Divine Mercy; Divine Genocide
General James Green
B EFORE we get started, here is a quote from Origen concerning infants:
The prophets...tell us that a sacrifice for sin was offered even for new-born infants, as not being free from sin. They say, “I was shaped in iniquity and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Also, “they are estranged from the womb.” Which is followed by the singular expression, “they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies” (Origen, c.248, E, 4.631).
Something to ponder. Are infants born free of sin? Do all infants who die enter heaven? What about those born in evil nations such as the Canaanites? I personally can’t say. The Bible does say that ALL are born in sin.
In Part 4, I want to continue with the genocide/non-genocide of the Canaanites debate.
As stated in previous writings, the New Atheists go BERSERK! upon reading the Old Testament accounts of God ordering His army to “drive out,” even “utterly destroy,” the inhabitants of those seven “ite” nations. I guess those God-denying, Christian-hating perverts have the right to instruct US on morality?
Listen to this: “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully” (Richard Dawkins, “The God Delusion,” 2006, p.31).
Don’t you get the eerie feeling that Dawkins isn’t really an atheist, but merely a GOD-HATER, for some odd reason? But besides this, he does bring up the troubling accounts of war.
Christian author (and Director of the International Langhorn Partnership, Chair of the Lausanne Committee’s Theological Working Group, etc.) Christopher Wright has said, “It’s an Old Testament problem, which the New Testament puts right.” Of course he was chiding those who can’t accept the God of the Old Testament—these nice Church folks.
Wright, honest enough to put in print, says the “...commonest misconception of the Bible...[is] the assumption that the so-called God of the Old Testament was all fire and brimstone, war and vengeance, blood and punishment.” As I have shown in these writings, THE GOD OF THE OLD TESTAMENT WAS “LOVE” AND “HATE,” “PEACE” AND “WAR.” Do your homework. Search out the TRUE character of Yahweh/God/LORD, etc. Those who believe that Jesus changed all this are dead wrong! True, Jesus came as the Lamb of God, but not everything He did or said was lamblike (see my other articles, plus my DVDs on “The Other Side of Jesus”). Jesus pardons and forgives, but He also sends the UNREPENTANT to Hell Fire!
It is a BIG mistake to allow the New Testament to cancel out the Old. We have people writing us complaining about our Old Testament references. However, the New Testament even tells us that, “All Scripture (referring to the Old Testament) is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim. 3:16, 17). Hey folks, there was no New Testament when Paul penned those verses.
We can’t trash the unpleasant parts of the Old Testament just because they do not fit the “politically correct” profile. Yet, there are whole Churches who consign most (some, ALL) to the dust bin of ancient history.
Jesus: How Did He Respond to the Old Testament?
HAVE YOU EVER run across any Scripture whereby Jesus was “put out” by Old Testament content? Did he ever refute any Old Testament Scriptural authority? NO! He, many times, quoted the Old Testament. He even expanded upon certain topics, like adultery, “even if one looks upon a woman to lust, he has done the act.” None of the New Testament authors seemed to be embarrassed by what the Old Testament said or stood for. They do not reject or correct any of them. The God of the Old Testament was also the God of the New Testament. While it is true that love, kindness, mercy, and etc. are in the forefront in the New Testament, the wrath/punishment side was not gone by any means.
We find Abraham—the father of the Christian faith, literally pleading for the sex-perverts of Sodom and Gomorrah; WE FIND JESUS—THE AUTHOR OF THE NEW TESTAMENT FAITH, PLEADING FOR THE SINNERS TO REPENT.
One of the earliest recorded definitions of God’s character is found in Exodus 34:6 and 7 (read that please). We also find many Psalms (see Ps. 103:5-14; 145:9, 13, 17), as well as Hosea, Jeremiah (e.g., Hos. 3:1; Jer. 31:3, 20), Ezekiel (Ez. 33:11), and even the books under discussion (Deut. 7:8, 9; 10:17, 18) speaking of God’s character. In these books, we find writings about God’s love.
New Testament Speaks
SINCE I HAVE two magazines dedicated to the “Wrath of God,” I need not go into any details here. I also have a trilogy on “Once Saved, Always Saved?,” showing that God will not take sinning “Christians,” let alone sinners of the world, into heaven. Yet this philosophy is taught (—God will always save us, we cannot lose our salvation!) in most Churches today as New Testament truth.
