Hello, and welcome to another video from the only source of information that you need to not only survive the current apocalypse, but actually enjoy it, and today’s video is going to be the first in a brand new series that I am producing called Melchizedek, and the topic of this particular video is going to be the meaning of the word father as used in our Bibles.
When Jesus was asked by the crowds to tell them how they should pray, at Matthew 6:9,10 it is recorded that he told them:
“Pray like this: Our Father who is in the heavens, your name is especially holy. Let your kingdom come. Let your will be done. As in heaven, also upon Earth.”
I know that this may not be how you are use to hearing this verse, but the thought that Jesus was expressing when he spoke can not be translated any more accurately into English.
The point that is going to be important for you to keep in mind as you listen to the remainder of this information, is that Jesus told those in the crowd to pray to God as “Our Father”. Not to his father, not to the father of the crowd, but to our father. The one who is the father of Jesus, as well as the father of those whom Jesus was addressing. At this instance, he made no distinction between his relationship with God, and the relationship of his listeners with God.
According to Mathew 23:9,10, Jesus gave further instructions about how we should feel about our relationship with God.
“And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.”
At this verse, we are told that the only real father that any of us have is God, and according to the verse, the only master that any of us have is Jesus.
The word that gets translated as father in this verse is Pater Strong’s G3962. The Greek word pater is where our English word father comes from.
According to the King James Bible, only Jesus was deserving of being called our master. The word that is translated as master, is Kathegetes Strong’s G2519. Linguistically the word master, doesn’t accurately represent what the word kathegetes means in Attic Greek.
Kathegetes is made up of the two Greek words kata, and hageomai. Kata is one of those words that can mean quite a few things according to variances in the spelling and the surrounding text. It can mean, at, with, along side of, or quite a few other similar things. The second half of this word, hageomai means appointed one. Together the two words, as used at Mathew 23:10 mean one appointed to, as in one appointed to a specific position.
For right now, we don’t need to concern ourselves with the first part of this word, because for our purposes it doesn’t really change anything about the word hageomai which means the appointed one. Plus, quite a few verses use hageomai as a stand alone word to describe prominent people. At Matthew 2:6 the word hageomai is used to describe Jesus without the kata prefix.
“And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judea, art not the least among the princes of Judea: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
An appointed one, a hageomai, might be described as a governor, but according to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, this word could be translated in several other ways. A leader, to lead, to go before, to rule, to command, a prince, or any person appointed by a king, or government, to have authority over others.
If we look at other verses where Jesus used the word father, we will see that he took his own advice. Nowhere in the Bible did he ever call any man his father or his leader, but only spoke of God as his father. That doesn’t mean that Jesus didn’t recognize the authority, or position of our Earthly fathers.
At Matthew 19:19 when asked by a rich man, what a person needed to do in order to have everlasting life, Jesus quoted from “The Ten Commandments” and as part of that, he said:
“Honor your father and mother, and love thy neighbor as yourself.”
Once again, he used the Greek word pater, only this time, he wasn’t talking about our heavenly father, God, but about our fleshly fathers here on Earth.
The Bible makes it clear that Jesus had no fleshly father. Joseph, took Mary in, even though she was already pregnant, because an angel had appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him that Mary was pregnant by Holy Spirit. In effect making God Jesus’ actual father. According to Jesus genealogy many people thought that he was the son of Joseph. As recorded at Luke3:22:
“The Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven saying, You are my beloved Son. With you I am well pleased. When Jesus began his ministry at about 30 years of age, people imagined that he was the son of Joseph”
Hearing God’s voice telling Jesus that he was his son, probably shocked those who heard it. As the verse points out, people had always thought that Jesus was Joseph’s son.
Jesus may have loved Joseph very much. It is even possible that Jesus thought of Joseph as his father. He very likely called Joseph, father. But throughout his ministry none of the writers of any of the New Testament books recorded him doing so.
Every passage where Jesus speaks of his father, he is very obviously speaking of God. But that doesn’t mean that it would be wrong for us to use the word father when speaking of our fleshly fathers.
Jesus, telling the rich man to honor his father and mother, confirms that we are under no obligation to use some different word when speaking of our fleshly fathers. Jesus used the Greek word pater as a title for both our fleshly fathers, and our heavenly father.
But even still our obligations to our parents are not without limits. At Matthew 10:37 Jesus said:
“He that loves his father and mother more than me is not worthy of me.”
