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Witnesses about the false apostle Paul "Part 2"
For more information about Paul: refer to page Witnesses about false apostle Paul "Part 1"
The reason we don't obey Paul's epistles because his word contradict God & Jesus' Word. Are we permitted to choose the peaceful commandments of God without the violent ones? Well, we are obeying God's Word, which commands us to be peaceful. We are not sorting passages from the bible that correspond to our lifestyle; we are obeying God's Word, which command us to be righteous and peaceful. If we obey the violent commandments that are in the Torah, we become violent and transgressors.
What the third president of America Thomas Jefferson said about the false apostle Paul? you may read the text blow.
What the third president of America Thomas Jefferson said about the false apostle Paul?
0 - Introduction:
1:aa - God's Law and the Christian Churches
"from various congregations, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam"
1:c - Read the following violent passages from the Torah and the Quran.
1 - What the Essence Christians site says about the false apostle Paul?
2 - What the famous Lebanese author said about the false apostle Paul?
3 - Paul killed James, "The Clementine Homilies and recognitions"
4 - Martin Larson writes: The Story of Christian Origins
5 - Dr. Hugh Schonfield reports: In one of the best books on early Christianity
6 - Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence, he wrote in his "Letter to William Short"
7 - The renowned English philosopher Jeremy Bentham, in his article "Not Paul But Jesus"
8 - What the website of Judaism and Christianity wrote about the false apostle Paul
WITNESSES ABOUT THE FALSE apostle PAUL, refer to pager "Witnesses about False Paul" Part 1
FALSE apostle PAUL, refer to pager "False apostle"
Antichrists: refer to page: Obama's speech, Obama criticizing the bible, and page "False apostle Paul"
0 - Introduction:
God’s peaceful Law achieves Love, unity, and peace; religions and violent doctrines cause divisions and wars
God's peaceful Law is obedience, not religion
Obey God's peaceful Law, not religion
Why the Torah and other religious books contain violent commandments? Should we obey them?
Jesus spoke peacefully about the Torah, why the Torah contains violent commandments to kill people?
God prohibits killing in His Ten Commandments.
According to your religion: If you are worshipping god that commands you to kill sinners & those that don't follow him, it means you are worshipping bloody & violent god= Satan = Devil = Lucifer = Shaitan = Iblis. Why I am saying this?
Well, God the Creator doesn't need you to judge his people, he created them and he does not need you because you are one of his creations. You are weak, foolish, make mistakes and a SINNER. How a sinner can judge another sinner or a person. Since when the Creator needs his creature to help him to judge people or to get help for other things? Never. The god that commands you to kill or to fight people in your books is the devil = satan, not God the Creator that Jesus spoke of.
I base my saying according to Jesus' word. Jesus came for sinner to save them trough repentance, not to command people to kill each others. Jesus said: How could a blind lead another blind, both will fall in the ditch? Moreover, how a sinner could judge another sinner, both have sinned? When the Pharisees were stoning an adulterer woman, Jesus told them, anyone of you without sin, let him trough the first stone. Then, they stopped stoning the woman and left.
Are there gods that have mighty power to judge and to create? No, there is one perfect and loving God only; He has power to create, judge through righteousness, He forgives through repentance; and He is the Creator of all. There are four different categories of people. The first category believes, worships, and obey God's the Creator. The second category invented its own gods ignorantly to worship. The third category doesn’t believe in God's existence. The fourth category is about the ungodly that know God and deliberately reject Him for been righteous and peaceful. These ungodly people invited an imaginary god to deceive the people with and to achieve their politic and evil personal objectives.
God's Law is in the Ark of the Covenant in His temple in heaven to judge people accordingly, not for decoration. Don't depend on eternal security to obtain “salvation” as some churches teach. You can't obtain salvation without obeying God's Law. Salvation is a status that shall be obtained after passing God's judgment. You can't be saved while you still under temptation on this planet earth. For more information about salvation, refer to page "Are we saved".
1:aa - God's Law and the Christian Churches "from various congregations, Judaism & Christianity
Paul said:[Jesus abolished God's Law and the Ten Commandments through his death on the cross]. If Jesus really did it, it means Jesus lied to us when he commanded us to obey God's Law and his Commandments.
