Genesis 1:1 Parable: What if Genesis begins with a parable? Does that ease some conflict? Does that minimize God or His Word ? No. Jesus taught great Spiritual truth using parables. God through Isaiah noted that the statements of Scripture will be merchandized but the secrets are revealed only to the Spiritual (rational) mind.
To say that the creation account is a parable is not to say that it is a myth. "Parable" simply means a "superior form of speech." God uses ordinary words but they define physical things which we can understand to define spiritual things. The parable is a mystery or a hidden language to hide God's power source from evil people who do not love the truth and would use it for their own enrichment and honor. Furthermore, as the Book of Revelation, was written to spiritual people so that the merchandisers could not understand and destroy them, the first book contains the same form of language to protect the Israelites having, as a result of idolatry, having to live with Canaanites and others still worshipping by the Mesopotamian myths which distorted the recorded history.
Frederick A. Filby, professor of Chemistry and author of Creation Revealed. wrote:
"The sciences which probe most deeply into the ultimate facts of matter and life are probably astro- and modern physics and biochemistry. But these sciences are written, not so much in language as in symbols. It takes many pages of symbols to discuss the nature of a single atom of hydrogen. It has been estimated that to give a complete account of the position of the group and bonds in a single virus of molecular weight 300 million would take a 200 page book.
If the scientific description of a single hydrogen atom, or of a virus too small to be seen without a microscope, takes a book, what hope is there of ever giving a scientific account of the creation of man and the universe?
"Yet Genesis 1...uses only 76 different root words. If Genesis 1 were written in absolute scientific language to give an account of creation, there is no man alive, nor ever has there been, who could understand it.
"The answer is...Genesis 1...the most amazing composition in all the world's literature, using only 76 different word forms fundamental to all mankind, arranged in a wonderful poetical pattern, yet free from any highly colored figures of speech."
There are many parallel accounts of literal or spiritual creation or recreation. In the other accounts it is clear that God used the wind and fire as the "angels" or spirit agents of various creative or destructive forces in the physical world. For instance, the use of Elohim as the "us" in creation is figurative language. There were up to ten thousand els or elohim in the Babylonian pantheon--
But as for us, the Lord (Jehovah) is our God (Elohim), and we have not forsaken him; and the priests, which minister unto the Lord, are the sons of Aaron, and the Levites wait upon their business: 2 Chronicles 13:10
The three-fold work of the One God is explained by the Psalmist as a poem or song. A song is often figurative. Parables were written as a superior but figurative way to teach those who cared to discern the Mind or Spirit of God.
Unfortunately, many of these hymns (speaking to self or one another) were much later put to tunes to be sung with musical instruments often for different purposes.
The parable-like or "superior speech" of the creation story shows that God speaks the word by blowing spirit from His mouth.
By the (1) word (dabar is same as logos) of the (2) LORD (Jehovah is I Am not We are) the heavens were made, and all their host by the (3) breath (h7307 spirit) of his mouth (means of blowing wind or double-edged sword). Psalm 33:6He (blew and) gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle; he put the deeps in storehouses. Psalm 33:7
Let all the earth fear the LORD, let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! Psalm 33:8
For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood forth. Psalm 33:9
Karen Armstrong, in A History of God, says that "God had His word and wisdom with Him. Because we are created in His image, we have our mind or spirit, word and wisdom, breath or wind with us as a triune being made in God's image. John said that:
IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1The same was in the beginning with God. John 1:2
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:3 [Without is from Choris (g5565) which means that there was no one at a space from Him. He was by Himself)]
In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:4
The words He spoke was the spirit, life and light of men:
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63
Jesus quoted from Isaiah and Ezekiel 33 to describe the Jews of the first century who were more involved with mouth religion and ceremonial than with the Word of God:
For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. Isaiah 29:10
And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: Isaiah 29:11
And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned. Isaiah 29:12
Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: Isaiah 29:13
Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid. Isaiah 29:14
Ezekiel put it this way:
Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the Lord. Ezekiel 33:30
And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. Ezekiel 33:31 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not. Ezekiel 33:32
And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them. Ezekiel 33:33
The Jews never understood Jehovah as three or more els. Tritheism suggests that Father and Son created the earth as a totally worthless thing. The Holy Spirit person then brought law, light and order. However, Isaiah records God's own message:
I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: Isaiah 45:5
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 45:6
I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things. Isaiah 45:7
Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have created it. Isaiah 45:8
The Israelites, like us, could not understand the symbolic language of creation because God knew that they would use the secret knowledge to form workshops, gather everyone around, write books and have the elite reveal the secrets for a price or for their own glory. Until they turned to the Lord they would never understand. God told them why:HEAR ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel,and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the Lord, and make mention of the God of Israel,Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass; Isaiah 48:4
but not in truth, nor in righteousness. Isaiah 48:1
I have declared the former things from the beginning;
and they went forth out of my mouth,
and I shewed them;
I did them suddenly, and
they came to pass. Isaiah 48:3
I have even from the beginning declared it to thee;
before it came to pass
I shewed it thee:
Lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them; and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them. Isaiah 48:5
Even though the mercenary clergy heard and taught the prophecy they never understood. Only after the prophecy was fulfilled would the common people believe in God and not the clergy.
