Bible Believers' Newsletter 526
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we are pleased you can be with us to fellowship in God's unchanging Word.
Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), born to victims of the Jewish slave trade but emancipated at the age of nine by the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, was largely self-educated yet he became the most prominent black educator of his day and an advisor to Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft. A dignified Christian gentleman, Washington was an eminently practical man whose objectives were always positive and for the good.
Addressing the Annual Meeting of the National Educational Association held at Buffalo in 1896 he said in part, "My friends, by reason of ignorance, by reason of our freedom beginning at the top instead of at the bottom, the burden has been too heavy for many to carry; the opportunities have been too great. We have spent time and money in political conventions, making idle political speeches, that could have been better spent in becoming leading real estate dealers and leading carpenters and truck gardeners, and thus have laid an imperial foundation on which we could have stood and demanded our rights."
"In conclusion, my friends, I make no selfish appeal; it is a plea to save yourselves. The negro can better afford to be wronged in this country than the white man can afford to wrong him. We are a patient, humble people; we can afford to work and wait. There is plenty for us to do away up in the atmosphere of patience, forbearance, forgiveness, and goodness. There the workers are not many and the field is not overcrowded. If others will be little, we can be great. If others would be mean, we can be good. If others can push us down, we can help push them up. If ever there has been a people in this world who have observed the Bible injunction, "If thy brother smite thee on one cheek, turn to him the other also." That people has been the American negro."
"To right his wrong the Russian hurls his dynamite, the Frenchman applies the torch as in the French Revolution, the Indian flies to his tomahawk; but the negro must lie by, must be patient, must forgive his enemies, and depend for the righting of his wrong upon his midnight moans, upon his songs, upon his four-day prayers, and upon an inherent faith in the justice of his cause. If we may judge the future by the past, who will dare say that the negro's course is not the better one. Think of it, my friends; we went into slavery a piece of property and we came out American citizens; we went into slavery pagans, we came out Christians; we went into slavery without a language, we came out speaking the proud Anglo-Saxon tongue; we went into slavery with the slave-chains clanging about our wrists, we came out with the American ballot in our hands. Progress is a law of God and progress is going to be the negro's eternal guiding star in this fair land. . ." (history cooperative).
Washington was a man with the Token on display, in humility gratefully acknowledging God's blessings unseen by lesser men blinded by grievances that enslaved their souls. He discerned right from wrong, returned good in place of evil, and was constructive in all of his endeavours which were in selfless behalf of others. By contrast the erstwhile oppressors of his people have meanwhile displayed their "enmity" against God and man (Genesis 3:15) by destroying the United States which like Germany, gave generously of her bounty. Within a decade they will succeed in the consummation of life . . . again . . . this time by atomic fire. Following Washington's inspiration and admonition, we should be busy planting potatoes or whatever our productive responsibilities happen to be.
Please welcome our guest contributor, international explorer, investigator of mysteries, archaeologist, author and lecturer Jonathan Gray, who exposes the absurd theory of the evolution of man from ignorance. If you have any questions you mat email Jonathan at email@example.com.
This Newsletter serves those of like precious faith. Whoever will receive the truth is welcome to feed their soul from the waters of the River of Life. Everything here presented should be confirmed personally in your own Bible.
Your brother-in-Christ, Anthony Grigor-Scott
World must double Food Production
May 7, 2008 "We have gone from three meals a day to two. Then it will be one meal. Then we will die. Why is the world taking corn for fuel? It will mean the death of many people."
This was the blunt statement made by Yoseph Yilak, the head of the Ethiopian grain traders association, to the visiting head of the UN's World Food Program. Questioned as to what should be done about the problem, Yilak shot back: "The best solution long-term is massive production of food."
In the face of this unprecedented global crisis, which the Asian Development Bank estimates puts one billion Asians at risk of starvation, and a further billion people among the poor of Africa, South America and other countries, but for which the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation cannot even raise $10 million for seeds for poor countries. . .
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Comment: Massive world depopulation is planned. We have warned of this since at least 1997. You see the International Financiers can reduce world population by the implementation of "policy." Food shortages will cause famine, which will render people susceptible to disease when it is unleashed. When the time comes, already overcrowded hospitals will be unable to cope. Best you keep away from hospitals. Law and order will also break down and rioters will roam the streets. Store nonperishable food now, and do not tell a soul.
