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Cosms Wisdom Blog by Colin - 2d ago

Lilith is a figure in Jewish mythology first developed in the Babylonian Talmud.

In Hebrew-language texts, the term Lilith first occurs in a list of animals in Isaiah 34,14: King James Version

14 The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest

In the Dead Sea Scrolls the term first occurs in a list of monsters.

Then in Jewish magical inscriptions on bowls and amulets from the 6th century CE onward. Lilith is identified as a female demon and the first visual depictions appear. In Jewish folklore, from the satirical book Alphabet of Sirach onward. Lilith appears as Adams first wife, the legend developed extensively during the Middle Ages in the tradition of Aggadah, the Zohar, and Jewish mysticism.

The resulting Lilith legend continues to serve as material in modern Western culture, literature, occultism, fantasy.

Lilith is stated in Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible. The Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible is the single major work of reference on the gods, angels, demons, spirits and semi-divine heroes whose names occur in the biblical books. First published in 1995 and it is now republished in a new extensively revised edition.

A connection between the Gilgamesh ki-sikil-lil-la-ke and the Jewish Lilith was rejected by Dietrich Opitz and rejected on grounds by Sergio Ribichini. The terracotta plaque depicts a beautiful, naked goddess-like sylph with bird-like features who stands atop two lions and between two owls.

The first chapters of Genesis contain two distinct accounts of creation. The second account, found in Gen 2:4-3:24, focuses on the creation of humanity, the first act of disobedience, and its repercussions. The characters and events of these chapters have inspired imaginative and influential interpretations.

Genesis’ two creation accounts are written in significantly different styles. While the first account is poetic and structured as a list, the second offers a much more flowing narrative. The second account has proved ripe for interpretation. Think of the serpent that speaks to Adam and Eve. the text does not actually reveal the serpent’s nature or identity. In fact, many scholars point to the prominent, often positive position of serpents in other ancient Near Eastern cultures as a possible influence in this story.

My research has not found any relationship to the Lilith mythology. Other writers may be able to produce different evidence.

 

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King Solomans wife according to the Bible was Naamah the daughter of the Paharoah.

 And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh’s daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.

The fact that Pharaoh’s daughter has been singled out in the stories of Solomon is significant as similar treatment is not given to his “seven hundred princesses and wives and three hundred concubines” (1 Kings 11:3).

It seems that she was the first real wife of Solomon as he saw it. In kings you can find out more about the pharaoh;s daughter

Some scholars believe this unique example was because this marriage in particular “demonstrates the wealth and power of the Hebrew monarchy, for Pharaoh’s daughters did not ordinarily marry outside of their own family, and perhaps indicates the weakness of the Egyptian kingdom at this time.”

The philosophy of the Holy Spirit in compiling the Bible which I have read and read and studied very carefully appears to only have used the names of people who actually advanced the word of God. As an example there are 14 chapters in the Bible about Abraham as opposed to Sarah his wife.  

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Some epistles are named for their recipients while others for their Authors which may seem strange that many of the books in the New Testament are epistles or in our language letters. The Christian faith is built on historical events described primarily in the stories of the Old and New Testaments. Nevertheless, like their Old Testament counterparts, the Gospels and Acts did not explain all the problems for Christian readers in different times and places. For this reason, it seems that God through his Holy Spirit decided that epistles be written about the gospel messages of Jesus Christ and how they could be used by the churches of that time..

Unfortunately, the magnitude of Paul’s achievement has often led Christians to ignore the rest of New Testament epistles but God used other individuals including James, Peter, John, Jude to reveal truths and provide perspectives not found in the writings of Paul. These letters are often known collectively as the “General Epistles” or “Catholic Epistles” because they were written to more universal audiences than were Paul’s targeted letters.

Unlike Paul’s letters which are called by the names of their recipients it is traditional to refer to the General Epistles by the names of their authors. This is partly because not much is known about the Churches of that time and partly because some of them were written to multiple Churches.

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The Apostle Paul. It is difficult to get an over view of the Apostle Paul but it is well known that Paul had his share of spiritual gifts. He understood prophecy. God granted him visions and other revelations, including a vision of “the third heaven,” to God’s throne in “Paradise” (2 Corinthians 12:1-4).

 God worked miracles by the hands of Paul (Acts 14:8-10; 16:18; 19:11-12; 28:8-9). He even raised a young man to life after he had died in a fall (Acts 20:9-12). Among Paul’s spiritual gifts, few were as dear to him as his calling (Acts 9:15). Paul reported he had seen the resurrected Christ (1 Corinthians 15:8).