Remember that the book of Revelation was written as a coded message to the early Christians living in a hostile world. In a similar way, Genesis was written in terms to contradict the creation myths of the enemies of Israel.
The greatest proof for Deity is fulfilled prophecy. If I know the full truth of God's plans and prophecies then, perhaps, I can pretend to predict them and you will believe that I am God. However, God delights in fooling fools. The biggest fools were those who had a god for every occasion. The Babylonians had three at the top who died or were murdered by the next crew. The only way that Yahweh could prove that He was the only elohim was through prophecy:
They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them. Isaiah 48:7Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb. Isaiah 48:8
Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last. Isaiah 48:12
The First and Last, the Alpha and Omega is Jesus Christ whose name is Jehovah-Saved:
And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; Revelation 2:8
As a Spirit, God does not have body parts as we do. Therefore, in the next verses God's hands are anthropomorphic. God and His hand and His right hand created the heavens and earth. However, when my hand does something it is me doing it by my reach into another area.
Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together. Isaiah 48:13
The Lord God and His Spirit sent the Lord God. In a similar way, because we are made in God's image, my self and my spirit tell my body to get up and go. However, God makes it clear that the God and His Spirit which sent the Lord God is the Lord God and not separated into people:
Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I (Jehovah) have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord God, and his Spirit, hath sent me. Isaiah 48:16
Thus saith the (1) Lord, thy (2) Redeemer, the (3) Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. Isaiah 48:17
Jesus Confirmed the Parable Nature of the Creation
In his discussion with Nicodemus, Jesus warned:
"I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?" (John 3:12, NIV).
Nicodemus could not understand the spiritual reality of a re-creation by the Spirit which Jesus explained only by the use of earthly metaphors or parables. He used the physical birth and the literal wind to represent (not explain) Spirit influences. A physical birth and a spirit recreation are infinitely far apart. In the same way, a Spirit producing literal, physical elemenst and organizing them to operate in our time and space is infinitely difficult to explain. Therefore, Jesus used terms such as "like or as." Because God's creation began in a Spirit dimension the physical metaphors can only indicate but not totally explain something out of nothing.
Ben Sirach In Ecclesiasticus 39On the other hand he who devotes himself to the study of the law of the Most High
will seek out the wisdom of all the ancients, and will be concerned with prophecies; Ecclesiasticus 39:1.
he will preserve the discourse of notable men and penetrate the subtleties of parables; Ecclesiasticus 39:2.
he will seek out the hidden meanings of proverbs and be at home with the obscurities of parables. Ecclesiasticus 39:3.
He will serve among great men and appear before rulers; he will travel through the lands of foreign nations, for he tests the good and the evil among men. Ecclesiasticus 39:4.
He will set his heart to rise early to seek the Lord who made him, and will make supplication before the Most High; he will open his mouth in prayer and make supplication for his sins. Ecclesiasticus 39:5.
If the great Lord is willing, he will be filled with the spirit of understanding; he will pour forth words of wisdom and give thanks to the Lord in prayer. See Isaiah Ecclesiasticus 39:6.He will direct his counsel and knowledge aright,
and meditate on his secrets. Ecclesiasticus 39:7.
