visions. In these visions, Jesus appeared to him and imparted his teachings. Paul’s entire message was the product of these visions.


 The only way we can verify the truth of Paul’s claim, is by determining the reaction of Jesus’s disciples to Paul’s message. These men who lived with Jesus and heard him teach, could compare the teachings that they heard, to the prophecy of Paul. How did the Jewish following of James react to Paul’s claim to prophecy?

   Paul makes the claim (Galatians 2:9) that the leaders of the Jerusalem Church acknowledged the fact that he was appointed (by the dead Jesus) as a messenger to the gentiles. But Paul was lying. James and the Jerusalem Church never acknowledged the validity of Paul’s visions. It is the Christian scriptures themselves who contradict Paul’s claim.


 The 15th chapter of the book of Acts, describes how the leadership of the Jerusalem Church disregarded Paul’s claim to prophecy. Paul had come to Jerusalem. He had been preaching to the gentiles that they are not required to practice the law of Moses. Some members of the Jerusalem Church disagreed with Paul. They felt that in order for a gentile to join their following, he should be required to observe the law of Moses. This question was brought before the leadership of the Jerusalem Church. The elders of the church discussed the question, and James handed down his decision. His judgment was that the gentiles were not obligated to observe the entirety of the law of Moses as a prerequisite to joining the Christian community. But he stipulated that the gentiles were obligated to observe certain dietary laws, and to avoid immorality.


 If Paul was telling us the truth when he claimed that the leadership of the Jerusalem Church acknowledged him as a true prophet, then this story makes no sense. Here we have Paul, who was personally appointed by the dead Jesus as his emissary to the gentile world. Whatever Paul taught was personally revealed to him in these prophetic visions. One of the central teachings of Paul was that the gentile world is not bound by the law of Moses. Yet when the leaders of the Jerusalem Church are in doubt as to what Jesus would have said concerning the gentiles, they discuss the question, and look to James for guidance. If there was any truth to Paul’s claim, that these leaders acknowledged the truth of his prophecy, then they should have simply asked him “what did Jesus tell you?” The fact that they considered the question, and the method that they used to resolve the question, clearly tells  us that these men did not believe that Jesus had ever spoken to Paul. The author of the book of Acts, his bias notwithstanding, could not hide this simple fact.


 The difference between the gentile church founded by Paul, and the Jerusalem Church founded by Jesus, was not limited to the question of the authenticity of Paul’s prophecy. These two institutions espoused two totally different philosophies. The central teaching of Pauline Christianity is, that faith in the redeeming sacrifice of Jesus, is the only valid method through which atonement for sin can be achieved. The entire philosophy of Paul, revolves around this one teaching. 

Evangelical Christianity is founded upon this basic teaching of Paul. If you were to ask an Evangelical Christian to sum up his belief system in one sentence, he would respond with this point. That faith in Jesus is the only redemption from sin. In fact the entire concept of the messiah-ship of Jesus is basically limited to this one point. Jesus is the messiah of Evangelical Christians, only because they believe that his death provided atonement for sin.

  But the Jerusalem Church which was established by Jesus, and which was guided by his disciples, did not believe in this teaching of Paul. They did not believe that faith in Jesus could effectively atone for their sins. This is demonstrated by the testimony of the Christian scriptures. The 21st chapter in the book of Acts reports that the normal activities of the members of the Jerusalem Church included the offering of animals for the explicit purpose of the expiation of sin. The book of Acts describes how four members of the Jerusalem Church had taken a Nazirite vow. This means that they had voluntarily brought themselves into a situation where they would be required (by the law of Moses) to bring an animal as a sin offering. It is clear that these people saw in the temple offerings a valid method for the expiation of sin. If they believed as Paul did, that Jesus died for their sins once and for all, then there would be no point in bringing a sin offering in  the temple. The fact that the Jerusalem Church still participated in the temple offerings after Jesus had died, tells us that they did not see in Jesus’s death an all atoning sacrifice. These people were not Evangelical Christians.


