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West side of the San Rafael Swell, 16×9 screensaver – updated 3-16-20 to higher resolution

June 30, 2021

Bruce Proctor: Life, Photography, Spirit

I’ve just added this space to the top of this post so the banner photo above doesn’t overwhelm the picture below.

And I haven’t been on this blog in ages, and it looks, overall, old-fashioned and tight. Maybe it’s time for a new look.

higher resolution West side of S. R. Swell

I spent 18 years in Utah photographing the desert, from 1990 to 2008. Lately I’ve been making screensavers/monitor backgrounds for my own pleasure of some of that work. Many of course won’t fit the 16×9 standard monitor format, but many can be finagled down in one way or another. This is one example, missing. . . well; anyway this works. Taken in 1992.

I’m going to put some of these guys here on the blog for those who’d like, to use. I still reserve my copyright.

Very few of my photographs are not etched vividly in my memory. This was…

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Comparing Essenes texts: Edgar Cayce and Dolores Cannon

June 30, 2021

Bruce Proctor: Life, Photography, Spirit

When I read Dolores Cannon’s Jesus and The Essenes, I had the conviction that, despite the often outrageous-seeming parts of it, I was truly seeing Jesus, John, and the Qumran Essene community. This spurred me to re-investigate the Essene material of Edgar Cayce. I doubt I would have attempted this had I not been convinced or at least greatly intrigued by Dolores Cannon’s work.

At first glance they seem unlikely bedmates. Cayce’s Essenes were focussed on their reputed temple on Mt. Carmel, and founded on the teachings of the Jewish prophets. Mt. Carmel overlooks the northern Judean coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Although Jewish in flavor, the Mt. Carmel group did include Egyptians and other nationalities and traditions. The overarching Christian fundamentalist rhetoric within which the material is framed, adds to the sense of Judeo-Christian orientation of the group.

The Cannon work focuses on Qumran, overlooking the Dead Sea…

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news rosettasister “sometimes stuff just piles up” June 2021 “See notes”

June 28, 2021

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https://www.heritage.org/gender/commentary/new-documentary-highlights-the-harm-gender-affirming-health-care-model-children

But transitioning is far from safe or good. As Dr. Andre Van Mol, a board-certified family medicine doctor, shared in the film, gender-affirming pediatricians frame gender transition in terms of life and death—“Do you want a live son or a dead daughter?”—and state that early stages of transitioning are reversible.

But this framing of the problem does not follow the science. As Van Mol explained, there is no long-term evidence that transitioning decreases suicide, and, in fact, it has permanent consequences, ranging from infertility to blood clots.

He further shared that pharmaceutical companies are profiting greatly from transgender patients who increase their market share. With so much potential for profit, it’s no wonder that the scientific data is being suppressed or ignored. Emphasizing the importance of addressing underlying issues that are often tied to gender dysphoria, Van Mol encouraged parents and children to pursue “watchful waiting.”

news rosettasister “sometimes stuff just piles up” May 2021 “See notes”

June 28, 2021

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“Blossoming Almond Tree,” Saint-Remy, February 1890. Oil on canvas, 73.3 × 92.4 cm. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. van Gogh’s present to his newborn nephew (Theo’s son) and godson, who was named after Vincent. It expresses his hope for a carefree, happy future for Vincent. Vincent wrote to his sister Wil, “I brought back quite a large picture for Theo and Jo’s little one — which they have hung above the piano — white almond blossom — large branches against a sky-blue background” (Penguin 491). https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/collection/s0176V1962; Complete Paintings, p. 615

https://renewaljournal.com/2016/05/10/van-goghs-journey-with-christ/

https://earthsky.org/earth

https://cosmosmagazine.com/latest-news/

https://www.douglashamp.com/2021/05/

https://faith-happens.com/giants-revelation-9-13-the-seed-of-satan-and-the-seed-of-god/

https://www.thenationalherald.com/food_travel/

https://artandtheology.org/

https://artandtheology.org/tag/vincent-van-gogh/

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The Morhiss Mound via https://grahamhancock.com/

June 26, 2021

The Morhiss Mound Author: Merrell () Date: February 06, 2014 03:37PM From The Ancient Giants Who Ruled America :Quote

In Texas, where everything is big, it would be to the state’s ever-lasting horror, if it turned out that their giansts were smaller than those of other giants who once ruled over the rest of America in ancient times. In 1931, The San Antonio Press announced that the a Federal WPA archaeological team digging in association with the University of Texas, discovered what at that time was called “the largest human skull found in the world in Victoria County Texas.” Dubbed the giant on the beach, photographs reveal that this skull was “twice the size of the skull of a normal man.” These finds were held at the University of Texas, where Dr. Hrdlickson of the Smithsonian examined them and related discoveries and in a joint press release it was said that “these finds in Texas are beginning to give weight to the theory that man lived in Texas 40,000 to 45,000 years ago.”
[Edit: Dr. Troglodyte kindly posted information to the effect that the above date was actually 1935, and not 1931.]

This account relates to the Morhiss Mound, Victoria County, Texas, but it appears to contain some discrepancies.

The image of the newspaper in the article is from an edition of the San Antonio Express dating to 1940, and not 1931 (and the ‘Marcus B. Goldstein’ mentioned in that press article turns out to be Marcus S. Goldstein).

‘Dr. Hrdlickson of the Smithsonian’ is in fact Aleš Hrdlička. Despite the suggestion in the description above, I could find no references in the list of Hrdlička’s papers to any studies by Hrdlička of material from Morhiss Mound.

These are the citation details for the archaeologist’s (William A. Duffen’s) report: Morhiss Mound (a South-Texas Site and Some of Its Implications), William A. Duffen, Year: 1939 (N.B.: citation details only – not the full document).

On pg 223 of The Shell Assemblage from Morhiss (41VT1), an Archaic Site on the West Gulf Coastal Plain; Helen Danzeiser Dockall and John E. Dockall; Southeastern Archaeology; Vol. 15, No. 2 (Winter 1996), pp. 211-229, there is a reference to burials of males, but no mention of any abnormally large skulls.

Texas Beyond History (University of Texas) has a fairly detailed description of the Morhiss investigations (with more links). This page has a brief reference to skulls, but nothing about abnormally large skulls.

The University of Texas (Carolyn Spock) confirms that the large skull apparently found at the Morhiss site in 1939 is missing. She adds that the theory “that man lived in Texas 40,000 to 45,000 years ago” is anyway now regarded as unfounded.

(Of possible interest – ANTHROPOLOGICAL SURVEY IN ALASKA – HRDLIČKA)

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Roscosmos Head Rogozin Calls for Global Cooperation Against Space Threats to the Planet | The Schiller Institute

June 25, 2021

Source: Roscosmos Head Rogozin Calls for Global Cooperation Against Space Threats to the Planet | The Schiller Institute

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June 24, 2021

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A dangerous phenomenon was noticed on an asteroid threatening Earth

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A dangerous phenomenon was noticed on a threatening Earth asteroid

Scientists at the University of Hawaii Institute of Astronomy have discovered changes in the speed of the large asteroid Apophis, which poses a potential threat to Earth. Weak acceleration, which could contribute to a dangerous convergence in 2068, arose from inhomogeneous thermal radiation from the object’s surface. The astronomers presented their conclusions in a press release published on the website of the educational institution.

Researchers observed the asteroid through Subaru’s 8.2-meter optical telescope at the Mauna Kea Observatory. They managed to notice the so-called Yarkovsky effect – a phenomenon in which an asteroid receives a weak reactive impulse due to thermal radiation emanating from the surface heated by the Sun. This momentum is enough for Apophis to deviate from its orbit at a speed of 170 meters per year. This magnitude is sufficient to make it impossible to accurately predict the trajectory of the asteroid in 2068.