Iran rejects Nuclear Inspections unless Israel allows Them
Geneva, May 5, 2008 An Iranian envoy said Monday his government will not submit to extensive nuclear inspections while Israel stays outside the global treaty to curb the spread of atomic weapons.
"The existing double standard shall not be tolerated anymore by non-nuclear-weapon states," Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh told a meeting of the 190 countries that have signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Nuclear safeguards are far from universal, he said, adding that more than 30 countries are still without a comprehensive safeguard agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency to ensure full cooperation with that UN body. "Israel, with huge nuclear weapons activities, has not concluded" such an agreement or submitted its facilities to the IAEA's safeguards, Soltanieh said. . . Full story: sfgate.com
Comment: A peaceful victim nation like Iran must insist a violent aggressor nation meet the same standard.
Why You are paying $4 for Gasoline
March 12, 2008 As the dollar dramatically collapsed below $1.55/euro today following the Federal Reserve's announcement of a huge new bank bailout, the "spot price" of a barrel of oil settled at just under $110, up 60% in six months, 25% in six weeks, and accelerating. . . the current gasoline price is heading for $4/gallon; but the Saudis, on long-term supply contracts, get only $3 per barrel for their oil at the wellhead. Americans are paying more per gallon for gasoline at the pump, than the Saudis receive in long-term contracts per 42-gallon barrel of oil at the wellhead. . . "If you want to blame somebody, blame Nixon and George Shultz for destroying Franklin Roosevelt's Bretton Woods system, and giving control of the dollar to the City of London". . . Full story: cecaust.com.au
Pope Affirms Zionist Noahide Laws in NYC!
Jews have found an ally in Pope Benedict XVI. Following in the steps of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, who officially recognized modern day Jews as the 'Chosen People of God'. . . In his recent visit to America from April 15-20, 2008, Pope Benedict met with representatives of the Jewish community on the eve of the Jewish Passover on April 18 2008 at 5 PM Here and reiterated that they are God's "chosen"which any thinking Sunday School student would easily refute. . . now Pope Benedict recognizes their leadership since they are the "Chosen People of God" and that the "Noahide Laws are Jewish tradition." Hence who will ultimately be the moral authority that governs the so-called Noahide Laws? Jews, that's who. Anti-Christian Jews! . . . Full story: realjewnews.com
Comment: The Noahide Laws may be (modern) "Jewish" tradition, but they have not been recognized by any Israelite from Moses to the present day.
US-British Leaders swear Allegiance to Pope as England Destroyed
April 23, 2008 Russian Intelligence reports to the Foreign Ministry today state that during last week's visit to the United States by Pope Benedict XVI, both the American President, George Bush, and Britain's Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, knelt before the Roman Pontiff and 'swore their allegiance' to the New Holy Roman Empire in a move designed to destroy the borders of all Western Nations as they prepare for Total War against the Muslim and Eastern Power Blocks in the World.
It should be noted that these two latest World leader converts to Catholicism follow the former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, who upon his resignation as the Leader of the United Kingdom . . . flew to Rome and also knelt before Pope Benedict XVI swearing his allegiance to the Pontiff and the New Holy Roman Empire.
These latest events are particularly ominous as Tony Blair is slated to become the first President of the European Union . . . the greatest dangers posed by the rising of this new Holy Roman Empire are the dissolutions of all National borders leading to the destruction of England . . .
The new European plan splits England into three zones that are joined with areas in other countries. The "Manche" region covers part of southern England and northern France while the Atlantic region includes western parts of England, Portugal, Spain and Wales.
The North Sea region includes eastern England, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and parts of Germany. A copy of the map, which makes no reference to England or Britain, has even renamed the English Channel the "Channel Sea".
