Bethlehem is a Moabite refuge for descendants of Ruth and Boaz. There was a synagogue dedicated to the King and Queen of Moab and Judaea. Long ago, the High Priest and his Scribes cast-wrote the Moabites out of God’s Covenant, but, many Moabites continued to practice the Laws of Moses. This is why the Pharasies question the Moabite Savior. It is to this synagogue Jesus comes after spending forty days in the wilderness. Satan tempts him, offering the Go’el Redeemer a crown that would make him king of Moabite cities. But, he has come like Moses to free his people, thousands of Moabites who have become the slaves of the Jews – who try to throw Jesus off a cliff. Why? The Moabites and Jews were once like blood-brothers. They have a falling out. They killed one another. Manslayers were sent to avenge their kindred. Jesus dies on the cross to put an end to these blood-feuds so the Moabites can be like brother again and live in peace. Here are the only surviving words of John the Baptist.
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said, “THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, ‘MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT!'” Now John himself had a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.…”
This is from Isaiah 40. Why has no Muslim or Christian teacher pointed out that Jesus reads from Isaiah after his temptation? It looks like Jesus and John were working together to RESTORE ZION, free many slaves, and, announce the Jubilee. Why didn’t the Jews try to kill John when he gave his message from Isaiah?
I believe Jesus bid his brother to marry his wife, Mary Magdalene, if he would be murdered, thus, they mystery of Jesus giving his mother to his disciple, is solved. And thus, Mary gave birth to a child who would be Jesus’ niece, or nephew, who would be a descendant of Boaz and Ruth.
“The obligations of the goel include the duty to redeem the relative from slavery, if the latter had been obliged to sell himself into serfdom (Leviticus 25: 48-49); to repurchase the property of a relative who had had to sell it because of poverty; to avenge the blood of his relative; to marry his brother’s widow in order to have a son for his brother, in case the brother had not got any son to pass his name forth (Deuteronomy 25:5-6); and to receive the restitution if the injured relative had died (Numbers 5:8).”
What went wrong with this plan to restore Zion. The Herodians opposed it. Paul was a ROMAN citizen who was a agent for the descendants of Harod the Great. Then, the New Zionists lost their war with……ROME……the slave masters of the world. ISIS is the new slave masters. How can they wage war against Rome – when they obey Caesar?
I believe Jesus gave his kindred, Judas Escariot, coins to buy back the ground that Boaz gave to Ruth, which upon Herod’s temple now sat. Here is the motive for murder. The rightful Landlord had returned, and was evicting the squatters – with a bullwhip!
Those false teachers who are squatting on Armstrong’s Prophecy….. should vacate!
Above is a photo of me with my niece and newphew on my lap at Rosemary’s house. I have returned from Boston where the Mafia made an attempt on my life. I took them to court over a building built on Beacon Hill built in 1797. I had begun drinking heavily. I had become a womanizer in order to forget Rena. What a beautiful husband and wife we would have made. How beautiful our children would have been.
Note the beer bottles in front of me. I could not stop drinking. I got into AA in 1987. I took the vow of the Nazarite after being driven from Bible study for asking good questions.
“Yesterday morning I received instruction from my Angel-Messenger to make a banner, a sign, a flag for the Coalition formed to fight evil in the world. I chose the Light of God atop Mount Sinai. Last night I watched terrified people rushing down mount Ontake, a cloud of ash right behind them. This tells me God in on His Mount with His Messenger.”
“Go out, go out through the gates;
prepare a way for the people!
Build it up, build up the highway;
clear away the stones!
Raise a banner for the peoples.”
John the Baptist was the Standard Bearer for the Children of the Lord-God of the Jews. He was leading THE PEOPLE back to Zion, upon which stood Herod’s temple. Herod was a Edomite who were converted by the Hasmoneans. Mark Antony put them on David’s throne. They raised their royal children with Roman royalty. Paul was their blood-kin hired to destroy John’s Nazarite Church called ‘The Way’ of which Jesus was one. Did John carry a banner when he went to confront Herod Antipas? Paul is the father of Christianity, not John or Jesus. John led THE WAY to Zion……for the FREED PEOPLE!