 Paul was also a gifted teacher. He wrote at least 13 epistles preserved in the New Testament. His insights give us broad understanding of the rest of the Scriptures and reveal deep spiritual principles.

 When studying Paul’s writings we should consider them in the context of the entire Bible. After all, as Jesus said, we are to live by every word of God (Matthew 4:4). Many well-meaning Bible students have difficulty understanding Paul’s writings. The apostle Peter called his writings complex and easy to “twist,” and some people had come to erroneous and dangerous conclusions because they were unskilled in the truth (2 Peter 3:15-16).

A major part of Paul’s service to God included his calling as an apostle to the gentiles (Romans 11:13; Ephesians 3:8). Although the other apostles carried the gospel primarily to the descendants of the tribes of Israel, Paul was chosen for the huge responsibility of taking God’s truth to gentiles.
 Most Bible students know that God’s truth and the gospel first went to the “Jew” or more correctly to the Israelite and then to the gentile (Romans 1:16). With Paul, God began to carry out His original intention for peoples to know Him, His truth and His laws and ultimately to experience God’s peace and prosperity. Although relatively few are called and understand His truth now, God’s original intent will not come about until Christ returns and establishes the Kingdom of God on earth when peace will begin to cover the world: see Isaiah 2:2-4; Hebrews 8:10-12; Zechariah 14:8-9, 11.

 God specifically chose Paul to begin the work of making all people into spiritual Israelites (Romans 2:28-29; Galatians 6:15-16). God drafted His great plan before He began the age of man on earth (2 Timothy 1:9). God didn’t send just anyone to the rest of the world, beyond the scattered nation of Israel. He sent a converted Israelite, skilled in the ways of God, who had grown up in the understanding of the gentiles’ culture as well. God used Paul as an instrument to open doors to gentiles in a much broader way. As a result, all peoples have the opportunity and privilege to become spiritual Israelites. God used Paul, although Paul acknowledged the credit goes to God.

The disputes that brought Paul into conflict with Jewish religious and Roman civil authorities eventually brought Paul to Rome, the heart of the mighty empire. He wrote several of his epistles while a prisoner there. He was first held under house arrest but was free to receive visitors (Acts 28:16-31). Even under those circumstances he could exercise considerable influence, to the point that some in the emperor’s household were converted to Christianity through his teaching (Philippians 4:22).

 At one point Paul thought Jesus would return in his lifetime: 1 Thessalonians 4:15, 17. Later he realized Christ would not return in his day. Paul’s words to Timothy remain a great source of encouragement for Christians of all ages: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing”:2 Timothy 4:7-8..

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Cosms Wisdom Blog by Colin - 1M ago

The ancient Eygptian pyramid of Giza was built many thousands of years ago by a superior intellectual race that has since vanished from the earth plane a long time ago. There has been a  lot of conjecture written in books about the Pyramids. The representations do of course agree with the Bible however the time periods in the book “Great Pyramid Power” by Thomsas Foster is not entirely correct for two reasons. The main reason is they have not yet discovered all of the secrets of the great pyramid and there are still sealed passages and chambers that they do not know about. Secondly the markings referred to in the book were made thousands of years ago.

However, the significance of the pyramid is related to it being situated at the precise centre of the earth mass. Its situation was calculated mathematically in relation to planetary movements. There were two great planets that no longer exist as they fought for supremacy and destroyed each other. The planet Mars is not in fact a planet but the Moon of one of the great planets that was destroyed and their remnants are what we know of today as the milky way.

When you consider the size of mars and consider it was only a moon, it gives you some idea of the size of that planets. Those two planets originally set seasons and times of ancient man and the great pyramid of Giza was built before the collision of these two planets.

The forces in power of the universe is such that it is beyond the comprehension of any mortal man and as with the earth plane there are spirit energies in everything that the Lord God created. Similarly, with the planets. As above so below some of those great spirit energies wanted dominance and still want dominance which is why the universe contains so many explosions of incredible force.
These forces involved are so immense that when they collide they could squash planet earth to a 1000th of the size of the human hair. This is what creates the black holes.