We don't obey any violent commandments, whether they are in the Torah because God commands us to be peaceful. God's commandments commands NOT to kill. Moreover, we are contradicting Paul's teachings through his epistles because he abolished the entire Law of God.
The difference between us and Paul is that we are obeying God's peaceful commandments, which is perfect. However, Paul denied God's Law fully including the Ten commandments, Ephesians 2:13 to 15.
Paul did abolish God's Law including the ten Commandments that are in the Torah and gave permission to the people to flourish in sin because they are saved. According to Paul's heretic epistles, the churches are saved even through transgressions. They believe that once the person is saved, he or she will never lose salvation even in transgressions.
Let compare Jesus' word with Paul's, Jesus said:
[if you want to enter into life obey the Commandments, Matthew 19: 17.]
[17 Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen; by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, that unless your justice abound more than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven,Matthew 5:17 to 20.]
"Definitely, Paul is a false apostle"
Paul said: The Ten Commandments are vanished because of its weakness and unprofitable-ness therefore, for the law made nothing perfect. For the law brought nothing to perfection, but a bringing in of a better hope, by which we draw nigh to God, Hebrews 7:18 to 19.
Paul said: God's covenant has faults and therefore, it requires another covenant, Hebrews 8:7.
Paul said: For if that former had been faultless, there should not indeed a place have been sought for a second, Hebrews 8:7. [in different transitions]
Paul said: God's Law decays and grows old, is near its end, Hebrews 8:13.
Paul said: God's Law is old and ready to vanish away, Hebrews 8:13. [in different transitions]
1:c - Read the following violent passages from the Torah
Note: There is a big difference between Judaism and Islam. According to Quran sourat altawba 9:29, andQuran (sourat altawba 9:5) Muslims kill people that don't convert to Islam. According to the Torah, Jews don't force anyone to convert to Judaism, but the Torah in Deuteronomy 13:6 to 11 Moses commands the Jews to kill those that persuade them to worship a strange god.
Example from Judaism Torah: [But thou shall presently put him to death. It Let thy hand be first upon him, and afterwards the hands of all the people. 10 With stones shall he be stoned to death: because he would have withdrawn thee from the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage: 11 That all Israel hearing may fear, and may do no more any thing like this, Deuteronomy 13:6 to 11]
Example from Judaism Torah: Moses permitted the Hebrew people to kill children and women. The passage reads: [33 And the Lord our God delivered him to us: and we slew him with his sons and all his people. 34 And we took all his cities at that time, killing the inhabitants of them, men and women and children. We left nothing of them: 35 except the cattle which came to the share of them that took them: and the spoils of the cities, which we took,] Deuteronomy 2:33 to 35.
Those passages were added to the Torah to achieve personal, political, and
For more information, refer to page
Ishmael and Isaac,
"Crimes in the name of God"
For more information about why there are peaceful and violent commandments in the Torah, refer to page "Ishmael and Isaac".
For more information about Paul's deception to the church and about the violent passages of the Torah, refer to page "Crimes in the name of God", page "Law", page "Crescent", page False apostle Paul and page, Witnesses about the false apostle Paul Part 1
Take note that we have no relation with the following testimonies and addresses on this page.
1 - What the Essence Christians site wrote about the false apostle Paul
The famous mystic, poet and author, Kahil Gibran, declared in Jesus = (Yeshua) the Son of Man:
"This Paul is indeed a strange man. His soul is not the soul of a free man. He speaks not of Jesus = (Yeshua) nor does he repeat His Words. He would strike with his own hammer upon the anvil in the Name of One whom he does not know
Above, the great Gibran, accurately reported something that I noticed when I first read the epistles of Paul as a youngster:
PAUL DOES NOT QUOTE FROM THE WORD OF Jesus = (Yeshua) !
2 - What the famous Lebanese author said about the false apostle Paul?
Gibran Kalil Gibran http://www.kahlil.org/sub/Jesus = (Yeshua) -21
Jesus = (Yeshua) THE SON OF MAN
Saba = (Sheba) OF ANTIOCH: ON SAUL OF TARSUS
[This day I heard Saul of Tarsus preaching the Christ = (Mashiach) = (Messiah) unto the Jews of this city.
