A Synopsis of the whole Bible
The Hebrew Bible Testament
After the creation story and the formation story of the couple named Adam and Eve, (who were not the first Adamites on the planet) the early Hebrew people’s Bible lineage begins with the Hebrew named Abraham (about 1900 B.C.).
Abraham’s Covenant/Contract (was a Mono-covenant) with the Almighty-One named YHWH (Yahweh), aka God and Abraham. It was a Mono-covenant, because Abraham was a righteous man, and there were no other conditions placed on Abraham by the Almighty-One (Genesis 12, 15, 17).
The Almighty-One informed Abraham, because of his righteousness that he would be the father of "many nations" and that Abraham and his descendants are to circumcise their male babies on the eighth day after birth to continue the sign of the Covenant made with Him.
From Abraham came Isaac, then Jacob (whose name was changed to Israel). Israel had twelve sons, giving rise to the twelve "tribes" of Israel. One of Jacob/Israel’s sons Joseph was sold by his brothers into slavery and he ended living in Mitsrayim (an area near modern day Egypt). Because of a famine in their own land, it eventually led his father Jacob, his brothers and the whole family clan to also live in and move to Mitsrayim. During the years in Mitsrayim, their descendants grew, but become servants there. Over time, a descendant named Moses (about 1250 B.C.) led an Exodus of the tribes (now called the Israelites) out of Mitsrayim to a Promised Land, freeing them from their time of servitude. While the Israelites were dwelling in the wilderness, on their way to the Promised Land, the Almighty-One presented a Bilateral Covenant (the 10 Commandments) on Mount Sinai, which Moses received on two tables of stone, to give to the Israelites and which was ratified by them.
The Israelite People’s Bilateral Covenant/Contract made with Almighty-One (Exodus 34:27-28)
And so the Almighty-One made a Bilateral Covenant with the Israelite people containing Ten Articles (10 Commandments) that the people were to keep and follow in order for Him to continue to be their Almighty-One, and for them to receive His blessings. However, there were constant problems with the Israelite people keeping their part of the Covenant and they continued to believe in idols and to serve other strange "gods" violating their conditions of the Covenant with the Almighty-One.
The people however, did finally reach the Promised Land and settled there after Moses' death. "Judges" were appointed to lead the young Nation for a time until about 1000 B.C. Like it is, with most Bilateral Covenants/Contracts even today, the violated Party of a Contract can elect to tolerate the shortcomings of the violating Party, and so it was then; the Almighty-One tolerated the Israelites many times for violating His Covenant with Him. After the Judges, the people demanded Kings to rule and to lead them, and Kings were anointed to lead them. Even during a rebellious time the Israelites were still thought of as a special people doing the Almighty-One’s bidding, yet they failed to keep the covenant many times. The first two Kings, David followed by Solomon led a united strong Nation – but after Solomon's death around 930 B.C. the people argued among themselves and the young Nation became divided into two separated Kingdoms.
The division of the Nation of Israel into two Kingdoms:
The Northern Kingdom - called Israel consisted of 10 "tribes" and a portion of tribe Levi; this Kingdom became known as Israel, named after the majority of the tribes; it included the city of Samaria. The Northern Kingdom of Israel fell into captivity of the Assyrians (because of their sin) around 723-721 B.C. and was forced northward.
The Southern Kingdom - called Yahud, consisted of two "tribes" Yahudah and Benjamin and a portion of tribe Levi; this Kingdom became known as the Kingdom of Yahud, after the prominent tribe of Yahudah; it included the city of Jerusalem. The Southern Kingdom of Yahud fell into captivity of the Babylonians (also because of their sin) around 585-586 B.C. and was forced eastward.
Over time, the Israelite tribes became lost to history. While in Assyria according to the historian (in the writings of Josephus) they became such a huge population they eventually had to leave Assyria. They migrated westward and become known as Caucasians, settling in the land area of Europe and eventually forming the nations that are now known as the Western Nations of Europe. The word “Caucasian” became a holdover name for these people of the “white race” because they migrated from the area south of the “Caucasian” Mountain Range, their relocated land while they were dwelling in Assyria. History does not record them ever returning to the ancient land of Palestine.
