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The Tower of Babel: Abode of the Gods

The Tower of Babel: Abode of the Gods

 

Not all the holy mountains in the history of the world are natural, formed by the shifting of tectonic plates or the sudden, catastrophic opening of “the fountains of the great deep.” The Tower of Babel was one such artificial mountain. Babel was humanity’s attempt to force its way back into the divine council.

At Babel, mankind tried to storm the castle of God.

For generations, well-meaning Bible teachers have presented the story of Babel as an object lesson on the dangers of pride. Those foolish people were so arrogant they thought they could build a tower high enough to reach heaven!

With all due respect to those teachers, that’s an insult to the intelligence of our ancestors, if you think about it. And it’s a disservice to people in church who want to know why Yahweh was so offended by this project. Really? God is that insecure?

Look, if big egos were enough to bring God to Earth, He’d never leave.

Babel was not a matter of God taking down some people who’d gotten too big for their britches. The clue to the sin of Babel is in the name.

Remember, the Hebrew prophets loved to play with language. We often find words in the Bible that sound like the original but make a statement—for example, Beelzebub (“lord of the flies”) instead of Beelzebul (“Ba`al the prince”), or Ish-bosheth (“man of a shameful thing”) instead of Ishbaal (“man of Ba`al”). Likewise, the original Akkadian words bāb ilu, which means “gate of god” or “gate of the gods,” is replaced in the Bible with Babel, which is based on the Hebrew word meaning “confusion.”

Now, there’s a bit of misinformation that must be corrected about the Tower of Babel: Babel was not in Babylon.

It’s an easy mistake to make. The names sound alike, and Babylon is easily the most famous city of the ancient world. It’s also got a bad reputation, especially to Jews and Christians. Babylon, under the megalomaniacal king Nebuchadnezzar, sacked the Temple in Jerusalem and carried off the hardware for temple service. It makes sense to assume that a building project so offensive that God personally intervened must have been built at Babylon.

But there’s a problem with linking Babylon to the Tower of Babel: Babylon didn’t exist when the tower was built. It didn’t even become a city until about a thousand years after the tower incident, and even then it was an unimportant village for about another 500 years.

Traditions and sources outside the Bible identify the builder of the tower as the shadowy figure named Nimrod. Our best guess is he lived sometime between 3500 and 3100 B.C., a period of history called the Uruk Expansion. This tracks with what little the Bible tells us about Nimrod. In Genesis 10:10, we read “the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.”

The land of Shinar is Sumer and Erech is Uruk. Uruk was so important to human history that Nimrod’s homeland is still called Uruk, five thousand years later! We just spell it differently—Iraq.

Accad was the capital city of the Akkadians, which still hasn’t been found, but was somewhere between Babylon and ancient Assyria. Babylon itself was northwest of Uruk, roughly three hundred miles from the Persian Gulf in what is today central Iraq. But it wasn’t founded until around 2300 B.C., at least 700 years after Nimrod, and it wasn’t Babylon as we think about it until the old Babylonian empire emerged in the early part of the 2ndmillennium B.C.

So where should we look for the Tower of Babel?

The oldest and largest ziggurat in Mesopotamia was at Eridu, the first city built in Mesopotamia. Scholars put its founding at around 5400 B.C. In recent years, scholars have learned that the name Babylon was interchangeable with other city names, including Eridu. So “Babylon” didn’t always refer to the city of Babylon in ancient texts.

Artist’s conception of how the never-completed ziggurat at Eridu might have looked

 

 

 

Eridu never dominated the political situation in Sumer after the reigns of its first two kings, Alulim and Alalgar. But as the home city of Enki, god of fresh water, wisdom, and magic, Eridu was so important to Mesopotamian culture that more than three thousand years after Alalgar, Hammurabi the Great was crowned not in Babylon, but in Eridu—even though it had ceased to be a city about three hundred years earlier.

Even as late as the time of Nebuchadnezzar, 1,100 years after Hammurabi, the kings of Babylon still sometimes called themselves LUGAL.NUNki—King of Eridu.

Why? What was the deal with Eridu?

Archaeologists have uncovered eighteen levels of the temple to Enki at Eridu. The oldest levels of the E-abzu, a small structure less than ten feet square, date to the founding of the city. And consider that the spot remained sacred to Enki long after the city was deserted around 2000 B.C. The temple remained in use until the 5th century B.C., nearly five thousand years after the first crude altar was built to accept offerings of fish to Enki, the god of the subterranean aquifer, the abzu.

Now, this is where we tell you that abzu (ab = water + zu = deep) is very likely where we get our English word “abyss.” And the name Enki is a compound word. En is Sumerian for “lord,” and ki is the word for “earth.” Thus, Enki, god of the abzu, was “lord of the earth.”

Do you remember Jesus calling someone “the ruler of this world”?  Or Paul referring to “the god of this world”?  Who were they talking about?

Yeah. Satan.

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Here’s another piece to our puzzle:  Nimrod was of the second generation after the flood. His father was Cush, son of Ham, son of Noah. In Sumerian history, the second king of Uruk after the flood was named Enmerkar, son of Mesh-ki-ang-gasher.

Now, get this:  An epic poem from about 2000 B.C. called Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta preserves the basic details of the Tower of Babel story, including the confusion of language among the people of Sumer.

We don’t know exactly where Aratta was, but guesses range from northern Iran to Armenia. (Which would be interesting. Not only is Armenia located near the center of an ancient kingdom called Urartu, which may be a cognate for Aratta, it’s where Noah landed his boat—the mountains of Ararat. So it’s possible Nimrod/Enmerkar was trying to intimidate the people—his cousins, basically—who settled near where his great-grandfather landed the ark. But we just don’t know.)  Wherever it was, Enmerkar muscled this neighboring kingdom to compel them to send building materials for a couple of projects near and dear to his heart.

Besides building a fabulous temple for Inanna, the goddess of, well, prostitutes, Enmerkar/Nimrod also wanted to expand and upgrade Enki’s abzu—the abyss.

“Let the people of Aratta bring down for me the mountain stones from their mountain, build the great shrine for me, erect the great abode for me, make the great abode, the abode of the gods, famous for me, make my me prosper in Kulaba, make the abzu grow for me like a holy mountain, make Eridug (Eridu) gleam for me like the mountain range, cause the abzu shrine to shine forth for me like the silver in the lode. When in the abzu I utter praise, when I bring the me from Eridug, when, in lordship, I am adorned with the crown like a purified shrine, when I place on my head the holy crown in Unug Kulaba, then may the …… of the great shrine bring me into the jipar, and may the …… of the jipar bring me into the great shrine. May the people marvel admiringly, and may Utu (the sun god) witness it in joy.”1 (Emphasis added)

 

That’s the issue Yahweh had with it right there. This tower project wasn’t about hubris or pride; it was to build the “abode of the gods” right on top of the abzu.

Could Nimrod have succeeded? Ask yourself: Why did Yahweh find it necessary to personally put a stop to it? A lot of magnificent pagan temples were built in the ancient world, many of them copying the pyramid-like shape of the ziggurats, from Mesopotamia to Mesoamerica. Why did God stop this one?

We can only speculate, of course, but God had a good reason or we wouldn’t have a record of it in the Bible. Calling Babel a sin of pride is easy, but it drains the story of its spiritual and supernatural context.

In the view of this author, the evidence is compelling. It’s time to correct the history we’ve been taught since Sunday School:  Babel was not at Babylon, it was at Eridu. The tower was the temple of the god Enki, Lord of the Earth, the god of the abyss. Its purpose was to create an artificial mount of assembly, the abode of the gods, to which humans had access.

That was something that Yahweh could not allow.

Black, J.A., Cunningham, G., Fluckiger-Hawker, E, Robson, E., and Zólyomi, G. Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta, The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature (http://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/etcsl.cgi?text=t.1.8.2.3#), retrieved 12/17/16.

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Derek Gilbert Bio Derek P. Gilbert hosts SkyWatchTV, a Christian television program that airs on several national networks, the long-running interview podcast A View from the Bunker, and co-hosts SciFriday, a weekly television program that analyzes science news with his wife, author Sharon K. Gilbert. Before joining SkyWatchTV in 2015, his secular broadcasting career spanned more than 25 years with stops at radio stations in Philadelphia, Saint Louis, Little Rock, and suburban Chicago. Derek is a Christian, a husband and a father. He’s been a regular speaker at Bible prophecy conferences in recent years. Derek’s most recent book is The Great Inception: Satan’s PSYOPs from Eden to Armageddon. He has also published the novels The God Conspiracy and Iron Dragons, and he’s a contributing author to the nonfiction anthologies God’s Ghostbusters, Blood on the Altar, I Predict: What 12 Global Experts Believe You Will See by 2025, and When Once We Were a Nation.
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Prayer is a MUST for Godly Leadership – part 1

There are many principles and keys to successful Christian leadership but most are not as vital as prayer. Prayer is one of the most powerful communication tools given to man to use to commune with our heavenly father. Do not burden yourself by attempting to pray as good or as fluent as some of your ministerial colleagues or spiritual mentors. Simply ask the Holy Spirit to help you pray as best as you can. The ever wise Holy Spirit will teach you Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye”, and will divinely connect you with those who will help sharpen and perfect YOUR praying style. Diligently learn from those God has brought into your life, but learn as led by the Holy Spirit. When I attempted to pray as some of the prayer warriors I respected, I did not connect with the Lord as I expected. When I trusted the Holy Spirit to help me pray based on what He and others taught me, then I truly felt the power of God as I prayed. This is the best type of praying leader you should desire to be, the one God has ordained you to become.

Jesus Christ, our Lord and best example of how to obey God prayed while he was on earth. Jesus prayed for himself in John 17:1-2 “Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.” Jesus also prayed for his disciples as shown in John 17:9-10 “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them”.  One of my deepest desires is for every pastor and ministry leader to be able to prayer this prayer as often as needed. This particular prayer emphasizes the accountability we have to God for those given to us, but more importantly clarifies that we are simply custodians for these truly belong to God our father. Finally Jesus prayed for all believers in John 17:20-21 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me”.

I offer these 3 examples in John 17 to highlight the importance of praying for ourselves John 17:1-5, praying for those God has ordained us to lead, John 17:6-19 and also praying for those whom will believe in Jesus in John 17:20-26. This is one of the best examples of God’s expectation of prayer from his servant leaders. Take the time to read study and meditate on John 17 for Jesus provides profound guidelines for mastering the essentials of prayer for these 3 categories of his children which are most important to our mission on earth.

I have seen the biggest results in my life when I pray according to God’s mission for me and those he has called me to lead. Let’s be clear, God is certainly concerned about our personal welfare, such as health and family success and balance. He is also highly interested in us praying for his will in our lives and the lives he has mandated us to lead. I trust you will experience the glory of God as you use John 17 to pray for yourself, your disciples and those who will believe in our Lord and Savior.

