ABOUT THE FAMILY OF GOD

"In the beginning God created 
the heaven and earth.."


Most who have read this far on 
this web site probably already know that 
the word God is plural, and is translated from 
the original plural Hebrew word, Elohim. 

You probably already know that it is a collective noun, like family, army, team. It can be singular or plural. 

Take the word "deer" for example. If someone pointed to a hillside and said, "Look at the deer", until you looked , you wouldn't know if there were several deer or only one.

In a similar manner, the Bible starts out saying, "In the beginning God created". It could be referring to an individual God, or it could be referring to a "team", a "group" or a "family" of God. 

We might wonder about this as we read on through the verses until we encounter verse 26, after which we should have no doubts at all:


(Gen 1:26)
"And God said, Let us make man in our 
image, after our likeness: "

God does not have a mental disorder. He is not schizophrenic. He is not having a conversation with himself in this verse. There are two or more individuals in this verse. "Let us make man in our image", one says to the other.

So, in the next verse it is recorded that "God" made man[kind] male and female.

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Gen1:27)

He could have then stepped back, looked at the other member of the Elohim, and said, "There, that's done, and they look just like us."Before reading beyond this point, you should go back and read ABOUT THE SONS OF GOD if you haven't read it yet.

As was discussed in the ABOUT THE SONS OF GOD post, The Sons of God were called before the judgment seat of God the Father and indicted for the unjust, unrighteous way they reigned over their respective kingdoms. But where were these kingdoms, and when did they acquire them?

To understand, one must first realize something. There are very few, if any, mistakes in the original scriptures. However, there are many mistakes, and misleading choices made in the translations from the original languages.

Check these LINKS to get a small example of what I'm talking about: TENTMAKER, WIKIPEDIA, RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE, BIBLE STUDY . ORG, A VOICE.

Ok. With that said, let's get on with it. The following set of scripture is focusing on a time way back in the dim, distant past. This is where mythology and legend were born.

Deuteronomy 32: 1-9
"Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; 
and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

My doctrine shall drop as the rain, 
my speech shall distil as the dew, 
as the small rain upon the tender herb, 
and as the showers upon the grass:

Because I will publish the name of the LORD: 
ascribe ye greatness unto our God.

He is the Rock, his work is perfect: 
for all his ways are judgment: 
a God of truth and without iniquity, 
just and right is he.

They have corrupted themselves, 
their spot is not the spot of his children: 
they are a perverse and crooked generation.

Do ye thus requite the LORD, 
O foolish people and unwise? 
is not he thy father that hath bought thee? 
hath he not made thee, and established thee?

Remember the days of old, 
consider the years of many generations: 
ask thy father, and he will shew thee; 
thy elders, and they will tell thee.

When the Most High divided to the 
nations their inheritance, 
when he separated the sons of Adam, 
he set the bounds of the people according 
to the number of the children of Israel.

For the LORD's portion is his people; 
Jacob is the lot of his inheritance."

The first verse demands the attention of those in heaven and earth. The attributes of God's way of life (perfection, truth, justice, righteousness) are then contrasted against the life-style of a corrupted and perverse generation.

But, the last two verses hold some very interesting information. It speaks of a time when God divided the nations (separating the sons of Adam). It goes on to say he set the bounds (established national boundaries) according to the number of the children of Israel.

Wait!  We have just encountered a problem! 

But actually, because of the problem, we are prodded to study a little closer and it's amazing what we find.

The number of the children of Israel is, and has always been known as 12 if only the males are counted and 13 if the daughter Dinah is included. So, are we to believe that all of mankind descended from Adam were divided into nations according to the number of the children of Israel?

The whole world, 13 nations.
This cannot be right? Genesis chapter 10 tells us that just the three sons of Noah had 70 nations divided unto them.




Furthermore, this verse in Deuteronomy is referring back to an even that occurred in the times of the eleventh chapter of Genesis.


Neither Israel the patriarch, nor the 12 tribe nation of Israel had even been thought of when this event occurred!

Besides that, the last verse goes on to say that the Lord's portion (the nation He would claim) was Jacob. But Jacob and Israel are the same person! Jacob's name was changed to Israel by God.

This is showing possession - ruler-ship. And the LORD God was to be the God of Jacob, of Israel.

Here's the mistake. The next to the last verse reads:

"When the Most High divided to the nations 
their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, 
he set the bounds of the people according to the 
number of the children of Israel."

It should read thus:

"When the Most High divided to the nations 
their inheritance, when he separated the sons 
of Adam, he set the bounds of the people 
according to the number of the children of God." 
   [That is, the Sons and Daughters of God - the Elohim]

The most ancient manuscripts in existence have it
translated as "the children of God".
They are the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Septuagint.

