Ishmael’s Blessing

Ishmael was greatly blessed by the LORD.

Sarai and Abram had decided to not wait on God’s promise, and concocted a scheme to get an heir, not believing what Abram had been promised by the LORD.

FYI: Abram means, exalted father.
Abraham means, father of a multitude.
Sarai means, my princess.
Sarah means, she is a princess.
Hagar means, emigration, forsaken, stranger.
Ishmael means, God will hear.

1   Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, bore him no children. She had an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar;  2 and Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children; go in to my maid; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.  3 So, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife.  4 And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress.  5 And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my maid to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the LORD judge between you and me!”  6 But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your maid is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her. Gen. 16:1-6

So now there is a huge jealousy problem between Sarai and Hagar. Hagar is a concubine, or second kind of wife. Sarai is the wife in charge as she was a dowery wife, or the first wife. (See Also: Three Kinds of Wives)

Hagar essentially ran away from Sarai, feeling there was a better life in the wilderness. At this point in the narrative, Hagar is with child.

Found by the LORD, himself, Hagar is by a spring of water. The child she will bear is a son of Abram and will be mightily blessed by the LORD.

She is on her way to Shur, believed to be between Egypt and ancient Israel. Shur roots from the verb to travel or journey, so it is where one is on the way to somewhere else.

7   The angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur.  8 And he said, “Hagar, maid of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.”  9 The angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit to her.”  10 The angel of the LORD also said to her, “I will so greatly multiply your descendants that they cannot be numbered for multitude.”  

11 And the angel of the LORD said to her, 

“Behold, you are with child, 

and shall bear a son; 

you shall call his name Ishmael; 

because the LORD has given heed (listened) to your affliction.  

12 He shall be a wild ass of a man, 

his hand against every man and every man’s hand against him; 

and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”  

13 So she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “Thou art a God of seeing”; for she said, “Have I really seen God and remained alive after seeing him?”  14 Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; it lies between Kadesh and Bered. Gen. 16:7-14

The Angel of the LORD

The Angel of the LORD, or the physical presence of God, doesn’t speak to just anybody. His appearances are rare and profound. Hagar is one of a very few people in the Bible who are blessed with such an event.

After hearing Hagar’s cry, the LORD comes to this woman of faith, and announces to her she is with child. She must return to her mistress and submit to her. The LORD is providing for her and her child.

Hagar is told by God to name her son Ishmael. God doesn’t name people very often. Ishmael is the very first person that God named, quite an honor. Ishmael is going to be the father of a great multitude or number of descendants, a very numerous people. Another blessing.

When God does name individuals, it is only those that typologically or literally point to The Redeemer. [Gen. 17:19; Is 7:14; Is. 8:3; Hos. 1:4 ; Hos. 1:9;  Matt. 1:21; Luke 1:13]

Donkeys

It is unfortunate that the translators have constructed their understanding of the words by their own prejudices. Hence, the idea that Ishmael is a wild ass as a curse, and not a blessing.

First of all, one never sees a wild donkey that is not well fed. They seem to be able to find food where ever they are. They are by nature, roaming animals that are difficult to tame, thus wild. It is only when they are tamed and controlled by humans that they sometime suffer from want or neglect.

The characteristic of these numerous peoples is that they will be wanderers and very independent.

Before the Face

In Hebrew this is EL-PHANA, meaning before the face. We see it in Gen 1:2 when the deep and the waters are before the face of the Creator. In Gen 1:20 the Heavens are before the face of the Creator. In Gen 4:14 Cain is driven from before the face of the ground. The term means to deeply consider someone or something.

The translators have put against every man for the phrase EL-PHANA, before the face of everyman. Meaning that everyone is impressed by this man and his descendants. To dwell against all his kinsmen, should be before the face of his kinsmen.

Donkeys are also known for their bravery in the face of predators. They do not run as other animals, but stand before the face of any predator. They will kick and bite to defend themselves and the rest of their herd. Whatever happens, his kinsmen must always consider this perspective.

Consider Abraham’s son Ishmael

When Abraham receives the prophecy of Isaac’s birth, He asked God to also consider Ishmael.