Although a small mixed people remnant of the Yahud Kingdom (and maybe a few of Israel) returned from Babylon to rebuild the destroyed Temple in Jerusalem around 516-512 B.C. the Yahudim never regained the strength to be a called a Nation (of Israel) again. The mixture of the Yahudim with the Persian people while in Babylon also became a detriment to the Yahudim ability to reestablish a unified Kingdom of Yahud in Palestine again. The most recent book of the Hebrew Bible, believed to be Nehemiah was written about 430 B.C. From the year 400 B.C. to the beginning of the First Century A.D. nothing is really known about or recorded in the Hebrew Bible about Israel, and this period is referred to as the unknown years. After several other occupations, the area of Palestine falls to the Roman Empire in about 63 B.C. The city of Jerusalem, the remnants of the Kingdom of Yahud, some Israelites, along with the entire area of Palestine and the people living there are conquered and becomes ruled by the Rome Empire.
What happened to the people of ancient Israel?
The struggles of the Israelite tribal people and their dispersion (aka diaspora) through captivity by invading Countries coming to their ancient land of Palestine is believed to be because of their violation of the Covenant they made with the Almighty-One; their belief in idols and heathen "gods" (often a result from intermarrying non-Israelites) who brought in and caused them to worship foreign gods. The ancient Hebrew Biblical prophets, in their writings (including Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel) and others were spokesmen, speaking for the Almighty-One many times and provided “Torah” to the people and to their leaders. The prophets had difficult times with those in power who often disagreed with them; yet the true prophets had no fear of expressing their messages from the Almighty-One to the people and their leaders, generally condemning them for their idolatry and their worship of "false gods."
There are many passages of wisdom in the Hebrew Bible, like the Books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Poems and hymns of the Israelite people are expressed in the book called Psalms. The Hebrew Bible also contains some books which are clearly folk-tales. In the latter writings, there was a general belief in the coming of "last days" (of the future, or their time, or at a coming time) for a Mighty Deliverer who would ultimately lead them with great power, and fix all their (self-made) problems. This belief was most common during the times the Israelite people were under the strong arm of invading powers, and subject to their severe ruling authority, because of their sins.
The entire Hebrew Bible can really be referred to as Torah.
The proper Hebraic definition of Torah is "a set of instructions,
as from a father provides to his children; violation of the instructions may be
disciplined (because of love) in order to foster obedience and to train
them." Notice how the word Torah is translated in the New
International Version translation in the following passages.
"Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching [Torah]." (Proverbs 1:8)
"My son, do not forget my teaching [Torah], but keep my commands in your heart". (Proverbs 3:1)
The purpose of Torah is to teach and bring children to
their maturity. If Torah is violated out of disrespect or defiant
disobedience, the child may be punished. If the child desires to follow the
instructions out of a loving obedience but sometimes falls short of the
expectations, the child is commended for the effort and counseled on how to
perform better the next time.
Unlike Torah, laws or “The Law” are a set of rules, regulations and ordinances from government and are binding on a community or individual. Violation of laws often results in punishment or payment. With such type of laws there is no room for teaching, either the law was broken with the penalty of punishment or payment, or it was not broken. Almighty-One, as our heavenly Father, gives His children His Torah in the same manner as parents give their Torah to their children, not in the manner of law as a government does to its citizens, but for love, for safety, and as a means to give them life. The Israelites however, continued to refuse Torah, and in time paid the penalty for it.
The Hebrew Bible covered mostly the time from around 1500 B.C. and indirectly to about 70 A.D. (when the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple occurred under Rome). This actually became the “last days” for them because the religious system of “covenant- administering Priests” had become so corrupted that it was eliminated with the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. This then was the end of the bilateral agreement between Israel and the Almighty-One.
The first five books are the Pentateuch (or the five Books of Moses) and are also sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.
