Is This An End-Time Miracle?
This Bible is continuing leaking oil.
This Bible is continuing leaking oil.
How to introduce your Christian friends to the flat earth is a very important subject. Watch this video and see how this pastor does it. Take notes on the topics he introduces. If we start off with something like, “The earth is flat and not a spinning ball through space,” will get most people to not listen to anything else you say. But if you build up to the words “flat earth,” you have a greater chance of converting that person.
You might have seen this video before, but now take time to note and write down what this pastor discusses. Pause the video and write down the points he brings up and your own thoughts.
I might add more later with my own thoughts.
Mark Sargent asks five questions that scientists can not answer.
Here is a good video on the flat earth and the Bible Q&A. It’s refreshing to see more flat earthers are learning more about the Bible, unlike others who are not.
Questions that heliocentric believers can not answer.
Yesterday, the tech giants of Google, Facebook, Twitter and Shoptify closed down the accounts of Alex Jones. As you know, I have some issues with him, and I’m sure that you do to, but he has brought truth to the public to what is happening in the world. The fact that there are American companies acting against the First Amendment, should be a concern to all Christian-Patriots. The rest of the world should be worried, too, as the internet crosses all boarders.
It’s not only the tech giants, it’s the Federal Government, to be sure that is also behind this attack on freedom of speech. In fact, they might have instigated the CEOs of these tech giants. These people are probably of one DNA. The government is in cahoots with them, otherwise, they would be at their corporate offices issuing an order to appear in court.
Paul Joseph Watson wrote at Infowars yesterday morning:
Apple, Spotify, Facebook and YouTube all banned Infowars within 12 hours of each other, illustrating how last night’s purge was a coordinated effort and has nothing to do with these platforms enforcing “hate speech” rules.
The question is, who else will these behemoth’s of industry attack and close down? I can give a good educated guess, they would be anyone who tells the truth in: revisionist history, Christian Identity, alternative health practitioners. And, last but not least, the flat earth believers.
So, what are the alternatives?
1 Class action suit that can be made – with anyone or group that has the money to do so. Perhaps it could be like the cigarette class action suit where it involved billions of dollars of payout.
2 Someone who can put up alternative sites, like someone did to fight Twitter
( https://gab.ai/home ). I suggest that you check this site out, it’s a real alternative to Twitter.
3 Finally, there is something that we all can do. This is communicating to each other directly and via email. This does not require billions of dollars and a thousand computer geeks to get started.
I had wrote about this before when it comes to staying in touch despite government and orotate giants shutting us down. That alternative is to stay in touch via email.
Individuals can write to each other and pass information along; that is good but it is limited. It’s like link in a chain, if one person doesn’t pass the information along, the rest in the chain will not get it. But we should still do our best to reach the friends that we have on our email list. And this leads me to talk about autoresponders.
If you don’t know what an autoresponder is, it’s software where you can email at once, hundreds or 10s of thousands of people at one time. Now, there are giants in this industry, too, such as Aweber, Get Response and MailChimp, but a “new kid on the block” came along that will make the others obsolete. A bit later I want to talk about how this is important to us flat earthers and truth seekers in general.
If you have a large group on your list or if you have a website and you want to keep everyone informed, people use an autoresponder, such as Aweber. But that is costly. The minimum cost is $20/month and it goes up from there. If you have over 5,00 the cost is $69/month; for 10,000+ a whopping $149/month! The other companies are about the same price. The price is exorbitant.
You can’t send out emails to large number with your current, free email account, such as Yahoo, or they will close you down (thinking that you are spamming). Also, you can’t get people who are new to the truth movement to get a series of emails that takes them, step-by-step through the learning curve. But with an autoresponder you have the ability to send out newsletters in an “emailing sequence.” Anyhow…
Recently an internet marketer and programmer, developed software that allows you to own your own autoresponder, rather than renting the services through a third party. As you know, if you are going through a third party, which we have no choice, you are subject to them closing down your account. “How dare you say the earth is flat and that there is no such thing as evolution!” etc. But there is a new autoresponder that has the following:
Admittedly, this is not for everyone but I know that there are Followers to the Christian Flat Earth Ministry, that do have websites. I’m an Affiliate of this program called, Mail It. Which means that you can get it elsewhere but you’d have to pay the same price. So, IF you are in the market for this, or see some need in your personal or business life, now is the time to get it. You can purchase it through me, or you can get it through a stranger who probably is a heliocentric believer. Or, you just might want to look at the sales page to learn more.
Anyhow, this is how we, as individuals, can keep the truth going. By using your own email system that you control through your own website, there is nothing that Google, Facebook and similar giants can do; they can’t suppress the truth forever!
Important Note: This software is a plugin for WordPress, which means that you need to have your own domain name, hosting, and use the WordPress platform within your hosting account, such as found at companies like: HostGator and Go Daddy.
Although there are many possible barriers to correctly interpreting the Bible, one glaring and common error repeated today is the failure to discover original intent. The misrepresentation of what the Bible says and means in large part flows from this one error. What many pastors and theologians have failed to recognize is that the Bible was not written to us in our present day. It was written to certain people at another period of time in the past. Correctly using the principles of interpretation eliminates the guesswork and shines a light on the original intent.
