Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Response to Erano on Isaiah 64

As I had stated in a previous article, I would dedicate an article for dealing with Isaiah 64 and what it actually refers to in context. The question is, Does it prove Erano's assertions on what he believes it means?

"What are the events happening today that are signs that God has now come to proclaim His judgment upon us?

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
 that the mountains would tremble before you!
Isaiah 64:1 NIV

“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,” -God is in heaven.

“that the mountains would tremble before you!”- we are living witnesses to a world that is now plagued by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and landslides. These are signs that God’s judgment is now upon us

To continue:

As when fire sets twigs ablaze  and causes water to boil,
come down to make your name known to your enemies
and cause the nations to quake before you!
Isaiah 64:2 NIV

“As when fire sets twigs ablaze    and causes water to boil,” - This is now called Global warming and this is the phenomena that causes all the severe weather disturbances in different countries of the world


“come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you!” - The calamities that we witness today are signs that God had made His real Name known to those who have spoken falsely about Him

How can God introduce His Name known to us?  Will He speak from Heaven?

When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet
and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed
at a distance and said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen.
But do not have God speak to us or we will die."
Exodus 20:18-19 (NIV)

This is the reaction of the Israelites after hearing God’s voice when He gave Moses His Ten Commandments.

What does thunder and lightning represent?

He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven and sends it to the ends of the earth. After that comes the sound of his roar; he thunders with his majestic voice. When his voice resounds, he holds nothing back. God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.
Job 37:3-5 NIV

It represents the voice of God.  When the people of Israel, who just came out of their slavery in Egypt, heard God’s voice – they trembled in fear.  From that moment on, God never spoke directly to the people but only to His prophet Moses.

Therefore, we can now understand what was said by the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 64:2 which reads: “..come down to make your name known to your enemies    and cause the nations to quake before you!“

The prophet Isaiah means that God will send a prophet like Moses who will introduce His name to all nations and will speak on His behalf in our time.  Is this true?"

The article here responds to Erano's misuse and misapplication of the text in Exodus 20 http://answering-judaism.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/who-are-false-prophets-maestro-erano.html

Within the entire context of Isaiah 64, the prophet Isaiah desires YHWH's judgement to come upon the nations. He is also desiring YHWH's deliverance from the Gentiles who are oppressing them. THere is nothing in the text about a so called prophet from the Philippines. In fact it is not referring to another prophet to come again.

I have already covered the subject on Deuteronomy 18 here so I need not go over that again: http://answering-judaism.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/how-erano-evangelista-deceived-humanity.html

"Now let us continue reading Isaiah 64:3-4:

For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,
 you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.
Isaiah 64:3 NIV

“For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,” - Because this revelation of God’s real teaching by His real prophet like Moses was sudden and unexpected.
Why “awesome?”  It is because the man whom God had chosen as His prophet (like Moses) has no background in Biblical studies or Theology.  However, he is able to explain God’s word and reveal His Name through the Bible because God Himself instructed him.

Thus, the long standing and all–time alibi of Christian preachers,(which is “you are out of context”) when their Christian doctrine and interpretation of scripture is threatened is now found to be of no value or worth nothing.  The real teaching of God has come unexpectedly. They will be exposed to have a wrong “understanding” about God’s word.

The truth is: if they have opened their minds that what the apostles have written is the opposite of what God said about Jesus and have chosen to wait for God to fulfill His word about sending a prophet like Moses - they would not have been in an awkward and humiliating situation as they are now.

Instead, they have perpetually taught false teachings about God; have made themselves be called “theologians”; built seminaries and bible schools to promote their false doctrine; and worst of all, RECEIVED DONATIONS for their false teachings.

If the pastors, theologians, evangelists who are reading this article, still have a sense of honor,dignity or decorum left in them, they should now return all the monies and properties (assets) that they have received from their members as “offerings to God”!"

The awesome things refer to past actions of YHWH, namely the miracles he did through the prophets, including those of Moses and of course showing himself to the people his majesty and of course his mighty deeds. Once again it is NOT referring to Erano and of course being the prophet like Moses has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not the person had theological training and a background in religious studies.

Christians have a right to point out if someone is misquoting the Bible, which is of course what Erano is doing. I don't mind someone challenging my beliefs. If it wasn't for Jews and Muslims and others challenging my faith, including the Eranoites, I wouldn't be where I am today and this website would never exist. I wouldn't of been responding to the team at yourphariseefriend.wordpress.com and Erano in some of my materials either.

To be honest, Erano may be a great speaker and orator, but his statements are nothing but empty rhetoric.

"To continue:

 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
Isaiah 64:4 NIV

“who acts on behalf of those who wait for him”- these people are the ones whom God had chosen and had led to hear the revelation of the prophet like Moses, Teacher Evangelista. They are the ones who devoted their lives to assist him in sharing this revelation all over the world.

 You come to the help of those who gladly do right,  who remember your ways.
But when we continued to sin against them,    you were angry.
 How then can we be saved?
Isaiah 64:5 NIV

“You come to the help of those who gladly do right,    who remember your ways.” –means that God delights in people who use sound judgment and understanding in their worship of Him and NOT blind faith!"

Those who wait for him are in the context the people of Israel and of course future generations of those who come to know the God of Israel. Ultimately it's referring to the people of Israel, specifically those who are righteous in the sight of God who do what he says.