“You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15“For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb. 16“And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God.…
Jon ‘The Nazarite’
“In ancient times the priests were persons dedicated to God (Ezek. xliv. 20; I Sam. i. 11), and it follows from the juxtaposition of prophets and Nazarites (Amos ii. 11-12) that the latter must have been regarded as in a sense priests. Young men especially, who found it difficult to abstain from wine on account of youthful desire for pleasure, took the vow. The most prominent outward mark of the Nazarite was long, flowing hair, which was cut at the expiration of the vow and offered as a sacrifice”
The family of Herod
King Herod Antipas heard about Jesus. The family of Herod were not really Jews. They came from Edom. Other people had forced them to become Jews in the centuries just before Christ. The family of Herod was an important family in Edom. And, they were clever at politics. They became friends with the Romans and married people from the Jewish royal family. When the Romans ruled Israel, they chose ‘Herod the Great’ to be king. Herod was a son of this family from Edom.
Why Herod arrested John the Baptist
Two of Herod’s sons were Herod Philip and Herod Antipas. Herod Philip married a woman called Herodias. When Herod Antipas visited his brother, he wanted Herodias for a wife for himself. So Herod Antipas divorced his own wife, and married Herodias. She, of course, had to divorce Herod Philip first. The Jewish law does not permit such behaviour (Leviticus 18:16 and 20:21). John the Baptist said this was wrong. When he did this, he made Herodias very angry. So Herod Antipas ordered John’s arrest.
A standard-bearer is a person (soldier or civilian) who bears an emblem called an ensign or standard, i.e. either a type of flag or an inflexible but mobile image, which is used (and often honoured) as a formal, visual symbol of a state, prince, military unit, etc.
This can either be an occasional duty, often seen as an honour (especially on parade), or a permanent charge (also on the battlefield); the second type has even led in certain cases to this task being reflected in official rank titles such as Ensign and Cornet.
Professor Robert Eisenman of California State University, Long Beach argues that Paul the Apostle was a member of the family of Herod the Great. Professor Eisenman makes a connection between Paul and an individual identified by Josephus as “Saulus,” a “kinsman of Agrippa.” Another oft-cited element of the case for Paul as a member of Herod’s family is found in Romans 16:11 where Paul had written, “Greet Herodion, my kinsman.” This is a minority view in the academic community.
61 The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me,
because the Lord has anointed Me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent Me to heal[a] the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
and freedom to the prisoners;
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of our God’s vengeance;
to comfort all who mourn,
3 to provide for those who mourn in Zion;
to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
festive oil instead of mourning,
and splendid clothes instead of despair.[b]
And they will be called righteous trees,
planted by the Lord
to glorify Him.
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins;
they will restore the former devastations;
they will renew the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.
5 Strangers will stand and feed your flocks,
and foreigners will be your plowmen and vinedressers.
6 But you will be called the Lord’s priests;
they will speak of you as ministers of our God;
you will eat the wealth of the nations,
and you will boast in their riches.
7 Because your shame was double,
and they cried out, “Disgrace is their portion,”
therefore, they will possess double in their land,
and eternal joy will be theirs.
8 For I Yahweh love justice;
I hate robbery and injustice;[c]
I will faithfully reward them
and make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their descendants will be known among the nations,
and their posterity among the peoples.
All who see them will recognize
that they are a people the Lord has blessed.
10 I greatly rejoice in the Lord,
I exult in my God;
for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation
and wrapped me in a robe of righteousness,
as a groom wears a turban
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth produces its growth,
and as a garden enables what is sown to spring up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to spring up before all the nations.
Isaiah 62 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
62 I will not keep silent because of Zion,
and I will not keep still because of Jerusalem,
until her righteousness shines like a bright light
and her salvation, like a flaming torch.
2 Nations will see your righteousness
and all kings, your glory.
You will be called by a new name
that the Lord’s mouth will announce.
3 You will be a glorious crown in the Lord’s hand,
and a royal diadem in the palm of your God.
4 You will no longer be called Deserted,
and your land will not be called Desolate;
instead, you will be called My Delight is in Her,[a]
and your land Married;[b]
for the Lord delights in you,
and your land will be married.
5 For as a young man marries a young woman,
so your sons will marry you;
and as a groom rejoices[c] over his bride,
so your God will rejoice over you.
I have appointed watchmen on your walls;
they will never be silent, day or night.
There is no rest for you,
who remind the Lord.
7 Do not give Him rest
until He establishes and makes Jerusalem
the praise of the earth.
8 The Lord has sworn with His right hand
and His strong arm:
I will no longer give your grain
to your enemies for food,
and foreigners will not drink your new wine
you have labored for.
9 For those who gather grain will eat it
and praise the Lord,
and those who harvest the grapes will drink the wine
in My holy courts.
10 Go out, go out through the gates;
prepare a way for the people!
Build it up, build up the highway;
clear away the stones!
Raise a banner for the peoples.
