WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 4th
- Last week I was asked about who wrote some Bible books
I have always thought it to be a
God is the author, therefore for the most part I do not care who wrote Genesis, Deuteronomy, Isaiah or Revelation.
If I ever teach a particular Bible book
then most certainly I will cover the
who, what, where, when and the why
of authorship and dates
- I never covered that STUFF in Revelation
because we are not studying the book of Revelation.
This is more of a HELTER SKELTER study of Church history using the 7 Churches of Revelation as an outline
We have been in PERGAMOS for a while now so we will finish it tonight
along with the Thyratira Church age which runs from 300 to 1500
we HAVE been studying Balaam
and the reference is in Revelation 2:14
- Lets see about Balaam’s conversation with a donkey
The conversation that Balaam had with his talking donkey is in Numbers 22:27 – 30
I JUST CAN’T HELP THIS meandering down Bible deer trails
It gets us off the main path so therefore I SUPPOSE IT CAN BE CONFUSING
ANYWAY lets go along this deer trail seeking to understand this guys conversation with his donkey. We covered this a little last time. Redundancy is a way of learning.
- LOOK NOW AT NUMBERS 22:27
Num 22:27 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff.
Num 22:28 And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?
God – JESUS – is speaking through the donkey but Balaam doesn’t know that.
in the next 2 verses we will read about Balaam’s side of the conversation
And I have to tell you that I have never read anything that made sense of Balaam’s response to this talking donkey.
Num 22:29 And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.
Num 22:30 And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay.
My boy has 2 Pugs. If either of them talked to me – WELL that would be a life changing event I would NEVER forget.
And I certainly wouldn’t threaten to kill them. Instead I would put them on You Tube and become rich and famous
- This is my take on why Balaam doesn’t freak right out about his talking donkey.
Balaam’s FAMILY WAS IN THE OCCULT BUSINESS. It went back for generations and Balaam was the best of the lot. A true professional master Occultist.
Because of his occult dedication I do not think this donkey conversation was his first encounter with a talking animal. We know that Satan can speak through a snake, Gen 3, so why not a donkey? Of course this wasn’t Satan it was Jesus however the point is Balaak had been there and done that already.
LOOK AT VERSE 5 same chapter
Num 22:5 He [Balak lpb} sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me:
Num 22:6 Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed.
BALAK could have TALKED WITH MOSES. The reason he didn’t was
which is a GIGANTIC hatred for God’s people – Israel
Balak wanted to kill them all
and Balaam knew it and
wanted to help him.
- notice in Numbers 22:5 the following phrase
“they cover the face of the earth“
God had chosen Abraham to begin a particular unique race of people
They were and THEY ARE TODAY God’s special people
THINK OF THE CHURCH AGE AS A 2000 YEAR PARENTHESES. When the rapture occurs the parentheses will close. After the rapture of the Church it will again be a dispensation of Israel. That is one reason to believe the Rapture will occur before the 7 years of tribulation begins. The Church is not Israel and Israel is not the Church. Never confuse the two.
We see that the Israelis are God’s special people in the following 2 verses.
Act 7:34 I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.
1Ch 16:13 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
GOD CHOSE TO DEVELOP A SPECIAL PEOPLE THAT HE COULD LOVE AND WORK THROUGH
BACK IN OUR PREVIOUS VERSE IN NUMBERS 22:5
“they cover the face of the earth“
BUT in BC 1689 WHEN THEY WENT INTO EGYPT THEY WERE FEW
Deu 10:22 Thy fathers went down into Egypt with threescore and ten persons; and now the LORD thy God hath made thee as the stars of heaven for multitude.
ACORDING TO THE ABOVE VERSE 70 people went into Egypt
In Acts 7:14 there are 5 added
Act 7:14 Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.
That makes 75 people
These EXTRA 5 were – most likely – not kin to Jacob
70 Israelites went into Egypt but, some say, that there were as many as 600,000 that left
The growth from 70 Israelites to 600,00
WASN’T A LINEAR SLOPE
A linear slope would be a straight line, say, at 15degrees. the along the bottom of the graph would be population and the vertical line would represent the time spent in Egypt.