Shalom and Glory to you.

Join us next time for part 2 which explores the root reasons for prayer in our current challenging environment.

 

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Joseph Doxa is the Pastor of Glory Life Church in Tampa, Florida. He and his wife Cindy have 3 daughters and 1 son. They are originally from Nigeria. Pastor Doxa serves as the Ambassador of Prayer for All Pro Pastors and hosts our International Prayer Conference call with Pastors and leaders every Wednesday at 7:00 AM EST.
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Christ Celebrated Chanukah

Christ celebrated Chanukah so you can too!

(John 10:22-23 NIV) Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Yeshua was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade.

The word “dedication” in Hebrew is Chanukah so Yeshua was at the Temple during the Festival of Chanukah. Every year during this festival we celebrate the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple. In 2 Corinthians 6:16 Paul tells us we are the temples of God since God’s Spirit lives in people who belong to Yeshua. Because of this, it will spiritually benefit us to celebrate the Festival of Dedication (or Chanukah) and rededicate our temples to God.

חֲנֻכָּה (SEC # 2598) – Chanukah

It comes from (חָנַך) chanak: to train up, dedicate (SEC # 2596)

make experienced, submissive, etc. (as one does a horse by a rope in its mouth)

Dedication involves submission. When people want to keep a horse under their control, so it does what they want it to do, a rope is used to control it. Being under the control of its rider, the horse can be dedicated to doing exactly what its owner wants.

For people to be dedicated to God we need to live the same way as the horse. We need to be directed and under the control of Yeshua our Lord, Owner and Master.

The Hebrew word חָנַך is the Hebrew word Solomon used in Proverbs 22.

(Proverbs 22:6) Train up (חֲנֹךְ) a child in the way he should go

(Proverbs 22:6 GNT) Teach children how they should live

(Proverbs 22:6 TLB) Teach a child to choose the right path

(Proverbs 22:6 MSG) Point your kids in the right direction

To dedicate our temples to God we need to be pointed in the right direction so we can choose the right path and live as our Lord calls us to live.

I trust you are beginning to see how celebrating Chanukah can be a spiritual blessing to you. Chanukah begins December 12 at sunset, and ends December 20 at sunset. I encourage to learn more about Chanukah and if you desire I am available to visit your congregation, Bible study, or group of friends to lead a Chanukah celebration.

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Ron Goldberg is a Jew who belongs to Jesus. He regularly speaks to all denominations and faiths about his spiritual journey. Ron was raised as a traditional Jew and was sent to deprogramming by his parents and rabbi in hopes of getting him to reject Yeshua (Jesus). He shares how he met the Jewish Jesus and helps other people meet the Jewish Jesus. Have you met the Jewish Jesus?
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Are You a “GODLY EXAMPLE in LEADERSHIP”?

 

A Godly example for others is NOT AN OPTION in ministry, however many times we show anything other than a Godly impact on lives that are watching our every move.

Sometimes it is so easy to laugh at another’s sick joke, or criticize a man or woman of God because they do things differently than we do or we might complain often of our ailments or problems with our children and family. Are we the example that will enhance their lives or are we like the blind leading the blind?

What we may be showing others is “Don’t follow me, I’m lost too.”

What about ego? Are we always bragging, building ourselves up as we crave for attention?

Serve from Godly motives, not to feel good about yourself….or to be praised, accepted, or in control.

May each of us look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

Philippians 2:4 ESV

Are we always considerate of others?

Do we strive to be on time….?

Do we answer phone calls and text promptly?

Do we answer messages with a pleasant message other than a yes or no?

The power of our example of the way we live either has a negative or positive influence on others.

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”

Romans 12:10 ESV

What about sharing our interest in movies, TV or other media outlets? Do we show interest in TV shows that are knowingly secular, violent, witchcraft, promoting sexual perversion and other worldly interests or is it our ultimate goal to help others become imitators of Christ so not to open our eyes, mind and spirit to these evil pursuit’s ?

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Galatians 6:9 ESV

Do we show and live by example, that our spouse is our best friend (after Jesus Christ) .and that he or she comes before anyone in our congregation or otherwise?

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

Colossians 3:23-24 ESV

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Linda Pickern Founded "Women R Champions" after several years working with husband Paul with All Pro Pastors. The need that Pastor Wives and women who serve in ministry shared was for a safe place to come and unload. Woman R Champions is a closed community group within Facebook that is open by invitation. This helps to keep it private. Linda has worked in business and been a part of several denominations for over 50 years. Originally from West Virginia, she still has lots of family there. As a mother and grandmother as well as married to a pastor she has many life experiences to draw upon! Linda is a faithful prayer warrior for the women and their husbands she serves.
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“Living like the Gate is Open” 5 Keys to unlock your unlimited potential-Part I

Exceptional leaders want to reach their ultimate potential in life and in relationships. It is not about the desire to do this but the knowledge of “How to” that can get in the way. During the next two months in the All Pro Pastors newsletter, I want to provide 5 keys that will help you as a Pastor unlock your and your congregation’s unlimited potential and enable you to “Live like someone left the gate open.”

Before I give you the keys, let me provide for you the picture of the “open gate” statement from earlier. My dog Missy has been with our family since December 2006. As our first dog for the family, we learned a lot of lessons on feeding, providing, and most importantly, protecting. We realized that a gate/fence was a very important piece of that last equation. When I let Missy out to do her business, I would sometimes forget to check to make sure the gate was closed. As you can guess, there were many, many times of running through the neighborhood to capture a run-a-way dog. I have learned also early to train her to come with treats. Food can be a great motivator in life. So what does the statement “Live like someone left the gate open” mean for us today? When Missy would “escape” she made the most of the situation and fully engaged in all that she could do, especially the areas with a lot of mud. What would happen if we fully engaged in life the same way- with an excitement and joy for the moments (just minus the mud). I believe we would be able to tap into the areas of our greatest potential. For this month, let’s consider some 2 of the 5 keys that help unlock our gate!

Key One: Learn to Adapt

The first key to unlock your gate of unlimited potential is the ability to adapt to the environment God has placed you in. This not only involves your sight (eyes) but your vision (heart). Sight sees what is in front of you and vision sees what is beyond you. It is all revolves around our attitude. I like the poem, “Two men looked through prison bars. One saw mud, the other saw stars. It is about perspective.” The question is, “Do you have your sights set on the stars or a muddy mentality?” The Apostle Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:11, “… for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (KJV) There are a few items to consider in how to adapt to your current situation. In your new environment, remember that there are now new opportunities to explore and new rules to understand. With each move, my dog Missy would take advantage of the new backyard while learning what she could and could not do. With each move, the backyard would grow and she was able to stretch her legs. Let me explain the “new rules” portion of this key.

Since my wife and I have moved 19 times over the last 29 years of marriage and military, there are some valuable rules we have learned and lived. One of the most important is what to hold on to and what to let go of. We know that if it has been in a box for four years and we have never opened it, we probably do not need it. I will look in to make sure it isn’t anything I really need but we let it go. This is not only important with possessions, it is also true with people (not that you had them in a box). I have shared this statement with many of my Soldiers and young people, “Show me your friends and I will show you your future.” In adapting to a new environment, relationships with others may and will change. It is like taking a train with friends. At different stops, other friends will come on the train while others will get off. You want these older friends to stay but they have come to the end of that particular journey with you. You have a choice. Do you get off the train and stay where they are or do you stay on your train and keep moving forward toward the destination God is calling your heart to? It is hard to let go but there are times when those new friends around us are there to help us get to one of the many stops that lead to our ultimate destination. As you consider the first key of Adapting, consider this phrase given to me by my father when I was sixteen, “If you always do what you have always done, you will always be what you always have been.” This means that you need to learn from your past to help you grow in the potential of the present which leads us to the second key.

Key Two: Learn your Capabilities and Limitations

The second key to unlock the gate of your potential is found in discovering your capabilities and your limitations. The other day, I read a question that made me stop and think. “What is the enemy of great?” Is it challenges? It is overwhelming obstacles? No. It is simply settling for “good”. Good is the enemy of great. How many of you got up this morning and said, “I can’t wait to be average today!” If you are reading these words, chances are you are not one of the millions that believe and demonstrate this mentality. When you use this second key, you unlock a desire to move from ordinary to extraordinary. It is a step from the mundane to the majestic. It is becoming a king when others simply see a shepherd boy (1 Samuel 16).

It is more then just knowing what you can’t or should not do. It is about captivating on the energy building strength of what you are the best at doing. Let me explain the greatness in knowing your limitations. My biggest struggle in life is that I think I can do more than I physically can do. In a matter of speaking (or writing as the case may be), my mind writes a check that my body does not want to pay. It will pay it but is usually costs me more in the end. How can a fence be a good picture to visually help in this area of growth? Many years ago, there was a study done regarding fences around playgrounds, The children in the recreational areas that did not have fences generally stayed close to the swings, slides and the merry-go-rounds (yep that dates the study). The playgrounds that had fences, however, had kids all the way to the fence, some even climbing on it. What do you think they learned? What they learned was that children were hesitant to go out to the farthermost boundary of the playground because they did not have a structured feeling of security. The areas with the fences facilitated kids moving out and pushing the limits. Where do you think greatest grows? Does greatness grow in the safe gray area of hesitancy or in the trail blazing spirit of standing on the edge? Fences protect your capabilities to allow you to do as much as you can within the limits of your talent and strength. You can either do 10 things well or you can go 5 things with excellence. It is your choice. As that second key in turning in the lock, it teaches us to face our fears and failures head-on. As I have told many of my Soldiers and Law Enforcement Officers, “When you fall on the ground, pick something up when you get back up. That way it is not a wasted trip.” Let me ask you this question. When is failure final? Failure is final when you decide to stop trying. Small steps forward are always better than sitting still and sulking or coasting backwards and complaining. Yet, I do understand a time when it seems like it is impossible to stand back up because the floor feels better than the beating. What is that point called? It is our natural saturation point. Do you remember the time you spent in chemistry class testing a liquid to find out its saturation point? Although I never had the patience, it was the difference of a small dropper of a certain chemical and the liquid in the beaker. Drop by drop went the chemical into the beaker of clear liquid until, “PRESTO“, it changed from clear to blue. How does this relate to us? We all have a saturation point. It depends on the situation, the stresses, or the trial but like the chemical, drop by drop it falls into the pool of our heart and eventually impacts and overwhelms. So what do we do? In the Chemistry class, we would record the number of drops it took for the particular chemical to saturate the liquid. In our life, we can begin to feel the saturation point coming by our bodies, our minds, and our hearts becoming “burdened and heavy laden” (Matt. 11:28). If we know this, we now have the opportunity to do something about it. What do you think it is? If a liquid is saturated by a chemical, you can reverse the process by adding more of the liquid to overwhelm the foreign substance. In our life, we can add the “liquid of life” (John 4:14) into our heart to help us fight the saturated situations. What are at least three things that can pour into our heart that help us heal from the “blue turning” times? Three simple, yet profound items that can help us turn back to our original state before the crisis is family, friends, and faith. They help to re-establish a homeostasis type of healing that helps us move forward and begin a new normal. Issues in life will change our attitudes, our perspectives, and posture for a time but the length of that time is up to you.