I sum up Part I of last week with a quote from a 19th century theologian, Milton Spencer Terry:
“When we find that in the explanation of certain parts of the Scriptures no two interpreters out of a whole class agree, we have great reason to presume at once that some fatal error lurks in their principles of interpretation.”1
Such an error substantially misses the point that what God has revealed to us originated first with the original audience for which it was intended.
Today, I want to discuss the process and principles of interpretation of how we determine original intent.
The Bible is a big book with many parts, people and events. Basically, when you piece it altogether, it’s a history book. If we approach the Bible as a history book, all we have to do is follow the story. Just like if we followed the story of your life – where you lived, people you lived with, the circumstances and events you experienced, the customs you learned, your best successes and worst failures – everything about your life – we would see the story of your life unfold.
That’s what the Bible is – a historical drama that unfolds before our eyes. Keep it simple.
So, like any book, we would start at the beginning. The beginning is Genesis chapter one. But in my experience, the most direct way to start is beginning with the life of Abraham in Genesis chapter 12. Because, as you will see, the Bible is most easily grasped by reading about this man, who is one of the most important men of the Bible. Without understanding his story, you simply cannot understand what the Bible says and means.
As I explain in Book One, Discover the Story of Your Biblical Heritage, we return to the beginning chapters of Genesis later in our study as we complete our pilgrimage through the Bible.
The process of finding the original intent approaches the Bible as a history book, beginning with the life of Abraham. We won’t just read about Abraham’s life, but we will be transported back to his time as if we were walking beside him – listening in and watching his life – what God said to him and how he responded. We will experience the drama as it unfolds from Abraham to his son Isaac and his grandson, Jacob. We will be enveloped in the whole panorama of history of Abraham’s family down through the centuries. We will find the original intent as this history book is progressively revealed.
In the Covenant Heritage Series, I take you step-by-step and help you through what would appear to be a disjointed maze. I shine a light on the next path ahead so you can find your own way through it. And at the end of the story, you will see the whole picture. It will make sense. You will be able to put the pieces of the Bible puzzle together.
The Principles of Interpretation
Along the way, we use and apply time-tested principles of interpretation to help verify and prove what the Bible says and means. No tricks or slight-of-hand tactics – just straightforward, no nonsense methods of analysis that you would use to make sense out of any letter, newspaper article or book. By consistent and objective application of these principles, we have the best chance of arriving at the Bible’s original intent.
So, what are these principles? Basically, there are two main ones.
The first principle of interpretation is this: The Bible must be read, studied and interpreted in its context. For example, what does John 3:16 mean?
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
In other words, to understand what John 3:16 says and means, you might want to ask the following questions:
What preceded John 3:16?
a. Who was speaking?
b. Who was being spoken to?
c. What was the subject matter?
2. What followed John 3:16?
a. Who was speaking?
b. Who was being spoken to?
c. What was the subject matter?
3. Suppose you wanted to know what the word “world” (Greek: kosmos) meant in John 3:16. You might ask:
a. Does the context of John chapter 3 reveal anything about “world”?
b. Does the context of the entire Gospel of John shed any light on how he used the word “world”?
c. Does the rest of the New Testament reveal anything about how “world” is used?
The principle of context gives you important information to help you more accurately make a correct interpretation. And the wider the context you consider, the more accurate your analysis and conclusion will be.
I will show you how to apply the principle of context.
The second principle of interpretation is this: Let the Bible interpret itself. It is very common, for example, to find the New Testament quoting from the Old Testament. Often, going back to a quote in the Old Testament sheds light on the New Testament.
As an illustration, the Apostle Peter is writing to people which were “scattered” or dispersed in certain areas (I Peter 1:1). To find out who they were, you might want to go back to the Old Testament. For example, in Deuteronomy 28:63-65, God warns Israel that disobeying Him would eventually result in God scattering them into other lands. The Old Testament may help us to determine who Peter was writing to many centuries later.
In I Peter 2:9-10, he also refers to his audience by quoting from the Old Testament:
“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.”
Using a concordance or perhaps a side-note column in your Bible, you can find where these quotes came from and who they refer to. Does that give you clues about who Peter was writing to?
All we are doing is letting the Bible interpret itself. That’s what you will learn how to do in the Covenant Heritage Series and what I will be training you to do in the Bible Mastery Boot Camp.
We will use these principles of interpretation regularly to take the guesswork out of knowing with certainty what the Bible says and means. You will discover its original intent. When you get that, then you can begin to see how the Bible may apply today to you.
Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv
1 Milton Spencer Terry, Biblical Hermeneutics, p. 161.
Note: We know how the Scriptures are deliberately distorted when it comes to the description of the earth. Well, the flat earth is just one topic out of many that is covered up in the Bible. The following is a general rule in which to use when studying the Bible.
Is there a way to know with reasonable certainty what the Bible actually says and means? Yes! It is discovering original intent. This is the key to taking the guesswork out of interpreting the Bible.