IT WAS AN EXPONENTIAL SLOPE.
that would be a straight line say at five degrees and then at a certain point the linear line would go from five degrees to perhaps 70 degrees
Here is an example of an exponential slope. You are on a jet passenger plane. It leaves the runway and slowly picks up speed as it is climbing. Then when the plane is going fast enough and it is high enough the pilot gives it the throttle and you are pushed back in your seat and it seems as if the plane is now going straight up. What a rush, but the point is that is kind of like this exponential population over time curve. I hope you can understand this concept in the next verse Acts 7:17
Act 7:17 But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,
Did you see in the above verse that it wasn’t until the Israelites were about to be delivered that the birth rate exploded.
HOW DO you think that 70 ISRAELITES stayed as a pure race for 400 years
AS the IVORY commercial says 99 and 99/100th percent pure
ANTI-SEMITISM KEPT THE RACE PURE
ANTI-SEMITISM KEEPS THE RACE PURE
ANTI-SEMITISM is satanic so I am not saying that God has anything directly to do with it and I am not saying anything good about it only that it kept and that it is keeping the race pure. If any Hebrews are reading this I am heart broke to write it.
For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.
- God has a time clock for when events will happen
Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
or how about this one
Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
God’s TIME CLOCK OF PROPHECY IS ISRAEL
Zec 12:6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.
Zec 14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
Zec 14:2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
here are two verses that are important for us today
Gen 28:13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
Lev 25:23 The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.
America, for a long time now, has been forcing Israel to sell their land for peace. Whenever you read about America siding with the Arabs to get Israel’s land DUCK God’s judgment is coming. And that is a fact.
Jer 30:11 For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.
Amo 9:14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
Amo 9:15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.God planted them in 1948
One last mention before leaving the Pergamos Church
This is a quote FROM REVELATION UNVEILED
by Tim Lahaye
“The doctrine of Balaam is seen in a coin that today resides in the British Museum in London, stamped during the days of Constantine
On one side are Christian emblems, on the other side emblems of heathen gods.”
THE NEXT BIG EVENT IN CHURCH HISTORY is the dark ages
THYATIRA 590 -1517
This Church age is known as the DARK AGES that is the proper name because it was 900 years of spiritual darkness.
It was 900 years of pain and depression
ALL OF THIS WAS IN PANS ON A RED HOT STOVE AND EVERY PAN WAS BOILING OVER
It was a spiritually HORRIFYING dark time Because
having A BIBLE or reading A Bible was
a capital offense.
Just as the Roman emperor Deocleation slaughtered Christians and burned their Bibles
the popes slaughtered Christians and burned their Bibles.
- Make no mistake about it
IT was a war for final authority, AND the Catholic Church was
KING OF THE MOUNTAIN
THERE ARE 2 STREAMS OF BIBLE MANUSCRIPTS
God’s river of manuscripts began in Antioch IN SYRIA
Act 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
THE DEVILS corruption of God’s holy Word BEGAN IN ALEXANDRIA EGYPT
2Co 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
2Co 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
2Co 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
If the Devil counterfeits what God does then is it really so hard to believe that he would have a counterfeit bible that he could use and God would hate?
And if he does wouldn’t it be a modern up-to-date, easy to understand, slick, spin zone one to confuse potential Christians enough to keep them in his influence and also confuse true children of God so that they would stay as kids and not grow into strong soldiers of the cross.
He certainly would and it has turned out even better then his widest dream because there isn’t just one satanic bible but hundreds.
EVERY MODERN TRANSLATION FROM 1850 ON THROUGH TO TODAY IS A SATANIC COUNTERFEIT BIBLE
And most ministers and evangelist have believed the lie they were taught in seminary and even at home by godly parents that only the original manuscripts had the pure complete words of truth. Think about that and get MAD = Make a difference. Stand up for your Saviour. Believe God in Psalms
- Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Psa 12:7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
Psa 12:8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.
The thing is we are studying Church history when millions of Christians were being tortured and slaughtered for that very thing. And it should put you in the fog of depression how modern Christianity has helped perpetrate the lie that the King James Bible can not be trusted.
I tell you there will be plenty of weeping at the Judgment seat of Christ. And I kind of think the one who will be weeping most will be Jesus Christ the saviour.
Soon after Constantine gained control of the Churches he ordered Eusebius to get him 50 Bibles. Eusebious got them from a heretic named Origen WHO HAD A SCHOOL IN Alexandria Egypt.
Those 50 bibles were to be the standard Bible among the Churches.
No one used them
Christians knew they were corrupted and Constantine and his church didn’t need any Bible. They had tradition and themselves.
- AROUND 600 AD Jerome translated Origen’s Bible into Latin and THAT USHERED in the next Church age – THYATIRA 590 – 1517
THIS is the Papal Church – It was a time when Satan ruled, and therefore
it is a picture of the tribulation.
