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Gnosticism, Sex, Marriage, Lust, Adultery, Homosexuality

The more I read and learn, the more I see so much error in the way we are taught in churches today. What is termed Christianity today is loaded with, for one, Gnostic beliefs and not even biblical teachings. If you look at the stories in the Bible there are stories of love between two men, two women, men with many wives, men sleeping with their wives handmaids, men sleeping with concubines, and even their slaves were fair game. There is technically, what is thought in the creation story to give us a standard for marriage, which actually has no statute of marriage biblically speaking that is highly proclaimed by the conservatives of today. Adam was androgynous when God created him, which in turn means that God may be also, as well as, the angels. We know they were sexed by some means, because they came down and mated with human women. Of course this is spoken very little of in Genesis, as Genesis is just a summed up version of Jasher, and there is one small snip it of Enoch in Genesis. Both of these books should be read by any who would read the Bible, along with several other books, but are shunned by most all modern day Christians. These books are historical documents and the best way for us to determine what God’s character is like, along with the history of this world, is by reading these documents.

“Marriage does not unite one man and one woman in one flesh for the purpose of procreation and sexual enjoyment. Instead, marriage unties free Israelite men with as many women and slaves as they can reasonably support.” – Unprotected Text by Jennifer Knust

When you get to the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy, you will discover that there are some listings of the way the free men were supposed to treat the women, be it slaves or other property, seeing as they saw women as property in those days. The only problem is they are not consistent. Even the writings of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are inconsistent and contradictory. So all in all there is no explanation of marriage other than property and estate clauses for those that traded according to the bridal account for women when they married them. It’s basically a legal agreement or contract and not a spiritual one.

“(Matt. 12:48-50 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? And who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.) From Jesus’s perspective, the family is made up of fellow believers, not kin with formal ties outsiders might recognize.

(Matt. 3:9-10 And think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth forth not good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. ) and therefore all people must “bear fruit worthy of repentance”

(Matt. 3:8 Bring therefore fruits meet for repentence🙂 He makes a similar point later on in His ministry: When a disciple promises to follow Jesus after first burying his father, Jesus responds, “Follow me, and let the dead bury the dead”

(Matt. 8:22) Jesus devalues literal family ties to the extent that He would rather His followers ignore the death of a parent than miss the chance to follow Him.” – Unprotected Text by Jennifer Knust

The bond that we have with our blood relatives, is not the bond that Jesus found to be important, it was the bond with those that followed Him alone, that He found to be of the utmost importance.

The “marriage laws” of those days. There are laws about Hebrew slaves, if they are bought or brought into slavery with a wife, she is to go with him and when the seven years is up for them, they will go free together, but if the slave marries while already enslaved by his master, his wife and children remain the masters property and when the seven years is up, the slave man goes free but his family is left behind to the master at that point the slave can choose to stay a slave for life to remain with his family. That doesn’t technically speak of marriage as we see it today, this would be considered ripping a family apart or committing to a life of slavery. Then again in Deuteronomy, the women are to be freed just as the men (Deut. 15:12). Nothing seems to be consistent with these different laws or rights and things have changed over time. My thoughts on this is that most of the laws were written by men, but Jesus lumped all the true laws of God up into two when He walked the earth. Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.

Even though the Exodus and Deuteronomy laws were a set standard, it doesn’t mean they were followed, just like laws now days. These laws were many, and as I stated before they were not consistent. One instance that will show that these laws weren’t possibly always kept, like the happening between David and Bathsheba. Bathsheba became David’s wife only after he stole his neighbor’s wife and got her pregnant, yet David and Bathsheba were not accused by Nathan of violating the covenant commandments. It’s possible this is because the laws only applied to Israelites, and Uriah was a Hittite so technically they didn’t break any laws. In our eyes today this might seem like an injustice, but that is how thing were back then.

If you read the Song of Songs, the poetry is in and of itself erotic, and not in some form of eroticism within marriage. The Songs of Songs was written in a way that you have to learn how they used different terms in those days. They are not how we use them today, for example one of the phrases they used was to uncover a man’s feet, when in that time mean to sleep with him. They were descriptive by using words they had in their vocabulary to compare someone or something to what things they had seen around them. The story of Ruth tells of Naomi and Ruth’s love for one another. The same Hebrew word that is used in Genesis 2:24 to describe how Adam felt about Eve (and how spouses are supposed to feel toward each other) is used in Ruth 1:14 to describe how Ruth felt about Naomi.

dâbaq, daw-bak’; a primitive root; properly, to impinge, i.e. cling or adhere; figuratively, to catch by pursuit:—abide fast, cleave (fast together), follow close (hard after), be joined (together), keep (fast), overtake, pursue hard, stick, take.

Her feelings are celebrated, not condemned. Naomi took care of Ruth as well and they stayed together. The story of 1 and 2 Samuel tells of King David and his love for Johnathan that, At Jonathan’s funeral, David declares that “he loved Jonathan more than any woman.”

When David had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was bound to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that he was wearing, and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt.” (1 Samuel 18:1-4)

This is just a couple of several Bible passages that describe and celebrate an intense love between these two men that went well beyond friendship. King David seen as a hero by most modern Christians, was technically a bisexual (which most Christians would see as an abomination, I do not), adulterous, murderer, and a thief.

Must of what you read of Paul’s writings are against women, free men being in control of women, children, and slaves. Basically, that it’s a man’s world and all should abide by anything that he says. He also said it was better not to marry and to remain a virgin, when God told us to be fruitful and multiply to begin with, that makes his writings to be contradictory to what God ordained in the beginning. That’s not how things started out. He even put himself above all others in 1 Cor. 7:7 in his arrogance, he stated that he wished all others could be as himself. He recommended celibacy for the strong and marriage for the weak.

(This chart is taken from Unprotected Text by Jennifer Knust and is a summarization of what the different book stated about Desire, Sexual Intercourse, and Marriage.)

Author Advice about Desire Advice about Sexual Intercourse Advice about Marriage 
Paul Should be controlled as much as possible. Out-of-control desire is a principal sign of abandonment by God. Avoid it if possible but, if married, have sex regularly so as to avoid temptation. If one is a man, one should not submit to sexual penetration. IF one is a women, one must submit to sexual penetration. Avoid it unless desire is unmanageable. It is intended for the weak in faith. Those ineligible for married life are not considered and thus slaves are largely excluded from Paul’s moral program.
Colossians & Ephesians Should be controlled and managed within a hierarchical household. No specific advice is given regarding the frequency and purpose of sexual intercourse. Free men should love their wives, keeping them under control. Wives, children, and slaves should obey the male head of household.
The Pastor Desire is extremely dangerous, especially for women and young men. Women must procreate if they are to be saved by God. Widows must remarry so as to avoid sexual temptation. Husbands should display their own sexual self-mastery by strictly mastering their subordinates. Male church leaders should marry only once. Virgin “widows” must marry- celibacy is impermissible for them. Those ineligible for married life cannot be leaders in the churches.

 

A good book to read is Unprotected Text, which is where I have taken a few quotes from and the chart above. It will bring more light to how things were around Paul’s time and even more insight to what marriage is and is not. So many things that we have been taught to be certain doctrine, and that the Bible itself is infallible are lies conjured up by men and the translation changed and indoctrinated because of false religious beliefs and theology. Even the Bible calls out certain books, that we are told not to forget, but that the mass majority of Christians of today, refuse to read.

If you believe as I do that the scriptures are divinely inspired by God, God seems to be endorsing these too books. As we are told, in the mouth of two or three witnesses you can establish if a thing is true are not.

Jasher means (Hebrew) “upright”, true, just account

The name refers to the fact that the record, facts, and history are upright, correct, and thus trustworthy.

It is referenced in:

Joshua 10:13 So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself onb its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar.

2 Samuel 1:18 and he ordered that the people of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar):

2 Timothy 3:8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth.

Inferred here talking about Jannes and Jambres who opposed Moses. The only way Paul could have known this is through the book of Jasher.

Enoch was considered scripture and has been in and out of the Bible several times.

  • There are at least a hundred references in the New Testament that find precedence nowhere else in the Bible except the book of Enoch
  • Quoted by Jesus, Peter, and Jude
  • Widely known and read in the 1st Century
  • Viewed as Scripture by early Church Fathers
  • Still in Ethiopian Coptic Bible
  • Found in Dead Sea Scrolls

I have written other blogs about this if you want a deeper dig into those books.

To bring this discussion into and around marriage and see how we got our current indoctrinated point of view on sex, homosexuality, adultery, idolatry, and a few other things, we are going to discuss St. Augustine. St. Augustine of Hippo (Aurelius Augustinus) was a philosopher from A.D. 354 – 430 and was an Algerian-Roman, his philosophy infused Christianity with Gnosticism and Neoplatonism. He is famous for being an inimitable Catholic theologian and for his agnostic contributions to Western philosophy. When Augustine was young he was one to go about in sexual relationships with men and women and he was not shamed to speak of it, but when he got older he reflected on his youth and began to teach that sex is wrong. Manicheans criticized the scriptures, mainly the Old Testament and held chastity and self-denial in honor.

Augustine was “a lively, sensual, hot-tempered person, entirely taken up with his worldly concerns, and unfriendly to Christianity until the close of his life, he became a catechumen (a Christian convert under instruction before baptism) shortly before Augustine reached his sixteenth year (369-370). To his mother Monnica (so the manuscripts write her name, not Monica; b. 331, d. 387) Augustine later believed that he owed what lie became. But though she was evidently an honorable, loving, self-sacrificing, and able woman, she was not always the ideal of a Christian mother that tradition has made her appear. Her religion in earlier life has traces of formality and worldliness about it; her ambition for her son seems at first to have had little moral earnestness and she regretted his Manicheanism more than she did his early sensuality. It seems to have been through Ambrose and Augustine that she attained the mature personal piety with which she left the world. Of Augustine as a boy his parents were intensely proud. He received his first education at Thagaste, learning, to read and write, as well as the rudiments of Greek and Latin literature, from teachers who followed the old traditional pagan methods. He seems to have had no systematic instruction in the Christian faith at this period, and though enrolled among the catechumens, apparently was near baptism only when an illness and his own boyish desire made it temporarily probable.” (You can learn more about St. Augustine here: http://www.iep.utm.edu/augustin/ )

Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lasciviousness is not about sex or lust. Many people think that this means that they were overwhelmingly sexual or lustful or full of desire. This phrase is about doctrine that leads to a certain mentality. Lasciviousness really means, our own selfish desires, our own selfish way about things. Hebrews Strong’s says, unbridled lust (not necessarily sex), licentiousness, wantonness, outrageousness, shamelessness, and insolence. Being that he taught this theology in this Paradigm, he is the one who started the church towards anti-sex theology.

Romans 6:1-4 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Paul was dealing with Manikin Gnostic theology. The idea of the demiurge creating the physical realm and trapping the spirit light in these bodies. The Manikin Gnostics along with St Augustine believed that if you sinned the spirit light left your body. St. Augustine practiced and studied this for nine years before he became a Christian. You releasing the spirit light was seen as good, because you do your sin, you know it’s wrong, but you do it anyway because releasing the spirit light from your body is considered a righteous deed. This all ties into the Marcion Heresy that teaches that the god of the Old Testament is the demiurge. Basically, it was believed that this evil physical god (demiurge) trapped (Christ) the spirit light into your body and you had to let him out. Tertullian wrote against this belief. They went about this in two ways, you could commit evil acts and your spirit light is released, or you avoid doing evil period. These two ways of living were complete opposites based from the same theology.

St. Augustine’s own history reflects that he is a heretic. He had his own concubine that he was with but not married to yet he taught that all sex is sinful. He thought that God put up with people getting married for procreation. He felt guilty for being with the concubine and so he found a girl and married her but ended up divorcing her and went back to his concubine. He could have simply married his concubine and dealt with his natural sexual desires instead of fighting against what God naturally gave him as a desire. He even admitted having sexual relationships with men in his younger years, and possibly even as a Christian. So he taught about sex in general being bad, but all the while, he was doing the very things that he counted as sin. In doing so, he made something that is not a sin to be a sin in the eyes of others, and in turn causing the denial of such natural desires that were given by God to actually be sin because it is a rejection of a gift of God.

Something to note is that St. Augustine is considered number two in the church among Catholics and Protestants, that right there should tell you, that there is problem and a need to seek after God through guidance from the Holy Spirit and NOT the standardized church. I know some people fear that they are not smart enough to research and learn, but I’m no genius and have never claimed to be such. My drive to seek God was given by God, He gave me the ability to do the things I do, and I hated reading until I got a desire to know Him and to know I was not going to hell like I had been told so many times by others that follow the standard church. He gave me faith and has made that faith grow more and more over the years. It’s not a matter of smarts, but a matter of love for Elohim. The more you seek, the more the Spirit will reveal to you and you will find others that are likeminded to learn and grow with you, even if they are miles away. The world has many distractions like music and TV, things that are constant noise to drown out that still small voice. You have to have silent time with the Holy Spirit or you will never hear Her voice. I still enjoy these things, but I make sure to make a silent time to listen.

Now back to St. Augustine. St. Augustine’s theology was based off of Gnosticism and the things he taught about sex were lies as well as him being hypocritical while teaching them, right along with teaching things that weren’t biblical and stemmed from his past beliefs in Gnosticism, Neoplatonism, and pagan beliefs. St. Augustine was part of the Latin School of Theology and all the other schools of theology where shunned and shutdown which is why we do not hear about them, Rome was in charge and they forced the belief of the Latin School on all people (there is proof of this in the time of the reformation when Rome came against all Christians and killed so many of them).

It seemed that the concoction of Pagan, Gnostic, and Neoplatonism that Augustine carried with him was just melded into Christianity and has become a religion instead of the Spiritual based faith, the truth of our world and our Creator which is not religion, man created religion. So this is what Paul was referring to at that time, he was preaching against the Gnostic beliefs, they sinned intentionally because they thought that it released the spirit light from their body. This is why he wrote, “shall we continue in sin that grace may abound,” he was preaching against the Gnostics. These are the men that crept in unawares in Jude. This is why sex is seen as a bad thing now days in more ways than not, sex out of marriage is a huge deal today, sex between two women, or two men, it all stems from the Gnostic belief. We also get our theology on Hell, infant baptisms, the thought of women being evil, sexual desire being evil, erections being sinful, and many other things from St. Augustine which are also incorrect, he was one of the many that Jude 1:4 was warning us about. He believed that sin was transferred by seamen and if you were born, you would go to hell if you died a baby before being baptized. Seems like he missed everything that Christ was about.