Also, True Christianity doesn't demand blind faith from people. You'll find that in cult groups no doubt, but certainly not in spirit filled, born again Bible believing Christians. Blind faith is not something that is expected from Christians, they are to be fully persuaded and convinced of the truth and submit in repentance faith.

"How do we know that the prophet like Moses will not be sent by God to perform miracles?

Listen! The LORD is calling to the city - and to fear your name is wisdom -
“Heed the rod and the One who appointed it.
Micah 6:9 NIV

“The LORD is calling to the city” - God is now calling to the whole world through His prophet like Moses, Maestro Evangelista as he is God’s spokesperson in our time.

“fear your name is wisdom” - those people who will be considered wise are those who will accept and acknowledge the true Name of God because they have clearly seen the distinction between the right and wrong teachings about God. These are the ones whom the prophet Isaiah spoke about in Isaiah 64:5, as who ‘gladly do right’

“Heed the rod and the One who appointed it”- Since the prophet Micah says "heed the rod and the One who appointed it", this means that the sign of the prophet like Moses is not through miracles. Moses' miracles are associated with his rod. The prophet “like Moses” reveals the Name of God through the scriptures as God had put His words in his mouth.
Since those who can understand this revelation about the Name of God has wisdom, it follows that those people who will not acknowledge this revelation about the Name of God are deficient in it or considered to possess no wisdom."

Actually the prophet like Moses would do miracles like Moses, as did Jesus and all the true prophets of Israel. Micah 6:9 refers to YHWH calling Jerusalem to repent, submit to him and to fear him as they should. There is no correlation with this text and Deuteronomy 18. The rod referred to in Micah 6:9 pertains to God correcting the people.

"Why do they possess such weak quality?

Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.
Daniel 12:10 (NIV)

“None of the wicked will understand” -We now know what character they have which is why they possess such weak quality"

Not sure what his reason for quoting this text is. As for Zechariah 13:9, that has been done in another article.

"To continue in Isaiah 64:6

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like
filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
Isaiah 64:6 NIV

“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;” - With the revelation of the prophet like Moses, people have now realized they followed a false god all this time.  Thus, the kind of worship they have (which they were made to believe by the religions as “righteousness”) is nothing but blasphemy in the sight of God"

Those in sin and transgression have their works contanimated and thus our best efforts before God are like filthy rags. The Hebrew actually describes the works in the context as a menstral cloth, similiar to what we call a tampon. That effectively conveys the disgust that God has towards the good works tainted by sinful hands. I'd say Erano is the one who is causing his followers to have their works reduced to filthy rags.

Zechariah 13:9 is addressed here:

"What did religions took from mankind?

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.                                  
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.                        
Proverbs 4:7 NIV

Religions took away UNDERSTANDING from mankind when it was indoctrinated with the teaching to worship Jesus,(the man who cried out in his final moments, “My God, My God, why had you forsaken me?” (Matthew27:46) as a god.

Think about it- WHERE is the righteousness in worshiping a man forsaken by God?

We now live in an era of modern technology.  Therefore such religious belief or faith based on ‘mystery’ in the form of blindly worshiping a man, (who was forsaken by God to die brutally on the cross) as a god, has no place in this modern technological era.

Since the religions continuously indoctrinate mankind with this ‘mystery,’ it shows that what they had preached never endowed mankind with wisdom and understanding about God.  It caused more confusion about God which led to the rise of Atheism."

Psalm 22 and Matthew 27:46 are already covered here: http://answering-judaism.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/how-erano-evangelista-deceived-humanity.html

Christianity doesn't take away wisdom and understanding from people, it tells people to be discerning and watch out for false teachers, heretics and apostates. Not only does man need the Holy Spirit and to know the scriptures to be discerning, wisdom and understanding are part and parcel of being discerning people. Atheism didn't come into existence due to Christianity, but certainly arose when people turned their back on YHWH.

"How can we free ourselves from this falsehood?

No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us and have given us over to our sins.
Isaiah 64:7 NIV

By calling on the true Name of God that was revealed by (the prophet like Moses), Teacher Evangelista through the Bible in www.thename.ph or www.thenameonline.infowe can free ourselves from this curse!

The Jews who read these revelations might say: why is there a need for us to know the true Name of God when we already know it as YHWH?!"

The misuse of Jeremiah 44:24-26 and Isaiah 14:24 are covered here: http://answering-judaism.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/an-examination-of-prophecy-of-good_28.html

Jeremiah 8:8 is also addressed here: http://answering-judaism.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/who-are-false-prophets-maestro-erano.html

And of course the rhetoric of being part of Israel despite being Philippino to make himself the prophet of Deuteronomy 18 is already done here: http://answering-judaism.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/who-are-false-prophets-maestro-erano.html

"Now that we have established that that the Lord God Almighty truly exists because His promise about sending a prophet like Moses has been fulfilled, what will all the people say to God?

8 Yet you, Lord, are our Father.  We are the clay,
you are the potter;  we are all the work of your hand.
Isaiah 64:8 NIV

The people of the world will acknowledge the ONE true God and that He is the creator of all."

The context is simply referring to the acknowledgement that YHWH is a father to Israel and him working them to his good purpose.

Isaiah 65 will be done in another article if the Lord Wills.

Answering Judaism.

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