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Differences between the Old and New Testaments. The New Covenant as offered by Jesus Christ is different to the Old Covenant as it gives those who obey “one on one” access to God through him: see John 4:23 – 24, 16:23 – 27, Hebrews 6:20, 10:23, Romans 8:9 – 39, Ephesians 2:18 – 22, 2 Corinthians 3:6. This means that believers can talk to God or Jesus at any time no matter where they are: Matthew 27:51, Hebrews 4:14 – 16, Ephesians 7:25 – 27, John 16, Galatians 4:6 – 7, Romans 8:15, Ephesians 2:18.

Those who were in the Old Covenant agreement could not have their consciences made clean or perfect before God in heaven: Hebrews 9:9, 10:4, 11. The New Covenant made it possible through Jesus’ blood that a believer’s sins can be spiritually forgiven. The Holy Spirit within them is able to purge their consciences and make them wholly acceptable to God: Hebrews 10:14 – 17, 2 Corinthians 3:9, Colossians 1:27, Matthew 5:48.

The Bible is a collection of books with one main message but there are numerous differences between the Old Testament and New Testament.

There is a difference in time period. The Old Testament books were written from the time of Moses until about 400 BC. The New Testament was written between approximately AD 50 and AD 150.

There is difference in focus. The Old Testament chronicles God’s power and works looking toward the coming Messiah. The New Testament reveals Jesus as the Messiah and his teachings as the basis for his church and the spread of the gospel.

There is a difference in prophecy. Most Old Testament prophecies look forward to the future and were unfulfilled at the time of the Old Testament’s completion. The New Testament highlights the fulfillment of many of the Old Testament’s prophecies including more than 300 on the life of Jesus Christ.

There is a difference in the practice of worship. Much of the Old Testament focused on the tabernacle or temple as the central place of worship. In the New Testament Jesus offered Himself as the focus of worship claiming was the only way, the truth and the life: John 14:6.

There is a difference in the covenants. The Old Testament emphasized the Mosaic covenant with its focus on the Law of the Lord. The New Testament began a new covenant in which Jesus came as a fulfillment of the Law. No longer would the Jewish people or Gentiles need to fulfill the Law to find atonement. Jesus offered forgiveness and eternal life to all who believed in Him.

In many ways the Old Testament serves as the foundation for the New Testament. While the Old Testament comprises approximately three-fourths of the Bible, its contents point toward the Messiah who is revealed in the New Testament. Rather than an entirely new message the New Testament reveals how Jesus fulfilled the predictions regarding the Messiah and provides many of His teachings and miracles along with the writings of some of His followers.

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Cosms Wisdom Blog by Colin - 2M ago

Born again? What does the Bible mean when it says born again? How can you be “born again” if you’re already living? Aren’t you born only once? Being born again means a spiritual one it doesn’t mean a physical rebirth. It refers to a change of attitude toward God to a love for Him. But how does it happen?

There’s a problem we all face and Jesus said it begins in our hearts which is sin.

There’s a story in the Bible about Nicodemus. He was a religious leader and a good man and while talking to Jesus Nicodemus asked Him what he needed to do to go to heaven.  Jesus said, “Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God”: John 3:3.

Jesus was telling Nicodemus that no matter what good he did on the outside he needed changing on the inside. That can only happen through a spiritual act of God when His Holy Spirit deals with our sins and brings new life to souls which belong to Him.

How do we do this?

First, we must admit our sin. Then we must ask forgiveness for the sin and repent. Finally we must ask Jesus to be part of our lives.

Then God’s Spirit enters our hearts to help us be more like Him. That’s when we’re born again.

God tells us: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you”: Ezekiel 36:26. Then He gives us a new purpose and new goals for living. We no longer live just for ourselves but for Him: II Corinthians 5:15.

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Digging of Wells in Biblical times are spoken of in both the Old and New Testaments which were hand dug.  The Greek Papyri, 300 B.C. to 600 A.D., also discuss hand-dug wells. Archaeological excavations along the Mediterranean coast have uncovered numerous water wells that can be dated to about 1,000 years B.C. These wells, which were as much as twenty meters deep and one meter and forty centimeters in diameter, were lined with stone and cement plaster.

Joseph’s Well

Joseph’s well, 89.9 m deep, is excavated into solid rock. The upper part of the well is 50,3 m deep and 7,3 m by 5,5 m in cross section. The lower part is 39,6 m deep and has a 4,57 m by 2,75 m cross section. The lower section is offset from the upper, which allowed the use of two bucket-and-chain pumps. Water was lifted from the lower section of the well and emptied into a pool at the base of the upper section, from which water was lifted to the surface by a second chain-and-bucket pump (Brantley, 1971).