The Christian scriptures provides both the theological and the historical justification to the accusation that Christianity has failed in the transmission of its own message. The Christian scriptures tell us that the disciples of Jesus never believed the fundamental teaching of Evangelical Christianity.
These people who lived with Jesus and heard him preach did not believe, that with the death of Jesus, the world is redeemed of its sins. The Christian scriptures also tell us, at which historical point the break in the transmission occurred. These books tell us that Paul, the father of modern Christianity, had no connection to Jesus. Christianity is an edifice erected upon the testimony of one man. All of Christianity stands upon Paul’s word that Jesus appeared to him. The only people that were qualified to verify Paul’s claim, contradicted him to his face. This emerges from the pages of the very books which Christianity regards as true witnesses to its claims. 
Read more at http://natzrim.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-traditional-jewish-response-to.html#4gTuFHBsPrxMyILF.99 


The Nature of the Only Begotten Son

The Primal Cause of all manifest life, Elohiym is described in the Written Torah as the One and Only God (Echad Elohiym) consisting of dual gender, both male and female. It was this dual nature that gave birth to the one and only begotten Son of Elohiym. While an inestimable number of beings have since taken birth, only one was directly "begotten" by Elohiym. Of this we read:
KJV: Colossians 1:13: [GOD] Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son...
1:15: ... who 
[i.e. the Son] is the image [eikon: representation or resemblance -- Strong's G1504] of the invisible God, the firstborn [prōotokos: first born, first begotten -- Strong's G4416] of all creation.
This verse (1:15) is one of the few cases where the Complete Jewish Bible  is at odds with the authoritative Textus Receptus source materials. This verse in the Greek and Latin of every source document (i.e. Textus Receptus, Codex Bezae Cantabrigensis, Codex Vaticanus Graecus and so on) is precisely as the King James Version (translated directly and in the vast majority of cases accurately from the superior Textus Receptus source materials) translates it: the Son was "the firstborn of all creatures." Link:
Linguistic attempts to explain away this clear statement -- for instance saying it really means first in importance even though that's not what it says -- are reflected in most modern paraphrases and translations because this verse is the "final nail in the coffin" of those who seek to defame the absolute Oneness of HaShem, the Echad Elohiym and let's face it, money talks. Many of the new versions focus more on sales than on accuracy.
So, according to our Scriptures and understandings, the "Father" (Echad Elohiym) produced a "Son." As GOD is unborn, this is clear proof that the Son is not his own Father even as Bishop Arius (250 or 256 – 336 CE) and other 1-4th century CE Messianic Jews boldly proclaimed in opposition as these Nicolaitan heresies were being canonized. [3]


Gen 49:27 Benjamin is a wolf that raveneth: In the morning he shall devour the prey, And at even he shall divide the spoil.

Yeshua' Words on the Ravening Wolf

Yeshua several times mentions a wolf or wolves. He says the false prophets will be wolves dressed like sheep. This means they will claim to be followers of Yeshua, but "inwardly [they] are ravening wolves." The full quote is:

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. (Matt. 7:15.)

Yeshua warns true followers that they are at risk from these so-called Christians who are truly ravening wolves inside.
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. (Matt. 10:16)
Christian leaders who do not care for the flock will leave the average Christian at the mercy of these ravening wolves. Yeshua explains:

He that is a hireling, and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, beholdeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth, and the wolf snatcheth them, and scattereth them: (John 10:12)
He fleeth because he is a hireling, and careth not for the sheep. (John 10:13)(ASV)
Is this imagery of the ravening wolf as the false prophet ever spoken about elsewhere in Scripture? Yes, in fact there is a prophecy in the book of Genesis that the tribe of Benjamin would later produce just such a "ravening wolf." (Gen.49:27.)

Genesis Prophecies of Messiah and His Enemy from the Tribe of Benjamin

Paul tells us in Romans 11:1, "For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin." Paul repeats this in Philippians 3:5, saying he is "of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin." 

Keeping this in mind, Genesis has a very interesting Messianic prophecy. Modern Christians are sadly generally unaware of this prophecy. It may be ignored because the nearby passage about a Benjamite ravening wolf in the latter days hits too close to home. It is better to ignore a clear Messianic prophecy than to risk seeing the Bible prophesied the emergence of Paul and the error he would propagate among Christians.

In Genesis chapter 49, Jacob, also known as Israel, utters a prophecy of the latter days. In this prophecy, Jacob identifies the role of each son and his tribe. The passage begins:

And Jacob called unto his sons, and said: gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the latter days. (Gen 49:1)

AProphecy That Judah Produce Messiah

Then Jacob delivers a prophecy about his son Judah and the tribe of Judah for the latter days. It is a clear Messianic prophecy.

