Anyone who denies the need for a champion needs to take an unbiased look at the media, and an honest look at their own life.
- “Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.
- Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place…
- Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.” (Job 40:12-14)
Everyone is always calling on God himself couldn’t destroy Satan and take back dominion over creation because “…God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began” (Titus 1:2) to give dominion to humans.
“The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.” (Psalm 115:16)
YHVH’s / Anu’s delegation of earthly authority to humans is acknowledged by the Sumerian pantheon, where Sumerian Enlil is the Hebrew Adam.
The Sumerian word “líl”, whose Akkadian equivalent is zaqīqu, means “ghost, phantom, haunted”[renders] a translation of Enlil’s name as “Lord ghost.”
This is consistent with Adam’s change from immortal to mortal.
The idea of a hero inspiring a mass movement to save entire people groups seems to be inherent in the human psyche. This universal theme underlies the most captivating stories across time and cultures. The Star Wars series not only runs on this theme but also incorporates the concept of natality. (Spoiler alert!)
- Episode I – III: Anakin Skywalker is believed to be the Chosen One who would bring balance to the orce, therefore peace and prosperity to the galaxy. However, like Cain, he is seduced by the dark side, transforms into Darth Vader and plunges the galaxy into an era of death and destruction under the control of the evil Empire.
- Rogue One: Jyn Erso, like Abram under Nimrod, risks her life to free mankind from enslavement to the evil Empire.
- Episode IV – VI: Luke Skywalker leads the rebellion that ends the evil Empire’s tyrannical rule, and through love leads his father / war lord of the opposition back to the Force of light and life. Luke would be the parallel to Jesus Christ, with the Apostle Paul representing Darth Vader..
- The Force Awakens – The Last Jedi: Rey brings new hope to a galaxy once again on the brink of war. This parallels Christ’s Second Coming.
A myriad of spin-off Chosen Ones draws literary inspiration from the biblical prophesied child to come. Notice how his birth is presented in the political context of war and peace.
“For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase / expansion of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.” (Isaiah 9:5-7)
And we have one.
In America the President “possesses the sole authority to authorize the use of nuclear weapons by the United States.”
We are so in trouble.
Fortunately, the entire human race has a champion who can not only rescue us from other peoples’ destruction but also save us from our own self-destructive ways.
“Keep / guard yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord YHVH’s Anointed Savior / Jesus Christ unto eternal life…him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory…the only wise God, our Savior.” (Jude 1:20-25)
Interesting that the viewers of hero-based programs don’t need to be religious or to read the Bible to recognize and identify with the concept of overcoming self-interest and fear of suffering and death in the struggle of good vs evil, and to acknowledge when justice is served, a champion, just one individual who is willing to engage in combat with the enemy in a duel to the death – winner take all.
I understand that we are not all healthcare providers and can’t see some body parts without getting flustered, so giving fair warning that in the linked film clip there is a quick glimpse of some of the organ used to establish the universal attribution of manhood. “I will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall.” (I Kings 14:10). You can avoid seeing anything distasteful by closing your eyes when the rider gets off his horse and undoes his fly.
I do think this enactment does a great job of bringing the ancient ways to life. If you watch the video clip from Game of Thrones, think of the rag-tag Israelite army coming up against Jericho, one of the greatest fortified cities of that time.
Think of David and Goliath.
As a giant capable of building megalithic structures, Goliath may have contributed to making the Philistine pentapolis the impregnable fortress nation that Israel could not overcome. The following photo of a gateway in Malta is just one of many surviving examples of the massive city gates found throughout the world in early history, similar to the gate which Sampson “set at nought” when he carried aways its doors.
“And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span [9 ft 6 in].
- And he had an helmet of brass upon his head,
- and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.
- And he had greaves of brass upon his legs,
- and a target of brass between his shoulders.
- And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam;
- and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron:
- and one bearing a shield went before him.
And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants…
And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
Then said David to the Philistine…I come to thee [not with staves or metal armor but] in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; AND…the host of the Philistines…that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. AND all this assembly [including the faithless Israelites]…the battle is the LORD‘s.
Young David’s identification with the Singularity’s power over death demonstrates that trusting in YHVH’s Ordained Redeemer is not a new means of salvation that came into existence when Jesus Christ died on the cross.
God was not taken off guard when his prototype humans used the freedom he gave them to choose to explore their options, and suffered the consequences in their degenerated DNA, passed down to all their descendants.
