Christine Hayes, Theologian

Wikipedia

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Christine Hayes is the Robert F. and Patricia Ross Weis Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University, former Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, and one of the foremost American academics focusing on talmudic-midrashic studies and Classical Judaica. She is also a specialist in the History and Literature of Judaism in Late Antiquity.

Before her appointment at Yale, she served as the Assistant Professor of Hebrew Studies, Department of Near Eastern Studies, at Princeton University from 1993 to 1996. She has published several books and numerous articles in American and international academic journals, and has received academic accolades. Her class on the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) was selected for the pilot program of “Yale University Open Courses,” and has subsequently been one of the most watched online courses about Classical Judaica.

Videos

  1. YouTube
    • Shalom Hartman Institute
      • Christine Hayes: Moses at Sinai – God’s Partner or Adversary? (Shavuot 5776)
        Published On :- 2016-June-2nd
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      • Christine Hayes: Forging Jewish Identity: Models and Middles in Jewish Sources
        Published On :- 2017-Jan-19th
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    • Yale Courses
      • Videos
        • Lecture 23. Visions of the End: Daniel and Apocalyptic Literature
          Published By :- Yale Courses
          Published On :- 2012-Dec-3rd
          Link

 

Koinonia House – Chuck Missler, Ron Matsen, Dr William Welty – Revelation 12:1-5

Background

This morning stumbled upon a video posted on youtube.

The video dissects how far one should go in merging biblical and astronomical studies.

 

Videos

Was the Revelation 12:1-5 prophecy fulfilled on September 23rd?

Videos – NO

  1. Revelations 12 Sign – A Biblical Scholar’s View – The Forge with Ron Matsen #8
    • This week, Ron has a discussion with Dr William Welty on Sept 23rd 2017 and digs into the language of the scriptures. Are we indeed seeing the Revelation Sign fulfilled in the next 24 hours? Ron and William will take this all into ‘The Forge.’‘The Forge’ with Ron Matsen, is a new program from Koinonia House dedicated to hammering out the issues using God’s word.1 Thessalonians 5:21 says “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” Our desire is take your questions into ‘The Forge’ and hammer, sharpen, and test all things in accordance with God’s word.
    •  Videos
      • YouTube
        • September 23rd Rev 12 Sign – A Biblical Scholar’s View – The Forge with Ron Matsen #8
          Publisher :- Koinonia House
          Publish Date :- 2017-Sept-22nd
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  2. September 23rd, 2017, The Great Sign – The Forge with Ron Matsen #4
    • Videos
      • YouTube
        • September 23rd, 2017, The Great Sign – The Forge with Ron Matsen #4
          Does Revelation 12 predict an astrological event? Is this event the trigger point for ‘The Rapture’? Join Ron Matsen as he takes the September 23rd 2017 prophecies into ‘The Forge.’
          Publisher :- Koinonia House
          Publish Date :- 2017-July-31st
          Link

 

Videos – Yes

  1. Scott Clarke
    • Scott Clarke on The September 23rd 2017 ‘Great Sign’ – The Forge with Ron Matsen #5
      Published :- 2017-August-3rd
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    • The GREATEST End-Times SIGN – Revelation 12 | September 23, 2017 … HERE IS WHY!!
      Published :- 2017-May-15th
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  2. Parable of the Vineyard
    • The Revelation 12 Sign in 5 Minutes! September 23 2017 Alignment Explained What you need to know
      Published :- 2017-June-15th
      Link