The American President has, likewise, informed his North American counterparts of these new plans to dissolve both the United States and the European Union into a Western Alliance during their US Summit . . . with the growing strength of the New Holy Roman Empire arising in their midst . . . one can surely see how these peoples will be the first to fall into the oblivion of history that in all honesty they will have no one to blame but themselves. Full story: whatdoesitmean.com
Comment: While the unfailingly melodramatic Sorcha Faal has a tendency to make statements supported by URLs that do not support his or her hyperbole. She or he is on the mark on this occasion. And although her references do not support her claims, she also said Mr. Putin has informed Washington that should aggressive US threats against Iran materialize, Russia will invade Georgia, opening a land bridge to Iran, facilitating the fulfilment of Ezekiel 38 and 39 soon thereafter.
Military professionals in the Pentagon recognize US troops, equipment and budgets are absolutely strained by two wars that will not end, but since the Administration works for "the City" rather than "we the people," they are already arguing about the next war. And if the next war eventuates whilst George II is in office, Brother Branham's vision of the strange caribou with a forty-two-inch rack will have a twofold significance and the USA will come under Roman dominion for the first three and a half years of the tribulation, and be destroyed.
The nations symbolised by these beasts, the strange caribou and the "nine-foot silver-tipped grizzly" will be "shot" in quick succession. First, after earthquakes sinks Los Angeles and much of California, Russia will invade the United States, while her exhausted military is destitute in the countries of her victims, her dollar worthless, and most of her economy beneath the Pacific. Secondly, with the world's religions federated under Rome, the Pope will command Russia's troops to withdraw to their homeland.
Once he has restored peace (I Thessalonians 5:3; Revelation 13:1-10) the world will implore the Pope, now incarnate by Satan (Revelation 12:7-13; 17:11), to accept the presidency of the world government Jesus refused (Matthew 4:8-9). This will ensure there are no more presidents of a purportedly independent USA, George II being number 42 according to the vision. Seven years earlier Brother Branham prophesied, "When this united confederation of church goes together, and the new pope is brought out of the [United Nations in the] United States and put over there [Jerusalem whence Rome will rule] according to prophecy" (Acts of the Holy Spirit, p. 12:87; Isaiah 14:12-15; Daniel 11:45).
The non-Semitic thugs ruling Israel serve the interests of "the City," Rothschilds and the Vatican NWO scam, with their citizens as expendable pawnsjust like the thugs who rule our nations. Arrangements have been made to segregate Jerusalem as an international city under Vatican control (Zechariah 14:1-2; Revelation 16:19).
Before these things transpire, Christ will gather His Bride of all Ages Home to the Wedding Supper in the Sky. His end-time Bride will be so few in number, she will not be missed with the worldwide catastrophes of that time.
Rome will make a seven-year agreement with the self-styled Jewish banksters of "the City of London" to refinance the US dollar with gold backing and restore the World economy (Daniel 9:27). Three and a half years after the first resurrection and translation have taken place, and with world prosperity restored, Rome will break her agreement with the banksters, usurp the place of God in a rebuilt temple, and force the mark of the Beast.
One Common Tongue, One Pure Worship of One God
By Jonathan Gray
After reading the above news item our contributing author, Brother Jonathan Gray began to reflect on an EU poster of the new Europe that portrays the ancient Tower of Babel, with the slogan, "Many Tongues, One Voice." (Your papers, please)! As only one family was saved by water the whole post-diluvian earth was of the one language and speech of Noah and his family (Genesis 11:1).
Jonathan was aroused from his reverie by his wife who asked, "What was the very first human tongue?
"You mean, what was the very first human language?"
"Yes," she replied. "Or do you have any idea what is our closest modern language to the original, First Tongue?"
A fascinating question, don't you think?
As an archaeologist, I believe the answer has now been discovered. Out in the remote canyons of the Pergatoire River, just south of La Junta, Colorado, researcher Gary Vey was examining some very old petroglyphics. The amazing thing was that these ancient alphabetic symbols were virtually identical to others found in the Negev desert of Israel, in South Australia, in Yemen, in Chile and in the British Isles!
On six continents, the ancient language symbols were virtually the same.
After numerous deciphering attempts, translations were eventually made with success through an old Hebrew dialect. The Colorado alphabet consisted of 22 basic, distinct geometric shapes and some variations. Vey has termed it "The First Tongue." Translations of similar petroglyphs by another team in Australia proved that they originated with the same root culture and ascribed to the same rules of grammar and symbols.
