Black Spirituality Religion : THE DIVINE DESIGN OF THE HOLY BIBLE...

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    One of the great wonders of the world has been the fact that, in spite of the privations and persecutions the ancient Israelite people of Africa endured, they held steadfastly to their religion as set out in the pages of the Holy Bible, the volume of the Sacred Law; and furthermore, that this volume has become the basis of all law; in every land and clime into which it has permeated...

    It is acknowledged to have the greatest influence for good of any book that has ever been written. It is considered the inspired message of God to the Israelites in the first instance, and later to all mankind. And in this Holy Book (the word “Bible” is derived from the Greek “biblios,” meaning “book”), more knowledge is at times concealed, than is revealed, to the ordinary reader...

    It would be rank presumption on my part if I made an attempt to elucidate even a fraction of those wonders of the Holy Bible that are revealed to some and concealed from others. Such an account of these revelations may be better left in the hands of those whose profession or ministry gives them a more intimate cause to interpret its meaning in support of whatever religion they represent.

    For me, it would be sufficient in the short space at my disposal if I am able to call attention to one single instance – but one of radiant importance – to prove that this wonderful Book not only has in its pages the evidence of Divine design in the Creator’s construction of things, but that it contains in itself a systematic plan and design that must carry with it incontrovertible proof that not only is the Bible inspired, but that it has within itself the proofs of its inspiration, so that all mankind might believe in its message...

    It is this law of mysterious and wonderful design that is my privilege to draw your attention to. It is more exemplified in the Biblical happenings and history of the ancient Israelites of Africa than any other people. If these people were created for no other purpose than this, their sufferings and privations have not been in vain...

    If I now proceed to demonstrate that the Divine design I have alluded to may be found even in the positions of the chapters and verses in the Bible, I shall be doing nothing more than adding another proof to the many; that this inspired Book is something so wonderful that it compels even the veriest of skeptics to believe in its Divine origin...
     
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    In those far-off ages when Moses collected and put together the records of God's dealings with the Israelites, the Bible was not divided into chapters and verses. Later still, David, in writing in the Psalms, could not (by any natural means) have surmised that when the Bible – some 2,000 years after his death – came to be divided into chapters, the 119th Psalm would become the longest chapter of the entire Book, especially as scarcely one-half of the Bible existed in his time...

    This Psalm consists of 176 verses, every one of which directly or indirectly calls attention to the precepts laid down in the entire Book. The Psalm is, by some mysterious law of calculation, divided into 22 sections, the exact number of letters that compose the Hebrew alphabet. Each section is subdivided into 8 verses; each verse being an iambic tetrameter – namely, 16 syllables alternately short and long (I am speaking, of course, of the original Hebrew version)...

    Still more extraordinary is the fact that every one of the 22 sections of this Psalm begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. For example, the 8 verses of the 1st section begin with the 1st letter of the Hebrew alphabet: Aleph. The 8 verses of the 2nd section begin with the 2nd letter of the Hebrew alphabet: Beth. The 8 verses of the 3rd section begin with the 3rd letter of the alphabet: Gimel, etc. This extraordinary precision continues until all 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet are employed...

    When this wonderful chapter thousands of years later came to be translated into other languages, it was found that no other language could fit in with this rule. Therefore, the Hebrew letters were set out simply as titles at the head of the 22 sections, as may be seen if anyone looks up the 119th Psalm...

    In the millions and millions of books that have been printed, there is not one example in the world of such an acrostic having ever been made - or of such an attempt having been thought of - to call attention to the longest chapter of any work, especially when one considers that every verse of this chapter calls direct notice – in one form or another – to the good to be derived from following the precepts laid down in the Bible. Further, every verse alludes to – in some part of it – the Divine influence underlying the whole. For example:

    The 1st verse contains the words “the law of the Lord”; the 2nd verse, “His testimonies”; the 3rd verse, “His ways”; the 4th verse, “Thy precepts”; the 5th verse, “Thy statutes”; the 6th verse, “Thy commandments”; the 7th verse, “Thy righteous judgments”; the 8th verse, again “Thy statutes,” and so on throughout the entire 22 sections of the Psalm...