He calls himself Paul now, the apostle to the Gentiles.
I knew him in my youth, and in those days he persecuted the friends of the Nazarene. Well do I remember his satisfaction when his fellows stoned the radiant youth called Stephen.
This Paul is indeed a strange man. His soul is not the soul of a free man.
At times he seems like an animal in the forest, hunted and wounded, seeking a cave wherein he would hide his pain from the world.
He speaks not of Jesus = (Yeshua), nor does he repeat His words. He preaches the Messiah whom the prophets of old had foretold.
And though he himself is a learned Jew he addresses his fellow Jews in Greek; and his Greek is halting, and he ill chooses his words.
But he is a man of hidden powers and his presence is affirmed by those who gather around him. And at times he assures them of what he himself is not assured.
We who knew Jesus = (Yeshua) and heard his discourses say that He taught man how to break the chains of his bondage that he might be free from his yesterdays.
But Paul is forging chains for the man of tomorrow. He would strike with his own hammer upon the anvil in the name of one whom he does not know.
The Nazarene would have us live the hour in passion and ecstasy.
The man of Tarsus would have us be mindful of laws recorded in the ancient books.
Jesus = (Yeshua) gave His breath to the breathless dead. And in my lone nights I believe and I understand.
When He sat at the board, He told stories that gave happiness to the feasters, and spiced with His joy the meat and the wine.
But Paul would prescribe our loaf and our cup.
Suffer me not to turn my eyes the other way.]
Signed: the author Gibran Kalil Gibran
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3 - Paul killed James
The Clementine Homilies and recognitions
THE CLEMENTINE HOMILIES AND RECOGNITIONS
[The high priest of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem had often sent priests to ask us that we might discourse with one another concerning Jesus = (Yeshua) : when it seemed a fit opportunity, and it pleased all of our church, we accepted the invitation and went up to the temple. It was crowded with people who had come to listen, many Jews and many of our own brethren. First the high priest told people that they should listen patiently and quietly.... Then, he began exalting with many praises the rite of animal sacrifice for the remission of sins and found fault with the baptism given by our Jesus = (Yeshua) to replace animal sacrifice....
"To him our James began to show, by abundant proof that Jesus = (Yeshua) is the Christ = (Mashiach) = (Messiah), and that in Him are fulfilled all the prophecies which related to His humble advent. For, James showed that two advents of Him are foretold: one in humiliation, which He has now accomplished; the other in glory, which is yet to be accomplished....
"And when James had plainly taught the people concerning these things, he added this also, that unless a man be baptized in water, in the name of the threefold blessedness, as the True Prophet taught, he can neither receive remission of sins nor enter the kingdom of heaven: and he declared that this is the prescription of the unbegotten God.... And when James had spoken some more things about baptism, through seven successive days he persuaded all the people and even the high priest that they should hasten straightaway to receive baptism....
"And when matters were at that point that they would all come and be baptized, Paul and his men entered the temple: and Paul cried out: 'Oh men of Israel, why are you so easily influenced by these miserable men?' He began to excite the people and raise a tumult... and drive all into confusion with shouting, and to undo what had been done by James. Paul rebuked the priests for having listened to James, and, like a madman, began to excite the priests and people to murder James and the brethren, saying 'Do not hesitate; grab them and pull them to pieces.' Paul then, seizing a strong brand from the altar, set the example of smiting. Then others also, seeing him, joined in the beating. Much blood was shed. Although James and the brethren were more numerous and more powerful they rather suffered themselves to be killed by an inferior force, than to kill others. Paul attacked James and threw him headlong from the top of the steps; and supposing him to be dead left him.]
4 - Martin Larson writes: The Story of Christian Origins
[Paul declares that... the Elect may even eat meat sacrificed to idols.... Whereas Jesus = (Yeshua) honored women and found in them His most devoted followers, Paul never tires of proclaiming their inferiority. He declares that, man is the head of the woman and she must always submit to his will.... Whereas the Essenes proclaimed equality among the Brethren [the Essenes were the first people on earth to condemn and forbid the practice of slavery], Paul repeatedly declares that Christian slaves must be obedient to their Christian masters]
5 - Dr. Hugh Schonfield reports: In one of the best books on early Christianity
[For the Apostolic Church much that Paul taught was grievous error not at all in accord with the mind and message of the Messiah. The original apostles could urge that the truth was known by them. But Paul had never companied with Jesus = (Yeshua) or heard what he said day after day [remember: Paul had never even met Jesus = (Yeshua) ], and Paul's visions were the delusions of this own misguided mind.
