I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD!
Ye shall know
that I AM the LORD
when I bring you to ISRAEL!
“In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram,
saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt
unto the great river, the river Euphrates:”
“Out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them
that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few;
I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation
shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them.
And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor
shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near,
and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart
to approach unto me? saith the LORD.”
Jeremiah 30:19 - 21
“For in mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel,
saith the Lord GOD, there shall all the house of Israel,
all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them,
and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits
of your oblations, with all your holy things. I will accept you
with your sweet savour, when I bring you out from the people,
and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered;
and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen.
And ye shall know that I am the LORD,
when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country
for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers.
And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings,
wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall lothe yourselves
in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed.”
Ezekiel 20:41 – 43
When we find the TRUE GOD, we will know it,
For HE will make HIMSELF known to us!!!
The CREATOR GOD speaks throughout the “Old Testament” Hebrew Scriptures, specifically in HIS Book of the Law that HE Commanded for the Children of Israel to live and do “forever”. We can also find HIS WORDS in the Books of HIS Prophets under “Thus Saith the LORD”. Observance of HIS Commandments and the WORDS of HIS Prophets make us the wiser to know and understand OUR MAKER. And of great import we should appreciate the fact that “Thus Saith the LORD” appears in the Hebrew Scriptures from the days of the Book of Genesis unto the days of HIS Last Prophet Malachi. If you think otherwise and believed that there is “Thus Saith the LORD” in the “New Testament” prove it. Ironically, it is not known who wrote most of the “New Testament”.
The CREATOR established the Heavens, the Earth, and HIS WALK of Life for the People HE Created, but when they turned to wickedness, HE destroyed them with a FLOOD.
“The LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” Genesis 6:3 – 7
Just from the passage above we learn that the CREATOR exemplifies RIGHTEOUSNESS. How do we know this? We are aware of the fact that HE did destroy all mankind for their wickedness, i.e., with the exception of Noah. GOD spared him because he obeyed GOD’s LAW and found “Grace” in the EYES of his GOD. That can only mean that Noah lived GOD’s Righteous WALK of Life. The question must then be, “Why is it that People aren’t more like Noah?”
After the FLOOD, the CREATOR attempted again to establish a World of Righteousness, but this time perhaps HE thought that if HE established a “Covenant People” and made them the “Apple of HIS EYE” that they would for sure Fear HIM and Obey HIS LAWS of Righteousness. The CREATOR GOD began with one man – Abram and called him out of his land of Ur of the Chaldees to make him the Patriarch of HIS Covenant People. If we want to know the Truth of this matter, then we have to start with the Truth of this matter.
“These things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” Genesis 15:1
“When Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and BE THOU PERFECT. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.” Genesis 17:1,2
THERE IS BUT ONE WAY TO BE “PERFECT”, AND IT IS OUR CREATOR THAT HAS DETERMINED EXACTLY HOW TO DO SO
“It shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.” Deuteronomy 6:25
“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.” Psalm 19:7 - 11
It’s sad to say, but even these “Covenant People” still defy GOD’s Commandments, and after they became phat from wealth, land, and power they forsook their CREATOR for other gods. Today, that “other god”, for the most part, is JC, though our dwelling in the Land of Milk and Honey hinges on worshipping GOD of Israel, Fearing HIM, and Keeping HIS Commandments.
EVIDENCE THAT GOD INCLUDED ISAAC AND JACOB AND HIS SEED IN THIS COVENANT
“God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people; And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.” Genesis 28:3,4
“I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 28:13,14
“God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them. And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers. And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I HAVE REMEMBERED MY COVENANT. Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: And I will take you to me for a people, and I WILL BE TO YOU A GOD: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.” Exodus 6:2 – 7
“If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.” Exodus 15:26
“I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God. And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I am the LORD their God.” Exodus 29:45,46
Countless times OUR GOD of Israel made the Israelites know that HE ALONE was the ONE TRUE GOD, and that there is NONE ELSE, and that we must live according to HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. But the Israelites had other matters to deal with and it had nothing to do with the CREATOR GOD that formed and chose them to be HIS “Special” People to show forth HIS PRAISE.
