Codex Sinaiticus – some notes

A collection of facts with references relevant to the Codex Sinaiticus…

Two of the oldest complete (or nearly complete) manuscripts are the Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus. They are both written on parchment, and have a large number of corrections written over the original text.

Codex Sinaiticus, also known as “Aleph” (the Hebrew letter א), was found by Count Tischendorf in 1859 at the Monastery of St Catherine on Mount Sinai. Portions of the manuscript were found in the monastery dump, and a larger portion was presented to Tischendorf by one of the monks. It is a large codex, with 400 pages (or leaves) comprising about half of the Old Testament in the Septuagint version and the full New Testament. It has been dated to the second half of the 4th century and has been highly valued by Bible scholars in their efforts to reconstruct the original biblical text. Sinaiticus has heavily influenced the translation work of modern Bible versions. Though it is considered by some scholars to represent an original form of the text, it is also recognized as the most heavily corrected early New Testament manuscript.

There is much to be learned from examining these and other ancient texts, and they should continue to be highly valued by scholars. While there may be differences in opinion as to how they are to be used, one thing is certain—even with their textual variations, they show us that God has preserved His Word through the ages. We may debate the particular wording in a few passages, but the fact remains that over 90 percent of the New Testament text is unanimously supported by all the ancient manuscripts. In those passages where the proper reading is disputed, there is no major doctrinal change, and we can rest assured that we have the accurate, revealed words of God passed down to us.

See: https://www.gotquestions.org/Codex-Sinaiticus-Vaticanus.html


  • The CNN article notes that many of the changes are as minor as “the alteration of a single letter,” while the BBC News article states that “many of the other alterations and differences are minor.” Indeed, we examined several discrepancies; the omitted verses are, almost across the board, not central to the biblical accounts. For example, consider two of the verses missing: Matthew 23:14 and Luke 17:36. Removing those verses does not change the Bible from saying that Jesus is Lord to saying that He isn’t, or from saying that Jesus rose again to saying that He didn’t. If a person were to try to strike all verses from the Bible that recorded miracles or Jesus’s claims to be God, the result would be a very different (and far longer) list of missing verses.
  • Many modern Bible translations either exclude or bracket the verses in question, anyway. For instance, the New American Standard Bible and the Holman Christian Standard Bible put such verses in brackets and note that some manuscripts omit the bracketed text. The New King James Version does not bracket such verses but does footnote that some manuscripts omit the passages. The New International Version excludes the verses entirely. So it’s not as if the missing verses are presented by modern English translations as original when they really might not be; most modern versions acknowledge that there is some uncertainty over whether or not the verses were part of the original, inspired manuscripts. And, again, since these verses are not central to Christianity, it’s less of an issue than some suggest.
  • The Bible didn’t drop out of the sky in completed form; we recognize the role of inspired and godly individuals in recording, collecting, and preserving God’s Word. From the time of the Apostles’ ministry to the closing of the canon, fragments of both genuine and fake gospels circulated (though the latter only later). Human copyists and translators through the centuries could introduce an error—accidentally or intentionally—just as easily as any of us could today (and the Codex Sinaiticus has missing Old Testament fragments as well). The existence of minimally divergent manuscripts shows the role of human error but, conversely, elevates the important role of the early church in weighing the evidence and clarifying which books were canonical and which were erroneous (again, by accident or by intent). Likewise, the inclusion of Apocryphal books may have been done for historical purposes, even though the early church consistently rejected these books as canonical.
  • As always, presuppositions come into play. If two versions of a book are slightly different, does that mean one has added material or that the other has deleted material? Furthermore, there is no concrete way to determine (1) which extant manuscript was first (the Codex Sinaiticus or the Codex Vaticanus), (2) the content of manuscripts that no longer exist, or (3) whether just because a manuscript is the oldest means it is the most accurate copy.
  • Ignored by news reports is how similar the codex is to the today’s Bible. The media points out the few, mostly minor, discrepancies but ignores the fact that the essential message of the New Testament remains unchanged.

