Quote for 07/09/2018

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.   Psalm 33:12 NIV

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Society is becoming increasingly coarse. Shootings that used to shock us now simply leave us wagging our heads in resigned sorrow. Teenage pregnancies that were once shameful are now celebrated. TV entertainment today would qualify for pornography yesterday.

What is happening to America? It’s what always happens when a nation of God forsakes Him and shows Him the door.

9/11 didn’t happen because we let our guard down. It happened because we let our God down! It is obvious that mere men cannot stop other men determined on destruction. God’s shield of protection is the only impenetrable shield!

This country’s greatness continues to decline. I pray for a change of heart, a change to humility and repentance that will invite God back within our borders and our lives. Our greatness always came from the God we followed. Our current problems come from the god we now follow; self.

Quote for 07/08/2018

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.   John 14:6

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This verse causes a lot of trouble for people who think there are many ways to find God, who think all humanity worships the same God in different ways.

But if we’re told there’s only one way to get to a destination, if only one road was built into a certain city, wouldn’t we be foolish to go any other way?

Look at all of the religions of the world. They all teach different things about God and how to reach Him. In fact, they don’t all talk about the same god at all!

Only one God begat a Son through a woman to live a perfect life for us and then be an unblemished payment, a sacrifice for our sins! Only one God, through the sacrifice of His Son, brings us straight to heaven. There is no reincarnation for us to struggle toward perfection one lifetime after another. There is no commandment to slay our opposition, but to love our enemies and pray for them. There is only love and sacrifice from our God and His Son.

Jesus truly is the only Way to the one God of all Creation!

Moses – The Midian Connection

When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.   Exodus 2:15

It is time for a Middle East geography lesson. We’ll start with a few basics.

The Red Sea. The ancient texts do not translate this body of water into “The Red Sea.” The name is Yam Suph, which has no definite translation. “The Red Sea” was something simply settled on and has been used for centuries. If the connection between “The Red Sea” and “Yam Suph” is tenuous at best, we shouldn’t be dead set on The Red sea on the map as being the place to which Yam Suph refers.

The Sinai Peninsula is so named, because that is where the mountain named Mt. Sinai has been traditionally located. However, the traditional Mt. Sinai bears no resemblance to the description in the Bible. While it seems impossible to misplace a mountain, the events related in Exodus happened from 2585 – 2666 CP or roughly 3400 years ago.

If I can forget where I put my keys last night, I can see how a mountain’s location might be confused after 3000+ years. I can also tell you that the exact location of The Battle of Fallen Timbers in NW Ohio in 1794 was only relocated in recent years.

So Moses fled to Midian after his faux paus of killing an Egyptian slave master. Where is Midian? Well, there are no Welcome to Midian signs extant, so we need to use the Bible and, of course, Josephus to help us. Josephus tells us that Midianite merchants were from Arabia and that Midian was located on the Red Sea coast.

Sinai Peninsula 2Looking at a map, it’s easy to see that The Red Sea is south of the Sinai Peninsula with the Gulf of Suez due west while The Gulf of Aqaba and Saudi Arabia lie to the east.  Technically, both gulfs are a part of The Red Sea, so the crossing could have been across either gulf. But then remember that in the original text “Yam Suph” has no definitive translation. All we know for certain is that it is the body of water the Children of Israel crossed to escape the Egyptian army.

One hint for Midian’s location comes from Genesis 25:5. It tells us that Midian was the son of Abraham and Ketura who settled in the land of the East.

Another thing to consider is that Moses was escaping Egypt, which had holdings on the Sinai Peninsula. He definitely left the African continent, our modern Sinai Peninsula was a poor option with Egyptian occupying forces there. That leaves Saudi Arabia, or simply “Arabia” as Josephus puts it.

This is where Moses meets his wife and where he encounters the famous burning bush on Mt. Horeb, which is also known as Mt. Sinai and where the Children of Israel came to after leaving Egypt.

NEXT – Let My People Go!

Let My People Go – The Plagues!

Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.’ ”    Exodus 5:1

People, for some reason, just don’t want to believe in miracles…unless they are asking for a personal one, that is. Instead of taking God at His Word, people have tried to come up with rational explanations for the miracles in the Bible, including the ten plagues visited upon a stubborn pharaoh.

As if believing in miracles from the Creator and Supreme Ruler of the Universe is irrational. But I digress…

Relying again on Dr. Moller and his book, The Exodus Case, let’s look at some basic premises.

#1 – Pharaoh’s own magicians believed that the plagues were God’s doing: Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” Exodus 8:19

#2 – Everything that happened did so at God’s command. Natural ecological changes just don’t happen that fast.

Blood#3 – The Nile turning to blood has been explained as an algae bloom that could change the color and taste of the water. However, the Egyptians had bloody water while the Israelites did not. They had settled in Goshen, which is downstream from the rest of Egypt in the delta near the Mediterranean. That would qualify as a miracle, algae bloom or not. The text says quite deliberately that the water became blood, not that it looked like blood.

plague-of-frogs-3#4 – Frogs. They live in and around the water, so the blood/water plague should have killed them. Instead, they infested all of Egypt, save Goshen. One day later they all died except for those in the Nile, which was no longer bloody. The land stank from the decaying corpses.

#5 – Swarms of mosquitos. The same problem exists here as for the frogs. The Nile became blood and killed everything, so where did they come from? And again, the Israelites in Goshen were unaffected.

#6 – Flies. They could arguably have come from the dead frogs, but again this all happened in quick succession…too quickly to be natural.

#7 – The cattle all die (except for the cattle in Goshen). If this was simply a disease, it would have affected the Israelites, and it would have taken longer than a day.

#8 – Boils and blisters on both animals and people. This is decidedly unnatural. Diseases do not normally jump between species. Again, we are dealing with the speed with which is happened and the fact that Goshen was protected.

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What could it do to crops?

#9 – Hail. This is normally a springtime event, and the indications are that this was in the Egyptian spring, but again Goshen was unaffected. It fell everywhere else in Egypt. Without the benefit of The Weather Channel, Moses gave 24 hours’ notice so that Egyptians who feared God could instruct their servants to shelter all livestock and themselves under cover (Ex 9:20-21). Here is what happened next:

 

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt—on man, on beast, and on every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.” 23 And Moses stretched out his rod toward heaven; and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and fire darted to the ground. And the Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt. 24 So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, so very heavy that there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. 25 And the hail struck throughout the whole land of Egypt, all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail struck every herb of the field and broke every tree of the field. 26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, there was no hail…29 So Moses said to him, “As soon as I have gone out of the city, I will spread out my hands to the Lord; the thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail, that you may know that the earth is the Lord’s.   Exodus 9 selected verses

Moses lifted his hands and the hail came. He lifted his hands again to God, and it stopped.

#10 – Locusts. Locust swarms are not unusual. What was unusual here was how colossal the swarm was and how easily it was blown away into The Red Sea. The ground could not be seen for the multitude of the swarm. Something that huge does not get cleaned up so easily by wind, yet that is what the text tells us.

#11 – Darkness. This was not an eclipse, which brings the effect of twilight. This was “thick darkness” such that “They did not see one another; nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.” Exodus 10:23

These plagues all came on fast. They all left as quickly. Insects, weather, and diseases might seem to be possible explanations except that none of these behaved in normal ways.

All this aside, just ask yourself one, simple question. If this was all coincidence, just smoke and mirrors…why did pharaoh let His people go?

NEXT – Did all of this really happen? Didn’t anyone else notice?

Quote for 07/07/2018

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”   Jeremiah 17:9-10 NIV

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I must admit that my knee-jerk response to most situations is sin. It doesn’t even seem to be a matter of choice! Sinning is something that I do as effortlessly as breathing. Scripture also tells us that there is none who does good; no, not one!

Our hearts deceive even ourselves as it moves us against God at every opportunity. This is why we struggle. And as long as we struggle as Paul did in Romans 7 we have this sign for ourselves; that we have not surrendered to our nature, fighting even our own hearts!