There are probably many ways that this teaching could be applied. Primarily, we would never want to do anything that would go against the teachings of Jesus, or our heavenly father, as a means of pleasing our fleshly parents.
Parents will often pressure their children into pursuing high paying careers that work against the divine will. They may expect their children to join some political group, or participate in the family religion. But knowing how God feels about such things, we have to understand that we are under no spiritual obligation to fulfill the desires of our parents, when those desires go against what we know to be right.
If we want to understand what Jesus meant, when he said “Call no man your father, and no man your master” all that we need to do is compare how Jesus, and other righteous men used the words father, and master, to how Jesus enemies and other wicked people used the words father and master. In particular how they used the Greek words pater, and hageomai.
We’ve already established that Jesus and his followers consistently used the word father for both their heavenly father God, as well as their biological, fathers, but the Bible records that others used the title of father when speaking about people that were neither.
At Mark11:10 when Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a colt, the crowds shouted:
“Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest”
Here, the crowds are calling King David, father. King David was a righteous man, and is spoken of as an example to be held up for all who wish to please God. So it would not be wrong for the Jewish people to admire King David.
One of the ways that David set himself apart from other world rulers was by his associations with his heavenly father and his earthly father. Even though David’s Father Jesse was not a major Bible character, he is mentioned by name 42 times. Many of those occurrences as part of the phrase “David, son of Jesse”.
Jesse is Strong’s H3448 and means possessor. It is formed from the Hebrew word Iysh Strong’s H376 which means male tribal leader. In prophecy God himself is called iysh at Hosea2:16.
“And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.”
If we break down this verse according to the definitions of the Hebrew words, Iysh and Ba’al, what is being said here is:
“On that day you will no longer call me your God by contract, but instead will call me your male tribal leader.”
Alternately, if we insert Strong’s definition for the word Jesse what is said here, would be more like this:
“On that day, you will no longer call me your God by contract, but instead will call me your possessor.”
Many Bible readers associate the word possession with demon possession. Jesus cast out demons during his ministry, and very obviously those demons did possess the people that Jesus cast them out of. The Hebrew word Cain, Strong’s H7014 means possession. The implication being that Cain was possessed by someone other than his rightful male tribal leader, his biological father Adam.
Throughout the Bible we are constantly warned against associating with those who are filled with a wicked spirit, but encouraged to associate with those who are filled with the Holy Spirit. When speaking of the wicked we will not hesitate to use the word possession, but when speaking of those who are filled with the Holy Spirit, we never use such a word.
Possession is not a dirty word, it is simply part of the English language. Knowing that the same word is used to describe both, possession by the demons, and possession by God, helps us to have a better understanding of things that are going on in the invisible, spirit, realm.
For someone like Jesus, calling King David, father, could perhaps be appropriate, since his mother was a descendant of David, but since the family lines, as recorded in the Bible are always through the father, perhaps not.
There may have been people among the crowds that day that could trace their lineage through David, but it is unlikely that everyone present could do so.
As recorded it was not a portion of the crowd that was claiming King David as their father. The crowds were making this claim with one unified voice.
Later these same crowds would be shouting, with that same unified voice:
“Crucify him. Crucify him.”
Even though the prophets of old had repeatedly stated that the messiah would come through the line of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, Jesse, and David, Jesus never once used the word father when speaking of such men. If you go back and look at Mark11:10 one more time, you will see that what the crowds were specifically calling David, was the father of their kingdom.
At John8:38-42 Jesus addressed the religious leaders of his day saying, that he was from his father, God, but that they were from their father the devil. They responded by claiming that their father was Abraham. Abraham was not a King, but he was obviously another person that the Jews would have thought of as a father. In particular “The Father Of Their Race”.
At Matthew3:9 Jesus ridiculed such a claim by stating that God could turn rocks into “Children Of Abraham”.
Jesus was not speaking about the genealogy of the Pharisees. Most people understand that it was not the issue of family lineage that Jesus was addressing at this passage. Those rocks very obviously did not posses human DNA.
At Matthew 23:29-31 Jesus used the word father as it would have been used by the scribes and Pharisees:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.”
If we look at these verses and think deeply about what is said, as well as what is not said, it becomes obvious that the use of the word father here, has nothing to do with family lineage.
Since both the prophets, and those who killed them were descendants of Jacob, both groups would have been the biological ancestors of the Pharisees. There would be no way around it.