The last area of knowing your limitations and capabilities is to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. Once we get settled in the easy chair of life, the longer we stay in the prone posture of self-preservation, the harder it is to get up and get going again. If I am unwilling to be stretched in my life, I will never be able to grow into the leader I am skilled to be. Think of it this way, “Comfort leads to complacency which leads to apathy which leads to atrophy.” Comfort may be great on a cruise (just not in a hurricane) but it has no place on a battleship. If you have ever toured a battleship, you will realize that the sleeping quarters, dining facility, and work stations are not designed for relaxation but for mission readiness. Everyone has a job and everyone needs to do their job. What is your primary job here on the battleship of life? When I am comfortable with being uncomfortable, I begin to learn the areas of my responsibility the best way possible. I seek to know more. I ask more questions. I take the necessary steps to do more so I can become more. Sadly, most people try to act as if they need no help or already know all the details of their jobs. They do not last long in their positions because they would rather preserve their false persona of perfection rather than the reality of their learning.

Next month, we will continue to unpack the last three keys to unlock your unlimited potential. Until then, remember that your limitation is your imagination. With you as a child of the King, make your plans BIG.

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CHAPLAIN (MAJ-ret) DANIEL MIDDLEBROOKS 813-767-2082 (Cell) chaplainmiddlebrooks@hotmail.com Personal Story: Chaplain (MAJ-ret) Daniel Middlebrooks was born in Plant City, Florida on 19 July, 1966. After receiving his AA degree from Hillsborough Community College, he entered the Active Duty on 27 May, 1988 at FT. Jackson, SC and began his career as a 91J- Physical Therapy Technician for three years at Fox Army Hospital, Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL (1988-1991). In November 1988, Daniel surrendered to the call of the ministry and worked toward his BS degree at Athens State College, Athens, Alabama. He left the Active Duty, May 1991 and entered New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and the National Guard Chaplain’s Candidate Program. He was endorsed by the Southern Baptist Convention, commissioned as a 2nd LT in January 1992 and served with the HQ STARC until Jan 1994. He completed his MDIV in the summer of 1994 and was commissioned at a 1st LT, January 1994 and transferred to 769th Combat Engineers, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was later transferred to the 2-117 FA in Oneonta, Alabama. Civilian Ministry Experience: CH Middlebrooks served at Williams Blvd Baptist church from 1991-1995 as the Minister of Newlyweds, Minister of young Adults, Minister of Family Ministries and Interim Music Minister. He moved to Morgan City, AL and served as the Associate Pastor and New Building Construction Director from OCT 1995-June 1997. He served as the Senior Pastor for Hopewell Baptist Church, Plant City FL from Feb. 2013- March, 2017. He currently serves as the Command Chaplain for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and as the Chaplain for Plant City. His also volunteers as the chaplain of Plant City Fire Department and Hillsborough County School Board-Security Division. He is the President/CEO of R3 Care & Consulting, LLC and Chaplaincy Care, Inc. Active Duty Chaplaincy/Military Experience: He entered Active Duty again in June 1997 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He served in the 626 FSB (97-98) and 1/502 IN BN(99-2000); Deputy 280th BSB CH (2000-02) and 1-26 IN , Schweinfurt, Germany (2002-03); 1st Recruiting Brigade as the OIC of the CH Recruiting team (2004-06);and 10th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Carson, CO (2007-10). He last served as the Chaplain’s Career Course Senior Course manager, instructor and developer/writer. His military Schooling includes Chaplain Officer Basic Leaders Course (93), Chaplain Career Course (2003), USAREC Chaplain Recruiting Certification, CPE (2006), and ILE (2007), and the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School Faculty Development Training/Instructor Certification. CH Middlebrooks has deployed to MFO/Egypt (1999-00), Kosovo (2002), and Iraq (2008-09). Awards: Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, The Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leave Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one Silver and four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with one Silver and two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star, GWOT, Humanitarian Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Oversee Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and MFO Medal. He earned his Air Assault Wings in 1997 and his Recruiter badge with three silver stars in 2006. He was awarded the distinguished Witherspoon Award from the OCCH and National Bible Association in 2010. He is married to the former Arienne Plyler of Brandon, Florida. They have two daughters, Erica (23) and Allison (18). Over the last 29 years of marriage, the Middlebrooks family has moved 19 times and understands what means to “Bloom where God plants you”.
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The Days of Noah “Part I”

If you haven’t read our first two articles, I do recommend reading them before you push through with this one.  For this entire series, we are using the cipher that Jesus gave us for the “end times” in Luke 21.   “When you see these things happen, then stand up, and lift up your heads because your redemption draws near.”  We are called to know our Bibles and we are called to know what is happening in the world. When these two things converge, then we know that the return of Jesus is near.  Thus far we have shown that we are living in the days where:

  • Gentiles no longer tread down Jerusalem.  Luke 21
  • Jerusalem has become a “burdensome stone” for the whole world.  Zechariah 12:3
  • Persecution of Christians is at unprecedented levels in modern times and they are being beheaded just as Revelations describes. Revelations 20:4
  • There is a dramatic increase in pagan and occultic activity just like Jannes and Jambres. 2 Timothy 3:1-9.
  • There are more false Christ’s, false religions, false gospels and false prophets than ever before. Matt 7:15, Matt 24:24, Ezekiel 13:9, Jeremiah 23:16, Luke 6:26, Matthew 16:11-12, 2 Timothy 4:3-4, Acts 20:28-30, 2 Peter 3:14-18, 2 Peter 1:12-21, Titus 1:6-16, 2 Peter 2 & Matthew 23:1-29
  • There is a great falling away happening in the church.  Specifically the church has become politically correct rather than Biblically correct. When it comes to sin, Christians are no different than the rest of the world. See the last article and Revelations 3.
  • The Days of Lot and Sodom and Gomorrah are once again in full swing. Luke 17:28

The Days of Noah

The “Days of Noah” are clearly linked by Jesus to His ultimate return. In Matt 24:37-39 it says, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark.”  NKJV

To start with, this article is going to be controversial because we will be talking about an era of human history that we know very little about because the Bible does not actually say that much about it. Not only that, but we are going to be bringing up one of the most controversial chapters in the Bible, which is Genesis the 6th chapter. Before I begin, I want to say that whatever you believe about Genesis the 6th chapter, it probably doesn’t matter unless it was actually happening again. If Genesis 6 is happening again, then the proof is in the pudding.  So for this study we are going to work backward. We are going to focus on what is happening in the world right now and you are going to find that there are some strange new creatures that are being created. Then we will reference the Bible to see if something similar can be found in its pages.

Trans-humanism

Trans-humanism is the technology of changing and blending human DNA to create a bigger, better, stronger and a longer living human being.  What most people do not know is that modern technology has just ripped a hole in the fabric of humanity! Genetic engineering is currently used even within our food supply chain. They think that what they are now able to accomplish is something that has have never achieved before, which is to conquer death and our frail, human limitations. In no uncertain terms, the development of Trans-humanism changes everything. In order to accomplish this feat, they are changing DNA by blending human, animal and plant DNA together.  They also have the technology to write completely new DNA and to create completely new life forms and in a speedy fashion.  Let me be clear, if God does not intervene soon, none of His creations will be left.  When I first heard of Trans-humanism, I didn’t believe it was even remotely possible, but unfortunately I was wrong.  That we, as children of God, would knowingly proceed forward with irreparably changing humanity it is beyond my comprehension, but that is exactly what this new field of science is doing.   They are able to write, rewrite, copy and paste DNA at high speeds with profound affects.  To understand just how this is possible, we need to learn a little more about DNA.  In it’s simplest form, DNA is just like the letters of the alphabet because it can be used as a language or a code to store sophisticated information. DNA is a storage system that literally forms the “book of life.” (Psalms 139:16) Unfortunately, like any storage system, the information can become corrupted and when this happens the image of God and His temple are corrupted.

There are many debates about the Bible and it’s meanings, but there is no doubt that God himself wrote the message of DNA.  This message, though in a fallen state, still bears the resemblance of God Himself.  The goal of Trans-humanism is no less than to change the image and the reality of what mankind is, because they view mankind as weak and fatally flawed. If you think mankind’s ultimate problem in the world today is death, then scientists think they are on the verge of solving that problem as well. In 2015, one of the front covers of Time magazine stated “2045 – The Year Man Becomes Immortal.”  In the article, they believe the secret to life everlasting is simply replacing parts that they can grow themselves. Scientists in the field have already coined the term for this new version of man and they call them humans 2.0. The problem is humans 3.0 and 4.0 will be coming out very shortly. The idea of blending humans, animals and plants together, as well as writing their own code for brand new life forms, clearly threatens to destroy the world, as we know it. To go along with this new breed of men, they are already talking about a new level of racism that will come with it. This new form of racism will be between those who are modified versus those who are not.

In an effort to try and catch you up on what is really possible, just look at some of the following headlines.

    • 12 bizarre examples of genetic engineering – Web-spinning goats – Glow-in-the-dark cats – Venomous cabbage, Fast-growing salmon, Banana vaccines, Less-flatulent cows, Genetically modified trees, Medicinal eggs – Strange new Creatures and Chimeras
    • The $100 Genome: Implications for the DOD – 2010 – The first draft sequences of the human genome were published a decade ago at a cost of $300M, now you can accomplish this for less than $100. Recommendation:  The DOD should immediately plunge into genetic engineering (create super soldiers). Waiting even two years to initiate this process may place them unrecoverable behind in the race for personal genomics information and applications.  Translation? Enhanced human beings or super soldiers are the new arms race!
    • The Hybrid Age – Tom Horn & Chuck Missler – Trans-humanism promises to redefine what it means to be human. Tran-humanism supports this vision, as does a flourishing list of U.S. military advisors, bioethicists, law professors, and academics, which intend the use of genetics, robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and synthetic biology (Grins technologies) as tools that will radically redesign our minds, our memories, our physiology, our offspring, and even perhaps as Joel Garreau, in his bestselling book Radical Evolution, claims—our very souls.
    • COMES THE ÜBERMENSCHEN – Hitler’s vision of the superior race is coming true. The former chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics, Dr. Leon Kass warned:  Human nature itself lies on the operating table, ready for alteration, for eugenic and psychic “enhancement,” for wholesale redesign. In leading laboratories, academic and industrial, new creators are confidently amassing their powers and quietly honing their skills, while on the street their evangelists [Tran humanists] are zealously prophesying a post human future. For anyone who cares about preserving our humanity, the time has come for paying attention.
    • INTACT GENETIC MATERIAL EXTRACTED FROM AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MUMMY – By HAROLD M. SCHMECK Jr. – Published: April 16, 1985
    • SCIENTISTS RESURRECT EXTINCT FROG That Gives Birth Through Its Mouth – March 19th, 2013
    • First human head transplant could happen in two years – 25 February 2015 by Helen Thomson.
    • Citizen Cyborg:  Why Democratic Societies Must Respond To The Redesigned Human Of The Future
    • The end of extinction? – Mail Online Magazine – By SARAH GRIFFITHS – 9/3/2013

 

 

    • DARPA’s Next Generation Of Super Zombie Soldiers – Published by Sam Hason on 8/31/ 2015

 

  • In 30 Years People Won’t Have Sex to Make Babies, Stanford Professor Says
  • National Geographic – The Next Human.

