Christian Apologetics Study

BOOK OF GENESIS: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE BEGINNING

Jan
11

The Book of “Genesis” means “beginning”. This book is the foundation of the whole Bible, on which everything is built. The book tells of the Creation, followed by the rebellion of our first parents. It then records the growth of wickedness in the earth, followed by the Flood, in which the only human survivors were Noah and his family. Another rebellion against God’s commands is stopped by the introduction of different languages. The first 11 chapters reveal four outstanding men, which are Adam, Enoch, Noah, and Nimrod. The rest of the book is the early history of the Jewish nation (also called the Israelites, Hebrews, or the children of Israel). Genesis Chapter 12 onwards primarily focuses on another group of four outstanding men, which are Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph.

SATAN’S HATRED OF THE BOOK OF GENESIS

While Satan’s hates the entire Sacred Scriptures, there are two books in the Holy Bible the great adversary of God and humankind especially hates and the enemy has spent all his energies to discredit these books, which are Genesis and Revelation. The adversary has attempted to overthrow Genesis with relentless attacks from the secular scientific community, famous atheists, and popular pagan philosophers. The enemy dislikes Genesis because the book honors God in creation (Genesis 1:1-31) and the book portends his downfall. Genesis tells readers who (Genesis 3:15) will bring about Satan’s defeat, while Revelation gives readers the details of Satan’s ruin (Revelation 19 and 20).

GENESIS GREAT VALUE

Genesis is one of the most important books in God’s Sacred Scriptures. Every great leading fact, truth, and revelation is found here in seed form. Genesis is the seed-plot of the whole Bible and its words are essential for understanding all its sections. It is the foundation on which the Divine Revelation rests and on which it is buildup. It is not only the foundation of all Truth, but it enters into various forms of subsequent inspiration, according to Dr. Bullinger.  Genesis has great value because it is the first real history book.

GENESIS AUTHOR AND ORIGINS

The book of Genesis was written by Moses when he compiled and edited ancient records around 1450 BC. The records were derived from ancient stone tablets containing information about human history that originated from eyewitness accounts, according to the tablet theory of Mosaic authorship. Genesis chapters one and two probably originated from God (7:37-38) when Moses was fasting atop Mount Sinai (Exodus 24:16-18). The Genesis narration is simple and straightforward, it is consistent everywhere with itself, it is accurate with its dates, it is impartial with its biography, it is correct with its philosophical details, it is pure with its morality, and very benevolent with its spiritual design. These observations confirm that Genesis had an extraterrestrial origination.

GENESIS LITERARY STYLE

The Book of Genesis is written in prose and not in poetry. This fact is significant because poetry forms handy clothing for myths and legends, which decorates many other primeval books. Genesis is written not as mythology, but as straightforward history. Therefore, Genesis is really history, purely fact, and literally true and it is not decorated with fables, myths, or colorful exaggerations.

GENESIS SUMMARY OF CHAPTERS

Genesis chapter one highlights the beginning of the universe when God created the heavens, the planet Earth, plant life, marine life, land animals, and humankind during six-24-hour-days. Exodus 20:11 and Exodus 31:17 says God created the universe in six days.  Genesis Chapter two sketches the beginning of the human race after God blessed the seventh day because it begins the Sabbath. Chapter two retells the creative acts of the six day with additional details related to Adam and Eve’s formation. Genesis chapter three reveals the beginning of human sin when the serpent deceived Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden. God curses the whole Earth and Adam and Eve were forced out of the Garden of Eden. This chapter also uncovers the beginning revelation of redemption when God predicts the seed war (Genesis 3:15) between the fallen one and the woman.   Genesis chapter four reveals the consequences of murder when Cain kills Abel and God curses Cain and Cain’s descendants and family history. This chapter mentions the beginning of human civilization. Genesis chapter five shows the chronology of the family history of the line of sons from Adam to Enoch to Noah.  This chapter mentions Enoch the first prophet who was raptured to heaven at age 365.

In Genesis chapter six, a Godless and violent civilization emerged when wickedness in the Earth increased because fallen angels had sexual relations with human females and together they produced a Hybrid, gigantic, and violent Nephilim population.   God declares He will destroy the Earth with water and God commands Noah to build an ark. In Genesis chapter seven, Noah, his family, and animals enter the ark and the flood waters completely cover the whole Earth and all humans and land creatures outside ark were destroyed. In Genesis chapter eight, the flood ends and the waters recede; Noah, his family and the animals exit the ark; Noah made a burnt offering to God. In Genesis chapter nine, God blesses Noah and three sons (Ham, Shem, and Japheth), outlines their new diet, makes ‘anti-global flood’ covenant with them. Later, Noah gets drunk and he speaks a curse on Canaan before he Noah dies at age 950.  In Genesis chapter 10, the family history of Shem, Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah are given. In Genesis chapter 11, Tower of Babel built; LORD scatters and confounds the people from Babel and the family history of Shem’s descendants to Abram is given. Finally, from Genesis chapters 12 to 50, we see a biographical sketch of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.

ANALYSIS OF GENESIS

This book’s distinctive message reveals humanity’s failure under every condition met by God’s Salvation. It was necessary for us to know by failure our own weakness and insufficie

ncy before we would voluntarily choose Good. In the book of Genesis, we all failed as human beings in every era of the testing. During the perfect environment of the Garden of Paradise we failed. Under the rule of human consciousness from the Fall of Humanity to the global Deluge we failed.   Under the patriarchal rule from Noah to Joseph we failed. However, human failure is met by Divine grace and activity. Where sin abound, grace did much more abound.