Ultimately, believers and unbelievers alike are faced with a key question, “Who would die for a lie?” And if all the supernatural doctrines of Christianity were introduced after the fact (as some skeptics believe), why do the earliest manuscripts not omit all references to Christ’s deity, the miracles, the Resurrection, etc.? The Codex Sinaiticus is an interesting insight into early church history, and while it reminds us of the important role copyists and others played in preserving God’s Word, its age and similarity to today’s translation confirm, rather than dispute, the Bible’s accuracy.

See: https://answersingenesis.org/archaeology/content-of-a-codex/


FYI – “Oldest Bible” DOES include resurrection

I was recently asked “How are Christians dealing with the resurrection not appearing in the Bible recently published online as the worlds oldest bible?”
I thought you might be interested in my answer:

I take it you are talking about the “codex sinaiticus” The resurrection does appear in all four gospels… However there is a part of mark that is “missing” this really isn’t news. Most modern bibles note that some manuscripts don’t include the end. The codex itself is something scholars have had access to for some time, although it was split up. It’s not actually that old compared to many of the other manuscripts (4th century vs 1st Century). The media has reported poorly on this. I am excited to have it online though. It is a VERY important manuscript.

However it is not oldest manuscript

Also it does not leave out the resurrection anywhere but does “omit” appearances of Jesus to many people FOLLOWING the resurrection at the end of MARK (one of four gospels)

The way Christians deal with that is pretty simple.
1) We either believe that particular section is not “inspired”
2) We believe it was an Oral tradition similar to the “women caught in adultery” passage that was added by a scribe, but validated in the process of Canonization (my personal take)
3) We don’t care… or some other perspective

See: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/billykangas/2009/09/fyi-oldest-bible-does-include-resurrection.html

Atheism-Satanism – Birds of a Feather

The Atheist revels in foolishness and darkness for they are the children of Satan and seek the “second death” as a result of rebellion, deception, naiveté. Compounding this tragedy is the fact that the Atheist is not content with seeking the fires of Hell alone, they clamor to entice millions to join them.  In America and around the World, they are exceedingly successful.

As we near the “day of the Lord” and “the Kingdom of God,” take note that the soul of everyone who rejects the Gift of God’s Salvation through faith, trust, obedience, to the Lord Jesus Christ will, instantaneously upon death of the body, be relegated to Hades awaiting the Great White Throne Judgment. At this Judgment before the Lord Jesus Christ, the Atheist will be found guilty of having disobeyed the Lord’s Commands/Edicts and will subsequently suffer the second death in the fires of Hell.

Why the Hell and Brimstone comment? Life is short, our Lord is near and there is no time for Political Correctness and “feelings.” The primary purpose of our “life” in the realm of “time” is to prepare for Eternity. God the Father is seeking those who desire to serve Him faithfully in the coming Kingdom of God. If you desire LIFE on a New Earth that is free from sin, disease, death, I urge you to repent of your sin, seek forgiveness and obey the Son of God – Jesus Christ our Lord. If you desire eternal death, deny the Son and live in disobedience to His will for your life…you will reap what you sow!

jesus - he who has the son has life but he that does not obey son shall not see life NASB

jesus - end time prophecies rev 20 14 then death and hades were thrown into the lake of fire this is the second death

Rickey D. Holtsclaw

Related article: “In the Beginning God, Why?” https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/27/in-the-beginning-god-why/

Eschatology-Prophecy & Israel’s Capital – Jerusalem

Today is 06 December 2017 and is a date I believe will “live in infamy” as does 07 December 1941. Why?

The purpose of this article is to provide some very interesting talking points relevant to what I believe are undeniable “signs of the times.”  What I mean by that is the fact that our Lord articulated that no one knows the day or the hour of His return, “that Day” of the Apocalypse, but I do believe my Lord has alluded to the fact that we can know the “season” of His return by observing His Chosen People, the Jewish Nation of Israel.

Jesus - no one knows the hour

I am not going to enter into a deep eschatological study of current events and attempt to impress you with Hebrew, Greek renderings of the Scriptures, but only provide you with a brief overview of what has transpired since the 1940’s until today and let you take the evidence where it leads.

For hundreds-of-years, eschatologists could not comprehend the Biblical Prophecies relevant to the Apocalypse due to the fact that the Nation of Israel no longer existed subsequent to the complete and utter destruction of Jerusalem by Titus and the Tenth-Roman Legion in 70 AD. The Jewish Tribes were scattered throughout the World…how would Israel ever achieve Nationhood again?

