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The book Isaiah is a book full of death and destruction, promised on almost every page by the incredible “Lord Almighty”, an entity sold to the world by the nation known as Israel, as the ultimate God and Creator of our known universe. Inside this book we also find promises to that nation and those who adhere to the laws of that nation based on their belief system of eternal salvation and life after death should the world as we know it come to an end. The question is; can we believe what we read in that book, and if so how much? In the very first Chapter we read something which leaves one with a sense of shock and disbelief regarding this vengeful Lord Almighty, something which awakens a feeling that perhaps this “Lord Almighty” might only be a title of a person who gets elected from time to time, or perhaps retire and die and a new person take over carrying the title, “Lord Almighty”! Back in Exodus Chapter 29 verses 38 to 46 we read the instructions given by this Lord Almighty regarding the meat sacrifices and specifically the pleasure the odour of the burning meat is giving to him; verse 41- (this is a food offering to me, the Lord, and it’s odour pleases me. 42 For all time to come, this burnt offering is to be offered in my presence at the entrance of the tent of my presence.). Moses lived approximately 1250 B.C, and received the abovementioned order in that time. Isaiah lived in approximately 750 B.C, some 500 years later, in the first chapter of the book Isaiah named after this prophet we read the following: Isaiah Chapter 1 verses 11 to 14- (“Do you think I want all these sacrifices you keep offering to me? I have had more than enough of the sheep you burn as sacrifices and of the fat of your fine animals. I am tired of the blood of bulls and sheep and
goats. Who asked you to bring me all this when you come to worship me? Who asked you to do all this tramping about in my Temple? It’s useless to bring your offerings. I am disgusted with the smell of the incense you burn. I cannot stand your new moon festivals, your Sabbaths, and your religious gatherings; they are all corrupted by your sins. I hate your New moon Festivals and holy days; they are a burden that I am tired of bearing.). One of two things happened here; either the first Lord was designated to another country or continent here on earth or confined to his “heavenly duties” or he died and was replaced by another person. In both cases the new Lord did not do his homework, and therefore we find the question; “who asked you to bring me all this when you come to worship me?” This controversy place serious acceptance issues regarding the validity of the Lord Almighty in my mind, and begs for clarification. In my search for answers I had a conversation with professor Michael Heiser an expert in 17 ancient languages and teacher in Bible studies, listed below is his resume.
Education Ph.D. (2004), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI; Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies; minor in Classical Studies. My dissertation was entitled, “The Divine Council in Late Canonical and Non-Canonical Second Temple Jewish Literature.” The dissertation involved exegesis primarily in the Pentateuch, Wisdom Literature, and Isaiah, but also dealt at length with Israelite Religion (all stages), Second Temple texts (Qumran, Pseudepigrapha, Septuagint), and early rabbinic material. Supervisor: Michael V. Fox M.A. (1998), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI; Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies M.A. (1992), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Department of Ancient History; Major Areas: Ancient Egypt and Syria-Palestine (Israel) Current Position Academic Editor, Logos Bible Software, Bellingham, WA. Logos is the leading creator of software for research in the original languages of the Bible and digital library collections for biblical studies. I am currently responsible for reviewing academic content and creating digital tools for classroom use or independent learners. Academic Honors 2007 - Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar Award, 2007 (Pacific Northwest Region) 1998-2003 – Teaching Assistantship, Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1997 - Scholarship, Wisconsin Society for Jewish Learning, University of WisconsinMadison
1995 - James L. Weinstein Fellowship in Hebrew Studies, University of WisconsinMadison 1990 - Ancient History Department scholarship, University of Pennsylvania Teaching Experience 2008-current: Adjunct Lecturer, History Department, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA. I teach Ancient Israel and History of Ancient Egypt when they are offered by the History Department. I also supervise required senior research projects. 2007-current: Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies, Liberty University Distance Learning Program; Lynchburg, VA. I teach several online courses for Liberty Theological Seminary when they are offered: Old Testament Introduction, Old Testament Prophets, Psalms, Wisdom Books, and Hebrew Tools. 2000- 2007: Adjunct Instructor, Department of Biblical Studies, College of Adult and Lifelong Learning (Correspondence and Online Program), Taylor University, Fort Wayne, IN.