Apophis is close enough to Earth. On April 13, 2029, it will be seen with the naked eye, since it will pass in the belt of communication satellites in low-Earth orbit at a distance of 37 thousand kilometers (almost 10 times closer to the Moon), but at this moment it will not pose a danger to the Earth. Further observations should help determine the likelihood of a collision in the second half of the 21st century.

Asteroid (99942) Apophis was discovered in July 2004. The celestial body reaches 300 meters in diameter, and its circumsolar orbit is almost entirely inside the earth. NASA voted for the best name for the dummy: you can participate too

The US National Aerospace Agency has announced a name vote for a dummy that will travel to the moon. It Read more Published video of the launch of the Chinese spacecraft with astronauts

The rocket carrying the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft carrying three cosmonauts successfully launched in China. The first launch of the manned module Read more Astrophysicist warned of asteroid collision ahead of US elections Earthlings have warned about the approaching asteroid the size of a football field The most dangerous meteorological phenomenon in Russia has been identified The most dangerous meteorological phenomenon in Russia has been identified

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Wild bees need deadwood in the forest

June 23, 2021

Freiburg researchers conducted a joint restoration experiment with the Black Forest National Park

Source: Wild bees need deadwood in the forest

Michael S. Heiser: Interpreting the significance of Jesus’ quotation of Psalm 82:6 in John 10:34-35