Then our Lord, using Satan’s evil intent in the Jewish Holocaust of the 1940’s, placed the desire for a Nation of refuge into the hearts and minds of the Jewish people with the motto “Never Again.” Never again would the Jewish People be the slaves and downtrodden of the World; therefore, Jewish leaders began a push toward Nationhood/Statehood.

In 1948, it was decided that the small piece of desert land formerly given to Abraham by the Lord would become the Nation of Israel once again and thus the eschatological time-clock was set, once again, into motion.

In 1967, the Six-Day War, the Nation of Israel won back the City of Jerusalem.  The entire Apocalypse surrounds the City of Jerusalem; the possession of Jerusalem by the Jewish People will be the impetus for the overwhelming hatred and retribution by the Muslim/Islamic Nations of the Middle East that initiates the Apocalypse (in my opinion). But what is the catalyst that will initiate a call-to-arms against Israel by its Muslim Neighbors? Here, I believe, is possibly why today, 06 December 2017, is a most significant eschatological event.

Today, 06 December 2017, United States President, Donald J. Trump, will support the relocation of Israel’s Capital from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as well as the relocation of the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – this decision will most assuredly incite the wrath of those who hate the Nation of Israel as spoken of in Jesus’ Revelation to the Apostle John.

Considering the resurgence of antisemitism; the nuclear programs of Iran, N. Korea, Pakistan, Russia; the struggles of Russia to regain diplomatic significance; the growth of China and its military; the weakening of America by rampant abortion and immorality having alienated the Lord Jesus Christ (as in the Days of Noah), the pieces of Biblical Prophecy are fitting perfectly together and though I do not know the day or the hour, the signs of the times are undeniable.

Again, I am not going to bore you with all of the intricate details and reference Scriptures, but I will leave you with a basic pictorial of what I believe is the relevance of 06 December 2017.

Rickey D. Holtsclaw

An Eternal Conflict Manifest in the Flesh…

The conflict between Jesus-Yeshua – Verses – Allah-Muhammad-Islam is nothing more than an Earthly manifestation in Time of the conflict that was initiated by Lucifer in the Heavenly Realm. In fact, if one studies and listens to the Holy Spirit, there is evidence strongly suggesting that the only viable reason for the creation of Time, the Universe, Mankind was our LORD’s plan to deal with Lucifer, Sin, the rebellious Angels while seeking to maintain volitional love with His created beings.  Islam is a manifestation of Lucifer-Satan-Allah and his false prophet, Muhammad, who is battling the will, the plan, the purposes of Jesus-Yeshua who entered Time 2017-years ago from Eternity to defeat Satan via the Crucifixion.  Ultimately, it will be Islam that will ignite the Apocalypse or the Day of the LORD.

islam - lucifer was my name now i go by allah

islam - i was born to islam the religion of eace i am required to kill jews christians hindus buddhists atheists sodomites lesbians transexuals then peace

islam - real mohammad

islam - quotes from koran to kill and murder

islam - muslims have murdered over 669 million non-muslims since 622ad

islam - massacre those who insult islam

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The Ideology of Islam is Born…
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The Patriarchy of Israel is proclaimed…

Jesus - I will bless those who bless you

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This destruction to Jerusalem in 70 A.D. is, in my opinion, the “PRE-fillment of Messiah’s Prophecy but the actual Fulfillment of this Prophecy is in preparation…

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jesus - never again jewish holocaust

Jesus - Ezekiel regathering

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jesus - syria v israelthe last jihad

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Jesus - nuclear war in Zechariah

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In the following pictorial…when you read the writings/vision of the Apostle John as given him by our Lord Jesus Christ on the Island of Patmos, remember that John is writing and describing what our Lord is showing him…but John is writing in 1st-Century vocabulary because John does not comprehend ICBM’s reentering the atmosphere, military aircraft (helicopters), radioactive fallout and the water becoming “bitter” resulting in death…I personally believe John is witnessing, via the vision provided him by Jesus Christ, a cataclysmic event of horrific Nuclear War that is presently on the horizon.