"It was not only the teaching and activities of Paul which made him obnoxious to the Christian leaders: but their awareness that he set his revelations above their authority and claimed an intimacy with the mind of Jesus = (Yeshua), greater than that of those who had companied with him on earth and had been chosen by him.... It was an abomination, especially as his ideas were so contrary to what they knew of Jesus = (Yeshua), that he should pose as the embodiment of the Messiah 's will.... Paul was seen as the demon-driven enemy of the Messiah.... For the legitimate Church, Paul was a dangerous and disruptive influence, bent on enlisting a large following among the Gentiles in order to provide himself with a numerical superiority with the support of which he could set at defiance the Elders at Jerusalem. Paul had been the enemy from the beginning, and because he failed in his former open hostility he had craftily insinuated himself into the fold to destroy it from within.]
[In the two excerpts given directly above -- the excerpt from Larson's book and the excerpt from Schonfeld's book -- six important assertions are made in regard to Paul:
.Paul taught that it was okay for the Elect to eat meat sacrificed to idols;
. Jesus = (Yeshua) honored women and found in them his most devoted followers, but Paul proclaimed the inferiority of women and said that they must obey the will of men;
. The Essenes forbade slavery but Paul ordered Christian slaves to obey their Christian masters;
. Although Paul never met Jesus = (Yeshua), he ignored the instructions of the apostles who had been personally trained by Jesus = (Yeshua), replacing the teachings of Jesus = (Yeshua) and the apostles with his own very different teachings
. Paul was, in the view of the Essene Christians, the "demon-driven enemy of the Messiah."
. Paul had been the enemy of Essene Christianity from the beginning, and because he failed in his former open hostility he had craftily infiltrated the movement to destroy it from within, leading a schism which became numerically strong enough to subdue the original church.
6 - Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence, he wrote in his "Letter to William Short":
"Paul was the first corrupter of the doctrines of Jesus."]
7 - The renowned English philosopher Jeremy Bentham, in his article "Not Paul But Jesus", declared:
"It rests with every professor of the religion of Jesus to settle within himself to which of the two religions, that of Jesus or that of Paul, he will adhere."
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8 - What the website of Judaism and Christianity wrote about the false apostle Paul
Take note that we have no relation with the following testimony and addresses
The source of the following testimony is a this site http://www.judaismvschristianity.com/paulthe.htm let's read what this site mentions about Paul.
Paul, the False apostle
We have seen that Paul's picture of God's sovereignty doesn't exist in the Scriptures. We might call this the DNA evidence against him (Doctrine Not Accurate). It is an important part of the case against him. But it is by no means all the evidence there is against his supposed authority. There is more than enough evidence to suggest that he was not even a true apostle of Yahshua let alone the greatest apostle who ever lived as he is so often eulogized.
There are a number of historical facts, quotations from Paul, and quotations from Yahshua recorded in the New Testament that leave us with some quite compelling evidence against his apostleship being recognized in heaven.
There are several interesting facts surrounding this case that should be noted and kept in mind. They are:
his apostleship was unrecognized by others.
Of the 22 times in the New Testament where Paul is referred to as an apostle, only twice is he referred to as an apostle by someone other than himself. These two instances came from the same person. Not from Yahshua or any of the original apostles, but from Paul's close traveling companion and personal press secretary Luke. Both accounts are found in Luke's record of the Acts of the apostles, (chapter 14:4,14). Here Paul is referred to as an apostle along with Barnabas. By this time in the record, Luke would have been very familiar with Paul calling himself an apostle and was no doubt in agreement with Paul's assessment of himself. By these statistics alone, it is evident that Paul is by far his own biggest fan... and his side kick Luke was his number two fan. This leaves no one else anywhere in the Bible going on record as recognizing his apostleship!
His focus was uniquely self-ward.