Putting God On Trial!
THIS IS what this S-I-C-K generation is guilty of; The New World Order (Odor) is especially one of the conspirators. The GLBTQP have weaseled their extremely vile self into the fabric of America, making sure Biblical truth is not taught ANYWHERE in the nation (if possible). These “Pink Terrorists” have worked at terrorizing any and all who oppose their sick agenda—to DOMINATE/DEMONIZE America. The sins of the Canaanite nations now rule where godly Biblical principles once had preeminence.
The Global Elites (or the Diaboligarchy) have funded these sex-perverts in order to destroy order! But their reign of TERROR is NOW being challenged by the Almighty God Himself. Their rule will come to an end, and their “Queen”—Jezebel the Harlot, will not be able to help. God demonstrated this by causing Hillary Clinton to lose the Presidential election that she was so sure of winning (see my many articles on the New World Order).
One author writes:
“IT IS FALLACIOUS to regard this as an essentially Old Testament problem, and to set the ‘blood-thirsty’ Old Testament over against the ‘gentle’ New Testament. Possibly the phenomenon is more crude in the Old Testament than in the New Testament, but of the two, THE NEW TESTAMENT IS THE MOST TERRIBLE, FOR THE OLD TESTAMENT SELDOM SPEAKS ANYTHING BEYOND TEMPORAL JUDGMENTS....whereas the Son of Man in the Gospels pronounces eternal punishment” (J. W. Wenham, The Goodness of God, 1974, pp. 16, 17). I agree.
These pathetic “New Testament” Churchites are really misinformed about Jesus...I think they want to be! But in this present time, God is going to rip away the satanic covering over this land so that people can clearly see what is actually there. All one has to do is read Hebrews 11—about the heroes of the faith—some of which were part [and some even enactors] of Old Testament genocide.
The New Testament recalls the stories--true stories—of the flood (Mt. 24:36-41; 2 Pet. 3:3-7); Sodom and Gomorrah (Mt. 10:15; 11:23, 24); Korah (Jude 11); the plagues in the wilderness (1 Cor. 10:6-10), and the Canaan conquest (Heb. 11:31). ALL these are warnings for New Testament believers. The New Testament authors taught about many things: “...avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,’ saith the Lord” (Rom. 12:19); Paul is exhorting us not to hate without a cause. We’re to hate sin, and pray for the sinner, but not to take the law into our own hands. When God had Israel to fight, He and He alone sanctioned it. He tells us in v. 9 to, “Abhor that which is EVIL; Cleave to that which is good” (Rom. 12:9). But what do we see in (too) many Churches today? They accept the SINS and the ABOMINATIONS of the Canaanites, which includes this GLBTQP crap! They rarely protest abortion, “suck up” all the vile Hollywood entertainments, and even despise godly instruction. Paul asks, “Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy?” (1 Cor. 10:22). And what are we to do with 1 Cor. 16:22?, “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha,” i.e. CURSED! And what about Gal. 1:9?, “...if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be ACCURSED!” What?
This “new gospel” being preached in (most) Churches today is Political Correctness—far from what the New Testament demands. And, for the record, where is the OUTCRY AGAINST ALL THIS WARMONGERING? Hardly a peep from the Church, or the nation itself. These “elite psychos” have convinced you dumb-dumbs that America knows best (like “father knows best”). Therefore, it is our responsibility to PROTECT our nation. From who? We need to protect ourselves from these hubris psychos who created these crises. They need to be tried and sent to prison for LIFE!
YOU “BLEEDING HEART” Churchites (and non-Churchites) have now labeled God as the “Bully God.” You new-covenant believers should know that the LORD God promised Abraham the land of Canaan for his descendants (Gen. 15:18-21). You SHOULD KNOW that the conquest of Canaan is linked to the Abrahamic Covenant that you so proudly flaunt!
Exodus 6:6-8 tells us that the conquest is linked to the Exodus story of redemption “...and I will bring you unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD” (v.8). The only problem with that promise was that the land was occupied with “demon worshippers” (also, this conquest is linked to the Sinai Covenant).