Likewise with the petroglyphs in Israel's Negev desert, documented by Dr James Harris, during the Harvard expedition in 1994. These, along with those on other continents, hinted at an original common language.
Only One Global Language at First
If we were to trace the footsteps of the first migration wave, we would discover that it has left its traces in just ONE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE. This fact that the whole world once spoke the same language survives in the racial memory of many peoples.
A fragmentary Sumerian tablet copied by the Oxford cuneiformist Oliver Gurney speaks of a time when "the whole universe" spoke "in one tongue." The epic myth of Enmerker and the Lord of Araita, published by Professor S.N. Kramer, of the University of Pennsylvania, records that all mankind spoke one and the same language until Enki, the Sumerian god of wisdom, confounded their speech.
The idea that there was a time when all men spoke the same language is found also in ancient Egyptian and Indian writings. Likewise, the Popul Vuh, a book of the Central American Maya, records that "those who gazed at the rising of the sun [the ancestors who formerly lived eastward of the Americas]. . . had but one language. . . before going west."
These testimonies support the biblical book of Genesis statement that "all the earth was of one language, and of one speech" (Genesis 11:1).
Sudden Confusion of Languages
Numerous ancient traditions concur that:
(a) Everyone spoke a single language at first.Interestingly, all three branches of the human race recall this.
(b) The various languages did not arise capriciously, independently.
(c) In a single dramatic event the one original language became suddenly confused.
(d) Then from one central point the people were scattered to the ends of the earth.
Various peoples, such as the Mexicans, the Chaldeans, the Hindus, the Greeks, the Chiapa of the Americas, Australian Aboriginal tribes, and the Fijians, to name a few, were discovered with a tradition concerning this event in which each tribe received a new language. So evidently, this is not just some biblical fairytale. This ancient event has been burnt into the racial memory of mankind as a whole.
Language did not just "Evolve"
Were you aware that no society is known at any point in history which did not have a fully developed language? ("Encyclopaedia Brittanica", 15th ed., Macrop., vol. 19, p. 1033). We find NO EVIDENCE for any kind of evolutionary development of language. The fact is, evolution cannot in any meaningful manner account for one language, much less hundreds of languages. In any case, who had time to formulate grammar when we were all supposedly running around simply trying to survive the next few minutes of life?
I have lived with jungle savages. And did you know that the most primitive tribes possess the most sophisticated languages?
[From all over the world, wherever Ham and Canaan are found, the witness is to an entirely practical view of the world, rooted in the present, wise in a canny sort of way, specific, particular, uninterested in the abstract, always inventing new words or new terms for things, interested in particulars rather than categories, earthy, and very largely disinterested in unlikely possibilities.
The family of the Indo-European languages is readily identifiable as a family, as are the Semitic tongues. The Hamites, however, have been so inventive, they devise terms with equal facility and their languages are in such a state of flux that within a few generations, even tribes living just across the river will find themselves scarcely able to converse.
This strange tendency which has prevented the Egyptians, Hittites, Sumerians, Chinese and Central American Indians from developing an alphabetical script may have been Providence, guaranteeing the quick dispersal of Ham all over the world. Many cuneiform scholars have noted the similarities between Sumerian and Chinese. "Civilization has traveled with the sun, from the east, coming west. . . . The oldest civilization is China, . . . And sin has traveled with civilization" (William Branham, We Have Seen His Star and Have Come to Worship Him, p. 28:188).
What divided the Hamites in this way was not a difference in language structure, for the philosophy of their languages remained remarkably similar, so that the ways of thinking of the African native, the Chinese peasant, and the American Indian have remained for a very long time comparable: it was the vocabularies which changed. Genesis 10 the Table of Nations Ed].
The First Religion?
Would you like to know what the original religion of planet earth was? Or what is the closest modern day religion to the original?
Here, again, archaeology comes to the rescue.
Is the "One God" Idea the Result of Evolution?
Have you ever heard it said that religion just evolved? Or that man's thinking has evolved gradually from magic, to religion, to science? That from an initial primitive worship of many gods, religion evolved to the idea of just one God (momotheism)?
Has anyone ever told you that? Let's face it, you'll hear it today in many places of learning. Well, we've been had! And all so as to get the evolution theory accepted.