As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him and make him fruitful and multiply him exceedingly; he shall be the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. Gen. 17:20

In spite of the difficult family relations, Abraham clearly cares deeply for Ishmael. God recognizes this and tells Abraham the same basic promise He gave Hagar.

Hagar and Ishmael 1879 by Frederick R .A. Goodall, (1822-1904)

8   And the child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.  9 But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac.  10 So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac.”  11 And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son.  12 But God said to Abraham, “Be not displeased because of the lad and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your descendants be named.  13 And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.”  14 So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba. Gen. 21:8-14

No one really knows what “playing with Isaac” means. There are a great many speculative things written by both the Jews and the Church, none of them are very kind to Ishmael. What ever he was doing, Sarah took the opportunity to rid herself of Hagar and Ishmael. She saw Ishmael as a threat to the blessings of Isaac.

Ishmael through no real fault of his own or his mother Hagar, are put out. Ishmael found himself out of favor with his father’s other wife. Abraham is upset, but God reminded him that all would be well with the boy. So, the mother and son of great blessing were sent out into a dry and barren land.

15   When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes.  16 Then she went, and sat down over against him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, “Let me not look upon the death of the child.” And as she sat over against him, the child lifted up his voice and wept.  17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not; for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.  18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him fast with your hand; for I will make him a great nation.”  19 Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink.  20 And God was with the lad, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow.  21 He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt. Gen. 21:15-21

This time, the LORD hears the voice of Ishmael and comes to save them from great thirst. The promise of Ishmael becoming a great nation must have comforted Hagar.

Many years later, both Ishmael and Isaac come to their fathers funeral. There does not seem to be any lasting animosity between the two boys, as both are present.

8 Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people. 9 Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him in the cave of Mach-pelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, east of Mamre, Gen. 25:8-9

The Son’s of Ishmael

12   These are the descendants of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s maid, bore to Abraham.  13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, named in the order of their birth: Nebaioth, the first-born of Ishmael; and Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam,  14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa,  15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah.  16 These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their villages and by their encampments, twelve princes according to their tribes.  17 (These are the years of the life of Ishmael, a hundred and thirty-seven years; he breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his kindred.)  18 They dwelt from Havilah to Shur, which is opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria; he settled over against all his people. Gen. 25:12-18

The text indicates that while Ishmael lived, his family traveled in the land of his father Abraham. The land that is between Assyria and Egypt.

FYI: Mohamed was a descendant of Ishmael’s son Kedar (See Also: The Tents of Kedar)

We also learn of the 12 princes that are tribal descendants of Ishmael. Today, we know that most of the Arab speaking nations are descendants of Ishmael. Those that are not of Ishmael, are of Abraham’s other sons by his third wife Keturha.

1   Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah.  2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.  3 Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan. The sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Le-ummim.  4 The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.  5 Abraham gave all he had to Isaac.  6 But to the sons of his concubines Abraham gave gifts, and while he was still living he sent them away from his son Isaac, eastward to the east country. Gen. 25:1-6

The Arab world contains approximately about 500 million people. They are very prosperous as these countries contain much of the world’s oil and minerals yet untouched.

For most of history these tribes continued in the faith of their father Abraham. When the Messiah came most of what was then the Easter Roman Empire follow His teachings, and where among the first that were called Christians. It was only later that the teaching of the crazy man Mohamed turned them from faith. Few stood up to the call of ,“convert or die.”

Now is the time to call the Son’s of Abraham back to the faith of their father.

The Hoax of Unity with Rome

The Vatican Still Upholds Over 100 Curses Against Those Who Fight Against Their False Teachings

Pope Francis

The Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan is the Pastor of the well known St Patricks Cathedral in New York City. Cardinal Dolan recently spoke about the Catholic Council of Trent (1545-1563) on his radio podcast, and he described that Council as a response to the “challenges of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation” and also as “an amazingly effective Council.”

Definition of Rapture

rapture_1_The Dispensationalists have distorted the meaning of the word rapture.

