by Pastor Don Elmore
June 24, 2012
Scripture Reading: Acts 12:1-4
We have been blessed to have some of the best preachers in the world come to our church; Pastor Everett Ramsey, the late Arnold Kennedy, Pastor Ken Kemble, Brian Jones, and William Finck are some of the many examples of men who have visited with us. These men are men whom God has given the ability to search the Scriptures and to tell what they have been taught; no matter what the people think about it. I don’t mean this negatively, but they put out what they know and leave it up to the people to believe in it on their own time. They know that it is our GOD that gives the increase. This message will expand on one of the topics that these men believed and taught.
There are two major errors in misunderstanding or misinterpreting the meaning in Scripture:
- Not understanding the context of the message,
- Mistranslation of the word or words.
For example, the words “born again” are mistranslated instead of being translated “born from above.” The word “again” is not even in the manuscripts, but it is used to help promote universalism.
“Adoption” is another wrongly translated word. “Placing as sons” is the correct translation. Jesus is telling us there are two orders of human beings – those that are of the spirit and those that are of the flesh; spirit beings and natural beings. The spirit-carrying being contains the spirit from conception. The natural or non-carrying being does not contain the spirit at conception and can never acquire it.
“Easter” in Acts 12:4; the correct word is “Passover.” The use of this false holiday, Easter, being found in the Bible helps to promote universalism; even though Christmas is not found in the Bible as it too is a Roman Catholic holiday and is the a major instrument of their religious calendar. The Commentary Practical And Explanatory On The Whole Bible by Jamieson, Fausset and Brown said that “the word in our King James Version is an ecclesiastical term of later date [Easter], and ought not to have been employed here.”
There is much confusion over the wrongly translated words “jew” and “gentile” which have caused mass believement of the Catholic (Universal) false doctrine. But the Roman and Greek Catholic Church is part of the New World Order and is a false satanic church. The Bible does not teach universalism, but the exclusivement of Israel.
The mistranslation of the word “anoint” is another serious example. The translators have repeatedly wrongly translated this word as the Anointed one--“Christ.” Therefore, Christians have been led to believe that the word always refers to Christ Himself. But there is another meaning for the word: “the Anointed people of God—the Israelites.” This mistranslation has led many Christians into the error of universalism; rather than understanding that the nations who were brought the gospel of the kingdom were the nations who were descended from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob only.
Many commentaries often construe Paul’s statements in Galatians 3:15-16 to mean that there is only a single heir of the covenant of God—Jesus Christ. But this is an error, as there are many scriptures that tell us that there is a plurality of the heirs of promise.
Galatians 3:15-16 “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, AND TO THY SEED, which is Christ (the Anointed seed of Abraham).
This interpretation could mean one person or the descendants of one seed.If it is not one person; then it must be the descendants of one person? Who were the promises made to: the Anointed seed of Abraham!
Genesis 17:7 “And I will establish my covenant between Me (God) and thee (Abraham) and THY SEED after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to THY SEED after thee.”
Fourteen verses later, it identifies who the ONE SEED of Abraham would be: “But My covenant will I establish with ISAAC…” Isaac was a miraculous birth when Abraham and Sarah could have no more children, due to their age. This is also confirmed in the New Testament in Romans 9:7 “But in Isaac shall thy seed be called.”
So the one here is Isaac, and not Jesus; which one is correct? If we accept the meaning that it is the seed of Abraham through Isaac which is anointed, then both Testaments would agree! Both Testaments are in agreement.
Isaac had twin sons: Esau the elder and Jacob the younger. Genesis tells of how Esau bartered with Jacob for the birthright for a bowl of lentils and of how he lost the blessing given by his father, Isaac. Esau lost the birthright forever, because he married and had mixed-seed children of the cursed Canaanites and Ishmaelites. The covenant passed on to Jacob; Esau was not given the covenant!
Genesis 48:3, 4 “And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me.
And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to THY SEED after thee for an everlasting possession.”
