Isaiah 61 – Good Tidings of Salvation &Sin and Confession

I don’t understand how or why anyone would manipulate the Bible.  I mean, to manipulate the Bible you have to have read it and if you read it then you would know that only fools go against You.

Tel Hazor
Tel Hazor is an archaeological tell at the site of ancient Hazor, located in Israel, Upper Galilee, north of the Sea of Galilee, in the northern Korazim Plateau.

In the Middle Bronze Age (around 1750 BC) and the Israelite period (ninth century BC), Hazor was the largest fortified city in the country and one of the most important in the Fertile Crescent. It maintained commercial ties with Babylon and Syria, and imported large quantities of tin for the bronze industry. In the Book of Joshua, Hazor is described as “the head of all those kingdoms” (Josh. 11:10).

The Hazor expedition headed by Yigal Yadin in the mid-1950s was the most important dig undertaken by Israel in its early years of statehood. Tel Hazor is the largest archaeological site in northern Israel, featuring an upper tell of 30 acres and a lower city of more than 175 acres.

Canaanite Hazor
During the Egyptian Second Intermediate Period and early New Kingdoms (together running between 18th century BC and 13th century BC), Canaan was an Egyptian vassal state; thus 14th century documents, from the El Amarna archive in Egypt, describe the king of Hazor (in Amarna letters called Hasura), Abdi-Tirshi, as swearing loyalty to the Egyptian pharaoh.

However, EA 148 specifically reports that Hasura’s king had gone over to the Habiru, who were invading Canaan. In these documents, Hazor is described as an important city in Canaan. Hazor is also mentioned in the Execration texts, that pre-date the Amarna letters, and in 18th century BC documents found in Mari on the Euphrates River.

According to the Book of Joshua, Hazor was the seat of Jabin, a powerful Canaanite king who led a Canaanite confederation against Joshua, but was defeated by Joshua, who burnt Hazor to the ground.

According to the Book of Judges, Hazor was the seat of Jabin, the king of Canaan, whose commander, Sisera, led a Canaanite army against Barak, but was ultimately defeated.

Textual scholars believe that the prose account of Barak, which differs from the poetic account in the Song of Deborah, is a conflation of accounts of two separate events, one concerning Barak and Sisera like the poetic account, the other concerning Jabin’s confederation and defeat.

In addition, the Book of Judges and Book of Joshua may be parallel accounts referring to the same events, rather than describing different time periods, and thus they may refer to the same Jabin, a powerful king based in Hazor, whose Canaanite confederation was defeated by an Israelite army.

“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Rev 22:18-19).

Aside from that, why would anyone want to do that when there’s nothing we can do or even give ourselves better than You can.

From reading the Bible I feel sorry for so many people, like millions upon millions that have fallen into the Catholic trap and will spend eternity in hell because of the greedy Popes and priests.

1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

61:1-2 – Jesus applied these verses to Himself in the synagogue at Nazareth (Lk 4:16-21; cf. Matt 11:5).

“Spirit…is upon me” – the statement probably refers to Isaiah in a limited sense, but the Messianic servant is the main figure intended.

2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

“Acceptable year of the LORD” – corresponds to the “day of salvation” in 49:8 and “the year of my redeemed” in 63:4.  Christ ended His quotation at this point (Lk 4:19-20), probably because the “day of vengeance” will not occur until His second coming.

3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

4  And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.

6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

7  For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.

8 For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.

10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Sin and Confession

To have your sins forgiven you must confess them to God, nobody else.  Only God can forgive sins.  But once God forgives them you can’t continue to be evil, that’s not how it works.  If God forgives your sins and you continue to do so then you are mocking God and you are not saved as you may think:

“For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries” (Heb 10:26-27).

Jesus had even said that even though you may lead people to Him, if you do it for the benefit of yourself of mankind then you are going to hell:

“Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?  and in thy name cast out devils?  And in thy name done many wonderful works?

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matt 7:21-23).

The above scriptures are talking about anyone that tried to manipulate God’s holiness, such as most Jews, the Catholics, and the like:

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Gal 6:7-8).

“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy that it cannot hear:

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isa 59:1-2).

Don’t let the Catholics fool you, they want you to believe that they can forgive sin but only God can do that:

“And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.

And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies?  Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?

Whether is easier to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?

But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgiven sins(Lk 5:20-24).