Job’s Well, Jerusalem

The City of Jerusalem is located on the edge of a limestone plateau. The limestone beds are fractured, and rainwater infiltrates rapidly into the subsurface. Surface and subsurface water flows across the plateau to the southeast toward Jobs Well, which was approximately thirty-eight meters deep. Water levels in the well fluctuated with the seasons; during wet years the well reportedly overflowed (Wilson, 1880).

Iran

Qanat (also known as foggara, qarez, aflaj, or khettara ) water systems, dating to several thousand years ago, reflect one of the most unusual early technologies. Qanats are horizontal tunnels that transport water from aquifers in highland areas to a valley floor. Qanats began as a mother well ( Madar Chah ) dug vertically from the surface until it intersects the water table. In some cases the mother well may be 100 m deep. Near Tehran, Iran, these wells were dug in the Jaja Rud gravels at the base of the Elburz Mountains. From the mother well, a line of vertical wells, ranging from 20 to 150 m apart, were dug down the slope. Their depth decreased from as deep as 100 m near the mountains, to only 1 or 2 m at the valley floor . A gently sloping tunnel is then dug to connect the wells. Qanat water systems remain in widespread use in Iran, Oman, and other Arabic countries.

These early wells were dug by hand using implements the people made using whatever was available to them e.g. animals teeth, hooves attached to wooden handles sharpened stones and the like.

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Spiritual understanding of Biblical references on Reincarnation.

Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement:”

Let us examine what this verse is saying.

When we die, we are dead and gone which is true of our physical body. That body including the brain will not reincarnate because it no longer exists either through cremation or burial..

Our Soul however, which is the part of us that is made in the image and likeness of our glorious Godhead does not die but continues on and may reincarnate into another body in another lifetime at any time it chooses.

Our character, experiences, abilities and knowledge that we have gained during each lifetime is stored in the mind as in a data base which is part of the spiritual body and never forgets anything. It is the through your mind that you get glimpses of de-ja-vue and vivid dreams.

The Soul can reincarnate as many times as it chooses and each time occupy a new physical body. The denial of reincarnation exists because we are looking at it from the wrong end. We SHOULD NOT be identifying ourselves as a body with a Soul, but rather a Soul who is temporarily occupying a physical body.

In the Old Testament the Mosaic Law states: a life for a life, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Many terms are used to describe this condition but in fact they are all parts of the Godhead’s one Universal Law of “Sowing and Reaping “or Cause and Effect.

Analysing this phrase further tells us that we will know what it is like to walk in another man’s shoes. The breaking of any of the Ten Commandments puts us outside of the heavenly realm so when we return in another life, it is to expunge our past mistakes and so we will experience the exact conditions according to our actions in a previous life. KARMA.

These are the lessons we must overcome and is why we reincarnate. It is only when we have purged our past “SINS” that we get an opportunity to advance to a higher level, eventually not needing to return to the earth plane.

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived. God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap. This is one of the Godhead’s Universal Laws.

Should our actions be of a physical nature being of violence, sexual crimes, coveting, greed, murder, stealing etc. we will also experience these situations. If not in this most certainly in another life. On the other hand, if your actions are of a spiritual nature being kindly, loving, giving, gentle, caring person will advance to a higher level in the heavenly fourth dimension. It is when we purged all our SINS through the process of reincarnation that we reach the level of not having to return to the earth.

Sayings like “if you live by the sword, you will die by the sword” have all evolved from this one Universal law.
The Bible says judge not least ye be judged. It is difficult for those of us who understand reincarnation to see someone with a disability and immediately think, I wonder what they did to have this disability. In 99.9% of cases this would be true, however there is the exception to the rule.

As in the case of the man that was born blind.
Reading through John 9: 1, as I understand it spiritually, the discussion Jesus is having with His disciples is about reincarnation and why His disciples asked him the question about the blind man. “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?” How could this man have sinned before he was born?
Jesus’s in His answer didn’t lay blame or judgement but replied – “Neither hath this man sinned nor his parents, but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”

From the spiritual perspective, Jesus is saying in this man’s situation he chose to be born blind, knowing beforehand that he would be healed by Jesus as a demonstration for those witnessing this miraculous event, would acknowledge that He (Jesus) is the Son of God and glorify Him.