“I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” Isaiah 43:5 - 7
“I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” Isaiah 43:10 - 13
“This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise. BUT THOU HAST NOT CALLED UPON ME, O JACOB; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel.” Isaiah 44:21,22
See how OUR GOD is consistent. Regardless of the many times the Israelites abandoned HIM for other gods and rejected the WORDS of HIS Prophets, HE remained true to the Children of Israel, the SEED of Abraham. And all HIS WORDS make reference to HIS being the ONE GOD and CREATOR and HIS LAW ALONE being of HIS TRUTH. In other words, HE never changed HIS LAWS of Righteousness!
The end of GOD’s LAWS of Righteousness was accomplished by the Ruling Powers; they changed GOD’s Ordinances and replaced them with their established man-made religions – 37,000+ different ways to worship JC and live by his so-called “Gospel”. The following accounts are history Christians would prefer not to see or hear about this religion:
The First Christian Emperor
The major turning point for Christianity in the Roman Empire came in the form of a vision to the future unifier, Constantine, nearly three hundred years after the death of Jesus. According to Constantine’s chosen biographer, who was a bishop, an image of a holy sign was presented to him by Jesus Christ that was guaranteed to protect him from his enemies, including his adversaries that he would soon conquer, allowing him to reunify the Roman Empire. After this vision, Constantine legalized Christianity and promoted religious tolerance in 313 CE through the Edict of Milan.
Eyes to the Sky!
On the obverse side of this coin dating from 327 CE, Constantine is seen facing right, wearing a diadem of three bands of pearls, with most importantly his eyes raised to the sky. This is markedly different from any other portrayals of Roman emperors on coinage and directly relates to the legend associated with his conversion to Christianity. According to his self-appointed biographer Eusebius, Bishop of Caesara, in the year 312 CE, Constantine was on campaign when around midday he saw a shining cross made of light over the sun with the text “by this conquer” (Flower 2012). This image, a combination of the Greek letters, chi (X) and ro (P), became one of the most widely used symbols for Christianity.
Despite common belief that Constantine was strictly Christian, some evidence suggests “superstitious” would be a more appropriate term (Madden 1877). In fact, Constantine used pagan gods and goddesses such as Victory and Sol on his coins like emperors prior to him. This coin minted a year after his vision depicts the busts of both Constantine curiassed and wreathed with laurel and pagan god Sol Invictius. His shield also displays a galloping sun quadriga, further reinforcing his association with the sun god.
“The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.” Isaiah 24:4 - 6
And thus another god, albeit one that is nothing it’s cracked up to be, was born!
Why was there a need for a New Testament?
The New Testament helps us come unto Christ. The New Testament was preserved for our day and for our benefit.
Who decided to write the New Testament?
The question of who wrote the New Testament can be summed up as “Paul of Tarsus and some other unknown authors.” Most authors' true identities remain a mystery, as they did not leave any “About the Author” notes or other information that would aid historical research.Apr 22, 2023
WHO WROTE MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE JOHN?
Opinions vary regarding the authorship of the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Some assert that these were the actual names of the scribes. But most scholars conclude those names are merely placeholding pseudonyms, and the Gospels were written anonymously.
Dr. Bart Ehrman unveiled much more detail about this question of Gospel authorship in various books, podcast episodes, and online courses. You might also find other Bart Ehrman blog posts on this topic of interest.
WHO WROTE THE NEW TESTAMENT: A MYSTERY OR DECEPTION?
As for the non-Pauline words of Hebrews, James, 1st and 2nd Peter, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John and Jude, authorship is shrouded in uncertainty amidst these relatively obscure contributions.
This leaves their words in relative obscurity. You likely won’t see many Christians tattooing “3rd John 3:16” on their biceps (because it doesn’t exist) nor hear something from Jude quoted by politicians scrambling for Christian votes on the campaign trail. Although, that would be a welcomed change.
The ugly truth, however, is that from the Gospels to the so-called thirteen letters of the apostle Paul, most New Testament authorship is a mystery at best and deceitful at worst. Don’t take my word for it; take Bart’s–he wrote about it in his book Forged: Writing in the Name of God–Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are.
