Swords Into Plowshares?

Or

Plowshares Into Swords?

                                                                                                                                                                          

 

 


What a set of statements coming from above. Are they contradictory? Did the Almighty's mind slip when communicating with Joel? Surely Joel misunderstood. Or did he?

Popular belief is that the Almighty of the "Old Testament" was a bloodthirsty, murdering, barbaric Elohim that took great delight in the pain and suffering of animal and man. The belief goes on to state that the Almighty of the "New Testament" is a loving, kind, caring Elohim who is greater than the one of the "Old Testament." Are there two different Elohim? Did the Elohim of the "Old Testament" either learn to love, or become senile?


One Elohim: Yahweh

Let us get this straight from the beginning: there is ONE and ONLY ONE Elohim.

"Hear, O Israel: Yahweh is our Elohim, Yahweh is one"
Deuteronomy 6:4 (Shemah)

"Be still, and know that I am Elohim:
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

Psalm 46: 10

" For you are great, and do wondrous things;
You are Elohim alone."
Psalm 86: 10

"Know that Yahweh, he is Elohim:
It is he that has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture."
Psalm 100: 3

" In this manner says Yahweh, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, Yahweh of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and besides me there is no Elohim."

Isaiah 44: 6



With just these references alone we can easily determine that there was, is, and will be ONLY ONE Elohim: Yahweh. Nowhere in Scripture is found two or more Elohim that is acknowledged as True Elohim; Yahweh is THE True Elohim. All other being sacrilegious counterfeits. Because there has been, is, and will be only one Elohim we can easily discard any notions about "the Elohim of the Old Testament" being replaced or displaced by "the Elohim of the New Testament."




The Changeable Elohim?

Well, if there is only one Elohim he must have changed between the "Old Testament" and the "New Testament." He must have seen a better way in love, and done away with his wrath and hate. He's been rehabilitated, perhaps attended a celestial anger management class and seen the error of his past mind-set. Right? I don't think so:


"For I, Yahweh, change not; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed." Malachi 3: 6



"Yahshua the Messiah the same yesterday and today, and forever." Hebrews 13: 8



"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning." Jacob 1:17

Yahweh NEVER CHANGES. He is constant. Without consistency we could not know what he expects of us. Without consistency there can be no covenant. Since he does not change, those claiming that he has need to reassess their perceptions.




Yahweh: an Elohim of Love & Grace -
"Old Testament"



Was Yahweh full of nothing but hate and wrath? Was there no love shown in the "Old Testament?" Yahweh's love was exhibited throughout the "Old Testament" but is ignored by most of religion. Space can only allow a FEW examples:

1. Garden of Eden: After being caught in sin and receiving the immediate curses associated with it, Yahweh made Adam and Eve the durable clothing they would need when they would be expelled from the garden. This entailed the sacrifice of at least one of Yahweh's beloved living creatures: a sign also of his love in the sacrifice of his Son to come.

"And Yahweh Elohim made for Adam and for his wife coats of skins, and clothed them." Genesis 3: 21

2. Cain: Upon the rejection of his sacrifice Cain was despondent. Yahweh did not punish Cain for his depression but offered counseling:

"And Yahweh said unto Cain, Why are you angry? And why has your face fallen? If you do well, shall it not be lifted up? And if you do not well, sin crouches at the door: and to you shall be his desire, but you should rule over him." Genesis 4: 6 & 7

After murdering his brother and being sentenced into exile Cain feared for his life. Yahweh took pity on him and provided a plan of protection for him:

"And Yahweh said unto him, Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him seven fold. And Yahweh appointed a sign for Cain, lest any finding him should kill him." Genesis 4: 15

3. Noah: In due time man had corrupted the entire world. Did Yahweh just decide to wipe the slate clean? No, he first looked and found only one, Noah, to be worthy of saving. Well, since he wanted to repopulate the earth did he try to save just one family? No, Yahweh tried to save as many as he could through the preaching of Noah while the ark was being built. It was the people's sins and lack of repentance that brought death upon them:

"By faith Noah, being warned by Yahweh concerning things not seen as yet, moved with holy fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; through which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith." Hebrews 11: 7

"that before that time were disobedient, when the longsuffering of Yahweh waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water." 1 Peter 3: 20

"and spared not the ancient world, but preserved Noah with seven others, a preacher of righteousness, when he brought a flood upon the world of the lawless." 2 Peter 2: 5

4. Israel in the wilderness: in each instance that Israel sinned, Yahweh punished them, but also a method of protection was made available. To limit it to one example one might go to Exodus 32: 9 - 14 (the Golden Calf):

"And Yahweh said to Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiff-necked people: now leave me alone that I may consume them: and I will make of you a great nation." Exodus 32: 9

Moses makes a plea for leniency and Yahweh consents to it:

"And Yahweh repented of the evil which he said he would do to his people."