    The mystic number 12 appears in the special root words employed in each verse, which are: [1] "Statutes" [2] "Ordinances" [3] "Faithfulness" [4] "Surety [5] "Law" [6] "Name" [7] "Word" [8] "Precepts" [9] "Ways" [10] "Judgments" [11] "Testimonies" and [12] "Commandments." At least one of these 12 words is unerringly found in each of the 176 verses...
     
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    In the English version the two longest words employed are representative of the Bible, namely “thy commandments” and “thy testimonies.” In their uses in this Psalm they represent a strange coincidence with the 22 sections of the Psalm and the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. For instance, the word “commandments” is employed either in the singular or in the plural exactly 22 times, while the word “testimonies” is used 22 times in the plural, and once in the singular – at the end of the first half of the Psalm, i.e., the end of the 88th verse, a number that is itself a multiple of 22!

    To reiterate, the most extraordinary example of design in literature – written or printed – that has ever been known, is the Holy Bible. One cannot believe that such a thing could happen by chance; equally one cannot believe that some mortal, no matter how gifted, could have created a Psalm in the form of an acrostic unmatched in the literature or the world, past or present; still moreso, that this Psalm should be designed to be the longest chapter in a book not then completed...

    It may not have been noticed before by the many people who have read the Bible from cover to cover that both the shortest and longest chapters of this wonderful Book are placed in close proximity to each other; the shortest being the 117th Psalm, and the longest being the 119th Psalm. And the one intermediary chapter between the shortest and the longest – the 118th Psalm – presents in itself such a number of remarkable coincidences that one is forced to the conclusion that these three Psalms were purposely planned to come together for a definite reason – that reason evidently being that the relation of such coincidences would sooner or later strike some searcher of truth as an illustration of Divine design, and, consequently, proof of the Divine inspiration that guided not only the writer(s) of the Psalms, but thousands of years later the translators of this Book into other languages...

    The actual form and division of the Bible is the work of different minds, widely separated by time, by countries, and by training. There can therefore be no question of collusion in the carrying out of the evident design that underlies the construction this Sacred Book...

    The 118th Psalm, occupying as it does the remarkable position of being between the shortest and longest chapters of the Bible, actually contains the middle or central verse of the entire Book. This, the middle verse of the Bible, is the 8th verse of the 118th Psalm. Its words are significant in their meaning; they are an epitome of the great truth taught all through the preceding chapters or those to follow:

    “IT IS BETTER TO TRUST IN THE LORD THAN TO PUT CONFIDENCE IN MAN.”

    Further, if one writes down in figures Psalm 118, verse 8, and puts these numbers side by side, they become 1188, which is the exact number of chapters in the Bible, besides the one that contains the remarkable verse quoted above, and, as aforementioned, is the middle verse of the entire Book...

    Next to the 118th Psalm is the 117th, which stands out as the shortest chapter in the Bible. And not only is this a curious fact, but is doubly so by being at the same time the central chapter of the Book, i.e., having exactly as many chapters before it as after it...

    The most accurate way of finding out if the 117th Psalm is the central chapter of the Bible is to refer to the table usually printed in the beginning of the King James Version. This table contains both the names of the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament. By adding together the numbers of chapters given by the 66 books, we get the number 1189, which is the total number of chapters in the Bible. The middle one must therefore be the 595th chapter, as there cannot be anything else than 594 chapters before it, and 594 chapters following it...

    The very number 595, which is the number of the 117th Psalm calculated as a chapter of the Bible, conveys in itself the idea of perfect symmetry (i.e., 595 can be read the same whether from left to right or right to left). It represents in itself the principle of perfect equilibrium, which consists of equal disposition of the parts on both sides of a center. This, the shortest chapter in the Bible – and the central one of the entire Book – consists of two sentences that are strikingly significant:

    “OH PRAISE THE LORD ALL YE NATIONS; PRAISE HIM ALL YE PEOPLE. FOR HIS MERCIFUL KINDNESS IS GREAT TOWARDS US; AND THE TRUTH OF THE LORD ENDURETH FOREVER.”
     