I taught ten courses for correspondence and online study, including: Wisdom Literature, Angelology, Christian Ethics, and
History of Israel Fall 2003: Assistant Professor of Bible, Department of Religious Studies, Grace College, Winona Lake, IN. This position was a sabbatical replacement. I taught Introduction to the Old Testament, Historical Books of the Old Testament, and Christian Ethics. 1995-2002: Adjunct Instructor of History in the Departments of Social & Behavioural Sciences, Marian College, Fond du Lac, WI. I taught World Civilizations I & II. 1992-1995: Associate Professor of Bible, Pillsbury Baptist College, Owatonna, MN. I taught over a dozen courses while at Pillsbury including: Old Testament Survey, Bibliology, Contemporary Theology, Christian Ethics, Genesis, History of Israel, Theological Systems, Hermeneutics, Psalms, and Greek
After a discussion with Mr Heiser I was told that he would get back to me, he need to investigate the matter, it has been more than a year since and not a word from this very well educated, and perhaps best equipped person to answer this question!! In my search I came across an answer; an answer from within the Bible, in the New Testament and if one can believe that Jesus did indeed exist; from him!! You might ask; but how? According to our religious leaders Jesus is the son of this Lord Almighty and was send here by the Lord to save our souls by his own death which was predicted in the book of Isaiah, but did it all play out the way this “Lord” planned? I will attempt to make this short, explaining the Bible is however never a short effort, please bear with me.
Explaining the book Isaiah will in all probability entail references from Genesis to Revelations!! The Lord question is having precedence at this point, let us go there. In the book of John we read in Chapter 8 the following; verse 44-(You are the children of your father, the Devil, and you want to follow your Father’s desires. From the very beginning he was a murderer and has never been on the side of truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he is only doing what is natural to him, because he is a liar and the father of all lies.). Then in Chapter 10 we find this; verses7 to 8, (“I am telling you the truth; I am the gate for the sheep. All others who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.). When we read the Bible, we see these main points, but we also read all the smaller detail placed between these very interesting and serious accusations, and then these very serious accusations literally becomes lost amidst the words! Firstly we have Jesus accusing the people of worshipping a “Devil” who have been around since the very beginning, we see the very beginning as the start of human kind, religion see the very beginning as the creation of the Biblical Adam and Eve, and according to the Bible the Lord Almighty created these two. Secondly we find Jesus accusing all who came before him as thieves and robbers; this indicates those who told the people they were God, Yahweh, El, the Lord Almighty etc, a statement which makes everything presumably taught to the people by the Gods in the Old Testament lies, false information etc, it also indicates more than one, which makes religious claims of a singular God another lie! Looking at the above we suddenly wonder about religion; we also read in the book Isaiah the following; in Isaiah Chapter 53 verses 10 to 12 we read a prediction from the “Lord” regarding Jesus or “IMMANUEL” who will come, but in verse 11 the following words is uttered by this “Lord”, - (My devoted servant, with whom I am pleased, will bear the punishment of
many and for his sake I will forgive them. And so I will give him a place of honour, a place among great and powerful men.). We are taught that Jesus is the son of God, yet here we read that he is a devoted servant, and for his loyalty will receive a place of honour among great men!! According to religion Jesus died for everybody’s sins, here in Isaiah only many is mentioned, Jesus alias Immanuel, will receive a reward!! Jesus told his apostles should they understand what he was teaching them they would be his friends, and not his slaves anymore, this Lord had no friends, only slaves; loyal or not. It seems that the man Jesus went dead up against everything this Lord predicted or stood for; he even called this Lord a Devil, murderer, and a liar, is that perhaps true? The Bible according to the above is it’s own worst enemy, in Matthew Chapter 12 under the heading “Jesus and Beelzebul”, Jesus mentioned that if one group is fighting another in Satan’s Kingdom it is already divided into groups and will soon fall apart, here Jesus made the first reference as to what would come in the book of John regarding the Devil. Was Jesus a friend of religion or was he against it? Was this man’s efforts to show us the incredible lie religion seems to be, the above lean very much towards showing the lie, is this religious kingdom falling apart? We are not done with Isaiah!