It is rather easy to show that the Anointed seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were the recipients of the promises of God. Yet these promises were not to all of Abraham’s seed; for that is restricted to the offspring of Abraham and Sarah.
We see that Ishmael, whose mother was Hagar, was sent away, because even though he was circumcised and “believed”, he was not to become an heir. Additionally, the children which Abraham had in his latter days of his life, after Sarah died, with his wife Keturah; were also sent off, since neither were they to become heirs. The promises of God would fall to Isaac exclusively. Of Isaac’s descendants, Jacob and Esau, Esau sold his birthright, and by it his share of the promises.
Yet Esau’s selling of his birthright may be viewed as a mere formality. He actually lost it by going against the desires of both Isaac his father and Rebecca his mother, by marrying into the accursed Canaanite seedline and also with the Ishmaelite women. Therefore the promises given to Abraham were passed down exclusively to Jacob-Israel. By these promises and other Biblical prophecies, we see that Jacob’s offspring were to become innumerable, and were to become nations and companies of nations.
Psalm 94:14 “For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.”
“While this is a mystery to most people, even in the churches and the halls of academia, this is not the fault of God or of the apostles. All of these promises were surely fulfilled in history, and this fulfillment is revealed upon a study of both the classics and archaeology. Many of the Greek tribes, namely the Dorians and Danaans, along with the Trojans and those who sprung from them, such as the Romans and the Illyrians, had descended from Israelites dispersed long before the Assyrian invasions. Yet from the Assyrian and Babylonian invasions and deportations of Israel are descended the Kimmerians, Scythians and Parthians, from whom came all of the Germanic tribes of later history.” William Finck, ChristReich, p. 65.
There are many more examples of verses where this mistranslation occurs.
Galatians 3:26 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus (an Anointed people belonging to) Jesus.
Galaians 3:29 “And if ye be Christ’s (are belonging to an Anointed people), then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
In these two verses, Galatians 3:26 and Galatians 3:29, the same word, “christos”, are used which means “anointed”. The King James Bible translates it like most of the people believe: “Christ Jesus” and “Christ’s”. But the word simply means “Anointed” or “Anointed people”.
SPIRITUALIZATION OF ABRAHAM’S SEED
The churches try to spiritualize the matter of Abraham’s seed—that is, that anyone living on the earth can become a spiritual seed of Abraham by being “converted.” In other words, Paul explained that the faith of Abraham was that Abraham believed God when he was promised that his offspring would become many nations not as the churches teach, that many nations would somehow become his offspring. Where did these erroneous teachings come from?
Historically, the Roman Catholic Church brought in the teaching that she was the one true church and that anyone of any race could be converted into the Church by acceptance of that Church’s dogmas, sacraments and tradition. In addition, the Catholic Church taught that she was Israel. So, anyone who was not a member of the Roman Church was stated to be a “Gentile.”
This concept has carried into Protestantism from Bible translations based on the Latin Vulgate. Instead of meaning a non-Roman, “gentile” has come to mean a non-Israelite. This was the concept that Marin Luther had, as did some of the Reformers. The word “gentile” has been a problem ever since. The present view held by the churches has its origin with the Roman Mother of Harlots and is not in Scripture.
This confusion was made worse by the translators rendering the word “ethnos” (nations) and the word “hellen” (Greek) in different ways. Both of these words are translated as “gentile” when it suits the translators, in order to perpetuate the doctrine of the Roman Church. This leads to a very important question: If the promises were made to Jesus, as being that promised “seed” of Galatians 3:16, then would that mean that Jesus is Israel?
The Old Testament has the answer. The covenant was made by GOD with Abraham, not Ishmael, not the sons of Keturah; confirmed it with an oath to the miracle birthed son-Isaac, and then it was given to the one twin son, Jacob and not Esau, who lost it by race-mixing with wives of the Ishmaelites and the cursed Canaanites.
This leads to many passages in the Bible which says: Deuteronomy 10:15 “Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) to love them, and he chose their SEED after them, even YOU above all people, as it is this day.”