June 23, 2021

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you know that’s just the way it is i
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like that one thing that you talked
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about was
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obviously going into the study of
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ancient
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language in the history of the bible
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i’ve always been fascinated with that
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because i remember getting saved
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at an early age and i say early in my
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20s but i remember thinking
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like there’s got to be so much more that
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we’re missing now i don’t have i don’t
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know anything about hebrew but i just
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remember
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thinking that sitting in church thinking
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out of all the people
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how many times it’s been rewritten
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different languages
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again like you said the person who wrote
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it
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understanding the culture like there’s
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so much behind it
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that we don’t get so at that
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at some point what was like one of the
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first things i’m just curious for you
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that was like
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an aha like oh my gosh we’ve been we’ve
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heard this or been taught this
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for years but this is really what it’s
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saying
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and i’m guessing you’ve had a lot of
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those but do you remember like the first
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one or two
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yeah boy that that’s that is a that’s a
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really good question maybe
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and it’s difficult because there are a
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bunch of these wow
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something early i think you know just
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will be a bit of a generalization but i
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remember
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sitting in my first bible class and just
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realizing and hearing that there were
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things there were things to think about
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in the sort of core fundamental ideas
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of the faith like okay jesus is god okay
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jesus is god and man well
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i remember you know learning that that
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was that was controversial you know like
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and how does that work where does the
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soul come from you know learning like
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here are the possibilities and and then
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not only that but but actually being
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taken into scripture
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different passages and learning you know
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essentially how
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to think through a passage and what what
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the possibilities are i mean later on i
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can give you give you the specific sort
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of watershed moment
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for me in graduate school and that was i
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relate this in the opening chapter of
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unseen realm i was
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you know i had taught biblical studies
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for five years
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i had two master’s degrees i’m in a
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doctoral program in hebrew studies in
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other words i’m not a newbie
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okay and i’m sitting there in church
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killing some time before the service and
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i had a friend who was also in the
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hebrew department there with me and
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i don’t remember what we talked about
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but i will never forget the way the
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conversation ended
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he handed me his hebrew bible and he
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said you need to read
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psalm 82 in hebrew and and so i did and
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it it it’s not difficult the first verse
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is the lightning bolt
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it says elohim god elohim very familiar
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term for god
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stands in the divine council and then
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the next line is
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the care of elohim yishpot in the midst
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of the gods
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elohim there a second time but it has to
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be plural because it’s in the midst of
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can’t be in the midst of one in the
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midst of the gods he passes judgment
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and these plural elohim these gods are
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called sons of the most high in verse
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six and i’m looking at that
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and i thought how have i never seen that
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before
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that sounds like a pantheon and it was
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like i don’t remember any of the sermon
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you know
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i was like i could not let go of that it
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was so alarming
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and fortunately providentially i had a
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second thought
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as a as i was looking at this i thought
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i bet jesus knew this passage
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i bet paul knew it i bet the disciples
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knew it there must be a way
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to understand this and still have a
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trinity still have
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the uniqueness of the god of israel you
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know the god of the bible
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there must be a way that this makes
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sense and
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again i had a lot of bible under my belt
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and i had never seen that i went off and
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i looked at evangelical sources there
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was a massive
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new book about the doctrine of god a
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very famous professor at a famous
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evangelical school
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he didn’t even have psalm 82 in his
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index it was a 600 page book on the
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doctrine of god didn’t even have it in
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his index
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i’d go to commentaries and they’d say
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things like oh the elohim here they’re
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just people
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right right so when we go over to psalm
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89 and you have the same setting a
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divine council of divine assembly
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with the sons of god it says they’re in
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the sky in the heavens hey the last time
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i read my bible
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there isn’t a bunch of jewish guys
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running or you know floating around the
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sky
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ruling anything yeah you know it just it
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just didn’t make sense and
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i i discerned really quickly that okay
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this is something that is systematically
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avoided
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and it became my obsession it became the
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topic of my dissertation
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it just it just took me down all sorts
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of roads
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and now that i’m on the other side i i
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can i can actually say well there is
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there is a very clear coherent you know
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answer to this elohim just
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it creeps us out because we we see the
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letters g o
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and d and our brain because we’re
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westerners and we’re modern
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you know we have all these church
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traditions behind us our brain just
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assigns a specific set of unique
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attributes to the letters g o and d
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that’s why you don’t put an
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s on it creeps us out well the biblical
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writer didn’t think that way about the
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term elohim how do we know that mike
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because we have a phd and so we just bow
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to your knowledge no
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we know that because of how elohim is
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used by the biblical writers there’s
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there’s six different things called
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elohim in the hebrew bible
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it’s not about attributes it’s just a
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word that says
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it’s a disembodied spiritual being
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that’s all it’s a spirit it’s a spirit
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being well there’s lots of those
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but there’s only one god of israel
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there’s only one
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yahweh and and i had to figure that out
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something as simple as that
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i couldn’t find in an evangelical work
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it was like nobody ever thought of it
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had nobody to talk
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talk about it and i mean so that again
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became an
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orienting point in my dissertation then
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i discovered when i discovered what i
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would you know i call divine plurality
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it’s like well
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there’s got to be a godhead you know
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this has to relate to the godhead in
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some way
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and so that took me you know into into
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the fact that early judaism
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used to teach a godhead they referred to
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it as two powers in heaven
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you know two yahweh figures you know
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that a father and a son kind of figured
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i thought wait a minute you know the
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jews used to teach this
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until the the second century this is
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this is what prepped
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people in the first century for the for
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the trinity for jesus as god you know in
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human form and
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i mean it just took me down all sorts of
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roads and i remember
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sitting in the library and i and i’m
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tracking on this i’m tracking on
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everything i just mentioned it and a
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dozen other
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topics you know it and i thought to
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myself there’s just something wrong with
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this
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i’m sitting here and i and i have all
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this bible under my belt
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and i am experiencing the thrill of
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rediscovery
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but i know that the stuff that’s just
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you know
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sort of putting my mind on fire here and
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really helping me
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understand lots of things in scripture
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i never heard any of these things in
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church i’ve never heard yeah i was gonna
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say
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half of your book i’ve never heard and
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and i and i know people are never going
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to hear this and
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i just remember sitting there thinking
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you know what i can do that
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i i can learn this stuff and i can
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you know communicate this to the person
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outside the guild outside the academy
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because whether a lot of people don’t
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realize that even believing you know
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faithful believing
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scholars you know they’re they’re truly
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saved i mean they they trust christ
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but the way scholars even believing
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scholars talk about the bible
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is dramatically different than what you
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hear in church
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and and that bothered me because i
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thought you know you ought to be trying
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to communicate
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the really good stuff the really
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powerful insights
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into all sorts of passages you ought to
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try to be deliberately
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intentionally trying to communicate that
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to just the normal person
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but instead what we’ve got is we’ve got
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jesus as the cosmic life coach
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you know on sunday mornings we’ve got
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the same sunday school stories but now
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they have adult illustrations
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again the whole my whole thing about
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sunday school should not be forever
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you know people are just stuck and
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intelligent people
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thinking people know when they’re being
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asked not to think
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and i just thought you know this it’s
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like it’s like i was born to do this
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because i really
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cared about it and i had the tools i had
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the training to do it
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and so you know if i’m about anything if
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i can use that it’s trying to
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you know help people really understand
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scripture
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well i have a podcast called the naked
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bible we call it that because it’s the
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bible unfiltered i’m not putting any
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clothes on it okay
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i’m not filtering it through creeds or
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traditions or denominations it’s
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just the bible that it just by itself in
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its own context
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and i’m not hostile to those things i’m
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a member of a church i’m an elder
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i think that that’s important but at the
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end of the day
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creeds and denominational distinctives
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are not scripture
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and they are foreign contexts to the
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bible okay they are not
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the original context of the bible the
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context that produced the thing and so
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this is what i have become sort of about
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trying to help people
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look at the text just take the text for
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what it is in its own context
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and then you know just roll with that
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you know just just roll with that and
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you and you’ll be able to to see
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scripture in a different way and again
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read it again for the first time that
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sort of thing and i know