Here is a document about Eternal Punishment in Augustine’s The City of God: “In many ways, Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430) was the most influential post-Pauline theologian in Christendom…. Any disagreement with his writings is tantamount to heresy, and this applies equally to Catholic and Protestant traditions… Many major themes of Christian thought can be traced to Augustine. These include the Just War theory, the Trinity, and Original Sin. Augustine had a profound influence on the Doctrine of Eternal Punishment.” You can read more of this at: https://soundandsilence.wordpress.com/2009/01/13/eternal-punishment-in-augustine%E2%80%99s-the-city-of-god/

To learn even more about St. Augustine’s beliefs, you can watch this youtube video:  St. Augustine’s Philosophy and Theology

The reason Augustine taught eternal torment, is because he believed the physical was evil and it had to be tortured according to Gnostic theology. He basically tried to interpret the Bible through Gnostic eye glasses so to speak. The teachings stuck from the fourth century because Rome was in power and Rome promoted him and enforced this doctrine on the world, but this has been the age of darkness, the keys to the scripture had been hidden for so long, and now God has allowed the keys to the scriptures, back into the hands of His children. The only place that Rome had no power over was Ethiopia, and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church is the only place that still has the book of Enoch in its canon. Rome did try to go and enforce the canon without Enoch on the Ethiopian Church, which did not work, as well as worshiping on Sunday, but they knew it was wrong, so they apparently did it for short time and then went back to worshiping on Saturday. Rome had wiped the book of Enoch out of every other church canon. The main promoter of the removal of the book of Enoch was St. Augustine, he thought the book was evil. His doctrine was completely satanic, his doctrine came from Manichean Gnosticism, which was preached against by John, Paul, and Jude, and remember Jude told us to remember the book of Enoch. Enoch was forgotten beyond the Ethiopian Church, and still today most Christians refuse to read the book of Enoch, even though it has now been release back into their possession.

1 Timothy 4:1-5 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

Note that here marriage was already a strong belief in the church, but in reading all the Old Testament text, you rarely if ever see one man and one woman in a relationship. Yet, this is another warning, that in the later times, people would forbid to marry as the Catholics require their priests to do(1120 A.D.) and they saw sex as sinful but if they were married they could have sex. The main group that does this is the Western Catholic Church, Rome. When they did this in 1120 A.D, all the priest that were married had to have their marriages annulled, so they ripped apart families. The Latin school of theology taught that it was sinful to have sex, so priest couldn’t have sex or be married in order to be holy. They took so many things that God meant for good and made them appear to be evil. Again, from 1 Timothy 4:3 they took these things that God created for good and forbid them or abstain from them. Note that Jerome went right along with St. Augustine.

Just to point out, hyper Calvinism is the same as Manichean Gnosticism. They think they can sin all they want, they think all they have to do is have faith. Basically, they can sin all week and go to church on Sunday and get right with God. Another thing to point out within all this is that these men (Pharisees) that try to keep themselves from having any desire for sex or women and can’t do so, so they have an inward hate for women. They can’t be freed from women, because of the drive that God gave us, they even said things like the woman is the root of all evil and numerous other things. The woman and Adam ate of the tree.

And do you not know that you are (each) an Eve? The sentence of God on this sex of yours lives in this age: the guilt must, of necessity live too. You are the devil’s gateway: you are the unsealer of that (forbidden) tree: you are the first deserter of the divine law: you are she who persuaded him whom the devil was not valiant enough to attack. You destroyed so easily God’s image, man.     –Tertullian.

Here is a really great study by a brother in Christ pertaining to the same things we are talking about here, that might give you even more insight on how they perceived women and how the devil worked that in, over time. http://www.godrules.net/articles/earlychurch-on-sex.htm

St. Augustine, just like Tertullian looks at woman and sex as evil, but those are lies that the devil swayed them to believe to make the beauty of sexuality that God gave us as a gift, to seem like something awful.

It’s true that many people in the Christian religion believe that lust is bad, and they use Matt. 5:27-28, but there is good and bad terms for lust. Check this out.

What is “lusting”? Most of you have this definition coming to mind “any sexual thought for the opposite sex”. And yes, I used to have the same definition, until, again, I actually studied scripture and Greek to decipher what the term actually meant.

The term means to “covet” or “desire with intent to steal” plain and simple. This Greek word (1937) has no “sexual” connotation to it, as the very same word is used as “desire” in other passages, such as “desire the Office of Bishop…desireth a good work” – 1 Timothy 3:1. Now, do you remember which of the Ten Commandments mentions this type of desire or coveting? Yes, it is the 10th commandment. So, Jesus was quoting the “thou shalt not covet .. thy neighbor’s wife”. Why haven’t you ever heard that before? Doesn’t that make a lot of sense, seeing God is the same, yesterday, today and forever? So, quite literally, Jesus first stated the 7th commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery”, then he explained the theology behind the 7th commandment with the 10th commandment, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife“. He was showing how the people of the day were not looking at the intent behind the 7th commandment.

Here is further proof that Jesus was quoting the 10th of the 10 Commandments:

LXX- Greek Septuagint “γυναικα 1135 του 3588 πλησιον 4139 σου 4675 ουκ 3756 επιθυμησεις 1937 5692” – Exodus 20:17

 

Greek Textus Receptus “γυναικα 1135 προς 4314 το 3588 επιθυμησαι 1937 5658” – Matthew 5:28

Note the same key terms for “woman” and “lust” are present within both passages, showing Christ was paraphrasing the 10th Commandment. The IVP Bible Background Commentary explains:

“The Greek word here is the same as in the opening line of the tenth commandment in the Septuagint (the Greek version of the Old Testament): ‘You shall not desire your neighbor’s wife’ (Exodus 20:17)” – The IVP Bible Background Commentay: New Testament, Matthew 5:27-30

How do we know that the common viewpoint on Matthew 5:27-28 is irreparably in error? Well, if the Greek term “gunh” meant “any woman” and we take the Greek meaning of the term “lust” (which means any desire in general), we discover the passage to be saying literally, “whosoever looks at a woman and desires her has committed adultery in her heart”. Which means you literally cannot desire any woman in general and would have to conclude that all men have sinned being in any relationship with a woman, even if they had the most innocent of “desires”. So, revisiting Jesus’ statement, we see that woman is “wife”, lust is “covet” and adultery is “unlawful intercourse with another man’s wife”. –Godrules.net

So looking back at this passage that they cling to, to make sex and lust bad you can now see that it really means this:

Matthew 5:27-28 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery (unlawful intercourse w/ another man’s wife): But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh (sets mind upon) on a woman (wife) to lust (desire or covet) after her hath committed adultery (unlawful intercourse w/ another man’s wife) with her already in his heart.

Another thing to point out as well since we are talking about lust, is adultery. Here is another bit that will help you understand that a little better.

The “gist” of the term adultery, if you research the Greek and Hebrew it has to do with a “contractual agreement” between you and your wife (wives) or between you and God. This is why adultery can also refer to idolatry (same also with the term “fornication”), as idolatry is a form of cheating on God, by worshipping a false god. So, even though adultery’s original definition takes into consideration polygamy, in the case where you commit yourself only to one woman, you make a contractual agreement with her. So, this means, going out and cheating is equivalent to adultery, even though, technically, it does not fall directly under the definition of adultery. It is the Spirit of the Law, as you can see and the point is, you made a contract with your wife and you are to abide in the contract. –Godrules.net

You can read more on this as well as the above statements about lust, here: http://www.godrules.net/articles/mat5.htm

God made us to have desire for another, be it man or woman that is part of being human.  So amidst all the religion that has come about because of man, this is one thing that has apparently had a lot of influence on it.  I’ll remind you religion is the beguilement of God’s people, none of it is for the good of human kind, it is varying and continuously causes division amongst people, self-mutilation, self-denial of things God meant for good, and there are many other aspects of it. Though there may be churches that support the homeless or do other things for a good cause, if they are religious and not spiritually focus, they are likely one that causes division, and one thing that shows the lack of Christ within, is a place that causes division among people.  Christ ate with sinners, which no one on this earth can say they are not a sinner, we all need our Creator to sustain us and even more so to save us from our own sins, and the fallen angels and the evil they have developed since they made the decision to war against God Himself.

Augustine argued as I stated above, that physical erections are a physical expression of the sin of lust. It’s a natural thing and I’m sure you have noticed that the priests and preachers that deny themselves to fulfill their natural desire end up committing even worse acts because their desire becomes so overwhelming for them, that they end up doing something that actually is bad. Augustine felt that he was a slave to his sexual impulses, because they are natural impulses and he kept denying himself, so he ended up going back and doing what he was teaching was wrong, because it was natural. His concubine even had his son, and he admitted to his sexual happenings throughout his life. He made sex and women his enemy. He felt that this is why the world was corrupt, which he got from Genesis, the statement about being against nature which was all because of the fallen angels coming down and mating with humans. When you read against nature in the story of Sodom, it is stated that way because they were trying to rape angels, it has nothing to do with the fact that they were men, because they were not men, they were angels. You can confirm this if you will read the book of Jasher chapters 18 and 19, and the Bible actually tells you that the book of Jasher is a good book in multiple places as I stated above. It explains the kind of people that were in Sodom. These people might have been bisexual or heterosexual, but they were not homosexuals because it states that they were married. Those people just committed evil acts towards one another and terrible things to those that entered the cities as foreigners. The book of Naphtali also talks about angels and humans. To find anything close to the truth, you have to venture outside of the Biblical canon of today, you have to look in the Greek and Hebrew, and in history in general. The biggest and most important thing is you have to make time to listen to the Spirit, She is wisdom and She will teach you the truth if you will allow Her to do so.

The base points of this study are that there are so many different things that have been construed because of religion.  We have to really dig and make sense of this in the view of God and not the view of man.  We have to see marriage for what it is, it is a legal contract, not one man and one woman.  Sex is not bad, sex outside of the marriage contract is not bad, stealing another person’s husband or wife is bad, and lust is not bad unless it is a lust for another person’s husband or wife with intent to steal.  Adultery is the breaking of the agreement with your wife by going outside the contract basically or even with God by worshiping false gods. God gave us so many things in this life that are meant for good and Lucifer and his followers want to destroy those gifts and us or to make it hard on us in any way they can, because they can’t hurt God physically. God loves His creation so much, that creation being us and the heavenly being as well, the fallen ones want to hurt us in place of seeking to hurt God.

I talked to a friend this past weekend about God and some of the ways we see His character and how difficult it is basically through the fog of what we are given and taught to really see who He is, but our need more than anything is to desire that relationship with our Creator and the Spirit of that Creator, so that we can learn more from the source instead of always just listening and following along like sheep lead astray by wolves. The fact is we do sin, but some of what religion has made out to be sin, is not sin until we follow along with it, because it is denial of God’s gifts, the parable of the talents teaches us this (Matt. 25:14-30). God says again and again in Revelation that we must be overcomers, and we really need to see spiritually as well as physically what He meant by that, we have to overcome the lies of this world, and seek after the truth, God’s truth and not man’s false truth.

So to sum this up, you see that they made women and lust out to be evil, and sex to be bad and of the devil basically. They forced out all the schools of theology but the Latin school of theology. Even after the protestant reformation, they still carried on Augustine’s theology. Augustine is the central reason we have eternal torment in hell, that sex before or outside of marriage is bad, and that any form of desire is bad.  A few of the ways you can learn all this and find the proof of it is by taking an old Strong’s Concordance and a new one and you will see many of the terms have changed meanings (An example would a word like fornication, it meant idolatry and adultery, it did not mean sex before marriage, and orgies meant sacred rites worship (Idolatry) where today it would mean a sex party.), you can look back in the Greek and Hebrew and find many things skewed, and just taking a look at the history of the times and seeing what was going on around these people when they wrote these books will help you see the light in the matter.  Note that the Hebrew Masoretic text is not as accurate as the Greek, it does not match up with the Dead Sea Scrolls, but the Greek does, and the Hebrew Masoretic text is what our Bibles today are based off of. If you have read all the way to this point, something in you is telling you to dig and seek God through the Holy Spirit. So be an overcomer and overcome the lies of religion.

One other thing that I want to reiterate that I’ve covered in my other blogs is Romans 1.

Romans 1:22-25 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

People assume that it is automatically talking about homosexuals here, but we don’t all worship falsely, there are many of us that worship God, we love God. What this is talking about is someone who worships creation and does unclean acts at the same time, so they are basically committing an idolatrous act right along with an adulterous act. This kind of goes back to Genesis where the whole earth is corrupt and then also the book of Enoch where the fallen angels came down, and mated with animals as well as humans.

Romans 1:26-27 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

These people are using sex to worship fallen angels (false gods), it’s idolatry, that is why it is stated that they are working that which is unseemly, this was done in Leviticus 18:21-22 as well, they were having sex in worship to Moloch. The men and women stated in these verses are temple prostitutes or the people in general having sex be it heterosexual sex or homosexual sex, to a false god. So if one human being has sex with another human being, it is not against nature, but if a human has sex with an animal or angel that is against nature. Again, you can read in the books of Enoch, Jasher, and Naphtali about things being against nature. That’s why God said in Genesis 1:24-25 about each beast that he created being with its own kind and God saw that as good. It’s not bad when we are with our own kind, what is seen as bad by God is when we mix with other kinds that are not our own. People try to make it seem liken gays are bad, because of their point of view they have been taught by the corrupt translations that gay is sinful in their eyes just like sex before marriage, they don’t even try to see what is really stated here. If we look at the animals of the world today, you will find many of them that will have sex between two females or two males, but they will not go outside their kind.