I submit to you that this very struggle is what God seeks in us. He looks for the actions of faith that show our intent to give Him a loving response for all His sacrifice and love.

Fortunately, we do not have to fear the reward that is surely due our sin. We can be relieved that Jesus innocent sufferings on our behalf deflect those rewards. Instead, we are rewarded for our faith!

Quote for 07/06/2018

And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be— “The Lord is one,” And His name one.   Zechariah 14:9 NKJV

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We currently suffer under the rule of Satan. We, as a race, as the physical descendants and relation to Adam and Eve, chose him over God in Eden, and gave him the keys to the kingdom, as it were.

Then started a 4000 year plan that culminated with the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the Christ, the Only Begotten of the Father. He won our freedom, our salvation. He won the throne, seated at the right hand of God, set to come again and claim His kingdom for all eternity.

Then we will all be one with Him. We, who have accepted His payment for our sins and acknowledge Him to the world will hear Him acknowledge us to His Father and welcome us into heaven.

If you have not yet welcomed Jesus into your heart, if you have not yet accepted His sacrifice in payment for your sins, if you still have that emptiness that comes from guilt and hopelessness in a pointless “earth-only” existence…call out to Him. He will hear you. And He will answer!

Seek Him earnestly. Read the message He left for you in the inspired scriptures, His Word, and reach out to Him.

Quote for 07/05/2018

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.    Isaiah 26:3

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You need to start at the end of this passage in order to understand it. That’s because everything starts with trust.

We only trust in that which doesn’t let us down. We trust parents who continually provide for us. We trust friends who stick with us. We trust spouses who are faithful till parted by death.

God does not let us down. Our limited human wisdom weakened with the temptations and whispers of this world’s evil might think – at times – that God does let us down. But with minds stayed on God, with minds that study His Scriptural Word, we understand that it is the evil of this world, the demons and Satan himself to whom Adam and Eve gave the keys of earth. It is they who cause death and suffering. We so often ask wrongly why God lets terrible things happen. He does not.

A mind stayed on God understands this. A mind stayed on God sees how He takes the evil generated by our spiritual enemies and untwists it into something for our good.

With that trust, with that constant mind, God will keep us in perfect peace.

Moses in Egypt – Cont’d

When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian…   Exodus 2:15

I want to continue with Moses here and present the evidence Dr. Moller gives us in his book, The Exodus Case, concerning Moses being a part of Egyptian history under another name. There is one thing to reiterate from before; Egyptian royalty regularly underwent name changes as their position and responsibilities changed within their government. Recall my earlier article regarding the Joseph/Imhotep connection, also from Dr. Moller’s book. Imhotep was known by more than one name.

Egyptian Succesion Chart

The Exodus Case, Page 126

Let’s walk through the above chart:

 

Thutmosis I was co-regent with the Pharaoh Ahmose who decreed all male Jews must die when born. His daughter Nefure is who adopted Moses when her maid found him in the basket floating in the Nile. Dr. Moller’s theory is that Moses – who we theorize was Senmut – ascended to co-regent with Thutmosis I, who became Pharaoh (note color coding). Thutmosis I became Amenhotep I, and Moses became Thutmosis II.

So Senmut = Thutmosis II. This is who mysteriously disappeared and whose statues were defaced by removing the nose, killing him in the afterlife. Moses had fled after killing an Egyptian slave master, likewise disappearing.

His mother, Nefure, became Hatshepsut, but a replacement had to be found for Moses/Senmut/Thutmosis II. According to Egyptian records, a 22 year old from Memphis replaced him and became Thutmosis III. He later became the Pharaoh Amenhotep II, and his co-regent, Thutmosis IV became the Pharaoh who refused to “Let My people go.”

Hopefully, this line of succession is clear, and we now can focus on Thutmosis II.

From The Exodus Case – Near to Thebes there is a beautiful building called “Dei El Bahri”, which according to this hypothesis, is the temple Moses/Thutmosis II built for his mother, Nefure. Above this building there is a grave with a statue that was never completely finished.