No other epistle writer in the New Testament wrote like Paul. This would be true in several ways, but one facet is of particular interest when we are considering how Paul views himself. It is his usage of personal pronouns that is second to none. In fact, when it comes to how often he uses personal pronouns like, "I", "me", "my", or "mine", his overall average in the epistles that are generally unquestioned as his is almost three times that of his next closest rival in the practice. Many if not most scholars today believe for a number of reasons that Paul did not write the book of Hebrews. One obvious fact is that in the other epistles credited to him Paul doesn't hesitate to identify himself along with his supposed credentials. The author of Hebrews is strangely silent on these matters. To date, the best guess as to who the author of Hebrews is would be Apollos, and it's only a guess. But Paul certainly couldn't be in the running as the author of Hebrews when one also considers the statistics on the personal pronoun usage. The author of Hebrews uses approximately 1.3 personal pronouns per thousand words of text. Paul's average comes in at about 18.2 per thousand! That is a 1300% increase.
To help put this in perspective, in the first half of the first chapter of Romans, (16 verses worth), Paul uses twice as many personal pronouns than the author of Hebrews uses in his entire book. It's easy to see that Paul is at least as concerned about communicating what he believes to be the truth about himself, along with what he considers to be the truth about God.
His claim of apostleship stands alone.
Other than the twelve apostles who spent three and a half years with Yahshua, no one other than Paul can be identified as having claimed for themselves the title of apostle of Yahshua. Barnabas was referred to as an apostle along with Paul by Luke in Acts 14:14, but there is no record of Barnabas claiming for himself the title.
Our view of early church is polarized.
When we take a general survey of the New Testament, we notice that Paul is the single greatest contributor to it. When we read the book of Acts, we can't help but get the impression that the great bulk of what God was doing in the early church was happening through Paul. But this tends to be very misleading because the book of Acts was written from only one man's point of view... Luke's. Luke traveled with Paul on his many missionary journeys and the bulk of the book of Acts is the account of those travels. But what was going on in Paul's life was by no means the only thing God was doing with the believers of that time period, nor was it the main event from God's point of view. What we have in Acts is only one man's point of view, and from Luke's perspective, Paul's story would no doubt have appeared to be front and center stage. This could likely be why Luke chose to follow Paul and record his story in the first place. Being a Gentile himself, and Paul the supposed apostle to the Gentiles, this no doubt seemed to be where the future was for Luke. When we consider Paul taught that there is no difference in God’s eyes between Jew and Gentile, but all believers in Yahshua now constitute "the true Israel of God", what Gentile who desired to get close to the God of Israel wouldn’t be absolutely thrilled with Paul? But don't misunderstand my position on the book of Acts. The book of Acts is very important in helping us understand at least a part of what was going on at that time. Without it we wouldn't have much of an idea. What was done and said as recorded by Luke is priceless, and we have no good reason to question what he saw and heard. Luke's own personal commentaries though, few as they are, may be legitimately called into question. But I see no reason to accuse Luke of malicious intent. But we can figure on some Paul-induced ignorance of the truth in Luke. The important thing to remember is that the book of Acts was written from a very singular point of view. It is by no means a record of the only thing God was doing at that time nor should it be assumed from the structure of the book that Paul's journeys were the most important thing God was doing at that time.
No doubt, God was doing other things at that same time. We don't have a detailed record of it, but we do have some clues. Without question, God was working through the original apostles, some things of which are touched on in the beginning of Acts. The apostle John was hard at work for his Lord, but we hear very little from him until we get toward the end of the New Testament. There we find three short epistles and the book of the Revelation of Yahshua that John was commanded to write while in exile on the island of Patmos.
Paul's claims of apostleship
Paul was not at all sheepish about calling himself an apostle. In fact, in nine out of thirteen of his books, he introduces himself as an apostle of Yahshua, and in every case he states in one way or another that his apostleship stands by divine sovereign decree.