Well, wouldn't you rather know the truth? Then here it is. There is not a shred of evidence for this supposed progression from magic, to religion, to science.
On the contrary, archaeology shows us there was science from the very start of human presence on earth. That's the opposite from what the evolution theory predicted.
Same Culture and same Religion Originally
So what is the truth about religion?
Well, you'll recall that researchers on six continents have been discovering script in mankind's "First Tongue." And that the content of the translations, although not complete, suggests a single culture and religious belief system, worldwide.
Monotheism at First
But the evidence goes further than that.
Two common petroglyphs represent the names of deity"El" and "Yah." "El" represents the abstract form of deitythat which cannot be comprehended by man, while "Yah" is the Creator [Isaiah 44:24, showing that Jehovah of the Old Testament is Jesus of the New. "El" is a shortened form of Elohim, meaning the sum of all deity when applied to the one true God, or gods (plural) when applied to heathen gods. "Yah" is an abbreviation of Yahweh, or Jehovah, a name meaning "the self-existant One" or I AM. In Genesis 4:1, Eve exclaims, "I have gotten a man by the help of Jehovah" believing Cain was actually the Deliverer, Jesus Messiah, "the beginning of the [new] creation of God" proving that after nine months she was still deceived, believing the lie of the Satan-incarnate Serpent above the word of her prophet husband Ed].
Both concepts represent a single deityOne Godbut recognise the aspects of "knowable" and "unknowable" deity.
A successful translation has been made of the entire top row of the Colorado inscriptions, reading, "YARE HA EL," or "PRAISE THE LORD." This indicates a monotheistic religious belief at that early time when there was still a global language. It hints at an original faith inherited from the earliest ancestors.
The evidence shows that MONOtheism lay at the root of all religions. And this continued until shortly after 2000BC [on this side of the Flood Ed]when monotheism began to degenerate into pantheism, polytheism and animism.
Careful archaeologists and historians (Horn, Faber, Rawlinson, Waddell and Budge, to name a few) insist, from their discoveries, that the earliest Sumerians, Iranians, Phoenicians, Egyptians and Indians were monotheists. Those early civilizations recognised supremely one only God. They knew also that there was an original prophecy that although man had messed up himself and the planet, and could not get himself out of the mess, the Creator would ultimately send a Rescuer to cure all ills.
[This is supported by Brother Branham: "The ancient histories agree with the Bible that this Babylonish religion was most certainly not the original religion of earth's early peoples. It was the first to drift away from the original faith; but it was not itself the original one. Historians such as Wilkinson and Mallett have proven conclusively from the ancient documents that at one time all the peoples of the earth believed in ONE GOD, supreme, eternal, invisible, Who by the Word of His mouth spoke all things into existence, and that in His character He was loving and good and just. But as Satan will always corrupt whatever he can, we find him corrupting the minds and hearts of men so that they reject the truth. As he has always attempted to receive worship as though he were God and not the servant and creation of God, he drew worship away from God to the end that he might draw it unto himself and so be exalted. He certainly did accomplish his desire to spread his religion throughout the whole world. This is authenticated by God in the Book of Romans, "When they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, until they became vain in their imaginations, and through darkness of heart accepted a corrupted religion to the extent that they worshipped creatures and not the Creator."
Remember, Satan was a creature of God (Son of the Morning). Thus we find that where once truth was disseminated amongst men, and all held to that one truth, there later came a day when a vast group turned from God and spread a diabolical form of worship around the world. History bears it out that those of the tribe of Shem that stood with the unchanging truth were in solid opposition to those of Ham who turned away from truth to the devil's lie. There is no time to engage in a discussion of this; it is merely introduced that you may see there were two religions and two only, and the evil one became world wide.
Monotheism turned to polytheism in Babylon. The devil's lie and the devil's mysteries rose up against the truth of God and the mysteries of God in that city. Satan truly became the god of this world and exacted worship from those that he had duped, causing them to believe that he was truly the Lord.