 

    • Trans-humanist Seeks Eternal Life With Blood of Youth Rather Than Blood of Christ.

 

  • Brave New World: Scientists Bring About ‘Baby Farming’ and The Recreation of The Nephilim.
  • Human beings can now be edited … but we may not like the results.
  • Babies by Design: The Ethics of Genetic Choice.
  • Government to lift moratorium on cross-species, ‘chimera’ research
  • Resurrection Technology Is Here
  • British scientists granted permission to genetically modify human embryos

 

Well, you might be saying that it will take years for this to happen, but the truth is that if a controversial military or scientific report is made public, especially when it has measures of national security involved, then the report is probably 10-20 years behind what is actually happening. Once a genetically modified human is released, it only takes 3-4 generations for this change to affect all of humanity. This is why we are told in Leviticus 19:19 that we are not to mix species and this is why Trans-humanism changes everything. What do you mean?  When they inserted quail DNA into a chicken, the chicken moved its head like a quail and made sounds like a quail.  These are complex memory and behavior patterns. The chicken literally isn’t a chicken anymore! If we do this to humans, we won’t be human anymore either, at least the humans that God created.  The ramification of taking the technologies of Trans-humanism any farther is that they could literally destroy the world, as we know it.  Not only that, but we are playing God.  Think about all of the new creatures they will be creating.  Think about how many failures they will have killed before they get one that is adaptively significant. Experimenting on beings that are partly human and killing them as we see fit sounds more like the Devil than any god I have heard. But the genie cannot be put back in the bottle because $100 is all it takes to sequence someone’s DNA.  Sure science is doing all of this in the name of curing disease, but really it is to change who and what we are as a species.  Mankind sees themselves as imperfect and fragile and in need of a fix and science is now in a position to give it them.  They see this as just the next phase of their evolution, but this may be the same forbidden fruit that was in the Garden of Eden.

If the Bible says that we are not to change the words of the Bible (Rev 22:18&19, Deut 4:2 & 12:32) because this is blasphemy, then how can we consider changing the words that God Himself wrote in the “book of life.” DNA is “the instruction book for life” and the literal “words that define His image,” but like any information system, DNA can contain the truth or it can contain lies.  The Bible says that the truth will set us free and that lies will enslave us.  The most troubling aspects of Trans-Humanism are that we are changing the image that God created. Furthermore, we are changing our DNA to where it is different than Adam and even more importantly, different than Jesus. If our bodies really are the “temple of the Holy Spirit,” then changing one jot or tittle of the temple plan defiles God’s temple. A perfect God cannot inhabit an imperfect temple.  If mankind were created in the image of God, then changing our DNA would change that image.  If Satan is the god of this world and everywhere he looks all he sees are little images of his arch enemy, then don’t you think it might be his #1 goal to change that?  Clearly, Satan would want to change mankind to be in his own image instead. If demonic possession is real, then a demonic spirit can inhabit a human body. This parallels the Holy Spirit, which can also inhabit a human body making it God’s temple. Is it possible that changing the human body could also cause it to become the temple of Satan? These are scary implications and honestly, just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the ramifications of what this new technology of Trans-humanism is doing to our faith.

So the question becomes, does the Bible talk about Trans humanism or genetic manipulation?  Well the Bible says, “what has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)  I believe that this is the case here because Trans-humanism is eerily similar to several passages talked about in the Bible.  Remember, if species are left alone, then everything reproduces after its own kind.  So we are looking for something that did not follow this pattern. The first clue to this mystery happens to be in the very first prophecy in the Bible, which is found in Genesis the 3rd chapter. I call this chapter “The War of the Seeds”, but you could also call this “The DNA Wars.” Why would I say that? Consider this statement because it was the first thing that God said to Satan and Adam after the fall of mankind. “And I will put enmity between you (Satan) and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head (referring to the Messiah), and you will strike his heel.” What is exciting about this chapter is that it is a prophecy of the coming of Jesus and how He would free us by destroying Satan.  But there are some curious things in this passage as well like, what does the Bible mean by seed?  As we know today, the most important of seed is the genetic component, which is DNA.  If there is a war of the seeds then this could be a DNA war. When did this DNA war happen?  Is it happening right now?  How can Satan have seed or offspring and when did he have this seed the Bible refers to or is this just figurative?  Is seed or DNA one of the actual chess pieces that will be used as this cosmic war comes to an end?  Why is the seed or DNA so important?  While we may not know all the answers to all of these questions, I do believe that we will be able to answer most of these questions during this study.

If we look for the seed of Satan, there is really only one candidate found in the entire Bible.  There is really only one new creature that did not come after its kind. Moreover, this creature was similar to humans, but they were created outside of the 6 days of creation, which means God did not create them. This sole candidate is the Nephilim described in Genesis the 6th chapter and elsewhere.  Does the idea of the Nephilim fulfill this verse? How can Satan have seed unless the Biblical account of Gen 6 is true?

Mingling Seed and Tampering with DNA.

In Daniels vision of the statue with the “head of gold,” which is found in chapter 2 verses 43, he mentions that the Final Kingdom before the return of the Messiah would also be the only kingdom that was divided. It was partly iron and partly clay “in that they mingled themselves with the seed of men and the two would not cleave together.”  The only other time that the Bible really mentions the idea of mingled seed is in Genesis the 6th chapter, which also happens to be the days of Noah.  I believe that what this verse is telling us is that in the last kingdom it will be divided because there will be two types of people in this kingdom. Some will have un-mingled seed and some will have mingled seed and been genetically modified. This last kingdom that will rule the earth before Christ’s return perfectly parallels the last kingdom of Revelations that is described as a “Beast.” Just like the Divided Kingdom, the Beast Kingdom will have two types of people.  There are those who have received the mark of the Beast and those who refuse this mark.  Maybe this is not a coincidence.  Maybe the people who take the mark of the Beast are the very one’s who have tampered with their DNA. Can it also be a coincidence that this technology exists today?  How about the fact that Trans-humanism is literally blending mankind with the beasts of the earth? Is this also a coincidence? Maybe this mark is not just a mark, but also a genetic marker that has components of a “beast.”

The Last Divided Kingdom of Daniel and the Beast of Revelations Connection

Last Kingdom Revelations Daniel 2
Saved Unmarked Non-mingled seed
Unsaved Marked Mingled Seed

Class Warfare & Racism Like Never Before!

One of the major ramifications of Trans-humanism is that it would create a new form of racism. This will happen because there is a huge divide between those who are enhanced and those who are not enhanced. This divide will not just be ethnic and racial, but also in abilities and longevity.  Humans 1.0 will simply not be able to compete with humans 2.0. To deal with this issue, the US Government has already paid Case Law School millions of dollars to modify our constitution to include rights for these new modified human beings.

Genesis 6 – Fallen Angels – Why Did God Really Destroy The Earth With A Flood?

If we are living in an age where humanity is being re-written through DNA tampering, then this meets the Bible’s description of the idea of mingled seed described in Daniels divided kingdom.  The question is, does the Bible talk about mingling of seed anywhere else.  Has there ever been some type of DNA tampering that has happened before?  If so, that would clearly explain why & how Satan could have seed or offspring. Searching for these two ideas leads us to what the Bible calls, The Days of Noah.” There is only one thing that happened in the Days of Noah that seems to be completely unique, and that is the strange story found in Genesis the 6th chapter.

  • Genesis 6:2 – “The sons of God (benei/1121 & Elohim/430) saw the daughters of Adam, that they were good in the broadest sense (for what?). And they took women (802/not wives) from all those that they chose…   4- The Nephilim (a new creature – 5303) were in the earth in those days, and even afterwards when the benei Elohim (Sons of God) came in to the daughters of Adam, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men (1368 – Powerful Ones) of old (5769 – existed from ancient times), the men of name/renown/legend (OT:8034 – a definite and conspicuous position).

There are many issues that we need to address here, so let’s look at some of the key words and see who we are talking about and what they did?  The Strongs’s word definitions are as follows:

  • OT: 1121 ben (bane); from OT:1129; a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., [like OT:1, OT:251, etc.]):
  • OT:430 ‘elohiym (el-o-heem’); plural of OT:433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used of the supreme God (in the plural thus, especially with the article); occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative:
  • OT:802 ‘ishshah (ish-shaw’); feminine of OT:376 or OT:582; irregular plural, nashiym (naw-sheem’); a woman (used in the same wide sense as OT:582):

Before we break down exactly whom the perpetrator of this event was and what resulted from it, I want to address one of the first questions that most everyone has.  Typically this is some version of what I might hear. “You mean to tell me that you believe that fallen angels married human women that resulted in children that were giants.”  “How can angels have sex with human women?” The first thing I like to point out to people is that the text doesn’t actually say that this is what happened.  What the text says is that the “Sons of God” took women in the general sense. They did not marry them as suggested in several translations.  The text does not say that they had sex with them either.  They certainly did not have a wedding and a honeymoon either.  It just says that they took them. Obviously, the idea of being abducted is actually a more accurate description of what happened.  However, this introduces an entirely new connotation that I am not ready to make yet.  What I am saying is that women were taken and when they were returned they were pregnant.  If you look at the technology that is available today, it is easy to do the same thing.  All you have to do is take a DNA swab from someone and you can have a baby with him or her.  We are also implanting foreign fetuses into wombs around the world and delivering babies that have no common DNA with their mother.  I hope this reality pops a bubble inside your brain revealing to us that what God can do through the power of His word, Satan may seek to accomplish through technology.  Without the knowledge that this could be accomplished through technology, we too may have translated this passage just the way that it was.  The obvious truth here is that how can Satan or his fallen angels are less advanced with regard to technology than we are?  If the unseen world really is on a higher level than we are, than how could they not be capable of this?  Once we rid ourselves of our connotations of what this passage does not say, then I believe we can move forward and take an honest look at what is being communicated here. So just who are the perpetrators here?