The sceptre shall not depart from Judah [i.e., the right to rule belongs to this tribe], Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh come: And unto him shall the obedience of the peoples be. (Gen 49:10)
Binding his foal unto the vine, And his ass's colt unto the choice vine; He hath washed his garments in wine, And his vesture in the blood of grapes. (Gen 49:11)
His eyes shall be red with wine, And his teeth white with milk. (Gen 49:12) (ASV)

The root word for Shiloh comes from Shalom, meaning peace. Shiloh means one who brings peace. Shiloh comes holding the sceptre of Judah. Shilo thus is a prince of peace.
This passage therefore clearly depicts Messiah, the Prince of Peace, with his garments bathed in the blood of grapes. All obedience will be owed him. The Genesis-Shiloh Messiah is then presented in similar imagery as the Lamb of God in the Book of Revelation. (Rev. 19:13 "garment sprinkled with blood".)
Ancient Jewish scholars also read this Genesis passage to be a Messianic prophecy. In all three Rabbinic Targums, the Hebrew scholars taught Shiloh was the name for Messiah. This was also repeated by many ancient Jewish writers. (Gen. 49:10.)

B. Benjamite "Ravening Wolf" Prophecy

So why is this Messianic passage so unfamiliar to Christians? Perhaps because in close proximity we find Jacob's prophecy about the tribe of Benjamin. This Benjamite prophecy follows many positive predictions for all the other eleven tribes.
Of whom does the Benjamite prophecy speak? When weighed carefully, there is very little chance that the Benjamite prophecy could be about anyone but Paul. This prophecy about Benjamin, if it was to be fulfilled and then verified, must have been fulfilled in the time of Yeshua. At that time, the tribes of Judah, Levi, and Benjamin still had survived. The others were the lost tribes of the Diaspora. After the time of Yeshua, any distinguishable tribe of Benjamin soon disappeared. Thus, the prophecy about Benjamin is no longer capable of being fulfilled and confirmed.

Accordingly, one must consider the possibility this verse is talking about Paul. In fact, the early Christian church, as demonstrated below, did think this was a prophecy about Paul. Somehow we lost memory of this teaching.
Let's turn now to Jacob's last prophecy about the Benjamites in the "latter days" when Shiloh comes. Here we read of the imagery of a ravening wolf that identifies the tribe of Benjamin.

Benjamin is a wolf that raveneth: In the morning she shall devour the prey, And at even[ing] he shall divide the spoil. (Gen 49:27) (ASV)
Let's analyze this verse--for there is a time-sequence to the ravening wolf's activity. In the morning, he devours the prey. This means he kills his prey. In the evening, he takes the spoils left over after killing the prey. There are many metaphorical similarities to Paul. He starts as a killer of Christians or as one who approves the killing of Christians. (Acts7:588:1-3, 9:1.) However, later Paul claims a right of division among his earlier prey--he exclusively will recruit Gentiles as Christians while the twelve apostles supposedly would exclusively recruit Jews. (Galatians 2:9.)

In fact, in the early Christian church, this entire verse of Genesis 49:27 was read to be a prophecy about Paul. However, the second part was then spun favorably to Paul. An early church writer, Hippolytus (200s A.D.), said Paul fulfilled Genesis 49:27 because Paul started as a murderer of Christians, fulfilling the first part of Genesis 49:27. The second part about `dividing the spoil' was interpreted by Hippolytus to mean Paul made Christian followers predominantly among Gentiles. However, this was read positively. Hippolytus believed Paul divided the spoil in a manner God intended. However, dividing the spoil means plundered. It does not have a positive connotation. This spin by Hippolytus on dividing the spoil as a good deed was wishful thinking. God instead was sending a prophecy of the evil that would be done by this Benjamite, not the good.

Here is the quote from the early church writer Hippolytus (estimated to be 205 A.D.) wherein he saw God prophesying of Paul in Genesis 49:27:
`Benjamin is a devouring wolf. In the morning, he will devour the prey, and at night he will apportion the food.' This thoroughly fits Paul, who was of the tribe of Benjamin. For when he was young, he was a ravaging wolf. However, when he believed, he `apportioned the food.'
(Hippolytus, W 5.168.)[quoted Catholic Encylopedia.]
These writings from the early church demonstrates two things: (a) early Christians were more familiar than ourselves with the Shiloh Messianic prophecy in Genesis 49:10-12; and (b) if one knew the Shiloh prophecy, one could not avoid seeing in close proximity the prophecy of a Benjamite wolf (Genesis 49:27) whereupon one would realize it is unmistakably talking about Paul. As Hippolytus says, "this thoroughly fits Paul."