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jesus - in the last days perilous times shall come for men

Jesus - in the latter times some shall depart

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jesus - look up for your redemption draws nigh

M A R A N A T H A  

L O R D! 

Also see: In the Beginning God – Why? https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/27/in-the-beginning-god-why/

Washington’s Thanksgiving Declaration Speech – 1789

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor–and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

    Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be–That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

    And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions–to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best. Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789

In the Beginning God – Why?

Introduction

As the years of our lives pass with incredible haste and memories are blurred by the thief of Time we often neglect to stop and ponder “why” is there “something” as opposed to “nothing?” Why is there life and why is there such intricacy and symmetry in our Universe? Surely, the origin of matter that forms our Universe extending downward to the complexity of the human genome is not the culmination of Time+Chance+Matter? If not, then why am I here constrained within this realm of Time?

Following, is a brief, condensed, summation of years of contemplation, study, listening, reasoning, all provided by the grace of God the Father through His Holy Spirit. You may disagree and your rebuttal is welcome, but I find Christianity to be the only coherent worldview with corresponding truth that defines origin-meaning-morality-destiny and directly answers with logical consistency, empirical adequacy, experiential relevance. So then, why are you and I existing in Time…what is our purpose and is there a Plan? If so, who, what, where, when, why and how?

“There are only two possibilities as to how life arose: one is spontaneous generation arising to evolution, the other is a supernatural act of God. There is no third possibility. Spontaneous generation that life arose from non-living matter was scientifically disproved 120 years ago by Louis Pasteur and others. That leaves us with only one possible conclusion, that life arose as a creative act of God. I will not accept that philosophically because I do not want to believe in God, therefore I will believe in that which I know is scientifically impossible, spontaneous generation arising to evolution.” –Dr. George Wald, Professor Emeritus at Harvard, Nobel Prize winner in biology

“There are honest doubters and dishonest doubters. An honest doubter is willing to search out the truth and live by the results; a dishonest doubter doesn’t want to know the truth. He can’t find God for the same reason a thief can’t find a policeman.” –Adrian Rogers

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In the Beginning, God – Why?

There are multiple pillars of Truth upon which our Creation in “Time” finds its relevance, its purpose.

Part I provides a brief overview of our Creator’s plan and purpose for Time, Earth, LIFE.

Part II provides an overview of Islam, Allah, Muhammad, Ishmael and their relevance in the cosmic struggle that has manifest in Time.

Note: Supporting Scriptures for Part I are posted in the addendum.

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“the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.”  1 John 3:8 (NASB)

“For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.”  Romans 9:28 (KJV)

Part I

1) The Creator of LIFE, the Universe, has identified Himself as Jesus Christ (Yeshua-Elohim) and He desires a relationship with His created beings, both Angelic and Human.

2) Relationship, one that is manifest in purity and authenticity, mandates volition, free-will, the ability to choose to love or to hate; otherwise, relationship is robotic and thus impotent. Our Creator has provided His created beings, both Angelic and Human, with free-will, the ability to “choose” Jesus Christ as LORD or reject Jesus Christ and serve Satan by default. Those who reject our Creator will be “without excuse” at their judgment in Eternity for our Creator has provided extant empirical evidence relevant to His existence, His reality and dominion “through what has been made.” (Romans 1:18-32)

3) Our Creator is Spirit and though His abode is the Spiritual Realm, He transcends both the Spiritual World and Time for He is Omniscient, Omnipresent and Omnipotent.

4) Our Creator is perfect HOLINESS, perfect JUSTICE, perfect RIGHTEOUSNESS; therefore, He will not permit the destructive presence of sin to dwell within His Eternal Kingdom.

5) Our Creator was content in His relationship with His angelic beings but iniquity manifest in the Kingdom as a result of a rebellious Angel, Lucifer, who coveted the authority and dominion of our Creator. A coup d’état followed as Lucifer introduced sin-iniquity into the Eternal Kingdom and one-third of the entire Angelic Realm followed Lucifer in his rebellion against our Creator’s dominion and authority.