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    One should not regard the extraordinary examples that I have set before you as isolated cases of mere coincidences, for when taken together – as they were evidently intended to be – they give the key to the construction of the Bible itself as a marvelous example of Divine inspiration. They tend to show that these three Psalms (117th, 118th and 119th) must have been written with a plan of forming these coincidences for some given purpose, and that the division and numeration of the entire Bible – so perfect in every way – was pre-arranged before even the greater part of it had been written by those who lived in later times...

    Surely this could only have been done by that Supreme Intelligence who so-calculated and placed the millions of galaxies and stars revolving through space that they keep their appointed orbits through eternity to the smallest fraction of time...

    In giving these examples of one of the many wonders of the Holy Bible, my hope is that I may have been permitted – in no matter how small a way – to stimulate interest in the Bible itself. And, in conclusion, to the many who have read it from cover to cover without noticing the mysterious examples it has been my privilege to call your attention to, I can only hope that my words may encourage you to study it more deeply, and find still greater truths for yourselves...

    While to others I most humbly hope that the illustrations for which I have given you chapter and verse may be the “sign” for which you have been seeking, and in your newfound faith in the Divine Purpose underlying all things, you may realize that form, number and design are the expressions of that great Infinite Mind "who moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform..."
     
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    The 118th Psalm, occupying as it does the remarkable position of being between the shortest and longest chapters of the Bible, actually contains the middle or central verse of the entire Book. This is the 8th verse of the 118th Psalm. Its words are significant in their meaning; they are an epitome of the great truth taught all through the preceding chapters or those to follow:

    “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”
     
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    Very good post Aqil.

    Jer:17:5: Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

    Hope some will listen.
     
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    Thank you, Music Producer...
     
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    If I may, I would like to add to your thread. In reading the Old Testaments one can see signs of Divinity and never realize the scope of the underlying meaning. I would like to point out some of these signs of Divinity that I have seen. This may not contain all of the signs but these are the clear ones that stuck out to me.

    The first one I saw comes from a description referred to as a plague.

    Zech:14:12: And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.

    To me, this description describes exactly what occurs to the human body in a nuclear blast. For a description of this type of power to exist and be written 1000 years before man created anything of that magnitude is a sign of Divinity. No human alone could predict and describe the power of a nuclear bomb 1000 years before they existed. It would be equivalent to asking a person what type of main weapon will exist 1000 years from now and describe the effects of that weapon? This is imposable to determine, yet we see it done.

    Another sign of Divinity is the description of a religion that did not exist at the time. A prediction so detailed that it even gives the name at witch the followers would referrer to the main entity of that religion. This is non other then Immanuel.

    Isa:7:14: Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

    We have here a prediction or at that time a look into the future that describes a religion before that religion that now exists today was even a concept. We also see another main them of this religion and that is, being born of a virgin. Although this concept was widely know at the time, it continues to not explain the clarity of the name. How could a man set down and write this in detail before it existed? This to me is a sign of Divinity.

    I also found another prediction that would be imposable for a man to describe in such detail. This one can be found on this web site.
    http://www.godsaidmansaid.com/topic3.asp?Cat2=256&ItemId=558
    This one talks about the City of Tyrus.

    There are many more predictions such as these like the ones in Deuteronomy as to how the people of Israel would be conquered and scattered. But these predictions aren’t clear to many because many have no Idea who the children of Israel are, so I want go into them. Many people walk around looking for signs of GOD and it is write in front of them. Unfortunately those clear signs are in a book most of us have been taught to reject.
     
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    I won't deal with Zechariah's visions in my response to your post. However, I will respond to the second part...

    "Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son..." (Isaiah 7:14) has been interpreted to mean Jesus Christ and his mother Mary, and has been echoed through Christendom for more than a thousand years. Although it is not my intention to enter into controversy on subjects of this kind, I will, however, pause a moment to expose the fallacious application of this passage.

    Whether Isaiah was playing a trick on Ahaz, king of Judah (to whom this passage is spoken) is no business of mine; I mean only to show the misapplication of the passage, and that it has no more reference to Jesus Christ and his mother than it has to me and my mother. The story is simply this:

    The king of Syria and the king of Israel (the Jews were split into two nations, Judah and Israel) made war jointly against Ahaz, king of Judah, and marched their armies toward Jerusalem, its capital. Ahaz and his people became alarmed, and the account in verse 2 says:

    "And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind."

