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Allow me to Introduce Myself…

I am a married 39 year old EMT, parent of nine children (five sons, four daughters) and a currently serving Medic in the National Guard. I currently reside in a metropolitan city in the Midwest, though I’m a native Texan.

In case any are wondering, EngMed is short for Engineer Medic. I’m currently serving as a Platoon Medic in a Combat Engineer Company, so that seemed a fitting name, wouldn’t y’all think?

My interests vary between religion, politics, art, literature, hunting, camping, fishing, hiking, music, writing and serving the Lord. Yes, I am an evangelical Christian and I won’t ever shy away from the subject. I invite any to ask questions, debate and will gladly pray for any who ask.

In terms of politics, I’m a Conservative Constitutionalist. No, I’m not a Republican. I’m actually very disaffected with them, given that their commitment to conservative values tend to disappear faster than water on the surface of the sun.

I’m pro-gun, pro-life, pro-death penalty, and pro-limited government. I believe that the Constitution is the law of the land, not social whim.

I’m anti-Islam (a topic I will expand upon in the future), against virtually all forms of gun control, and I’m totally OK with the idea of legalizing marijuana, though I personally detest the stuff.

Well, I think that’s about all I have at this time. If y’all wanna know more, feel free to ask. I’ll just end with this quote:

“Dulce et decorum est, pro patria mori.” “It is sweet and fitting to die for your country.”

They can’t rewrite the history we all know

From WND.com, by Bob Unruh, July 31, 2016 – Says don’t mess with Temple Mount history Israel’s ancient high court, the Sanhedrin, now reborn, has issued a statement warning the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization not to try to interfere with – or change – the history linked to the Temple Mount. A […]

via ISRAEL’S SANHEDRIN TAKES ON U.N. — Parker County Blog

While this isn’t surprising, it certainly is disappointing.

“For rebellion is like the sin of divination, Defiance, like the iniquity of teraphim. Because you rejected Hashem’s command, He has rejected you as king.” I Samuel 15:23 (The Israel Bible™)

via Catholic Church’s Denial of Jewish Ties to Temple Mount “Heresy”, “Violates Torah”, Accuses Christian Leader — End Time Bible Prophecy

Here are my own personal thoughts. Roughly 2,000 years ago, the Roman province of Judea was renamed Palestina, in an effort to separate the Jewish people from their lands. The name derives from the Philistines, and they figured that the name change would get rid of those pesky Jews.

In fact, after the sacking of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple in 70AD, the Romans made it illegal for Jews to live in, let alone visit, Jerusalem. In short order, the Jewish people became scattered all over Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Asia Minor.

This state of affairs remained largely unchanged until 1948, when the Jewish state of Israel was formed, effectively reuniting the Jewish people with their homelands after nearly two millennia.

Since that time, Israel has flourished and become a beacon of Western values, inspite of the ongoing hatred and animosity of their Arab neighbors. They have survived multiple wars, a grinding insurgency from multiple directions and managed to beat back the several attempts by other states to drive them into the sea.

How ironic it is that the very same entity, the United Nations, that established the state of Israel, would be the one leading the charge to utterly wipe them out. I mean, it seems almost poetic, right?

As if that wasn’t enough, the same people who sat on their hands while Jews were loaded onto train cars and taken off to places like Auschwitz, Dachau and other such hellish places are now assisting in the U.N.’s efforts. Way to go, Vatican. You’re really swinging for the fences now.

The Holy See still has blood on it’s hands from WWII, and it’s clear they haven’t learned. I have to wonder how much longer it’ll be befor the Vatican openly admits to active involvement in efforts that they hope will lead to the destruction of Israel.

A few thoughts

A few minutes ago, I had to get up and walk out of the room. I had to do it because of something my supply SGT was watching, which left me feeling spiritually violated.

This event brought to mind a few things that most of us don’t seem to consider. For one, what passes for entrainment in the media.

More than three years ago, I gave up television. My wife and I own one, though it’s for the kids. We simply don’t watch. It no longer holds any interest for us, though we do monitor what they watch very closely.