Who Are The “Sons of God”? The 3 Views

  • Some in Orthodox Judaism say they were the religious nobles.
  • Some say this is when the Godly sons of Seth married the evil daughters of Cain.
  • Fallen Angels?

Religious Nobles?

There is nothing that hints in scripture that would lead us to believe these are nobles or magistrates. How does religious nobles marrying the bad daughters of men get YHVH mad enough to destroy the world? How do giants come from such a marriage?

Sons of Seth Theory

The problem is that YHVH said that only Noah and his sons were righteous and they were the only ones on the ark. Seth didn’t make it, so how did the Nephilim occur after the flood? How can Seth’s sons be godly and marry the bad daughters of Cain at the same time? If the issue was mixed marriages, then the problem should have been confined between Seth’s sons and their wives. How do superhuman giants come from such a marriage?  Historically, Seth’s sons aren’t good. Josephus says about Seth’s sons, “but in the process of time they were perverted, and forsook the practices of their forefathers; and did neither pay those honor to God which were appointed them, nor had they any concern to do justice towards men.”

The “Sons of God” (Benei Elohim) Is Used Five Other Times In The Old Testament

  • Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them.  (The heavenly hosts we gathered)
  • Job2: 1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord,
  • Job 38:6 whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the cornerstone thereof; 7 when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
  • “Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘sons/children of the living God.‘ (Hosea 1:10)  Refers to the future of God’s people.

In the Old Testament all of these instances where the term “Sons of God” has been used, it always refers to angels except for one of them. The one reference that doesn’t exactly match the idea of referring to an angel actually refers to what the future of those humans who trust in God shall be, which is a “Child of God.”  I will explore this connection between the similarities of humans and angels in just a minute, but for now let’s move on.  

“Sons of God” In The New Testament

  • Believers are called “sons of God” in a spiritual sense because they are “born again” of YHVH.
  • Adam is also called a “Son of God” because his origination was from God, but his descendants were called sons of Adam.

In the entire Bible, only angels, the messiah, Adam and in the future “born again” or resurrected believers are called the “Sons of God”. This is also how these verses have been interpreted historically.  Historian Philo of Alexandria, who was a deeply religious man in the first century, wrote a brief treatise about this subject, called “Concerning the Giants.” Based on the Greek version of the Bible, he renders it as “Angels of God.” Josephus also records, “For the tradition is that these men did what resembled the acts of those men the Grecians called giants – aka Titans.” Josephus also added that Noah remonstrated with these offspring of the angels for their villainy.

What Is The Biggest Issue Here?  

The issue is what was created by fallen angels was so drastically different than the rest of mankind! These differences clearly produced something that was not after it’s own kind and so the question of genetic modification clearly comes into play. Not only does the size, strength and, longevity come into question, but how can someone have six fingers and toes and not be genetically modified?

  • Genesis 6:4- The Nephilim (5303) were in the earth in those days, and even afterwards when the benei Elohim came in to the daughters of Adam, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men (1368 – they were Powerful Ones) of old (5769 – which existed from ancient times), the men of name/renown (OT:8034 – definite and conspicuous position).

Looking at the key words in this passage here is what comes out:

  • OT:5303 –  nephiyl (nef-eel’); or nephil (nef-eel’); from OT:5307; properly, “fallen ones”, a feller, i.e. a bully or tyrant:  Greek Septuagint = Giants, Titans
  • OT:5307 naphal (naw-fal’); a primitive root; to fall away, in a great variety of applications (intransitive or causative, literal or figurative): desert, be cast down.
  • OT:1368 gibbowr (ghib-bore’); intensive from the same as OT:1397; powerful; by implication, warrior, tyrant: KJV – champion, chief, excel, giant, man, mighty (man, one), strong (man), valiant man.
  • OT:5769 `owlam (o-lawm’) from OT:5956; properly, concealed, i.e. the vanishing point; generally, time out of mind (past or future), i.e. (practically) eternity;  repeated or recurrent action or state, adverbial (especially with prepositional prefix) always: KJV – always, ancient (time), any more, continuance, eternal, (for, [n-]) ever (-lasting, -more, of old), lasting, long (time), (of) old (time), perpetual, at any time, (beginning of the) world (+without end). Compare OT:5331, OT:5703.

Historically, the Septuagint, which is older than the Masoretic text, translates the word “mighty men” or “gibbowr” as giants.  The Septuagint provides a clear historical context for how giants and the Nephilim have been interpreted in antiquity.  More importantly, the Greek word that they use to translate this is the word “Titans.” The Greek mythology surrounding the Titans also parallels the Genesis 6 account. The “Titans” were the half-breed offspring of the gods. They were created when the gods came down and had sexual relations with human women.  This scenario is what created the offspring that are still legendary for their abilities to this day.  These Titans rebelled against the gods and were put into Tartarus, which is an underground prison that is actually mentioned by the apostle Peter. Looking to find the Nephilim throughout the rest of the Bible is a bit of a goose chase.  Some of this is because, while the stories remain the same for future generations, the names change quite frequently because of the confounding of language that occured at the “Tower of Babel.” These are a list of some other possible names that seem to trace back to the lineage of the Nephilim.

Nephilim Are Also Called:

  • Rephaim – is used to comprehend all the gigantic races of the Canaanite
  • Anakim – race of Giants – Num 13:33 – descendants of the Nephilim
  • Emim – the proud deserters, terrors, race of giants Gen 14:5
  • Zuzim – the evil ones. Gen 14:5
  • Zamzummims – evil plotters, Deut 2:20
  • Zophim – watchers, descended angels Num 23

Just like it says in Genesis 6, there would be Nephilim in those days and also after the flood.  The most famous giant after the flood is Goliath who was killed by King David.  The other major place where giants dominate the story line is when the children of Israel refused to enter into the Promised Land. Clearly, the Bible gives many examples of how the people that lived there were called giants.  How big were they?  They were big enough that even after all the miracles that God performed getting them out of Egypt and through the desert, Israel was still too scared to enter the Promised Land because of these giants.  Maybe this wasn’t just because they were just a bunch of weak-minded people. Maybe it was because giants were real and they were “powerful ones.” To conquer a giant you need to be a spiritual giant.  If you consider that Genesis 3 speaks of a literal war between two genetically different kinds of people, then this would explain why the children of Israel were commanded to wipe out every man, woman and child when they encountered one of these groups. This genocide is also why many atheists have abandoned the God of the Bible as un-loving and evil God.  This also explains why Israel was not allowed to mix or marry the other people groups in Canaan for the same reason. Scoffing at the giants or simply misunderstanding the true reasons for these commands may still be the basis for how racism has crept into church even to this day.

Genesis 6 Explains The Flood

Whatever happened in Genesis the 6th chapter, it was probably the biggest reason that YHVH destroyed the world with a flood. It is also difficult to believe that “eating and drinking” was the real reason why God destroyed the earth with a flood.  Certainly a genetic perversion of the messianic line could have thwarted the plan of salvation for all of humanity. So, a flood makes perfect sense because you cannot rewrite DNA once the seed has been mingled. Just like any amount of leaven added to a loaf of bread, it leavens the whole lump.  Partially corrupt DNA corrupts the whole organism.  So why did God choose Noah?  The Bible says, “He was perfect in his generations.” Generations could literally be translated as genes.  Noah had a perfect genetic connection to the first Adam. Why did God destroy the earth? “All flesh had become corrupt.”  

  • Genesis 6:9-12  – This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations (genes). Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.  NKJV

In order for someone to be perfect in his generations, they would have to have some form of pure genetic connection to what God intended mankind to be. Noah’s DNA can also be traced directly back to Adam, who was perfect prior to the fall of mankind.  The idea that the flesh could literally become corrupt is difficult to imagine unless the DNA had also become corrupt or tampered with.  The fact that this applied to all flesh may mean that the same thing was being done to the animals. I do find it interesting that God specifically called certain animals to the ark.  Tampering with animal DNA creating many forms of hybrid or mixed of species is also recorded in the Apocryphal book of Jasher, chapter 4. The Bible even speaks of some of these hybrid animals such as a satyr as if they were real.

Before we move on, there is an obvious parallel between the modern notion of Atlantis and the Days of Noah. The ancient city of Atlantis, which was supposedly advanced beyond what man has accomplished today, was also destroyed in a flood. This also parallels the story of the Titans and how they were punished and imprisoned around this time.  Is there really a group of people that are looking to go back to the “Days of Noah and Atlantis?  The esoteric and occult bodies that helped found America commonly referred to America as the “New Atlantis.” The complete lack of our ability to construct these ancient megalithic structures even to this day, with the Great Pyramid being the best example, can only lead someone to one conclusion. There must have been an ancient society that was more technologically advanced than we are.  No, you heard me right! Not only can we not build the pyramid today, but also the idea that someone built the pyramid with copper tools is ludicrous. This also destroys the gist of evolution theories as well, because just after the cave man emerges from the caves, he builds a brand new Mercedes, only to go back to the Stone Age.

Nephilim After The Flood

  • Num 13:33 – And there we saw the giants (Nephilim), the sons of Anak, which come from the giants (Nephilim); and we were in or own sight as grass hoppers, and so we were in their sight.
  • Goliath – Goliath had 4 other brothers: 2 Sam 21:16-22 and 1 Chron 20:4-8.
  • Goliath’s brother had a spearhead that weighed 7 pounds and one had 6 fingers and 6 toes.
  • Deut 3:11 – The Giant King  – “For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of the giants. Indeed his bedstead was an iron bedstead. (Is it not in Rabbah of the people of Ammon?) Nine cubits is its length and four cubits its width, according to the standard cubit. NKJV This means Og’s bed was 15-17 feet long.

Rephaim

In the Bible two uses of this term are discernible. The first is as a tribe or nation  (e.g., Gen. 14:5; 15:20; Deut. 2:11) or referring to a people distinguished by their enormous stature. Especially singled out are Og king of Bashan (Deut. 3:11) and the powerful adversaries of David’s heroes (II Sam. 21:16, 18, 20). The biblical authors trace their designation to an apparently human eponym/name giver Rapha (h) (e.g., II Sam. 21:16, 18, 20;I Chron. 20:8). The Bible’s emphasis on the size and might of the Rephaim is responsible for the Septuagint’s renderings gig antes and titans (titans). The fact that they were called Rephaim also seems to indicate that they had an ability to heal that was extra-ordinary.

rapha’ – OT:7497 (raw-faw’); or raphah (raw-faw’); from OT:7495 in the sense of invigorating; a giant:  KJV – giant, Rapha, Rephaim (-s). See also OT:1051.

rapha’ – OT:7495 rapha’ (raw-faw’); or raphah (raw-faw’); a primitive root; properly, to mend (by stitching), i.e. (figuratively) to cure: KJV – cure, (cause to) heal, physician, repair, thoroughly, make whole. See OT:7503.  