The Greek Bible Testament, a renewed beginning
Yahshua (Jesus Christ) the First Century Prophet to the remnant of the Israelite people in Palestine came to announce a “renewed Covenant” called “the Kingdom of Almighty-One/ of heaven.” This Renewed Covenant would be dwelling internally, rather than the “old Covenant” that was administered externally, and which the Israelites failed to be able to keep. This renewed Covenant however, is a Mono-covenant, the one-maker party to the Covenant is the Almighty-One, and He has made it available to all who desire to keep it. Those that elect to do so, become the True Israelites and new members of the Almighty-One’s house-hold. Whereas the original Covenant at Mount Sinai was between the Almighty-One and the Israelites was a bilateral agreement (requiring the approval and performance of both Parties), the renewed Covenant is a Mono-covenant (an agreement offered by one party). It is made to replace the other, to accept or to reject the terms offered by the Almighty-One to anyone willing to accept it.
Jesus Christ's birth, (two different descriptions of it as found in the books called Matthew and Luke), his ministry, his execution, and resurrection are the subject basis of the Synoptic Gospels in the books called Matthew, Mark, and Luke. They are called the synoptic Gospels since many of the events during the three years of the ministry of Jesus (except for his birth) recount similar events, but differently described. Generally, Jesus taught to love others as much as one’s self and to love the Almighty-One as the only Almighty-One Power and Sovereign to worship. It is also recorded in these Greek writings that Jesus performed miracles and healing, and forgave sin. His primary teaching mission is described as the “Kingdom of Heaven/of Almighty,” that it was available, and would be dwelling within them as believers. He told and taught those listening how to live as Almighty-One wished them to live from the Hebrew Bible. His many story-illustrations were used by him to point and teach the people using ideas familiar to them. Many times he condemned the religious leaders of his day for their added man-made traditions that had enslaved the people, diverting them away from the truth of their Almighty-One as found in the Hebrew Bible.
Jesus selected twelve disciples appointed by Almighty-One (according to the Gospel named John) to teach them, and to help him spread the Word of Almighty about the Kingdom of Almighty (his primary objective), to the Israelites of the lost tribes. Conflict with the religious Israelite leaders of the time (the Pharisees and Sadducees) eventually led to His execution by way of Rome by being nailed to a Roman pale (Greek - Stauros). At the time of Jesus, the Empire of Rome ruled all the people of Palestine, as well as the Israelites, who longed for freedom from their occupier Rome. It is thought that Jesus Christ's death led to the Beginning of a Renewed Covenant of Almighty-One, a covenant that had now become available to all believing people (both Israelites and non-Israelites).
All four Gospel books in the Greek Testament were penned by unknown writers, who wrote them many years after the events written in them had occurred. For that reason, it is supposed, that the events must have been recalled by witnesses of the time, but after the fact. The author of the Gospel called John is very different than the other three Synoptic Gospels. It is believed that the Synoptic Gospels were composed early and into the mid 60’s A.D., Mark as the oldest, the Gospel called John is believed to have been written in the first quarter of the First Century about 124 A.D. It appears to use many events that were unknown by the other early writers of the Synoptic Gospels; that this writer by himself imposes his own ideology on his writing in order to develop Jesus the Prophet into a Son-God-Jesus. Such mystic humanistic ideology was quite common and in use by the pagan Romans of the day, but it is completely foreign to the monotheism belief of the Biblical Israelites. The Romans also believed in a mother god, a father god, and a son god. In fact, all Roman rulers were considered gods, and they did indeed have the power over physical “life and death.” These pagan teachings however, are completely contrary to the monotheism taught in the Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, where Jesus is always quoted giving credit of his teachings to the Father, the Almighty-One, the Creator. In all of what he taught, Jesus taught his followers to only worship and to pray to the Almighty-One, the One Creator of all.
Other books in the Greek Testament describe events that occurred involving the followers of Jesus’ disciples and the chosen Apostles. One event records the approved system chosen by the Apostles for selecting and replacing Judas, the one Apostle considered a traitor to Jesus. After Jesus’ death and resurrection, a Pharisee by the name of Saul (who renamed himself Paul) made a claim of conversion to Jesus and began teaching his opinions to the Gentiles (Greeks, Romans, and other non-Israelites dwelling in Palestine). The actions of Paul resulted in the growth of the religion now called Christianity. The book called “Acts of the Apostles” describes how in three conflicting ways, the Pharisee Paul became converted to a follower of Jesus.
