Only a society led by God and following his constitution can achieve a peaceful culture. And since there is only One God, there is only One Nation Under God that meets this standard out of the many cultures distinguished by language and environment scattered throughout the world from Babel.
That nation is NOT Israel or Christianity or Amerigo Vespucci.
It is the Hebrew nation defined as people
- who share the same language, history, ethnicity, culture and / OR society.
- who share a distinctive culture and institutions.
Like any other nation, the Hebrew nation is NOT a state – a centralized political organization that imposes and enforces rules over a population within a territory defined by geographical boundaries.
Cultural historians confirm the biblical account that the Eber is identified ethnically and linguistically as the founder and patriarch of the only godly nation to come out of Babylon.
“The most distinct and long-lasting elements of ancient Hebrew civilization lay not in its architectural, artistic or diplomatic contributions but in the focus of the people as a monotheistic God who was radically different from the gods worshipped by most ancient peoples.” Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant
Eber was the first scion / offshoot who was in Shem’s likeness and capable of carrying out his righteous legacy of leading God’s people.
“Little is known about the oldest eras of ancient Hebrew civilization because the culture was nomadic.”
And that would be because they were running for their lives.
“And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” (Revelation 12:13-15)
While that quote may be attributed to a specific historic event, there is no question that patterns of behaviors occur throughout the Bible.
Eber is the head of the only nation left standing against 69 demonically empowered dogs of war.
Hebrew (and Jewish) contribution was not of a material nature. There was no unique technology, tool, architecture, art, pottery technique or even alphabet unique to Hebrews. The contribution was…ideological.
For starters, Hebrews…developed monotheism. [I would say preserved.]
But Monotheism is not just a quantitative issue (believing in one God as opposed to many). Hebrew monotheism separated humans from nature – by believing that God created humans in His image and made it ontologically different from other animals. That allows for a completely different relation of humans to their environment – it gives a theological justification for humans to lord over nature. [This author obviously doesn’t give credence to the biblical record, as biblical intention of dominion is expressly not lording over.]
The “ethical monotheism” of the ancient Hebrews also established the equality of all men – in that they are all created in God’s image. When the American Declaration of Independence talks about “all men are created equal” it’s referring to that Hebrew concept. No wonder that Martin Luther King used biblical references all the time.
By creating the notion of a transcendental God, it also creates the idea of a supreme and transcendant moral reference: meaning, Good and Bad become absolute terms, and not what society or the king says it is, but what God says it is. That develops a moral conscience and a moral aspiration.
The ancient Hebrews also had – and gave to us – a different idea of time. For the pagan world, time was eternal or cyclical, for Hebrews is sequential. That opens a new different way of thinking about the future.
In sum, much of the way in which we think today derives from the ancient Hebrews, much of the religious landscape of the world as well and much of the ideas of liberal democracy are rooted in the Hebrews as well (Hebrew theology and Greek methodology).
Eber’s nation is the classic “reserved remnant” God always keeps in a hostile and wicked world. As much as the following passage applies in history to the nation of Israel in 2000 AD and 50 AD and 850 BC it applies to the handful of faithful believers in 2000 BC.
“I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid...Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God…saying…I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present time also [as in the past] there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” (Romans 11:1-5)
How does God reserve to himself? Always same way – supernatural protection against all odds of believers who trust in him in the face of death, documented for us in the life of Abraham.
“the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith…Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead,” (Romans 4:16-17)
In context, Paul is writing “to all that be in Rome” (Romans 1:7), “to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).
“Paul called the chief of the Jews together…And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word…Be it known therefore unto you, that the [leadership of the] salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear [respond to] it…And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him. Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 28:17-31)
Paul’s failure to reiterate what the scriptures documented about Eber does not deny or dispute Eber’s role in the kingdom of God. There is a logical reason why he is barely mentioned in the Bible despite his key role.
It’s his key role.
Names are meaningful. Names define attributes. Eber’s name means “regions beyond”. Pretty persuasive argument that, like Paul, Eber was a missionary, constantly traveling to spread the Gospel to the migrating heathen nations.
“For the [Old Testament] scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed…the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him….
- For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
- How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?
- and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
- and how shall they hear without a preacher?…as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Have they not heard? Yes, verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.” (Romans 10:11-18)
Abraham was called to hold the fort at YHVH’s capitol on earth Jerusalem.
“And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee…Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee…and kings shall come out 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.” (Genesis 17:3-7)
Yes, I know that Paul goes on to narrow the “seed” to Isaac on down to Jesus Christ, but that is just one point he is making. It does not cancel out the main point Paul is making that all nations – not just the Jews – are included under Abraham’s Priesthood leading the way to salvation.
In contrast to Abraham’s life story, Eber’s life story is undoubtedly omitted from the Bible because he was out of reach of the biblical record-keepers.
However! There is evidence that his life’s work is documented by the nations he served.
Meso- and South American mythology is just one of hundreds of ancient world-wide cultural legends which supports this hypothesis. This is most easily recognized when the elements that are obviously limited to that nation’s environmental and cultural understanding are redacted, along with the blurring of the identity of the true God with the Usurper over time.
In the beginning, all was darkness and nothing existed. Viracocha the Creator came forth from the waters
of Lake Titicaca[the sea of space] and created the land and the sky [on Evening 1] before returning to the lake [darkness was upon the face of the deep during adversarial actions on Night 1). He also created a race of people – in some versions of the story they were giants / powerful immortals [aka angels]. [Some of ]These people and their leaders displeased Viracocha, so he came out of the lake again and flooded the world to destroy them. He also turned some of the men into stones. Then Viracocha created the Sun, Moon and stars on Day five.