6) The Holiness and Justice of our Creator mandated swift and sure action in order to limit the destruction of sin in His Kingdom; therefore, Lucifer, along with the rebellious Angels, were cast out of the Eternal Realm.

7) In order to deal with the rebellion of Lucifer, Lucifer’s sin and the rebellious Angels apart from the Heavenly Realm, our Creator subsequently spoke into existence the Realm of Time and within the constraints of Time He placed the Universe, Earth, Lucifer, Mankind.

8) Our Creator, desiring to maintain volitional love with His faithful Angelic beings, set-forth a plan to defeat Lucifer’s sin and rebellion with selfless and sacrificial LOVE as opposed to arbitrary punishment that would have undoubtedly destroyed volitional love, for if our Creator had simply destroyed Lucifer and the rebellious Angels for their coup d’état, the remaining two-thirds of the faithful Angels would no longer love their Creator out of volition but fear.

9) Our Creator placed Lucifer on the Earth and permitted him access to mankind who ultimately relented to Lucifer’s enticement of sin resulting in “The Fall” of mankind. Man’s rebellion to the authority and Covenant of God resulted in sin which corrupted the human genome; therefore, the wages of sin is death of the body and spiritual death. Mankind’s sin also resulted in a chasm, a fracturing of the intimate relationship between God and mankind that existed prior to Adam’s rebellion.

10) Our Creator entered into a covenant with mankind which indicated the seriousness of sin and the power of sin’s destruction in both Eternity and Time…our Creator pointed to the shed blood of innocence as the only acceptable payment for sin, for the “life” of God’s created beings within the Realm of Time is in the blood and only innocent blood is deemed as sufficient to forgive sin and redeem the fallen nature of mankind.

11) Seeing that only the blood of innocence could forgive sin, our Creator left Eternity and manifest in the Realm of Time approximately 2018-yrs ago in the Incarnation where He clothed Himself in flesh by being born of the seed of the woman through the Holy Spirit thereby circumventing the seed of the man which carries the culpability/sin-nature resulting from Adam’s rebellion against our Creator’s authority.

12) Our Creator, for 33.5-years, walked among His Earthly creation and defined God to all who would receive His message of life, then our Creator submitted to the horrors of a Roman Crucifixion in order that His innocent blood would be shed and ultimately He experienced death, burial and resurrection thereby defeating sin, death, Hell and the Grave and ultimately Lucifer through selfless LOVE and sacrifice.

13) Our Creator established a New Covenant in His own blood stating that any man, woman or child who would trust in His death, burial and resurrection as payment for their sin would be forgiven of all sin, past-present-future and thus redeemed and made HOLY, acceptable to enter the Kingdom of God subsequent to the death of the body constrained by Time. In addition, our Creator infuses the Gift of the Holy Spirit into the life, the Earthly body of every believer as the Guarantor of His eternal relationship with everyone who trusts in Jesus Christ as LORD-God-Savior-Mediator.

14) To this end, our Creator will receive full acknowledgment from His Angelic Creation that Lucifer, the rebellious Angels, deserve eternal punishment in Hell subsequent to witnessing the pervasive, unconscionable destruction, carnage and death that manifest as the resultant of Lucifer/Satan’s lies, deception, hate, divisiveness while on Earth which are all the manifestation of SIN. Our Creator will receive praise and affirmation for having dealt with the rebellious Angel with such wisdom, love, compassion; this, while having maintained volitional love with those who honor, worship and adore our Creator as LORD.

15) It is plausible that our LORD is replenishing the vacuum/void in the Eternal Realm that was left as a result of Lucifer’s rebellion and the absence of the Angels who followed Lucifer in that rebellion. As evidenced within Time, our atmosphere abhors a vacuum and it is logical that when the number of rebellious Angels has been replenished by the redeemed/faithful of mankind, the end of the Age of Grace will manifest. Though mankind, in the resurrection, will NOT become Angelic, redeemed mankind will play an intricate role in serving our Creator in the Eternal Kingdom.

The Unfaithful and Judgment

Those who have rejected the saving grace of Messiah-Yeshua-Jesus will be brought forth from Hades-Sheol subsequent to the Millennial Reign of Messiah; these unfaithful will be adjudicated in accordance with their works, their deeds done in the body (The Great White Throne Judgment) and will be subsequently pronounced guilty for sin and will suffer a second death…a death of finality in the Lake of Fire/Hell and will cease to exist seeing that nothing impure will be allowed to enter God’s Kingdom.