Not only do the Catholics say they can forgive sins, they say they are the only ones on earth that can, but no one but God can forgive sin.

Saint Thascius Caeciliu Cyprian (c. 200- 258 A.D.) the bishop of Carthage said that “the forgiveness of sins can take place only through the priests.”

Saint Aurelius Ambrosius (337-397 A.D.) an archbishop of Milan, in regard to the forgiveness of sin said “this right is given to priests only.”

Pope Leo I, also known as Saint Leo the Great (440-461 A.D.) says “absolution can be obtained only through the prayers of the priests.”

Pope Francis (1936-present) says that he will forgive any Catholic that participates through the “television or radio or, with due devotion, via the new means of social communication” (Twitter).

It gets even better, the Catholics say you are better off if you confess your sins to them rather than to God, and here are the reasons:

The sinner seeks forgiveness in the manner in which Christ intended. 

When sins are confessed aloud to another person, he learns a lesson in humility and accountability, which is most likely avoided when he confesses only through private prayer. 

He receives sacramental graces that help him want to seek Heaven and avoid sin.

Through this sacrament, he hears the words, “I absolve you of your sins” and can be assured that his sins are forgiven, rather than relying on a subjective “feeling.” 

He can obtain sound counsel and advice on avoiding the same sins again.

The Catholic Church is the work of the devil himself, who is a liar, a thief, a homosexual, a murderer, a rapist, a pediphile and anything else that isn’t moral:

“Ye are of your father the devil and the lusts of your father ye will do.  He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  when he speaketh a lie he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it” (Jn 8:44).

The Catholic church twists the meaning of scriptures just like Satan did:

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.  The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (Jas 5:16).

However, there is a difference between seeking a brother’s help in overcoming a fault and having your sin forgiven.  You must confess your sins to God verbally for them to be forgiven:

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom 10:9-10).

The Catholics use the following scripture for their benefit, saying that it is say that they can forgive sin:

“Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained “(Jn 20:23).

“This verse does not mean that mere men can actually forgive sins, this is something only God alone can do” (Mk 2:7-10; Lk 5:21-24).

Christ speaks these words to His apostles in the context of the authority He was giving them within their commission (see Jn 20:21).  Here, He gives them the power to put out of the church, or disfellowship, those who are dissenters or heretics.

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple” (Rom 16:17-18)

Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother  that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, not that man and have no company with him that he may be ashamed (2 Thess 3:6, 14).

Christians are to confess their sins to God, not men. Notice David’s example:

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar” (Ps 51).

No man can forgive sins and neither has any man, other than Jesus Christ our High Priest, been given the office of mediator between mankind and God. The author of Hebrews, which I believe was Paul, was inspired to write:

“Therefore He [Christ] is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He ever lives to make intercession for them” (Heb 7:25).

The apostle Paul also wrote:

“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” Thus, the Bible clearly shows that confession of one’s sins ought to be made to God, not to a fellow human being” (1 Tim 2:5).

John writes that, when we sin…

“…we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

And he is the propitiation [the atoning sacrifice] for our sins” (1 Jn 2:1-2).

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 Jn 1:9).

“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:14-16).

Not everything that the Catholics say is false, actually almost everything they say is right up there with Jesus, but they manipulate for their benefit, walking away from God. 

Pope Francis even ignores God’s words about homosexuality (Lev 20:13; Rom 1:26-28; 1 Cor 6:9, 7:2; 1 Tim 1:10; Heb 13:1-25; Jude 7; Rev 22:15). 

Pope Francis seems to feel that as long as a gay priest is not doing it openly, keeps his sick acts behind closed doors, he should not be judged.  The Pope says:

I think that when we encounter a gay person, we must make the distinction between the fact of a person being gay and the fact of a lobby, because lobbies are not good. … If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge that person?”

He talks like a true politician.  In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI instituted a much different policy, which stated that men with “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” could not be ordained. 

In 2010, Benedict said , “Homosexuality is incompatible with the priestly vocation.”

Therefore I must assume that Pope Francis, like the priests, also enjoys the alter boys.

Those that follow the Catholic faith will go to Hell, how do I know this?

Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: you cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils (1 Cor 10:21).

The Catholic priests aren’t the only perverts that molest children, there are a lot of school teachers and I’d like to talk about that tomorrow.