“ye were…redeemed with…the precious blood of the Appointed One / Messiah / Christ…Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you…” (I Peter 1:19-20)
“the gospel according to the power of God…his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus / YHVH’s Chosen Savior before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:” (II Timothy 1:8-10)
David understood that behind the physical manifestation of Goliath, he was engaged in a spiritual battle. He tapped into, identified himself with, became one with all the power of creation when he proclaimed “I come to thee in the name / likeness, characteristics of the LORD / YHVH / I AM / Singularity.”
This is the same identification and empowerment of a law enforcement officer arresting someone “in the name of the law.” David understood that empowerment comes through the word / Word of God.
And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead [the only vulnerable part of his body], that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth…And when the Philistines saw their champion was ded, they fled.” (II Samuel 17:4-51)
This account is exactly equivalent to the pagan account of Apollo guiding Paris’ arrow straight to the only vulnerable point on Achille’s body, his heel. And the pagan Philistines understood that the God of Israel was stronger than their god by David’s action, not any preaching.
There is a chasm between Christianity and Judaism created by Christianity’s narrow focus on Jesus Christ as the only Christ / Messiah / anointed / chosen / Redeemer versus scriptural Judaism’s faithfulness to record many messiahs.
There are many Messiahs in the Bible. Since every King and High Priest was anointed with oil, each may be referred to as “an anointed one” (a Mashiach or a Messiah). For example: “G-d forbid that I [David] should stretch out my hand against the L-rd’s Messiah [Saul]…” I Samuel 26:11. Cf. II Samuel 23:1, Isaiah 45:1, Psalms 20:6…
Usage: chosen out, elect, choice, select, sometimes as subst: of those chosen out by God for the rendering of special service to Him (particularly…Hebrews, the Messiah, and the Christians).
“Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles…he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law…I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles…Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth,” (Isaiah 42:1-10)
A biblical Redeemer is not Christian, or even Jewish, but as described in Ephesians, a member of a spiritual nation chosen before the foundation of the world, and growing since the first human was created.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…All things were made by him…In him was life…as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name [of Yeshua, YHVH’s Savior, Creator Redeemer]:” (John 1:1-12)
This didn’t just start 4,000 years after Adam and Eve with Christianity. We can logically conclude that the Adams received, and passed on, the belief in God’s word that he would overcome the Serpent and Sin through the Seed of the Woman, otherwise Abel, Seth, Noah couldn’t have any knowledge of Creator God, receive his Word and act on it in faith.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
- For by it / faith the elders obtained a good report.
- Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God
- By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous
- By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because…he had this testimony, that he pleased od.
- he that cometh to God must believe that he is [i.e. I AM / YHVH], and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him…
- compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses…the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.” (Hebrews 11-12)
This also came to pass with Cyrus the Great, the Persian king of kings.
“Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him…I will…open before him the two leaved gates [of Babylon]…that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel…That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else!” (Isaiah 45)
I put it to you that Christianity’s hyper focus on Jesus as the only Christ / Messiah is a cheap escape from personal responsibility. Severing Christianity from Judaism allows – not just Dispensationalists, not just Catholics, but also Protestants with Martin Luther’s doctrine of grace – to toss out the clear scriptural demands to identify with haMashiach by becoming hamashiach – a holy, righteous, chosen servant of God.
APR. 18, 2018 | BY CREFLO DOLLAR
our healing, deliverance, prosperity, victory, joy, peace, and everything else we need in life is already finished and ready for us to claim.
When we follow the biblical trail instead of the most appealing preacher we realize that redemption of the helpless victims of powerful social forces is a fundamental aspect of biblical godliness and all sons of God are known by their participation in God’s work of redeeming mankind.
Paul’s letter to the 1st century AD Gentile believers at Ephesus parallels Moses speaking at Mount Sinai in the 2nd millennium BC.
- he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy
- predestinated us unto the adoption of children
- made known unto us the mystery of his will that in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in The Promise Seed / Christ
- ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise are made nigh by the blood of The Promised Seed / Christ
- For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us
- Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God
- To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the congregation of believers including those following Moses at mount Sinai / church the manifold wisdom of God
- According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord
- Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, (Ephesians 3)
“Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you [Israel]: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.” (Acts 13:46-48)
Can’t get around it.
Peter and John bear witness to Paul’s claim that the Gentile Christians from the 1st century onward parallel the Messianic role of Cyrus the Persian and of Moses and the nation of Israel.
“To the strangers [aliens, non-Jews] scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia…
- ye are a chosen generation
- a royal priesthood
- an holy nation
- a peculiar people
that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God…among the Gentiles: that…they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” (I Peter 1:2, 2:9-12)
“John to the seven [Gentile] churches which are in Asia [founded by Paul]: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come…And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father.”(Revelation 1:4-6)
“denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world…our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Titus 2:12-14)
“walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called…Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;” (Ephesians 4:1-16)