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again it’s not marketing shtick i say
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that stuff because that’s exactly what
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happened to me
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and again i i wasn’t a newbie i’m in a
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doctoral program
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okay but it’s exactly what happened to
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me i wanna okay so i wanna go
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to this at what point because your stuff
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i’m gonna say i think you’re gonna agree
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with me but some of your teachings some
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of your stuff has got to split hairs
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and which makes it kind of fun actually
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what was the first time
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that you taught or what did you teach
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that really just kind of got
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your typical church leader or people
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just in a frenzy
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because i mean i read through your stuff
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you talk about ufos
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the the nephilim and which i think i’m
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pronouncing wrong and ultimate which i
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knew about those
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there’s so many topics that you talk
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about that i really think would bother
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people
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that do you remember your first one or
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one that comes to your mind uh that you
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taught on yeah i
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i think in in terms of of people being
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troubled
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it’s probably either the divine counsel
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in psalm 82
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or it’s this is going to sound really
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weird or it was the idea that that the
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serpent in genesis 3
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wasn’t a member of the animal kingdom
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and and we we already
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know that because of the new testament
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you know satan you know
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is an angel of light and he’s the devil
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and the serb you know but but it’s
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amazing how how when you actually say
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or suggest that eve could have been
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talking to a divine being
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that you know she knew was was not just
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a an animal or something like that or
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then there’s different ways to take the
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hebrew term nakash it can be translated
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shining one for instance which is a
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stock description of a divine being
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it can be translated the one the one who
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dispenses divine knowledge well he’s
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certainly doing that he’s trying to lead
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her astray doesn’t have to even be
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serpent it just depends
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so stuff like that even though it’s very
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consistent
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with what we would call theological
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orthodox
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well i never heard that in church so
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there must be something wrong with it
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you know you must you’re trying to be
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clever here and deceive me it’s like no
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i’m just
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it’s just the text i’m as scary as the
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text is there it is
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so a couple of those things but you know
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you mentioned the the ufo stuff
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people have to realize your listeners
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have to realize i’m into all sorts of
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kind of fringy pop culture things
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because a lot of those things like ufos
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ancient aliens and whatnot the people
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trying to
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peddle those kind of world views use the
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bible
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to do it oh yeah oh ancient aliens you
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know
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ezekiel 1 that was a ufo you know don’t
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don’t you realize that haven’t you read
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your bible you don’t even know your
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bible you know
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it’s all that kind of stuff chariots of
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fire oh those are ufos you know
20:57
all this kind of stuff you know jesus is
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just one of them you know it it they
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just go
21:02
they rape and pillage the scripture all
21:04
the time but they’re not the only ones
21:05
there’s a lot of things
21:07
out there on the internet with
21:08
revisionist views of jesus
21:11
all sorts of what i call paleo babel you
21:13
know just just nonsense about the
21:15
ancient
21:16
world and the bible you know hey did you
21:18
know that that the line of cain was
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fathered by the serpent that the serpent
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and eve
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actually you know had sex and then
21:23
produced this other you know this is
21:25
where we get the black race from
21:26
you know it it is a cesspool of the
21:29
bazaar and
21:30
and since i i’m an ancient text guy i’m
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an ancient history guy
21:34
and so i feel like it’s my obligation to
21:36
be the still small voice that’s mostly
21:39
ignored
21:39
um in in the world of the internet what
21:41
i call christian middle earth or just
21:43
middle earth
21:44
you know on youtube and the internet
21:45
that i should be trying to say
21:47
something to get people to think better
21:50
about their bible
21:52
a lot of these people you know i’ll be
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honest with you like i’ll go and speak
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at ufo conferences okay i’ve been about
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half a dozen of these things
21:59
and if i had a dollar or maybe five five
22:01
five dollars for every
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time either at one of those things or
22:05
when i do a show like coast to coast am
22:08
you know the late night show one of
22:10
these paranormal shows for
22:12
every person that said you know i used
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to be a christian until
22:15
and then it’s until i saw ancient aliens
22:18
until i read eric von danigan’s chariots
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of the gods
22:21
until i read zechariah sitchins the 12th
22:23
planet until i didn’t get this question
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answered in church
22:26
until when i asked this question the
22:28
pastor thought that i needed therapy you
22:30
know
22:31
and and dismissed me i mean just fill in
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the blank there there are a lot of
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people
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out there who basically because
22:38
they had questions and ran into things
22:41
that that their
22:42
authority figures could not answer that
22:44
they just left the faith
22:45
they just took off that’s sad they
22:48
assume it is sad and
22:49
it infuriates me because the reasons are
22:51
so stupid but
22:52
at the same time i understand it because
22:55
when they ask certain questions
22:57
and the pastor doesn’t have an answer or
22:59
just doesn’t want to touch that puppy
23:01
with a 10-foot pole
23:02
they are led to assume wrongly that
23:04
there aren’t answers that you’re hiding
23:06
something
23:07
the church is hiding something from me
23:09
there’s this alternative
23:10
other world out here and i’m going to go
23:12
on i’m going to you know google is going
23:14
to be my church now you know and he’s
23:15
it’s going to be my source of spiritual
23:17
teaching they just do this and so i
23:19
write fiction
23:20
to try to piggyback theology on fiction
23:22
i write paranormal science fiction
23:25
stuff i’ll speak at these conferences i
23:27
do again these new age shows
23:29
i do pagan talk shows it’s really
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for for people who have left the faith i
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want them to i want to give them answers
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and i want to say look
23:38
i understand your reaction and maybe you
23:40
were harmed by a christian
23:41
in some way i thought it’s typically
23:43
some issue a personal pain
23:44
that i’ve found anyway but i want you to
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reconsider
23:48
you know how you’re thinking about the
23:50
bible in this way
23:51
and i understand you know in some
23:53
respects if i thought this
23:55
you know what what this christian told
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you hey i’d be i’d be with you you know
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but
23:58
but there’s a better way to think about
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it so i if you if you can you know
24:02
reconsider we can have a conversation
24:04
or if people are just totally outside i
24:07
like to
24:07
to be into things that they find
24:09
fascinating enough to at least get them
24:12
to the table to have a spiritual
24:13
conversation because i’ll be honest with
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you
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you can have better and deeper spiritual
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discussions at a ufo conference than you
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can in church
24:22
that’s funny because those people are
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primed they are
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primed to think about big picture things
24:29
why are we here right is there god if
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there’s a god what what’s he like
24:34
you know is there more than one like
24:35
what’s our destiny here why are we here
24:38
you know they’re they’re just primed to
24:40
think about questions that are
24:42
ultimately very theological and and so
24:45
you can really have
24:46
good discussions you know with people
24:48
and again try to try to
24:49
talk them in off the ledge a little bit
24:51
you know so that you can again
24:52
engage them with with who jesus is and
24:55
how god looks at them and you know
24:57
god wanting them and his family you know
24:59
try to try to do something affirming in
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that way but but not
25:02
not go after them and rail against them
25:05
and dismiss them and say you know you’re
25:06
just
25:07
you’re just a nut case and you know it’s
25:09
a mixed bag so i’m into all sorts of
25:11
this stuff i
25:12
i do biblical scholarship straight
25:14
biblical scholarship you know
25:16
write for peer review and all that stuff
25:17
and i have a job that lends itself to
25:19
that but i
25:20
i what really drives me is to try to
25:23
again communicate biblical content to
25:25
people
25:26
just for the non-specialist and then try
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to help
25:29
people think well about scripture i
25:31
don’t like when primary texts like the
25:34
bible
25:34
are abused i don’t like when people are
25:36
manipulated with them
25:38
it just pushes my buttons you know when
25:40
you know when i see that happening
25:42
so after i got done reading supernatural
25:45
the one thought that came to my mind and
25:48
in the parallel list and maybe you can
25:50
bring i’m just curious but it made me
25:52
think of like zeus
25:54
and then like the god of water because
25:58
you’re talking about god so and then i
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start thinking about
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demigods and like all of that which i’ve
26:03
never totally explored but i’ve seen
26:05
movies and stuff
26:06
and uh how does all that play because
26:10
i just i don’t believe in coincidence so
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that to me that is almost like another
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what is it the greek version of it i i
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don’t know i mean you tell me but i’m
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like
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all i could think of was all these
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movies that i’ve watched that almost
26:23
are parallel to what you’ve written
26:27
except from a non-biblical perspective
26:30
yeah well i think a good a good segue
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into this would be
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the the pagan talk show that i’ve been
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on uh two times
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and and this guy his faith if you can
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call it that his religion i guess
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or to he worships the gods of greece and
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rome you know
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zeus apollo and all this kind of stuff
26:46
and so he uh had read
26:48
supernatural and he wanted to talk and
26:51
you know i’ve been on twice and he
26:53
really enjoyed it and i enjoyed it too
26:55
because in his words he he said you know
26:57
it’s really rare for me to find somebody
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that speaks my language
27:01
and the thing that he didn’t realize in
27:03
going in but when he realized when he
27:05
when he read the book is that
27:07
this whole what i call the deuteronomy
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32 world view
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about the gods you know and god
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forsaking the nations and putting them
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assigning them to lesser gods he goes
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because that that’s part of greek and
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roman thinking
27:19
you know that and i said well you sure
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acts 17 you know
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paul alludes to that you know when he’s
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talking to the athenians there so we
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actually had common ground
27:27
and you know when he asked me kind of
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the same question he would ask things
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like so what does the god of israel want
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oh i’m glad you asked you know you know
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we can talk about
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how the bible really lays this out and
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so for your listeners i think
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you know to be aware that these other
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systems are
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actually in terms of world view very
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consistent with
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biblical thinking the difference the
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main distinction
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is who is most high and why
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and what does that mean now i’ll
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illustrate it this way if you ask the
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average
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christian hey why is the world so messed
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up you know why is it so bad you know
28:01
what all this depravity you know what
28:03
why the average christian would say oh
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that’s the fall okay if you ask the same
28:07
question of an israelite
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or a first century jew that is not the
28:11
answer you would get you would get the
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answer that would say well
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there’s actually three reasons why the
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world is so hopelessly messed up
28:17
now the fall is the first one because
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that’s where we have rebellion both
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divine and human enter into god’s you
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know good world that he’s created
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and so that that kick-starts the problem
28:26
the second
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problem is what happens in genesis six
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one through four
28:30
and it’s not so much that the weird
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nephilim stuff because
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they don’t you know they’re they’re
28:34
taken care of in biblical days according
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you know to the old testament
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what’s worse about that is they are
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blamed with teaching humans all sorts of
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things that really
28:44
help humans destroy themselves and turn
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their hearts to idolatry so that’s
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number two
28:49
and number three is what happens at
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babel now we all know the story
28:52
of the tower of babel and we heard that
28:54
one in church but what you don’t hear is
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deuteronomy 32 8
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  1. it says when the most high divided up
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    the nations
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    he divided them up according to the
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    number of the sons of god okay but
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    israel is yahweh’s portion jacob is his
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    allotted inheritance and deuteronomy 4
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    says it deuteronomy 17 do it on may 29
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    you track this idea what what happens is
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    god’s there we’re after the flood
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    okay god has said he repeated the
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    eudenic mandate be fruitful multiply now
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    go out there and kick start eden we want
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    to restore that we all know that it you
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    know it got ruined
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    we’re going to restore that so i’m
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    giving you the same commands i gave to
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    adam and eve so what do they do well
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    they
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    well let’s let’s go to babylon and build
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    a ziggurat what’s a ziggurat ziggurat is
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    part of a temple complex you built a
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    ziggurat
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    to locate the deity to bring the deity
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    to you
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    okay to so you set the terms and god’s
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    like
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    uh excuse me but i will not be tamed
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    okay i am not
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    at your beck and call and god decides
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    okay you don’t want to listen to me
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    again i’m going to disinherit you i’m
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    going to divorce you
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    when the most high divide of the nations
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    you know you divide them up according to
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    the number of the sons of god
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    i’m going to divorce myself from you and