And lastly I leave you with this…

2 Timothy 2:15 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Revelation 8-11

The Seventh Seal and the Golden Censer
(7th) Seventh Seal Broken (Rev 8:1-5)

1When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

Time is divided into time, times, and half a time. The time corresponds to what is now which is the two thousand years, the times is the four thousand years prior to the Christian age. The half a time or half an hour, would be half of two thousand years, which is one thousand years or the millennium. 2 Peter, Barnabas, and the Gospel of Bartholomew, all speak of the teaching of the 6000 years and the 7th millennium or the seven days of creation, which corresponds, to an age.

2And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.3And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

We read earlier in the last section of Rev that I posted, about the saints that were killed under the altar. At the time of the millennium is the time when He is going to act or be with those who killed the saints/prophets. The gold on the censer and the alter, has to do with purification, refined by fire, as Christ is a refining fire (Malachi 3:3; 1 Peter 1:7; Zechariah 13:9; Isaiah 48:10). Note that when God accepted sacrifices back in the days of Moses or Abraham, He took them by fire and it purified the people of their sins. The saints were sacrificed and their prayers are offered up on a golden altar, this has to do with their trial and their sufferings, the time is now right to bring their sacrifice before God because it is now holy and pure.

4And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. 5And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

Everything that is coming is because of the spilling of the blood of the saints, He is vindicating them throughout the age, but especially now. He is getting prepared to reveal what His judgment on the earth will be for killing the saints and the martyrs. He is also preparing for the earthly teachings to be destroyed (earthquakes) and the turth to be revealed to all.

The Seven Trumpets

(1st) Scourge of earth (Rev 8:6-7) 6And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. 7The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

We read about the four angels on the four corners of the earth, they held back the winds from harming the earth, until now, after the servants of God are sealed. This is after the sealing of the 144,000. There were 6000 years allotted to man. In the physical you work six days and rest on the seventh and you honor God. In the spiritual a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as a day, so the six days are the 6000 years, and the seventh day is God resting. There were 4000 years before the writing of this book and there are 2000 years, which is the Christian church age. Trees when spoken of parabolically are referred to many times as beings (Matt 7:18; Rev 22; Genesis 2:9) The third part of the trees that are burnt up, which means that the leadership is burnt up or harmed. The green grass represents life or people as green is the color of life. Water is God’s word, but when frozen, it turns into hail and can harm you. We will see that water can be turned into blood by the two witnesses. God’s word is twofold in its nature, the fleshly and spiritual or heavenly meaning. The blood is referring to the suffering and death of those that dwell upon the earthly meaning. This is God’s word in a destructive way, as it is torment to those who are unbelieving. Note that it was not made to be torment, but over time man had hated God and so He Word has become hard to swallow, suffering, excruciating, and scourging to them because they hate it so much. The leadership for the third of the age, which is the 2000 years, is not good. There are many in this age that have come only to lead astray or who have been lead astray and in turn are leading others astray as well.

(2nd) Scourge of sea (Rev 8:8-9) 8And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; 9And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

The mountain is a kingdom, which would be a big kingdom. The sea are God’s people founded on God’s word. Infiltrators of the church are spoken of as waves. Mountains is referring to a high place built upon secularism or like Babylon which is the kingdom of the devil, it’s not near water so it’s not built on the word of God. The mountain being cast into the sea, means that which is earthly is being judged by God, and at the same time cast into God’s people. This is the 2000 years and this shows that satan will be bound up with God’s people for a third part of the age. The creatures in the sea are the people/Christians that did have life and holiness and where spiritual and they became unspiritual. The ships that were destroyed are God’s people moving along through the age. These would be churches or the body of Christ.

(3rd) Scourge of rivers (Rev 8:10-11) 10And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; 11And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

A star is an angel, now the great star that fell from heaven, would be satan. It says he is burning as it were a lamp, which means the devil will try to teach you the word of God, but in his own way. This is a warning to us that satan has infiltrated the church and he wants to teach it his own way, he is promoting God’s word and he is poisoning (lies) it. Rivers are God’s word passed down through time, over the generations through the people of God. The fountains coming up are the other books not included in the “accepted canon” and satan is going to be cast into those as well. The lamp represents the word of God and the water represents the word of God, and then we have bitter. God’s word is a book, and the bitterness is the distortion of God’s word. The fleshy meaning has been taught and the heavenly meaning has be done away with.

(4th) Scourge of heavens (Rev 8:12) 12And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

Greater light the sun, and a lesser light the moon, Paul said that we are children of the light and not the night. The third part of the day does not shine, because those that taught the truth where killed. The third part of the night those evil people who knew what the good people were preaching and opposed them. They made the truth to be anathema and hide the truth as they slaughtered those teaching it. So the night was even darkened because those who opposed the children of the light no longer existed. There were others that followed along after the children of the night, but they didn’t even know what it was they had hidden already and thus continued to hide what was present in their time. Eventually neither those for the truth nor those against the truth, knew the mystery; they all had no idea what the mystery was anymore, because all the ones that held the things hidden and the truth were gone. Those who kill by the sword must die by the sword, so those that used the Word of God falsely would now be set to be killed with the sword (Word of God). The great whore of Babylon is paid back for killing the saints (drunk off the blood of the saints) with the false teaching and so God goes back and kills her with the sword how she destroyed the saints. This is how God vindicated the prayers of the saints that were slain.

Eagle announces three woes (Rev 8:13) 13And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

The midst is the most central point of heaven. Where this verse says angel, several of the translations actually use the word eagle. Remember the woman being taken away into the wilderness was by an eagle; also the fourth creature had the face of an eagle. There are three woes that are to sound after the mystery is defaced. Then by the loud voice, you hear it and understand it. The earthly inhabiters are those that have the fleshly or earthly teachings and are of the earth, these people refuse to hear the truth, and they seek after death basically.

Chapter 9 The bottomless pit (Rev 9:1-2) 1And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.

Again, it talks about the star that fell from heaven, which would be satan or one of his angels. He is given the key to the bottomless pit, which means that everything that he is doing he has been given the right to do. The mystery is endless which is why the pit is bottomless. The key was that there was a heavenly meaning and an earthly meaning, like what Jesus says to Peter when He said whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven (Matt. 16:19, 18:18). So these things can be locked up and unlocked according to God’s will. Rev 3:8 Jesus says, “I have put before you an open door”, and you can try to get around it in a ton of ways, but that makes you nothing but a thief, because He has made a way and you have to go through the door. The devil is trying to get people to see the physical and not the spiritual, Jesus healed the spiritual blindness of man, not just the physical. If you can see the spiritual side, you know that Jesus has healed your blindness. What He did was amazing, it was miraculous, He healed the physical blindness of men, and He stilled the wind (doctrine) and the waves. Satan belittles what Jesus did on a spiritual level, when there is so much more on the spiritual, but satan will do anything he can to lead God’s people astray.

2And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

The sun darkened, the moon darkened, and the air darkened, as satan is the prince of the power of the air. The smoke has to do with confusion; it’s hard to see through as it was the smoke of a great furnace. This has to do with the judgment on people by confusing them. Again, he is given the key or the right to bring judgment upon the people.

(5th) 1st Woe, plague of locust
(Rev 9:3-12) 3And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

Locusts are creatures that devour or destroy in many numbers and leave things in devastation. So the consequence of going from the heavenly meanings to earthly meanings is satan expounding on earthly teachings as if they were heavenly teachings, to confuse people (put smoke in their eyes) causes devastation. He uses this to sabotage even the earthly meanings so it seems there is no heavenly meaning. This destroys all the good in the earthly meaning and all that is good in the scriptures. So he is concealing the truth and perverting it to mean something that it really doesn’t. The scorpions sting is in its tail, the tail is that which follows, and in a spiritual explanation, this would mean that their power follows after them. It stings and kills throughout time, in other words the false teachings continue through time. Continually, adding man made/devil made religions and religious beliefs which term themselves Christianity, but are yet still far from God.

4And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

They come to hurt those that do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. These people are fooled by the traditions that have been tossed before them as good when they are of satan and not of God. So the locusts come to hurt those without the seal, and any that bare the seal of God cannot be harmed. .

5And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.

There are seven church phases, the seven letters to the churches. Two of the churches received no order to repent from God, the others did. The five churches that did, all had error pointed out to them and God was not happy with them. This is the torment that is lying in wait for them, unless they repent of their ways. If the sting or the false teaching and traditions do fool these people and they are sucked into these teachings and traditions, they will befall such judgments. We must overcome the false teachings, lies, and deceit of the devil, the tradition that are said to be Christian are merely traditions of man and the father of this world which is the devil.

6And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

These five months they will pursue the kingdom of death, they will seek to destroy the light or kingdom of light. The truth will still be there, but they run from it. Those who have lead people into captivity will also be lead into captivity. This happens because they are tormented by the truth and unwell to accept the truth according to God.

7And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 8And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 9And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. 10And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 11And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. 12One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

Again, the locust are swarming and devouring here. This is kind of the same manner as the horses we spoke of earlier. If they have the faces of men and hair of women, they could be leaders of the congregation, which are false teachers because faces of men imply an earthly understanding. Teeth being as lion’s teeth, which means they are used to devour. Breastplates would be something hard to penetrate. The wings could symbolize the age that is coming. The sound of the chariots of many horses running to battle could be the legions of demons going into battle. Again, stings in their tails would again be false teachings, and there is a spirit that resides over this earthly teaching, which is the spirit of the father of this world. Paul speaking of Hagar, saying she is considered the lower level of Jerusalem and the higher level of Jerusalem was Sarah. He was speaking of the people that were in the Jerusalem at that time being the lower. Jesus speaks about the Pharisees, (the very ones that the church started on and the very ones that removed books from the original text) saying they are of their father the devil.

(6th) 2nd woe, The killing horses (Rev 9:13-21)
13And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.

When the writer here says and, he doesn’t always mean in addition to, i.e.: Rev 1:6 it says hath made us kings and priests unto God and his father. God is his father, so he is not saying here that it is to God and some other guy, he is not using that form of speaking, he might have well said, who is his father. Moving after that level of logic, it could be saying here, that an hour is a day is a month is a year. It’s likely a phase of time or a queue. The four angels that come from the four corners of the earth, and Euphrates is associated with Eden which is East geographically, but also at the beginning of time. When it speaks of the four angels that are beneath the river Euphrates, it speaks as they have been bound there since the beginning, as referenced in Enoch and Genesis. They were cast beneath the river to be loosed when the time came. Those four angels bound beneath the Euphrates could be the representation of the 4000 years teachings that were before. They had done away with the wisdom of the men of God from before. Later on we will see that the beast has a wound by the sword which is God’s word, but it did not die, because God gave it the ability to live. It was then given power to overcome the saints. So like then, those fallen angels here that were buried are now released to slay the third part of men, for the final 2000 years.

16And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

Numbers can be symbolic and time can be symbolic. This is the same as what was stated in Rev 5:11 it states the number of the armies of the cavalry was twice ten thousand ten thousands or twice myriades myriadon in Greek. These were those who had come out before the thrown in chapter 5, were those who came out of the great tribulation. This number is then symbolic, as numbers and time can be symbolic.

17And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.

Before, they had breastplates of iron, now they have breastplates of fire, which could be the fires of hell or God’s judgment. Jacinth is a representation of blood, and is a blood red stone. Brimstone is sulfur, which is a very foul smelling gas, said to smell of rotten eggs and skunk compound. In 2 Cor. 2:15&17, it says 15those that are saved are the fragrance/savour (higher level meaning) of Jesus Christ unto God, and the brimstone would be the opposite, the smell of death (the lower meaning). 17For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. It tells us right there that the word of God will be corrupt. The smoke and brimstone are indeed the foul smelling, corrupted, and confusing teachings of the bottomless pit. Again, there is smoke which is to confuse the people, fire to devour, and brimstone which is the foul smell of the teachings.

18By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. 19For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

Their mouths would be the people who brought the first false teachings, and the tails would be the people who brought the later false teachings. The people fell prey to these teachings and created the false church that others after them would also fall prey to them as well. In the Bible, the serpents are always used in reference to the devil and his demons, so you can be assured this is not a good thing and from whom these teaching come.

20And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Those who were not killed by the plagues or the teachings did become victims of it. Even if they weren’t taken in by the religion, and even if they weren’t worshiping idols, or devils exactly, but what their teaching is the teaching of devils. They still where following their own idols, church, and tradition, they didn’t repent of their deeds. They stood by knowing it was wrong and said nothing and did not change their ways according to what they knew to be truth. The murders, sorceries, fornication, and thefts could be referring to the horseman. They would be committing the spiritual as well as physical aspects of all these things unto the people of the earth. They murdered the prophets, the truth, and the witnesses, there sorceries were used to fool people or bewitch people, as well as their spiritual fornication, and the thefts, the springs of water burnt up, which is them stealing the Word of God. This is rampant in the world today, there are numerous Marian statues, Buda statues, statues of Isis and Horus, Zeus along with other greek gods, other religious statues, and even the Jesus statues are made of wood and stone as we are not to pray to any of them. If you approach something to pray at it you might as well be praying to it, because you are utilizing its symbolism by being in the presence of it as you pray. God meets us where we are and there is no need to go to a statue, building/church, priest, or any other so called “man of god.” As we pray we should not do so as the heathens do, praying to be seen in churches and street, and repeating words over and over. Matthew 6:7 & 6:5 (Here are a few different translations of this) “When you pray, do not use a lot of meaningless words, as the pagans do; “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 6:5 And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen.)

The little book (Rev 10:1-11)

10 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: 2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

Clouds here in this verse are the elect. His face as it were the sun, which would be like being face to face with Him, because the sun is in your face and it looks upon us and sees things in a bright way. His feet pillars of fire one is upon the sea and the other is upon the earth. The right (God’s power) foot is upon the sea which is founded upon God’s Word, and the left foot is on the earth or the earthly teachings. This is judgment of the church and the earth. The book is open which means it can be read, and it is little, which means that it could be lacking or there is more to it than what seems to be. If it were big it would be like having the complete collection of His Word.

3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. 4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

The seven thunders are teachings that are sealed until the time of the end. The thunders being uttered is the following of the lightning of God’s judgment. It will be spoken to us throughout history, but it will not be understood until the right time or end time. These things may not be written or explained in paper and ink.