More examples are as follows:
Hebrews 11:24-26, “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
“(Moses) esteeming the reproach of Christ (the Anointed people of God) greater riches than the treasures of Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.”
This is another of the many mistranslations in the Bible. For what did Moses know about Jesus if Jesus was Christ in this context? Jesus had not then been incarnated! But what did Moses know about an Anointed people that he would esteem the reproach for? Moses left the palace to join HIS PEOPLE, the Anointed of God, rather than live on in the palace and become Pharaoh in due course. Surely it was not Christ suffering reproach as a slave in Egypt, but rather His Anointed people: the children of Israel, whose reproach Moses chose to share in, although he could have had an easier life in the house of Pharaoh instead.
Hebrews 11:26 should be correctly translated: “(Moses) esteeming the reproach of the Anointed people of God greater riches than the treasures of Egypt…”
A few more examples:
1Timothy 5:11-12 “But the younger widows refuse for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ (the Anointed, men of the children of Israel), they will marry;
Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.”
Did the Apostle Paul tell Timothy that the young, unattached women could behave wantonly towards their GOD? He was informing him that the young widows should either support themselves or remarry, rather than dedicating themselves to the assembly only to break that commitment later on.
1Corinthians 1:10-13 “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no division among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chlo’e, that there are CONTENTIONS AMONG YOU.
Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Chirst.
Is Christ (the body of the Anointed children of Israel) divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?”
Paul gave his warning against such disunity is a major theme of this letter to the Corinthians.
1Corithianians 4:15 “For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ (among the Anointed), yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.”
The Anointed people would be the ones that have the instructors.
Romans 9:1-5 “I say the truth in Christ (among the Anointed), I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit,
That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ (the Anointed) for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:
Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption (position of sons), and the glory, and the covenant, and the giving of the law, and the service of God and the promises;
Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ (the Anointed) came, who is over all, God bless for ever. Amen.”
The Apostle Paul explains in these verses that the Anointed are Israelites, and are of “the fathers” (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) to which people alone belong all of the covenants and promises of God. He continues in the rest of the chapter to contrast the fates of Jacob and Esau; the Israelites and the Edomites.
Roman 8:17: “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ(belonging to an Anointed people); if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”
The “joint” heirs refer to all of Israel, that is, the circumcised and the uncircumcised who constitute the two parts of the one anointed people.
Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek (House of Judah nor House of Israel), there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.(an Anointed people).”
This is a parallel verse with 1 Corinthians 12:13, “For by one spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles [Hellene-Greeks], whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one spirit.”
What is the correct interpretation of “Jews” and “Gentiles” in these two verses? This is the main verse the Judo-Christian churches use to promote their multi-culturalism. The mainstream churches say that Jew and Gentile mean everyone in the world; for Gentiles mean all non-Jews. Jew and Gentile then would mean all people of the earth. But neither word is the correct translation!
Jew is incorrect. The Jews themselves say that they come from the House of Judah only. They took over the House of Judah several hundred years after the House of Israel was scattered in deportation. These Edomites became the kings, many of the Pharisees, and some of the Scribes in the kingdom of Judah.
In the book, The Pharisees, by Louis Finkelstein: “Pharisaism became Talmudism, Talmudism became Medieval Rabbinism, and Medieval Rabbinism became Modern Rabbinism. But throughout these changes of Law, the spirit of the ancient Pharisee survives unaltered.
When the Jew reads his prayer, he is reciting formulae prepared by pre-Maccabean scholars; when he dons the cloak prescribed for the Day of Atonement and Passover Eve, he is wearing the festival garment of ancient Jerusalem; when he studies the Talmud, he is actually repeating the arguments used in the Palestinian academies… From Palestine to Babylonia; from Babylonia to North Africa, Italy, Spain, France, and Germany; from these to Poland, Russia, and eastern Europe generally, ancient Pharisaism has wandered.”