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i’m going to divorce myself from you and
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i’m going to assign
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lesser divine beings lesser elohim less
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you know sons of god
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to be your placeholders they’re going to
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be your caretakers now you don’t want to
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want to be
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you know in line with me i’m going to
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turn you over to them now that that
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situation
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turns out really badly we know that from
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psalm 82 these are the sons of the most
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high the sons of god that
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are getting judged and excoriated by god
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himself
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in psalm 82. they become corrupt they
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rule chaotically they seduce the
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israelites into worshiping them this is
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the old testament explanation
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so real quick mike are they angels are
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they
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spiritual beings like they’re they’re
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spiritual beings
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angel is actually a job description okay
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it doesn’t really it’s
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it’s a term that that doesn’t tell you
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what a thing is
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it tells you what a thing does it’s a
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messenger okay
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so these are spiritual beings and and
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the rest of the old testament
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but we don’t know where they came from
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correct they’re they’re all created
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beings i mean you have psalm 148 you’ve
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got psalm 33
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nehemiah and i mean god gets god created
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all things
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visible and invisible colossians 1 16.
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and and they were originally working for
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him
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but when they get assigned to the
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nations they go astray
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they become hostile they become
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adversarial they don’t rule
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according to to god’s good justice you
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know his
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what the way he wants the nations run
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he’s they’re human beings
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they’re still created in his image god
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wants them taken care of
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but but what he does when he divorces
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himself from them
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it’s it’s a judgment it’s a punishment
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and then he turns around right after
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babylon what what does the biblical
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story say is the next event god calls
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abraham
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he says look watch i’m disinheriting i’m
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divorcing myself from a personal
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relationship with the rest of you with
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all you nations
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and you got lesser lesser you know
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placeholders now watch what i do
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i’m going to create a new people from
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nothing
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and they’re going to be my people now
31:56
i’m going to make a covenant with this
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guy
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abraham and it’s through him he will
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produce a seed a descendant one of his
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descendants will be the seed
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through which all of the nations will be
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blessed i’m going to bring you back into
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relationship with me through this guy
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through this family through this race
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through this this people and through one
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of his seat of course we know that’s
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jesus but this is the situation you know
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it it goes to hell in the handbasket i
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mean
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you have you have actually three divine
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rebellions
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going on and this is why the world is so
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messed up well i go on the pagans you
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know
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talk show and he knows all this he’s
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quoting me plato he’s quoting me
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you know this or that you know greek
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text about how the gods are
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you know assigned to different nations
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and nations to other gods and i’m like
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yeah
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it’s the same world view but you know
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what okay the most high
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is the god of israel israel and you ask
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me what he wants
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he wants you back this is why paul in
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the new testament
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links the resurrection half a dozen
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times with
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the conquest the subduing the defeat of
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the principalities and the powers and
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the rulers and authorities and the
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thrones and dominions
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they become subservient to the
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resurrected
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christ okay he what christ did
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delegitimizes their authority over the
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nations
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this is why paul goes he goes to all
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these pagan places and he says look
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yeah i know you know you guys we’re have
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these gods because god disinherited back
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and forth we can we get it okay
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but i want you to know that the time has
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come that in the eyes of the most high
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you’re not only permitted to abandon
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these gods
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but he demands it he wants it you know
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this becomes the
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you know paul is the apostle to the
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gentiles this is his message
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and so the it’s a struggle now these are
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real
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divine entities they’re real
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supernatural entities you know what
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when we’re at the exodus okay when god
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says in exodus 12
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this night at passover this night i will
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have victory over the gods of egypt
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he doesn’t mean this night i will have
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victory over these beings that we all
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know really don’t exist
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wink wink no where is where it strips
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him of glory
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look i got news for you we think that
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the gods are just like cartoon
34:04
characters
34:05
you know or like marvel’s avengers or
34:06
something they’re not real
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look i’m better than captain america
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because at least
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i’m real okay right you know no when
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moses
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says who is like you yahweh among the
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gods he actually means what he says
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when when scripture says that yahweh is
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the god of gods
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it’s not kidding okay you can’t you
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otherwise you’re comparing the lord to
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nothing there’s no glory in that this is
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not the world view
34:34
so they understood that they understood
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that there was god
34:37
like where did that break off in history
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because
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i have to to tell you you know i’ve i’ve
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even looked at that
34:44
that way myself like well there is no
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other gods there’s just god
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but that’s not biblical but that’s how
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most people think
34:51
i would say there’s lots of elohim out
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there okay psalm 82 god is you know
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judging the gods okay there’s lots of
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elohim lots of spirit beings out there
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and yahweh is one of them but none of
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them are him okay there is none like him
35:04
either yahweh is species unique he is
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their creator
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you know what makes what makes the god
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of israel different is not the word
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elohim what makes the god of israel
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different is the way he’s described
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he is the lone sovereign he is the only
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creator
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he is the only one who gets
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characterized by things like omniscience
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and omnipotence
