This article will delve into three different, but I hope interesting, topics.
KEYS TO THE KINGDOM
Translation errors create big problems, even seemingly inconsequential mistakes, like rendering a phrase written in the “future-perfect” tense as if it had been penned in the “past-perfect”. This is exactly what happened when the KJV (as well as many others) translated Matthew 16:19 as: “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
The passage should have been rendered, and in fact has been in the Literal Translation, as “whatever you bind on earth shall occur, having been bound in Heaven. And whatever you loose on the earth shall be, having been loosed in Heaven.”
This latter version is consistent with the Greek “estai dedemenon” and “estai lelumenon,” which are in the periphrastic “future” not “past” perfect tense. Literally it means “shall be, having been bound,” and “shall be, having been loosed.”
When correctly translated the passage remains consistent with God’s warning not to add to or take away from his Word, and with the Lord’s Prayer, which says: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Yeshua did not give Peter the right to change His Father’s established Law (like the Catholic Church falsely claims). Yeshua fully expected Peter—just like Moses—to govern in accordance with His Father’s instructions, not to make up his own. These are the keys to God’s kingdom.
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’S LENT!
When the sun god Tammuz, Nimrod’s son, was 40 years old, he was killed by a wild boar (a wild pig.), and his mother, Semiramis, ordered 40 days of weeping for Tammuz, one day of weeping and fasting for each year of her son’s life.
Never heeding Yahweh’s command not to worship Him the way the Nations worship their god’s, the Roman Catholic Church adopted this ritual, renaming it Lent, as a 40 day period of fasting before Easter.
According to the Catholic Church Lent represents the 40 days that Yeshua spent fasting in the wilderness. But the disciples never observed this practice. In fact, it was several centuries after Yeshua’s resurrection in which Lent came to be observed, a time in which the Roman Catholic Church was occupied with outlawing the biblically mandated Passover and instituting Easter. But history establishes that Lent is simply a baptized and re-named version of “weeping for Tamuz.” It’s a celebration originated by the Babylonian sun-goddess Ashtoreth, known also as Astarte and Ishtar, the name from which the English word Easter is derived.
The letter T, which once stood for Tamuz, and had been used as a sign of adoration for Tamuz, as well as for decorating little cakes and buns (hot cross buns) became the Church’s “sign of the cross.” One day before the 40 days of weeping for Tamuz began, pagans would parade a fatted ox through the streets, bawdily gorging on food (before the fast) and drinking to excess. Today this ancient pagan practice is known as Fat Tuesday. The parade is now called the Mardi Gras, the day before the Roman Catholic Church’s Ash Wednesday, the last day before the 40 days of Lent.
In Ezekiel 8:13-14, Yahweh called “Weeping For Tamuz” an Abomination, and while most of todays Christians do not know the pagan origin of Lent and Easter, Yahweh’s memory is not short, and He never changes. He called it an abomination then, so it is still an abomination now. And He still does not want His people to worship Him the way Pagans have always worshiped their gods.
“Turn you yet again, and you shall see greater abominations that they do. Then he brought me to the door of the gate of YHWH’s house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. Then said He unto me, Have you seen this, O son of man?”
WAS YESHUA A CARPENTER?
I don’t think so, and this is why.
Psalms 118:21-22 says, “I will praise you, for you heard me and have become my Salvation (Yeshua). The stone which the builders rejected has become the head stone of the corner.”
Now the Hebrew word “stone” (aleph, bet, nun) is a three letter, compound word for father and son..
The first and second letter (aleph and bet) spell Father. The second and third letter (bet and nun) spell Son.
But in pictograph Hebrew. where each letter has meaning, the word “stone” becomes even more amazing. For in pictograph Hebrew the aleph represents strength and power. The bet represents a house. And the nun represents a sprout or seed (needed for regeneration).
Now this brings to mind another passage about stones.
Deuteronomy 27:8 – And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this Torah very plainly.
(1 Peter 2:4-7)
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone,”
Now back to my question: Was Yeshua a carpenter? To explain why I do not believe that Yeshua was a carpenter, I will close with an excerpt from a Korean publication. I know you will find it most interesting.
Korean Institute of Israel Studies is located in the Israel Cultural Center in Seoul, Korea. / Times Photo by Kim Se-jeong
By Kim Se-jeong
According to the Gospel of Mark, Jesus was a carpenter. “But, he couldn’t have been,” said Kwon Sung-dal, a scholar of the Hebrew language who studied in Israel for 18 years. Based on geological evidence, “He was more likely a stonemason,” Kwon told The Korea Times.
Israel is a wood-scarce country, as is Nazareth, where Jesus lived. According to Kwon, the town is completely surrounded by stone, which makes it unlikely he was a carpenter. He added it could have been be a misinterpretation of Hebrew, which has dual meanings for the words “stonemason” and “carpenter.”