The Old Testament prophets saw the conquest as an ACT of God (Amos 2:9). They saw it as an act of wooing Israel into a renewed/restored Covenant as Hosea 2:14, 15 says.
Acts 7:45 says, “which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God DROVE OUT before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David.” Not a sign of disgust! Not a sign of being disturbed in any way.
Acts 13:19 relates that “...when He had DESTROYED seven nations in the land of Canaan, He divided their land to them by lot.” No sign of disgust here either.
So, my dear liberal Churchites, the Canaanite conquest was all part of God’s unfolding plan...leading up to the plan of New Testament redemption.
Harsh and Unloving!
HOW MANY times have I heard these two words? When many Church folks read my writings (or view my DVDs), they accuse me and my wife of being “harsh and unloving.” Listen, I did not order that conquest. I merely teach what is there without any fancy footwork that will please our readers. The problem we have today, and it is a PROBLEM, is that they want to totally dismiss these Canaanite wars as a BIG mistake—dodging the truth altogether, or merely spiritualizing their implications. To be HONEST these days is really DANGEROUS. The Church wants nice things—the glitter of Hollywood and the fluff and stuff of the world. Go for it! I’ll stick with the Word of God!
As stated earlier, we cannot compare the Near Eastern culture warfare with that of the Geneva Convention standards for warfare (ICPPCG). The “War of Yahweh” (Holy War) was what it was. In that Holy War was found the herem (ban), which made human/animal spoil taboo; no material profit went to the camp of Israel (sometimes women and children were spared, other times, not).
But for the seven nations that made up Canaan, total destruction was the general rule (but this could be compromised on occasion). The “ALL” in the Old Testament books we’ve studied had both LIMITED AND ABSOLUTES APPLIED. “The key military centers—the small fortified cities of the petty Canaanite kingdoms, were WIPED OUT. But clearly not ALL the people, or anything like ALL the people, had in actual fact been (utterly!) destroyed by Joshua” (C.J.H. Wright, The God I Don’t Understand, 2008, p.88). This is what we’ve examined so far.
The Sin Issue
OH, how people HATE this issue—both the “Christian” and non-Christian. This nation has been so indoctrinated/brainwashed against this 3-letter word that any discussion about it throws most into a PINK FRENZY! If God allowed SIN to have FULL REIGN, men, women, and children would die out...and fast. Somehow these sin-haters (not those who hate sin itself, but those who hate any discussion against it) fail to realize that SIN ITSELF WAS (IS) THE CAUSE OF PROVOKING GOD’S WRATH. They throw a hissy-fit that God would even think of “ethnic cleansing,” let alone institute it. Sorry, He is not sorry.
When we hear the word “genocide” today, usually it is connected with “vicious self-interest” (as Wright explains) and is usually “based on myths of racial superiority;” this is why it is sometimes called “ethnic cleansing.” Actually the Bible is not justified on ethnic grounds only, but also on sin grounds. This is why I think racism is really stupid. Yet millions have died in race-related revolutions and wars. It is GRACE, not RACE! I have been attacked over and over again by white supremacists for going to Africa/Asia/Central/South America/etc. and working with all races. The race issue is not in any way connected to the GLBTQP issue. Humans are born as a certain race; GLBTQP perverts choose what they do [it is a notion/action, not a skin tone!].
The Canaanite conquest was brought about because of their wicked demon-inspired culture and religion.
Genesis 15:16 gives us a glimpse of this, “But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the INIQUITY of the Amorites is not yet full.” This “full” issue is also found in Rev. 17:3, “...I saw a woman seated upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy...” In the next verse we read, “...having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication.” Chapter 18 tells us that, “Babylon the great is fallen...the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird” (v. 2). Verse 5, “ For her SINS have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her INIQUITIES.”
Note what follows: “Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works (not race!); in the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double” (v. 6). Note her punishment: “Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, DEATH, and mourning and famine; and she shall be UTTERLY BURNED with fire...” (v. 8). The author of this chapter tells us to, “Rejoice over her...for God hath AVENGED you on her” (v. 20). The final thought is taken from v. 24, “And in her was found the blood of the prophets, and of the saints, and of all that were SLAIN upon the earth.”