Then Viracocha made men to populate the different areas and regions of the world…The Inca referred to the first men / angels as Vari Viracocharuna / Variation of Viracocha [same likeness, split off from the Singularity]. Viracocha then created another group of men, also called viracochas / [Same name as his – not just “like God” but exactly sons of God because made in his exact identity and delegated his exact uniquely identifying characteristic of dominion over the earth.]
Viracocha…sent one to the east to the region called Andesuyo and the other to the west to Condesuyo. Their mission, like the other viracochas, was as prophets and seers to awaken the people and tell them their histories past, purest and future…he went to the province of Cacha and awoke opened the eyes of the Canas people… They attacked him and he made it rain fire upon a nearby mountain. The Canas threw themselves at his feet and he forgave them.
Viracocha continued to Urcos, where he sat on the high mountain…Then Viracocha founded the city of Cuzco…Once that was done, he walked to the sea, awakening people as he went. When he reached the ocean, the other viracochas were waiting for him.Together they walked off across the ocean after giving his people one last word of advice: beware of false men who would come and claim that they were the returned [viracochas , sons of God].
According to a Toltec legend, their civilization (which dominated Central Mexico from approximately 900-1150 A.D.) was founded by a great hero, Ce Acatl Topiltzín Quetzalcoatl. According to Toltec and Maya accounts, Ce Acatl Topiltzín Quetzalcoatl lived in Tula for a while before a dispute with the warrior class over human sacrifice led to his departure. He headed east, eventually settling in Chichen Itza. The God Quetzalcoatl definitely has a link of some sort to this hero. It may be that the historical Ce Acatl Topiltzín Quetzalcoatl was deified into Quetzalcoatl the god…
In their mythology, the world was periodically destroyed and rebuilt by the gods. Each age of the world was given a new sun / Light, and the world was on its Fifth Sun / Light, having been destroyed four times previously. [This is consistent with this writer’s interpretation of Genesis 1 as discussed in the post Days of Thunder.]
In another legend, still told in Mexico, Quetzalcoatl was feeling ill. His brother Tezcatlipoca, who wanted to be rid of Quetzalcoatl, came up with a clever plan. Drunkenness was forbidden, so Tezcatlipoca disguised himself as a medicine man and offered Quetzalcoatl alcohol disguised as a medicinal potion. Quetzalcoatl drank it, became intoxicated and committed incest. [This is consistent with Noah’s intoxication experience with taboo sexual exposure.]
Historians have explored possible pre-columbian contact between the Old and New Worlds...
The translation of Quetzalcoatl means…feathered serpent. [Consistent with the biblical seraphim, described elsewhere in this blog.] This point is interesting in that he very rarely appears in this form…
Another manifestation of Quetzalcoatl is that of the wind / spirit...The wind is a powerful force..
Another of Quetzalcoatl’s associate forms is the Morning star…In this form he battles the stars that overwhelm the sun at night and as the last star visible before the sun rises he has defeated the stars that seek to destroy the sun (Brundage 110). Ce Actal is also in competition with the sun who eventually overwhelms and destroys him to resume his place in the daytime sky. This is one of the most difficult concepts to grasp in relation to Quetzalcoatl and I have only brought it up here to illustrate the complex nature of the god and his relations to Aztec mythology. [This is easily understood as the Seed of the Serpent’s determination to assume the identity of the Seed of the Woman.]
…however the most famous…expression is that of the high priest Topiltzin. This form is the only one in which he is truly human and it is from this form that he is said to have transformed into all the other manifestations that were previously discussed.
The Constitution of the Hebrew nation – the means and method for governing God’s people – was put in place when the first two humans became a society. Its mandates to share power to benefit the have-nots, To Love One Another, to suffer, to minister one’s life to those without life was acted upon by Adam.
“the manifestation of the Spirit / energy / power is given to every man to profit…dividing to every man severally as he will… by one Spirit are we all baptized / reborn into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit…
the body is not one member, but many…now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him…that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular…[in an] excellent way.
- Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels,
- And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains,
- and have not charity, I am nothing.
- And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,
- and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity is BEHAVIOR rooted in an ATTITUDE of faith in God who provides all our needs and will restore what we deplete of our our limited sources of money, time, energy, and unrequited love.
- suffereth long,
- and is kind
- envieth not
- vaunteth not itself,
- is not puffed up,
- Doth not behave itself unseemly,
- seeketh not her own,
- is not easily provoked,
- thinketh no evil;
- Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
- Beareth all things,
- believeth all things,
- hopeth all things,
- endureth all things.
- never faileth:” (I Corinthians 12-13)
“Forasmuch then as Christ / YHVH’s King hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind [like a patriot preparing to endure torture to save his people, or a mother enduring suffering and risk of death in pregnancy and childbirth for the sake of her child], for he that hath suffered in the flesh…no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh…when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings,..Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them…speaking evil of you…
“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
- Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
- As every man hath received the gift [financial or skill], even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards [it was not given to be hoarded from fear of future loss or splurged on yourself!]
- If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God [it is written]
- if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth:
that God in all things may be glorified through YHVH’s Authorized King Of The World Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (I Peter 4:1-11)