43) The Promised Land

God established an embassy on earth from which his appointed ambassadors could minister the Kingdom of Heaven on earth to the nations scattered at Babel.

“Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name therefor all the earth is mine.“ (I Kings 11:36, Exodus 19:5)

In a previous post we reviewed how the noun identifying a person, place, or thing is the conversion of the verb describing the actions associated with that entity. An analysis of the name ‘Jerusalem’ (where the English J is a Y in Hebrew), enlightens our understanding of the function of this city.

The forms ירה (yrh) and ירא (yr’) reflect an exchange of energy from a higher, dispensing level to a lower, receiving level. It appears that the form ירה (yrh) mostly describes the sending of the energy; either the exchange viewed from the perspective of the dispensing side, or else the shock-free absorption of the energy on the receiving side. The form ירא (yr’) appears to deal mostly with the receiving of the energy; the exchange viewed from the perspective of the receiving side, and that usually with the anticipation of intense alteration.

The general meaning of the graceful verb שלם (shalem) is that of wholeness, completeness or “unbrokenness” (and see for the opposite the verb רעע, ra’a)…

In the Hebrew language it’s quite simple to indicate not only a condition (like shalem), but also the means to get there (to “shalemize”). The usage of this shalemize form in Scriptures is quite revealing. Wholeness is achieved or restored most often by some kind of restitutory payment or covenant…shalem is used when vows are to be paid to the Most High, or when days of mourning are to be completed (Isaiah 60:20), and ties in directly to the Messiah and his salvific work (Joel 2:25).

The derivatives of this verb are:

  • The famous masculine noun שלום (shalom), meaning peace (Isaiah 32:17). Peace in the Bible doesn’t just indicate a warless state, but rather a state of completeness and harmony or rather un-dividedness. It also covers completeness (Jeremiah 13:19), prosperity (Genesis 43:27), health and safety (Psalm 38:4).
  • The masculine noun שלם (shelem) peace offering or a sacrifice for alliance or friendship (Amos 5:22, Exodus 24:5).
  • The denominative verb שלם (shalam), meaning to be in a covenant of peace (Job 22:21, Isaiah 42:19).

Peace and how to make it..

Peace — defined as the absence of conflict or discord — may be achieved in…such a level of understanding of irreconcilable elements that these can be…joined, in…a unified theory or system of definition. This process requires no censoring and demonstrates all elements to be most intimately related to the identity of the whole. The key-word of this process is relationship. That’s what this root means.

In Hebrew, peace-making means whole-making, and not warm-fuzzy-deny-your-concerns-and-stop-being-difficult-making. Hebrew peace-making requires the effortful acquisition of intimate knowledge of one’s opponent, and since in Hebrew love-making is pretty much the same as knowing someone (the verb ידע, yada’, means both to know and to have sex…the command to “love your enemy” (Matthew 5:44) has not a lick to do with placidly suffering abuse and trying to conjure up lofty feelings for the brute who’s mistreating you, and everything with studying your enemy until you know enough about him to either appreciate his motives (and behave in such a compatible way that he stops assaulting you) or else blow him out of the water by being superior.

When Jesus says, “blessed are the peace-makers” (Matthew 5:9), he does not refer to those people who insist we should all assume a state of blissful indifference, but rather those people who grab the bull by the horns and stare deep into his eyes and pick his brain with an axe. Making peace starts with making a relationship with your enemy, and it results in getting to know your enemy (which in turn makes the chance excellent that at some point your enemy will stop being your enemy).

Archaeological evidence makes Jerusalem one of the oldest cities in the world, placing the lowest level of habitation layers between 4500–3500 BCE, i.e. during Adam’s lifetime.

Historical evidence places the city about 2000 BC. This would be during Shem / Melchizedek’s reign.