 Exodus 32: 14.

An angry, wrathful Elohim was justified in wiping them all out at that moment; however, Yahweh showed his love by giving them grace in this instance.



5: David and Bathsheba: here was a clear case wherein Yahweh was justified in overthrowing another Israelite monarchy. David repented of these great sins and his life and reign were spared; although there were penalties to be paid later:

"Why have you despised the word of Yahweh, to do that which is evil in his sight? You have struck Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife." ... And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against Yahweh. And Nathan said to David, Yahweh also has put away your sin; you shall not die." 2 Samuel 12: 9 - 13

With these examples alone we can see that the "Yahweh of the Old Testament" was hardly bloodthirsty. What does he say of himself?

"I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse: therefore choose life, that you may live, you, and your seed;"
Deuteronomy 30 : 19



"Will I eat the flesh of bulls,
Or drink the blood of goats?
Offer to Elohim the sacrifice of thanksgiving;
And pay your vows to the Most High."
Psalm 50: 13 - 14



"Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked? Says the Sovereign Yahweh; and not rather that he should return from his way, and live?" Ezekiel 18: 23



"For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dies, says the Sovereign Yahweh: therefore turn yourselves, and live."
Ezekiel 18: 32



"Say to them, As I live, says the Sovereign Yahweh, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn, turn you from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?" Ezekiel 33: 11



We see that although the Elohim of the "Old Testament" could fulfill Exodus15: 3

"Yahweh is a man of war
Yahweh is his name."

 


He was also compassionate. But what about the one that was to become the Messiah and our redeemer, did he have any concern at that time? Yes, indeed he did:



"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way, and Yahweh has laid upon him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53: 5 - 6



"And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they will look to me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for him as one mourns for his only son, and will be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn." Zechariah 12: 10



Now it should be clear to us that the myth of the bloodthirsty, insane, barbaric Mighty One of the "Old Testament" is a lie, emanating from the truly murderous spirit of Satan himself:



"You are your father the devil, and the lusts of your father it is your will to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and stands not in
the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."

John 8: 44



As Yahshua, himself, said, those perpetuating lies are the children of the devil. Almighty Yahweh is not a bloodthirsty Mighty One! This myth is only one of many. Yahweh loves his creation, but we have forced his hand.


Yahshua, the Gentle One of the
"New Testament?"


That Yahshua was shown to be the prime example of love is without doubt. Often quoted John 3: 16 shows both his love and the love the Father has toward all mankind. However, was Yahshua the long, blonde haired, doe-eyed, pale, wimpy milk-toast that he is often portrayed as? Remember, Yahshua was a carpenter/stone cutter! Let us take a look:



"And Yahshua entered into the temple of Elohim, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold the doves;"
Matthew 21: 12



"And they come to Jerusalem: and he entered into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and them that bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold the doves; and he would not permit that any man should carry a vessel through the temple." Mark 11: 15 - 16



"And he found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: and he made a scourge of cords, and cast all out of the temple, both the sheep and the oxen; and he poured out the changers' money, and overthrew their tables: and to them that sold the doves he said, Take these things from here: make not my father's house a house of merchandise."
John 2: 14 - 16



Here we have witnesses that twice, once at the beginning of his ministry (John's account) and once at the end of his ministry (Matthew's and Mark's accounts), Yahshua became violent enough to make a weapon (the scourge) and flog his way through the sales area, hitting man and beast, throwing tables, scattering people, animals and money to the wind. He even 'intimidated' some into taking their loads and turning back. This was hardly the peacenik that some portray him as. Yahshua was a real man's-man, one who could "take care of business" whether it took a strong arm or self sacrifice. It was his love of Yahweh that moved him to cleanse the temple twice, and it was his love for us that moved him to sacrifice himself (he didn't HAVE to do it) unto death.