The question of who wrote the New Testament can be summed up as “Paul of Tarsus and some other unknown authors.” Most authors’ true identities remain a mystery, as they did not leave any “About the Author” notes or other information that would aid historical research. I think it is hard to find fault with their missing signatures, as these men of mystery could not have been writing with modernity in mind.
Nonetheless, the New Testament preserves oral traditions about Jesus Christ and instructs the early Christian church. It contains messages intended for specific audiences during a specific historical period. Despite the obstacles faced during its creation and preservation, this ancient collection has remained relevant for over twenty centuries.
Its enduring influence is a remarkable achievement, given the many challenges it faced during the canonization process and beyond. It’s undeniable that the “New” Testament has remarkable staying power and mystique, considering we’re now more than two millennia past its publication.
ONE THING IS FOR SURE, THE CREATOR GOD DID NOT WRITE THE “NEW TESTAMENT”
Do not listen to me, but rather take heed to the WORD of GOD, for this is HIS CREATION, and of a Truth, HE deserves to be EXALTED and WORSHIPPED by all who breathe. HE never ordained this man-made Christian religion/”New Testament” that touts a man. The CREATOR has made it painfully understood that HE is a JEALOUS GOD, and HE is the ONLY GOD that SAVES and that has a track record to prove it. All who worship another god or even mention the names of another god will be judged without mercy (Deuteronomy 8:19,20 13:6-11).
It is GOD’s WORD that will stand forever. And punishment will again be the Curse for those who turn to other gods (Deut. 8:19,20) in these days. The JEALOUS GOD will get HIS REVENGE upon those who seek after other gods. Descendants of Slaves know HIS WRATH all too well for it manifest in the form of a vile Slave Trade (Lev. 26th Deut. 285h Chapter).
Actually, that is an understatement. And though it is not an option to worship another god, the Israelites today cannot get enough of worshipping JC, and it matters not that they reap no rewards from belief and worship of him. In their ignorance of the CREATOR GOD, they reject HIS First Commandment. Not only do the heathen powers worship JC, but so also just about all the World. Let it be known that JC also despises GOD’s Judgments of Righteousness that we are Commanded to do for as long as we live on GOD’s Earth. JC, like the rebellious Israelites never followed GOD of Israel or HIS WAYS, and the Children of Israel blindly and rebelliously followed the lead of this unfounded “Son of God”.
“The house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them. But I wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out. Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands; Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols.” Ezekiel 20:13 - 16
WE HAVE TO BECOME BELIEVERS, BUT BELIEVERS IN WHAT THE CREATOR GOD HAS PUT BEFORE US
When the CREATOR GOD chose Moses to bring HIS People out of Egypt, HE told HIM that the Israelites would not believe him. GOD was obviously in agreement with Moses for HE gave him SIGNS and WONDERS to show the Children of Israel and Pharaoh. And afterwards the Israelites believed Moses and that their GOD had appeared to him.
However, this is not the case with the Christian god, JC. He says he was sent to the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel, but of a truth, he never met with them. GOD had scattered the Israelites from the Land 400 years before the so-called “Advent of Christianity”. Moreover, JC never took it upon himself to search out GOD’s Lost Sheep, either – not while they were in Slavery and not during these days of Israel’s captivity in heathen lands (Lev. 26:33).
I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD!
So often I will hear my People speak about the last being first. It’s a reference to the end of our impoverishment and the start of our curses that we suffer falling upon our Captors. Well, that’s not too far from the Truth, except whenever GOD of Israel Delivered us out of the hands of our enemies, HE always saved us and destroyed our Captors - Countless times! And, of course, this will never happen if we will not return back to OUR GOD of Israel and HIS WAYS of Righteousness, so that HE will bring our DELIVERANCE to fruition! This is what the GOD of Israel does. HE SAVES and DELIVERS ALL PEOPLES out of the hands of their enemies but only if we will OBEY and TRUST in HIM.
“I am the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments,
and do them; And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me
and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God.”
“As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm,
and with fury poured out, will I rule over you:”
“I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein
ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm,
and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.
Like as I pleaded with your fathers
in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD.
And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you
into the bond of the covenant: And I will purge out from among you the rebels,
and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn,
and they shall not enter into the land of Israel:
AND YE SHALL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD.”
Ezekiel 20:34 – 38
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