ISAIAH CHAPTER 2
Previously we mentioned that Jesus is a loyal servant who for his efforts would receive rewards and a place among great men, from the book of Isaiah Chapter 53. In verse 10 of Chapter 53 we also read that Jesus alias Immanuel will also have a long life and see his descendants, that is according to the Lord Almighty! In Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the New Testament Jesus, according to the scribes who wrote these books, he will die, go to heaven and prepare a place in the eternal life for those who understand his “word”! We can argue that eternal life is a ‘long’ life, among great “men”, and in that argument confirm the prediction back in Isaiah Chapter 53! But will it be accurate, or true? I’m afraid neither; it will only be a perception. A perception perceived based on the information you have read thus far, should you choose to ignore the words Jesus, the entity most worship uttered! Yes, people worship Jesus but choose to ignore most of what he apparently said, instead they believe the preaching’s from the Old Testament and most of that which the apostles
preached, which if you really look at it reads quite close to that which you find in the Old Testament!! Admittedly so do some of the stuff Jesus apparently said also, but just as much of the things Jesus apparently said do not match the stuff in the Old Testament, and it is here, where the great divide start, where Jesus either turn into a man with multiple personalities, or where religion gets caught with their hands in the cookie jar! Let’s get back to Isaiah; we find the heading, “Everlasting Peace” at the start of Chapter 2, a message from the Lord Almighty! Yet in verse 10 of this Chapter another heading, “Arrogance Will Be Destroyed”, introduce death and destruction by this Lord, Chapter 3 is started with the heading, “Chaos in Jerusalem”, explanations of all the “evil” in this city follow, then another heading “The Lord Judges His People” is followed by verse 13, more pain coming, then a warning is issued to the woman of Jerusalem, apparently this Lord do not approve of beautiful woman, his judgement here is no hair but bald heads, and stinking woman, stripped of their beauty, wearing rags, the money he promised to their men who naturally would have spent it on their woman taken away, killing their men etc. This same Lord Almighty is the one who promised this wealth to this nation should they worship him, if he is all knowing, he would have known that money corrupts, why punish the people; he was the one who made the mistake in the first place! Right up to Chapter 6 Israel is told how they will be disgraced, then, in Chapter 6, Isaiah apparently saw the Lord! The Lord was sitting in the Temple on his throne, surrounded by flaming creatures which had wings, and they could fly! When Isaiah saw all this he became afraid, but one of the flaming creatures took a burning coal from the altar with a pair of tongs, presumably in order not to burn himself, then touched Isaiah’s lips “without burning” them; and proclaimed that Isaiah now had no more sins!! This is really getting interesting now; first we have coals burning on the altar, we have a flaming creature who use a tong to pick up a burning coal, perhaps because he might burn his
hands should he use them to pick up this burning coal, then he touched this burning coal to a mere human’s lips, and instead of burning the man’s lips his sins is now gone!! WOW!