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no other elohim no other you know divine
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being
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in the bible is ever spoken of in this
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way
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okay yahweh is is alone you know he he
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is he is what we have always thought he
35:32
was you know traditional you know
35:34
theology here but
35:35
you have to realize this is where paul
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inherits the principalities and powers
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think about what the way paul describes
35:42
paul uses the word demon occasionally
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okay
35:44
and you know two or three times whatever
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it is but look at his vocabulary what
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does he call the powers of darkness
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principalities
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powers rulers thrones dominions
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authorities
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what do they all have in common they are
35:56
all words used in the bible and outside
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the bible
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for geographical dominion every one of
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them okay so he
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paul knows what he’s dealing with mike
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before we get off track
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i want to ask you this though so when
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when god created us
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he called us to have dominion yes we
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were supposed to multiply
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that dominion those these places were
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supposed to be ours
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but we lost them right not only that but
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there’s a
36:21
why do why does the new testament refer
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to believers as
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sons of god children of god that
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language
36:28
has a deep old testament context
36:31
you know in initially you know god
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creates human beings he already has a
36:34
god already has a family
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job 38 the sons of god you know the
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divine sons of god
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are there at the creation of the
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foundation of the world that he already
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has a family so god decide well you know
36:44
what i’m going to create this place
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called earth
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and i’m going to create the different
36:48
kind of being he’s going to be
36:50
you know they’re going to be embodied
36:51
but they’re going to they’re going to be
36:52
like me they’re gonna be
36:54
imagers okay they’re gonna be my
36:55
representatives there just like you guys
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or my representatives here in the
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spiritual world
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they’re gonna be representatives there
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and you know what you know what we’re
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gonna go down there
37:03
and live with them this is what eden is
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eden is the place where heaven
37:06
intersects with earth
37:08
it becomes the divine abode okay the
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scholars refer to it as the cosmic
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mountain this is why eden is referred to
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as both a garden and a mountain this is
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where god’s lived gardens and mountains
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in the ancient
37:18
ancient history so god comes down here
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and he wants
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us to be members of his family
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along with his other family okay it
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should be the most
37:29
normal thing in the world for humans
37:32
to be living with god in in in a
37:36
supernatural sense and context
37:38
even while you know they’re embodied
37:40
this is you know we nowadays because
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we’re after the fall the new testament
37:44
talks about believers being glorified
37:46
getting new bodies you know so that they
37:48
can they are fit they are made fit for a
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heavenly existence
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this is what the original plan was to
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have a blended family
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and the family also happens to be a
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business okay there’s stuff to do
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it’s not just you’re members of a family
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but now you we are co-laborers
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you are i’m going to let you participate
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in what i want
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done on this planet i want you to go and
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be and multiply
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it’s going to take a lot of you to do
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this i want you to go out and make
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every place in the world like this place
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like eden you know eden wasn’t the earth
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eden had geography
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it’s just a little piece of earth i love
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that you’re hitting on this because
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how many times have we heard just like
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escapist like theology
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like so many people think like okay
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we’re the whole point of life
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is just so we can die and get to heaven
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and
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play harps and except that is so
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opposite of god’s original plan in
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genesis okay let’s go back to the sons
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of god thing okay so god
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allots the sons of god to the nations
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and they they become corrupt they become
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god’s enemies all right well
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well how many how many nations are there
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what are the what nations are we talking
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about
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now in the biblical world again this is
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all the geography they knew we get a
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list of the nations that that god
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divided at babel we get that in genesis
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  1. there are 70 of them
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    all right you know then that that number
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    becomes significant but
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    eventually the goal is okay once all the
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    gentiles once the other nations are
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    brought back into the family
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    then eden is going to be restored this
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    is why revelation ends with the edenic
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    vision but one of the neatest lines or
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    some of the neatest lines are in
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    revelation because
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    you know i don’t really i don’t know how
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    much i get into this in supernatural but
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    in
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    in divine counsel thinking in the old
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    testament it had three tears there was
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    god
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    the godhead at the top and there’s the
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    sons of god in the middle that’s an
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    administrative term they get they get
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    the most important jobs
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    and at the bottom you have the
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    messengers the angels so you have god
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    the sons of god and angels
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    these these are all hierarchical job
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    descriptions okay well
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    isn’t it fascinating that believers
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    get the same label as the middle tier
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    the ones that are over the angels
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    in first corinthians 6 when paul is
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    trying to convince the corinthians
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    to stop fighting among themselves you
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    know over
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    you know what you know wealth and
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    resources and all this stuff he says
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    look people
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    don’t you know that you’re going to
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    judge angels
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    don’t you know that you’re going to rule
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    over angels you could translate to the
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    term either way
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    don’t you know that what is paul talking
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    about i’ll tell you what he’s talking
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    about he’s talking about what john says
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    in revelation
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    to him that overcomes okay talking to
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    believers to him that overcomes i will
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    put him
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    over the nations and he will rule the
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    nations with a rod of iron
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    jesus actually quotes a messianic psalm
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    about
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    you and me to him that overcomes i will
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    put them over the nations
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    he says it twice it’s a revelation to
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    revelation you know what that means
    40:35
    that means at the in the eschaton when
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    it’s all said and done
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    we displace the sons of god
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    who are currently over the nations we
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    displace them
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    we judge them and we rule over
    40:48
    the rest of god’s spiritual family on
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    this planet we
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    become the newly reconstituted divine