Ancient Jewish Writings

“The wicked emperor Hadrian, who conquered Jerusalem, boasted, ‘I have conquered Jerusalem with great power.’ Rabbi Johanan ben Zakkai said to him, ‘Do not boast. Had it not been the will of heaven, you would not have conquered it.’  Rabbi Johanan then took Hadrian into a cave and showed him the bodies of the Amorites, whose bodies were buried there. One of them measured eighteen cubits (approx. 30 feet) in height.  He said, ‘When we were deserving, such men were defeated by us, but now, because of our sins, you have defeated us.’”  Quoted Judaism p155-156, N.Y. 1962.

Occult Tradition

The occult tradition holds that both now and then that a Nephalim spirit can incarnate in human form.

Angels In General

  • Appear in human form:  Sodom & Gomorrah, resurrection & ascension, spoke, took men by the hand and ate meals with them.
  • Capable of Direct physical contact:  i.e. – Passover in Egypt, killed 185,000 Syrians
  • According to Jesus, Angels don’t marry in heaven.  However, Gen 6 does not say that they did marry the women or that Fallen Angles obey this Godly mandate not to have relations with human women.
  • Fallen Angels can be worshipped:  Acts 7:41-42     And they made a calf in those days, offered sacrifices to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. 42 Then God turned and gave them up to worship the host of heaven (i.e.- fallen ones), NKJV

Fallen Angels

  • Jude 1:5-7 – But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not keep their proper domain/first estate, but left their own abode/habitation/Oiketerion, (i.e.- fallen angels) He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness (the Abyss a prison of darkness) for the judgment of the great day; 7 as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. NKJV

This passage gives us several direct connections that we need to make.  The first is that there is a direct comparison of what the disobedient angels did and what Sodom did in that they both ‘”went after strange flesh.”  This seems to be a clear reference to something that happened after the disobedient angels were kicked out of heaven because there is no strange flesh in heaven.  This verse is also a reason that many believe that what was happening in Sodom may have been similar to Genesis 6. Still, Sodom does have a clear reputation for sexual immorality and this is certainly similar to the Genesis 6 account as well.  Furthermore, as we will see in a minute, there was an additional punishment that was given to these disobedient angels because of the magnitude of their sin. These fallen angels were put in a prison of darkness that the Bible later refers to as the Abyss and Peter refers to in the Greek as Tartarus, which we will look at shortly. (2 Peter 2:4)

The other connection that I want us to make is that what these disobedient angels in heaven left is exactly the same thing that we as Christians hope to one day be blessed with.  Why do we say that? The issue is the word translated “habitation or clothing” because it is the same word found in 2 Corinthians 5:1-8.

  • For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation (Oiketerion), which is from heaven, 3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality might be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.  
  • Oiketerion – NT:3613 (oy-kay-tay’-ree-on); neuter of a presumed derivative of NT:3611 (equivalent to NT:3612); a residence (literally or figuratively):

The take away here is that the same heavenly body / Oiketerion that some of the fallen angels gave up is the same heavenly body we will receive from God when we are resurrected.  This explains the idea of a ghost or demonic spirit.  It is likely that there are disembodied fallen angels, who are also called demons, running around looking for those whom they can communicate with and or later inhabit or possess? Once you understand that these disobedient angels lost their heavenly bodies, and then you can understand how there may be a great many evil spirits (AKA- fallen disembodied angels) seeking to find something or someone to inhabit or devour.  Maybe it is very uncomfortable to be disembodied.  More importantly, without a body there may be no way for them to express themselves or interact with the world that they find themselves trapped in.

Just as a side note, the term inaugurate, which is the name of the ceremony performed in order to make them our president, is in keeping with the occultic tradition of a human being becoming inhabited by a spirit or god in order to rule over a kingdom.  For example, Egyptians did not believe that their Pharaohs were God, they believed that they were simply the vessel that was inhabited by their god.  Interestingly enough inaugurate literally means to bore into or install or possess, which links this ancient idea to what we do here in America.  What is even more interesting it that the same alchemical arrangement where this ancient ceremony was held in Egypt is exactly the same alchemical arrangement found in Washington, D.C? For more information on this idea see our study on “Mystery Babylon” or read Tom Horns’ book “Zenith 2016.”

Tartarus & The Abyss

  • 2 Peter 2: 4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell (Tartarus), putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment; 5 If he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 

So as I promised, here is a passage that ties many of our subject matters together.  Again, we have a situation where the angels have sinned and because of the uniqueness of what they did, they were punished severely and completely imprisoned. The timing of this event happened in the “Days of Noah.” Peter uses the Greek term Tartarus, which is a term used for a dark place of woe, a pit or an underground prison of darkness in the unseen world.  Tartarus is clearly linked to the mythology surrounding the Titans as we have already covered.  The Titans were part heavenly and part earthly because they were the offspring of the god’s breeding with mortal women.  Does any of this sound familiar? The word Titan also equals 666. In Greek, Titans means ‘gray, whitish, or chalky gray.  In fact, the story of giants appearing on earth as a result of “gods” (fallen angels) intermingling with humans and animals is retold in the history of every major civilization of the ancient world. At one time in American theaters, I counted 4 movies that had the son of some other god saving mankind.  Don’t you think that this is exactly what Satan would want? Could these “myths” from cultures such as Egypt and Greece been a crude reference to their knowledge of an earlier time when so-called gods, demigods & “heroes” actually walked the earth, giving birth to giants and men of legend and renown?

Quotes from Josephus Concerning Giants 

  • “This notion, that the fallen angels were, in some sense, the fathers of the old giants, was the constant opinion of antiquity. The Sons of God accompanied with women, and begat sons that proved unjust, and despisers of all that was good, on account of the confidence they had in their own strength; for the tradition is, that these men did what resembled the acts of those whom the Grecians call giants (titans).”
  • “These kings had laid waste all Syria, and overthrown the offspring of the giants. And when they were come over against Sodom . . .”  “They told them also, that they found at Hebron the posterity of the giants. Accordingly these spies, who had seen the land of Canaan, when they perceived that all these difficulties were greater there than they had met with since they came out of Egypt, they were affrighted at them themselves, and endeavored to affright the multitude also.”
  • “For which reason they removed their camp to Hebron; and when they had taken it, they slew all the inhabitants. There were till then left the race of giants, who had bodies so large, and countenances so entirely different from other men, that they were surprising to the sight, and terrible to the hearing. The bones of these men are still shown to this very day, unlike to any credible relations of other men. Now they gave this city to the Levites as an extraordinary reward. . “

Giants In America

The truth is that there is a lot of proof for giants right here in America.  There are many accounts of them even in Native American culture. One of the most famous ones is by the Native American Pawnee tribe in the autobiography of the famous Buffalo Bill.

  • The North American Native Americans believed that the first race of human beings were giants. In the autobiography of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Cody writes that while camping on the South Platte, a member of the Pawnee came into the camp with what the army surgeon pronounced to be a giant thigh bone of a human being. When Cody asked about where such a bone might have come from, the Pawnee replied …that long ago a race of giants had lived in the area. This race of men had been three times larger than normal men and able to out-run a buffalo and even carry it in one hand.

Another definitive resource about giants in America is the book by Fritz Zimmerman called “The Encyclopedia of Ancient Giants In North America.” I also like the book, “Ancient Giants In America” by Richard Dewhurst.

The Big Cover Up

There is no doubt that when we think about Giants being on the earth, we have to ask ourselves where are they?  How could someone cover this up if they really were out there?  The books I have mentioned will help you to understand this, but there is also a documentary movie called, “A Race Of Giants” that covers this exact question.  Yes, legends speak of Giants that once walked the earth. In America alone there have been over 1,500 newspaper articles that specifically address the existence of 3,781 skeletons of a race of giants who were somewhere between 7-12 feet tall. Tape measures just haven’t changed that much in the past few hundred years, so where did the evidence go? Did the Smithsonian Institution cover it up? Obviously, they aren’t going to tell us.

We Can’t Excavate These Sites

Why can’t we find some new ones? It turns out that between the government, the universities and the Smithsonian, they control all of the information and access to the dig sites where these skeletons were found. Only their archaeologists are allowed to go to the different sites, much less excavate to see what is there. L.A. Marzulli documents this in his book, “On The Trail of the Nephalim 1 & 2.” There are pictures that show giants with six fingers, just like the Bible records that Goliath’s brothers had.  L.A. has also documented that the elongated skulls of South America are not human because the do not have human DNA.  See some of the later parts of the “Watcher” series movies after video 9.

Noah Preached, But No One Repented

As we move on from talking about giants and the “Days of Noah,” one more thing occurred to me.  Have you ever asked yourself how Noah preached for 120 years to humanity before the flood and yet no one ever repented or got onboard?  This is an interesting idea because Jesus says that His sheep know His voice and follow Him.  How could Noah preach for 120 years and yet no one heard the call of God to repent?  This would make him the world’s most un-successful preacher. Maybe the reason that no one got saved from the flood except those who were born to Noah was because there was something that was only present in the genes of Noah’s family that made them part of God’s family and God’s sheep.  Maybe the reason for why those who take the “Mark of the Beast” cannot be saved is for the same reason. These are legitimate questions, but here is where I want to go from here.  

How Can Fallen Angles Have Offspring?

Once you get past your own preconceived ideas about Genesis 6, the obvious truth here is that with the technology of today, I could have a baby with you and never touch you with anything but a swab. All I need is a little bit of your DNA and we can blend you with anything. If we have this technology today, how can we assume that we are more advanced than Satan?  Most people aren’t willing to say that they are smarter than Satan, but that is what you are doing if you don’t think that Satan is not more technologically advanced than we are. Of course, God doesn’t need technology, but Satan does in order to pull off many key parts of what will happen in the “last days.”  Many of these “Beast” technologies we are going to uncover in one of our future articles.  I believe that after we cover these emerging technologies and how they will help Satan accomplish his goals, one must consider the real possibility that Satan is actually the one behind their development.  Satanically inspired technology will be necessary in order to pull off not just the world’s greatest deception, but also to control all the people of the world.

Question: How Were There Nephilim After The Flood?

There are several possibilities.

  • The same way they happened the first time in Genesis 6.
  • Maybe, the wives of Noah’s sons were not pure.
  • Nimrod was born one thing and he began to be something else – a giborum, a giant, Nephilim? Genesis 10:8

Recombinant DNA & Viruses?