"Or do you think that I cannot plead my Father, and he shall even now send me more than twelve legions of angels? How then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?" Matthew 26: 53 - 54

What is yet to come? Will we all just go along doing as we please and Yahshua will save us just because he "loves" us? NO. Again the pacifist Messiah myth rears its ugly head. What will happen?

"and there shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."
Matthew 24: 30

"The Master of that servant shall come in a day when he expects not, and shall severely scourge him, and appoint his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth."

Matthew 24: 50 - 51


"Do you think that I have come to give peace in the earth? I tell you, No; but rather division:" Luke 12: 51

WE could go on for volumes, but let us cut to the book of Revelation for only a FEW references:

"Therefore in one day shall her plagues come, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire, for strong is Yahweh Elohim who judged her." Revelation 18: 8

"And I saw the heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and he that sat on it called Faithful and True; and in righteousness he judges and makes war." Revelation 19: 11

"And out of his mouth proceeds a sharp sword, that with it he should strike the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the winepress of the wrath of Yahweh, the Almighty. And he has on his garment and on his banner a name written, King of Kings, and Sovereign of Rulers." Revelation 19 : 15 - 16

"And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that worked the signs in his sight, by which he deceived then that had received the mark of the beast and them that worshiped his image: they two were cast alive into the lake of fire that burns with brimstone: and the rest were killed with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, even the sword that came forth out of his mouth: and all the birds were filled with their flesh." Revelation 19: 20 - 21

"And death and the grave were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, even the lake of fire. And if any was not found in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire."
Revelation 20: 14 - 15

There are many references left out due to space constrictions: we could relate Yahshua's less than kind references toward the scribes, lawyers, Pharisees, corrupt government workers; references to judgment in his parables; references to coming judgments and the plagues thereof: you get the idea. Yahshua was not, is not, and will not be a wimp: woe to those who take his kindness now for weakness in the near future.





Conclusion
:

So are we saying that Yahweh and/or Yahshua are unloving? NO! Are we saying that the problem is that the myth is just reversed, that Yahweh went from loving to wrathful? NO! What is being said is: the myth, in ANY form IS A LIE! Yahweh and Yahshua are consistent, they do not change:

"For I, Yahweh, change not; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed."
Malachi 3: 6

"Yahshua the Messiah the same yesterday and today, and forever."
Hebrews 13: 8

Yahweh has always loved his creation. He has shown it in the past by his forgiveness toward mankind, nations and individuals. The fact that any of us are here today shows his mercy toward us. He is allowing us poor sinners to have a chance at salvation if we will accept his plan. However, as he has shown in the past, he will not be made a fool: even he has his limits:
"Yahweh is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abundant in loving-kindness.
He will not always chide;
Neither will he keep his anger forever."
Psalm 103: 8 - 9

"And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, says Yahweh. And they shall go forth, and look upon the dead bodies of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be repulsive to all flesh." Isaiah 66: 23 - 24

How do we get on the wrathful side of Yahweh? Easily, through disobedience:

"Outside are the dogs, and the sorcerers, and the fornicators, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and everyone that loves and makes a lie." Revelation 22: 15

How do we get on the merciful side of Yahweh? Easily, through obedience:

"Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in by the gates into the city."
Revelation 22: 14

"And now, Israel, what does Yahweh your Elohim require of you, but to fear Yahweh your Elohim, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve Yahweh your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul, to keep the commandments of Yahweh, and his statutes, which I command you this day for your good?"
Deuteronomy 10: 12 - 13

The time is soon coming when Yahweh will no longer hold back his anger. Each of us has to make our decisions now if we desire Yahweh's protection. There is a specified time for everything, but we need to act now:

Ecclesiastes 3: 8 "a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace."


"Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. Hurry, and come, all you nations all around, and gather yourselves together: there cause your mighty ones to come down, O Yahweh. Let the nations bestir themselves, and come up to the valley of Jehosphaphat; for there will I sit to judge all the nations all around." Joel 3: 10

 



"And many peoples shall go and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh, to the house of the Elohim of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem. And he will judge between the nations, and will decide concerning many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore." Isaiah 2: 3 - 4
 


May the day mentioned in Isaiah 2 come soon!
All Scripture quotes from S.S.B.E.
All emphases the author's


Yours in Messiah,
 

Finnegan AKA The Mick

 



 

   

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