Truth, Fantasy, Science Fiction?

Many are aware the books by Thomas Horn and Cris Putnam. On Sid Roth’s “It’s Supernatural,” the authors discuss “Petro-Romanus” and “Exo-Vaticana.” I haven’t read either book but found the interviews on “It’s Supernatural” (Part 1 and 2) interesting.

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What is Messianic Judaism?

Since 1967, the Messianic Jewish movement has grown leaps and bounds, but it started long before that.  Peter and Paul were Messianic Jews before the New Testament was written and canonized. Also, Moses and Elijah confirmed Jesus (Yeshua) as the Messiah on the mount of “Transfiguration” (Luke 9: 28-35, Mark 9: 1-13, Matthew 17: 1-13, 2 Peter 1: 16-18).

Messianic Jewish Congregations are often referred to as “one new man” congregations.  Speaking to believers, Paul wrote: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3: 28 NASB).

Click here to see what Messianic Jews (and like-minded Gentiles) believe.  (I  am not inferring that every Christian should leave his or her Bible believing local church and join a Messianic congregation.  Instead, I hope to clear up some misunderstandings I have read on the subject.)

Read Romans 11: 1-36 (especially verse 25) also.  It’s the key to what Paul calls “the mystery.”

Where is Mount Sinai?

English: Mount Sinai before sunrise June 2006 ...
English: Mount Sinai before sunrise June 2006 Egypt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I did not realize that the location of Mount Sinai was particularly controversial until I stumbled across a You Tube video in which Jim and Penny Caldwell discuss Mount Sinai with the hosts of glc.com.  The traditional location of Mount Sinai is in Egypt, but Ms. Caldwell notes that Paul’s letter to the Galatians locates Mount Sinai in Arabia, not Egypt.

For this Agar [Hagar] is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage, with her children (Galatians 4: 25 KJV).

I’ve read Galatians many times but never noticed the reference to Mount Sinai “in Arabia..”  The passage is allegorical but the reference to Mount Sinai in Arabia is literal. We know for a fact that Paul went to Arabia.  In Galatians 1: 16b-17, Paul writes that after his Road to Damascus encounter with Christ, he “conferred not with flesh and blood; Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus” (KJV).

Some maps show Mount Sinai in Egypt with a “?” next to the site.   One argument for placing the Mountain of God in Egypt is that maps have changed since Paul walked the earth.  I don’t know enough about geography to comment one way or the other, but Jim and Penny Caldwell’s argument for placing Mount Sinai in Saudi Arabia is compelling.

Your thoughts are welcomed.

A DREAM ENCOURAGES GIDEON (Judges 7: 13-15)

English: Gideon and His Three Hundred; as in J...
English: Gideon and His Three Hundred; as in Judges 7:9-23; illustration from a Bible card published by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was familiar with the story of how God defeated the Midianites through Gideon and his army of 300 men, but I never paid attention to the dream that gave Gideon encouragement.  This morning, while reading Judges 7,  I stumbled upon the dream and its interpretation, which God wanted Gideon to hear.  Under God’s direction, Gideon slipped into the Midianite camp at night and listened as one of his enemies was telling the dream to another. 

Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along.  And his fellow [friend] answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host. 

And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the LORD hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian (Judges 7: 13b-15, KJV).

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