The polytheistic religion of the enemy began with the trinitarian doctrine. It was way back there in antiquity that the "one God in three persons" idea came into existence. How strange that our modern theologians have not spotted this; but evidently just as duped by Satan as their forebears were, they still believe in three persons in the Godhead. Let us be shown just one place in Scripture where there is any authority for that doctrine. Is it not strange that while the descendants of Ham went on their way in Satanic worship which involved a basic concept of three gods that there is not one trace of the descendants of Shem believing such a thing or having any ceremonial worship that involved even a type of it? It is not strange that the Hebrews believed, "Hear, O Israel, the Lord thy God is ONE God", if there were three persons in the Godhead? Abraham, the descendant of Shem, in Genesis 18 saw only ONE God with two angels" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p.283:1-284:1).
When Israel adopted Babylonian Trinitarianism, God destroyed the nation and dispersed its people through the ancient Assyrian Empire, and when Judah forsook the Lord to worship Trinitarianism He destroyed His Temple. So take note, my denominational friend, the apostolic faith has been restored, the mystery of God is finished, and God is no respecter of persons Ed].
All Nations awaited Him
This, the world's oldest prophecy, which our first parents claimed was given to them, was handed down to all their descendantsthe prophecy of a coming Deliverer, no less. Among the ancient Babylonians, Persians, Chinese, Hindus, Germans, British, Romans, Egyptians and others, there was an expectation that this Great One was coming to cure all ills.
The Roman historian Tacitus refers to this expectation among the nations (Tacitus, Histories, v.13. Suetonius, "Vespasian," iv)
Dupuis, in L'Origine des Cultus, has collected a vast number of traditions prevalent in all nations concerning a divine person, born of a virginthat is, without an earthly father. He would come from heaven for the purpose of delivering mankind. He would lay down his life once for all, but rising to life again would ultimately bring a new world. This prophecy appears to be as old as the human race.
Notice how an ancient poet contemplated this prophecy:
• A golden progeny from heaven descends,
O chaste Lucinda! speed the mother's pains,
And haste the glorious birth!
. . . virtue shall restore,
And crimes shall threat the guilty world no more. . .
The warring nations he in peace shall bind,
And with paternal virtues rule mankind.
And here are the words of another poet of old:
• Hail, great Physician of the world! all hail!
Hail, mighty Infant, who, in years to come,
Shall heal the nations and defraud the tomb!. . .
Thy daring art shall animate the dead,
And draw the thunder on Thy guilty head;
For Thou shalt die, but from the dark abode
Rise up victorious, and be twice a God!
• The Babylonians and Persians expected a king-redeemer and hero-sage, who would establish a new age of happiness.
• The Chinese also believed that a great wise man would appear.
• The Hindus believed that the supreme God would reveal himself to humans and that ultimately would come a new world.
• The ancient Germans looked forward to the renewal of the present world.
• The Druids of Britain expected the coming of the "Curer of all ills."
• Likewise, in the earliest Egyptian texts are found prophecies proclaiming the coming of this Savior of the human raceprophecies that were already ancient.
In these Egyptian texts we are brought face to face with prophecies concerning a Messiah who was to come. It was held that "the teacher awaited since the creation of the world" had not yet been manifested on earth. His coming was to end in his sacrifice and bring about the regeneration of mankind. The ancient Egyptian messianic prophecies refer to the Messiah as "The Lord of Death and Resurrection".
In course of time these prophecies of the Messiah became paganised by the substitution of Osiris (the god of Vegetational Decay and Regeneration) and other deities. Osiris then usurped the attributes and functions of the promised Messiah that had been known in earlier Egyptian prophecy.
Only in the late Egyptian literature (from late in the 18th and early in the 19th Dynasty) did Osiris and other gods usurp the functions and attributes of the Promised One. That was after religious degeneration had set in well and truly. But originally, the position of Osiris was not messianic. Osiris was at first no more than an allegorical figurehead, a patron of corn, a personification of the agricultural seasons (Stewart The Witness of the Great Pyramid, 1928, pp. 64-65). Much, much later he became "a god who had been originally a mortal and had risen from the dead (E.A. Wallis Budge, The Book of the Dead. London: British Museum Publications, 1920). And only then were the added attributes of the Promised One given to him.