Here is the question. Should we automatically believe the testimony of a person who makes grandiose claims about themselves when all we have for confirmation of their claim is little more than their word and maybe a statement or two from their best friend? If so, then we should likewise confirm those like Jim Jones and David Koresh. Unless there is obvious corroborative evidence to support such claims made today and in the past, all of them should be taken with a very large helping of salt. Unlike Paul, a true prophet or apostle does not have to go to such extraordinary lengths to convince the world they are who they say they are. Even Yahshua said that if he alone bore witness of himself, his witness was invalid. John 5:31 And of all the people who shouldn't need to have others testify on their behalf, Yahshua was that person. Yet he had Moses, the prophets, the Psalms, John the Baptist, the Fathers voice from heaven declaring to everyone "this is My beloved Son..." and hundreds of those who witnessed his resurrection just to name a few. Paul had none of these. Though in his conceit he considered himself to be God's gift to the Gentiles and tried to claim a prophecy for himself that was given exclusively to Isaiah in Isaiah 49:6. [Note: Isaiah = (Isaias) = (Yesha'yahu)]
"For so the Lord has commanded us: 'I have set you to be a light to the Gentiles that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth." Acts 13:47
Paul, the greatest apostle!
Paul's view of himself as an apostle didn't stop at just claiming to be an apostle. He did what he could to communicate to his followers that he was the biggest and the best. He even had the nerve to challenge the very apostles Yahshua had called and trained for over three years! Among the many self-admiring quotes are these.
"For I consider that I am not at all inferior to the most eminent apostles". ...."As the truth of Christ = (Mashiach) = (Messiah) is in me, no one shall stop me from this boasting in the regions of Achaia." 2Cor. 11:5,10 NKJV
Sometimes, almost as though he knew he should be ashamed of such claims, he would tie his claim to a statement of unworthiness. Apparently he thought the gullible would embrace him as the greatest of apostles because he was so humble.
"For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all...". 1Cor. 15:9,10 NKJV
To the Galatians, Paul makes no pretense about how he compares himself to Peter, James, and John:
"But from those who seemed to be something - whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man- for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me. But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been committed to me, ...and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship..." Gal. 2:6,7,9 NKJV
A couple verses latter Paul takes a cheap shot at Peter. Without Peter around to defend himself, Paul brags to the Galatians how he put Peter in his place before the entire church of Antioch.
"But when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. And the rest of the Jews played the hypocrite with him so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy. But when I saw that they were not straight forward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, "if you being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews?" Galatians 2:11-14 NKJV
Then Paul goes on to describe how hypocritical Peter was being for living a different gospel from the one that he (Paul) preached. It is interesting to note that earlier in the book (Galatians. 1:8,9) Paul commanded his followers to damn, (curse, or doom to destruction), anyone who preaches a different gospel than that which he had preached. According to him then, that would include damning Peter, if not James and John also! It is obvious to the reader of the first two chapters of Galatians, that Paul is demanding that the Galatian church follow no one but him, not even the original apostles back in Jerusalem.
As a side note it should also be noted that Paul himself was being the real hypocrite when he condemned Peter for accommodating Gentiles when he was around Gentiles and acting like a Jew around Jews because in another place Paul said:
"For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without the law as without law... that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some." 1Corintians 9:19-22 NKJV
A little later in the same letter Paul said:
"Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ = (Mashiach) = (Messiah)." 1Corinthians 10:31-33 NKJV
So here we have Paul claiming to be greater than any other apostle. He insulted Peter, James, and John by saying they only "seemed" to be pillars of the church and they were nothing to him. He bragged about how he told off Peter, and he subtly curses the apostles by telling the Galatians to consider accursed anyone who differs with him. All this, while in fact, he was being the greatest hypocrite of all! If anyone else had even begun to do and say the things that Paul did we would have recognized their incredible conceit and rejected them a long time ago. Solomon said it well;
Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips. Proverbs 27:2
The book of Revelation
Back when I still thought Paul the greatest apostle, it always puzzled me why God didn't give him the book of Revelation or at least some prophetic book similar to it if indeed he was as great as he appeared to be.
There are some interesting facts about the book of Revelation and some things said by Yahshua himself that would answer the question as to why Paul was not given the "Revelation". There is a good reason why Yahshua did not give such an obviously high endorsement of Paul to the world, but would much rather have himself identified with the beloved apostle John. Actually, there are two reasons for this. First, as mentioned, Paul wasn't even close to being everything he had made himself out to be. And second, Yahshua had prophesied that John's testimony would remain till he returned. (More on this in the chapter, Yahshua’s prophecy concerning Peter) http://www.judaismvschristianity.com/yahshua's.htm With an endorsement like this, it only stands to reason that John would be given the testimony of the Revelation to record.