Hey, Liberals, this is New Testament! And we can’t say all this is merely figurative—the literal is also present. My point is that even if this was wholly figuratively speaking, violence, A LOT OF VIOLENCE IS WRITTEN ABOUT. Where is the blonde-haired, blue-eyed, sweet Jesus in all this? Oh, you’ll find Him in this prophetic/apocalyptic book.
In fact, the risen Christ had “harsh and unloving” Words to say against the Thyatira Ekklesia (Rev. 2:18-23). Jezebel was teaching the converts “to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols (or demons)” (v. 20). So what did God do? He “gave her space to repent...but she repented not” (v. 21). This was His mercy/love side first. His wrath side shows itself in v. 23, “ And I will KILL HER CHILDREN WITH DEATH!” This is New Testament my dear “Jesus is all love, love, love” people, not Old Testament.
Back to Abraham
GEN. 15:16 tells us that the Amorite/Canaanite society in Abraham’s day did not merit full judgment, but years later it did.
Remember what Abraham said about the LORD in Gen. 18:25? “That be far from thee to do after this manner, to SLAY the righteous with the wicked...” He thought it would be unjust of God to SLAY the righteous among the unrighteous Sodomites. But the Bible goes on to make it obvious that there weren’t even ten righteous there (Gen. 18:32).
We live in a time—right now!—where EXTREME WICKEDNESS merits God’s severe judgment...and it will come (see our new postings on the Jezebel Spirit/Holy War, posted daily).
Rest assured liberals/atheists, the conquest of Canaan was not merely human genocide; it was DIVINE JUDGMENT against the sinfulness of the Canaanite culture (remember Deut 9:4-6 please).
Did you Know?
DEUT. 2 SAYS that God used nations to fight other nations. Some scholars (liberal ones) believe that Moses and Joshua teamed up together to go into Canaan to possess it—without God of course. Good luck in trying to convince us of that. There is NO WAY AROUND THE FACT that GOD COMMANDED all the warfare Moses and Joshua did.
We are told that the LORD God commanded the Ammonites to “drive out” the Zamzummites (or Zamzummims, KJV). He commanded the descendants of Esau to “drive out” the Horites (or Horims, KJV). All one has to do is study the Old Testament battles. As already said in other writings, God called the Assyrians His “rod of Mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation. I will send him (the King) against an hypocritical nation (Israel), and against the people of My wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like mire of the streets” (Isaiah 10:5, 6).
Isaiah 13:1-11 tells us that God will “command My sanctified ones. I have also called My mighty ones for Mine anger...” (v. 3); these were the (pagan) Persians and Medes—to overthrow Babylon. Verse 5 says that they are “the weapons of His (God’s) indignation, to DESTROY the whole land... it shall come as a DESTRUCTION from the Almighty” (v. 6).
Isaiah 44:21 calls Jacob/Israel “my servant”—the same usage for pagan kings that God used. In 45:1 He calls Cyrus (pagan king) His, “anointed.” In Jeremiah 25:9, God calls Nebuchadrezzar “my Servant.” In Jeremiah 50:25 we see that “The LORD hath opened His armory and hath brought forth the weapons of His indignation: for this is the work of the Lord God of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans,” speaking of the Medes fighting against great Babylon, aka, “the hammer of the whole earth...how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!” (v. 23).
Jeremiah 51:1 says, “...I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against Me (God), a DESTROYING WIND” (see Isaiah 48:20 where Israel is freed by the Medes). “Thou art My battle axe and weapon of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms...I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion...”(Jer. 51:20)
What do we see? Israel sinned, so God sent “His servant”—the king of Babylon, against her—to punish her; Israel went into captivity (after many were killed), but God eventually raised up the Medes and Persians to attack Babylon, freeing Israel. God destroyed the very “weapon” He used to destroy Israel.
My point is this: GOD WAS IN CHARGE OF ALL THAT WARFARE, AND HE IS STILL IN CHARGE OF CURRENT EVENTS. Jesus predicted the destruction of Israel in His day which came to pass in A.D. 70 by the Romans.
All these liberal theological minds either decry God for His brutality, or say that the human element was the main factor, not God Himself—God “permitted it all,” but was not “in charge at all” stuff.