What happened next is having repercussions to this very day! In verse 8 of Chapter 6 the Lord asked for a
volunteer to spread a message and Isaiah immediately accepted, this message is the reason religion is still going strong till this very day. In verse 9 and 10 we read this; ‘so he told me to go and give the people this message’ – “no matter how much you listen, you will not understand. No matter how much you look, you will not know what is happening.” ‘Then he said to me,’ “make the minds of these people dull, their ears deaf, and their eyes blind, so they cannot see or hear or understand. If they did, they might turn to me and be healed.” When Isaiah asked for how long? The answer was; “until the cities are ruined and empty, until a new beginning starts from a stump” meaning the nation will start again from very few people. Why would a loving God or father figure want the eyes and ears of his children to be closed? What is the reason, what is this Lord hiding, what is so incredible going on in his backyard that he do not even want his “children” to know about it? He expects their honesty, their loyalty, their lives 24/7, yet they must not hear about him, or from him, neither must they see or understand anything regarding him!! And then he even puts a very well veiled threat into his request; “they must not see nor understand, but if they might and they turn to me they will be healed”. Telling someone to hide the facts from his followers and if they find out, heal them, definitely makes no sense at all, it does however if heal them, would mean kill them! Remember, this Lord kills those who ask questions or pry into his affairs, the scriptures is full of proof regarding this! Perhaps Zephaniah has the answer, or Isaiah, or Revelations, or maybe between these three books we might learn a new “truth”, or a logical answer for this request in Isaiah chapter 6? We read
in Isaiah Chapter 65 and 66 about the new Jerusalem, this magnificent city will house the chosen few from across the globe, it seems from Chapter 66 verses 12 that only the wealth and wealthy will be welcome in this city; “the wealth of the nations will flow to you like a river that never goes dry, it seems from the following verses that some will be allowed into this city, those that obey the Lord!” Revelations Chapter 21 has a similar entry; verses 24, and 26 to 27; “the peoples of the world will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their wealth into it. 26 The greatness and the wealth of the nations will be brought into the city. 27 but nothing that is impure will enter the city, nor anyone who does shameful things or tell lies. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of the living will enter the city”. Here we have a sentence stating wealth to be brought into the city immediately followed by a statement that nothing impure will enter, implying that wealth is pure and poverty is not, those who tell lies and do shameful things can just as well mean those who lie about their wealth and try to hide it, again perception can change the total meaning of intent, or be the actual meaning! I might be wrong, but above is already two extracts from the Holy Scriptures regarding the mindset of the Lord Almighty, and a third is to follow! Zephaniah is having the last say in this explanation, this book was written after Isaiah and the prediction by this prophet was given to him apparently by the Lord Almighty! Revelations have previously been believed to have been written by the John who apparently wrote the book of John and the three letters, but more recent discoveries is indicating that Revelations was compiled by another John based on the grammar used in the scriptures found, it varies substantially from that in the scriptures compiled regarding the Gospel of John and the three letters. According to scriptures Revelations is based on visions this John person had, how accurate these visions are is
anybodies guess, Revelations could just as well be a reworked copy of Isaiah to confirm religion, (just a thought). In verse 18 of Chapter 1 in the book Zephaniah we read this; “On the day when the Lord shows his fury, not even all their silver and gold will save them. The whole earth will be destroyed by the fire of his anger. He will put an end-a sudden end-to everyone who lives on earth”. Is it the wealth this earth produce this Lord Almighty is behind, is that the reason for creating misunderstanding, the reason for keeping this worlds eyes and ears closed, the reason why those who tried to horde wealth in the wars against Israel’s enemies were killed unceremoniously? Jesus had a different take on this, according to him he will not come back, in Matthew Chapter 24 he explained it pretty clear from verse 23 to 31, he also talked about riches here on earth and made it quite clear that whatever you have here will stay if you move on to an eternal life, in Matthew Chapter 6 under the heading “God and Possessions” from verse 24 his version of wealth is radically different from that of the Lord Almighty! The possible sudden end Zephaniah predicted can be read herehttp://www.letterdash.com/walmul/after-the-beginning-chapter2 My opinion based on the warning in Matthew Chapter 24 from verse 15 under the heading “The Awful Horror. http://sites.google.com/site/waltermullernow/ http://www.xinxii.com/asresults.php? s4=walter+muller&iSearchButton=search&sid=1&osCsid=5t17 5q6jfiudkpt7k19073lu73 Walter.