The events that Jesus was speaking about had taken place hundreds of years earlier. Every member of Jewish society would have been somehow related to those prophets, as well as to those who killed them.
When the Pharisees claimed that they would not have killed the prophets if they had lived at the time of their fathers, it established that those Pharisees felt that they had an emotional bond with those whom they called father that they did not have with those that they referred to as the prophets. That emotional bond, is what we today call patriotism.
Cain did not kill Abel because he did something wrong, but because Abel always tried to do what was right.(1John3:12) Throughout the Bible, Abel is always held up as an example of a righteous person for us to emulate. Abel unlike Cain who was possessed by an unclean spirit, was obviously filled with a clean spirit. In the Bible, the words clean and unclean are used interchangeably with the words wicked and righteous. At least when speaking of spirits.
Those so called “fathers” killed the prophets for the same reason that Cain killed his brother. They killed the prophets, because the prophets made them look bad.
According to 1John3:12:
“We do not want to be like Cain, who was of the evil one, and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s deeds were righteous.”
In this verse Cain is said to be of the evil one, Satan, the founder of civilization.
Jesus was pointing out a tendency of all people throughout all of human history to think of the founders of nations as fathers. Even those who are founders of institutions and crafts are called fathers in the Bible. Genesis4:20-21 bears this out.
“ Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe.”
Obviously all of those who have ever dwelt in tents have not been the biological children of Jabal, and likewise, all of those who have ever played musical instruments have not been the biological children of Jubal.” However, even in our modern society we recognize the founders of many institutions as fathers.
Genesis Chapter 10 is called the table of nations. It is a list of every nation that existed in Abraham’s day, and each of those nations has the same name as their founding fathers. In other words the nation that was called Mizraim was named after the father of everyone that lived there. His name being Mizraim as well. Initially Mizraim was not just the figurative father of his nation, but the actually father of everyone who lived there.
All the way through the Old Testament the name of the nation of Mizraim never changed’ even long after the founder had died, and even after many thousands had migrated out of Mizraim, and many thousand of others had migrated into Mizraim. Eventually many of the people that lived in Mizraim were not biologically related to it’s founder in any way, and yet throughout the Old Testament, the name of the nation never changed. In English Mizraim is translated as Egypt.
When Abraham fled into Egypt, he came into contact with a man that the Bible calls Pharaoh. (Strong’s H6547) In Hebrew, Pharaoh means Great family. However most Bible reference material says that pharaoh means “great house”. Even in our day the words house and family are often interchangeable. In the ancient past there was only one word for both.
The title Pharaoh is used throughout the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments, but by Jesus day, the meaning of the word Pharaoh (Strong’s G5328), the exact same word spelled using the Greek alphabet, was not the same as the meaning of the word Pharaoh as found in the Old Testament, spelled using the Hebrew alphabet.
The word meaning great house in Hebrew, when rendered into Greek, means “His Nakedness”. Altering the meaning of this word in this way, in our Bibles, is not without purpose. Hundreds of years earlier at Isaiah20:4, it was recorded:
“so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptian captives and the Cushite exiles, both the young and the old, naked and barefoot, with buttocks uncovered. The nakedness of Egypt.”
When Abraham met Pharaoh, it is likely that the Pharaoh that he met was in fact his distant cousin, Mizraim.
As this series continues I am going to be sharing information about family relationships that is going to be critical to our understanding of the overall theme of the Bible.
Noah, and his sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth would have survived long after the ark came to rest on dry land. Long enough to witness their descendants grow in numbers great enough to cover a large area of the Earth. As long as Noah was alive, he would have been the family head of everyone on the planet. According to natural law, Noah should have been the acknowledged father of everyone alive on the Earth.
But according to to the Bible, Noah’s roll as family head was not respected as it should have been.
The births and deaths of many significant Bible personalities were recorded according to a very easy to understand system of dating. Bible chronology of major events is always associated with the lives of those men. In other words, it is very easy to determine the timing of major Bible events by simply looking at who was involved in those events.
According to the Bible, Abraham was involved in the first recorded war in all of human history. At the conclusion of a major battle in that war Abraham met with a man called Melchizedek. Most people are familiar with the account. But what most people are not aware of is that according to Bible chronology, the war that Abraham was involved in, began while Noah was still alive.
There can be no doubt, that if humanity had been obedient to God’s natural law, of honoring father and mother, there is no way that Noah’s descendants would have been fighting for world domination. As the father of everyone alive, it would have been common knowledge that Noah was the rightful family head of mankind.