5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

Hand to heaven meaning he swears by Him that lives forever, the foot on earth the things that therein are, and the sea which are God’s people the things which are therein. At the time when the heavenly things can be demonstrated to God’s people, and the time when the earthly people can also know heavenly things, it will be the end time. This would mean that you don’t want to believe in God, but you know and can understand the truth. Those in the earth and in the church cannot deny it; it has to happen at that point.

7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

It says days, because it’s premillennium it says He is beginning to sound. Before Christ comes, He is giving us a short time to come to Him, now the mystery is known to all it is given to us to accept the truth it is our choice even more so at that point as we are literally given the things that have been a mystery for so long.

8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.

The voice (language) in the spiritual sense, and he said take the little book the small bit of God’s Word. It’s pretty obvious with the different denominations that someone has to be lacking, but not one of them will speak up and acknowledge it’s them even if they know. You can demonstrate that Enoch is the seventh from Adam according to Jude, he and his book are referenced in Jude; the keys are missing because humanity allows them to be missing when they are actually accessible to all of us. He now has power the power over the church, the scholarly kingdom, and the worldly kingdom and He is forcing them to confront this book and why it seems to be lacking. It seems one day what I’ve learned and speak on so much, God will reveal to all. By His Grace (Christ) and Wisdom (Holy Spirit) do I know anything at all of His love and His mystery, because it is not my own, but His and I am give glimpses of the truth when He wills it to be so.

9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

John is the third pillar or the last generation of God’s people, that is to be held back until the end. The mystery that He is to reveal to us will not happen until His time, and apparently we are making way to that point in time, because He has begun revealing things to a small group of us that will hopefully one day be many. If you are able to show heavenly meanings, it is sweet as honey in your mouth, but you realize that we have been lead astray for 2000 years (or even since the dawn of time) and it is a bitter (the water (Word of God) become wormwood) message, with much wisdom comes much sorrow. It is so true, to look around and see so many people being deceived and knowing the truth it hard, I talk to them whenever possible but my just blow me off or tell me that we aren’t supposed to read those book or that’s now what their church believes or their preachers says, they are not looking to God for answers, they are looking to men of this world and manmade things of this world for the truth that only God holds. To understand the word of God is to understand that it was all in vain up to this point. That is, their teachings are vain, but they are not vain to God as He will take what is corrupt and make something good out of it. He makes beauty from ashes Isaiah 61:3.

10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. 11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

Think about it, if you take something and eat it, then you realize what it was and that it was foul or not what you thought it was, it would make you sick to your stomach. [I felt this way when God started revealing the truth to me and that what I had been taught growing up was full of lies unbeknownst even those who might have taught me.] If you are able to understand the mystery, it’s like the voice is now being heard, and we are now prophesying before many people, and nations, and tongues, and kings. The devils deception is great and so many are fallen under his wing unknowingly, it is our duty to God and to the lost and deceived to put the truth out there and it’s up to each one of them to hear the Word of God or reject it (free will).

11 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

The reed was given to John to measure and the rod is to do with the cannon. The temple of God is God’s people. The measure is those who are faithful to God. It’s not a little book, it’s the completeness of God’s people are the true measure.

2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

The holy city is like the Jerusalem which is above, which I spoke of earlier when speaking of Sarah and Hagar. Those who do not understand the mystery, are the gentiles, they will make the holy city the Jerusalem, which is below. The 40 is the 4000 years prior and is the times, and the 2 months are the 2000 years that are left which is the time, our time.

3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

1 +2 + ½ is 3 and a half.   This is speaking of the 7000 year age and their prophecy will be for the age. The sackcloth has to do with suffering or humiliation before God, because if you notice when God speaks of His church, they are clothed in white remnant not sackcloth.

These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

This says the god of the earth. The candlesticks are the churches, the two olive trees are as in Romans 11:4,17-19,24—25. These are the two true Churches the Jews and Christians or the two churches that God did not hold anything against in the letters to the seven churches which were Smyrna and Philadelphia. There is an exalted Israel and a degraded Israel. Most people say and I agree, that the two witnesses are Enoch and Elijah, Enoch taken in Genesis 5:24 and Jasher 4:1-2, and Elijah taken by a whirlwind (2 Kings 2). You can read more about Enoch and how great he was in accordance with God and man in Jasher from his birth beginning with the last two verses of Jasher 2 to the first two verses in Jasher 4.

5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

If you take the true mystery of God and you try to hurt it, you must be taken to the lower level and be judged. Like what I said with killing with the sword earlier. These false teachers, money grubbing pastors, and false religious leaders are all doing just this and will rightly be killed in the manner in which God has stated, by the Sword (Word of God).

6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

Heaven is either open or shut depending if you are open to it and if God chooses to give you a prophecy. If you do harm to the true church, then you are shut out of heaven.

The two witnesses killed (Rev 11:7-13)

7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

They are protected for a time, because God has a duty for them to help us at the end of time, to discover the mystery.

8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

The god of the earth here is of the Jerusalem below aka the devil; it’s all about religion and the church, but not God’s. It says when you read about the judgment of Sodom and Egypt, to get out of Sodom and get out of Egypt these are religion, all religion. God is not religion, He has never been. By the lies of the devil, people have been swayed to think that this is the right way of thinking, worship, and the truth, but it is all a deception delivered from the very mouth of the one that hates us all, the serpent/scorpion.

9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

This is a symbolic time of the age. With the scripture they supplanted and killed the apostles, the saints, and the prophets. They label them heretics, enemies of the cross, and used it to attain their wants. In other words, the letter kills but the Spirit gives life, so it’s like using the Word without the Spirit. It’s like the body of Christ, and the body of Israel being without the Spirit of God. We are supposed to prophecy to tongues and nations, it shall not be made known that they are under the earth; they shall be as they are out in the open.

10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

They will be glad to see the true Jews and true Christians gone. They tormented them that dwelt on earthly teachings because they didn’t want to hear the truth; they wanted only the earthly teachings and understanding. If I were to go up to a preacher now days and tell them these things, they will not listen or they will scorn me and hold their disbelief.

11 And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

Suddenly when the Spirit of God entered into them and made them able to move once again, they begin going about spreading life, which is death to the false Christians and Jews. Great fear fell upon them that saw the true Jews and Christians.

12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

Those who saw them heard a great voice of heaven that called them the (two witnesses) up to heaven. The cloud is the great cloud of witnesses. They became those who dwelt in heaven they became exalted, and their enemies beheld them.

13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Great earthquake completely destroyed the earthly teachings. The dragon is the great whore which is also the great city. This is more stating that this is the men of the seven thousand years, its God’s people the good people of the seventh millennium that would not be shaken by the earthquake or false teachings of the earthly. (Romans 11:4-5) The remnant that God has reserved to himself, seven thousand men of those that have not bowed a knee to Baal (these are the good people). Those that were afraid but gave glory to the God of heaven were the good people and the ones that wouldn’t were slain. On the seventh day some were slain and some people though scared by it, give glory to heaven.

(7th) 3rd woe, God’s wrath and the Eternal Kingdom (Rev 11:14-19)

14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

Jesus said behold I come quickly, so this woe is the coming of Jesus. Right at the point where the earthly foundations (teachings) are destroyed and all His people are slain, He will come. We have the ability to speed His coming by pushing the issue at hand, and being obedient to reveal the truth to the world as we are told to do.

15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.

There were great voices in heaven, which means everything is being revealed. The great heavenly voices say that the kingdoms of this world are becoming the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ, our Lord is the Christ.

16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,

They are seated, which means their time has come, and they fall on their faces, because everything has lined up and is completed.

17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

The kingdoms have become God’s.

18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

The servants, prophets, and saints represent His temple or alter. He is extending His mercy to those that wouldn’t repent. God’s being very generous here. There are satan’s people that destroy the earth, which in part could be a demonic blood line aka the Nephilim which are the children of the fallen angels. They have made their way in to business, religion, finance, and many other important areas that have come to be meaningful and needed to this world. These Nephilim have been seeking to destroy humanity and the earth since the beginning of time. Which you can read about in Enoch and Genesis.

19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

He is setting up for a new judgment, so there is more to come, we have reached the end. The temple of God are His people, and we are now open to heaven. Those people who are under the alter and opened their prayers up to Him. We will now understand the meaning of the arch of His covenant. The items in the arch were the tablets of law, the rod of Aaron, and the hidden manna. If you overcome then you get to eat of the third covenant or the manna. The time of the spiritually dead has now arrived, and they are about to be judged. The time for the spiritually alive in Christ are about to be rewarded.

Homosexuality Is It A Sin?

Proverbs 18:13

“He that answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame unto him.”

Did you know?

* Of 32,000 verses in the Bible, only five directly mention homosexuality.
* The Qur’an only directly mentions homosexuality once.
* Leviticus, the book of the Bible which supposedly stipulates death for homosexuality, if you look at it closely, you will see it has to do with worship of false gods and idolatry.
* The Biblical Jesus does not condemn homosexuality.
* The destruction of the Biblical city of Sodom was due to their mistreatment of strangers, the poor, and each other in some instances.
* The Bible never condemns same sex marriage.
* The Biblical David and Jonathan had a formal same-sex union.
* ‘Traditional marriage’ in the Bible includes polygamy.
* No known sacred text forbids same sex marriage.
* Very few sacred texts even mention homosexuality.
* Hindu and other far eastern sacred texts do not condemn homosexuality.
* Homosexuality is not unnatural; it is practiced by hundreds of species of animals.

The Bible

There are about half a dozen direct references to what we today term homosexuality in the Tanach and NT, and a few others which are relevant but not direct. Two of the most negative passages are found in the book of Leviticus, alongside a mass of ancient Jewish food and incest taboos, purification rituals and medical protocols. In the New Testament, there are several instances in the Epistles where Paul belittles homosexuality. At no point in the Gospel does Jesus condemn homosexuality.

Another point to note is that there was no word for homosexuality, in the sense that we now use the term, in ancient Hebrew or Greek. The text of the Tanach and NT periphrasis these scriptures to try to describe what they are trying to get across to us.

Romans 1:26-27 states, 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

If you notice through this text, it is focused much on the topic of idolatry with much of it pointing towards temple harlotry, not homosexuality (idolatry and sex acts, not orientation). This is spiritual harlotry just as much as physical, as they are doing these things in worship to false gods. This is also the only place in scripture that could possibly state anything against two women. With that, we need to understand that there is more than just one action that is said to be against nature so we will go through some.

Things that could be termed against nature:

  • Idolatrous Sex which is referenced in a book called Testament of Naphtali which was written about 200 years before Paul’s writings. This book indicates that “against nature” means sexual idolatry or sex with angels (Genesis and Enoch). In the Testament of Naphtali 3:3-5, there is a connection between the Genesis 3 account of angels having sex with humans and the Sodom story of men trying to rape men and angels. This is most likely what Paul was referencing in the Romans 1 account men trying to have sex with men unto a false god. Perhaps these temple priests in Paul’s time were indeed representatives of the false god, making it into a change of nature’s order sex is to be between humans, not men or women and animals, not men or women and angels, and not men or women to false gods in any combination.
  • The common understanding of sexual identity in Paul’s time, this could also be referring to how women ought to be passive and men active, yet in the case of Rome’s idolatrous atmosphere, the temple prostitute women would sleep with many men which would put them as being “active” – against nature and the consecrated eunuch men used as temple prostitutes unto false gods like Molech were passive as many men would have anal sex with them against nature (physical and spiritual idolatry). So against nature would be referring to women and men exchanging their passive/active roles which very well was a rule or way of the past.
  • There is also, the heterosexuals that are forced by society to practice homosexual acts, often to desensitize, control or humble. Sometimes it is combined with the practice of the occult, witchcraft or idolatry as well. The Didache (First Christian Handbook) states regarding sexual sins: “You shall not commit adultery; you shall not commit pederasty (sex with boys).” – Didache (c. 80-140, E), 7.377 . In Hitler’s book, “The Pink Swastika, Lively exposes what secret homosexual activists don’t want you to know about Nazi Germany: that although the Nazis did persecute homosexuals, the homosexuals the Nazis persecuted were almost exclusively the effeminate members of the gay community in Germany, and that much of the mistreatment was administered by masculine homosexuals who despised effeminacy in all its forms.” – Truth about homosexuality and Nazi Party. Homosexuals were thrown in concentration camps, while those who were forced into homosexuality become male predators burning with lust and desiring to control and abuse men and boys. Occultism was heavy through the Nazi Party as well as Hitler’s Youth.
  • The conservative 21st Century view that refers to homosexuality does not however, fit with the early fathers that I have read. They thought it was anal and idolatrous sex, and as mentioned above, the Testament of Naphtali and other readings from this time, do not agree with 21st Century conservative ideals.

**I will put a link to the book of Naphtali in the links below for you to do your own reading through this book.**

Conservative Christians seem to be misidentifying the root of the problem and minimizing spiritual sin along with elaborating on the physical aspects of it. The two main causes to this error in modern Christian thinking is two old heresies: Gnosticism and Marcionism. Gnostics teach that the physical is evil and spiritual is good, and Marcions reject Old Testament claiming it is a different god, while they accept the New Testament. We seem to be completely blind to spiritual harlotry today. For example, the word adultery is “unlawful intercourse with another man’s wife”. That is not it’s only meaning though, it is also “unlawful intercourse with a false god”, which is why God speaks in Revelation of the whore of Babylon, she is not a person, but a false religion that deceives God’s people. Religion in and of itself is the beguilement of God’s people, do you not remember the one time Jesus got furious in the Bible in John 2, it was at the Pharisees, the very men that were responsible for religious laws of men. They made rules around God’s commandments and deceived the people even then.

Idolatry and spiritual harlotry are one in the same, and they are rampant through the churches these days, from prosperity preachers, teachings of other false religions making it to heaven, making the focus us and not God, along with many other issues and heresies.

The King James Version

King James I, who commissioned the King James Version translation, was undoubtedly homosexual. It was whispered that “Elizabeth was King: Now James is Queen.”

