The Hasmonean Whoredom
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|Altars of Clay and stone set up by Moses?|
|One purse and the golden calf.|
|The Kingdom of God included the called out who were the Church in the wilderness was threatened by voice of the people and the foolishness of Saul.|
|Free bread and welfare of socialism through covetous practices which make you merchandise in the bondage of Egypt.|
|The Tithe of Tens according to their Tithing In Conscience.|
|Understanding the Levites and the purpose of the tithe of the Tens and the Cities of refuge for tending to the weightier matters instead of the gods many of world systems created by making contracts.|
|Are you worshiping God the Father or other gods many an the Fathers of the earth?|
|Christ commanded the disciples to make the people sit down in tens, fifties and hundreds before you give them the loaves and fishes.|
|Ministers of God's one form of government are titular but those of the world exercise authority one over the other.|
|American common law juries use to decide "fact and law" attending to those weightier matters.|
|Baptism was more than water but changed the way you governed yourself unlike the Baptism of Herod, Constantine and Ambrose. The Baptism of fire was even more of a change on the inside.|
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|Why do you need a called out body of men who clearly belong to God? Because a Republican form of government must have someone to titularly represent the people in the law of nations.|
|Can you belong to God if you have a personal estate and is this why the Levites had no inheritance in the land? All things common|
|Is the doctrine of Balaam and doctrine of the Nicolaitans the same thing?|
|Is this the reason covetous practices make us merchandise and curse children?|
|Are there many forms of adultery mentioned in the Bible?|
|Is it adultery if the Bride of Christ prays to the gods of the world or Fathers of the earth?|
|What is the difference between the Bride of Christ and the Body of Christ?|
|What steps can we take to cast off the bonds of the adulteress nation we find ourselves in?|
| Exodus 34:15 Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;|
Exodus 34:16 And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.
| Leviticus 17:7 And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.|
Leviticus 20:5 Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.
Leviticus 20:6 And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
| Judges 2:17 And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; but they did not so.|
Judges 8:27 And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: and all Israel went thither a whoring after it: which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house.
Judges 8:33 And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and
| Psalms 73:27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.|
Psalms 106:39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.
| Ezekiel 6:9 And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.|
Ezekiel 23:30 I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols.
| Hosea 4:12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.|
Hosea 9:1 Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor.
The Hasmonean Whoredom, and gods Many
The people sinned against God when they asked for a central ruler like Saul, but God allowed it so that they would learn what their fate would be when they rejected God. God believes in the personal right to make free choices even if they are wrong. Samuel warned the people, in accordance with the words of God, that their elected rulers would soon take the fruits of their labor, the right to the produce of their fields, and even their sons and daughters. But the people would not relent from their rejection of God.
As the power that was once of the people was centralized in the government established by the “voice of the people” more corruption crept into their society. The men who sought offices of power acted for themselves more than for the people. The people became dependent and subject, less concerned with their neighbor, apathetic and slothful.228 They became accustomed to neglecting more and more responsibilities given us by God and lost , in turn, more and more of their corresponding rights.
Soon even the ministers of the national system of social welfare, the Levites, were also corrupted. That system was set up by Moses to help the people bind themselves together with love and charity rather than the common purse that runs toward death.229 By the arrival of the Hasmonean Kings the church called out in the wilderness was ready for corruption. The Hasmonean kings, Herod, and the Pharisees began to follow the error of Balaam. They made laws that compelled the sacrifice of the people like the foolishness of Saul and used the power of the right hand of their new government to force the contributions of the people for a common welfare. David even numbered the people so he could institute a draft. Moses had written the warnings from God about not ever returning to the bondage of Egypt.230
The tithing of the Church in the wilderness was a matter of freewill offerings, and tithing to the ministers of ten families was according to their service.231 There was no king in Israel, but everyman followed his own God given conscience as we have seen in Judges 17. Everyman was king in his own family and ruler of his own possessions according to the will of God.232 Without the virtue of the God of heaven this would be chaos, but any other way would be bondage.
The nation was commanded to love their neighbor as themselves,233 to not covet their goods or their rights within the family by taking away choice through the agency of man made governments. Such institutions had the power to rule over men with authority and were created with their own hands.234
The words for “gods” found in both Old and New Testaments were “applied as deference to magistrates”235and meant “figuratively, a magistrate”236 in both Israel and Rome. These gods were not spirits or the symbols of authority used by men. These gods had stone hearts and desired to rule over men rather than love them. These gods were men exercising authority over other men.237
There was a bar in the Ten Commandments to not make agreements with other gods238 that bound our service and took away our God given right of choice.239 The apostles repeated those warnings of Proverbs240 and David241 when they warned us to abstain from the sacrifices contributed upon the civil altars of the gentiles.242
To give God’s endowment of the right of choice over to the will of others in exchange for benefits is a form of prostitution and adultery or fornication. To do so as a society or nation is national adultery.243 Most of the adultery mentioned in the Bible is national adultery of the people who were eating at altars according to the doctrine of Balaam and doctrine of the Nicolaitans,244 going under the authority of others by agreements for benefits,245 snared by their covetousness which is wickedness.246
All governments including the Church have a body of men to represent them. Some are titular and some exercise authority. God did not want men to rule over men, but if people do choose to have a ruler they were to constitute rules and limitation of that power. There was to be no forced contribution, no central treasury, no professional army, no treaty making powers, and they were to do nothing to return the people to a system of bondage like Egypt.247
The Hasmoneans allowed the Levites to obtain personal estates and gave them a legal power to enforce rules through statutory provisions, even to forcing the contributions of the people to provide for what had previously been done through charity and the free will offerings of the people. The ministers of the kingdom became lawmakers and the people became subjects. Like the evolved Roman Senate or the new traditions of the Sanhedrin, men began to hold offices of power. Men who sought power sought those offices. The highest among these gentile type governments eventually became dictators of all.
The Levites, with the estates they accumulated, became rich and powerful men. Men who sought such riches sought and corrupted God’s office. They no longer were focused on the service of the people, but more on service to themselves rejecting the way of the God of Heaven.
228Proverbs 12:24 “The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.”
229 Proverbs 1:10, 16 “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.”
231Numbers 7:5 “Take [it] of them, that they may be to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; and thou shalt give them unto the Levites, to every man according to his service.”
232Leviticus 25:10 “And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout [all] the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.”
233Leviticus 19:18 “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I [am] the LORD.”
234Leviticus 26:1 “Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up [any] image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I [am] the LORD your God. Exodus 23:32 Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.”
235Elohiym. From Strong’s “Æelohiym ... occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates;...”
236From Strong’s “theos of uncertain affinity; a deity,... figuratively, a magistrate...”
2371Corinthians 8:5 “For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)”
238Those who had the right to judge the people and enforce that judgment were called ruling judges or “gods”
239Exodus 34:15,16 “Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and [one] call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.”
240Proverbs 23:1 “When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what [is] before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.”
241Psalms 69:22 “Let their table become a snare before them: and [that which should have been] for [their] welfare, [let it become] a trap.”
242Acts 15:29 “That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.”
243Jeremiah 9:2 “Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they [be] all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.”
244Leviticus 17:7 “And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.”
2452 Corinthians 6:16 “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
246Psalms 10:3 “For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, [whom] the LORD abhorreth.”
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