The first thing we notice about the book of the Revelation of Yahshua is that it has been given to the beloved apostle John about whom Yahshua had said his testimony would remain till he returned. The second thing that we are forced to deal with is that the Revelation was most likely given to John during the Neronian persecution around 65 A.D. This was about the same time we hear the last from Paul who was in prison in Rome writing his second epistle to Timothy.
Many Scholars (but by no means all of them) believe that the Revelation was written later during the Domitian persecution of A.D.81-96. This theory has its origin in the testimony of the historian Irenaeus who wrote around the year 180 A.D. some 100 years or more after the writing of Revelation. He held Paul in the highest esteem and tried to emulate him. He also was instrumental in pulling together the many splintering factions of Christianity at that time. There is no more reason to reach for a later date than A.D. 65 for Revelation than his say so. It is my belief that he knew well the devastating impact on Paul’s credibility that an early date for Revelation would bring. Wanting union and not division, he settled on the later date in an attempt to give Paul some breathing room. This only helps Paul a little. Even in the unlikely event the Revelation was written later, it continues to reflect badly on Paul as you will see. The other early historians who also render the later date, Victorinus (c. 270), Eusebius (c.328), and Jerome (c. 370) were simply following Irenaeus’ lead.
There is evidence that can be deduced from the book of Revelation itself for accepting an earlier date for it's writing. First, in chapter 11 there is a reference made to the temple. It is obviously an earthly temple. That temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. It is hard to imagine that John would have been told to measure the temple of God after it had been leveled.
Also, when one adds up the numerical value of the consonantal letters in the name "N’ron Kahsar", which is the way all Greek speaking people pronounced the name Caesar Nero, the sum totals 666. See appendix. http://www.judaismvschristianity.com/appendix.htm The churches of Asia would no doubt have thought Nero was the beast prophesied of in Revelation even though he was only a type, a sort of preview of things to come in the distant future.
There is also the consideration of the age of John. Being a contemporary of Yahshua, it is safe to assume that he would have been close to the same age as Yahshua. If John had been as much as 10 years younger than Yahshua, he would have been only 20 when Yahshua called him to follow him. It would seem doubtful that Yahshua would have called someone so young, but for the sake of a conservative estimate, if John was only 20 when he was called by Yahshua, he would have been in his late fifties at the youngest in the year 65. If he had been the same age as Yahshua, he would have been in his late sixties. By first century standards, a person in age from late 50s to late 60s was considered a significantly old person. If the book of Revelation was written in the year 95, at the youngest, John would have been in his late 80s. This was virtually unheard of in the first century. If he had been the same age as Yahshua or older, (not at all out of the question), he would have been in his late 90s to over 100 years old. This is highly improbable. As long as one isn’t trying to salvage Paul’s reputation, the earlier date of 65 A.D for the writing of the Revelation, during the Neronian persecution, fits all the data best.
The one fact that immediately jumps from the pages of Revelation is that in spite of Paul's supposed popularity, not one word is given from Yahshua in recognition of him or his work among the Gentiles. Of the seven churches to whom the book is originally addressed, as far as we know, only one of them is a church that had any direct dealings with Paul. That church is the church of Ephesus the first on the list of the seven. John records:
"I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, "I an the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last," and, "What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos = (Pergamus), to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea = (Laodiceans)." Revelation 1:10,11 NKJV
Yahshua goes on to tell John what to say to each church. The general pattern of the things he said to each church went like this. First he would tell them what they were doing right and commend them for it. Next he would point out to them where they going wrong and reprimand them for it. Then he would exhort them to repent and change what they were doing wrong, or they would suffer the consequences. Then he would give them a promise of reward if they did repent and overcome their problems. Then, (and this is important), toward the end of each and every address to a church, he would speak to the whole world and say that what was true and good for this and all seven churches was good for anybody who cared to listen.