James I was responsible for reaffirming the Buggery Act of 1533, which criminalized sodomy in the UK. However, James I had several well-documented homosexual relationships. Although he had eight children with his wife, Anne of Denmark, they eventually decided to live apart. In 1607 he met Robert Carr, then age 17, at a joust, and had an on-going relationship with him for nearly a decade, which ended in a messy breakup. In 1614, he started a relationship with George Villiers, a commoner, eventually making him Duke of Buckingham in 1623. In 1624, James wrote Villiers a letter in which he asked “whether you loved me now…better than at the time I shall never forget at Farham, where the bed’s head could not be found between the master and his dog.”

Tanach

In the beginning…

Some esoteric Jewish traditions hold that God is hermaphroditic in nature, and that Adam was originally an hermaphrodite. This is based on a reading of Genesis 1:27: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” This theme is developed with great detail in the Kabbalah; For instance see this passage from the Kabbalah Unveiled. Rabbi Samuel-bar-Nachman is quoted by Carpenter as saying “Adam, when God created him, was a man-woman (androgyne)”. Maimonides (ibid.) is quoted likewise: “Adam and Eve were created together, conjoined by their backs.” This is similar to the androgyne mentioned in Plato’s Symposium.

The Sin of Sodom

Now let’s talk about the story of the destruction of the city of Sodom, (Genesis 18:16-19:29; Jasher 18:11-19:53).

First lets point out Deut. 23:17-18 (link below to reference more on this verse) “There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.” Here the word whore meant “female prostitute”, and sodomite meant “male temple prostitute”. You can see here gadesh and kedeshah meanings:

Word: YCW

Pronounce: kaw-dashe’

Strong: H6945

Orig: from 6942; a (quasi) sacred person, i.e. (technically) a (male) devotee (by prostitution) to licentious idolatry:– sodomite, unclean. H6942

Use: TWOT-1990c Noun Masculine

Grk Strong: G1863 G4203 G4204 G5055

  • male temple prostitute

 

Word: DYCW

Pronounce: ked-ay-shaw’

Strong: H6948

Orig: feminine of 6945; a female devotee (i.e. prostitute):–harlot, whore. H6945

Use: TWOT 1990c Noun Feminine

Grk Strong:

1) female temple prostitute, harlot

(Check out 1 Kings 14:22-24, 15:22, 22:46, and 2 Kings 23:7)

Genesis 19

1 And in the evening there came two [a]Angels to Sodom: and Lot sat at the gate of Sodom, and Lot saw them, and rose up to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face to the ground.2 And he said, See my lords, I pray you turn in now into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early and go your ways. Who said, Nay, but we will abide in the street all night. 3 Then [b]he pressed upon them earnestly (Why do you think Lot bid them to not stay in the streets? He was trying to protect them from what is spoken of in Jasher they raped travelers, starved them, stole from them, and etc. every kind of cruelty you could imagine.), and they turned in to him, and came to his house, and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they [c]did eat.

[They raped their own women and swapped them off several times a year. The sin of Sodom was not homosexuality by any means. There were a great many things these people did against other people.]

Genesis 19:4-11 19:4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, [even] the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: 19:5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where [are] the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may know them. 19:6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, 19:7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. 19:8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as [is] good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof. 19:9 And they said, Stand back. And they said [again], This one [fellow] came in to sojourn, and he has become a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, [even] Lot, and came near to break the door. 19:10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. 19:11 And they smote the men that [were] at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

These men wanted to forcefully rape the visitors, of Sodom. It would be classified as gay sex, but homosexuals do not go around gang raping visitors. These verses as well as many others do no state that. They where trying to gang rape people (well technically angels which is an abomination). Lot offered them his daughters, because they were human at the very least, as well as in those times, the protection you were to have over the guests of your house was held to a high responsibility. Near Eastern hospitality, to this day, implies a responsibility to protect guests under one’s roof. The fact that Lot was ready to make a huge sacrifice by offering up his virgin daughters to the mob instead of his guests underlines this.

You can check out these verses to get even more of an idea and I’ll post a couple below. (Deut. 29:23, 32:32; Wis. 19:14-17; Isa. 3:9, 13:19; Jer. 23:14, 49:18, 50:40; Lam. 4:6; Ezek. 16:46-48; Amos 4:11; Zeph. 2:9; Matt. 10:15; Luke 17:29; Rom. 9:29)

Jude 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication (They have changed the meanings of the words over the centuries the 17th century meaning of fornication or porneia in English meant idolatry and prostitution, it has been changed.), and going after strange flesh (Idolatry or going after another species of flesh. Sodom was completely ungodly they were cruel people and they tried to rape angels which is the reference to strange flesh non-human flesh (aka not gay)), are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

2 Peter 2 6 and having reduced [the] cities of Sodom and Gomorrha (S&G completely rebelled against God’s will. If someone came into those cities, they would beat them and laugh at them, rob them, chain them in the city square and watch them starve to death, and not to mention going after strange flesh (angels). They raped and did all these things to travelers, the poor, and even to some of their own people. In fact Lot’s daughter got killed by a Sodomite, because she felt compassion for a beggar that they chained up to allow him to starve and die because she fed him. (Jasher 18:11 – 19:53)) to ashes, condemned [them] with an overthrow, setting [them as] an example to those that should [afterwards] live an ungodly life;

Sodom is described as a ‘wicked’ place not a place where homosexual acts are done. In an often ignored part of the story, Lot’s daughters have incest with him by getting him intoxicated, (Gen 19:31), they were said to have done this, to repopulate the country; a similar motif is found in the story of Noah. As in other Biblical narratives, even the heroes end up committing horrendous sins, driven by circumstances. But many ignore the entire context of the story in the rush to justify their own bigotry (ignorance is not bliss).

The sin of the city of Sodom was originally considered to be the violation of the rights of Lot’s guests. Defining the ‘sin of Sodom’ to be male homosexuality was a later interpretation, which was made by medieval Jewish and Christian writers, as a reaction to Pagan acceptance of homosexuality.

There is abundant Haggadah, ancient Jewish folklore, which tells of the cruelty of Sodom to strangers, and their mistreatment of the poor and homeless. Among other stories (i.e. Jasher spoken of earlier), travelers are given gold but not food; when they starve to death, everything is stolen including the gold and the clothes off their backs, and their bodies are left to rot. We talked about Lots’s daughter, but there was also another woman who assisted a poor man and was smeared with honey and left to be stung to death by bees. Some of these stories are suffused with dark comedic twists. A poor man is assaulted and robbed. Eliezar, a servant of Abraham, is hit on the head when he intervenes. A judge rules that he must pay his assailant for medical treatment! (Bleeding was considered a surgical procedure). Eliezar then hits the judge on the head, drawing blood, and tells the judge to pay his fine.

More References: Ginzburg’s Legends of the Jews and Polano’s The Talmud: Selections, for many more stories along the same lines. After reading these, you will want the Lord to rain down fire and brimstone on the cities as well.

There are also numerous Biblical passages warning about mistreating strangers, (with the story of Lot being implied), for instance this one in the NT: “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” [Heb. 13:2]

Between the original concept of a violation of the law of hospitality and the medieval focus on a particular sexual act, there is an intermediate stage where Sodom was criticized for other reasons entirely. Where Sodom is mentioned in later books of the Tanach and in the New Testament, it is used as an example of a city, which was corrupted by luxury, lacking in values such as charity and humility. Nowhere is this made clearer than in Ezekiel 16:49-50, where Ezekiel, speaking for ‘the Lord God’, enumerates the sins of Sodom:

Ezekiel 16:49 – 50
[This is several different translations all together as I have added the different terms in parenthesis. Notice not one mentions homosexuality.] Behold, this was the iniquity (guilt/sin) of you sister Sodom; pride (arrogance), fullness of bread (excess of food), and prosperous ease (abundance of idleness) was in her and in her daughters; neither did she strengthen (aid) the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

Jasher 18:11-19:53

http://www.scriptural-truth.com/PDF_Apocrypha/Jasher.pdf

You can find this here as this is a lot to read, so you will need to research this on your own.

I wanted to give two references from the accepted Canon to Jasher, as there are many people out there that refuse to read the books that are not considered accepted Canon, but remember also, it was the Pharisees that removed them.

“Is not this written in the Book of Jasher?”–Joshua, x. 13.

“Behold it is written in the Book of Jasher.”–II Samuel, i. 18

Note that in this context ‘abomination’ means human sacrifice and idol worship not homosexuality. The primary sin of Sodom, by this account, was that their society was materialistic, greedy, and uncharitable. Social and economic justice is a thread that runs through the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament alike, and it is not difficult to extrapolate this to modern struggles for equality, such as those of LGBT people. “When government and religious institutions and their leaders perpetuate oppression, it would not be farfetched to say that they are committing the actual sin of Sodom.” ~John Hare

Leviticus

The book of Leviticus was likely composed during the Babylonian exile, from 550 to 500 BC. Leviticus speaks about ritual purity and proscribed behavior. It is traditionally attributed to Moses and it is part of the Pentateuch (Pen-ta-toock) which is the first five books of the Bible.

Wellhausen, in his Prolegomena to the History of Ancient Israel, presented evidence that there were four separate authors of the Tanach (Old Testament). The Levitical laws were added to the text of the Bible at a very late date, by an author high in the religious hierarchy, a priest (hence the ‘P’) which is why the modern scholars believe P was the writer of Leviticus. These are the legalisms that Jesus is constantly deprecating in the New Testament, and the Talmudic Rabbis are always picking apart. Given the force of divine law by fiat, they ruled every aspect of daily life. Once the ancient Jewish ritual complex was destroyed, many of these laws simply became impossible to follow. Others were fossilized prohibitions from the time when Jews were striving to preserve their cultural identity in a sea of paganism.

Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13 are the two Bible verses which are most often cited as support for scriptural condemnation of homosexuality as an Old Testament Commandment, but it is in the context of idolatrous male homosexual acts in worship to Molech as temple prostitutes used for worshiping the false god. Idolatrous sex of any form is condemned, and it is possible the early church fathers thought that anal sex was considered the same. This does not mean that two men cannot have a close relationship like David and Jonathan did.

Now, this could be referring to the common homosexual activity of men having sex with other men yet, there is some odd wording surrounding the passage in chapter 18 & 20, making it appear potentially to be saying men cannot have sex with men in religious related situations. I believe it is likely focused on gay temple prostitution unto Molech, but could also refer to anal sex in general if you reference the early church fathers and possibly Romans 1. Now, some may argue that this passage only applies to that time period, to distance themselves from the culture around them, but God used many of the stories in the Bible as parables for us today, to reach out to us as well so you can’t disregard the old testament you just need to research the times, the history to better understand some things and how they termed them or referred to them. It is very likely that God maybe ok with male same sex platonic relationships, but we cannot simply conclude that God is ok with same-sex unions, where the men are having sexually anal active together. I believe men can be potentially born gay due to Jesus comments on “natural born eunuchs” (which I will talk about more below) and the usage of the word in Jesus time. However, I am concerned that anal sex is a sin, because of a few scriptures and some health statistics allude to its harmful nature (See this link below the video: 1.). It should be pointed out; it does not mention women lying with women. Assuming God is logical in his method of writing, we can see in Leviticus 18, that “men lying with beast” and “women lying with beast” are both sins, which indicates his style of talking about men and women individually in this section of scripture.

There is a condemnation of both male and female cross-dressing in Deuteronomy 22:5 as ‘an abomination’. This “law” doesn’t seem viable, as we were not born with clothes and were clothes really ever an issue with God? Even so, no particular punishment is ever specified for do this. The same chapter specifies harsh punishments for other transgressions like death by stoning of non-virgin brides [Deu 22:13-21], likewise both participants in an act of adultery [Deu. 22:22], and some instances of premarital intercourse [Deu. 22:23].

The Jews were in conflict with Pagans who also resided in ancient Palestine. There was a lot of pressure for Jews to adopt various practices of the Pagans, to become just another religion stirred in with all the false religions. So they developed scriptural precepts (words) which prohibited certain specific Pagan beliefs and practices. Pagan religions of the ancient Near East had male priests who, to honor a Goddess figure, mimicked women. You can read The Syrian Goddess to see more about the belief system of those times, I’ll provide a link below. The priests, called Kedeshim in the Tanach, cross-dressed, took on economic and social roles normally associated with females and in some cases they would even castrated themselves. They also engaged in sexual acts as part of their religious ceremonies, which were similar to Tantric practices, again this is idolatrous sexual worship of false gods.

In 1 Kings 14:24 (listed above), it states ‘there were also sodomites in the land, and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.’ Abomination here should be translated ‘idolatry.’ Using these mistranslated verses to condemn homosexuality in general is misleading.

The rules against males cross-dressing and having sex with other men were based on opposition to the priesthood. It was generalized to the behavior, and the fact that it was a spiritual act to a false god has seemed to have been, forgotten. Homosexuality in Leviticus was used for hundreds of years as a tool for the persecution of gays, and has been quoted in legal reasoning, debates, and many forms of verbal and physical attacks upon gays even today.

The book of Leviticus contains many harsh commandments and regulations, and much of it does not meet contemporary standards of justice and human rights. Jesus said that the law should consist of two rules, namely love for God and love for one’s neighbor; this is very conflicting against all the Levitical laws.

David and Jonathan

There is a very bold description of a same-sex relationship in the Bible, the story of David and Jonathan, in 1 Samuel 18:1-5, 1 Samuel 19:1-7, 1 Samuel 20:30-42, 2 Samuel 1:25-6. While their bond is not described as sexual, it is difficult to characterize it as purely one of friendship as it states that David’s love for Jonathan surpassed the love of a woman. Their souls are described as ‘knit together’. David and Jonathan ‘made a covenant, because David said he loved Jonathan as his own soul.’ The word covenant is significant, because in the Tanach this word always implies a formal legal agreement. To mark this covenant, Jonathan literally gives David the clothes off of his back, as well as other gifts such as weapons. Jonathan successfully intercedes with Saul to spare David’s life. At their last meeting, 1 Samuel 20:41, they are described as kissing one another and weeping together. David’s lamenting for Jonathan and he states as I said above, that his love for him surpasses the love of women. 2 Samuel 1:18-27 is known as ‘the Bow,’ and it is one of the most beloved passages in the Hebrew Bible.

1 Samuel 18:1-4; 20:3-4, 20:41 and 2 Samuel 1:25-26 18:1 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 18:2 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house. 18:3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. 18:4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that [was] upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.