One part of the reason for this state of affairs is that it had begun to consume a huge part of my life. Like any average American, I would watch hours of tv each day, with favorite shows, channels, etc. I missed out on a lot of life, just by being absorbed in tv land.

Another reason is that I’ve begun to notice some rather disturbing trends in mass media these days. It isn’t just the blatantly authoritarian leanings of the Hollywood elites, either.

I’ve noticed the gradual erosion of the values this country was founded upon, through the use of tv dramas, comedies, etc. It’s so subtle, so insidious, that most don’t even realize it’s happening.

It seems like we’ve become immune to images of people being murdered or turtured in various and sundry ways, varying levels of nudity, the sight of good guys in tv dramas routinely violating people’s Constitutional rights in order to catch the bad guy, and many more examples.

Movies like SAW, Hostel and others show people being tortured, disfigured, dismembered and grotesquely murdered, all for the vaciarious thrills of audiences everywhere.

Shows like Law & Order and NCIS (one of my favorites) routinely show the good guys skirting the ragged edge of people’s Constitutional protections, when they aren’t blatantly violating them. I mean, each episode features at least one instance of someone’s 4th Amendment rights being trampled, not to mention the cases of blatant police brutality.

What’s worse is the way the private ownership of a firearm is treated in these shows. You would think that only cops, Soldiers and bad guys should own guns, because everyone always seems all shocked and shaken when the investigation shows some civilian bought a gun.

If you think for one second my concerns are unfounded, consider the following. Where do most people gain their opinions? How much of a role does the mass media play in forming people’s personal, religious and political opinons?

Trust and believe, there are a great many people out there who have traded their ability to think independently for the constant stream of opinion that’s spoon-fed to them by the media giant of their choice. It is sad, sickening and terrifying.

From a spiritual standpoint, this problem takes on a whole new dimension. As the old saying goes, “You are what you eat.”

In a very real sense, that applies to our spiritual selves, as well. You are what you consume. You are what you watch, listen to, and think as a result.

So, when you willingly subject yourself to a constant stream of pornography, violence, and the various and sundry other forms of slavery peddled by the mass media, you quickly change. You become immune to things that really should shock and sadden you, and slowly begin to lose your humanity.

The next thing you know, you’re watching things that should disgust you on a very visceral level. For example, my supply SGT was watching some Australian movie about android nannies known as iMom.

Apparently, one of them is accidentally electrocuted, goes nuts and cooks the baby it’s supposed to be caring for. My first instinct was to walk out of the room. I wanted no part of it.

His first instinct, upon realizing that was what was next, was to continue watching. How is that even an option?!

As a society, we’ve arrived at the point where we are willingly watching and listening to things our parents and grandparents would have turned off and protested against. We have begun to actively surrender our humanity, and it shows.

Stories abound of people pulling out their cell phones and recording as people are being harmed in various ways, rather than dropping what they’re doing and lending aid to the hapless victims. Stories of people dying in horrific motor vehicle collisions because someone couldn’t put down the phone and drive abound, too.

Even the story out of Chicago last year, in which four black teens kidnapped a special needs white teen and recorded themselves torturing him simply for being white. Those kids displayed zero humanity. They weren’t human, period.

All of this makes me wonder where our society is headed, and hope that I’m in the middle of nowhere when it gets there; preferably while sitting on my front porch, sipping on single-malt scotch.

Where to begin?

Yesterday, I was handed what I consider to be good news. However, I dared not believe it, until today. I had to see confirmation for myself.

I have learned that President Trump has actually banned transgender people from service in the military. As some may recall, I spoke out against the policy that allowed trans people to openly serve for multiple reasons, not the least of which is that it’s a violation of my religious beliefs to order me to tolerate them.

Now, I’m face-to-face with the fact that this policy has gone the way of the dinosaur, and I couldn’t be happier. The only question I have is, for how long?

If I’ve learned anything in my 40 years on this planet, it’s that humans are stubborn, prideful and relentless. The LGBTQ alphabet soup will be back, trying to force this course of action. It isn’t as if Trump will be preseident forever.

Part V: The Cost and how it’s been paid

In my previous post, we covered the question of what constitutes Sin and why it’s so important. We’ve established that Sin is the intentional separation of the people from their Creator, through the violation of His Law, and that this only results in death.