By the time that Abraham met with Melchizedek, Noah was already dead. We are not told about the cause of Noah’s death, but it is very likely that his death was related to the war. He may have been murdered by one of his descendants who was lusting after world domination, or he may have simply died of a broken heart at seeing his descendants murdering one another.
Those who were the recognized leaders in that war, are all mentioned by name. The Bible tells us who they were, where they came from, and who their parents were, and clearly says that each and every one of them was killed by God for refusing to honor their fathers and mothers. I will explain this in much greater detail in part 3 of this series.
Speaking of powerful world leaders as fathers is not a behavior that is unique to ancient Judea. As a child I was taught about the founding fathers of America. As a member of the US military, I traveled to many nations and witnessed personally that most countries refer to powerful political leaders from the past, as their fathers.
In particular, I remember talking to a man in Turkey, about their coins. I had noticed that every coin had an image of the same man on it. When I asked who he was, I was told, “That is our father Ataturk”. Ataturk is the recognized founding father of modern Turkey.
At a very young age, I was aware of Jesus’ admonition to call no man father, but until about 15 years ago, I was never really able to recognize the connection between what Jesus said, and the founding fathers of nations.
As far as I know, none of the men that are called founding fathers of this country are part of my family tree. But even if they were, I would still have to keep in mind what Jesus said at Mathew 23:9,10.
“Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”
Patriotism can be defined as the belief that a person should put the welfare of their own community, or nation above the welfare of others. In effect seeking their own self interest. Obviously there would be a major conflict with the teachings of Patriotism and the teaching of Christ to honor our fathers and mothers and love our neighbor as our self.
I can not imagine following the example set by the Pharisees of calling wicked men by the title of father. In the land of my birth, those who are considered the founding fathers, were very much like those whom the Pharisees considered to be their fathers.
Even if I were to find out that each and every one of the founding fathers of America were part if my family tree, I would feel no obligation to break God’s law as a means of honoring them. Keeping in mind the words of Jesus as recorded at Matthew 10:37, our feelings towards the wicked should not be affected by our genealogy.
“He that loves his father and mother more than me is not worthy of me.”
If we go back into the Bible and look at the word prophet as it is consistently used, it quickly becomes obvious that being considered a prophet is not limited to men such as Daniel, Elijah, and Samuel. Hundreds of people in the Bible are called prophet even though there is no evidence that they did the miraculous things that were accomplished by such men.
Most Bible prophets were simply people that rejected civilization and cared for God’s creation. Men and women that cared for the land and it’s animals. Those who are often spoken of by titles such as shepherd.
I produced a video a while back called “Rechabite Economy” about one family that refused to participate in Jewish society, and were miraculously spared destruction when Babylon conquered, enslaved, and executed many others. The story of that family as recorded in our Bibles bears a striking resemblance to the story of the Native peoples of North America.
Many of those that are considered to be the founding fathers of The United States, took the lead in conducting the North American Genocide. It was the founding fathers that initiated laws forcing the young men of this nation to engage in carnal warfare, often against their will. Many of the founding fathers enslaved their fellow human beings in their lusts for power and material wealth.
In our day if you ask a patriot about the undeniable vile behavior of the founding fathers, they, just like the Pharisees will explain how times were different, as if somehow, human beings have only recently discovered the difference between right and wrong. As Jesus said at Matthew 23:29-31:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Patriots! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.”
I love my father because he loved me and cared for my needs when I was unable to care for myself. If my father had dedicated his life to breaking God’s law in some kind of quest for world domination, it is unlikely that I would have developed the kind of relationship that I had with the man who dedicated his life to being my father.
I love my God for the same reason.
I speak of both my fleshly father who raised me, and my creator who gave me life as Father. If I had been lovingly raised by a man that was not biologically related to me, I imagine that I would have developed similar emotions for that man.
The title of father represents something too precious and holy to share with those who do not qualify. Giving parental honor to those who are not our parents would break God’s law to honor our father and mother.
By accident of birth I live within the the boarders of the land that those men stole. I do not live my life in such a way as to pay some kind of homage to them. But, at the same time, I don’t live my life in such a way as to pay homage to those that they killed.
I do however, try to live my life in a way that should be pleasing to my fleshly father and mother. But I especially try to live my life in a way that I feel would be pleasing to my heavenly father.
