The book of Hebrews was written during the last half of the first century. We do not know for sure who wrote this Epistle. The mention of Timothy (Heb. 13:23) has led some to think that Paul or one of his associates wrote it. Our friend, Bill Fink, an Internet C. I. teacher at Christogenea.com, believes Paul did write it.
The church of Alexandria appears to have been the first to consider that Hebrews was written by Paul or reflected his thought. Clement of Alexandria (c. A.D. 150-215) named Paul as the author and that he wrote it in Hebrew, but argued that Luke translated it into Greek. Origen (c. A.D. 185-253) concluded that the thoughts were of Paul but that the phraseology and composition were those of someone who was recalling the apostle’s teaching (e.g., Clement of Rome, Luke, or Priscilla). Most say it was written during the last half of the first century.
The Jamison, Fausset, Brown Commentary also believes Paul wrote it:
“The writer, though not inscribing his name, was well known to those addressed (Heb 13:19). For proofs of Paul being the author, see my Introduction. In the Pauline method, the statement of subject and the division are put before the discussion; and at the close, the practical follows the doctrinal portion. The ardor of Spirit in this Epistle, as in First John, bursting forth at once into the subject (without prefatory inscription of name and greeting), the more effectively strikes the hearers. The date must have been while the temple was yet standing, before its destruction, A.D. 70; some time before the martyrdom of Peter, who mentions this Epistle of Paul (2Pe 3:15, 3:16); at a time when many of the first hearers of the Lord were dead.” –JFB
As to who the Book of Hebrews was written to, there is plenty of confusion in judeo-Christianity.
Christ said he who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of Heaven, and he who loves father, mother, daughter, son more than me cannot be My disciple, is not worthy of Me.
Don’t look back. It was a command. It was issued by a supernatural being.
Lot and his wife had 4 daughters; 2 married... and the sons-in-law mocked him. Lot would not have been able to take his daughters from them if they were already married. Had they had Lot’s grandchildren, I, being a grandfather, would have had those servants of God put their hands on them and remove them from the city also. Lot’s wife quite likely looked back longing for the other daughters, and she could have been longing for her home life. Ever try moving someone out of a place that they have been in for a while? It is not easy. Now Lot’s wife, because she looked back, was turned into a pillar of salt.
In Lot's wife's situation, looking back was irrational, it was also rebellion. Maybe it was not for her daughters (or merely for her daughters), but the life of Sodom, other friends, etc. It is hard to lose family, but when the choice is “life” or “death” and your death will accomplish nothing for the others, only a fool thinks death is something to be sniveled at or ignored. What if the others followed...? Her looking back was death and so she would have died, and the others would have had to leave her corpse behind.
Zoar was the smallest of the five cities that were on the same very fertile plain of the Jordan River. It was there where Lot begged the two angels that his family could go instead of into the mountains. As soon as they entered the city (minus his wife because she died when she disobeyed God’s command and looked back, and his two married daughters who remained in Sodom) the destruction quickly followed. The smoke from this fire and brimstone was so great that Abraham could see the smoke from where he was living which was in Hebron (Mamre).
Maybe Zoar had 10 or more righteous people living in the city? Maybe the 10 or more righteous individuals referred to each city separately not collectively? If it had, then it could have been spared by Abraham’s intercession given in Genesis 18:23-33. Anyway, Zoar continued for many centuries, not because of Abraham’s request only, but no-doubt also because it was not as ripe for judgment as the other cities. But Lot and his two remaining daughters did not stay in this small city very long. They very quickly left town and went to the mountains. All their cattle were destroyed—they were homeless and desolate.
This is the last of the series related to Paul as a Christian Identity Apostle. The Epistles to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon are known as the “letters of Paul’s imprisonment” (at Caesarea and Rome). Today we will cover three of these letters: Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. There is a lot of Scripture in this lesson. It will not be a complete theological exposition of each book, but rather, areas of these letters as they relate to the racial issue. The purpose of this series is to explain C. I. basics to the judeo-Christian, because their churches will not touch the race issue with a ten-foot pole.
Thus, begins the story of the destruction of Sodom along with the three other cities that were close by. All four towns were lying in one of the most fertile areas of the world. It has been compared to being close to the fertility of the Garden of Eden.
Two angels came to town while Lot was sitting in the entrance of the city. What did Lot do when he saw them? Did he:
Shake their hands?