This was not a trick question asked by a Pharisee but from His own disciple whom He had been teaching for some time. Jesus was preparing them to carry His messages to the world.
That Jesus didn’t deny the question is compelling biblical evidence that reincarnation is a valid concept.

Nothing can be proven by scripture alone as is evident by the 5,000 plus different Christian denominations all with their own slightly different version of interpreting the Bible.
Yet when we read Malachi 4:5 the Bible tells us “behold, I will send you E-li-jah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”

It does not say I will send someone like Elijah, or someone with the spirit of Elijah, it says that he will send E-LI-JAH which is a strong indication for reincarnation.

Jesus took James, Peter and his brother John with him to a high mountain place and stood a little off from them. They witnessed the transfiguration of Jesus as His face shone like the Sun and saw the appearance of Moses and Elias talking with Jesus and a voice out of the cloud said; this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

Matthew 17: 10 -13 the disciples are asking Jesus why the scripture (Malachi 4-5) says that Elijah must come first? Jesus tells them that Elijah has already been but they didn’t recognize him and have already killed him and that the same thing is going to happen to himself. Then the disciples understood that Jesus was talking about John the Baptiste being the reincarnation of Elijah.
Then going back when John the Baptiste was still alive he was asked whether he was Elijah which he denied. This has to be indicative of all of us as we do not remember who we have been or where until we make that connection through our Soul to our subjective mind.

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The Antichrist in the final days.

The opnion that Jesus was portrayed as an AntiChrist is an impossibility as the Antichrist is the polar opposite and ultimate enemy of Jesus Christ. According to Christian tradition the  Antichrist will reign in the period prior to the Last Judgment. The Antichrist first appeared in the Gospels of St. John: I John 2:18 – 22; I John 4:3 and in II John 1:7.

The fully developed story of the antichrist’s life and reign is found in some medieval texts. The term Antichrist has been applied to various  individuals and institutions for nearly two millennia. The Antichrist and any predecessor of the Antichrist have been and are terms of the most intense hatred used by Christians.

The Christian understanding of the Antichrist was derived from Jewish traditions. In particular from The Book of Daniel in the Hebrew Bible. Written about 167 BCE where it foretold the coming of a final persecutor who would “speak great words against the most High and wear out the saints of the most High and think to change times and laws” Daniel 7:25.

Scholars agree that the author of Daniel was referring to the contemporary Hellenistic ruler of Palestine, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who attempted to wipe out Judaism.  But because Antiochus was not named later scholars could apply the prediction of Daniel to any persecutor. Early Christians applied it to the Roman emperors who persecuted the church, in particular Nero who reigned from 54–68 CE

The four books of the New Testament that fuelled Christian belief in an Antichrist were the two Gospels of John, the Revelation of John, and the second epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians. The first three of these were written near the end of the 1st century CE; the last was written either in or shortly after 50 CE or by one of Paul’s immediate followers some 20 or 30 years later. Neither II Thessalonians nor Revelation use the term Antichrist but both refer to a coming persecutor who appears to be the same being.

The first epistle of John introduces an important distinction between the Antichrist who will come and the many antichrists who were already active in the world. This distinction not only enabled believers to declare people as “antichrists” without having to label a single individual as the Antichrist but also allowed them to identify the “body of Antichrist” as a being existing in the present but destined to have its day of triumph in the future.

Nevertheless early Christians tended to emphasize the coming of the one great Antichrist. The Revelation of John refers to this figure as “the Beast from the Abyss”: 11:7 and “the Beast from the Sea”: 13:1. In the most sustained account of his appearance, II Thessalonians 2:1-12, he is called “the man of sin” and “son of perdition.” He will come at a time of a great unrest to deceive people with signs and wonders, sit in the temple of God, and claim to be God himself. Finally he will be defeated by Jesus who will destroy him by “the spirit of his mouth” and “the brightness of his coming” Revelations 2:8.

Even though II Thessalonians is sketchy about the details of the Antichrist’s person and the nature of his reign. A succession of biblical commentators and apocalyptic writers from the era of the Church Fathers and the early Middle Ages began to provide the missing features.

Their work was included in a brief story in the 10th century by a monk from Lorraine called Adso of Montier-en-Der in a letter to Queen Gerberga of France. Adso’s letter became the standard medieval reference work on the Antichrist. In the 13th century it was somewhat supplanted by several chapters on the Antichrist in Hugh Ripelin’s  popular handbook, Compendium Theologica Veritatis.

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