    In this situation Isaiah addresses himself to Ahaz, and assures him in the name of the Lord that these two kings should not succeed against him; and to satisfy Ahaz if this should be the case, tells him to ask for a sign. Ahaz declined doing this, giving as a reason that he would not tempt the Lord upon which Isaiah, who is the speaker, says in verse 14:

    "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son..."

    and the 16th verse says,

    "For before this child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good; the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings."

    Here then was the sign, and the time limited for the completion of the assurance or promise - namely, before this child should know to refuse the evil and choose the good.

    Having committed himself thus far, it became necessary for Isaiah - in order to avoid the imputation of being a false prophet and the consequence thereof - to take measures to make this sign appear. It certainly was not a difficult thing to find a girl with child, or to make her so, and perhaps Isaiah knew of one beforehand. Be that as it may, he says in the next chapter, verse 2:

    "And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record - Uriah the priest and Zechariah, the son of Jeberechiah - and I went unto the prophetess, and she conceived and bare a son."

    Here then is the whole story of this child and this virgin; and it is upon the blatant perversion of this story that the writers of the book of Matthew - and the impudence and sordid interests of priests in later times - have founded a theory which they call the Gospel; and have applied this story to signify the person they call Jesus Christ...begotten, they say, by a ghost whom they call holy, on the body of a woman - engaged in marriage, and afterward married - whom they call a virgin, some 700 years after this foolish story was told; a theory that I choose not to believe.

    In the 14th verse of the 7th chapter it is said that the child should be called "Immanuel," but this name was not given to either of the children, other than as a character which the word signifies. That of the prophetess was called "Maher-shalal-hash-baz," and that of Mary was called "Jesus." (The name "Immanuel" means, "God be with us.")

    But to show the imposition and falsehood of the writings of Isaiah, we have only to read the sequel of this story, which, though it is passed over in silence in the book of Isaiah, is related in the 28th chapter of 2nd Chronicles, which is this: Instead of these two kings failing in their attempt against Ahaz, as Isaiah had pretended to foretell in the name of the Lord, they succeeded...Ahaz was defeated and destroyed, a hundred and twenty thousand of his people were slaughtered, Jerusalem was plundered, and two hundred thousand women, and sons and daughters, were carried into captivity...
     
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    I tried to dance around this subject due to the amount of rejection it receives, but I suspected someone with intellect would indeed dig it out.

    No matter how we can explain the existence of something that was prophesied 1000 years ago the fact of the matter is it continues to exist rather it was plagiarized or not. I have often asked myself, does GOD predict the future or create it? Basically the question becomes, if the Immanuel prophecies did not exist in the Old Testaments would the New Testaments continue to exist as they do?

    As a person with intellect and faith I answer this question as, no. The intellect comes into play as being able to see that the writers of the New Testaments plagiarized the Immanuel prophesies to make Jesus fit the character being described or make Jesus as harmonic as possible to the Old Testaments.

    The faith comes into play as understanding that when that prophesy was being written and or transmitted by GOD, GOD understood and was aware that the vary writings themselves would be used or the foundation to create the vary entity that was being prophesied.

    Thus we come back to an original question, does GOD create the future? The answer is yes. Thus it was GOD that created or invented the foundation of the New Testaments 1000 years before man conceived it.

    Immanuel is a saying which can also be a name just as many names that existed in those days.
    Prophesied…

    Isa:7:14: Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

    Isa:8:8: And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.


    1000 years after and what the prophecy is about….

    21: And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
    22: Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
    23: Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
    24: Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:


    No matter how we can explain it, rather it be plagiarism or whatever, it continues to exist in the way it was told us 1000 years before. The New Testaments is the only religious book that utilizes or even makes reference to the name as referring to Jesus as that and it is also something servants of Jesus use constantly.

    As for your reference of Isaiah and Chronicles, well, the LORD constantly tests your faith, as he said he would. What you have is two stories that tell two different points of views. One of those stories shows GOD as speaking and conversing. One does not. You make your own choice, but remember this YHVH will never ever lie to you.
     
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