20: 3And David answered Jonathan, and said, Thy father knows surely that I have found grace in thy sight, and he said, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he refuse his consent: but as the Lord lives and thy soul lives, as I said, the space is filled up between me and death. 4And Jonathan said to David, What does thy soul desire, and what shall I do for thee. 41And when the lad went in, then David arose from the argab, and fell upon his face, and did obeisance to him three times, and they kissed each other, and wept for each other, for a great while. 42And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, and as we have both sworn in the name of the Lord, saying, The Lord shall be witness between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever— even so let it be.

2 Samuel 1:25How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, even the slain ones upon thy high places! 26I am grieved for thee, my brother Jonathan; thou wast very lovely to me; thy love to me was wonderful beyond the love of women.

Looking at these scriptures at face value, especially 20:41and 2 Samuel 1:26, you would think it’s possible you are reading about two men who are in love. Reading these scriptures I cannot assume they are in a sexual relationship nor can I assume they are not, as we are not given all the details of their relationship. This does not give enough detail to say for certain that they were in an actual relationship, but how many guys can say that their love for another guy surpasses that of a woman?

So, knowing that God said David was a man after His own heart and David being in a relationship in some form with Jonathan, that would cause them to make a covenant together and their love be more than the love either of them shared for a woman, that God does not see two men in love being as sinful. What is still to question is the anal sexual relations between men because of the way the early church fathers spoke of it, the possible disease or health risk from it. Although, much of what is spoken of against it in the Bible and other books surrounding the accepted canon that have been removed to hide the truth of so many things, it seems to be idolatrous or sexually immorality driving descriptions are those of men having sex with men in worship to false gods. Idolatry today seems to have been put on the back burner and other so called sins pulled forward and made as a bold expression using words like homosexuality instead of the actual term that was stated to begin with.

New Testament

The Gospels

In the four Gospels, Jesus is portrayed throughout with a message of love and tolerance. Not once does he condemn homosexuals, demand that they be put to death, yet many of His so called modern followers persecute and cause much strife in the gay community in so many different ways.

Side Note: Growing up in this kind of atmosphere and people telling me I’m going to hell, I’m wrong, I need to be fixed, saying that I’m an abomination and threatening to kill me with a gun in my face was not and is not an easy thing to deal with. I, to this day get ugly looks, get yelled at that God hates gays, that I’m going to hell, that I need to be prayed for (I’ll take all the prayers I can get to help me stay strong in the Lord and be able to withstand all the hate), and many other things. Thing is if people would get to know me they would see and realize that God alone sustains me in so many ways and has since I was young. What I do today is not something that I have just always loved doing; it takes a lot of prayer for God to keep me focused and motivated. I’m not one who likes to read or research, and this has become a huge part of my life because of God, not because of me.

The first thing that pops into my head when people speak or show hate towards me, is what Jesus said in Acts 9 and Acts 22:7-8: 1But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest2and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him.4And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?5And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.

When we breathe hate towards others, we are persecuting Jesus Himself according to these verses. Be mindful when you speak hate towards others, as you could very well be persecuting the very one you claim to love.

These things are a profound departure from the rest of the text. For instance, in Matthew 22:37, Jesus is quoted as saying:

22:37 …You shall love the Lord thy God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 22:38 This is the first and great commandment. 22:39 And the second is like unto it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

John 13:34, he is additionally quoted as saying: 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 13:35 By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.

So Jesus turning around and saying ‘He Hate Gays’ would be a bit out of character. The Byzantine Emperor Constantine, put in place discriminatory laws against homosexuals, and then proceeded to use those laws to blackmail and marginalize rivals. You can read Secret History of Procopius, e.g. Chapter XVI, p. 163.

Gay Marriage in the Bible

The Tanach

Actually this is kind of a trick topic. There is no mention of gay marriage in the Bible except, the account of the ‘covenant’ of David and Jonathan. For the vast majority of Christians and Jews including those that believe in Biblical inerrancy, just because something isn’t mentioned in the Bible doesn’t necessarily mean that it is sinful or forbidden. The Bible is a smorgasbord for those who need just one out-of-context quote to justify their personal views on marriage. Depending on which pinhole you look through, the Bible can be cited as approving or forbidding polygamy, monogamy, divorce, and lifelong celibacy. So it is no wonder that there are quotes that can be manipulated in the same way to condemn gay marriage. This is why I have stated multiple times in my blog that there are many mistranslations of the truth. The devil has had plenty of time to sink his ugly teeth in and lead God’s people astray with all the translations of the Bible today, this should be very apparent. Sadly many people believe that in every instance, God steps in and strikes down those who would try to corrupt it and lead us astray. God warns us many times, that we must overcome the world, He warns us that the devil is the father of lies, we have a warning from Jesus about the scribes and Pharisees with His anger towards them in John 2 (these are the ones who have removed many of the books from the accepted canon), and He warns us that we will be deceived if we are not diligently seeking after Him.

Genesis 2:23-4: 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

This passage has mystical overtones which literalists are apt to completely miss or ignore. It implies that Adam was at one time united with Eve in the same body, and the reason that people seek companionship is because they are searching for their missing half. This is similar to Plato’s theory of the androgyne. Also, both in the Tanach and the NT, marriage is used as a metaphor for the union of the soul with God.

In the Tanach, marriage practices such as bigamy, polygamy, ability to have concubines, arranged and Levitical marriages are described as normal, as in fact they were at the time. All of these types of marriage are today either illegal in most western countries or considered highly unusual, much more so than monogamous same sex unions.

  • In Genesis 16 Sarah, Abraham’s wife, encourages Abraham to impregnate her handmaid, Hagar which is where Ishmael came from. At the time Sari was barren and they did not trust in the promises of God as they should have. Later (Genesis 25) Abraham takes another wife, Keturah, who is described as a concubine.
  • In Genesis 29 Jacob marries the sisters Rachel and Leah, after their father Laban tricks him, Laban was also his maternal uncle. Jacob has two sons by Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaid, two sons by Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid, then two sons by Leah, and then Rachel bears Joseph.
  • Six wives of David are named in 2 Sam. 3:2.
  • Solomon is said to have seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. However, the Talmud (Tractate Sanhedrin) states that a king may have no more than eighteen wives.

Out of all of these examples, only marrying two sisters is explicitly forbidden in Leviticus 18; but it is permitted to marry a deceased wife’s sister.

The New Testament

In at least one passage in the NT, marriage is defined as monogamous.

Mark 10:2-12) 10:2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? Tempting him.10:3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? 10:4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. 10:5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. 10:7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; 10:8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. 10:9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 10:10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter. 10:11 And he said unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, commits adultery against her. 10:12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she commits adultery.

If you take this at face value, it says that remarriage after divorce is equivalent to adultery. The passage 10:6-9 is just a restatement of the passage from Genesis, leading up to the conclusion ‘let no man put asunder’. In 10:10-12, Jesus explains the concept again, just in case we missed the point the first time around.

1 Timothy 4:1-5: 4:1 Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 4:5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

Here Paul disapproves of the prohibition of marriage, as well as the practice refraining from meats. This is probably a reference to a Gnostic group; Paul was against the Gnostics, which is likely why he condemned it. A few Gnostics and early Christians were opposed to marriage period, which would include monogamous and heterosexual marriage. Marriage was considered a sin by some of the early Church fathers, and the only way into the kingdom of heaven was to be the lifelong mortification of the flesh. This passage by Paul from the Epistles weighs in against this concept. On the other hand, some Gnostics and early Christians practiced group marriage or what today is termed as polygamy which is also considered to be against the law now days.

The sanctioned form of marriage in Judaism and Christianity has continued to evolve over the centuries. Policies on divorce have varied widely. There was a celebration or observance for same sex unions in one branch of the Eastern Orthodox Church. During the Middle Ages and well into the renaissance, the majority of European marriages were ‘common-law,’ and had no religious sanction: church weddings were far too expensive for most people (still are today). Mormons originally practiced polygamy, although most of them ceased that as a condition for Utah statehood. Today, same sex unions are consecrated in some liberal Jewish and Christian denominations.

Society has changed the definition of marriage widely, and religion has followed by sanctioning it. Some interpret the passages above to imply condemnation of gay marriage, or to justify their prejudices against LGBT people.

1 Corinthians 6:9 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind. 1:10 nor whoremongers, nor them that defile themselves with mankind, nor men stealers, nor liars, nor perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

1 Timothy 1:10 references the term “effeminate” or mal-ak-os’ 3120 means either a male prostitute, or a boy slave used for gay sex, or a male who submits himself to unnatural lewdness. If you take the root meaning of the Greek word it is: “male bedder”. A lot of words in the Greek New Testament are derived from doctrines and scriptures in the Old Testament; it appears to be an illusion to Leviticus 18 and 20.

However, Leviticus 18 and 20 also seem to have some odd wording surrounding them, which brings about some circumstantial evidence that it may be focusing more so on the practice of male temple prostitution (idolatry). So, to me, this one is a little difficult to know if it is referring to all sexually active two men. I believe it is referring to male temple prostitutes and maybe those who enslave men to use for sex. I do not believe it is referring to men who have a love or close friendship with another man, otherwise King David would not have been a servant of God, due to his strong love for Jonathan. We cannot conclude that anyone who is not “straight” is going to Hell.

Eunuchs

Matthew 19:10-12 10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with [his] wife, it is not good to marry. 19:11 But he said unto them, All [men] cannot receive this saying, save [they] to whom it is given. 19:12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from [their] mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive [it], let him receive [it].

Note this scripture; it is said that a “eunuch” that was “born from mother’s womb” is what we would today call a “homosexual”. A eunuch according to the Greek is one who abstains from marriage, or one who is castrated, or one who serves to protect women in harems, etc. And the one definition from the Greek that homosexuals are referring to is “1c) one naturally incapacitated”. So the debate would be, are they born without penis/testicles, or is it referring to them born naturally disposed to not want women (hence wanting men). It could mean a man who just doesn’t want to get married to a woman or a celibate man who has love for a man. It is though very possible they were what is now termed gay, as most eunuchs in Jesus’ time were gay, as can be seen in the usage of the word in various other Greek writings of that time. You would assume then, if they do not want to marry a woman, they would want a man, which may or may not be the case. I guess, the point is, you can’t assume gay male anal sex (as stated above) is ok because of this passage, but we can say that Jesus is saying some are born gay. So, it is likely Jesus was referring to gay men when he spoke of naturally born eunuchs. The problem is there just isn’t a lot of data in the Bible to make strong declarations either way other than the lack of stating any bold facts as God does with so many other things. Again, just because something isn’t mentioned in the Bible doesn’t necessarily mean that it is sinful or forbidden.

References:

Deuteronomy 23:17 – http://www.godrules.net/para/deu/paralleldeu23-17.htm

Testament of Naphtali – http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/fbe/fbe287.htm

Meaning of Eunuch – http://www.well.com/user/aquarius/thesis.htm The Syrian Goddesshttp://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/luc/tsg/index.htm

 

Sin of Sodom

The Sin of Sodom

Then there is the story of the destruction of the city of Sodom, (Genesis 18:16-19:29). Sodom has given its name to the now somewhat quaint-sounding term ‘Sodomy’, which originally meant a specific male homosexual sex act. Eventually it was expanded to mean any form of sexual expression which happened to be illegal, including things that married heterosexual couples do every day.

However, a close reading reveals the name to be a bit of a misnomer. To start off, Sodom is described simply as a ‘wicked’ place. Lot, Abraham’s nephew, goes to live there to see if even one righteous person can be found there. The sexual theme starts when two disguised angels visit Lot. A mob, described as consisting of the men of the city, ‘both young and old’, attacks Lot’s house and demands that Lot allow them to ‘know’ (in the language of the KJV) the two men. To ‘know’ is, of course, the famous KJV circumlocution for having sexual intercourse.

The next passage bears closer examination. Lot (Gen 19:8) asks the mob to ‘do’ his two virgin daughters instead, but not the two guests, ‘for … they came under the shadow of my roof.’ The rest of the story is well-known: divine wrath ensues, the mob is blinded, the cities of the plain are destroyed by fire and brimstone while Lot and his family flee, Lot’s wife is turned to a pillar of salt because she looks back, and only Lot and his daughters escape. In an often ignored coda to this story, Lot’s daughters have incest with him by getting him intoxicated, (Gen 19:31), presumably to repopulate the country; a similar motif is found in the story of Noah. As in other Biblical narratives, even the heroes end up committing horrendous sins, driven by circumstances. But many ignore the entire context of the story in the rush to justify their own bigotry.

The sin of the city of Sodom was the originally considered to be the violation of the rights of Lot’s guests. Defining the ‘sin of Sodom’ to be male homosexuality was a later interpretation, which was made by medieval Jewish and Christian writers, as a reaction to Pagan acceptance of homosexuality. Near Eastern hospitality, to this day, implies a responsibility to protect guests under one’s roof. The fact that Lot was ready to make a huge sacrifice by offering up his virgin daughters to the mob instead of his guests underlines this.

There is abundant Haggadah, ancient Jewish folklore, which tells of the cruelty of Sodom to strangers, and their mistreatment of the poor and homeless. Among other stories, travelers are given gold but not food; when they starve to death, everything is stolen including the gold and the clothes off their backs, and their bodies are left to rot. One of Lot’s unfortunate daughters is burned to death for the crime of giving a starving man food. Another woman who assists a poor man is smeared with honey and left to be stung to death by bees. Some of these stories are suffused with dark comedic twists. A poor man is assaulted and robbed. Eliezar, a servant of Abraham, is hit on the head when he intervenes. A judge rules that he must pay his assailant for medical treatment! (Bleeding was considered a surgical procedure). Eliezar then hits the judge on the head, drawing blood, and tells the judge to pay his fine. See Ginzburg’s Legends of the Jews and Polano’s The Talmud: Selections, for many more stories along the same lines. After reading these, I guarantee you’ll be rooting for the Lord to rain down the brimstone on the cities of the plain…

There are also numerous Biblical passages warning about mistreating strangers, (with the story of Lot being implied), for instance this one in the NT: “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” [Heb. 13:2]

Between the original concept of a violation of the law of hospitality and the medieval focus on a particular sexual act, there is an intermediate stage where Sodom was criticized for other reasons entirely. Where Sodom is mentioned in later books of the Tanach and in the New Testament, it is used as an example of a city which was corrupted by luxury, lacking in values such as charity and humility. Nowhere is this made clearer than in Ezekiel 16:48-50, where Ezekiel, speaking for ‘the Lord God’, enumerates the sins of Sodom: “Saith the Lord GOD…Behold, this was the iniquity of … Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness … neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good”.