The first mention of Urusalim can be traced to Egyptian Execration Texts [formal magical curses placed on their enemies]. The Early Execration Texts…date to the late 20th and 19th centuries B.C… with the Later Execration Texts dating to the late 19th century B.C. In the earlier texts only a few cities are mentioned in this region of Canaan. Jerusalem, Ashkelon and Rehobin are the chief ones in Palestine. In the later texts, the two principal cities of the region are Shechem and Jerusalem…Indeed this is proof that the cities in the patriarchal narrative were in fact occupied and in existence during the Middle Bronze Age (ca 2000-1550 BC)

In God’s typical sleight of hand way, the Egyptian curses benefit their enemies. These texts support the biblical account that the city was called Jerusalem, the religious center of the Hebrews, during the time frame in which Abram entered the land of Canaan.

This photo of an existing village in Yemen gives a good idea of how the “castle of Zion” / Jerusalem would have looked in the Bronze Age, with a small population crowded together on the highest spot for protection.

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The Middle Kingdom Egyptian Execration Texts identify the city, in the Egyptian language, as Rusalimum. The root S-L-M that in the Hebrew name applies to “peace” can be twisted, to Shalim, the god of dusk [evening, works of darkness opposing the God of light] in the Canaanite religion.

The Egyptian execration texts also validates Noah’s curse on his grandson Canaan, who would have personally been subordinate to Shem as he ruled as Melchizedek from Jerusalem.

“And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.(Gen 9:24-26)

Put these Bible verses into historical perspective! These were real people who lived out their lives in dramatic circumstances. How sad that Sunday school has them dumbed down to coloring book caricatures. Surely we expect Canaan to rebel against servitude!

And sure enough he did.

Archaeological excavations indicate that by the 17th century BCE, following the death of Shem and during a lapse of any Hebrew force in the area, the Canaanites had taken control of “Rusalimum” and built massive walls (4 and 5 ton boulders, 26 feet high) on the eastern side of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem has been fought over more than any other place. This makes sense since, unlike any other current nation’s capitol, it has been continuously inhabited. And throughout there has been continuous fighting over who will control Jerusalem and the land promised to Abraham’s descendants. 

the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.” (Gen 15:19-21)

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The post Sin City defines these same boundaries by four ancient rivers split from the single river emerging east of the larger territory of Eden, which is evidently under the Mediterranean Sea. It is none other than the land “east of the garden of Eden,” i.e. not the garden itself but the land closest to that magical land with the lure of obtaining eternal life from the Tree of Life.

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“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden…to keep /guard it.” (Genesis 2:8-15)

Then after the Adams ate the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil,

“the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden…and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep / guard the way of the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:22-24)

The gateway to the garden is where the Adams would have continued making the blood sacrifice for sin as taught by YHVH. And this activity would be the defining attribute / way / name of this place for all time, as described above in the meaning of the name Jerusalem.

The general meaning of the graceful verb שלם (shalem) is that of wholeness, completeness or “unbrokenness”…

Wholeness is achieved or restored most often by some kind of restitutory payment or covenant…and ties in directly to the Messiah and his salvific work (Joel 2:25)…

The derivatives of this verb are:

  • The famous masculine noun שלום (shalom), meaning peace (Isaiah 32:17)…a state of completeness and harmony or rather un-dividedness…
  • The masculine noun שלם (shelem) peace offering or a sacrifice for alliance or friendship (Amos 5:22, Exodus 24:5).

This is where Abel’s blood sacrifice was accepted over Cain’s vegan offering, for obvious reasons. Cain did not shalemize, engage in activities designed to achieve peace, undividedness-unity, alliance with God through respecting his ways. Or, notice, with his brother. Cain was either competing with his brother to be the favorite, or competing to be an equal with God directly. In any case, unity / peace with God requires unity / peace with his family.

“Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect.” (Genesis 4:3-5)

How did God show respect to one and not the other? Standard MO is fire from heaven, perhaps in this case from the guardian cherubim pointing their sword at the one chosen.

It is logical to deduce from the activity there that this is a hyper dimensional portal to God in heaven.

The Hebrew word “paneh’ / פָנִי ” is translated into multiple English words in the same passage. This dictionary function allows us to grasp the abstract as well as literal meanings. The 2128 uses of of this word variously translated as “face, surface, countenance, presence, before me, in front of, under the oversight of, stand before” can be summed us as expressing a boundary to “this being”.