But, the KJV and most other modern bibles were translated from the Masoretic Latin texts which were first created around 700 A.D.

Do you see what this is saying? This is the time when God gave various nations of men to the ruler-ship of other members of the God Family. They were the gods of those nations, and they were worshiped by those nations. These were the ancient gods of the Pagan nations. These Sons of God screwed up! And, there were no doubt some Daughters (Goddesses) among them too!




Instead of ruling in a righteous manner, they had the nations warring against each other. They were physically manifested among the people enjoying all the material pleasures a physical being could. They received worship. They influenced civilizations. But they screwed up, and were accused, judged, and sentenced as recorded in Psalm 82, as commented on in the post: ABOUT THE SONS OF GOD.

They
were apparently sentenced to a physical life on earth, and, being locked into the physical, they could and would, die. Either they were killed, or they eventually died of old age. Either way, there was a final time when the last one reaped the very sentence placed on Adam " Ye shall surely die".

All the kingdoms of this world are now to be placed under the authority of their Elder Brother, Jesus Christ. And, they too are awaiting a resurrection.

Yes, they were prayed to. They were worshiped. They passed out judgments. They ruled.

Have you ever heard of the word oracle? It means, prophet, prophetess, or seer. It refers to a person who consults the "gods", often at the behest of others for answers to problems in life.

These gods of the ancient Pagan nations were the ones the oracles, and seers consulted in prayer. The oracles and seers were not the gods, but were the ones who consulted the gods on behalf of the people. What do you supposed happened when these gods died? Yep, the oracles ceased.

Ancient historians, writers and philosophers such as Eusebius, Plutarch and Josephus all wrote about a time when the Oracles ceased, when the gods became silent. They say the oracles gradually began to quit answering. Some called it a time when the "gods died". Some say they ceased at the coming of Christ into the world.

Here are a few excerpts from the book "Of the Cessation of Oracles" written by Sir Thomas Browne in 1646.

1) "That Oracles ceased
or grew mute at the coming of Christ, is best understood in a qualified sense, and not without all latitude, as though precisely there were none after, nor any decay before." 

2)"Plutarch enquiring why the Oracles of Greece ceased,[3] excepteth that of Lebadia: and in the same place Demetrius affirmeth the Oracles of Mopsus and Amphilochus were much frequented in his days. 

In brief, Histories are frequent in examples, and there want not some even to the reign of Julian. What therefore may consist with history, by cessation of Oracles with Montacutius we may understand their intercision, not abscission or consummate desolation; their rare delivery, not total dereliction, and yet in regard of divers Oracles, we may speak strictly, and say there was a proper cessation. 

Thus may we reconcile the accounts of times, and allow those few and broken divinations, whereof we read in story and undeniable Authors. 

For that they received this blow from Christ, and no other causes alledged by the heathens, from oraculous confession they cannot deny; whereof upon record there are some very remarkable." 

3). "A second recorded by Plutarch, of a voice that was heard to cry unto Mariners at the Sea, Great Pan is dead; which is a relation very remarkeable, and may be read in his Defect of Oracles.[4] 

A third reported by Eusebius in the life of his magnified Constantine, that about that time Apollo mourned, declaring his Oracles were false, and that the righteous upon earth did hinder him from speaking truth.[5] 

And a fourth related by Theodoret, and delivered by Apollo Daphneus unto Julian upon his Persian Expedition, that he should remove the bodies about him before he could return an answer, and not long after his Temple was burnt with lightning." 

The reader of the bible is constantly told that God, when referring specifically to God the Father, is a righteous God. Why are we told that over and over? It is to reassure us, and to make a stark distinction between Him, His way of life, His plans for us, and the unrighteous activities of other Elohim as has become part of the record.
Job 4: 17-18:


"Shall mortal man be more just than God? 
shall a man be more pure than his maker?

Behold, he put no trust in his servants; 
and his angels he charged with folly:"

Matthew 25: 41:


"Then shall he say also unto them 
on the left hand, Depart from me, 
ye cursed, into everlasting fire, 
prepared for the devil and his angels:"


II Peter 2:4 
(a day of judgment is ahead for certain angels):


" For if God spared not the angels 
that sinned, but cast them down to 
hell, and delivered them into chains 
of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;"

Jude 1:6:


"And the angels which kept not their 
first estate, but left their own habitation, 
he hath reserved in everlasting chains 
under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."

God is different. He wants us to be different.
II Chronicles 12: 6:
"Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, The LORD is righteous."


Psalm 119:137:


"Righteous art thou, O LORD, and 
upright are thy judgments."