Rapture was never used to mean a future event of being caught up to meet the Lord at His return. Rapture was the emotions one felt when God revealed Himself in a personal way.

It carries the meaning as being personal to the individual experiencing an ecstatic experience. The Bible is full of these experiences. They start with the phrases “I saw,” “I heard,” “the Word of the Lord came to me,” “the Lord spoke to me,” etc.

When the Dispensationalists created “The Rapture” it was, just that, an ecstatic utterance. It started in Glasgow Scotland in 1830, when a woman named Margaret MacDonald had a series of visions. As an individual utterance, it should be subject to Biblical proof-text. However it did not meet any of the then established rules of hermeneutics.

Later Revs. John Darby, Edward Irving, and John Pusey created the hermeneutics of Dispensationalism to explain these visions. An adherent of this new view, C.I. Scofield put them into the notes of his famous Bible.

Their new rules for interpreting scripture depend on a irrational literal interpretation. Even the most bizarre passages of symbolic literature in the book of The Revelation are said to be literal. Their interpretations have little or no regard to the same language formate used in Fulfilled Prophecies of the Old Testament.

It is pretty much an “out come based theology” format; decide what the end is and tweak the interpretation to support that view. This often leaves the average church member confused and, perhaps over excited about a sensational extravagant future that is clearly improbable.

Blood Moons Hoax 2

Dear John;John Haggi

I can no longer be your “girl.”

The last of the “Four Blood Moons” was seen last night. So far, nothing very significant has happened. Would you please be more specific?

If you say you are sorry for misleading me and won’t do it again, I will forgive you. I do love you and think your heart was in the right place. I just don’t know where your head was!

We do both have this in common, we both love The Lord, know He is sovereign, and expect His return to Jerusalem.

However, we seem to have two too many moons and one solar eclipse that only polar bears could witness!

The signs of implosion were all over the place, John. The most often use of the sun, moon and stars in the Bible are as literal objects to give light and to mark the seasons.

Thou hast made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. Psa. 104:19

The celestial objects do obey the Lord.

Then spoke Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD gave the Amorites over to the men of Israel; and he said in the sight of Israel,  “Sun, stand thou still at Gibeon, and thou Moon in the valley of Aijalon.” Josh. 10:12

And, significantly, they are also used in visions, dreams and prophecy as a symbol.

Then he dreamed another dream, and told it to his brothers, and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream; and behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” Gen. 37:9

Yes, the magi were led by a star. Scholars believe because Daniel the prophet knew the year of Messiah’s birth and death (Dan. 9; 490 years from the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Temple) his students, and fellow Magi knew as well. It would be a (not so simple for me) mathematical calculation that they would be looking for a certain star to be in a certain place.

“Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.”  Matt. 2:2

But John, your math doesn’t add up!

The Bible uses blood moon four times, two are about the day of Pentecost. Pentecost is about The Day of The Lord.  That means, John, it is not about the tribulation or the second coming. See Also: Last Days

The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. Joel 2:31

but this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 

‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; 

yea, and on my menservants and my maidservants in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. 

And I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth beneath, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; 

the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and manifest day. Acts 2:16-20

The descending of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost was the subject of this prophecy; not trouble in Israel; not the beginning of a tribulation; not the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. I need for you to acknowledge your inattention to proper interpretation of scripture, and your down-right sloppiness.

That leaves only two Blood Moons left. Your theory is wanting.

Wasn’t part of the idea of the Four Blood Moons that the sun will become dark? Did that happen in any of the Four Blood Moons to date? Oh it did, off a little-bitty island between Greenland and Norway. Not seen in Israel; not reported widely. How can this be a portend? If we cannot see the event, as the Church or even in Israel, how are God’s people “warned.”

It is a Biblical truth that The Lord will return. He told us so. He said we would not know the day or the hour. And while it is entirely plausible that His glorious return will coincide with the fall Feasts, we have no idea which year.

Being wrong about predictions involving scripture deeply hurts our credibility in the eyes of unbelievers. It disappoints and wounds Christians who sincerely want to follow Jesus. It will cause some to deeply question  if everything you teach is just as wrong!