The House of Israel is never rightly or wrongly identified as being a Jew in the Bible or anywhere else. Are they non-Jews? That is the wrong word. They have the same fathers as their brethren from Judaea: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They were both married to their GOD and were part of the unified kingdom of God. They are both under the unconditional, everlasting covenant the God made with their fathers and the conditional marriage covenant that were made with them.
- The Jew: Israelites in Judea—The Circumcision.
- The Gentile: Israelites of the dispersion – The Uncircumcision; or the dispersed amongst the Greeks.
In 1Corinthians 12:13 is another place where “hellen” is translated as “Gentile” instead of “Greeks”. “For by one spirit are we baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles [Hellen: Greeks],….” This is again translated as Jews and non-Jews. But this is not correct. And one can see that this is the wrong interpretation just by going back to chapter 10.
1Corinthians 10:1 “…how that our fathers…all passed through the sea…wear all baptized unto Moses…” Could this be said of any non-Israel race? This whole chapter tells that both Jews (Judeans: House of Judah) and Gentiles: (House of Israel) were the people that are mentioned. It tells of the early history of the Israelites.
Galatians 4:28 “Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.” The issue is not Israelites and non-Israelites, because the non-Israelites never had the Law covenant in the first place. Galatians 4:5 “To redeem them that were under the law, that WE might receive the adoption (position) of sons.” The “we” means that all have to be brothers or “brethren” of the same race. They are all “adelphos” or “kinsmen from the same womb.”
Ultimately, that which is reserved for Israel, namely redemption, salvation, resurrection to eternal life, belongs only to Israel. It is their inheritance from Abraham, according to the promise made by God to the fathers of Israel and to their seed.
No wonder our God refers to Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Exodus 3:6a “Moreover He said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob….”
Where God calls His name for ever:
Exodus 3:15 “And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.”
Jesus said who He was the God of what people?
Matthew 22:32 “I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”
The popular idea promoted in religious churches is that individuals are born into the Christian faith by proselytizing individuals of any family of races to “ask Jesus into their hearts” and thus be “born again.” Such multi-racial individualism does not bring about the covenant relationship with God as described through Scripture.
What the Holy Scriptures says is that we have a covenant that is everlasting, made to an abundant offspring. The everlasting covenant is confined to that seed of Abraham which descended through Isaac, as we read in the New Testament. The covenant while it is everlasting; is unchangeable. The covenant cannot apply to any other party or be multi-racial. The covenant cannot be changed in the New Testament, as it is everlasting.
The whole matter of the covenant people is wrongly transferred from the ethnic seed of Israel to be a “belief” matter only. The entry into the belief-only position is by a psychological conversion that does not include Biblical repentance. Since “sin is the transgression of the Law”, repentance involves a turning towards keeping the unfulfilled part of the eternal law of God. What we find in practice is a multitude of psychologically “converted” people in churches who are filled with the spirit of lawlessness rather than the Spirit of God.
The modern heresy refuses the Biblical presentation that children are bound in the same covenant relationship as their parents. The mingling of seed [racial intermarriage] is not considered to be any trespass in today’s “Christian world.” So, what do they do: they change the meaning of ‘fornication’ to suit their doctrine?
To the modern church there is no such thing as a “righteous nation” or a “holy” nation; even though there are at least eight references to Israel being called a “holy” nation. In addition, the physical seed of Abraham through Isaac is also described as a “holy people” and “a peculiar people of treasure” at least six times. Israel is also called “thine anointed”, “chosen”, “called” and a nation that is referred to as “this stone”. No wonder the modern church seeks to re-write Scripture by producing so-called “new translations” to try to hide these facts. They have to try to re-interpret words like “grafting”, “adoption”, “strangers”, “born again”, “anointing” “jew”, “gentile”, “Christ”, etc.
God still deals with man on the basis of “the covenant.” Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.”
Are all people of the word going to be saved? Are some people out of all races destined for salvation? Are some people of Israel going to be saved? Are all people of Israel destined for salvation? What your answer is will be largely determined by how you interpret the above scriptures.
Blessed be the LORD God of Israel.