November 27, 2021
DEAD MEN’S BONES
Among other things, Dead Men’s Bones has examined the Divine Council Paradigm, recognizing the Scriptural principle in which the New Covenant timeline recapitulates events found in the Old Testament. In this regard, the text plainly tells us we are to learn from the accounts of Israel before the arrival of the Saviour.
“Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
Because Israel was repeatedly seduced by the worship of the Baals in the Old Testament, we have pointed out the encroachment of the Baal related “scriptures” is a significant indicator the body of Christ, as Spiritual Israel in the New Testament era, is NOW recapitulating the “Spiritual seduction” by “Baal.”
As Scripture abundantly illustrates, Israel was the appointed mediator between God and the Gentiles – but the idea the LORD abandoned the Gentiles to an alleged “council” of angels after the Tower of Babel contradicts the fundamental alignment in which God purposed to reveal His redemptive plan for the Gentiles, through His chosen.
Although many believers have yet to be exposed to the “Divine Council” blasphemy, it is steadily encroaching on the genuine Gospel. We have already offered multiple examples of the increasing number of prophecy figures who are embracing the prophetic error. For example, Derek Gilbert, the host of Tom Horn’s Rapture Cult TV show Skywatch TV, is pushing this apostasy on the widely viewed “Christian” TV program. In seeking to promote the faulty paradigm, he writes the following:
“The creation of the world as recorded in Genesis is linked to the Enuma Elish, [and] the Baal Cycle…scholars generally believe the biblical account was inspired by the Babylonian myth instead of the other way around” (The Great Inception, Derek Gilbert, page 110, emphasis mine).
In case this doesn’t quite sink in, Derek Gilbert just said that a portion of Genesis was “inspired by the Babylonian myth.”
Seeking to show the “gods” of the Gentile nations were active as part of a “council” of lesser deities in the employ of the LORD of the Bible, Gilbert tells us the LORD of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses directs this assembly, and they even “accompanied” God as He led the Israelites out of Egypt:
“Did you know that when Yahweh finally led Israel out from Sinai to finally begin the conquest of Canaan, He was accompanied by other gods?” (ibid, Gilbert, page 115).
The false prophets asserting this aberrant doctrine frequently cite Psalm 82, claiming it describes the LORD judging the fallen angels for their blasphemy in deceiving the nations, and accepting worship.
“God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods” (Psalm 82:1).
Most Bible readers have learned the word elohim (rendered God, and gods in this verse), indicates the “God” in the verse describes the LORD Yahweh, and the “gods” (small g) indicates supernatural beings, but not the singular God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Further, by claiming the word “congregation” equivocates with council and, relying on modern translations, we are being told this verse shows the LORD will judge the alleged Divine Council.
This chapter of Psalms has always been provocative, for it is here we find the controversial statement which was quoted by Jesus, when He was assailed by members of the Jewish leadership council known as the Sanhedrin, for His statement “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). As the Jewish leaders in the temple surrounded and pressed Jesus, they asked Him if He was the Christ. He pointed to the works He had done in the name of the Father, and said those works testify of Him. Jesus said the Jews did not believe Him because they are not of His sheep, and He then indicated those who were His sheep were given to Him by the Father.
After speaking of the oneness of purpose with the Father, Jesus then stated that He is one with the Father, and they menacingly pressed in on Him, intending to stone Him. Those who sought to kill Him said Jesus had committed blasphemy.
“For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God” (John 10:33).
It is at that point that Christ recited the often misunderstood verse found in Psalm 82.
“Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest: because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe me not, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him” (John 10:34-38).
This example of Christ citing an Old Covenant statement, and then explaining its meaning, necessitates a New Testament perspective in order to accurately perceive the truth – and this case is no exception. The reader will remember how the false prophets promoting the Divine Council worldview have sought to sidestep Israel’s role as the LORD’s mediator to the Gentiles. In this regard, multiple verses tell us that Israel embodied the LORD’s inheritance, as the sons of God whom He chose.
Referencing “the number of the children of Israel,” through the prophet Hosea, the LORD plainly declares they are destined to be his sons.
“Ye are the sons of the living God” (Hosea 1:10).
Moreover, in articulating how the LORD’s sons turned away from Him in the days of following the Baalim, when Israel “burned incense to them” (Hosea 2:13), the prophet again references Israel’s role as the offspring of the LORD.
“When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt” (Hosea 11:1).
This verse not only references the Exodus, wherein Yahweh drew His children out of bondage to the Pharaoh, in a deeper layer of fulfillment, it anticipates the time when the baby Jesus was secreted away in Egypt as the wicked king Herod tried to kill all the male babies, in order to secure His illegitimate reign.
“Then Herod…was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under” (Matthew 2:16).
This is but one of many examples in which we see a mystical connection between JESUS CHRIST individually, and Israel in a familial sense – and both occupy the role of the mediator in their respective positions in time. However, Israel’s manifestation as the flesh and blood “sons of God” (Hosea 1:10) was superseded by the divinely appointed “Son of God” (Mark 3:11), who was given as the eternal heavenly mediator between God and mankind through the New Covenant.
“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; For by one offering he that perfected for ever them that are sanctified” (Hebrews 10:12-14).