Jesus' death and resurrection and His expected soon return was claimed and taught by Paul. He also made other claims in his writings to the gentile Churches that he established. Many of Paul’s claims and teachings became incorporated into Christian Doctrines. However, many of Paul’s teachings also departed from those recorded and taught by Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels, (he may never have read any of them). Some of Paul’s religious ideas became a contention between him and the chosen Apostles of Jesus. This resulted in a departure between the followers of Paul and the followers of Jesus. Paul was never taught by, or sat in any teachings by Jesus. He was a Pharisee, a member of a group often criticized by Jesus for their added traditions and false teachings. Paul basically taught his own beliefs and theology to those that blindly followed him. Over the years Christianity has left the Israelism/Yahwism beliefs taught by the prophet Jesus, and in its place adopted many of the personal teachings from Paul. Many of Paul’s teachings have become solidified in Christian Doctrine, to the point, that Christianity today has become known as Pauline-Christianity. After his departure from the chosen Apostles, Paul become known as the “Apostle to the Gentiles” while the original Apostles have remained true to the teaching of Israelism/Yahwism from the Hebrew Bible as did the prophet Jesus.
Paul became very popular to the non-Israelites of his day and he used his ability as an influential religious Pharisee to establish several Church assemblies in the area known as Asia through his many forceful opinions. These opinions must have resulted from the historical events that he had recovered before his own conversion, because he was not a witness to many of the events recorded on the synoptic Gospels of that earlier time. It is recorded that as a Pharisee, Paul actually supported those opposing the teachings of Jesus, and his followers.
Modern Christianity has in many ways migrated their beliefs from Jesus toward the influential personal opinions of Paul and his writings. In many ways Christianity has turned against the original teaching of the anointed Prophet Jesus, who taught using only the Hebrew Bible, and who was the original subject of the Synoptic Gospels. Only a few of the books in the Greek Testament remain that were accepted by the Catholic Church, that are thought to have originally been written by the actual chosen Apostles still remain available for us today. Although it is believed that there were many hundreds of religious writings at the time, it is the Roman Catholic Church and Constantine’s priests that selected only those approved by them, to be ratified as the 27 books composing the Greek New Testament. What happened to the many others is not known, but some may still be located in the deep bowels of the Vatican, and others likely destroyed.
The last book of the Greek Testament that is accepted (but rather late in Greek New Testament history) and is still used to determine modern Christian Doctrinal beliefs is the Book called Revelation. This book is very apocalyptic; considered to be an amalgamation of several authors into one book, and it paints a very “graphic imaginary picture” of an end time event written to a group of seven Churches believed to have been located in Asia in the late 60’s A.D. The book claims to have been written by a person named “John” about information provided to him by a resurrected Jesus, but which John actually wrote it, and who the other contributors were is not known. The book claims that the events written in it were “soon to happen” (as a fore-warning), to those to whom it was written. According to history, it does appear that the prophesy did in fact occur, because history records the event through Rome’s destruction of the City of Jerusalem and the Israelite Temple located there in 70 A.D. as was prophesied 40 years earlier by Jesus in Matthew 24.
Because of his ministry to First Century Israel, many followers expected Jesus to become the Powerful Messiah that would rule over the people Israel and the whole world as King. His rule was also believed to be their savior from Roman oppression prevalent at that time. However, his unexpected execution and death by Rome destroyed the hope of the people still under the pressure of the ruling Empire Rome. Over the next 40 years the “coming soon” time-line recorded in the book of Revelation appeared to have been quickly ignored (if it was available to them). By many Christians today, the book of Revelation has again become applied toward a future coming event, because they refuse to believe it that it was a prophesy fulfilled in 70 A.D. and that is was about the pending destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, at their time.
A careful reading of Matthew 24, will prove to most, that the prophesy of Jesus to his disciples included “a judgment” upon unbelieving Israelites that would occur “at his coming/going” and that the generation listening to his words would “not pass away” until the things he had prophesied to them about the destruction to come to Jerusalem, and the Temple was fulfilled as he prophesied. Today, many Christians are still blindly waiting for the expected second coming of King Jesus, as their Messiah, that will make the world into a paradise.
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