The fact is that God’s sovereign providence was IN CHARGE ALL THE TIME.
YES, this is what the New Atheists and bleeding-heart liberal Churchites claim. But, is it true? There is a Scripture found in Zech. 9 that gives a brighter future for some of those targeted nations: “And I will take out of [the Philistines’] mouths and from between their teeth the abominable idolatrous sacrifices eaten with the blood. And they too shall remain and be a remnant for our God, and they shall be like chieftains (the head over a thousand) in Judah, and Ekron shall be like one of the Jebusites [who at last were merged and had lost their identity in Israel]” (v. 7, Amp. Bible). This sheds some light on the fact that the Canaanite conquest was not wholly a KILL ALL conquest. Scholars tell us that the prophet Zechariah, after describing the Lord’s judgment on the nations including the Philistines (see Zech. 9:1-6), suddenly envisages a different future for the Philistines, as the text quoted above (9:7) proves. The NRSV reads: “It (Philistia) too shall be a remnant for our God; it shall be like a clan in Judah, and Ekron (a Philistine city) shall be like the Jebusites.” Remember, the Jebusites were the original “ites” of Jerusalem. David captured that city naming it the “City of David.”
Could we not call this the mercy of God? There is a whole lot written about how the Old Testament law treated the pagan nations (outside of war itself). “Love for the foreigner,” “love thy neighbor,” etc. I think Deut 10:18, 19 sums it up real nice: “He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigners residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.” This ought to speak to our hearts too. We ought to love the sinners (not their sins), for we were once sinners in the world.
Lev. 19:34 states, “the foreigners residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”
I want you to understand that the “sojourner” (RSV), the “stranger” (KJV), and the “foreigner” (TNIV), are technical terms for the pagan who has left his own people and has taken up residence in Israel; of course they left behind their wicked ways. This is far cry from the “love your neighbor” cry coming from the liberals who embrace the GLBTQP perverts that continue to practice their perversions. God DOES NOT ACCEPT them. End of argument.
Leviticus 18 lists all those sins/abominations that the LORD forbids and hates. Get it out of your minds that God NOW accept what He hated for centuries.
When the Apostle Paul penned Rom 12:13 about “given to hospitality,” as the original reads, “practice hospitality,” he meant philoxenia - literally “love of the stranger” (or outsider)—the antithesis of xenophobia.
Hebrews 13:1, 2 relates the same, “...Be not forgetful to entertain strangers...” But be assured that both Romans and Hebrews did not mean accepting and embracing their sin/sins. This political correctness passing off as the “love of Christ” is the deception of anti-Christ.
THE INVASION and conquest of Canaan by God (through Israel) is ultimately the part of an overall history of salvation for which the nations will be thankful (see Ps. 47:1-4).
Deut. 32:43 reads: “Rejoice, O ye nations, with His people: for He will avenge the blood of His servants, and will render vengeance to His adversaries and will be merciful unto His land, and to His people” (See Paul’s take on this in Rom. 15:7-12). So, we can’t be justified in calling God a bloodthirsty tyrant.
One Last Text
FROM WHAT we can gather from Old Testament accounts, God ordered Israel to dispossess the land—“Driving out” the 7 Canaanite nations and “destroying” the ones who resisted God’s will. The reason WHY, was that their culture and religion was satanic!
But in the overall process of “Holy War,” which took many years, Israel did not rid the land of these nations entirely. Psalms 106:34 states that, “They DID NOT DESTROY the nations concerning whom the LORD COMMANDED them.” The worst part was that they, “mingled among the heathen, and LEARNED THEIR WORKS.” Verse 35 and 36 says, “they SERVED THEIR IDOLS: which were a SNARE unto them.” It gets WORSE: “...they SACRIFICED their sons and their daughters unto DEVILS (v. 37), and shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was POLLUTED with blood” (v. 38).
Have we ever thought how totally repugnant that was to the Living God? Have we even considered that the Church does this when she allows the “Christians” to mix and mingle with the heathens?–-serving THEIR gods?
I THINK IT IS TIME, PAST TIME, TO TELL GOD WE’RE SORRY! How many Christians, so called, turn their children over to the world to learn their works and worship the world’s idols? MAY WE REPENT OF “DEMON-WORSHIP!”
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