In this post, we’re going to deal with what we are to do about this condition we’ve all inherited, along with what it cost Jesus to pay for us all. Plainly speaking, we have two choices: face God with the full weight of our Sin, or without it. It’s entirely up to us, no one else can make it for us. There are no other options, as refusing to make a choice is the same as choosing not to follow Him.

As I mentioned before, God created a system of Law which makes it impossible for any one human being to go their entire lives without committing a single, solitary sin. He did so in order that we would come to rely on Him. All he’s ever desired, above all else, is a real relationship with you, me and everyone else.

What He won’t do is force us into that relationship. One of the things He gave us is free will, so that we may make a willing and informed decision to submit to Him, or not. He desires willing submission, not grudging consent.

To that end, He sent His Son, in order to offer us all a rescue from that system. In order to facilitate that eternal relationship, He had to ensure that we’re all spotless, so He sent Jesus to take all of it from us. He also sent clues and hints, in the form of prophesy, to His people so that they would know what to look for.

Found throughout the Old Testament Scripture, the Messianic texts are a class of text which prophesy the coming of the Messiah, or the Anointed One. These texts describe everything about His coming, when He was to come, how He would die and even why.

Prophesies show that His purpose was to die for the Sin of all mankind. In Isaiah 53 (Isaiah 52:13-53:12), we find the Suffering Servant, who is described as “wounded for our transgressions” and “bruised for our iniquities” (Isa. 53:5) in spite of the fact that He would be innocent and righteous. It also states that He would be despised and hated, that He would be seen as cursed by God, but that He would be vindicated in the end.

In Matthew 27:46, Jesus cries out, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” This is a direct reference to Pslam 22:1, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?”

Though no one really knows why He made the reference while on the Cross, it’s clear this was a prophesy of the Messiah’s crucifixion. For example, in Matthew 27:35, “And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.” This is a direct reference to Psalm 22:18.

I was once asked, “Where does it say that God will come as a human in my Tanakh?” The answer is, all over. Many of the Messianic texts show that the Messiah would die for the Sin of all mankind. This is no small thing, and there isn’t a human being in any time period who’s capable of doing this.

In fact, the only one who has the ability and authority to completely wipe out all of our Sin is God Himself. No one else can do it. That’s why I answer as I do, that it’s everywhere.

Getting back to the price that was paid, consider that the Messiah, God in the flesh, comes and is rejected by the people He came to save. They despise Him, revile Him, tell horrible lies about Him and even convince one of His closest friends to betray Him for the price of 30 pieces of silver. (see Zechariah 11:12-13)

In the end, He’s scourged, crucified and dies within hours of being placed on the Cross. What’s more is, His death in this manner is prophesied in Pslam 22 and mentioned in Zechariah 12.

In Pslam 22:16, “they pierced my hands and my feet.” Zechariah 12:10, “and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced”. These are just two of the references to a form of death that was unknown at that time.

In Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22, it’s mentioned that the Messiah would be cut off from the land of the living; that is to say, He would die. He would die for the sins of all mankind, so that humanity might be brought back into right relationship with their Creator.

All one has to do is accept the payment. Simply just accept that you’re a broken sinner, deserving of condemnation, and accept that He paid your price. Once you’ve accepted it, you’re spotless, righteous and redeemed before your Lord.

Now, for the cost. It begins in the garden of Gethsemane, the night that Jesus was arrested. In that moment, He is beginning to feel the intense emotional strain, so much so that He begins to experience a condition known as “hematidrosis”, also known as sweating blood.

This is mentioned in Luke 22:44, “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” The human body has to be under an absolutely tremendous amount of emotional stress and anguish to experience this.

If you look back through the Gospel accounts, especially the Gospel according to Matthew, you’ll note than there were many points where Jesus alluded to His eventual arrest and execution. He even stated that it had to happen.

As the time drew near, there was an underlying process that had to happen. Jesus began to shed His divine nature, in order to be capable of dying. He had to willingly separate Himself from the godhead, and become completely human. Jesus, as God in the flesh, would have survived anything. Jesus, separated from the Father, wouldn’t have.