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    council
    40:56
    the divine assembly you know the the
    40:58
    whole cloud of witnesses thing in
    40:59
    hebrews 11. there’s a there’s an old
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    testament history to that phrase
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    jesus in hebrews the book of hebrews
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    chapters one and two
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    he presents us he presents believers to
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    the father
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    in quote in the congregation in the
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    council
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    okay and he is not ashamed you know when
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    he does that in hebrews 1 and 2. he is
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    not ashamed to call
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    us his siblings his brothers and sisters
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    because he was made like us and you read
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    hebrews 1
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    2 with this worldview in mind this is
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    our destiny what what what the bible is
    41:31
    really about it’s a cosmic
    41:33
    supernatural epic that really needs to
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    to be read
    41:36
    supernaturally so that we understand who
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    we are
    41:40
    what our status is and again we need to
    41:43
    be redeemed to reclaim this status we
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    need to
    41:45
    you know accept christ we need to
    41:47
    understand our status who we are
    41:49
    and then we need to understand our
    41:50
    destiny and this everything is going to
    41:52
    come
    41:53
    full circle in the biblical story in the
    41:55
    meantime we have this struggle over
    41:57
    us and struggle over earth because the
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    divine beings that are in rebellion
    42:02
    okay they understand you know after the
    42:05
    after the cross they understand what’s
    42:06
    going on now
    42:07
    and and how does this work you know in
    42:09
    real life how does this work how do you
    42:10
    move herds
    42:11
    how do you move masses of people it’s
    42:14
    about thinking
    42:15
    it’s about thought patterns it’s about
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    getting them to believe
    42:18
    certain things about themselves about
    42:21
    god
    42:22
    about christ about why they’re even here
    42:24
    it’s a moment by moment
    42:26
    struggle between god using invisibly god
    42:30
    using
    42:31
    his divine agents in our lives his other
    42:34
    other human agents in our lives
    42:36
    everything we do has a ripple effect
    42:38
    that just ripples out in so many layers
    42:40
    to other people you know just just how
    42:43
    providence just
    42:44
    generates you know so much influence
    42:46
    every little thing that we do it
    42:48
    actually matters
    42:49
    and this is what we’re designed to do
    42:51
    you know we’re supposed to represent god
    42:53
    and interact with other imagers
    42:55
    and ideally that’s supposed to lead us
    42:58
    to the truth it’s supposed to lead us
    42:59
    back home
    43:00
    it’ll lead us to christ but the other
    43:02
    side is doing the same thing
    43:03
    trying to subtly invisibly
    43:06
    imperceptively
    43:07
    influence our thinking influence well
    43:09
    because because as we think that is how
    43:11
    we will behave
    43:13
    and this is how you move herds this is
    43:16
    how you you control
    43:17
    people and whole populations mass is a
    43:20
    people
    43:21
    you have to control how they think about
    43:24
    a small set of really really important
    43:26
    questions
    43:27
    and again this is what’s going on behind
    43:29
    us we i think we really need as
    43:31
    christians to avoid the deeply flawed
    43:33
    idea
    43:34
    that oh i saw something spectacular
    43:36
    happen and
    43:37
    you know god can do what he wants you
    43:39
    know i don’t have any problem with that
    43:40
    but i saw something spectacular man god
    43:42
    was working that
    43:43
    at that god was working that day god was
    43:45
    really present there
    43:46
    hey i got news for you most of the time
    43:49
    god’s present you’re never going to see
    43:50
    it okay there’s this thing called the
    43:52
    unseen hand
    43:53
    there’s this thing called providence god
    43:55
    isn’t just engaged
    43:57
    he doesn’t just sort of care when
    43:59
    something big happens
    44:00
    okay god’s interest is unrelenting
    44:04
    it’s moment by moment but those who are
    44:06
    hostile to him in the spirit world
    44:08
    their interest is the same and we are
    44:10
    just not cognizant of it why because
    44:12
    we’re modern
    44:13
    we’re sophisticated we’re scientific we
    44:16
    don’t think like this anymore
    44:18
    i gotta ask you this this just came to
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    my mind i mean there’s so many thoughts
    44:22
    as you’re talking so i’m thinking years
    44:23
    of conversations
    44:25
    but you know where is so many christians
    44:28
    don’t realize that there’s
    44:29
    i’m i’m listening to you thinking okay
    44:31
    there’s a spiritual battle going on
    44:33
    right if they’re fighting against us
    44:35
    what would you say to the
    44:37
    to the average christian listening or
    44:38
    the person listening saying
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    well how do i overcome that stop stop
    44:43
    presuming
    44:44
    that there’s a spiritual battle only
    44:46
    when you see something bizarre
    44:48
    you are being duped okay you are being
    44:50
    trained
    44:51
    to only take the spiritual world
    44:53
    seriously when something strange blows
    44:55
    up in your face
    44:56
    okay or when you see or hear some
    44:59
    strange story
    45:00
    that’s a distraction okay you need to be
    45:03
    cognizant of
    45:04
    the spirit beings are intelligent beings
    45:06
    they just they’re you know
    45:07
    they’re the invisible part of all things
    45:09
    visible and invisible when they manifest
    45:11
    okay that was strange and they’re
    45:13
    they’re there they’re present there’s
    45:14
    something’s going on there
    45:16
    but don’t be misled into thinking that
    45:18
    is the only activity
    45:20
    that they engage in spirit beings again
    45:22
    the whole thing on both sides
    45:24
    is about how we think how we are
    45:28
    we are led or misled into thinking
    45:31
    certain thoughts that will influence
    45:33
    certain behaviors
    45:34
    now god took the step of giving us
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    revelation
    45:38
    it’s called the bible it’s called
    45:39
    scripture that would that would be
    45:41
    sort of a step ahead we have a reference
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    point we can
    45:44
    we can actually learn things you know
    45:46
    the other side you know you could say
    45:48
    well they mimic that in all sorts of
    45:49
    ways and you know i’ll grant that but
    45:51
    it’s a battle for the mind
    45:52
    it’s always been a battle for the mind
    45:54
    because as we think
    45:55
    as we believe certain things that will
    45:58
    influence how we behave
    46:00
    it’ll influence real simple things like
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    do you really believe
    46:03
    that this world is not your home do you
    46:05
    really believe that
    46:06
    if you really believe that that is going
    46:09
    to influence how you process
    46:11
    tragedy it’s going to influence how you
    46:13
    process
    46:14
    you know personal harm it’s going to
    46:17
    influence how you process
    46:19
    you know evil okay if you really believe
    46:22
    in your heart of hearts that this world
    46:25
    is not my home
    46:26
    this is not the terminal point for me
    46:28
    that is going to influence the way how
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    you handle everything and your response
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    in a spiritual sense to all sorts of
    46:36
    things
    46:37
    i think you know joy let’s take joy joy
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    is not oh i’m giddy and happy i’m
    46:41
    clicking my heels and you know i’m a
    46:43
    little
    46:44
    you know i’m getting a little silly here
    46:46
    and you know some people have the
    46:47
    personality that’s the way they express
    46:48
    it what joy really is
    46:50
    theological definition is it is a
    46:52
    theistic
    46:53
    optimism about life that you know
    46:56
    another way of putting god is in control
    46:58
    we’re going to trust god with this we’re
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    going to actually believe
    47:02
    that god knows what’s going on and god
    47:04
    will respond to it god will shepherd us
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    through
    47:07
    and you know what even if it’s still
    47:09
    hard this world
    47:11
    is not my home do we really believe
    47:14
    these things
    47:15
    that’s good well i wanna i can keep
    47:17
    asking you questions my typical show we
    47:19
    go for about 30 or 40 minutes and we’re
    47:21
    way over so
    47:22
    i try to keep it for for listeners i do
    47:24
    want to ask you
    47:26
    how do our listeners find you because
    47:27
    you there’s no way we could i mean we’ve
    47:30
    barely scratched the surface and
    47:31
    some of the content that i’ve seen on
    47:33
    your website read your book
    47:35
    how do our listeners find more of you
    47:38
    your podcast
    47:39
    all that stuff well the the nerve center
    47:41
    is
    47:42
    dr as in dr drmsh.com so doctor and then
    47:48
    my initials drmsh.com and you can
    47:51
    pretty much find everything i do on that
    47:53
    like the blog and the podcast if you
    47:54
    want to go directly to the podcast you
    47:56
    can find the naked bible podcast on
    47:58
    itunes
    47:59
    and of course you know you could just go
    48:00
    to nakedbiblepodcast.com
    48:03
    and again hopefully your listeners will
    48:05
    remember why we call
    48:06
    it that we’re just trying to give you
    48:08
    scripture in its own context
    48:10
    and and hoping that it will you’ll just
    48:12
    experience the rediscovery
    48:14
    of scripture there’s there’s just so
    48:16
    much there that our modern blinders
    48:19
    and you know prevent us from seeing it
    48:21
    and we get we get the bible filtered
    48:22
    through tradition
    48:23
    and again tradition is not an awful
    48:25
    thing but it’s not scripture it’s not
    48:27
    scripture there’s a lot more to see
    48:29
    okay so i’ve skipped several questions
    48:31
    but there’s one that i never skipped
    48:34
    i’ve never skipped it so far but the
    48:36
    question is if you could go back to the
    48:38
    younger you
    48:39
    what advice would you give yourself to
    48:41
    propel you into your future now you
    48:43
    nothing’s going to change
    48:44
    but you’re going to basically like
    48:47
    barney mcfly
    48:48
    or tom hanks going back into time to
    48:51
    tell yourself something what would you
    48:52
    say
    48:53
    and nothing’s gonna change no you can’t
    48:55
    change like
    48:56
    you’re still gonna go through everything
    48:58
    you’re gonna go through in life
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    but you’re just gonna you’re gonna give
    49:01
    yourself advice yeah that
    49:03
    is important because like i said earlier
    49:06
    all the really big decisions in my life
    49:07
    were more or less made for me
    49:09
    by providence and again i think in god’s
    49:11
    wisdom so that i couldn’t mess it up if
    49:13
    nothing would change
    49:15
    boy i wish i could go back you know
    49:17
    maybe to when i was nine
    49:19
    and say believe what you’re hearing here
    49:21
    in this little home bible study in this
    49:23
    little family devotional time about the
    49:25
    gospel i mean that would have
    49:26
    it would have saved me seven years i
    49:28
    would it could have had maybe more of a
    49:31
    of a christian experience as a young
    49:33
    person so maybe
    49:34
    pay attention to this believe or you
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    know
    49:38
    less generously try to pay attention to
    49:41
    life a little bit more
    49:42
    you know just you know don’t be clueless
    49:44
    you know everything
    49:45
    just the lesson that it all happens you
    49:47
    know for a purpose if i had to learn
    49:49
    that a little bit
    49:50
    earlier i think that could have helped
    49:51
    me in in certain ways
    49:53
    well mike i want to thank you so much
    49:54
    for taking the time i know you’re super
    49:56
    busy
    49:56
    and taking the time to jump on here with
    49:58
    us sharing your stuff