> I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah. Ps.77:3
Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak. Ps 77:4
I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. Ps 77:5
I call (Mention, burn incense) to remembrance my song (h5058)> Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search. Psalm 77:6
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Ephesians 5:19
7. But the saints who "exult in glory," no need is there for us to say how they exult: just hear the verse of the Psalm which followeth: "The saints shall exult in glory,they shall rejoice in their beds:" not in theatres, or amphitheatres, or circuses, or follies, or market places, but "in their chambers."
What is, "in their chambers"? In their hearts. Hear the Apostle Paul exulting in his closet: "For this is our glory, the testimony of our conscience."
He will reveal instruction in his teaching, and will glory in the law of the Lord's covenant. Ecclesiasticus 39:8.
When asked why He spoke in parables which no one could understand unless He explained, Jesus said that it was to keep the insincere from seeing and hearing Him:
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? Matthew 13:10And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: Matthew 13:14
For this peoples heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Matthew 13:15
But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. Matthew 13:16
Paul said it this way:
Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; Eph 3:8
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: Eph 3:9IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, Eph 3:10
The same was in the beginning with God. John 1:2
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:3
In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:4
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63
The flocking multitudes are usually interested in a show and rarely in truth. For instance, the multitudes who came for the fish and loves did not want to hear the Word of God Incarnate among them:
When people hear God's Words and see His miracles and reject and ridicule Him they are lost and beyond redemption. Therefore, when preaching in the midst of a Genesis-like or Revelation-like hostile crowd Jesus used a coded, secret language:
All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: Matthew 13:34
Multitudes is: Ochlos (g3793) okh'-los; from a der. of 2192 (mean. a vehicle); a throng (as borne along); by impl. the rabble; by extens. a class of people; fig. a riot: - company, multitude, number (of people), people, press.That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which
have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. Matthew.13:35
Let's look at something that Paul tells us. Ephesians 3:9-10 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, This reveals the heart of the Lord to reveal to the church the principalities and powers set up in the heavenlies. God wants us to know what's up there and why it is there. So let's get a definition of these key words from the Greek.
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: Eph 3:9
To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, Eph 3:10
The prophets were Spirit breathed upon by the Spirit of Christ in them:
Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow 1 Peter 1:11
This secret knowledge was the wisdom of God which you cannot buy at Phd U.
Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 1 Corinthians 1:20 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him,
- God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached
- to save those who believe. 1 Corinthians 1:21
This is not foolish preaching nor preaching foolishness; it is preaching the spiritual Mind of Christ which not even the foolish preachers in Corinth began to comprehend. For instance, chapter 13 and 14 has little meaning without understanding the pagan enemies of God. This does not prevent foolish people from taking bits and pieces from a beautiful message from God and making booby traps out of them.
God was Christ Who was always evident but the false teachers could not (cannot) find Him there:
He (Christ) was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. John 1:10
Jesus commanded that we not call any man our rabbi or "doctor of the law" because they are most often involved in "seeing godliness as a means of financial gain." They delight in their degrees and "without a degree they teacheth not."
Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise (sophists) by human standards; not many were influential (dynamic and talented); not many were of noble birth (aristocratic) 1 Corinthians 1:26
But God chose the foolish (dull people don't promote themselves) things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1 Corinthians 1:27
He chose the lowly (those without family influence) things of this world and the despised (those least esteemed) things-- and the things that are not-- to nullify the things that are, 1 Corinthians 1:28
The foundation of the world, in this passage, is not the beginning of the Christian age. Rather, in other places Scripture speaks of the beginning of the earth or the fruitful places of our globe. It also shows that the Christ was there in the beginning or first age:
That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; Luke 11:50
For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. Hebrews 9:26
Job Confirmed the Parable Nature of the Creation by Use of Mythological Figures Up
Bible writers such as Job attribute to the One Yahweh what the myths claim for their many gods. To show that Job spoke in parable-like language we cite:
If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud (Rahab) helpers do stoop under him. Job 9:13
How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him? Job 9:14
This may show how Yahweh accomplished what Marduk is credited with in the fourth tablet of the Enuma Elisha. Rahab is equated to Tiamat.