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Part II

ISLAM – ISRAEL – CHRISTIANITY

It is imperative that one understands the manifestation of the cosmic-Spiritual struggle between Lucifer and Yeshua and how said struggle has manifest in Time.

1) Ishmael is the illegitimate son of Abraham and Hagar who was born not in accordance with the promises and blessing of God but by the impatience and disobedience of Abraham and Sarah.

2) Ishmael is the genealogical genesis of Islam and he is not the son of promise but ONLY through Isaac who is the “son of promise” (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob “Israel”) did our LORD bring forth Messiah-Yeshua who died to redeem mankind unto Himself and forgive sin for all that trust in Him as Savior-God and grant them the privilege of eternal life.

Jesus - ishmael

Jesus - Isaac son of promise only

3) Allah, the god of Islam, is not Creator but created…Allah is Lucifer-Satan.

islam - lucifer was my name now i go by allah

jesus - you are of your father the devil nasb

 

islam - quotes from koran to kill and murder

islam - muslims have murdered over 669 million non-muslims since 622ad

4) Muhammad is Allah’s false prophet who plagiarized the Jewish Torah to construct the Quran.

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5) The current struggle between Islam v. Israel/the Jew/the Christian is the Spiritual struggle initiated by Lucifer’s rebellion in Eternity that has been translated to Earth/Time to be dealt with by our Creator apart from His Eternal Kingdom. The severity and destructiveness of sin mandated the removal of this struggle from the Kingdom.

islam - massacre those who insult islam

islam - i was born to islam the religion of eace i am required to kill jews christians hindus buddhists atheists sodomites lesbians transexuals then peace

jesus - syria v israel

jesus - iran v israel

6) Islam will ultimately be the “spark” that ignites the coming Apocalypse that will be initiated in the City of Jerusalem…the coming Nuclear War that will engulf all of the Nations that come against our LORD’s chosen people, the Jew.  Our Creator, Messiah-Yeshua, will be victorious over the Nations that coalesce and conspire to destroy Israel and this victory will initiate the Millennial Reign of our LORD…the Lamb of God who entered Time as a suffering Lamb and will rule and reign over the Nations as a Conquering Lion from the Tribe of Judah.

Jesus - nuclear war in Zechariah

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Finally, all available evidence in Scripture leads to the conclusion that had Lucifer not rebelled, there would be absolutely no reason for the creation of Time, the Universe, Earth, Mankind or Hell.  This LIFE constrained by Time is nothing more than preparation for Eternity. Every man, woman, child has been provided a unique opportunity to take part in God’s Plan of redemption where our Creator is currently seeking those who will be faithful to serve Him throughout Eternity. The Key to finding life and purpose in Time and in Eternity is Jesus Christ and trusting in Jesus as your personal Savior and LORD…there is no other way for mankind to find righteousness (a right standing) before God the Father and there is no other way to find life in Eternity without Jesus Christ as your Mediator for sin.

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What can a man give in exchange for his soul? .

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A Brutal Warning about Islam: http://www.israelislamandendtimes.com/brutal-warning-to-america-from-egyptian-woman-wake-up-or-be-wiped-out/?fbclid=IwAR1ZHhvIJKqm4y-DunTXhz-5Np-trhsW_0pUd0g9tPKkztCT2PTnLDuwdGg

Thank you and God Bless You,

Rickey D. Holtsclaw

Also see…

Atheist’s Questions for the Christian – A Response: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2019/01/14/atheists-questions-for-the-christian/

Atheist Demands: Prove Your God Exists: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/03/16/atheist-prove-your-god-exists/

Progressivism – Party of Death and Deception: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/01/26/progressivism-satans-party-of-death/

Addendum

Supporting Scriptures

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (Gospel of John 1:1-5 NASB)

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:15-17 NASB)

“Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? “For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord. “But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word. (Isaiah 66:1-2 NASB)

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, (Jeremiah 29:11-14 NASB)

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (Romans 1:20-21 NASB)

God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24 NASB)

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. (Psalm 139:7-10 NASB)

O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. (Psalm 139:1-3 NASB)

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:14-16 NASB)

And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 21:23-27 NASB)

“How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn!