Dei El Bahri

Dei El Bahri

 

That statue depicts a mother holding a child on her lap just as the pictures we saw earlier of Nefure holding Moses/Senmut. Dr. Moller’s theory holds that this is also Nefure holding Senmut. Indeed, those names are found within that grave site. The entire complex was likely started when Moses was about 18, which is probably when he was appointed co-regent.

There are two mummies found there in a separate chamber with the names Ramose and Hatnofer. Dr. Moller believes these are the Egyptian names of Moses biological father and mother, Amram and Jochabed, respectively. The male, Ramose received a modest treatment for his burial while the female, Hatnofer, was mummified in royal fashion.

Here’s the real question: why would a man and woman of apparently different social status be ultimately entombed together in such a royal setting?

If Moses/Senmut’s father died before he became Thutmosis II, he would be given a modest mummification. If, when he became Thutmosis II, his mother then died, he could command that she be mummified as royalty; he’d have that authority. Otherwise, who were these people to Senmut anyway that they should be entombed in his adopted mother’s temple?

So far, the facts fit the theory that Moses was indeed Senmut/Thutmosis II.

But there is more!

This tomb is unfinished. When one enters the burial chamber that was apparently being prepared for Senmut/Thutmosis II, it is unfinished. It has every appearance of a work site that was left when the shift ended, and no one ever returned. There are also plans there for further work on the tomb in inscription on the walls.  Additionally, much of the tomb was destroyed quite deliberately.

Senmuts Tomb

From The Exodus Case, Page 121

 

Also, Egyptians in tombs like this are typically depicted with their parents. In this tomb, Senmut/Thutmosis II is depicted, not with Nefure, but with Ramose and Hatnofer! This gives apparent confirmation that they were his true parents even while he was building this huge temple/burial complex for his adopted mother, Nefure.

Last time I made mention that there was s surviving statue of Senmut without the nose broken off. It is an aquiline, Jewish nose. I found the picture I wanted to include in the last article and am including it below. For comparison, a digital recreation of Tutankhamen is included on the left. King Tut, by the way, has an important role in all of this. If you want to try to figure it out before I write about it, everything you need to know is in the chart above!

Senmuts NoseIntrigued? The book is available on Amazon. I’d also recommend getting the two DVDs that Amazon will suggest you buy along with it. I got them and am very glad I did. The book is 400+ pages with tons of documentation, but VERY readable.

Quote for 07/04/2018

So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in its midst; and after that he will let you go.   Exodus 3:20

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We celebrate The Fourth of July with fireworks. Jews celebrate The Exodus with Passover. I guess that’s because we can approximate the firepower of human conflict with smaller gunpowder charges.

How can anyone even hint at the display of terrifying power God unleashed on Egypt?

Waters turned to blood; gross and probably stank. Frogs? Creepy, gross, and – again – had to stink when they all died.

Then there was lice and flies for everyone with insect phobias. Then all of the livestock died and the people came down with boils.

Yeah, it was getting serious and personal.

Then came the hail. Have you ever seen a hailstorm on The Weather Channel? It can beat people and animals to death and rip up every plant it slashes through.

Then it was back to bugs; a plague of locusts to eat up what little plant life was left after all of Egypt’s crops had been ripped to shreds by the hail.

Then came pitch black darkness. Claustrophobia anyone?

Finally, all the first-born of every man and animal of Egypt died in one horrific night.

Fireworks have nothing on an angry God Whose people have been messed with! Fortunately, we are His people too, thanks to the redeeming power of Christ!

Quote for 07/03/2018

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.   Psalm 138:8 NKJV

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The is the last, summary verse to Psalm 138. Most of the psalm declares the greatness of God. Verse 7 echoes psalm 23, stating that God will revive the author even from the worst troubles.

The lesson I see here is that praise comes first. God comes first. The focus is strictly on the Creator of all and all of things He does, including caring for the downtrodden. The focus is away from self.

How else shall we have faith in God except for concentrating on Him? How else shall we find comfort in Him but to clearly see how well He cares for the weak and helpless through the centuries?

When we dedicate our thoughts to God’s great history of doing nothing but defending His faithful, we need only a fleeting moment to realize what that means to you and me…

Everything!