4 But flesh [basar] with the life [nefesh] thereof, which is the blood [dahm] thereof, shall ye not eat.
Besides the ruach and neshemeh without, there are certain elementary principles, in a state of combination, within all living souls, which are related to them by fixed and appropriate laws, for the manifestation of living actions. The light to the eye, and the eye to the light; so also, the breath and the Spirit of God to the constituents of blood, and the blood to them. These, acting and re-acting upon each other in the lungs of all breathing frames, cause that motion throughout their structure which is termed life. The following testimonies will throw some light upon this part of our subject.
"Flesh, be-nephesh-u, with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat."
This teaches that blood is the nephesh, or life of the flesh; hence it continues, "and surely your blood, lah-nephesh-tikam, for your Iives will I require" (Gen. 9:5). We often find life put for blood, and blood for life, as elsewhere in the context.
" Be sure that thou eat not the blood, for the blood is the nephesh, or life; and thou mayest not eat the life, nephesh, with the flesh" (Deut. 12:23).
But, to this it might be objected, that if the blood be the life, then so long as it is in the body it ought to live; on the contrary it dies with the blood in it. True. Moses, however, does not teach the dogma of an abstract vital principle; but life, the result and consequence of the decomposition and re-combination of the elements of certain compounds. The blood abstractly considered is not life; yet relatively, it is "the life of the flesh."
The following testimony will show the sense in which the phrase "the blood is the life" is used.
"I will set my face against that soul that eateth blood. For the life of the flesh is IN the blood itself. I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for nephesh-tikem your lives: for it is the blood that atones be-nephesh for the soul "
"Whosoever catcheth any fowl that may be eaten, he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust. For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof. Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh; for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof" (Lev. 17:11).
Nothing can be plainer than this.
There are three kinds of living manifestations, which are characterized by the nature of the organization, or being, through which they occur. Hence, we have vegetable life, animal life, and incorruptible life. The last is immortality; because the body through which the life is manifested being incorruptible, never wears out; so that being once put into motion by the Spirit of God, it lives for ever.
Vegetable and animal life, on the contrary, are terminable or mortal; because the materials through which it is revealed are perishably organized. Mortality, then, is life manifested through a corruptible body; and immortality, life manifested through an incorruptible body. Hence, the necessity laid down in the saying of the apostle,
"this corruptible body must put on incorruption, and this mortal put on immortality,"
before death can be "swallowed up in victory" (1 Cor. 15:53-54).
This doctrine of "life and incorruptibility" was new to the Greeks and Romans; and brought to light only through the gospel of the kingdom and name of Jesus Christ. It was to them foolishness; and is to the moderns incredible, because they understand not the glad tidings of the age to come.
Elpis Israel 1.2.
6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood [Shofech dahm (one who sheddeth man's blood)] , by man shall his blood [dahm] be shed: for in the image [tzelem] of Elohim made he man.
This principle taught the basic sanctity of life. This principle was soon abandoned by the pagan Apostasy that developed after the flood. The taking of a man's life was a crime which could only be atoned for by the shedding of the blood of the perpetrator (Nu.35.33). Blood was purged with blood. On this principle will Christ and the saints operate, to make a sin offering of the nations which have polluted the earth by their crimes (Is.34.5.8, Rev .19 .17- 21).*
13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
In nature, the rainbow is evolved by the action of showery vapour upon the sun's rays, which, in passing through the aqueous globules, are refracted, and form an arch upon that part of the clouds opposite to the sun, glowing with all the colours of the prismatic, or solar, spectrum.
The rainbow is never seen except when the sun is shining, and when rain is falling between the spectator and the part of the horizon where the bow is seen. These facts must not be lost sight of in considering the significancy of the rainbow when used as a symbol.
Sun, light, rain, cloud, are elements necessary to the production of the natural bow; so are they also to the evolution of a symbolical arch in the heaven pertaining to the throne. In the absence of the Sun of Righteousness from the heaven, and of the light of life, glory, honour, and power, which he will irradiate, the rainbow encircling the throne cannot be seen.
Neither can the light irradiating from Him, be reflected to the spectator-world from the clouds of immortals about the throne, until the rain-showers of the heaven shall descend upon the mown grass to fertilize the earth. These are indispensable conditions to the evolution of the bow, which is the symbol of a clear and blessed sunshine after previous "lightnings, thunders, and voices from the throne," contemporaneously with gently descending rain.