From there, He was dragged through the absolute worst death ever devised by human minds. He endured a death that was constant agony, with unending pain, misery and humiliation. This death was so horrid, it was considered unfit for conversation in polite company.

In conclusion, here is a video which gives Jesus’ death from the perspecrive of a trauma surgeon:

If you’ve ever wondered just how much He endured for our sake, here’s just a snapshot, because He also endured God’s wrath poured out for all of humanity’s Sin.

What is Sin? (Part IV)

The next post in my series deals with a very fundamental element in Christian life: Sin. Please note that I have intentionally capitalized “Sin”, because it is a universal failing in all humans; from the cradle to the grave, we all must deal with it. That’s what this post will deal with, Sin itself, not our various and sundry “sins”. Those are merely a symptom of a much greater malady, as we shall soon see.

I’ll begin with a clarification. When I say “Sin”, I’m referring to the condition we’re all born with, in which we’re all born separate from God, not the various things we do to violate God’s Law.

After the Hebrew’s exodus from Egypt, what would become known as the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-6) were handed down from God to the Hebrew people, through the prophet Moses. This is the beginning of what is now known as the Torah, or the Law.

These are laws that God laid down as a code of conduct for the Hebrew people. All told, there are actually more than 600 actual commandments, or Mitzvot, found in the Torah, and violating even one is a sin.

In order for one to be considered righteous, they must somehow avoid violating every one of those 600+ laws their entire lives. It goes without saying that this is not humanly possible. No one can go their entire lives without ever once violating a single commandment, and God knows this.

Now, why would He do this? Why would God intentionally set up a system in which all people are destined to fail, in one form or another? Simply put, He wants us to come to Him. He wants us to rely on Him for our salvation, and to do that requires that we build a trusting and loving relationship with Him.

Sin is, in short, the intentional separation of Man from God, beginning with the sins committed by Adam and Eve. Both of them violated a commandment given to them by God, and both were made to pay a price. (It’s strange that our culture only seems to focus on Eve’s Sin, but gloss over Adam’s, in the discussion on Original Sin)

As I mentioned, no one is free from Sin. It’s part of being human. Romans 3:20 says, “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” The last part is what does us in, “by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

This means, if you know the Law, then you have no excuse. The Law points the way to what’s declared sinful, but it isn’t what renders us righteous. That requires some form of atonement, but that’s also a topic for another time.

For some, this will raise the question, “Does that apply to people who have gone their entire lives without ever being exposed to Scripture?” As was said in Jeremiah 31:33, “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

God states pretty clearly that He will write His Law on the hearts of the people. Granted, He was addressing the people of Israel at the time, but He has made clear that His Law and His Word will be known throughout all of mankind, not just the descendants of the tribe of Judah, so Gentiles have no more excuse than the Jews do.

Paul takes things a step further just three verses later, when he says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”. He didn’t say “some” or “certain groups”, he said “all”. We’ve all fallen short, which is why Jesus came for us all. He came to cover every single example of how we’ve fallen short, and cover it He did while on the cross.

How important is Sin, anyway? I mean, when speaking on Sin, people like to play word games, create moral equivalencies, even go so far as to compare and contrast their sins with others, all with the goal of feeling better about themselves.

To hear some people tell it, God is waiting in Heaven, a pair of scales in His hand, waiting to weigh our good deeds vs. bad. They’re under the impression that God won’t condemn “good people”, because they’re “nice”.

Paul covers that in Romans 6:23, when he says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Let’s address death, shall we?

Many times, people like to look at this verse and interpret it to mean a physical death. People don’t seem to take the idea of a spiritual death into account, which is their downfall.

Until the moment that we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, we are all spiritually dead. Every last one of us are very much the walking dead, and it takes Jesus to resurrect us through His Love, Mercy and Grace.

In Isaiah 59:1-4, God speaks regarding the impact of Sin, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.”

That’s a very heavy indictment, and it is being leveled at all of us. Me, you, the person reading over your shoulder, all of us are guilty and infected. All of us are in dire need of redemption, ASAP.