Noted archaeologist Professor Budge points out:
"The beliefs which were conceived by the Egyptians in their lowest states of civilization were mingled with those which reveal the existence of high spiritual conceptions [at first]" (Budge The Gods of the Egyptians, 1969 Vol. I, p. 32).
Purer Faith at the Beginning
Although modern Hinduism recognises a multitude of gods (possessing different influences on human affairs), yet the Indian sacred books show that originally it had been far otherwise.
Speaking of the Supreme God (known in their language as Brahm):
• Of Him whose glory is so great, there is no image (Veda).
• [He] illumines all, delights all, whence all proceeded; that by which they live when born, and that to which all must return (Veda).
• He whom the mind alone can perceive; whose essence eludes the external organs, who has no visible parts, who exists from eternity. . .
• The soul of all beings, whom no being can comprehend (Institutes of Menu).
In these passages there is a trace of pantheism beginning to emerge, but the very language employed bears testimony to the existence among the Hindus at one period of a far purer faith.
Brahm (the one infinite and eternal God) is just the original Hebrew Rahmwith the 'b' prefixed, which is very frequent in Sanskrit words derived from Hebrew or Chaldee. The Hebrew Rahm means "the merciful, or compassionate One." But Rahm also means "the Womb," or "the Bowels" as the seat of compassion.
Now we find such language applied to Brahm, as cannot be accounted for, except by realising that Brahm had the very same meaning as the Hebrew Rahm. Thus we find the god Krishna, in one of the Hindu sacred books (when asserting his high dignity as a divinity, and his identity with the Supreme) using these words:
"The great Brahm is my Womb, and in it I place my foetus, and from it is the procreation of all nature. The great Brahm is the Womb of all the various forms which are conceived in every natural womb." It is very clear that Brahm comes from Rahm which means Womb or Merciful One. Brahm is just the same as Er-Rahman ("the all-merciful One"), a title applied by the Turks to the Most High.
Thus the Hindus, despite the deterioration of understanding seen today, once knew the Creator as "the God of mercy," that is, "a just God and a rescuer." He was also called in India "the victim-man." (And among the Buddhists he was commonly addressed as "Savior of the world" (Mahawanso, xxxi "apud" Pococke's India in Greece, p. 185).
Furthermore, the meaning of Deva (the generic name for "God" in India) is similar. Deva originally came from the Chaldean Thav ("Good"). Thav is also legitimately pronounced Thev and in the emphatic form is Theva or Thevo ("the Good"). "Th" is frequently pronounced "Dh." Hence Deva.
The "v" is frequently dropped (just as "novus" in Latin is "neos" in Greek). Dheva, or Theva, or Thevo becomes Deva. It also becomes Deo or Devs" ("God" in Latin) and Theos ("God" in Greek), or Theo-s or Thevo-s. This reflects the passage in the Bible that says, "There is none good but One, that is God [Theosthe Good]" (Matthew 19:17).
Gradual Increase in Gods
Ancient textual evidence shows that the trend was to increase the number of gods as time passed, rather than decrease them (Siegfried H. Horn, Records of the Past Illuminate the Bible, 1975, p. 12).
It was only the later nations who were POLYtheists (worshipping many gods). As an example of how far this trend has developed over the past 4,000 years, it is calculated that today the Hindu religion has 600,000 gods.
Now, are you ready for this? The highly civilized people who believed in one great Godthe Creatorradically changed their thinking so as to venerate planets, cats, hawks, snakes and beetles. How could an original, healthy, beneficent religious system degenerate into practices such as human sacrifice? Why are the stories and teachings of Jesus Christ, Krishna and Buddha so remarkably similar? Were there at least 16 avatars/saviors/messiahs before Jesus Christ? Such as Krishna, Mithra, Osiris, Thoth, Prometheus, Buddha and Quetzalcoatl, while the so-called Jews have claimed at least 26 Messiahs excluding Israel's Jesus Messiah. Why do their mythologies have uncanny parallelsfor example, virgin birth, a December 25 birthday, saviors of royal descent, a violent death, a resurrection, ascensions, and so on?
Perhaps Brother Jonathan will expand on some of these points in a future Newsletter. nl526.htm
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Brother Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister who has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations overseas. He pastors Bible Believers' tiny congregation, and is available to teach in your church.