Note that in this context ‘abomination’ means human sacrifice and idol worship, not shared tax breaks for long-term same-sex couples, or sexual practices you can see on cable after 10 o’clock. Furthermore, ‘abomination’ is at the end of the laundry list. The primary sin of Sodom, by this account, was that their society was materialistic, greedy and uncharitable. Social and economic justice is a thread that runs through the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament alike, and it is not difficult to extrapolate this to modern struggles for equality, such as those of LGBT people. When governmental and religious institutions and their leaders perpetuate oppression, it would not be farfetched to say that they are committing the actual sin of Sodom.

Jude 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication (They have changed the meanings of the words over the centuries the 17th century meaning of fornication or porneia in English meant idolatry and prostitution, it has been changed.), and going after strange flesh (Idolatry or going after another species of flesh. Sodom was completely ungodly they were cruel people and they tried to rape angels which is the reference to strange flesh non-human flesh (aka not gay)), are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

2 Peter 6 and having reduced [the] cities of Sodom and Gomorrha (S&G complete rebelled against God’s will. If someone came into those cities, they would beat them and laugh at them, rob them, chain them and watch them starve to death, not to mention going after strange flesh (angels). They raped and kill etc. In fact Lot’s daughter got killed by a Sodomite, because she felt compassion for a beggar that they chained up to allow him to starve and die. (Jasher 18:11 – 19:53)) to ashes, condemned [them] with an overthrow, setting [them as] an example to those that should [afterwards] live an ungodly life;

Ezekiel 16:49 – 50
[This is several different translations all together as I have added the different terms in parenthesis. Notice not one mentions homosexuality.]
Behold, this was the iniquity (guilt/sin) of you sister Sodom; pride (arrogance), fullness of bread (excess of food), and prosperous ease (abundance of idleness) was in here and in her daughters; neither did she strengthen (aid) the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

Genesis 19
1 And in the evening there came two [a]Angels to Sodom: and Lot sat at the gate of Sodom, and Lot saw them, and rose up to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face to the ground.

2 And he said, See my lords, I pray you turn in now into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early and go your ways. Who said, Nay, but we will abide in the street all night.

3 Then [b]he pressed upon them earnestly (Why do you think Lot bid them to not stay in the streets? He was trying to protect them from what is spoken of in Jasher they raped travelers, starved them, stole from them, and etc. every kind of cruelty you could imagine.), and they turned in to him, and came to his house, and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they [c]did eat.

[Along with all the cruelty they showed travelers, they also killed one of Lot’s daughters for helping a man in need of food. They raped their own women and swapped them off several times a year. The sin of Sodom was not homosexuality by any means.]

Genesis 19
4 But before they went to bed, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom compassed the house round about, from the young even to the old, [d]all the people from all quarters.

5 Who crying unto Lot said to him, Where are the men, which came to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

6 Then Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,

7 And said, I pray you, my brethren, do not so wickedly.

8 Behold now, I have two [e]daughters, which have not known man: them will I bring out now unto you, and do them as seemeth you good: only unto these men do nothing: [f]for therefore are they come under the shadow of my roof.

9 Then they said, Away hence: and they said, He is come alone as a stranger, and shall he judge and rule? we will now deal worse with thee than with them. So they pressed sore upon Lot himself, and came to break the door.

10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.

[Lot offered them his daughters, because they were human at the very least, as well as in those times, the protection you were to have over the guests of your house. Near Eastern hospitality, to this day, implies a responsibility to protect guests under one’s roof. The fact that Lot was ready to make a huge sacrifice by offering up his virgin daughters to the mob instead of his guests underlines this.]

Jasher 18:11-19:53
http://www.scriptural-truth.com/PDF_Apocrypha/Jasher.pdf

You can find Jasher at the link above.

Two references from the accepted Canon to Jasher.
“Is not this written in the Book of Jasher?”–Joshua, x. 13.
“Behold it is written in the Book of Jasher.”–II Samuel, i. 18

God’s Mercy for All…Is Hell Really Hell?

The more I read of the early church fathers, the Bible, Jasher, and Enoch, the more I find God’s love abounding in so many ways. The more I can’t help but know that the Bible has been translated in so many places with the wrong terms, very likely intentionally, as we are warned the tares are among the wheat and because of this, the devil has had his hand in the Bible over time. Be it from the removal of books, or the translation into different languages with a change in words. There is far too much proof and people refuse to look into it, they just want to believe what they are told.

I might step on some toes with what I’m about to say, but I am not here to sugarcoat anything or make people like me, I am here to seek my Father and Creator, and to do what is right according to Him. According to Him the more I speak truth the more people will come against me. I should rejoice when I am persecuted by others, even those who would call themselves Christians. To those people who refuse to seek after the truth and just listen to what others tell them how can you cast words at me stating I’m wrong, when you don’t even go look for yourself.

“Let us look stedfastly to the blood of Christ, and see how precious that blood is to God, which, having been shed for our salvation, has set the grace of repentance before the whole world.” ~Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol I – Clement of Rome Chapter VII

James 2:13 For judgment without mercy to him that hath not done mercy. And mercy exalteth itself above judgment.

So much of what I have read and what God has given me the ability to understand, because it is Him completely through the Holy Spirit that give us the ability to understand or even love or seek Him. We do not have the capacity to do these things on our own.

It all says that Jesus came for the whole world, that is, THE WHOLE world as in all human beings that God has created. The only time I can see where God sends any truly into the pits with the devil is in the end when they accept the mark of the beast. My belief in this is, because what the fallen angels do to them through the mark of the beast and their return to try and rule this world, is that they change the DNA of the ones who would follow the Antichrist.

Even David, who was called a man after God’s own heart committed so many wrongs. He was an adulterer and a murder; you can see that in the story of Bathsheba. God’s MERCY.  So no one can tell me that they can sit and condemn another and call themselves a child of God, because those in the Body of Christ, true children of God do not cause division in the body, PERIOD!

All others are put through what God refers to as a refiners fire, He puts them in a place that purges them and makes them better and more suited for the Kingdom and from there He will bring all and I mean all of His chosen creation (human beings) to Himself. I’m not saying this place has no pain involved; it very well may, as God would show them how it would be without Him that they would call out to Him and return to their Father. The Bible even states that Jesus descended and preached to the souls in the pit. I am still studying through this, but I don’t believe there is a literal hell as translated in the English language. There are three parts to what the English Bible calls hell, three different places not one. The lake of fire, the pit, and paradise, the Bible also mentions the abyss, but I am thinking that is the same as the lake of fire, again I am still looking further into this.

This would be the reason why people preaching hell draws more people away from God. If you are going to speak of my Father you speak of His love for the world, because that is exactly what He is all about. His precious Grace, Love, and Mercy that He has show all of humanity. The only ones that have not been shown this are the peoples that were nephilim (fallen angel human hybrids) because they are not of God and it is told in the Bible those cities and those people God showed no mercy upon them. The Amorites and Sodom and Gomorrah are two examples of this where God showed no mercy.  Other than this God’s Mercy, Grace, and Love are for all humans.  The Bible even states that hell was not made for people, but for the devil and his angels.

 

Jasher Sodom and Gomorrah Story

I am still researching and there may be even more to this story, in the other books I have yet to read.

Jasher talks more about Sodom and Gomorrah before this, but it’s more as the people were settling after the flood and the different lands they went into and named, the kings etc. Mind you I am still in the process of reading many books, so more could come of this later if it is spoken of in other books along the way.

Jasher 18:11 – 19:53 – Sodom and Gomorrah (Truth)

11 In those days all the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, and of the whole five cities, were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord and they provoked the Lord with their abominations, and they strengthened in aging abominably and scornfully before the Lord, and their wickedness and crimes were in those days great before the Lord.

12 And they had in their land a very extensive valley, about half a day’s walk, and in it there were fountains of water and a great deal of herbage surrounding the water.

13 And all the people of Sodom and Gomorrah went there four times in the year, with their wives and children and all belonging to them, and they rejoiced there with timbrels and

14 And in the time of rejoicing they would all rise and lay hold of their neighbor’s wives, and some, the virgin daughters of their neighbors, and they enjoyed them, and each man saw his wife and daughter in the hands of his neighbor and did not say a word.

15 And they did so from morning to night, and they afterward returned home each man to his house and each woman to her tent; so they always did four times in the year.

16 Also when a stranger came into their cities and brought goods which he had purchased with a view to dispose of there, the people of these cities would assemble, men, women and children, young and old, and go to the man and take his goods by force, giving a little to each man until there was an end to all the goods of the owner which he had brought into the land.

17 And if the owner of the goods quarreled with them, saying, What is this work which you have done to me, then they would approach to him one by one, and each would show him the little which he took and taunt him, saying, I only took that little which thou didst give me; and when he heard this from them all, he would arise and go from them in sorrow and bitterness of soul, when they would all arise and go after him, and drive him out of the city with great noise and tumult.

18 And there was a man from the country of Elam who was leisurely going on the road, seated upon his ass, which carried a fine mantle of divers colors, and the mantle was bound with a cord upon the ass.

19 And the man was on his journey passing through the street of Sodom when the sun set in the evening, and he remained there in order to abide during the night, but no one would let him into his house; and at that time there was in Sodom a wicked and mischievous man, one skillful to do evil, and his name was Hedad.

20 And he lifted up his eyes and saw the traveler in the street of the city, and he came to him and said, Whence comest thou and whither dost thou go?

21 And the man said to him, I am traveling from Hebron to Elam where I belong, and as I passed the sun set and no one would suffer me to enter his house, though I had bread and water and also straw and provender for my ass, and am short of nothing.

22 And Hedad answered and said to him, All that thou shalt want shall be supplied by me, but in the street thou shalt not abide all night.

23 And Hedad brought him to his house, and he took off the mantle from the ass with the cord, and brought them to his house, and he gave the ass straw and provender whilst the traveler ate and drank in Hedad’s house, and he abode there that night.

24 And in the morning the traveler rose up early to continue his journey, when Hedad said to him, Wait, comfort thy heart with a morsel of bread and then go, and the man did so; and he remained with him, and they both ate and drank together during the day, when the man rose up to go.

25 And Hedad said to him, Behold now the day is declining, thou hadst better remain all night that thy heart may be comforted; and he pressed him so that he tarried there all night, and on the second day he rose up early to go away, when Hedad pressed him, saying, Comfort thy heart with a morsel of bread and then go, and he remained and ate with him also the second day, and then the man rose up to continue his journey.

26 And Hedad said to him, Behold now the day is declining, remain with me to comfort thy heart and in the morning rise up early and go thy way.

27 And the man would not remain, but rose and saddled his ass, and whilst he was saddling his ass the wife of Hedad said to her husband, Behold this man has remained with us for two days eating and drinking and he has given us nothing, and now shall he go away from us without giving anything? and Hedad said to her, Be silent.

28 And the man saddled his ass to go, and he asked Hedad to give him the cord and mantle to tie it upon the ass.

29 And Hedad said to him, What sayest thou? And he said to him, That thou my lord shalt give me the cord and the mantle made with divers colors which thou didst conceal with thee in thy house to take care of it.

30 And Hedad answered the man, saying, This is the interpretation of thy dream, the cord which thou didst see, means that thy life will be lengthened out like a cord, and having seen the mantle colored with all sorts of colors, means that thou shalt have a vineyard in which thou wilt plant trees of all fruits.

31 And the traveler answered, saying, Not so my lord, for I was awake when I gave thee the cord and also a mantle woven with different colors, which thou didst take off the ass to put them by for me; and Hedad answered and said, Surely I have told thee the interpretation of thy dream and it is a good dream, and this is the interpretation thereof.

32 Now the sons of men give me four pieces of silver, which is my charge for interpreting dreams, and of thee only I require three pieces of silver.

33 And the man was provoked at the words of Hedad, and he cried bitterly, and he brought Hedad to Serak judge of Sodom.

34 And the man laid his cause before Serak the judge, when Hedad replied, saying, It is not so, but thus the matter stands; and the judge said to the traveler, This man Hedad telleth thee truth, for he is famed in the cities for the accurate interpretation of dreams.

35 And the man cried at the word of the judge, and he said, Not so my Lord, for it was in the day that I gave him the cord and mantle which was upon the ass, in order to put them by in his house; and they both disputed before the judge, the one saying, Thus the matter was, and the other declaring otherwise.

36 And Hedad said to the man, Give me four pieces of silver that I charge for my interpretations of dreams; I will not make any allowance; and give me the expense of the four meals that thou didst eat in my house.

37 And the man said to Hedad, Truly I will pay thee for what I ate in thy house, only give me the cord and mantle which thou didst conceal in thy house.

38 And Hedad replied before the judge and said to the man, Did I not tell thee the interpretation of thy dream? the cord means that thy days shall be prolonged like a cord, and the mantle, that thou wilt have a vineyard in which thou wilt plant all kinds of fruit trees.

39 This is the proper interpretation of thy dream, now give me the four pieces of silver that I require as a compensation, for I will make thee no allowance.

40 And the man cried at the words of Hedad and they both quarreled before the judge, and the judge gave orders to his servants, who drove them rashly from the house.

41 And they went away quarreling from the judge, when the people of Sodom heard them, and they gathered about them and they exclaimed against the stranger, and they drove him rashly from the city.

42 And the man continued his journey upon his ass with bitterness of soul, lamenting and

43 And whilst he was going along he wept at what had happened to him in the corrupt city of

CHAPTER 19

1 And the cities of Sodom had four judges to four cities, and these were their names, Serak in the city of Sodom, Sharkad in Gomorrah, Zabnac in Admah, and Menon in Zeboyim.