1 John 1:8-10, “8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

Take a moment and carefully consider yourself, your circumstances and the things you’ve thought, said and/or done. As the last passage shows, none of us can honestly claim to be spotless. However, this verse also offers a ray of hope, echoed by Jesus in John 14:6-7, “Jesus saith unto him, “6 I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.”

If we freely come to Him, confess our sins, lay our burdens at His feet and allow Him to convict us, we will be cleansed of all our Sin. This is important, because God is, first and foremost, Holy. His divine nature means that He is unable to abide any Sin in His presence. If you have a single smudge on you, then you can’t be with Him. So much for God weighing our good deeds against our bad.

 

Next Installment: The Moral and Religious Dilemma

I’ve dedicated nearly twelve years of my life to the Army. I’ve missed birthdays, holidays and much more, in service to the people of this country. In fact, this year was the first time I’ve been home for Father’s Day in years, and it’s due entirely to the birth of my youngest son, Judah.

I’ve never not been proud of this service, either. I was born to be a Soldier, and I rather figured I’d get to die one, too. Sadly, I suspect that is all about to change, and this ties in with my “What I Believe” series.

This evening, I learned that I will soon receive a briefing that I’ve been dreading for some time. The reason why I’ve been dreading it is that I knew it was coming and because I’m soon to be ordered to violate my religious beliefs.

In case any of you may be wondering, I believe that it’s better to be right before God, and wrong before the world, than the other way around. As such, it’s an order that I absolutely intend to refuse, which is a first for me. I’ve never been placed in moral jeopardy by my service before.

The briefing, and the directive it will deliver, relates to transgenders serving within our ranks. Yes, I’m opposed to the whole transgender issue, and here’s why.

First, it’s a violation of God’s Laws. Second, it makes no logical sense. Third and final, it forces me into a position that is a clear violation of my religious beliefs.

In the Book of Genesis, God creates mankind in His image, or Imago Dei. As such, every last one of us is an image-bearer of God. We can no more change that about ourselves than a rock can become a bird.

In creating us, God only made two: one male, one female. In this, it’s absolutely clear that He intended only for males and females to come together, to the exclusion of any other combination.

In Genesis 2:24, His intent is absolutely clear, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” This is exactly what the Lord intended, modern-day interpretations and social problems notwithstanding.

In terms of logic and practicality, there are things that simply aren’t being considered, beginning with the fact that Gender Dysphoria is classified as a type of mental illness.

It’s a full-on delusion, in which a person wants to have their body chopped up in order to become something they’re not. We’re supposed to treat people in a delusional state, not feed into it.

What’s more is I’m about to be ordered to play into those delusions. This is something I can’t do, because it’s dishonest, pointless and goes against my religious beliefs. Why feed into someone’s delusions when it is basically ineffective?

For example, the suicide rate for transgenders is 40% across the board. This goes for both pre-operative and post-operative transgenders. This means all those efforts to use the preferred pronouns, and feed into their worldview have been largely ineffective. Of course, this says nothing about the physical havok wreaked by the hormone therapy.

Adding to that is what Scripture has to say on the subject. In Deuteronomy 22:5, God says, “A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the Lord your God.”

Note that God calls it an abomination. This is a word He doesn’t use often in Scripture, which means He feels very strongly about it. That means that it’s something we ought to pay very close attention to.

Going further, 1 Corinthians 6:19 points out, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” We belong to God, and don’t have leave to do whatever we like with our bodies, which would include gender reassignment surgery.

The fact of the matter is, feeding their delusion, up to and including support for their efforts to have gender reassignment surgery is a slap in the face of God. When you support this, you’re accusing Him of making a mistake. Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;”.

In reassigning someone’s gender, an exercise in futility I might add, you’re telling God He picked wrong when forming that person in the womb. Given that God is all-knowing and all-powerful, this makes absolutely no sense. If anyone is mistaken, it most certainly isn’t God.

Now, for my next point, we’re going to set all of the above aside. Part of the directive I’m to receive is that we are all ordered to treat people according to their declared gender in every sense of the word.

This means that a female who has declared herself a male must be treated like a male, and vise versa; a male who has declared himself a female must be treated as such. This includes sleeping arrangements, restrooms and showers.