George Barton, Archaeology and the Bible, 7th edition, p. 299 wrote:
The Psalmist in poetic language noted that:
"From verse 14 the Hebrews called Tiamat Rahab, and they called Kingu Leviathan. This may be supported by Job 3:8.""
"In Mesopotamian religion, (Ningishzida is a) Sumerian deity, city god of Gishbanda, near Ur in the southern orchard region. Although Ningishzida was a power of the netherworld, where he held the office of throne bearer, he seems to have originally been a tree god, for his name apparently means "Lord Productive Tree."
In particular, he probably was god of the winding tree roots, since he originally was represented in serpent shape. When pictured in human form, two serpent heads grow from his shoulders in addition to the human head, and he rides on a dragon. He was a son of Ninazu and Ningirda and was the husband of Ninazimua ("Lady Flawlessly Grown Branch").
"In a Libation Cup of King Gudea of Lagash (an ornamental Sumerian ritual cup) ca. 2000 B.C. Sumer, one can view two composite beasts of a type called "lion-birds" who are drawing back the portals of a shrine (sanctuary) to reveal the great Mesopotamian serpent-god Ningishzida in his dual aspect, entwined about an axial rod as a pair of copulating vipers.
If this is the serpent-god then this explains why Dumuzi-absu, Tammuz was called the "child of the abyss."
While the women were lamenting for Tammuz in the Jerusalem temple, the men were bowing to the sun in the east. The "tree" or stone pillar representing various "gods" was very important to show superiority.
This woodcut shows the Israelites worshiping a four-fold image two of which are crowned with the sun. The non-functional columns were "trees" or stumps like the original cross. In Judaism and lots of modern christianity the Sun is worshiped rather than the Son.
As the King of Tyre and of Babylon represent Lucifer, Leviathan represents the serpent or dragon of the end-type Babylonian religion (Revelation 18). This form of religion has always been the enemy of God's people.
IN that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea. Isaiah 27:1
Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon? Isaiah 51:9
All of this is clearly using the symbolic language of the pagan world to describe the enemies of God and His people to whom He promised rest from the "burden of anxiety created by religious ritual."
This means that the language is that of a parable.
We have notice that God used His hand and His right hand and He chronicled (day journaled) the creation story so that the clergy could not understand. The Lord and His Spirit sent the Lord, the Lord as Israel's God is Redeemer and Holy One is described by the Lord thy God.
Job wrote the oldest creation story by the use of a parable with hidden meaning. He was of an area and time where people were still trying to climb up tall structures or towers using musical worship teams to worship the planets as gods. The five known planets with the sun and the moon occupied the seven heavenly spheres. Created things or creatures were worshipped instead of the Creator.
We should begin by noting that Job, and everyone else, understood spirit in the personal sense as the mental power or disposition which is transmitted by wordsWHY, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days? Job 24:1
Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof. Job 24:2
They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widows ox for a pledge. Job 24:3
To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee? Job 26:4Dead things are formed (stand trembling) from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof. Job 26:5
Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering. Job 26:6
Destruction: Abaddown (h11) ab-ad-done'; intens. from 6; abstr. a perishing; concr. Hades: - destruction.
Abaddown or Abbadon, Apollyon is Apollo who destroys through false religious rituals. He formed one of the early Seeker Centers at Delphi.
Ben Sirach in Ecclesiasticus 48 agrees:1. Then the prophet Elijah arose like a fire, and his word burned like a torch.
2. He brought a famine upon them, and by his zeal he made them few in number.
3. By the word of the Lord he shut up the heavens, and also three times brought down fire.
4. How glorious you were, O Elijah, in your wondrous deeds! And who has the right to boast which you have?
5. You who raised a corpse from death and from Hades, by the word of the Most High;
6. who brought kings down to destruction, and famous men from their beds;
7. who heard rebuke at Sinai and judgments of vengeance at Horeb;
8. who anointed kings to inflict retribution,
and prophets to succeed you.