Watch them go by?
Bow down to them with his face to the ground and offer them to stay all night in his home?
Offer them a place to stay in a local inn?
How did Lot recognize that they were angels? The Bible doesn’t tell us, but it says that when they turned down his proposal, which is listed above, he made another request for them to go and stay at his home where he would fix them a large, delicious meal. This offer was accepted by the two angels.
But shortly after their feast, before they laid down for the evening, they experienced some tribulation. All the men, (old, middle-aged, and young), of the city of Sodom, (that must have been a large crowd), came to Lot’s house and asked for the men (angels) to come out to them so that they may know them.
After church last week, we went out for lunch, which we often do as a time of fellowship (or communion) with our racial brethren. One of the waitresses noticed the service dog with our group and so a discussion of dog breeds developed. I thought to myself, that people naturally will discuss breeding among animals; but if one were to discuss the subject within the human realm, it would usually be rejected as ‘not relevant’ or not the same. But of course, it is the same because it is about life and genetics and that is common to all living organisms. And so, we continue in this series to examine Paul’s statements that relate to race.
In our Scripture reading of Galatians, we saw that, “God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, that he might redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Gal. 4:4-5). Jesus, the Son of God, was born of a woman of our race, which makes Him an exclusive kinsman Redeemer. He did not redeem all races. Thayer defines ‘adoption’ as: “that relationship which God was pleased to establish between himself and the Israelites in preference to all other nations.”
Then our Scripture further says, “…and if a son, then an heir through God” (Gal. 4:7). What a wonderful thought, that we are literally sons and daughters; and therefore heirs through our God. This is a racial relationship.
When you read Genesis 5, are you just itching to draw a timeline? The antediluvian timeline really is fascinating, and there are many lessons to be gleaned from it.
Many people, when they read Genesis and because of the way it’s written, gain the impression that these people lived back-to-back, i.e., one dies before the another starts his life.
Because the genealogy would describe the complete life of one person first before going to the next, the overlap is not so obvious. In fact, the overlap is remarkable because Adam did not die in verse 5; he was still alive 874 years later when Lamech was born in verse 25! These overlaps paint an entirely different picture of life back then, and here is the version of the antediluvian timeline.
Do you remember what it was like before you came to the knowledge of the truth? Do you think you know everything now? Do you stubbornly cling to what you want to believe, or is your goal to actually follow the truth wherever it leads? Will you cling to something that cannot be sustained by facts? Whatever is not of faith is sin. Faith is not some ether that floats around. Faith is based upon the facts of God’s Word.
I received a very disturbing email (on May 3, 2019) from an organization that is headed by the nationally known preacher (John Hagee) who divorced his wife and married a woman who was a member of his congregation; who was disbarred from his church’s denomination as a preacher; and who just moved a couple of miles down the road and started a new ministry. Listen to what this email says. Is it true or false?
Today, on Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom HaShaoh), we commemorate the slaughter of 6 million Jews at the hands of the Nazis. Sadly, as we do so, we are simultaneously seeing the rise of that old enemy wearing a new mask. Where once, anti-Semitism was displayed by those in white hoods or wearing the twisted cross of the swastika, today, this hatred hides in plain sight. Only a decade ago, anti-Semites were shunned and despised. Now this appalling bigotry has a platform on Twitter and the New York Times and is applauded in the public square…
Don’t be fooled by those using words like “anti-Zionism” as a fig leaf to hide their bigotry. Let us not become blind to the anti-Semitism that hides in plain sight, where false arguments are used to mask efforts to destroy Israel through Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)…”
It ends with the following pledge:
"I Pledge to "Shine the Light" by:
- Opposing anti-Semitism in all its forms, wherever it may be found
- Educating my friends, coworkers and elected officials about how to identify and condemn the anti-Semitism that hides in plain sight
- Fighting those who would use opposition to Israeli policy as a thin veil to hide their hatred for the Jewish state
- Supporting our Jewish neighbors should they ever be victimized by anti-Semites"
Is this email true or false? John Hagee said, “…today we commemorate the slaughter of 6 million Jews at the hands of the Nazis.” How many Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis? How many Nazis were slaughtered by the Jews? The Christians United for Israel organization says that the Nazis slaughtered 6 million Jews, but is it true?