In this, we males will be ordered to tolerate a woman in our barracks and even in our showers. It’s likely some of you might not know this, but Soldiers shower communally. This means we routinely see each other nude.

What this means for me, and others like me, is that we will be forced to spend time in the presence of a nude female who isn’t our wife. Even if nothing bad happens, this is still unacceptable.

Out of respect for my marriage and my wife, I deliberately avoid situations that could even create the impression of impropriety. That effort has suddenly become that much more difficult.

The obvious solution of avoiding the showers while females are in it is also fraught with potentially career-ending danger, as perceived avoidance based upon one’s biological gender is now grounds for an accusation of discrimination, through what’s known as an EO complaint. (EO = equal opportunity)

This places me between a rock and a hard place, however, I’d rather be right before God than the other way around. My intent is to file a complaint, hopefully with the help of a Chaplain, and make as much noise about this as I can.

In all likelihood, it may well end my career to do so. No matter, I had no intention of renewing my contract, so it would simply be hastening the inevitable.

Well folks, there you have it. Another aspect of my beliefs, along with the Scripture behind it.

The Trinity in the Old Testament (Part III)

Of course, we’re all familiar with the Holy Trinity: The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. They are the three, who make up the One. They are the perfect unity, shown throughout the New Testament as God, the Father; Jesus, the Son; and the Holy Spirit. When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, the entire Trinity was present (Matt. 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-23). However, what about the book that existed before Jesus was born? Did the Trinity exist then, or did St. Paul simply make it all up, as some would insist?

As I’ve shown in the previous post, God is most certainly a plurality. However, the question has been posed before: If God isn’t just One, then how do we know He isn’t more than three? To answer the question of how many, we need to go back to the Tanakh (Old Testament) and examine Scripture, because the Trinity appears as a distinct grouping; primarily as the Lord God, The Angel of the Lord and the Spirit of the Lord. While there are other names applied to them, these are the most frequently used, so we will address them as such.

The Lord God

We all know Him. He is our Heavenly Father, the Great I AM, the Alpha and Omega. He is known as the infinite, uncreated God, who made this entire physical existence. He wrote all of the natural laws that govern this universe, along with the Law (Torah) He gave to Moses at Mt. Sinai. Without Him, none of us would exist. There is no question about that, He is God and Father to His people. (Deuteronomy 32:6; Isaiah 63:16; Malachi 2:10)

The Angel of the Lord

Scripture shows that The Angel of the Lord is pre-incarnation Jesus. He was present when Abraham was ordered to sacrifice his son, Isaac, and even told him to put his knife away. There are some things that should be noted, though.

First, you will note that His name is “The Angel of the Lord”, not an angel of the Lord. What does that mean? It means that it is a title, rather than an assignment. In Hebrew, the word for “angel” translates as “messenger”, so an angel of the Lord is simply a messenger of the Lord. Meanwhile, The Angel of the Lord isn’t just a mere assignment, it’s a title, a position. Given Jesus’ mission on this earth a little over 2,000 years ago, it’s more than fitting that He would be The Angel of the Lord. To be sure, there will be those who will argue that The Angel of the Lord isn’t divine. However, of the 23 passages which feature Him, 11 show Him to be of divine origin. Of those 11, three show that He isn’t just divine, but distinct from the Lord God. How can that be, if God isn’t a plurality?

In Genesis 16:9-14, we see The Angel of the Lord visiting with Hagar as she hides in the desert from Sarai and tells her to return to her mistress, “9 The Angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand.” 10 Then the Angel of the Lord said to her, “I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude.” 11 And the Angel of the Lord said to her: “Behold, you are with child, And you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, Because the Lord has heard your affliction. 12 He shall be a wild man; His hand shall be against every man, And every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” 13 Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees (Italics added for emphasis); for she said, “Have I also here seen Him who sees me?” 14 Therefore the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; observe, it is between Kadesh and Bered.”

Did you note what she called The Angel of the Lord? She called Him God, just as plain as day. Yet, the Scripture is clear, in that she most certainly wasn’t speaking to the Lord God. If God is Unitarian in nature, then wouldn’t this be blasphemy? Of course, this is not the only example. In Genesis, Chapter 22, we have the story of Abraham being ordered to sacrifice his son, Isaac, as a test of his faith. This is established in verses 1-2,

“Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”

And he said, “Here I am.”