https://faithlife.com/posts/776815

Mike Heiser in Michael S. Heiser — Edited

I don’t know if this content will show up correctly here. If not, go to http://www.moreunseenrealm.com/?page_id=10. Another question I get all the time is about how John 10:34-35 undermines my view of elohim. That is, people who argue that the plural elohim of Psalm 82 are humans attempts to utilize the quotation of Psalm 82:6 by Jesus in John 10:34. I would suggest that this text has been fundamentally misunderstood by New Testament scholars who approach it with little or no background knowledge of the divine council. Their view *undermines* Jesus / John’s claim to his/Jesus’ deity in John 10. Mine doesn’t — and honors the OT / Israelite worldview context of the psalm to boot. For a full treatment of this issue, listen to the episode (#109) I devoted to it on my podcast: http://www.nakedbiblepodcast.com/naked-bible-109-john-10-gods-or-men/ Briefly, the context of Jesus’ quotation is crucial. In John 10:30 he has just told his audience that he and the Father were one. Jesus isn’t going to follow that statement by essentially saying “I get to call myself God because you mere mortals do it too by virtue of Psalm 82.” That approach undermines John’s presentation in this chapter of the deity of Jesus, yet this is precisely the trajectory one finds of all the published material on John 10:34 and its use of Psalm 82. This backdrop is important for interpreting the significance of Jesus’ quotation of Psalm 82:6 in John 10:34-35. I have never come across the view I have of this issue in print, and so it seems best to give the full context of Jesus’ quotation in order to make my thoughts clear (John 10:22-42): 22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. 23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. 24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said to him, “How long are you going to make us doubt? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. 26 But you believe not, because you are not of my sheep, as I said to you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall anyone pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no one is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.” 31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “Many good works have I shown you from my Father; for which of those works do you stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, saying, “For a good work we would not stone you; but for blasphemy; and because that you, being a man, make yourself God.” The quotation of Psalm 82:6 follows: 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law: ‘I said, you are gods?’ 35 If he [God] called them gods, to whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 36 do you say of him whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You blaspheme!’ because I said, I am the Son of God? 37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38 But if I do, though you don’t believe me, believe the works: that you may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.” 39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand, 40 And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode. 41 And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true. 42 And many believed on him there. Here is what we can glean without interpretive disagreement: Jesus’ prefaced his quotation by asserting that he and the Father were one (10:30).  This claim was regarded as blasphemy in that Jesus was making himself out to be God (10:33).  In defense of his assertion, Jesus quoted Psalm 82:6. That is, to establish his claim to be God, Jesus went to Psalm 82:6.  He follows the quotation with the statement that the Father was in him, and he was in the Father. The consensus view of this quotation is that Jesus was endorsing the human אלהים view and thereby arguing, “I have every right to call myself divine—you guys can do it as well on the basis of Psalm 82:6.” The problem, of course, is that this amounts to Jesus saying “you mere mortals can call yourself gods, so I can, too.” If this is what John intends to communicate to go along with verse 30 to put forth the idea of Jesus’ deity, it’s an inept strategy. I propose that Jesus knew the elohim of Psalm 82 were not human, and that Jesus was in fact asserting his own unique ontological oneness with the Father.[1] The human elohim view derives from two assumptions brought to the text: (1) that it is required by the assumed impossibility of there being other elohim because of Judeo-Christian monotheism; and (2) that the phrase “to whom the word of God came” refers to the Jews who received the law at Sinai (i.e., the Pharisees’ forefathers).   I would suggest that what first needs to be done is to come to terms with what is meant by “the word of God” and who it is that receives that word in Psalm 82:6-7: I said, ‘You are gods (elohim ), even sons of the Most High (beney-‘elyon), all of you; nevertheless, like humans you will die, and fall like any prince.’ The speaker (“I”) in the passage is the God of Israel, the God who is standing in the council in 82:1 among the elohim . God announces that the elohim of the council are his sons, but because of their corruption (vv. 2-5), they will lose their immortality. I believe that Jesus was referring to this utterance itself when he quoted the psalm, not the Jewish nation receiving the law at Sinai or the revelation that would become the Old Testament. To illustrate the difference in the views:   Common Interpretation /Jesus’ strategy assumes elohim are HUMAN:     The “word of God that came” = revelation from God at Sinai, or the entire OT “to whom the word of God came” = the Jews at Sinai, or the Jews generally. Result = the Jews are the “sons of the Most High” and elohim— so Jesus can call himself an elohim as well, since he’s a Jew, too.     My view / Jesus’ strategy assumes elohim are DIVINE: The “word of God that came” = the utterance itself in Psalm 82:6 – the pronouncement from God“to whom the word of God came” = the elohim of the divine council in 82:1Result = The Jews are not elohim, and Jesus reminds his enemies that their Scriptures say there are other elohim who are divine sons—and this on the heels of declaring himself one with the Father (John 10:30) puts him in the position of not only claiming divinity as a son of the Most High, but by claiming to be above the sons of God since he is one with the Father. In other words, Jesus appeals to sons of God who are MORE THAN HUMAN as his prooftext for defending his claim that, by calling himself the son of God he is more than a man (and that’s very obviously the way the Jews took what he said). But by ALSO saying he was equal with the father (John 10:30) and that the Father was “in him” (see my discussion of the Name theology in Exod 23:20-23 for the backdrop to that phrase) and he was in the Father, he goes beyond claiming to be more than a man on equal par to the elohim of the divine council. He casts himself as Lord of the council — God himself. As far as the consensus view, nowhere in Psalm 82 do we have any hint of the Mosaic Law, Sinai, a Jewish nation, or the canonical revelation given to the Jews. Every element in the commonly held view must be inserted into the passage. My view is that Jesus is quoting Psalm 82:6 to put forth the idea that he was more than human. He reminds his Jewish audience that there were in fact other elohim besides the God of Israel, and those elohim were God’s sons. Because he calls himself the son of God and has in fact just claimed to be one with Yahweh, not only puts himself in the class of the sons of the Most High of Psalm 82:6—divine elohim—but implies that he is Lord of the council. This particular son of the Most High is one with the Father. The Jewish authorities got the message, too—they charged him with blasphemy. Now ask yourself, why would they do that if all Jesus was saying was “you mortal Jews get to call yourselves sons of God, and elohim, so I can, too.” That makes no sense at all. Again, for more. please listen to the podcast episode. http://www.nakedbiblepodcast.com/naked-bible-109-john-10-gods-or-men/

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Lindell v. Dominion: Mike Lindell’s Public Statements

By John B. Nevin – June 22, 2021

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In Lindell v. Dominion, Mike Lindell’s position is that Dominion used the legal process to suppress his right to free speech, so he will presumably claim that his Absolute Series videos contain information that Dominion aimed to silence.

In Dominion v. Lindell, for Dominion to show that the claims made by Lindell constitute defamation, they will need to a) disprove them; b) show they caused damage to the company’s reputation, and potentially c) show that they were made with the knowledge they were false.

Lindell is CEO of My Pillow and famously hypes his products on As Seen on TV infomercials, so Dominion may focus on pre-written and scripted claims in his videos rather than attempt to show that his off-the-cuff statements were made with “actual malice.”

The original video in Lindell’s series is Absolute Proof: Exposing Election Fraud and The Theft of America by Enemies Foreign and Domestic,” which contains claims that a cyberattack flipped the 2020 election. 

The sequel is Absolute Interference: New Evidence Foreign And Domestic Enemies Used Computers to Hack the 2020 Election.” It was released along with Lindell’s Frankspeech platform, as we reported in April. 

Next came Scientific Proof: Internationally Renowned Physicist Absolutely Proves 2020 Election Was Biggest Cyber-Crime in World History.” This video features Dr. Douglas G. Frank and his mathematical data alleged to show election manipulation. 

Then earlier this month, Lindell released Absolutely 9-0,” in which he discusses his lawsuit against Dominion et al. and alleged Chinese Communist Party (CCP) involvement. 

Lindell has also made statements in live public appearances that could be referenced by Dominion. Lindell announced his lawsuit against Dominion on the Brannon Howse show. He has appeared on Steve Bannon’s War Room and Jimmy Kimmel.

He has also produced and promoted videos with claims about Dominion made by other people. One has Attorney Matt DePerno and Dr. Frank discussing an audit of Dominion machines in Michigan. Another has Joe Oltmann appearing with Howse, claiming he “Exposes Eric Coomer of Dominion Voting Systems.”

Lindell is continuing to speak publicly. He organized and spoke at his “MAGA Frank” rally along with Donald Trump by live telecast.

Lindell interviews lawyer Alan Dershowitz about the My Pillow suit against Dominion, which is similar to this one. Dershowitz says,

“The case against you is an opening wedge in a massive assault on the marketplace of ideas, freedom of speech, and the ability of American citizens to make up their own minds… first amendment rights are for people you agree with and people you disagree with… we don’t suppress, we don’t censor, and that’s what Dominion is trying to do, it’s trying to shut you down, and they’re doing it on behalf of the government… Dominion is misusing the power given to them by the government to suppress free speech.”

Lindell remarks,

“How ironic that we paid for those machines, and we can’t even look at the machines that we bought.”

To which Dershowitz remarks,

“I think we’ll get to look in the machines. I think it’s going to be very hard for Dominion to argue… ‘we’re claiming that what you said about the machines is false, but we’re not going to let you see the machines, we’re not going to let you see the source codes, we’re going to protect our business secrets’ … if you want to protect business secrets, that’s okay, just don’t bring a lawsuit. Once you bring a lawsuit you open yourselves up to discovery, and we’re going to very vigorously demand that either they provide the information necessary for us to prove the case, or drop their claim. They can’t have it both ways. The government couldn’t have that both ways. When the government brings a lawsuit, even if they have national security secrets, they can’t use the national security secrets both as a sword and a shield against being able to hold them accountable. So we’re going to be, obviously, demanding access to their machines, to their codes, to everything that they claim justifies what they did.”

Links to UDC articles about Lindell v. Dominion:

Series 1: Lindell v. Dominion / Smartmatic: Comprehensive Summary of Initial Filings

Complaint Summary | Exhibits 1-4 Summary | Exhibits 5-7 | Exhibits 8-9 | Exhibit 12 | Exhibits 10-11 & 13-17

Series 2: Lindell v. Dominion: What We Can Deduce, Induce, and Learn

MOAB Intro | Lindell v. Dominion for the Layman | More (Soon)

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John B. Nevin