Indepth

  1. Scripture References
    • Revelations 12:1-5
      • And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: ( Revelations 12:1 )
      • And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. ( Revelations 12:2 )
      • And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.  ( Revelations 12:3 )
      • And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.  ( Revelations 12:4 )
      • And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.  ( Revelations 12:5 )
    • Genesis 1:14 ( Signs – Mazzaroth )
      • Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years ( Genesis 1:14 )
    • Job 38:31-32 ( Signs – Mazzaroth )
      • “Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,
        Or loose the belt of Orion?  ( Genesis 38:31 )
      • Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season?
        Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?   ( Genesis 38:32 )
  2. Timeline
    • Sept 23rd, 2017
  3. Conclusion?
    • Woman & Child
  4. Signs in the Sky
  5. Interpretation Assumptions
  6. William P. Welty, Ph.D.
    • Studied Under
      • Walter Kaiser
      • Gleason Archer
  7. Witnessing to All Nations, yet fall away ( Matthew 24:10-12 )
    • At that time many will fall away and will betray and hate one another
    • and many false prophets will arise and mislead many.
    • Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.… ( matthew 24:12 )
  8. International Standard Version Bible
    • ISV Foundation
      Link
  9. Blood Moon?
  10. Vices
    • Forsaken grammatical interpretation of scripture
    • Hate and avoid biblical studies and systematic theology
    • Mirror Emergent Church
    • What will the normal guy understand the scripture to mean
    • Wicked imagination leads people down the errored path
  11. Biblical Studies
    • Hebrew Language
      • Hebrew is very action oriented
      • Take a look at the Verbs first and then the Nouns
      • We have to look at what is being done first
      • And, then look at what that is applied to
    • What is being governed
      • Govern day from night
    • What are stars for
      • Stars given to navigate ocean
      • Liturgical calendar
        • Feast
        • Yon Kippur
        • Day of atonement
      • Accuracy
        • Can be calculated forward
        • And, backward
      • God saw the the fall
        • And, before creating man
        • He created the calendar first
  12. Use of calendar is a biblical no-no
    • Those who practice astrology as a way to align God’s calendar are on fool’s errand
  13. God never used Stars to indicate prophetic timeline
  14. Magi
    • Mixed up babylon and jewish religion
      • Daniel 2:1-2
        • In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him.
        • Then the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams.
    • Godly jews left behind after Babylon
    • Pagan Worship
    • Bethlehem Star
      • Is it an astronomical body?
      • Or something else
    • Prophet?
      • Why would a prophet who has a “Thus saith the Lord” need to use astronomical signs
  15. God’s Light
    • God was so mad at Herod and he did not want to have to say anything to him
    • And, he so his presence left the madi
    • Once the madi got back to their way the star’s returned
  16. Revelations
    • Apocalyptic Literature
      • God takes a complex subject and makes it accessible to Mac users like you and me
      • Instead of giving you complex instructions, he gives you symbolic data
      • Why No details
        • Promised
          • God has never promised he will give full details
        • Hostile Jamming
          • God is not bounded to detail
          • And, thus his hope can not be forfeited
          • He anticipates Hostile Jamming and so he encodes it

 

Summary

  1. Big Question Mark
    • New Heresy? Astro-Eschatology
    • Umbilical and frankly occultic amalgamation of babylon mystery
  2. Witnessing 24:11
    • Many will be disappointed
    • Not a minor movement
    • Many scandals
    • Twisting of the scripture
      • Sell books
      • Until of course the day after
  3. Blood Moon Controversy

Church in Society ( 2017-Oct )

Background

Again, this is an area, I will rather not go.

Yet, it is one that stirs our conscience and thoughts.

And, that is reason enough to see what people are saying and why they are saying it.

Predication

Introduction

We all have our own bias and depositions.

And, it is best to lay them bare ahead of time.

Most of my comments will be based on what I have heard from others prior to anything that I will cover in this post.

It is often useful to have some foundational predisposition as that lessens the opportunity to be swayed within each decision point.

Even better when commentators are not even speaking specifically on the new material.

Earlier Words

  1. Damon Thompson
    • Sometimes God places something in our heart, but unfortunately so much  of what has gone out in the Prophetic World was not undergirded in scripture
    • And, so I, Damon Thompson, need the foundation of Scripture
  2. Neil Ellis
    • This is a Church of matured faith
    • You have been preaching, but you were fearful of how the preaching will be accepted
    • Sometimes the Devil magnifies things and makes them appear more than they really are
    • Sometimes as a pastor what makes us press even though there is “Hell on the Outside” is that we are satisfied that we have the confidence of the people inside
    • Can the Lord trust you, and can the Bishop/Leadership depend on you?
    • Free your Spirit, but challenge your people
    • A faith that has not been tested, is a faith that can not be trusted
  3. Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
    • Sotomayor was asked to explain her remarks from a 2001 speech in which she said she agreed that “there is no objective stance but only a series of perspectives — no neutrality, no escape from choice in judging.”  She told the committee that, in every case, the two opposing parties view the facts from vastly different perspectives. “You can’t just throw up your hands and say I’m not going to rule,” she said. There is a choice in judging, which means “you have to rule.”

Videos

Here are some of the videos that I will later comment on.