2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” (Please note, God is the one who ordered Abraham, not anyone else)

Later in the passage, we have a conversation between Abraham and The Angel of the Lord,

“11 But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”

So he said, “Here I am.”

12 And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” (Genesis 22:11-12)

Who was it that he didn’t withhold his son from? God is the one who ordered him to sacrifice Isaac, The Angel of the Lord is the one who ordered him to stay his hand. Who is The Angel of the Lord to countermand the Lord God, if they aren’t in fact equals? It’s clear that The Angel of the Lord is both divine and separate from God. The Angel of the Lord plainly says that Abraham didn’t withhold Isaac from Him. Stay with me, there is one more example to show.

Now, we have Exodus 3, the famous story of the burning bush. In this story, as you may all recall, the conversation was between God and Moses, as Moses is ordered to return to Egypt to convince the Pharaoh to release the Hebrews from the bondage of slavery. Exodus 3:1-6,

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”

4 So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”

And he said, “Here I am.”

5 Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” 6 Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.”

Note that the first to appear to Moses is The Angel of the Lord. Yet, it states that he spoke to the Lord. I highly doubt that The Angel of the Lord was there simply to announce the arrival of the Lord. If He had been, it would have said so. Instead, we have an imperceptible transition from The Angel of the Lord to the Lord which suggests that they are one in the same.

The Holy Spirit

In Genesis 1:2, we see reference to the Spirit of God, which is the Holy Spirit of the Lord God. Throughout the Old Testament, He is alternately known as the Spirit of God, the Spirit of the Lord and even the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 63:11-12). In all of the Scriptural references pointing to the Spirit of God, He’s entering into a human and filling them with wisdom, knowledge and also making them prophesy in the name of the Lord. He is the breath of God. When God speaks, He’s what moves.

As a member of the Godhead, He is co-equal with the Father and the Son. Yet, He and the Son both submit to the Father’s authority. All three are eternal, yet, the Son and Holy Spirit emanate from the Father. They exist coequally, as a divine community. He does occupy one special place, among all the other members of the Godhead. Denial of Him, or blaspheming Him, is known as the unforgivable sin. (Matthew 12:31-33)

Based upon the Scriptural evidence at hand, it’s clear that God is a plurality, that He is a community made up of three: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. All three have existed eternally, without beginning or end, are coequal, and that the Son and the Spirit both submit to the Father’s authority. With that being said, it is now time to move into the next topic: the Messiah.

The Trinity (Part II)

As I mentioned in my last post, I found that I had a challenge before me. In order to prove that Jesus is both the Messiah, and God in the flesh, I needed to first prove the Trinity. This became paramount because some of the arguments against these two ideas came from Old Testament Scripture. I realized that I needed to find similar sources for my arguments, as my opponents wouldn’t accept the New Testament as a reliable source.

Thankfully, God saw fit to send me the right people. I’ve since learned that it’s a lot harder to debate Jewish people than it is Muslims. Not only are they more stubborn and prideful, but the truth of the matter is I can’t refute their Scripture, without undermining my own position. I can come up with numerous ways to prove that Muhammad was a false prophet, that the Qur’an is false, and that Allah is in fact Satan. All I need is the Bible and history to prove that.

How do I prove that Judaism is wrong, with regards to the Messiah, when it’s their Scripture? Well, as it turns out, I wasn’t without resources. Not only did I need the Bible, but I also needed the Talmud, The Zohar and hours worth of patience, in order to prove that they aren’t reading the Scripture right. I also managed to find something very surprising about Jewish history, one which some might not have considered.

What is the Trinity?

The Trinity is God. He is made up of three parts, contained in one entity, known collectively as God. Most of us know the Trinity as: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. That’s how it appears in the New Testament, as evidenced by the moment of Jesus’ baptism, when the entire Trinity appears together. (Matthew 3:13-17) Yet, how many have stopped to consider whether or not the Trinity can be found in the Old Testament? Every critic I’ve encountered has given the same answer: NO!