You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!

“But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’(Isaiah 14:12-14 NASB)

And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. (Revelation 12:9-10 NASB)

And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.” (Luke 10:18 NASB)

And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.(Revelation 12:4 NASB)

Notes relevant to Revelation 12:4,

(1) Insight into the fall of Lucifer and the one-third of the Angelic beings that followed Lucifer in the rebellion being cast to Earth; a spiritual struggle between Evil v. Righteousness that has manifest in our midst. (2) A picture of the struggle between Satan and the “woman” who is Israel and/or Mary and the “child” who is Jesus Christ – Yeshua.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. (Genesis 1:1 NASB)

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him,

And the son of man that You care for him? (Psalm 8:3-4 NASB)

Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:1-5 NASB)

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.(1 Corinthians 15:20-22 NASB)

The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.(Genesis 3:21)

Notes concerning Genesis 3:21:

Subsequent to Adam’s disobedience against our LORD, Adam experienced the manifestation of sin 1) fear 2) shame; therefore, Adam and Eve attempted, by the works of their hands, to cover their shame/nakedness/sin with fig-leaves (signifying man’s attempt to find righteousness – a right standing – with God through works/good behavior.). Adam, subsequent to sinning against our LORD, attempted to hide himself from our Omnipresent God. Our LORD, knowing Adam’s failure, slew an innocent animal and the blood of that innocent animal flowed onto the ground. Our LORD took the skin of that innocent animal and clothed Adam and Eve in place of the fig-leaves…a beautiful picture of what Jesus Christ-Yeshua would perform at the Crucifixion some 4000-years later by shedding His innocent blood on a Roman Cross for the sins of mankind thereby covering/clothing those who trust in Him as LORD with His “righteousness”  thereby removing our sin and replacing same with His perfection. Every man, woman and child can freely access this pardon from sin by trusting in Jesus Christ as LORD-God-Savior.

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.’ (Leviticus 17:11 NASB)

The Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life;  And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” (Genesis 3:14-15 NASB)

Notes relevant to Genesis 3:14-15

A prophecy indicating the struggle between Satan and Jesus Christ-Yeshua that would culminate at the Crucifixion some 4000-years later. The seed of the Woman indicates the virgin birth of Messiah void the seed of man bearing the culpability of Adam’s sin. Jesus will bruise the head of Satan and Satan will bruise the heal of Messiah-Jesus. Jesus will be victorious.

But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5 NASB)

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NASB)

As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look. (1 Peter 1:10-12 NASB)

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 NASB)

And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. (Luke 22:20 NASB)

But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:11-14 NASB)

Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. (Ezekiel 36:26-27 NASB)

…and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 21:27 NASB)

…we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8 NASB)

And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Revelation 20:10 NASB)

…and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 1:6 NASB)

But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?” You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies; and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else.  But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own. All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish. There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly.  Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.

The Mystery of Resurrection

Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.                 (1 Corinthians 15:35-58)

…and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4 NASB)

He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36 NASB)

Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:14 NASB)

The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction. The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour.  These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.

Victory for the Lamb

These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”

And he *said to me, “The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues. (Revelation 17:11-15 NASB)

Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28 NASB)

 …and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 13:50 NASB)

And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15 NASB)

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14 NASB)

 

Rape in the Bible?

From: http://www.theblaze.com/news/2013/07/26/fact-check-does-the-bible-really-support-rape-and-polygamy-theblaze-explores-atheists-critiques/

Does the Bible Address Rape?

Some atheists and Biblical critics have held up the notion that the Bible condones rape. Across the board, TheBlaze’s entire panel of faith experts reject that the criminal act of rape is upheld in any form in the holy book.

Averick addressed Deuteronomy — the book that is most targeted by biblical critics.

“The ‘rape’ that is talked about in Dvarim (Deuteronomy), is obviously not criminal rape; it is talking about a case where a relationship between a young man and woman got out of hand,” he said. “Sexual relationships in a Torah society are strictly forbidden before marriage — dating is only for purposes of marriage in the Orthodox community.”

