Difficult Questions

Hebrew Israelites, the most hateful group?

The video below first got my attention when ‘Hebrew Israelite’ was referenced and then the ‘title most hateful group’ seemed a bit impossible to imagine. After watching it, the title may actually be correct. They are at least one of the most verbally hateful groups. Note, it is a tad painful to watch, especially since they are referring to themselves as Israelites [the guilt by association isn’t doing anyone any favors]. The reality is that they may be Israelite in some ‘two-house’ sense, but this really is a sad hateful condition that they’re in.

After watching both of these videos, it really is so ridiculous, hateful, and inflammatory that it makes me think it is probably some black-op psychological experiment being undertaken by a rogue group within the CIA.

Truly sick and twisted theology. White-people suck. I get it. I got it. We all suck, somehow.  How does one merge this amount of racial tension with end-time prophecy? Bizarre.

Lets not forget that WHITE/lighter-skinned people fought with other white people in order to free dark-skinned people.

And I think it would be valuable for them to consider that dark-skinned Africans enslaved other dark-skinned Africans in Africa… and light-skinned Caucasians enslaved other light-skinned Caucasians in Indo-Europe. Being enslaved and being a victim doesn’t make one more prophetically relevant and exceptional. The suffering of one group was merely more recent… and tribalism (similar to racism) was and is still prevalent throughout the world, not just among Africans.

Another thing: It is extremely difficult for me to imagine a ebony Jesus/Yeshua standing on a curb and yelling these kinds of things.  Or do they really think the prophets of old yelled these types of things, being imbibed with racial spitefulness?  Come now… the Two-Witnesses of Revelation… going to be doing this?

Why aren’t they raising the dead and healing sick? Is being a racist and a racist victim just an easier path to take?

Yours truly… in disgust, J

For YHVH corrects those he loves, just as a father?

“For YHVH corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.” – Proverbs 3:12

Can anyone think of any practical examples?

When a human father corrects a child that he loves, he makes sure the child knows the details of the error. An honorable father issues punishment fitting for or equal to the actual crime…. and allows for comfort and soothing embrace to be given after the time of punishment. We are speaking of a child that a father delights in, right?

Now, in what scenario does YHVH actually do anything consistent with such an experience?

J

Apparent contradiction: Can YHVH God be seen or not?

YES, He has appeared to many! NO, He is invisible!
Genesis 3:8-9 Exodus 33:20
Genesis 12:7 John 1:18
Genesis 17:1 John 6:46
Genesis 18:1-33 1 Timothy 1:17
Genesis 26:2, 24 1 Timothy 6:16
Genesis 32:24-32 1 John 4:12
Genesis 35:9
Genesis 48:3
Exodus 3:16
Exodus 4:5
Exodus 6:3
Exodus 24:9-11
Exodus 33:11-23
Numbers 14:14
Deuteronomy 5:4
Deuteronomy 34:10
Joshua 5:13-15
Judges 6:11-24
Judges 13:22-23
1 Kings 22:19
Job 42:5
Psalm 63.2
Isaiah 6:1-5
Ezekiel 1:27
Ezekiel 20:35
Daniel 3:24-30
Amos 7:7
Amos 9:1
Habakkuk 3:3-5
Matthew 18:10

Does Exodus 33:11 and 33:20 really contradict?

There is certainly an apparent contradiction, but is there a real contradiction in Truth? Think about it. Is there a part or an extent of יהוה that is impossible for us (as mere humans in flesh) to see? If יהוה exists outside (and capable to enter inside) His creation (the Universe), and if we cannot leave the Universe without first passing from this life… then YES, there is an enormous part of יהוה that we cannot see or comprehend… in all probability, maybe even after death. But if יהוה decides to enter His created Universe within dimensions that we as humans can see and perceive, then we can indeed see יהוה, but at the same time… the greater Endless/Limitlessness of יהוה is not being FULLY seen or comprehended. In other words, He has been seen in part by many (while in the flesh), but He has NOT been seen in all of His FULLNESS by human fleshly eyes.

Is it difficult to imagine our flesh coming to a quick end (i.e., death) if it was exposed to the fullness of יהוה, the ultimate source of creative power as Exodus 33:20 indicates? On the flip-side, is it also difficult to imagine that יהוה could manifest Himself in such a limited/restricted way that Moses (and others) would not die (as in Judges 6:23 and Judges 13:22-23)? Is He the Designer of our flesh… and fully aware of the physical limits of our flesh?

From what seems apparent in the Tanakh, we can see lesser manifestations of יהוה (if He so chooses to reveal Himself), but we cannot see the greater reality that is Him (outside the Universe) in the current state of our flesh within the Universe.

Face to face OR with great intimacy?

Some teachers go down the “Ancient Hebrew” road and contend that the English translation of Moses seeing יהוה “face to face” was speaking more of a depiction of greater intimacy with יהוה, not a literal face-to-face encounter. They may indeed have some valid points, but there is still the problem of יהוה appearing to Adam, to Abraham, to Isaak, to Jacob, to Gideon, to David, to Nebukadnetstsar, etc etc in conjunction with passages like Judges 6:23 and Judges 13:22-23 where there was an obvious fear of death after יהוה was seen.

Note: a distinction should be made between simply seeing יהוה and being with Him face-to-face. For example, Nebukadnetstsar may have seen the “demah bar Elah” in the fire, but he didn’t speak with יהוה inclose proximity… with intimacy… face-to-face as Moses did.

J

Abraham commanded by God to murder his son Isaac

If a Master or a Slave-owner required a child to prove his or her loyalty by killing a favorite puppy, the Master would be considered something lower than an unloving maniacal tyrant. But if the Master of the Universe requires a servant to prove loyalty by killing his son, that Master is yet considered honorable, loving, and worthy of everyone’s devotion.

So that we may come to agreement on some important points, here is what seems obvious from the Genesis text:

  • Isaac was much beloved of Abraham. He was a ‘divinely’ promised son born when Abraham and Sarah were quite advanced in age.
  • YHVH commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. He did not politely make a request of Abraham.
  • The sacrifice was not Abraham’s idea and was apparently troubled by the prospect.
  • Abraham decided to obey, prepared to obey, and nearly fulfilled the command.
  • Abraham was divinely stopped from carrying out the command.
  • Abraham was given a great reward for being willing to obey the command.
  • Abraham was not reprimanded or judged for being wiling to obey the command.
  • To our knowledge, Abraham was not considered insane by others for hearing voices.

My claim is that many of us or most of us (as believers), perceive ourselves as loving children and loving servants to a loving and worthy Father/King, but we fantasize in err in regards to the latter. He isn’t loving nor is he worthy.

Is this claim unfounded and/or inaccurate? Can you provide thoughts and/or evidence which would prove it inaccurate?

Sincerely,
J