Thankfully, I didn’t allow them to stop me, and found that they were wrong. The Trinity can be found all over the Old Testament. However, they’re known by different names: the Lord God, The Angel of the Lord (Genesis 16, 21, 22, 31; Exodus 3, 14; Numbers 22; Judges 2, 5, 6, 13; 2 Samuel 24; 1 Chronicles 21; 1 Kings 19; 2 Kings 1, 19; 2 Chronicles 32; Isaiah 37; Zechariah 1, 3, 12; Psalm 34, 35), and the Spirit of God (Exodus 31:3; Numbers 24:2; Judges 3:10; 1 Samuel 19:20; 2 Samuel 23:2-3; Psalm 51, 104:30; Isaiah 63:11-12, 48:16; Ezekiel 11:5; Job 33:4). While they’re known by other names in Scripture, these are the names they’re called most often.

In my effort to prove the Trinity, I’ll begin with a quote from The Zohar, which is a book on Jewish mysticism written a few centuries after Christ died and resurrected. With regards to YHWH it says,

“The mystery in the word YHWH: there are three steps, each existing by itself; nevertheless they are One, and are so united that one cannot be separated from the other. The same Holy and Ancient One, appears as three heads within one, and He is the head elevated three times. The Ancient Holy One, described as three and also the other lights, which are delegated from His source are included in the three.”

Moving on into Scripture, we’ll go all the way to the beginning, as in the literal beginning. In Genesis 1:1-2, we find the idea of God as a plurality hinted at in the text. This short passage mentions the Lord God and the Spirit of God in a manner that suggests separation and distinction.

Next, there is Genesis 1:26, in which God says, “let us make man in our image”. One of my Jewish opponents asserted that this was God speaking to the angels, but that doesn’t make any sense given that we are made in His image, not the angel’s. Therefor, one must ask, was God speaking to Himself, or was someone else there? God as a plurality helps one make sense of the situation we’re presented with.

The next verse we have is Deuteronomy 6:4, which says,

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!” (NKJV)

In Hebrew: “Shema Y’isra’el: Adonai Eluheinu, Adonai Echad!”

In the original Hebrew, this a verse where God is named three times. Both “Adonai” and “Elohim” are names that have been applied to God. In the case of this verse, He is named three times. Why might that be?

We have a verse which not only names God three times, but which refers to Him in the plural tense. The tenses “-im” (Elohim) and “-inu” (Eluheinu) are masculine plural forms. In the case of “inu”, it is the plural possessive pronoun-suffix denoting things which belong to us. In this case, it’s translated as “our God”. However, one could make the case that it could also translate as “our Gods”, though I wouldn’t venture to do that myself.

Then there is the final word in verse 6:4, “Echad”. While it does mean “one”, it means “one” in the same sense as “one” in English. It can refer to a single entity, or a grouping: one person, or one group of people. When you combine that word with a word given in the plural sense, but used as singular, you have a new dimension added to the overall picture. You have the Lord God appearing in a whole new light.

To illustrate, here are just two verses in which Echad is used in this sense, i.e. more than one individual being brought into unity. First, Genesis 2:24, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” In the original Hebrew, the “one” in “one flesh” is “Echad”, signifying that two separate people (a man and his wife) will be joined together into a singular entity.

In Genesis 11:6, we have another example, “And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.” The word Echad is used in both “people are one”, and “one language”. Again, we have a situation in which the word for “one” is used to signify a grouping.

As if further verification was really even needed, we shall return to The Zohar to see what it says about Deuteronomy 6:4, which it describes as “three who are one”, “Only through faith, in the vision of the Holy Spirit, the mystery of the audible voice is similar to this, for though it is One, yet it consists of three elements: Fire, Air, and Water.”

It’s clear that God is a plurality, and that His Word was written in such a way as to make His nature clear. The Almighty Father is indeed complex, so much so that no human mind will ever be able to fully understand Him. Which is just as well, given that we wouldn’t follow a god we can fully understand. We humans have a hard enough time following a God who is a limitless mystery to us.

In part three, I’ll continue to cover the Trinity and my argument for its existence in the Old Testament. It will be when I delve further into the Scriptural references I’ve provided thus far.