Greetings kindred, and fellow sheep. We are on a first name basis here. My name is walter. We need help from our Real Teacher, the Holy Spirit. This Lesson comprises Scriptures that have puzzled me for a long time.
Acts 28:11 And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.
This is Twins, Lesson 2. The last time we met on the subject matter of this Lesson, Twins, we discovered that the sign on the ship of Alexandria that wintered at Malta was a figurehead of the twin sons of Jupiter, known to the Romans as Castor and Pollux, and, earlier, to the Greeks as the twin sons of Zeus, Apollo and Hercules. We asked ourselves this question:
Why does the Holy Spirit call our attention to the figurehead of a ship that pictures the mythological twin sons of Zeus?
Upon the vast expanse of the ocean under clear skies at night, sailors, navigating by the stars, had opportunity to become very familiar with the “signs” of heaven:
Calvinism, Arminianism or Christian Identity – which one is correct? Or are they all wrong? Calvinism and Arminianism would both deny that a person who was elected by Almighty God could be a Baal worshipper – he would either be a non-elect or an individual who had fallen from grace. The Calvinists would say that the person was a “non-elect”. The Arminian would say that the Israelites didn’t choose God. They both would state that the majority of Israelites in the Old Testament were “unsaved” or “lost”.
Et tu, Brute?” from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Just seconds before the assassination of the Roman emperor and being stabbed to death, Caesar sees one of the young Senators with knife in hand and exclaims “you also?” Imagine the last words out of your mouth is the surprising question to someone you thought was a loyal friend, but instead your executioner. To live by the sword is to die by the sword has become a common refrain for pacifism, but Jesus' admonition to Peter lobbing off the ear of the high priest's SWAT team member was not anti-sword; it was protecting Peter from being arrested himself, even though Peter was just trying to protect his Master. After Jesus was betrayed by Judas, the cops moved in to make the arrest. In hindsight, Peter should have aimed his sword at Judas, but this was a perfect moment of predestination as Jesus told him, “Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?" John 18:11. The metaphor of a cup often signifies a measure of divine affliction, possibly derived from the custom of some nations putting someone to death with a cup of poison. Jesus had come to die as a sacrifice for sin and betrayal was a necessary ingredient to teach us many lessons which we'll explore today.
The national holiday honoring the civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (not the name at his birth), is a national disgrace. It is the only holiday that bears the name of a man who had nothing to do with the founding of America. This alone could qualify it as a racist holiday. Most Americans will respond that we have Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays honored. But the fact is, these names have been dropped from the calendar in lieu of the generic “Presidents Day.” Those not born in America or immigrants coming in could rightly ask, “Which presidents?” Dead presidents, living presidents, presidents of debating societies? To be fair and equal, MLK Day should actually be called Civil Rights Day. Instead, the Negro, Mr. King, is honored simply because of his race, not because of his character. This is hypocritical, because I recall that he spoke about a person being judged by his character, not by the color of his skin. American’s should ask, is this holiday a Christian observance worthy of honor and was Mr. King a Christian?
Our Scripture reading (Ps. 25:8-22), begins with the statement, “He will teach sinners in the way.” In this, King David is acknowledging his past and his many sins, and perhaps even present shortcomings and/or sins; but David’s heart is not as a rebellious type of “sinner”, but as a sinner who is humble enough to be taught by the Spirit of God. Thus, the next verse confirms this by saying, “The meek [humble] will He guide in judgment: and the meek will He teach His way” (v. 9). As people, we have not always been perfect, but we are learning; and we are humble enough to keep on learning of God’s perfect ways for us. These verses are not speaking of habitually sinful or rebellious people who reject God’s ways, or His forgiveness. God’s faithfulness and Covenant love are available for those who take seriously their Covenant relationship as expressed in the Law: “All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto suchas[those who] keep His covenant and His testimonies” (v. 10).
Part 1: Have you ever thought about if the theology you have learned if correct? Is it God's election or did He know in advance what your decision would be before you were ever born? Is the whole world made up of every one either being "saved" or "lost". This week's sermon is about the history of two of the most taught theologies in our nation.
Part 2: Joe Biden is called the second Catholic president of the corporation of the UNITED STATES. On his inauguration day, Biden went with other invited leaders of Congress (of both parties) to St. Matthews Catholic Church for a prayer service and mass. There were Jews invited as well. How would the Covenanteers of Scotland, Presbyterians, 400 years ago, react to the above paragraph? What has changed?
Part 3: Calvinism and Arminianism are the two main theologies of today's Christian world. But they are both wrong. See why Christian Identity is superior to either of these two theologies and what is wrong with their views.
Part 4: Who can eat an animal that dies of itself? Who can rule over the Israel people? Who can Israel charge usury to? If you can answer these three questions correctly you are probably not an universalist.
6) “And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:
7) Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope’s sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
The apostle Paul makes his defensive argument in the court in which he states that he is “judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers.” What promise was that? What promise was “made of God unto our fathers?” And if the promise was made unto our fathers, that would make it a racial promise because it is made with a family!
It is this racial promise that the Apostle Paul is said to be “accused of [by] the Jews.” It is this racial promise that “our twelve tribes” hope to take part in.
Part 2: Historical Astronomy claims mythology fathered these remarkable delineations of the heavenly bodies. But it is evident that classic fables and myths, surrounding the constellations are mere corruptions and imitations of an older and original composition.
Part 3: Discussion of various twins in the Bible and searching if any of these are the Gemini twins.
Part 4: Did the enemy, the wicked one, the devil sow the tares? In Matthew 13 and John 8 it seems we would have at least two witnesses that two fathers have sown seed or begotten children. Is one of these fathers not God? How can some people not have God for their father?
Part 5: Discussion of twins in the womb by two different fathers
Part 6: At the very end of Lesson 5 we asked the question, was the woman alone with the serpent? Shall we examine the Scriptures to see if, at any time, the woman was alone, and her husband away?
Greetings Kindred. We are on a first name basis here. My name is walter. This lesson comprises Scriptures that have puzzled me for a long time.
Acts 28:11 And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria,which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.
This ship’s sign was Castor and Pollux. Ships have names. The most famous names for ships in elementary school in the 1950’s were the Nina, the Pinta, the Santa Maria, the ships of Columbus’ first voyage to the New World, and the Mayflower. The Mayflower was the place the Pilgrims composed their Deed of government, the Mayflower Compact. That solemn Christian Covenant of their formation into a Civil Body Politick, the Law of the Land, was drawn up on that ship in Cape Cod cove.
Scripture does not tell us the name of the ship that wintered at Malta. What is this ship’s “sign” in Acts 28:11? Is it the flag the ship sails under? We see from the Scriptures that it is “a ship of Alexandria”. Alexandria was the major Mediterranean port for Egypt. “Castor and Pollux” is not an Egyptian flag. What does it mean that the ship’s “sign was Castor and Pollux”?