11 Look, the Lord has proclaimed
to the ends of the earth,
“Say to Daughter Zion:
Look, your salvation is coming,
His reward is with Him,
and His gifts accompany Him.”
12 And they will be called[d] the Holy People,
the Lord’s Redeemed;
and you will be called Cared For,
A City Not Deserted.
Next of kin, and, hence, redeemer. Owing to the solidarity of the family and the clan in ancient Israel, any duty which a man could not perform by himself had to be taken up by his next of kin. Any rights possessed by a man which lapsed through his inability to perform the duties attached to such rights, could be and should be resumed by the next of kin. This applied especially to parcels of land which any Israelite found it necessary to sell. This his go’el, or kinsman, had to redeem (Lev. xxv. 25). From the leading case of Jeremiah’s purchase of his cousin Hananeel’s property in Anathoth (Jer. xxxii. 8-12) it would appear that in later Israel at any rate this injunction was taken to mean that a kinsman had the right of preemption. Similarly, in the Book of Ruth the next of kin was called upon to purchase a parcel of land formerly belonging to Elimelech (Ruth iv. 3). It would appear from the same example that another duty of the go’el was to raise offspring for his kinsman if he happened to die without any (ib. 5). This would seem to be an extension of the principle of the Levirate Marriage; hence the procedure of “ḥaliẓah” was gone through in the case of Naomi’s go’el, just as if he had been her brother-in-law. The relative nearness of kin is not very definitely determined in the Old Testament. The brother appears to be the nearest of all, after whom comes the uncle or uncle’s son (Lev. xxv. 49).
Another duty of the go’el was to redeem his kinsman from slavery if sold to a stranger or sojourner (Lev. xxv. 47-55). In both cases much depended upon the nearness or remoteness of the year of jubilee, which would automatically release either the land or the person of the kinsman from subjection to another.
As the go’el had his duties, so he had his privileges and compensation. If an injured man had claim to damages and died before they were paid to him, his go’el would have the right to them (Lev. v. 21-26 [A. V. vi. 1-7]). The whole conception of the go’el was based on the solidarity of the interests of the tribe and the nation with those of the national God, and accordingly the notion of the go’el became spiritualized as applied to the relations between God and Israel. God was regarded as the go’el of Israel, and as having redeemed him from the bondage of Egypt (Ex. vi. 6, xv. 13). Especially in Deutero-Isaiah is this conception emphasized (Isa. xli. 14; xliii. 14; xliv. 6, 24, et passim).
However, the chief of the go’el’s duties toward his kinsman was that of avenging him if he should happen to be slain by some one outside the clan or tribe. This custom is found in all early or primitive civilizations (comp. Post, “Studien zur Entwickelungsgesch. des Familienrechts,” pp. 113-137). Indeed, it is the only expedient by which any check could be put upon the tendency to do injury to strangers. Here again the principle of solidarity was applied to the family of the murderer, and the death of one member of a family would generally result in a vendetta. It would appear that this custom was usual in early Israel, for the crimes of a man were visited upon his family (Josh. vii. 24; II Kings ix. 26); but at a very early stage the Jewish code made an advance upon most Semitic codes, including that of Hammurabi, by distinguishing between homicide and murder (Ex. xxi. 13, 14). It was in order to determine whether a case of manslaughter was accidental or deliberate that the Cities of Refuge were instituted (Deut. xix.; Num. xxxv.). In a case where the elders of the city of refuge were satisfied that the homicide was intentional, the murderer was handed over to the blood-avenger (“go’el ha-dam”)to take vengeance on him. Even if it was decided that it was a case of unintentional homicide, the man who committed the deed had to keep within the bounds of the city of refuge till the death of the high priest, as the go’el could kill the homicide with impunity if he found him trespassing beyond the bounds (Num. xxxv. 26, 27).
In other legislations grew the principle of commuting the penalty by a money fine, known among the Anglo-Saxons as “wergild,” which varied in amount according to the rank of the person; but such a method was distinctly prohibited in the Israelite code (Num. xxxv. 31).
It would appear that the custom of the blood-avenger still existed in the time of David, as the woman of Tekoah refers to it in her appeal to the king (II Sam. xiv. 11), but no further trace of it is found. Later the concentration of the population in cities gave fuller power to the courts of justice to punish cases of murder. The term “go’el” thus became entirely confined to the spiritual sense of “redeemer.” It is probably used in that way in the celebrated passage in Job xix. 25: “I know that my redeemer [go’el] liveth.” In the Talmud it is used exclusively in this manner.