And Cain said unto the LORD…Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from

  • the face / פָנִי of the earth [in juxtaposition to heaven]; and from
  • thy face / פָנִי [oversight, protection] shall I be hid…every one that findeth me shall slay me. And Cain went out from
  • the presence / פָנִי / access to favor of the LORD. (Genesis 4:13-16)

And following throughout history there are multiple references, such as the following.

“the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem…the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain...Then did the cherubims lift up their wings…and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.  (Ezekiel 8:3-4, 11:22)

I won’t take time in this post to dissect every concept packed into Isaiah’s prophecies, but for the purposes of this post just catch this one – the future return to Jerusalem as the original worship center for all people with faith in YHVH’s savior from all time, not just the nation of Israel.

The LORD reigneth…he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved. The LORD is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people…worship at his footstool.” (Psalm 99)

“IN THAT DAY shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts

IN THAT DAY shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar [memorial] at the border thereof to the LORD. And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour [as he is famous for doing for the Hebrews]And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform it…

IN THAT DAY shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve [in context – the LORD] with the Assyrians.

IN THAT DAY shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land:

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Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be [in effect, all the nations of the world]

IN THAT DAY shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth [Shem’s multi-ethnic Hebrew nation] may enter in

IN THAT DAY…the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 26-27)

It should be expected, since the Adversary is constantly on the prowl, that the land east of Eden is also the territory where the rebels against Creator God immediately establish their cities as bases for warfare. And, as fully developed in the post Sin City, we find this to be the case with pre-flood Cain and post-flood Nimrod, AKA Amraphael.

Please don’t jump to the conclusion that biblical accounts of historic warfare justifies the current Israeli nation’s treatment of modern Palestinians therefore the Bible is nothing but propaganda for a racist imperial people and therefore can and should be rejected. The primary rule for this posting – don’t take statements out of context. The Hebrews and the Canaanites of the 2nd millenium B.C. are not the Israelis and the Palestinians of the 2nd millenium A.D.

The Book of Jasher, which if not accepted as 100% spiritually accurate, at least has historical cultural relevance. This gives credible accounts of battles between the children of Israel and the inhabitants of the land of Canaan, supporting the prediction of years of affliction to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This actually is a good thing in that God’s people draw closer to him when we are desperate, and there’s no better witness of God’s ability to save than eyewitness examples.

Jashub king of Tapnach...sent to all the kings of the Amorites that surrounded Shechem and Tapnach, saying, Go up with me and assist me, and we will smite Jacob the Hebrew and all his sons, and destroy them from the earth…And the seven kings of the Amorites assembled with all their armies, about ten thousand men with drawn swords, and they came to fight against the sons of Jacob; 

And Judah said unto Simeon and Levi, and unto all his brothers, Strengthen yourselves and be sons of valor, for the Lord our God is with us, do not fear them. Stand forth each man, girt with his weapons of war, his bow and his sword, and we will go and fight against these uncircumcised men; the Lord is our God, He will save us…

[You do realize that Judah had his grandfather Abraham’s example to follow.

And all the kings of the Amorites came…to consult with their counsellors what was to be done with the sons of Jacob, for they were still afraid of them, saying, Behold, two of them slew the whole of the city of Shechem. And the Lord heard the prayers of Isaac and Jacob, and he filled the hearts of all these kings’ advisers with great fear and terror that they unanimously exclaimed…Surely he delivered their father Abraham, the Hebrew, from the hand of Nimrod, and from the hand of all his people who had many times sought to slay him…

And…behold, we ourselves saw with our eyes that Esau, the brother of Jacob, came to him with four hundred men, with the intention of slaying him, for he called to mind that he had taken away from him his father’s blessing…and who delivered him from his hands but his God in whom he trusted?…

Surely you know and understand that…you come to war with their God who made choice of them, and you have therefore all come this day to be destroyed.

