Monday, December 4, 2017

Countering MORE “counter-missionary” nonsense!


We don't believe the words in this screen shot for a second, do you? It's just another of the counter-missionaries' attempts to keep Y'shua out of the picture! WHY would Jacob - after 20-some years - have been fighting his brother, Esau, who sold his birthright for a bowl of soup, and married pagan women? When Jacob "fought" this entity, he hadn't even seen Esau yet! And HOW could Esau, the mere man be responsible for changing Jacob's name to Israel? No...this fight was with God!

Note verse 24 where "some man wrestled with him until daybreak." As we continue reading, you should have noticed that this couldn't be just any man; it was Yeshua, the arm of YHWH (Isaiah 53:1) sent in the form of a man to wrestle with Ya'akov!

How do we know this? Please refer back to Genesis 32:3-5 and also Genesis 35:1 where YHWH says: "Get up, go up to Beit-El and live there, and make there an altar to God, who appeared to you when you fled 'Esav your brother. (Genesis 32:3-5)"; plus nobody but YHWH has the power to rename someone - especially the man who would end up giving birth to what became known as the Twelve Tribes of Israel!

Plus, as we read on, Ya'akov himself says:

Genesis 32: 29 Ya'akov asked him, "Please tell me your name." But he answered, "Why are you asking about my name?" and blessed him there. 30 Ya'akov called the place P'ni-El [face of God], "Because I have seen God face to face, yet my life is spared." 31 As the sun rose upon him he went on past P'ni-El, limping at the hip. 32 This is why, to this day, the people of Isra'el do not eat the thigh muscle that passes along the hip socket - because the man struck Ya'akov's hip at its socket.

This is confirmed in our Haftarah reading in Hosea 12:4-5 (3-4 in some versions):

Hosea 12: 3 "In the womb he took his brother by the heel; in the strength of his manhood he fought with God. 4 Yes, he fought with an angel and won..."

We know from Exodus 33:20 that nobody can look upon God without dying, and so YHWH in His Mercy and Grace, sent His "Son" in His place. If this doesn't bring tears to your eyes....

So here comes that "million dollar question" that is surely on everyone's mind:

"You believe 'the man' that Ya'akov was wrestling was Yeshua, yet in the Hosea reading it refers to Ya'akov wrestling with an angel. Yeshua is higher than the angels in that He is ONE with YHWH and he came from Him, so why would he be called an angel? Angels don't 'forgive' or 'save'...."

One possible answer is: Perhaps Ya'akov didn't have the words to describe exactly "whom" he was fighting and saw the entity as an angel. In the Genesis account, Ya'akov said he saw a "man" and yet called him "my lord"....Hosea is simply describing the event as if it was a spiritual thing. And don't forget that Yeshua comes long AFTER Hosea, so what else is Hosea going to describe Him as, except as an angel?

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