I recognize that the command to honor my father and mother, might require me to honor the fathers and mothers of my fathers and mothers, all the way back to Adam and Eve, the original father and mother of us all. As I understand the commandment to honor my father and mother, as repeated throughout the Bible, I feel safe in saying that this likely accurately represents the only human hierarchy ever approved by God.
When we take into consideration how the title of appointed one is used throughout the Bible, we see a pattern similar to that of the use of the word meaning father.
The word hageomai is repeatedly used to denote men who were appointed as high ranking government officials.
The Bible repeatedly tells us that all human beings have the same father. God did not create his children so that they would form up into teams, ruled over by wicked men with a lust for power, unlawfully claiming the titles of father, or master, for themselves.
Malachi2:10 puts it this way:
Do we not all have one father? Did not one God create us all? Why do we profane the covenant of our ancestors by being unfaithful to one another?
Somehow even Pilot recognized that Jesus had been appointed by God. As the Jews were demanding that Jesus be put to death at John 19:15, Pilot asked them:
“Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.”
As honorable as their decision may have seemed at the time, the Jews did not maintain their patriotic zeal all the way to their end. Only a few short years after rejecting Jesus, in favor of Caesar. God used the Roman empire to execute those who executed his son. Divine Justice, Indeed!
At Isaiah9:6 in prophecy, Jesus is called prince.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
The title of prince indicates that Jesus would be considered the son of the King. Since Jesus is the recognized son of God, this would be appropriate. But, in this verse, Jesus is also called everlasting Father.
How do we incorporate the idea of Jesus being our everlasting father, with our new understanding of Jesus words at Mathew 23:9,10, to call no man father?
“And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.”
Keeping in mind, that the word translated as master in this verse would be more accurately translated as appointed one, and that it is unique in this verse because of the prefix kata.
Hageomai means appointed one, but kathegetes means one who is appointed to.
This entire verse is primarily about who we should call father. Here, we are being commanded to call God our father because he created us, while at the same time being commanded to call Jesus our father because God appointed Jesus to be our father.
The war between God’s Kingdom and Satan’s Empire is a war between two feuding families. Those who are children of civilization’s founding fathers, have been at war with the children of God for nearly 6,000 years. That war is nearing it’s end.
According to 1John3:10, determining who someone’s father is, is actually quite easy.
“In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.”
As the children of Satan continue to slaughter one another in their perpetual war for world domination, the children of God continue to patiently wait for God’s kingdom to be restored.
Each and every person alive on this Earth came to be, through a process knows as sexual reproduction. In English this process is also known as sexual intercourse. Often when speaking of sexual reproduction, we will simply say intercourse.
In English this word can also mean communication or dealings between individuals or groups. Iinterestingly enough, there seem to be similar words in many languages spoken by man.
Even in ancient Hebrew, words associated with communication are used to describe sexual reproducion. At Genesis 4:1 the Bible says:
“Now Adam KNEW his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.”
The word translated as knew is actually the word yada (Strong’s H3045) At some verses this word is obviously about sexual intercourse, but at other verses it is not. Genesis 3:7 uses the word yada this way:
“Then the eyes of both were opened, and they KNEW that they were naked.”
We have purposely been trained from infancy to think of communication as being language, whether written or spoken, but it should be obvious to everyone that communication, involves much more. All of our senses can be involved. Embracing somone is a form of communication. Kissing is a form of communication. And very obviously sexual intercourse, is simply another form of communication.
Sexual intercourse not only allows a man and woman to very effectively communicate their emotions to one another, but it also allows a man and woman to communicate to their offspring.
It is the sex act that communicates things such as hair color, skin color, height, and blood type into what makes us who we are physically. Only our biological parents can transmit these things into thier children. Many times we can even perceive personality traits transmitted from parent to child.
Even though physical characteristics may be part of what defines us as a person, a much more important part of what makes us who we are would be our personality.
How much of our personality is inherited biologically is unknown. But it should be obvious that much of what defines us is a matter of personal choice.
It is through sexual intercourse that we inherit our physical characteristics. It is through social intercourse that we inherit our spiritual characteristics. When Jesus called the Pharisees children of the serpents, he was very obviously speaking about the effects of social intercourse. Not sexual intercourse.
I know that what I am telling you may sound strange. It may not even make sense to you for the moment. But I promise that by the end of this series, it will make perfect sense in a way that you are currently not even able to imagine. Please continue to watch this series all the way to it’s end.
If you don’t want to survive, don’t listen to me.