2 And Eliezer Abraham’s servant applied to them different names, and he converted Serak to Shakra, Sharkad to Shakrura, Zebnac to Kezobim, and Menon to Matzlodin.

3 And by desire of their four judges the people of Sodom and Gomorrah had beds erected in the streets of the cities, and if a man came to these places they laid hold of him and brought him to one of their beds, and by force made him to lie in them.

4 And as he lay down, three men would stand at his head and three at his feet, and measure him by the length of the bed, and if the man was less than the bed these six men would stretch him at each end, and when he cried out to them they would not answer him.

5 And if he was longer than the bed they would draw together the two sides of the bed at each end, until the man had reached the gates of death.

6 And if he continued to cry out to them, they would answer him, saying, Thus shall it be done to a man that cometh into our land.

7 And when men heard all these things that the people of the cities of Sodom did, they refrained from coming there.

8 And when a poor man came to their land they would give him silver and gold, and cause a proclamation in the whole city not to give him a morsel of bread to eat, and if the stranger should remain there some days, and die from hunger, not having been able to obtain a morsel of bread, then at his death all the people of the city would come and take their silver and gold which they had given to him.

9 And those that could recognize the silver or gold which they had given him took it back, and at his death they also stripped him of his garments, and they would fight about them, and he that prevailed over his neighbor took them.

10 They would after that carry him and bury him under some of the shrubs in the deserts; so they did all the days to any one that came to them and died in their land.

11 And in the course of time Sarah sent Eliezer to Sodom, to see Lot and inquire after his

12 And Eliezer went to Sodom, and he met a man of Sodom fighting with a stranger, and the man of Sodom stripped the poor man of all his clothes and went away.

13 And this poor man cried to Eliezer and supplicated his favor on account of what the man of Sodom had done to him.

14 And he said to him, Why dost thou act thus to the poor man who came to thy land?

15 And the man of Sodom answered Eliezer, saying, Is this man thy brother, or have the people of Sodom made thee a judge this day, that thou speakest about this man?

16 And Eliezer strove with the man of Sodom on account of the poor man, and when Eliezer approached to recover the poor man’s clothes from the man of Sodom, he hastened and with a stone smote Eliezer in the forehead.

17 And the blood flowed copiously from Eliezer’s forehead, and when the man saw the blood he caught hold of Eliezer, saying, Give me my hire for having rid thee of this bad blood that was in thy forehead, for such is the custom and the law in our land.

18 And Eliezer said to him, Thou hast wounded me and requirest me to pay thee thy hire; and Eliezer would not hearken to the words of the man of Sodom.

19 And the man laid hold of Eliezer and brought him to Shakra the judge of Sodom for

20 And the man spoke to the judge, saying, I beseech thee my lord, thus has this man done, for I smote him with a stone that the blood flowed from his forehead, and he is unwilling to give me my hire.

21 And the judge said to Eliezer, This man speaketh truth to thee, give him his hire, for this is the custom in our land; and Eliezer heard the words of the judge, and he lifted up a stone and smote the judge, and the stone struck on his forehead, and the blood flowed copiously from the forehead of the judge, and Eliezer said, If this then is the custom in your land give thou unto this man what I should have given him, for this has been thy decision, thou didst decree it.

22 And Eliezer left the man of Sodom with the judge, and he went away.

23 And when the kings of Elam had made war with the kings of Sodom, the kings of Elam

captured all the property of Sodom, and they took Lot captive, with his property, and when it was told to Abraham he went and made war with the kings of Elam, and he recovered from their hands all the property of Lot as well as the property of Sodom.

24 At that time the wife of Lot bare him a daughter, and he called her name Paltith, saying,

Because God had delivered him and his whole household from the kings of Elam; and Paltith daughter of Lot grew up, and one of the men of Sodom took her for a wife.

25 And a poor man came into the city to seek a maintenance, and he remained in the city some days, and all the people of Sodom caused a proclamation of their custom not to give this man a morsel of bread to eat, until he dropped dead upon the earth, and they did so.

26 And Paltith the daughter of Lot saw this man lying in the streets starved with hunger, and no one would give him any thing to keep him alive, and he was just upon the point of death.

27 And her soul was filled with pity on account of the man, and she fed him secretly with bread for many days, and the soul of this man was revived.

28 For when she went forth to fetch water she would put the bread in the water pitcher, and when she came to the place where the poor man was, she took the bread from the pitcher and gave it him to eat; so she did many days.

29 And all the people of Sodom and Gomorrah wondered how this man could bear starvation for so many days.

30 And they said to each other, This can only be that he eats and drinks, for no man can bear starvation for so many days or live as this man has, without even his countenance changing; and three men concealed themselves in a place where the poor man was stationed, to know who it was that brought him bread to eat.

31 And Paltith daughter of Lot went forth that day to fetch water, and she put bread into her pitcher of water, and she went to draw water by the poor man’s place, and she took out the bread from the pitcher and gave it to the poor man and he ate it.

32 And the three men saw what Paltith did to the poor man, and they said to her, It is thou then who hast supported him, and therefore has he not starved, nor changed in appearance nor died like the rest.

33 And the three men went out of the place in which they were concealed, and they seized Paltith and the bread which was in the poor man’s hand.

34 And they took Paltith and brought her before their judges, and they said to them, Thus did she do, and it is she who supplied the poor man with bread, therefore did he not die all this time; now therefore declare to us the punishment due to this woman for having transgressed our law.

35 And the people of Sodom and Gomorrah assembled and kindled a fire in the street of the city, and they took the woman and cast her into the fire and she was burned to ashes.

36 And in the city of Admah there was a woman to whom they did the like.

37 For a traveler came into the city of Admah to abide there all night, with the intention of going home in the morning, and he sat opposite the door of the house of the young woman’s father, to remain there, as the sun had set when be had reached that place; and the young woman saw him sitting by the door of the house.

38 And he asked her for a drink of water and she said to him, Who art thou? and he said to her, I was this day going on the road, and reached here when the sun set, so I will abide here all night, and in the morning I will arise early and continue my journey.

39 And the young woman went into the house and fetched the man bread and water to eatand drink.

40 And this affair became known to the people of Admah, and they assembled and brought the young woman before the judges, that they should judge her for this act.

41 And the judge said, The judgment of death must pass upon this woman because she transgressed our law, and this therefore is the decision concerning her.

42 And the people of those cities assembled and brought out the young woman, and anointed her with honey from head to foot, as the judge had decreed, and they placed her before a swarm of bees which were then in their hives, and the bees flew upon her and stung her that her whole body was swelled.

43 And the young woman cried out on account of the bees, but no one took notice of her or pitied her, and her cries ascended to heaven.

44 And the Lord was provoked at this and at all the works of the cities of Sodom, for they had abundance of food, and had tranquility amongst them, and still would not sustain the poor and the needy, and in those days their evil doings and sins became great before the Lord.

45 And the Lord sent for two of the angels that had come to Abraham’s house, to destroy Sodom and its cities.

46 And the angels rose up from the door of Abraham’s tent, after they had eaten and drunk, and they reached Sodom in the evening, and Lot was then sitting in the gate of Sodom, and when he saw them he rose to meet them, and he bowed down to the ground.

47 And he pressed them greatly and brought them into his house, and he gave them victuals which they ate, and they abode all night in his house.

48 And the angels said to Lot, Arise, go forth from this place, thou and all belonging to thee, lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of this city, for the Lord will destroy this place.

49 And the angels laid hold upon the hand of Lot and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hands of his children, and all belonging to him, and they brought him forth and set himwithout the cities.

50 And they said to Lot, Escape for thy life, and he fled and all belonging to him.

51 Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah and upon all these cities brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven.

52 And he overthrew these cities, all the plain and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground; and Ado the wife of Lot looked back to see the destruction of the cities, for her compassion was moved on account of her daughters who remained in Sodom, for they did not go with her.

53 And when she looked back she became a pillar of salt, and it is yet in that place unto this

[This is what we are given in Genesis and through the rest of the Bible.  This tells us nothing about what those people are like. The book of Jasher explains so much more and you can really see the reasoning behind why God destroyed them.]

Genesis 19 [Full Chapter]

1 And in the evening there came two [a]Angels to Sodom: and Lot sat at the gate of Sodom, and Lot saw them, and rose up to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face to the ground.

2 And he said, See my lords, I pray you turn in now into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early and go your ways. Who said, Nay, but we will abide in the street all night.

3 Then [b]he pressed upon them earnestly, and they turned in to him, and came to his house, and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they [c]did eat.

4 But before they went to bed, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom compassed the house round about, from the young even to the old, [d]all the people from all quarters.

5 Who crying unto Lot said to him, Where are the men, which came to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

6 Then Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,

7 And said, I pray you, my brethren, do not so wickedly.

8 Behold now, I have two [e]daughters, which have not known man: them will I bring out now unto you, and do them as seemeth you good: only unto these men do nothing: [f]for therefore are they come under the shadow of my roof.

9 Then they said, Away hence: and they said, He is come alone as a stranger, and shall he judge and rule? we will now deal worse with thee than with them. So they pressed sore upon Lot himself, and came to break the door.

10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.

11 Then they smote the men that were at the door of the house, with blindness, both small and great, so that they were weary in [g]seeking the door.

12 Then the men said unto Lot, Whom hast thou yet here? either son-in-law, or thy sons or thy daughters, or whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring it out of this place.

13 For [h]we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is great before the Lord, and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it.

14 Then Lot went out and spake unto his sons-in-law, which [i]married his daughters, and said, Arise, get you out of this place: for the Lord will destroy the city, but he seemed to his sons-in-law, as though he had mocked.

15 And when the morning arose, the Angels hasted Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife and thy two daughters [j]which are here, lest thou be destroyed in the punishment of the city.

16 And as he [k]prolonged the time, the men caught both him and his wife, and his two daughters by the hands (the Lord being merciful unto him) and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

17 And when they had brought them out, the Angel said, Escape for thy life: [l]look not behind thee, neither tarry thou in all the plain: escape into the mountain, lest thou be destroyed.

18 And Lot said unto them, Not so, I pray thee, my Lord.

19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast showed unto me in saving my life: and I cannot escape in the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die.

20 See now this city hereby to flee unto, which is a little one: Oh let me escape thither: is it not a [m]little one, and my soul shall live?

21 Then he said unto him, Behold, I have received [n]thy request also concerning this thing, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.

22 Haste thee, save thee there: for I can do [o]nothing till thou come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called [p]Zoar.

23 The sun did rise upon the earth, when Lot entered into Zoar.

24 Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah, brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven,

25 And overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that grew upon the earth.

26 Now his wife behind him looked back, and she became a [q]pillar of salt.

27 And Abraham rising up early in the morning went to the place, where he had stood before the Lord,

28 And looking toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, behold, he saw the smoke of the land mounting up as the smoke of a furnace.

29 But yet when God destroyed the cities of the plain, God thought upon Abraham, and sent Lot out from the midst of the destruction, when he overthrew the cities, wherein Lot dwelled.

(This is what we are given in Genesis for the bulk of the story pertaining to Sodom and Gomorrah. There are other verses that reference them, and I will post them below.)

Genesis 10:19

Then the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar until Gaza, and as thou goest unto Sodom and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboiim, even unto Lasha.

Genesis 13:10

So when Lot lifted up his eyes, he saw that all the plain of Jordan was watered everywhere (for before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, it was as the garden of the Lord like the land of Egypt, as thou goest unto Zoar.)

Genesis 14:2

These men made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar.

Genesis 14:8

Then went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar: and they joined battle with them in the valley of Siddim,

Genesis 14:10

Now the valley of Siddim was full of slime pits, and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled and fell there: and the residue fled to the mountain.

Genesis 14:11

And they took all the substance of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their vittles and went their way.

Genesis 18:20

Then the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is exceedingly grievous,

Genesis 19:24

Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah, brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven,

Genesis 19:28

And looking toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, behold, he saw the smoke of the land mounting up as the smoke of a furnace.

Deuteronomy 29:23

(For all that land shall burn with brimstone and salt: it shall not be sown, nor bring forth, nor any grass shall grow therein, like as in the overthrowing of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in his wrath and in his anger.)

Deuteronomy 32:32

For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the vines of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters be bitter.

 

Isaiah 1:9

Except the Lord of hosts had reserved unto us even a small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and should have been like unto Gomorrah.

Isaiah 13:19

And Babel the glory of kingdoms, the beauty and pride of the Chaldeans, shall be as the destruction of God in Sodom and Gomorrah.

Jeremiah 23:14

I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem filthiness: they commit adultery and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of the wicked, that none can return from his wickedness: they are all unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.

Jeremiah 49:18

As in the overthrow of Sodom and of Gomorrah, and the places thereof near about, saith the Lord: no man shall dwell there, neither shall the sons of men remain in it.

Jeremiah 50:40

As God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with the places thereof near about, saith the Lord: so shall no man dwell there, neither shall the son of man remain therein.

Amos 4:11

I have overthrown you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah: and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning, yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.

Zephaniah 2:9

Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and salt pits, and a perpetual desolation, the residue of my folk shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them.

Matthew 10:15

Truly I say unto you, it shall be easier for them of the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.

Mark 6:11

And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust that is under your feet, for a witness unto them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be easier for Sodom, or Gomorrah at the day of Judgment, than for that city.

Romans 9:29

And as Isaiah said before, Except the Lord of hosts had left us a seed, we had been made as Sodom, and had been like to Gomorrah.

2 Peter 2:6

And turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah [S&G complete rebelled against God’s will. If someone came into those cities, they would beat them and laugh at them, rob them, chain them and watch them starve to death, not to mention going after strange flesh (angels). They raped and kill etc. In fact Lot’s daughter got killed by a Sodomite, because she felt compassion for a beggar that they chained up to allow him to starve and die. (Jasher 18:11 – 19:53)] into ashes, condemned them and overthrew them, and made them an ensample unto them that after should live ungodly,

Jude 1:7

As Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them, which in like manner as they did, committed fornication [They have changed the meanings of the words over the centuries the 17th century meaning of fornication or porneia in English meant idolatry and prostitution, it has been changed.], and followed strange flesh [Angels], are set forth for an example, and suffer the vengeance of eternal fire.