Based upon these principles, I remark that the order of the bow's development is,
The opening of the heaven by the Stone-Power smiting Nebuchadnezzar's Image upon the feet; The establishment of the throne in the heaven by mowing the earth at harvest time (xiv. 15); in the storm-period of "the lightnings, thunders, and voices proceeding from the throne" (iv. 5); by which the kingdoms of the world are taken possession of by the saints; The grass of the earth being thus mown, its harvest reaped, and its vintage trodden out, the rain of the heaven descends in the blessing of Abraham upon the nations; which, being subdued, are blessed in Abraham and his Seed, or in Jesus and the saints;
"As brightness of morning, THE RULER rises, the Sun of an unclouded dawn, shining forth after rain upon the tender grass of the earth." The effect of this shining is that the Rainbow-Throne covenanted to David is beheld through the descending rain, which diffuses the knowledge of its glory to the utmost bounds of the habitable world.
The rainbow, then, is the token, or symbol of the Covenant. The bow in the natural heavens has been so designated by the Spirit from the days of Noah, after his salvation by water; and all who have looked upon the phenomenon with minds enlightened by the truth, from his day to this, have viewed it as the memorial of Yahweh's covenant.
The first place in which this covenant is alluded to is in Gen. vi. 18; it does not follow, however, that no covenant existed till the time therein indicated. Yahweh had a covenant which he styled, "My covenant." It was on account of this covenant that the race of Adam was perpetuated in Noah. If he had not found favour with Yahweh because of his faith in the covenanted promises, the race would have been exterminated from the earth. He became "heir of the righteousness which is by faith"; by that faith, which is "the substance of things being hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Noah died in this faith "not having received the promises." He has not received them yet; nor will he receive them "without us," for all the saints of all the generations are to be perfected together (Heb. xi. 7,13,39,40). Hence, the things Noah believed were the promises of the covenant with which he had been acquainted several centuries before the Flood. They were the promises made when the lives of the animals were cut off in Paradise for Adam's transgression (Gen. iii. 15,21). This covenant was renewed with Noah as its Heir, and afterwards with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David. It was the covenant l'doroth olahm, "for the generations of the hidden period"; and therefore styled berith olahm, the "covenant of the hidden period." (Gen. ix. 12,16).
Now, the total destruction of the Adamic race in the line of Cain did not shake Noah's faith in the covenant. He still hoped for the promises it revealed. Seeing this, the Eternal Spirit condescended to communicate with Noah, and to assure him through Angel-Elohim, that no such sweeping destruction by water should again afflict the race. Hitherto, he had seen the prismatic arch photographed upon the clouds by clear shining of the sun through the rain; but he had never beheld it as a token, or sign of any thing else than that the weather was about to fair off.
The time, however, had now arrived when henceforth he would view it as the symbol of salvation. For Elohim said: "I have set my bow in the cloud; and it shall be for THE TOKEN OF THE COVENANT between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud. And I will look upon it, that I may remember the covenant of the hidden period between the Elohim and every living soul of all flesh that is upon the earth."
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
Ham is cursed through his posterity (Canaan), This curse has continued through the centuries until the present day upon the hamitic (dark) races. A servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. The Truth can emancipate a person from this curse (Acts 8.27-39). A person must judge for himself about the historical record, although such a view would be contradicted by the godless humanism of today.*
27 Elohim shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
History testifies to this enlargement of the European powers including Britain, with empires and colonies beyond the seas. The Greek Empire, the Roman Empire, the Hapsburg Empire, the Spanish Empire, the Portuguese empire, the French Empire, the Dutch Empire...... the Germanic Empire, the Russian Empire, the Mogul Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the British Empire, the American Empire.
It is when nations enlarge their borders that trouble arises. Witness the papal empire, the 30 years war*, annihalation of the witnesses; witness the First and Second World Wars.
In the latter days it is Russia that enlarges her borders and swallows up many nations (Hbk.2.6, Is.10.I3,I5, Ezk.38.4-7. This will precipitate the crisis of Armageddon and the great conflict of the nations over Israel and world domination.*
*The Apocalyptic Messenger,
Bro Richard Lister
*The Thirty Years' War was a 17th-century conflict fought primarily in central Europe.
With Emperor Ferdinand II ascension to head of state of the Holy Roman Empire in 1619, one of his first actions was to force citizens of the empire to adhere to Roman Catholicism, even though religious freedom had been granted as part of the Peace of Augsburg.
The resultant war lasted from 1618 to 1648, starting as a battle among the Catholic and Protestant states that formed the Holy Roman Empire. It remains one of the longest and most brutal wars in human history, with more than 8 million casualties resulting from military battles as well as from the famine and disease caused by the conflict.