so does Hosea:
and thy judges of whom thou saidst, Give me a king and princes? Hosea 13:10
We noted above that the connection between the Levites and Livyathan is close:
Therefore, the SERVICE rendered by the Levites in a "musical" or noise-making sense was:
Abadoh (h5656) ab-o-daw'; or abowdah ab-o-daw'; from 5647; work of any kind: - act, bondage, / bondservant, effect, labour, ministering (-try), office, service (-ile, -itude), tillage, use, work, * wrought
Abad (h5647) aw-bad'; a prim. root; to work (in any sense); by impl. to serve, till, (caus.) enslave, etc.: - * be, keep in bondage, be bondmen, bond-service, compel, do, dress, ear, execute, / husbandman, keep, labour (-ing man), bring to pass, (cause to, make to) serve (-ing, self), (be, become) servant (-s), do (use) service, till (-er), transgress [from margin], (set a) work, be wrought, worshipper.
This means that the concept of "worship" which Christians lust to restore was actually the worship intended to destroy Israel.
The "parable" of the DESTROYER stands for anyone who would attempt to destroy the "in spirit" or in mind, and "in truth" worship defined by Jesus Christ is the Anti-Christ or the resurrected Apollyon.
This language to the recipients of John's Revelation would understand Apollyon or Abbadon as the form of "worship center" established for Apollo at the Oracle of Delphi.
He stretcheth out the north over the empty (tohu ) place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. Job 26:7
The Creation out of Empty and Voidness is often repeated:
> And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved (h7363 Rachaph) upon the face of the waters. Gen 1:2
> He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. Deut 32:10
As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth (h7363 Rachaph) over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: Deut 32:11
So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him. Deut 32:12
> For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge. Jer 4:22
I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. Jer 4:23
> He hath made the earth by his power,
he hath established the world by his wisdom,
and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding. Jer 51:15When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens;
and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth:
he maketh lightnings with rain,
and bringeth forth the wind (Spirit) out of his treasures. Jer 51:16
Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath (Spirit) in them. Jer 51:17
They are vanity, the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish. Jer 51:18 s
> He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them. Job 26:8
He holdeth back the face of his throne (full moon NIV), and spreadeth his cloud upon it. Job 26:9
He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end. Job 26:10. (This is a very long day) A similar statemeht: He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon." Pr.7:20
The pillars (columns) of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof. Jb 26:11
He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud (rahab). Job 26:12
The next verse is a common proof text that the Holy Spirit as a separated "person" of the God family decorated the heavens:
By his spirit (wind) he hath garnished the heavens; his hand (power) hath formed the crooked serpent. Job 26:13
Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand? Job 26:14
MOREOVER Job continued his parable, and said, Job 27:1
A parable is not a myth but: Mashal (h4912) maw-shawl'; appar. from 4910 in some orig. sense of superiority in mental action; prop. a pithy maxim, usually of a metaphorical nature; hence a simile (as an adage, poem, discourse): - byword, like, parable, proverb.
Even without being told we understand that Job used symbolic language. This would explain to the Babylonians how the True God created what the pagan gods were believed to have done. Their "spirit" was Enlil, god of the wind who is quite identical to the holy spirit person people find in Scripture. One writer even demands that God is three persons
specificially because the Babylonians believed in a triad! However, God could blow breath in words and literally create things.
In chapter 28 created things seem to discuss their beginning and Job uses creation-like images:He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing. Job 28:10
He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light. Job 28: 11
Using language similar to Jesus' statement that truth has been hidden from the foundation of the earth and is only revealed in Him, Job asked:But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? Job 28: 12
Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. Job 28: 13
Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding? Job 28: 20
Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air. Job 28: 21
Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears. Job 28: 22
God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof. Job 28: 23
For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven; Job 28: 24
To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure. Job 28: 25
When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder: Job 28: 26
Remember than in Isaiah God said:
- I have declared the former things from the beginning;
- and they went forth out of my mouth,
- and I shewed them;
- I did them suddenly, and
- they came to pass. Isaiah 48:3
Job said:Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out. Job 28: 27
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. Job 28: 28
MOREOVER Job continued his parable, and said, Job 29: 1
God created all things by the power of His Word projected by His breath or Spirit. His hand reaches up into another constellation and forms its shape into a spiral like a coiled serpent. However, Job shows that it was not the Holy Spirit as a more adequate organizer who "garnished" the heavens. Rather, God's parable uses word just as Jesus used them.