It is so comforting to know that the Most powerful God being in the universe is righteous, is the very definition of Love, and cares about people.

I Peter 5: 6-7:


"Humble yourselves therefore under the 
mighty hand of God, that he may exalt 
you in due time:Casting all your care 
upon him; for he careth for you." 

The universe of God's creation is immense beyond our understanding. It is full of life. It is busy, very active and developing according to plan. It is a place where judgments and decisions are constantly being made. 

A whole host of beings live among the stars. Some of those beings still cause trouble. There has been, and will be wars in heaven. The scope of activity in the heavens is simply mind-boggling. It was planned this way from the beginning.

(Genesis 2:1)
"Thus the heavens and the earth were 
finished, and all the host of them."
Deuteronomy 4:19
"And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, 
and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, 
and the stars, even all the host of heaven, 
shouldest be driven to worship them, and 
serve them, which the LORD thy God hath 
divided unto all nations under the whole heaven."


Jeremiah 33:22
"As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, 
neither the sand of the sea measured:" 

Acts 7:41-43


"And they made a calf in those days, 
and offered sacrifice unto the idol, 
and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

Then God turned, and gave them up 
to worship the host of heaven; as it is written
 in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, 
have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices 
by the space of forty years in the wilderness?

Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, 
and the star of your god Remphan, 
figures which ye made to worship them:" 

Among the "host" of the heavens, are the Sons and Daughters of God. 
Exodus 15:11
"Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods?"


Exodus 18:11
" Now I know that the LORD is greater 
than all gods: for in the thing wherein 
they dealt proudly he was above them."
Hebrews 12:22
" But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto 
the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, 
and to an innumerable company of angels,"
Exodus 23:32
"Thou shalt make no covenant with them, 
nor with their gods."
Exodus 34: 14-15
"For thou shalt worship no other god: for 
the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:

Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants 
of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, 
and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, 
and thou eat of his sacrifice;"
I Corinthians 8: 5-6
"For though there be that are called gods, 
whether in heaven or in earth,
(as there be gods many, and lords many,) 
But to us there is but one God, the Father, 
of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him."


II Corinthians 4:4
"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

In whom the god of this world hath blinded 
the minds of them which believe not, lest the 
light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who
 is the image of God, should shine unto them."

The Bible gives us glimpses of some of the activities of the place where God lives. It also reveals that place where God lives is a physical place with territorial divisions, cities, rivers, trees, etc. much like earth. 


In fact, God modeled mankind after himself, and it appears He also modeled this earth after the place where He lives. He even instructed that the tabernacle be made after the pattern of the one in His place in heaven. Let's take a look at the nature of some of the things in heaven.
Hebrews 8:5
"Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount." 

Revelation 21:2 - God is going to bring the whole city, from where He now lives, here to earth.
 

"And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, 
coming down from God out of heaven, prepared 
as a bride adorned for her husband."

Revelation 22:1-2 (A river, streets, trees, fruit, (monthly time cycle), nations.)

"And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, 
clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of 
God and of the Lamb.

In the midst of the street of it, and on either 
side of the river, was there the tree of life
which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded 
her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree 
were for the healing of the nations." 

The Bible is an enigma. There is no end to the information one can discover in it. I believe that one book, contains more information than an entire library. I have been not only reading, but studying it, for 40 years and I still keep discovering things for the first time!

Here's a good example. This is the recording of a happy event that took place in heaven a long, long time ago. It is a wedding ceremony. But, before we take a look at it, we must get something else established first.

First of all, the One who came to this world as Jesus Christ previously existed as a glorious member of the God Family. His title was the Logos .... the "Spokesman" of the God Family ... the Executive Officer for the Father that saw that the Father's plans and designs were done. This is the Being that came to this world as Jesus Christ.

Here's Christ's prayer just before his crucifixion. Read it carefully: (John 17:5)

"And now, O Father, glorify thou me 
with thine own self with the glory which 
I had with thee before the world was." 

In these next verses, the Greek word "Logos" was translated into the English word "Word". Keep that in mind as you read the next verse, John 1:1:
"In the beginning was the Word [Logos]
and the Word [Logos] was with God, 
and the Word [Logos] was God."

Clarification: Elohim Old Testament Hebrew is Theos in the Greek, in which the New Testament was written. Elohim (Hb) = Theos(Gr) = God(Eng)

In the beginning was the Word [Logos] , and the Word [Logos] was with God [Theos =Elohim], and the Word [Logos] was God [Theos,Elohim]. 


Here we see the Spokesman of the God Family was there from the beginning. This goes back further than the record in Genesis 1:1. Not only was He there, He also was a member of the God Family (Theos, Elohim, God). This is the glory He was referring to in His prayer just before the crucifixion.