RELATED SOURCES

Halley’s Bible Handbook; Henry Halley; 1965. The Bible; Jim Bell and Stan Campbell; 1999. The Bible; Dr. Jeffrey Geoghegan and others; 2003. The Complete Guide to the Bible; Stephen Miller; 2007. The Dead Sea Scrolls; Craig A, Evans; 2010 The Septuagint With Apocrypha: English; Sir Lancelot C.L. Brenton; 1851. Understanding The Bible; Kendell H. Easley; 2000. The Book Genesis Outline by Robert Lee.  The King James Version (KJV). The New King James Version (NKJV).

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A BRIEF LOOK AT THE APOCALYPSE

Jan
01

The Apocalypse was written at a time when severe persecution was upon the early Church near the close of the first century around 95 AD, during the reign of the Emperor Domitian. It was written about 63 years after Pentecost, and roughly 25 years after Jerusalem’s destruction. Yohanan (John) , who is credited for writing the Apocalypse, was exiled to the Isle of Patmos. The Isle of Patmos was a penal colony during those days, which was an island almost uninhabitable, rocky, and barren. The crime for which Yohanan suffered this banishment was for preaching and teaching God’s word about Yeshua the Messiah. During the time, he must have been around 85 years of age. It appears that none of Yeshua’s disciples were younger than Yohanan during the beginning of Yeshua’s ministry.

Yohanan appears to have naturally loving, gentle and meek disposition. Notice the simplicity of the Apostle’s introduction to the Apocalypse. He did not write the title of the book as it appears on many Bibles, “The Revelation of St. John the Divine.” On the contrary, Yohanan claims no credit for the Apocalypse. This simplicity appears to be common among all the apostles and this fact reveals to modern readers of the Holy Scriptures that they were men of humble spirits. These types of personalities we should expect our Lord to use as special servants and messengers to his people. Rather than adding loud and boastful titles to his name, we find Yohanan introducing himself as “Your Brother,” as the companion of all saints in tribulation.

The Apocalypse is primarily prophecy, and not a literal narrative. The book abounds in symbols, signs, and metaphors because these are the rules of eschatological interpretation. The signs and symbols are evidently designed to barricade its mysteries from all except a certain class, the saints, and from them also until the time was due for the secrets to be revealed. Note the words, “Blessed is he that read and they that hear and understand the words of this prophecy.” The very reading of this book will bring a blessing on believers and when its mysteries gradually dissolve, the understanding thereof will bring still additional blessing.

The book’s name, the Apocalypse, signifies the uncovering, and implies something hidden.  God seems to have given the Apocalypse with the intent of covering up great and important truths, about His future plans for humanity, from the non-believing world. For many members in the early Church, probably few understood any part of the book. Even Yohanan, who saw the visions, was probably ignorant of the significance of what he saw. During the Christian age, some of the saints sought to understand the Church’s future by examining this symbolic book, and doubtless all who read and understand even a part of its teachings were blessed as promised. The book kept opening up to such, and in the days of the Reformation was an important aid to Luther. Thus gradually God opens up his truth and reveals the exceeding riches of his grace; and consequently much more light is due now than at any previous time in the Church’s history.

APOCALYPTIC SUMMARY OF CHAPTERS

The first chapter highlights the sevenfold splendor of the glorified Son of Man when Yohanan describes his vision of Yeshua the Messiah.  Chapters two and three reveal Yeshua evaluating seven different types of Churches found in every generation. The Churches represent different  eras in the church’s history. The Church Age  shows the the Church will devolve in spiritual power, but it will increase in material and financial power during its last days on Earth. Eventually Messiah Yeshua will spit out this spiritually failing Church. Chapters four and five show the Church in victory when it has been raptured to the Third Heaven where Messiah Yeshua and the holy angels dwell. All the intervening chapters between 5 and 20 deal with terrifying conflicts between good and evil illustrated in the dramatic rise of the Anti-Messiah and the False Prophet. During in all of these apocalyptic presentations, evil is shown to be triumphant, and the people of the saints of the Most High God are worn out and cry from under the altar.  Chapters 20 reveal the close of this Gospel age and the inauguration of the Millennial Age.  The triumph of the Lord and of his saints is shown when Satan is finally defeated and cast into the lake of fire where the Beast and the False Prophet are burning and suffering continually. Chapter 21 begins with a new universe. God renovates the Heaven and Earth to completely remove all evidence of past evil throughout the universe. A New Jerusalem comes down from Heaven to Earth. The saints from all ages will live there with God forever. No one will ever mourn or die or be in pain ever again. Finally, chapter 22 reveals a beautiful river flowing from God’s throne. This river has the water of life flowing in it. On the banks of the river is the tree of life, which grows twelve kinds of fruit. This last chapter gives a stern warning not to add or take away the information contained in the Apocalypse. The Apocalypse ends with the hope and a short prayer for the faithful.

RELATED SOURCES

Dictionary of Bible by Ron Rhodes; The Last Days by Richard H. Perry; the Complete Guide to Bible Prophecy by Stephen Miller; Learn The Bible in 24 Hours by Dr. Chuck Missiler; and The Book of Revelations by Larry R. Helyer, PhD.; The Next World War by Dr. Grant Jeffrey; Isralestine by Bill Salus; Revelation Road by Bill Salus; Unleashing the Beast by Perry Stone; Book of Revelation by Rev Clarence Larkin; The Return of AntiChrist by Dr. Patrict Heron.

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