Jerome’s Latin vulgate became the official Roman Catholic bible and the world plunged into darkness.
There were, of course, faithful independent churches such as the Donatists,
Albigenses – THOSE AND MANY MORE continued to use Bibles that were faithful to the Greek, which the KJV would LATER be translated from.
It was during this church age that the pope officially came into political power, and as the Catholics gained power in Germany, France, Italy AND THE REST OF EUROPE.
Catholics began killing as many independent Bible believers as possible, some say in the millions.
For a detailed look at what happened, IN THE THYATIRA CHURCH AGE read
Foxes Book of Martyrs
TRAIL OF BLOOD
The Spanish Inquisition began in 1478
Torquemada, a Spanish Dominican friar and the first Grand Inquisitor in Spain’s movement to restore CATHOLICISM among its populace in the late 15th century.
He was even more wicked and satanic then Hitler.
and He hated both Jews and Bible believers alike.
Torquemada never met a Jew or Christian he didn’t want to torture and kill.
The Catholic Church considers him a saint.
During the THYATIRA Church age
500A.D. Mariology, Infant Baptism was established by law,
800A.D. Saint and image worship
900A.D. the church split into Greek orthodoxy and Roman Catholic orthodoxy
orthodoxy is a belief or a way of thinking that is accepted as true or correct
1100A.D. Transubstantiation, Celibacy
1200A.D. Bible forbidden
However DURING THIS TIME WE SEE some dazzling fireworks
John Wycliffe [1329 – 1384]
Wycliffe lit up the sky when he translated Jerome’s Vulgate into English, and by so doing ushered in the next church age, Sardis.
Wycliff is known as the morning star of the reformation.
The Catholic Church hated him for translating the Bible into the English language so much that they dug up his body and burned it.
John Wycliffe didn’t know any better then to use what he had when translating from Jerome’s vulgate, but
Erasmus, Tyndale and Luther et al. rejected Jeromes Latin Vulgate and other Catholic Greek manuscripts when compiling the Textus Receptus and its translation into the English language.
ALSO during this Church age
Muhammad was Born in about AD 570.
The ISLAMIC CALIPHATE [Islamic government or empire] began in 632 and became the Ottoman Empire in 1299.
It lasted until 1923.
The Islamic Caliphate
is extremely important to end time prophecy
the following is how God USED ISLAM bring about the King James Bible
Constantine left Rome in 330 AD and moved the seat of Roman authority to Byzantiumm.
He renamed it Constantinople
and his kingdom was named the Byzantine empire.
It included Italy and all the countries surrounding the Mediterranean sea but the Pope was in charge at Rome while Constantine ran it all from Constantinople.
- I call Constantine the 1st Pope because of his absolute authority, and HIS FOUNDING OF THE CHURCH and STATE MARRIAGE
THAT WOULD BECOME THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH,
However there was no official Pope until Pope Gregery – 590 to 604 – named himself Pontifex Maximus, Which was the original title for the high priest of Rome.
IN 1453 the Ottoman Islamic empire conquered Constantinople and changed its name to Istanbul
The Turks took the world out of the dark ages when they invaded Constantinople in 1453.
The Greek scholars fled taking with them their Greek manuscripts, all of which were of the Textus Receptus type. They fled to Germany and England and began teaching Greek in the universities, which is how Erasmus learned Biblical Kone Greek
and that there are 2 Bible groups a corrupt group from Egypt and the God blessed group of manuscripts originating from Antioch in Syria.
Erasmus compiled the Textus Receptus that Luther and Tyndale translated from, and that culminated in the KJV 1611, which is the Bible God uses and Satan hates.
There are two distinct lines of Greek manuscripts
one line of manuscripts are from Alexandria Egypt.
they enclude the Siniaticus and the Vaticanus
writen on vellum
In uncial [capital] letters.
These manuscripts were expensive to make
they are the 2 manuscripts used to correct the Av1611
The other line up of manuscripts is from Antioch in Syria
Edward F. Hills writes in Believers Bible Study,
“Hence it is reasonable to believe that during the late first and second centuries an unusually pure type of New Testament text was in circulation in Asia Minor And Antioch and that this soon became the Traditional Text of this area. Here it was preserved all through the middle ages and brought to Western Europe by learned Greek refugees after the capture of Constantinople by the Turks in 1453.”