Now, while in the first chapter of the book of John, look at verses 2-5:

"The same was in the beginning with God.

All things were made by him; and 
without him was not any thing 
made that was made.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

And the light shineth in darkness; 
and the darkness comprehended it not."

 He was the creating Agent of the Father. He also became Jesus Christ as is obvious in verse 14:
"And the Word was made flesh, 
and dwelt among us,
(and we beheld his glory, the glory 
as of the only begotten of the Father,) 
full of grace and truth."

It's important also that we take note of the fact that the following verses in the book of Hebrews is talking about Jesus Christ. We need to establish that before going any further.

Hebrews 1:1-2
"God, who at sundry times and in 
divers manners spake in time past 
unto the fathers by the prophets,

Hath in these last days spoken unto 
us by his Son, whom he hath appointed 
heir of all things, by whom also 
he made the worlds;" 

This is Jesus Christ. Now, let's go on to verses 8 and 9:
"But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, 
O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of 
righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; 
therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee 
with the oil of gladness above thy fellows." 

We have established that Jesus had a previous existence in heaven as a member of the God Family. That he had the unique position of creating Agent and Spokesman of the Father. That He was made flesh and dwelt among mankind. That He, in the last days of Paul's ministry, spoke directly to them (revealing of the Mystery) and by-passed any prophets. That He too, is a righteous God exalted above His "fellows." That He has been appointed Heir of all things (Creation itself). And the phrase, "Thy throne, Oh God" is referring to Him.

Now let's take a look at the wedding ceremony. It's found in Psalm 45. I will reproduce it along with clarifying comments. Scripture will be in bold print as before, while my comments will be italicized.

Psalm 45
"My heart is inditing a good matter: 
I speak of the things which I have made 
touching the king: my tongue is 
the pen of a ready writer.

(Happy occasion.)

Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever. 
(Fairer than mankind. Blessed forever.)
Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, 
O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.
(This person is called most mighty and has glory and majesty)


And in thy majesty ride prosperously because 
of truth and meekness and righteousness; and 
thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.

Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the 
king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.

Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: 
the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. 

This person is not human. This is a God being

Remember the phrase referring to the One who became Christ; "Thy throne, Oh God" that we read in the book of Hebrews?


Remember also, that Jesus was "anointed above thy fellows" in the book of Hebrews? Remember also, this occurred at the judgment described in Psalm 82.


Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: 
therefore God[Logos], thy God[God the Father]
hath anointed thee with the oil of 
gladness above thy fellows. 

All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, 
and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, 
whereby they have made thee glad.

Kings' daughters were among thy honourable
 women: upon thy right hand did stand the  
queen in gold of Ophir. 

Among Logos' past relationships were the daughters of Kings in heaven. This is not talking about anything on earth. If you need to, go back once again and begin reading these verses to set up the proper context.

At the time of this ceremony (He is the King remember), the Queen (female Elohim) is standing at His right side.

 

Hearken, O daughter, and consider, 
and incline thine ear; forget also 
thine own people, and thy father's house;

So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: 
for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him. 

The above two verses are about the woman He is about to enter into a contractural relationship with.


And the daughter of Tyre shall be there 
with a gift; even the rich among the 
people shall intreat thy favour.

The king's daughter is all glorious within: 
her clothing is of wrought gold.

She shall be brought unto the king in 
raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions 
that follow her shall be brought unto thee.

With gladness and rejoicing shall they be
 brought: they shall enter into the king's palace.

Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, 
whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.

I will make thy name to be remembered 
in all generations: therefore shall the people 
praise thee for ever and ever." 

In this life, marriage automatically ends when one party dies. The Elohim have eternal life. 

Marriage-like relationships must be agreed upon for a period of time, or until the parties wish to end the relationship. It may seem odd to us that the King is entering into a relationship with another woman as the current Queen stands at His right side. But God's ways are not our ways. It may be beyond the comprehension of some folks today.

However, let me point this out. At the time Moses delivered the Ten commandments to the children of Israel, He had two wives; and the 7th Commandment said:
"Thou shalt not commit adultery". 

This should teach us that we either better find out what the definition of adultery is, or we need to remember that no matter what God does it cannot be sin because of WHO  he is.

If you haven't grasped the significance of those last three words in the previous sentence, you should go back and review the post: HAVE YOU GRADUATED CHURCH YET?

The rights and privileges of a member of the God-kind are not the same as the rights and privileges of Man-kind. Rarely is there ever a human being that is spiritually mature enough to even understand these things, let alone to accept them.


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