To the other of John’s girls, you are to show yourself approved too. So, find a good Bible study pal and start working. No excuses!

Sincerely Yours,

Bible Girl

 

See Also: Blood Moons Hoax

Anti christ is the 12th Imam?

wolf in sheep's clothing 2or so some Futurists Interpreters of the Bible have now begun to teach, (for they have an ever changing rule of interpretation that lets them imagine what ever they feel like is the meaning of the text.)

The 12th Imam

Muhammad ibn Hasan al-Mahdī was to the Twelver Shī‘a Muslims, a Mahdi or “guided one” born 869 and disappeared in 941. The twelfth Mahdi is supposed to be ultimate savior and is prophesied to emerge with Isa (Jesus) to bring world peace.

Sunni Islam and other minority Shias believe that the Mahdi has not yet been born.

A New False Teaching in the Church

There is a problem with this as with all other Futurists speculation, it ignores what the Bible actually says about the antichrist.

Children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come; therefore we know that it is the last hour. 1John 2:18 

For a full look at all the verses in the Bible about antichrist click here.

Left Behind Hoax

Left-Behind-posterThey now have a new movie out based on the fantasy book “Left Behind” by Timothy LaHaye

Left Behind in US theaters October 3, 2014 starring Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan. Follows Rayford Steele (Nicolas Cage) who is piloting a commercial airliner just hours after the Rapture when millions of people around the world . . .   from movieinsider.com/m10845/left-behind/

With so many people in the Christian world having been deceived by this false teaching we’re sure that the movie will do well at the box office. (Guess not)

However there are some real problems with this entirely false teaching on how the prophecies should be interpreted. The rules for interpretation are called Hermeneutics. This view of prophecy i.e. The Futurist View has often been thoughtlessly taught and thoughtlessly received with little or no searching of Scripture. We have never figured out why this fantasy is so appealing to the masses of Christians, it does however demonstrate how few Christians actually read their Bibles, and even fewer have the courage after having read the Bible to stand up to these false teachers and call them out.

The Futurists have been teaching this “soon” Rapture since 1830, and like evolutionist they have no facts to show that their preposterous scenario has any possibility of being true. Once the mind firmly holds to this belief it becomes a mental habit, a habit that is constantly reinforced by books of fantasy, teachings from the pipit, or so called Christian TV. It cannot however be reinforced by sound reading of the Bible. That which is heard is supposed to be true, and assumes an authority of transcendent truth in the unsuspicious person’s mind. Then when different ideas are presented, no matter how logical or Biblically based they are, these are met with hate and prejudice. The mind has been so well trained to hate all other possibilities, that honest intellectual debate is obstructed. These Futurists accept less of the truth, because of their own agenda. That agenda is one of fear. Not being able see in their own Bibles what is being taught frightens many people.  The more they distrust their own judgment, the more they rely on the teachers. The more they rely on the teachers, the more money they put in the collection plate, hoping to somehow placate or bribe a God they now view as angry and despotic enough to plan a seven year tribulation.

We must return to what the Bible actually says.

The oldest rule of hermeneutics is—

“Quod non est Biblicum, non est Theologicum.” 

In other words, “If is ain’t in the Bible, it ain’t Theology.”

There is nothing in the Left Behind series that comes from the Bible. The Bible has no Rapture, no seven year Tribulation, and no political Antichrist.

The second oldest rule of hermeneutics is—

“The Bible is its own best commentary”

or “God is His own Interpreter”

This means that if one doesn’t understand a passage, instead of speculating, one should look up a similar passage and see if there is not some obvious answer to how it should be interpreted. So when it comes to prophecy one should look at fulfilled prophecies to see how they were worded and then look at the history to see what actually happened, another part of the exercise is to look and see what the people living between the prophecy and the fulfillment thought, as a kind of way to avoid the mistakes that they made. Because the prophecies are rarely completely understood until they are fulfilled. Then we can see that locust are armies, the heavenly bodies are political forces, and waters are people, nations, and tongues. (See Also: Known to be Fulfilled and Symbolism)