And when the kings of the Amorites heard all the words of their advisers, their hearts were filled with terror, and they were afraid of the sons of Jacob and would not fight against them.

The biblical purpose for giving the land to Abraham was so that he and his heirs to God’s promise in Genesis 3:15 could be the four-dimensional humans through whom the hyper-dimensional Spirit God could interact in order to bless the rest of the worldnot lord it over them. Can we keep an open mind as we gather data about peoples and circumstances we don’t yet know about?

And God said…Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.”(Genesis 17:18-21)

What covenant is that? This is commonly assumed to be possession of the Promised Land. In fact there are many covenants, so we can’t assume anything. If we track the development of the promises, we will find that this reference to Isaac becoming heir to Abraham’s estate is so much more than just property. The property simply supports the assignment of responsibility.

“Now the LORD had said unto Abram…in thee shall all families / nations of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3)

This blessing is understood to be salvation through the ultimate Seed, YHVH’s Promised Savior of the tribe of Judah in Israel, but did you really think God totally ignored everyone but the nation of Israel for over a thousand years in the interim?

Abram’s rescue of the cities of the plain from the four kings provides one example of Abram living up to his responsibility to bless all nations, even enemies, by preserving, protecting and defending, and leads us into the concept of the need for a geographical base of operations to do so. This is the concept central to 20th century AD and BC Zionism.

  • “And the king of Sodom went out to meet him [Abram], after his slaughter of Chedorlaomer, [obviously he hadn’t attempted his own or joined Abram’s rescue operation of his people]
  • and the kings that were with him 
  • at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king’s dale [flat space able to accommodate large groups of men, such as armies].
  • And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest-king of the most high God. (Gen 14:17-18)

The reference to bringing out bread and wine is just as important as the specification that this king, out of all the rest, is Melchizedek, priest of the most high God. It tells us that Melchizedek is the host, ergo the lord of the land on which this gathering is being held. His kingdom contrasts sharply with the wicked people of the plain in that his people were

“blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life.” (Philippians 2:15-16)

“Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen:

  • that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he:
  • before me there was no God formed [Creator and life-giver in all its dimensions], neither shall there be after me [Antichrist false life-giver].
  • I, even I, am the LORD / YHVH;. and beside me there is no savior.
  • I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed,

c4c9vgoumaaa5j9WHEN THERE WAS NO STRANGE GOD AMONG YOU [who could claim credit] THEREFORE YE ARE MY WITNESSES, saith the LORD, THAT I AM GOD. 

Yea, before the day was I am he / Creator; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let / prevent it?

  • Thus saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. I am the Lord, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.
  • Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow…
  • Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert…to give drink to my people, my chosen…

This people have I formed for myself;

THEY SHALL SHEW FORTH MY PRAISE.

Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen: Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.

 [This sure sounds like the next episode of Escape From the Evil Empire.]

For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses.

  1. One shall say, I am the LORD‘s; [Hebrews of old and new covenants from many nationalities]
  2. and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; [Old Covenant Israelites
  3. and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel. [Messianic Jews]

Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people…ye are even my witnesses”(Isaiah 43-44)

Witnesses of what? Salvation from sin and death! Certainly not bragging that “Na na nana na! God gave US this land!”

  1. I…will make nations of thee And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
  2. And[another covenant] I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee…all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God…And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.” (Genesis 17:6-11)

As explained in the post on Father Abraham, circumcision is a requirement for those choosing to be included in the covenant of land ownership and has nothing to do with salvation by grace through faith.

It was written into the law of Moses that one does not have to be circumcised and keep all the laws of Moses to worship the God of Israel. This was the basis for the New Covenant ruling that Gentiles who accepted Messiah’s atonement for sin were not required to be circumcised to be saved.

Whatsoever he be…of the strangers in Israel, that will offer his oblation for all his vows, and for all his freewill offerings… ” (Leviticus 22:18)

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood.” (Leviticus 17:9-12)

But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter…

And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying…Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down…

That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things…Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.” (Acts 15)

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