What do modern Pauline Christian commentators do with the Benjamite wolf prophecy? While some admit Genesis 49:27 is about Paul, and spin the divide the spoils aspect of the prophecy favorably toward Paul as a good deed, the leading commentators take an entirely different approach. Some, for example, adopts the ancient Jewish explanation of this prophecy of the latter days. Because Benjamin's territory was where the Temple was located, it was said the offering of the morning and evening sacrifice fell to his lot, i.e., territory. Thus, this verse was supposedly intended to be talking about Benjamin's indirect role in the killing the sacrifice in the morning and evening. The performance of the sacrifices, of course, are positive God-serving actions if attributable to Benjamin's actions. Thus, rather than a ravening wolf being an evil beast who attacks innocent sheep, modern Christian commentators say Benjamin was being complimented for possessing wolf-like "fortitude, courage, and valour."

We now can see the clear fulfillment of this prophecy in the deeds of Paul. "if you are willing to receive it."


Ezek. 22:26-32
The "ravening wolves" will come who do "violence to the Law," and who teach the people to "hide their eyes from the Sabbath," and to no longer discern clean food from impure food, etc. These wolves are associated with those who "have false visions" and "divine" lies in the Lord's name.



Balaam was a Prophet in the Hebrew Scriptures who was changed from an enemy to a friend by an angelic vision on a Road.

Sources:
[1] http://www.jesuswordsonly.com/

[2] http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/2395-balaam

[3] http://jewtoo.org/

[4] Mat 11:14  Indeed, if you are willing to accept it, he is Eliyahu, whose coming was predicted.

See:

Errors, Contradictions and Falsehoods in the New Testament

Jesu commends the church at Ephesus for discerning the lying apostles. Rev. 2:1,2.
Paul was the apostle to Ephesus. Eph.1:1. @ http://acquiescere9.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/errors-contradictions-and-falsehoods-in-the-new-testament/

http://noahide-ancient-path.co.uk/index.php/christianity-2/idolatry-2/2013/08/errors-in-the-new-testament/

Is there any biblical justification for idolatry?  
More reading: http://jewtoo.org/idolotry.html

    Under no circumstances are we allowed to bow before idols or worship other gods!



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See:  Gilgul/Gilgul neshamot/Gilgulei Ha Neshamot
See:  Tzadik/Zadik/Sadiq 
See more on reincarnation here and here.
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Note:  Historically the focus on the 'body' of Torah, while ignoring its 'soul' has been the cause of a lot of problems. Serious Torah study means learning the mystical dimensions, otherwise it is just simple history, moral lessons and pleasantries for children.


Change one thing and you change everything. Improve one thing and everything improves.) Rebbe Nachman writes:
Before returning, a person does not yet have being. It is as if he does not yet exist in the  world. Indeed, he would be better off had he not been created (Eruvin 13b). But when he prepares to purify himself and return…he will then exist in the world—i.e., “I am prepared to be.”





ONE WORD, MANY DEEDS
"In order to understand God's word, we had to dissect God's deeds into ten components - the Ten Sefirot. In order to be properly applied, God's singular will had to be diversified into 613 different applications, so that every aspect of human life could be illuminated by His lamp. Study may be understood in the verse in Psalms: "God spoke once, but we heard twice."

But, when it comes to prayer, we proclaim daily as one of the fundamentals of faith: "I believe, with a full belief, that only to God Himself is it appropriate to pray" (Ani Maamin Proclamation). Our prayers must be directed to the all-encompassing Almighty, not to parts, pieces, manifestations, or messengers.


The reason why in our study we see differentiation and plurality of the divine within our world is due to our fragmented, finite comprehension. But when we come to pray and we submit ourselves to God, we turn our attention away from the fragmentation and towards God as the absolute, all-encompassing root of creation.


We become aware that at the center-point is One, and only One."


... if a person is completely out of track and is worshipping demi-gods or other humans instead of God, then it is our duty to enlighten him and set him on a right track."



2 comments:

  1. Have you read questioningpaul.com ? A very thorough word-by-word study of Galatians using P46. Also, yadayah.com

    Shalom

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  2. Also the fact that 12 is a fixed number by God. A 13th apostle is blasphemy as even the Israelites never had a 13th tribe to the extreme that a split tribe (Ephraim and Mannassah) could only be counted as a half tribe a piece. Buy we know that there are no half apostles, we can rule out Saul on math alone. But this is proof of deception and no one in a church will admit or realize what would liberate them if thats not brainwashing nothing is

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