While changing the human race through breeding is an obvious choice for Satan, the real question is how can someone be born one thing and still become another?  The story of Nimrod in the Bible gives an example that somehow this actually appears to happen.  This along with repeating what happened in Genesis 6 is probably the most likely explanation as to how there were Nephilim after the flood. Today we would most likely say that this kind of change could take place through what is called recombinant DNA. Recombinant DNA is formed in the laboratory by bringing together genetic material from multiple sources to create something new.  This is possible because DNA molecules all share the same chemical structure in all of God’s creatures. They only differ in their sequence. CRISPR is another tool that edits DNA and is already being used to wipe out undesirable traits in humans, but can easily be used to produce designer humans.  A virus may be what scientists actually use to deliver this payload of foreign DNA to every cell in someone’s body.  Without going into detail, I have heard it said that evolution can be debunked based on the existence of viruses alone because there is no evolutionary method that can explain their development. I am not the first one to ask ponder exactly why viruses were created and for what purpose.

The Race of Giants Explain

  • The real reason the Flood was necessary.
  • The Existence of the Nephilim.
  • Many of the Extreme Judgments of God.
  • Why the children of Israel were so scared to go into the Promised Land.
  • Why Israel in some instances was ordered to kill every last man woman and child of certain races.
  • The Nephilim was also why they were not supposed to marry from people from any of the other tribes in the Promised Land.
  • How and why racism can be wrongly interpreted in the Bible.

The Trail Doesn’t End There

While I believe that I have made a strong case that Trans-humanism has happened back in the “Days of Noah”, I do not believe that the trail of evidence ends there.  What if I scrap the analogies of the mingling of seed described in Genesis 3 & 6, and the “Divided Kingdom” of Daniel 2 or the presence of giants throughout much of the Bible? What if we just look at what the religion of Trans-humanism is saying and see how it’s message compares to what the Bible says? The following are some of the direct contradictions of Trans-humanism with the message of the Bible.

TO BE CONTINUED!!!!!

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Dr. Kevan Kruse has been practicing Chiropractic in the Bay area since 1992. Educated at the University of Tampa and Life University, Kevan received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and a Doctorate of Chiropractic. Kevan was born in Florida, but he was raised with down to earth Midwestern values. These values translate into an office that is dedicated to serving patients in a surprisingly relaxed atmosphere. Each patient is evaluated on an individual basis and treated appropriately. Dr. Kruse is also open to multi-disciplinary approaches to health care, with his focus being primarily chiropractic and nutritional ways to help solve health problems. His fascination and extensive participation in sports makes his treatment of automobile accidents, work related injuries and sports injuries especially on-target. Dr. Kruse is married to Alexandra and they have two sons named Wiatte and Whestan. Dr. Kruse supports many local charities and attends Bell Shoals Baptist church, where he occasionally teaches classes on various topics. Why is the church important? The church is where the friends of Jesus meet and grow. It is a hospital for those who admit they are sick and who want to get better. The church is not a building or an organization, it is just people. The church is also part of your spiritual family. Does anyone you know have a perfect family? Good, because that won’t happen in church either. You won’t like all the people there, but you will grow to love many of them. You may have to visit around some to find the right church for you, but if you work at it, you will be better for it. My church friends are one of my greatest sources or encouragement and joy.

Paul and Peter’s love for God’s Torah or Law

Some people think that Paul and Peter stopped living according to the teachings found in God’s Torah or Law. But, as I read the Jewish New Testament I see that they remained faithful to following it all the days of their lives. Let’s look at a few examples.

(Acts 2:46) Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple …

The first disciples were still in the Temple worshipping God every day.

(Acts 3:1) Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer

Peter and John still went to the Temple to pray.

(Acts 21:20) And when they heard it they began glorifying God; and they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all zealous for the Law;

There were thousands of Messianic Jews who were still zealous (enthusiastic, passionate, and fanatical) about God’s Torah or Law. Are you as passionate for God’s Torah or Law as they were?

(Acts 21:21, 24) and [people] have been told about you [Paul], that you are teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs. … take them and purify yourself along with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads; and all will know that there is nothing to the things which they have been told about you, but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Law.

Some of the leaders wanted to put to rest the lies and false accusations people were making about Paul. To do this, they suggested Paul go to the Temple and worship God according to the Torah or Law to prove that there was no truth to what people were saying. These leaders and Paul wanted to make it clear that Paul still lived according to God’s Torah and Law, and that he never told any other Messianic Jews to abandon God’s Torah or Law either.

How do you feel about God’s Torah or Law?

Peter and Paul still loved God’s Torah or Law after becoming disciples of Yeshua. They continued to live their lives according to the teachings of Moses. The Torah or Law does not result in salvation, but “All Scripture (Genesis – Revelation) is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

The teachings found in God’s Torah or Law will still profit you today. I trust you are as zealous as Peter and Paul about studying God’s Torah or Law. And as you do, ask God to show you how these teachings will profit you in your walk with Yeshua.

 

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Ron Goldberg is a Jew who belongs to Jesus. He regularly speaks to all denominations and faiths about his spiritual journey. Ron was raised as a traditional Jew and was sent to deprogramming by his parents and rabbi in hopes of getting him to reject Yeshua (Jesus). He shares how he met the Jewish Jesus and helps other people meet the Jewish Jesus. Have you met the Jewish Jesus?
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Transparent Leadership “A God Step!”

In 1985, an interviewer asked the question, “What makes the church different than the world?” you would hear a multitude of responses. Many of these responses talked about the care of the church, the compassions of the members, and the character of their lives. These are wonderful attributes that should be a ready and vibrant testimony to bring change into a world that needs hope. However in recent years, if you were to ask someone on the streets the same questions, the response is shockingly short. Multitudes has expressed, “There is nothing different. They live like we do.”

With every fractures family and marriage, every indictment and conviction, every explosion and split, the church of Jesus Christ continues to lose its saltiness of preservation while the world continue to spoil under the heat of adversary. What truly makes us different from the world? Is it our dress, our convictions, our buildings, our politics? Nope. There is only one thing that make us different from the world- CHRIST. This may seem like a simple answer yet when you begin to unpack it through the study of the love of Christ, the life of Christ, and the leading of Christ, the simple answer has grown into a lifelong endeavor. That is exactly how it is supposed to be- lifelong and not Sunday worship hour long.

Our current plight of repairing the testimony of Christianity is not only here in the present, it was also experienced in Nehemiah’s day. Through the month of May, we will begin to walk with this “Wall Building Project Officer” from God as he now turns his focus on the wrongs within the walls. In this great chapter of confrontation, he rebukes the nobles and leaders for their oppression against each other. Earlier, the tribes put their money together to buy their brothers and sisters out of the hands of the foreigners. They turned around, however, and sold each other into the hands of their countrymen to become slaves. The picture of hypocrisy was painted and Nehemiah called it what it was-UGLY! After being exposed, the children of Israel did not ignore the accusation but restored everything taken and required nothing in return. As Nehemiah help to defend the wall from the enemy on the outside in chapter 4, he defended the walls of the people of God in chapter 5 by dealing with the rust or ruin on the inside. Let me close with this illustration.

After F.E. Marsh preached on this subject, a young man came to him and said, “Pastor, you have put me in a bad fix. I’ve stolen from my employer, and I’m ashamed to tell him about it. You see, I’m a boat builder, and the man I work for is an unbeliever. I have often talked to him about Christ, but he only laughs at me. In my work, expensive copper nails are used because they won’t rust in water. I’ve been taking some of them home for a boat I am building in my backyard. I’m afraid if I tell my boss what I’ve done and offer to pay for them, he’ll think I’m a hypocrite, and I’ll never be able to reach him for Christ. Yet, my conscience is bothered.” Later when the man saw the preacher again, he exclaimed, “Pastor, I’ve settled that matter and I’m so relieved.”   “What happened when you told your boss?” asked the minister. “Oh, he looked at me intently and said, ‘George, I’ve always thought you were a hypocrite, but now I’m not so sure. Maybe there’s something to your Christianity after all. Any religion that makes a man admit he’s been stealing a few copper nails and offer to settle for them must be worth having.'” 

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CHAPLAIN (MAJ-ret) DANIEL MIDDLEBROOKS 813-767-2082 (Cell) chaplainmiddlebrooks@hotmail.com Personal Story: Chaplain (MAJ-ret) Daniel Middlebrooks was born in Plant City, Florida on 19 July, 1966. After receiving his AA degree from Hillsborough Community College, he entered the Active Duty on 27 May, 1988 at FT. Jackson, SC and began his career as a 91J- Physical Therapy Technician for three years at Fox Army Hospital, Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL (1988-1991). In November 1988, Daniel surrendered to the call of the ministry and worked toward his BS degree at Athens State College, Athens, Alabama. He left the Active Duty, May 1991 and entered New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and the National Guard Chaplain’s Candidate Program. He was endorsed by the Southern Baptist Convention, commissioned as a 2nd LT in January 1992 and served with the HQ STARC until Jan 1994. He completed his MDIV in the summer of 1994 and was commissioned at a 1st LT, January 1994 and transferred to 769th Combat Engineers, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was later transferred to the 2-117 FA in Oneonta, Alabama. Civilian Ministry Experience: CH Middlebrooks served at Williams Blvd Baptist church from 1991-1995 as the Minister of Newlyweds, Minister of young Adults, Minister of Family Ministries and Interim Music Minister. He moved to Morgan City, AL and served as the Associate Pastor and New Building Construction Director from OCT 1995-June 1997. He served as the Senior Pastor for Hopewell Baptist Church, Plant City FL from Feb. 2013- March, 2017. He currently serves as the Command Chaplain for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and as the Chaplain for Plant City. His also volunteers as the chaplain of Plant City Fire Department and Hillsborough County School Board-Security Division. He is the President/CEO of R3 Care & Consulting, LLC and Chaplaincy Care, Inc. Active Duty Chaplaincy/Military Experience: He entered Active Duty again in June 1997 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He served in the 626 FSB (97-98) and 1/502 IN BN(99-2000); Deputy 280th BSB CH (2000-02) and 1-26 IN , Schweinfurt, Germany (2002-03); 1st Recruiting Brigade as the OIC of the CH Recruiting team (2004-06);and 10th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Carson, CO (2007-10). He last served as the Chaplain’s Career Course Senior Course manager, instructor and developer/writer. His military Schooling includes Chaplain Officer Basic Leaders Course (93), Chaplain Career Course (2003), USAREC Chaplain Recruiting Certification, CPE (2006), and ILE (2007), and the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School Faculty Development Training/Instructor Certification. CH Middlebrooks has deployed to MFO/Egypt (1999-00), Kosovo (2002), and Iraq (2008-09). Awards: Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, The Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leave Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one Silver and four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with one Silver and two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star, GWOT, Humanitarian Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Oversee Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and MFO Medal. He earned his Air Assault Wings in 1997 and his Recruiter badge with three silver stars in 2006. He was awarded the distinguished Witherspoon Award from the OCCH and National Bible Association in 2010. He is married to the former Arienne Plyler of Brandon, Florida. They have two daughters, Erica (23) and Allison (18). Over the last 29 years of marriage, the Middlebrooks family has moved 19 times and understands what means to “Bloom where God plants you”.
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Can Today’s Men Be Reached?