Averick also pointed out that in Jewish law, women cannot be forced to marry against her will. If a man does not fulfill his duties as a husband, the woman is “entitled to initiate divorce proceedings.” The “rapist,” or fornicator, is not allowed to initiate such proceedings but is obligated to fulfill spousal duties.

This requirement that a “rapist” marry the violated woman, Bock noted, was enacted in order to protect the woman whom he defiled with his sexual advances.

“His act has rendered her unacceptable as a wife for others,” he explained. “So this law was designed to indicate responsibility in the sex act for the person in a patriarchal context where women had little power and where the women if left to the event would be on her own.”

Nettelhorst acknowledged that in a modern context, the situation mentioned in Deuteronomy “sounds awful,” and it was not ideal at the time it occurred either, but the idea was to, again, protect the woman and discourage sexual immorality.  By marrying her, the “rapist” was accepting the consequences of his actions, paying her father a restitution and taking on the responsibilities of a husband to provide protection and security.

Spero added that a rape victim could “opt out” of marrying her rapist if she so desired, for, “if not, men could forcibly bring to altar any single woman he desired simply by raping her.”

See: http://www.theblaze.com/news/2013/07/26/fact-check-does-the-bible-really-support-rape-and-polygamy-theblaze-explores-atheists-critiques/

President Trump – A Warning – A Prophecy – A Plea

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A warning to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence…

08 September 2017

President Donald Trump is America’s last hope for revival and restoration.  Unless President Trump or a Convention of States (Article V) petitions Congress to repeal Roe v. Wade (1973) and extricates the United States Federal Government from the holocaust of demonic infanticide, America will continue on the path to self-destruction and implosion.  Our Lord’s wrath is certain and America and the American People will suffer horrifically.  The innocent blood of 60-million American babies mutilated via Roe v. Wade (1973) cries to the Creator for justice. Will anyone listen?

Dear President Trump,

I have attempted to contact you over the past several months in various formats to deliver this message.  Yes Sir, I understand that there are pressing needs in Government, please take a few minutes and consider the message I’ve shared – our Lord is angry and His compassion, His patience will not endure forever – you have been warned and I have done what I have been asked to do.

Fact: The United States Federal Government as per the unconstitutional SCOTUS decision of Roe v. Wade (1973) has been a co-conspirator in the murder, torture, dismemberment, burning to death, mutilation, of 60-million American children.  Every precious child murdered by the hands of an abortionist belongs to our Creator, Jesus Christ.  Every child is from the Lord and does not belong to anyone but the One who provided them with life; every child is simply on temporary loan to mankind to be cared for, loved and we, every citizen in the United States, will be held accountable relevant to how we have provided for God’s unfathomable gift of life – our posterity.

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A Strategy for Repeal

  1. Overturn Roe v. Wade (1973), a strategy: https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/congress/item/14292-congress-has-the-power-to-overturn-roe-v-wade
  2. A Pathway Supporting Repeal of Roe! “HHS to define human life as ‘beginning at conception’” see: https://www.liveaction.org/news/new-hhs-strategic-plan-protects-american-lives-beginning-conception/
  3. Roe v. Wade is Unconstitutional:  Roe v. Wade should have NEVER been affirmed by the United States Supreme Court for the decision blatantly denies the pre-born child their 5th and 14th Amendment “Due Process” Protections.  No one in America is to be denied their right to life, to liberty, void due process of law and considering recent scientific/medical discoveries concerning early viability of the pre-born child and the fact that life begins at conception, Roe v. Wade (1973) must be declared unconstitutional and repealed – it is imperative that the United States Federal Government extricate itself from the holocaust of infanticide if America is to have any hope of healing and restoration.  Jesus Christ will NOT bless the American people unless we repent of our murder of the most innocent and plead for our Lord’s return and preeminence over our Land.  America’s destiny may already be fixed, but we serve a compassionate and loving Lord, perhaps He will, once again, show us grace and mercy!

Thank you Mr. President,

Rickey D. Holtsclaw

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For more information, please see:

Progressivism – Party of Deception and Death: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/01/26/progressivism-satans-party-of-death/