When Israel was appointed to be the sons of God during the Old Covenant timeline, before Jesus was revealed as the eternal mediator between God and all men, they superseded the role of the angelic fallen sons of God – the Nephilim “sons of God” in Genesis. Back in Hosea, even though the prophet said Israel functioned as the “sons of God” in a heavenly sense, Hosea reminded the LORD’s “sons” that although they were Spiritual beings in their chosen role (read “gods” or elohim), they were also flesh and blood in a mortal sense.
“But they like men have transgressed the covenant” (Hosea 6:7).
Hosea goes on to describe how Israel (represented by the influential tribe of Ephraim in the text) turned to Baal, and the LORD’s chosen fell away from their heavenly role as God’s sons, and Spiritually died.
“Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly…When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died. And now they sin more and more…” (Hosea 12:14, 13:1).
This astonishing verse tells us that when Israel took on the Spirit of Baal, and rejected the glorious life of the LORD (and their role as chosen above all nations), it is in this context that Psalm 82 speaks of how the Bible says the LORD will judge those who are “among the gods.”
“God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes” (Psalm 82:1, 6).
In these revealing Scriptures, which give us a glimpse into the architecture of heaven, few realize that there is yet another verse which equivocates the supernatural existence of Old Covenant Israel with the “gods” who are also men.
“But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend…Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together” (Isaiah 41:8, 23).
Clearly, the LORD, through the prophet Isaiah, is referring to Israel in his 41st chapter.
Back in the New Testament where Jesus cited the Ye are gods phrase, a careful analysis shows Christ is saying the party to whom the LORD said Ye are gods, was not any so called “Divine Council” of angelic beings. It was Israel, because it was the Old Covenant children of God that that heard the word of God.
“He called them gods, unto whom the word of God came…” (John 10:34).
In the book of Acts, the fiery Christian Stephen confirms the anointed words [oracles in the King James] were indeed given to Israel through the Old Testament mediator Moses:
“This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles [the words of God] to give unto us” (Acts 7:38).
Speaking of Moses and the idea of an elevated standing as supernatural beings in the Spiritual realm (“gods” in the King James), it’s useful to remember the LORD Himself said that Moses was to be like a god as he stood before Pharaoh:
“And the Lord said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet” (Exodus 7:1).
It’s important that when we learn of the fallacy of the so called Divine Council – which the false prophets seek to insert in place of the anointed body of Old Testament Israel -- we still recognize that the LORD promised that Israel would yet see eternal life through the arrival of the Holy One of Israel. This is established back in the previously cited epic writing of the prophet Hosea.
Even though Israel had completely turned away from Yahweh – and their appointed role as the LORD’s mediator to the Gentiles – God indicated that He was still God, and Israel’s only hope is in Him. In the process, He also provided a proof text that Israel’s Saviour would be God Himself:
“Yet I am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me” (Hosea 13:4).
Therefore, as we pointed out how the God of heaven had counted the cost in chapter XI, God declared He would save Israel from the death which they had summoned through their apostasy:
“O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help. I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction” (Hosea 13:9, 14)
The prophets vividly declare that “to restore the preserved of Israel” (Isaiah 49:6), the LORD would send a Saviour -- and He would be a prophet who is like Moses – and, at the same time, He would be like the LORD Himself.
“The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken” (Deuteronomy 18:15).
Just as John and Stephen both recorded that “He called them gods, unto whom the word of God came” (John 10:34), applied this status to “our fathers: who received the lively oracles” (Acts 7:38), the LORD told Moses
”He shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him” (Deuteronomy 18:19).
When Jesus spoke to the priests who wanted to stone Him, He fulfilled this prediction concerning the Prophet who will speak the words of God to Israel. He also said that the priests claimed they believed Moses, yet they ignored the fact that Moses wrote about Jesus:
“For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me” (John 5:46).
It is self evident that Moses wrote of his encounters with the LORD – including the prophecies of the Saviour -- but the false prophets pushing the “Divine Council” scenario would have us believe the writings of Moses were at least partially adapted from devilish manuscripts praising Baal. Further, just as Skywatch TV host Derek Gilbert has God moving in collusion with the Devils in the Exodus, the various teachers try to show the LORD justifies His actions by interacting with the Devils as He interacts with man.
For instance, a popular prophecy teacher named Brenda Mitchell, a Moody Bible Institute graduate (a Rapture Cult stronghold), claims the LORD consulted His so called “Divine Council” as He moved to confuse the languages at the Tower of Babel. Using the extrabiblical (and significantly flawed) book of Jasher, she says the following.
“We have God saying behold they are one people, and they have one language, and this is only the beginning. Come let us go down and there confuse their language so that they may not understand one another’s speech. So God’s saying that to somebody -- come let us do this thing, and I’m claiming here that he’s talking to his divine council, and Jasher spells that out for us. Not only that he’s talking to the angels near him, but he names that there are seventy of them, he specifies there’s seventy of these angels in his council here” (Brenda Mitchell, speaking at The Chapel in Akron OH, YouTube video, emphasis mine).
As we’ve shown in previous chapters, this false doctrine not only circumvents Israel’s role as the LORD’s mediator to the Gentiles, it recapitulates Solomon’s apostasy as it gives a place to other “gods” in the moves the Sovereign LORD makes towards mankind.
“I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me” (Isaiah 45:5).
-- James Lloyd
To Be Continued
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