"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches". NKJV
The reason that this is important is because there has been some false teaching going around. It holds that along with the obvious fact these letters were written to specific churches in Asia, they were also a parallel prophecy of the churches that would come along in time. The last church then (Laodicea = (Laodiceans)) was supposedly a foreshadowing of the Christian church in general at the end of the age just before Yahshua returned. This has had the effect that we have concerned ourselves with only what was supposedly addressed to us. Today, one can hear all kinds of preaching about the lukewarm church of Laodicea = (Laodiceans), but one hears very little about what was said to the other six churches. We have been left blinded to six sevenths of the truth available. There is no truth to the parallel theory because the Holy Spirit explicitly repeated seven times that what was good for each and every one of the seven churches was also good for any individual who cared to listen. And much was addressed to those churches by Yahshua that flies directly in the face of Pauline doctrine. More on this later.
Now look at what was said to the only church of the seven that we know Paul had any dealings with, Ephesus. Among the things that Yahshua commended the Ephesian church for doing right, is this quote:
"I know your works, your labor, and your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars." Rev. 2:2 NKJV
Yes. I believe Yahshua here is referring to Paul and his companions Timothy, and possibly Barnabas, and that his claims of apostleship and his doctrine are false! Consider the facts.
1. Paul's ideas on the sovereignty of God and his subsequent doctrine are groundless and severely flawed. (See previous chapter)
2. We have record of Paul claiming to be an apostle to the Ephesians.
"Paul, an apostle of Yahshua by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus," Ephesians 1:1 NKJV
3. We have no record of anyone else claiming to be an apostle to anyone anywhere, not even to the Ephesians.
4. Ephesus is the only church of the seven listed in Revelation, that we have record of Paul claiming to be an apostle to.
5. Paul and his doctrine had troubles being accepted in Ephesus.
"And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God. But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them..." Acts 19:8,9 NKJV
Remember that this is recorded from Luke’s point of view and that he believed Paul's doctrine was 'the Way'. Notice that those who rejected Paul are men of the synagogue and not atheists or pagans. If these men had stood up in front of the synagogue and said, "Paul's doctrine is flawed. He is a false apostle, and a liar"; Luke would no doubt have seen this as "speaking evil of the Way".
If these five reasons are not enough to seriously call into question Paul's status as an apostle there is one more. It is a most interesting quote from Paul's own pen that finally seals the fate of his supposed apostleship. It comes from his second letter to Timothy, which was also written during the same Neronian persecution in which John was given the Revelation. This letter is believed by many scholars to contain the last recorded words of Paul. Here he makes a short statement of lament that seems to have gone unnoticed. The implications of which are astounding if one is able to hear everything that is being said. Paul says to Timothy:
"This you know, that all those in Asia have turned away from me." 2Timothy 1:15
Asia! All of them! Rejecting Paul! And when he says, "This you know", it sounds like this must have been relatively common knowledge at that time. Asia! The very place that Yahshua told John to write, where his seven churches were! And they were alive, and obviously had been established for some time. Again, notice that Paul did not say that Asia had rejected Yahshua. Obviously they hadn't rejected Yahshua if there were thriving churches there that Yahshua wanted to address through John. Instead Paul said that all Asia had rejected him personally!
Let me reiterate this picture again and try to grasp the profound significance of it. Here we have in the book of Revelation the words of Yahshua commending the Ephesian church for rejecting someone who claimed to be his apostle. While Paul, the only person anywhere (other than the twelve original apostles) at that time to have gone on record claiming to be an apostle, we know has made this very claim to this same Ephesian church. At the same time, Paul laments himself of the fact that he has been rejected by them! How could it NOT be Paul and his associates that Yahshua had commended the Ephesian church for rejecting? It really couldn't' be more simple. Here, one more time, is the equation in its simplest form.
Paul to the Ephesians: "I am an apostle of Yahshua"
The Ephesians to Paul: "No you're not."
Yahshua to the Ephesians: "Well done!"
This by itself, should be more than enough reason to raise serious question about Paul. Then, when we add to this the rest of the evidence against him and his doctrine, (more to come) we have more than enough reason to do as the Ephesian church and convict Paul of the crime of false impersonation of an apostle!
If Yahshua’s evaluation of Paul was that Paul was a false apostle and a liar, consider the following.
"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches".
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