The absence of men in the church today is a major concern. Did you know that when men are committed to Jesus and take their family to church faithfully history shows that 85% of the time their children will follow in their footsteps. For this very reason we have decided to put on an exciting and compelling event just to reach men for Christ. There are many ways to do this but often Pastors and churches are not doing much in this area. If you are reaching men, our praise goes to your hard work! If you need help, this could be perfect for you!

All Pro Pastors is partnering with the Christian Business Men Connection Ministry to do something that you can do too and it will reap great rewards, guaranteed! Let us give you the details and you decide for yourself.

On October 18, we have invited Coach Joe Gibbs to come have an early breakfast with as many men as we can gather to come. Coach Joe Gibbs is one of the greatest NFL Football coaches of all time and today he owns what is perhaps the most successful NASCAR Team of the decade! He is a true sports “Champion”, but more important, he is a “Champion” for Jesus Christ. His life is a living storybook of trials, success, tragedy, victories, failure and ultimate success. The best part, his life story is still going on and he is ready to share it with you and all who come for breakfast.

Many men would love to meet Coach Gibbs, shake his hand and have a picture taken with him. He is willing to stay and meet every single one, give them his book “Game Plan for Life” , and also take a picture with each one individually. Why would he do this, because he knows that he has a God ordained mission to reach men for Jesus  and that God has given him this platform for this specific reason!  Hundreds of men will hear about Jesus in such a compelling and real way that they will take Him as their Savior. Many men will be led by the Holy Spirit to re-commit their lives to following Jesus. All a Church or Pastor needs to do is get their men excited about bringing their lost family and friends to the breakfast. It is the perfect opportunity to bring those you care about to hear the gospel from someone that they truly see as a success by all standards. There is one other important part of this, be prepared to see them get saved.

This “Game Plan for Life” breakfast will help start many new men’s ministries as well as Rev-Up some that need revived! Pastor, how often do you have someone cast the net, catch the fish and then ask “how many do you need”? Our question is, how many men could your church use who are ready to be discipled? I guess we could ask, is your men’s ministry full or can you use any more men in your church family who are excited for Jesus and want to know more!

This is an event that we are doing in Central Florida at the State Fair Grounds. We are expecting more than 1000 men to attend. Now, let me ask, what about you? If you live in the area go to www.allprocbmc.com and get plugged in. It is not to late to get started.

You may consider doing like some of the Pastors in central Florida are doing and make this a church wide major outreach to reach men. How would it impact the families in your church if the husbands that are inactive suddenly had a life-changing encounter with Jesus? Would some marriages be saved or restored? This is why we are passionate about this.

Let me in closing say, this is just one way to reach men for Jesus. There are many ways. Often the greatest challenge is to get off our butt and just do something! If what you are doing is working and you are happy with how many men you see getting saved, discipled and engaged in your ministry then Praise the Lord, if not, then do something different.

Pastors there are many evangelistic ministries throughout the world ready to partner with you. In America, every major city has tremendous groups of Christian Business Men ready to partner with you and help you build a strong discipleship plan for men. Search them out. It is easier today than anytime in history. What is your legacy going to be? Is your testimony going to one of a “Champion for Jesus Christ”? We pray that today you will get started and be prepared to hear those words, “well done my good and Faithful Servant”!

All Pro Pastors is here to serve, challenge and encourage you, why because we care! We continue to pray for you, your family and your ministry! Stay strong and courageous!

Become a member today!

If you can see how something like this could help your church and community contact Coach Joe Gibbs ministry “Game Plan for Life”.

 

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Pastor Paul Pickern is married to his wife Linda. They have 5 children (Tony, Stephanie, Dale, Seth, Schyler) and 11 grand children. Their home is in Plant City, Florida between Tampa and Orlando. Paul was born in Belleville, Illinois and Linda was born in Charleston, West Virginia. Paul is the Founder and CEO of All Pro Pastors Ministry, a ministry that encourages and challenges Pastors to join together as Kingdom Brothers to develop trust, accountability and unity. It is a ministry that strengthens Pastors marriages, families, and ministries by establishing “Champions Table’s”. The “Champions Table” is a safe place where Pastors can meet together and develop genuine relationships. Paul’s wife Linda is a vital part of the ministry too. She minister’s to pastor wives and hosts a website/blog called “Women R Champions“. The many women in ministry throughout the world are connected thru this women directed ministry.
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How to Build Your Own Blog

So, you have some experience with blogging, or else you wouldn’t be reading this post! But do you have your OWN blog? Do you realize that it’s a quick and simple process to set one up? Not to mention the benefits it will have for your church, school or nonproft organization!

Perhaps you don’t see the need to have a blog, and it might not have been a big deal a few years ago. But now, when you are looking for information, do you go to the local library and do some research, or do you plug into whatever device is near you and “Google” it?

Your website might provide the information people who need you are looking for…but it might not. Lee Gientke is the managing partner of Webmix Marketing, a marketing agency that helps small and medium-sized businesses stand out from the crowd. He is a noted online marketing speaker and lead generation specialist. Gientke comments, “Unlike the rest of your website, your blog should be continually changing and updated with new information. This creates an opportunity for you to demonstrate your expertise…and the good news is that you can do this, and you don’t need to be a ‘tech guy’ to be successful. If you commit to your blog, your business will grow.”

So here are a few tips:

1. Use a blog template site, like www.blogger.com or www.wordpress.com. You’ll be up and running in no time with hardly any out-the-door maintenance and NO cost!

2. If you’re not exciting about your writing skills, create a video blog, or a photo blog.

3. If you don’t have an actual direction to take the blog, take a moment, sit down and list all the questions people have asked you about your church, school or noprofit organization. Try to get to 26. Follow this with negative comparisons about what you’re offering. (Is X better than Y? Common complaints about Z?) Again, try to get to 26 – and you now have 52 topics for your blogs, one for each week of the year. Easy!

4. If nothing else, do make sure your blog posts are transparent and honest.

5. Be patient. You may not see lots of traffic to your blog overnight, but it will happen eventually. Don’t give up!

6. As always when working on the world wide web, make sure you use safe practices. If you want to be protected to the highest degree, don’t hesitate to contact us for information on a Cyber Liability/Data Breach insurance policy to meet your needs!

Information taken from www.propertycasualty360.com

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President of Strong Tower Insurance, Inc. Graduate of Lee University Credentialed minister in the Church of God Certified Insurance Counselor
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The Real Church

The Church of Jesus Christ is what it says, it belongs to Jesus Christ the Son of God the one who holds the universe together by the Word of His power. What does this mean ? 

Jesus said upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail. 

Regardless of how fragmented and divided we think the church is, He doesn’t look at it that way, He sees the potential in you and me and does not judge according to appearance. ( John 7: 24) 

There is no plan B, we are it, the unstoppable force that is growing stronger and bigger everyday. We think that there is a drop off of membership in church but in reality there is a grass roots, Kingdom minded, underground church that are not confined to a denomination or a building or even a network of churches but rather an organic entity inseparably linked by the blood of Christ and joined together by real communion and fellowship. This Church cannot be contained inside four walls and is forever expanding.

The Kingdom of God is always expanding but a system is always diminishing until only two people left and even they will be suspicious of each other. 

So the real church is not a system, or a building, nor a club or business but rather an organism who’s life blood comes from the very God we love and serve. We don’t go to church, we are the church and go to Jesus. We need to see the church that meets in Tampa, in Atlanta, in Orlando etc and that is why I’m so excited to see All Pro Pastors become a strong organization that has the resources to reach out to hurting Pastors. 

Who ministers to the minister? 

Where does the Pastor and his wife go for healing of past hurts, council regarding some of the challenges leadership face.? 

The real Church is made up of individuals who prefer their brother over themselves, who will go the extra mile without complaining, and who believe the best rather than listen to gossip because Love always believes the best. 

Welcome to the greatest force in the universe, the church of Jesus Christ 

Nick Coetzee is a music producer and worship leader from South Africa. He has spent the past 30 years pouring into worship ministry and also developing and recording worship songs. He produced the first US release of 'Shout to the Lord' with Darlene Zschech , as well as many instrumental and vocals albums for artists and recording companies. He and his family are based in Wesley Chapel, FL where he owns and operate a recording Studio. Nick also produces promotional videos for companies and Churches.
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Could this be your Wife’s View?

Pastor-Husband vs Secular men
Does he STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE AS A MAN OF GOD to be like JESUS IN EVERY FACET OF HIS PERSONAL
LIFE WITH HIS SPOUSE?
James 3:1-3 NKJV: My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing
that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.
No one knows better than the wife of a Pastor, behind closed doors and knowing his restraining actions.
What about his PRIDE and EGO?
Is he MATERIALISTIC to a fault?
Does he share THOUGHTS with his wife?
When his wife make suggestions, does he SHUT HER OFF?
Sometime does her WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT offend him or maybe he takes them the wrong way?
Does he jump to his OWN CONCLUSIONS at his wife’s comments, suggestions?
What about LISTENING TO HER HEART?
Does he put his wife’s INTIMATE NEEDS before his own or does he TAKE FOR GRANTED that she has
been as satisfied as him?
When SHE CLAMS UP, does he try to understand why or EVEN CARE WHY?
Does he ASSUME she is criticizing or complaining OR does he TRY to see and hear her point in a truly
caring way?
Does he put her FIRST, after GOD, (at home, on the pulpit, out in public)?
Do the MEN in the congregation want to be just like him?
Does the congregation see his efforts of striving for EXCELLENCE as a husband?
Do his son’s WANT to be the kind of husband he is to their mother?
There are many wonderful men in the world (JUST LIKE MANY PASTOR’S) who make super mates for
their wives, the only difference is that he IS A PASTOR!
As a leader in the KINGDOM OF GOD, are you, THE PASTOR satisfied to be just like those other men, OR
are you STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE as a MAN OF GOD and making a DIFFERENCE TO BE LIKE JESUS!
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Linda Pickern Founded "Women R Champions" after several years working with husband Paul with All Pro Pastors. The need that Pastor Wives and women who serve in ministry shared was for a safe place to come and unload. Woman R Champions is a closed community group within Facebook that is open by invitation. This helps to keep it private. Linda has worked in business and been a part of several denominations for over 50 years. Originally from West Virginia, she still has lots of family there. As a mother and grandmother as well as married to a pastor she has many life experiences to draw upon! Linda is a faithful prayer warrior for the women and their husbands she serves.