  1. Paula White
    • Trump’s spiritual adviser: More devout than you…
      Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser, televangelist Paula White, spoke to CNN’s Erin Burnett in August about the Republican presidential nominee’s faith and the phone call that kicked off their friendship.
      Channel :- CNN
      Published On :- 2016-Oct-20th
      Link
    • Inauguration
      • Meet The Woman Who Many Call President Elect Donald Trump’s Spiritual Adviser | NBC Nightly News
        Critics have slammed her as a charlatan, but in a rare interview with NBC’s Anne Thompson, Paula White defends her message and gives insight into the president-elect’s beliefs.
        Channel :- NBC News
        Published On :- 2017-Jan-19th
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    • Jim Baker
      • Two Corinthians’ Gaffe Was ‘A Setup
        • RWW News: Paula White Says That Trump’s ‘Two Corinthians’ Gaffe Was ‘A Setup’
          Published On :- 2017-August-23th
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      • Opposition to God
        • RWW News: Paula White Says Opposition To President Trump Is Opposition To God
          Published On :- 2017-August-21st
          Link
  2. Pastor Jamal Bryant
    • Pastor Jamal Bryant – The problem with Paula White…
      Published On :- 2017-August-25th
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  3. Roland Martin
    • Roland Martin To Paula White: Be A Prophetic Voice And Don’t Just Be A Profitable Voice
      Roland Martin rips Pastor Paula White for her partisan comments about Donald Trump: Be a prophetic voice and don’t just be a profitable voice.
      Published On :- 2017-August-23th
      Link

 

Leadership

Seated Under

Those in leadership do not always get to take a day off.

Not only does what they think matter, but also how they got there.

I have grown from listening in person or via youtube to the people listed above.

And, that makes me forever grateful.

Influencing Capital

The further we grow, the more influencing capital we personally have and have access to.

After long and hard battles our role will be examined; especially if our role is seen to have moved the needle towards an unexpected end.

Unfortunately it is not just our choice that is examined, but the totality of our live.

Circumference of Relationships

Relationships often covers so much space.

And, some of those spaces overlap and are not necessarily disjointed.

And, so even within a body, for instance Faith community, uniformity does not necessarily translate to conformity.

People sometimes reach different conclusions and they should be free to do so.

This is more so where there are personal relationships with those that are being discussed.

 

In Essentials Unity, In Nonessentials Liberty, In All Things Charity

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Philip Schaff, the distinguished nineteenth-century church historian, calls the saying in our title “the watchword of Christian peacemakers” (History of the Christian Church, vol. 7, p. 650). Often attributed to great theologians such as Augustine, it comes from an otherwise undistinguished German Lutheran theologian of the early seventeenth century, Rupertus Meldenius. The phrase occurs in a tract on Christian unity written (circa 1627) during the Thirty Years War (1618–1648), a bloody time in European history in which religious tensions played a significant role.

 

Sola Scriptura

  1. Laws of Social Responsibility
    If ever you take your neighbor’s cloak in pledge, you shall return it to him before the sun goes down, for that is his only covering, and it is his cloak for his body; in what else shall he sleep? And if he cries to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.
    You shall not curse God, nor curse a ruler of your people. ( Exodus 22:27-28 )
  2. Paul Before the Sanhedrin
    • But those standing nearby said, “How dare you insult the high priest of God!”
      “Brothers, Paul replied, “I was not aware that he was the high priest, for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’”
      ( Acts 23:4-5 )
  3. David, Saul, Jonathan, & Mephibosheth
    • And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king. He had neither taken care of his feet nor trimmed his beard nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came back in safety. ( 2nd Samuel 19:24 )
    • He answered, “My lord, O king, my servant deceived me, for your servant said to him, ‘I will saddle a donkey for myself, that I may ride on it and go with the king.’ For your servant is lame. ( 2nd Samuel 19:26 )
    • He has slandered your servant to my lord the king. But my lord the king is like the angel of God; do therefore what seems good to you. ( 2nd Samuel 19:27 )
    • For all my father’s house were but men doomed to death before my lord the king, but you set your servant among those who eat at your table. What further right have I, then, to cry to the king?” ( 2nd Samuel 19:28 )
    • And the king said to him, “Why speak any more of your affairs? I have decided: you and Ziba shall divide the land.” ( 2nd Samuel 19:29 )
    • Mephibosheth said to the king, “Let him even take it all, since my lord the king has come safely to his own house.” ( 2nd Samuel 19:30 )

Summary

In summary I find myself always returning to a couple of words :-

  1. Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad
    • Allah’s hand of protection is with the maintenance of unity, you should beware of division.
    • The one isolated from the group is a prey to Satan, just as the one isolated from the flock is a prey to the wolves
    • You can not base a spiritual life on suspiciousness, cursing and allocating blame.
  2. Abraham Lincoln
    • I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”

Closing

Love never fails … for we know in part and we prophesy in part.