If we see another person completing the work of God then we may be one of the multitudes to whom Jesus spoke parables so that "seeing they do not see and hearing they do not hear.
By putting this passage in a table form, God's power as Spirit is revealed in ways we can understand. Each statement denies the belief that many gods did this work while showing that God's power is manifested in several human-like forms:
Fluttered and amazed
The supports of heaven
The proud or Rahab
Nothing could be more fitting than the Psalmist's statement of universal fact: musical instruments were always symbolic signs to people who would not listen to God:My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. Psalm 49:3
I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying (puzzle or trick statement) upon the harp. 49:4 Psalm
Cassandra (naked) in Aeschylus' Agamemnon is instructive of the pagan practice of hiding their words in riddles. Like the presumptious women of Corinth proclaimed:
O the sufferings, the sufferings of my city utterly destroyed! Alas, the sacrifices my father offered, the many pasturing cattle slain to save its towers!  Yet they provided no remedy to save the city from suffering even as it has; and I, my soul on fire, must soon fall to the ground.
Your present speech chimes with your former strain.  Surely some malignant spirit, falling upon you with heavy swoop, moves you to chant your piteous woes fraught with death. But the end I am helpless to discover.
"And now, no more shall my prophecy peer forth from behind a veil like a new-wedded bride; but it will rush upon me clear as a fresh wind blowing against the sun's uprising so as to dash against its rays, like a wave, a woe far mightier than mine.
Prophesy of Uncovered Prophesying:
"No more by riddles will I instruct you. And bear me witness, as, running close behind, I scent the track of crimes done long ago.
"For from this roof never departs a choir chanting in unison, but singing no harmonious tune; for it tells not of good. And so, gorged on human blood, so as to be the more emboldened, a revel-rout of kindred Furies haunts the house, hard to be drive away.
"Lodged within its halls they chant their chant, the primal sin; and, each in turn, they spurn with loathing a brother's bed, for they bitterly spurn the one who defiled it. Have I missed the mark, or, like a true archer, do I strike my quarry?
Or am I prophet of lies, a door-to-door babbler? Bear witness upon your oath that I know the deeds of sin, ancient in story, of this house."
In Greek, a babbler is:
Spermologos (g4691) sper-mol-og'-os; from 4690 and 3004; a seed-picker (as the crow), i.e. (fig.) a sponger, loafer (spec. a gossip or trifler in talk): - babbler.
Sperma (g4690) sper'-mah; from 4687; something sown, i.e. seed (includ. the male "sperm"); by impl. offspring; spec. a remnant (fig. as if kept over for planting): - issue, seed.
Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection. Act 17:18
And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. 1 Tim. 5:13
I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. 1 Tim 5:14
For some are already turned aside after Satan. 1 Tim 5:15
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 2 Tim 3:6
How could an oath, a pledge although given in honor, effect any cure? Yet I marvel at you that, though bred beyond the sea, you speak truth of a foreign city, even as if you had been present there.
The concept of "sending across the Sea" involved the musical idolatry of Israel at Mount Sinai. However, Moeses warned against such "prophesying" trying to get a better deal out of Apollo (Apollyon, Abbadon) or the destroyer:
For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. Deut 30:11
It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Deut 30:12
Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Deut 30:13
But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. Deut 30:14
The seer Apollo appointed me to this office.
Therefore, when Cassandra begins her uncovered prophesying it is proof that she is the agent of Satan.
There are several Biblical passages which show that when the music begins there is a deliberate effort to hide the Words of God. See Job 21; Isaiah 5; Amos 5, 6, 8 and Ezekiel 33.
God's Word is written as a literal letter but it contains deeply spiritual or mystical truth. The method of the parable allowed the story to be hidden from those who used it to create their own gods in their image for their own financial gain. (Read Isaiah 48). God reveals Himself in many other symbolic forms.
You will find that people have made a huge cottage industry when as high priests they haven't met the Mind or Spirit of God in His awe-inspired Word.
Only by turning to Christ will He in Spirit occupy the heart of mind.
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