If that is of interest to you, I want to share with you why the Bible should and must be interpreted according to its original intent and how that is to be searched out (in Part 2) in order to arrive at a conclusion of fact – correct Biblical interpretation.
Today, I want to discuss the meaning of, and barriers to, discovering original intent.
Why is Original Intent Important?
This subject matter is of critical importance for the following reasons:
If the Bible is, in fact, “God breathed” in the original autographs and is a reliable and trustworthy record of God’s revelation, then correctly discerning what it says and means is of the highest pursuit and priority. Even in the modern English translations, I have proven to myself that there is substantial evidence to find out what the Bible says and means.
There has been, up to the present day, no lack of conflicting opinions and theories in respect to biblical conclusions, resulting in thousands of denominational and non-denominational churches. This only creates confusion. Who is right?
Generally, the Bible has been misunderstood and misconstrued, creating a false worldview and resulting in the manifestation of moral and cultural deterioration and lawlessness.
Unless we recover what the Bible says and means according to its original intent, we cannot act with knowledge, understanding and wisdom to implement the remedies in order to transform our communities and nations.
In the matter of personal integrity, every man who considers it his obligation and responsibility to search out the correct interpretation of the Bible can be equipped to do so.
Meaning of Original Intent
The Bible is a historical document. The history spans at least 6,000 years and is the record of that history in respect to what God has said and what He has done. Therefore, the Bible must be read and understood as an historical document.
As a record of history, the Bible is most accurately understood in its original historical context. What was the language used and how were words used and defined in that time period? How should the Bible be understood from the beginning and throughout its recorded history?
In other words, what was the original intent or the original interpretation or meaning of the Bible in the time in which it was recorded?
If, by the preponderance of biblical evidence of the language used and the meaning and usage of words in that particular historical context, one can with a high degree of certainty understand the original intent, the correct interpretation can be made.
Original intent asks, What did the speaker (such as Jesus Christ) or writer (such as the Apostle Paul) reasonably mean to communicate and what did their original audience reasonably understand the speaker or writer to say?
Original intent searches for a fixed and determined meaning from the raw data of the biblical text taken together in its whole context.
Original intent seeks to, with ruthless objectivity, gather the raw data primarily from the Bible itself and then from secondary references such as time-tested lexicons, dictionaries and other sources to help with word meanings and usage and other information about historical context.
Barriers to Original Intent
Confusion and disagreement about what the Bible says and means abounds creating disunity within the “Christian” religion. The Catholic church says they are right. Because they claim to be the original Christian church, therefore, only their doctrine is correct even if it can’t be verified by the Bible. The Protestants insist they are right even though they are fractured into hundreds of denominations and thousands of different non-denominational churches. Of course, there will always be disagreements on minor points of theology which requires ongoing study and discussion.
But the larger, more significant doctrines are also much debated, although some unity exists. But the point here is that varying and conflicting opinions about correct interpretations of the Bible exist for many reasons. For example, objectivity is lost because of preconditioning. We have been preconditioned to interpret the Bible with a prior prejudiced viewpoint. We start with certain assumptions. It’s not necessarily a conscious thing we do, but we are persuaded, for whatever reason, to see the Bible through distorted glasses.
There are a variety of reasons for this. One could be social pressure to conform to what is an acceptable conclusion. We might feel it’s too much to risk sacrificing relationships or family and friends. Our choice is to conform or be rejected.
Another reason for tainting our objectivity in correctly interpreting the Bible is theological or church tradition. A sacredly-held historical tradition or a popular preconceived theological system tends to erect an almost impenetrable barrier to an objective reading and study of the written Word of God.
Here are some other barriers:
Political expediency: willing to sacrifice certain hard, but discernible truths in order to smooth the way for political gain (even if it may be good); Cultural pressure: willing to not pursue finding out what the Bible says in order to conform to modern fashionable ideas; and
Economic concerns: fear and trust in God and His revealed Word may be set aside for personal and job security.
Some engage in fanciful speculation based on subjective feelings by seeking out an “inner light.” The Bible says and means what anyone thinks it means. For example, how often have you heard the question, What does this passage mean to you? The result? Pure conjecture and many inaccurate and conflicting opinions and conclusions.
Whatever the barrier is to finding the correct interpretation, each person must be consciously aware and honest about it. No one approaches a study of the Bible without some taint of preconditioning or other influences.
But a deliberate awareness of that will help keep it in check and keep the process of discovering what the Bible says and means as pure as possible. Remember, we want to find the original intent. But how do we start?
Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv
Long before there was fake news, there was the fake world being fostered on us. The reason why I say this is, this was before newspapers were thought of.
There is so much happening in the news that is fake, that books have been written about it. That is why, from time to time, I touch on other topics. The most recent is the California fires (again), that are happening. Though the fires ARE very real, what is not real is that it’s natural occurring fires. Firemen have remarked on the news (which I’m surprised that it was aired) that they have never seen fire burn like this before. But that is another story, which I touched upon last year at this time. So, on with the flat earth news…