Honor

Following is an article by figtreefruit-israelwatcher.blogspot.com which “peels back” the “veil” spoken of in Isaiah 25. We are finally seeing the coming of Yeshua, our King – who will go first to His people, Yerushalyim, and it is a wonder to behold.

For a preview, from one of the Jewish leaders in the upcoming event, this quote will give you the gist of what’s about to happen for the first time:

We live in this reality every day. The battle that is raging around us is mighty on many fronts. There is every ‘natural’ reason for fear to raise its ugly head. But we have chosen not to look to the way of this world but to trust in God. His way is our way and His victory is our victory. We step out in faith and the wonder of God surrounds our life. We are committed to stepping out in faith also in sharing Yeshua with those we meet.

And, so, in this, my right hand’s art, I hope to honor those whom YHWH has placed in leadership over the Earth … from Yerushalayim, Israel.

Micah 4:2 – Many nations will go and say,
“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh,
and to the house of the God of Jacob;
and he will teach us of his ways,
and we will walk in his paths.”
For the law will go out of Zion,
and Yahweh’s word from Jerusalem!

Sincerely, Tom Chaffer – myrighthandsart.com

Historic: Welcoming the King of Glory Conference Jerusalem

It’s a First & Your Prayers are Especially Needed to Cover What is About to Take Place!

On October 10-13th, a significant first will take place in Jerusalem during the festivities of the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot as it is known from the Biblical Fall Feasts of God. During this season it is quite usual for Israel and especially Jerusalem to be overflowing with Christians who come to celebrate the feasts at many conferences that are conducted by Christian ministries.

What makes the “Welcoming the King of Glory” conference different is that this marks the first time that the Israeli ministry leaders were asked to be both the organizer and leaders the conference that would host ministry leaders and participants from the nations. Usually these international conferences are entirely organized and lead by Christian groups, with some participation in speaking by the local Israeli ministries.

But a group of indigenous ministry leaders including many different Pacific islanders, New Zealand and Australia including Hawaiians and First Nations of the Americas, approached the Israeli ministry leaders to do a conference in Israel – with one catch:

They would not do the conference unless the Israeli leaders led it. They said it was time for the Israeli leaders to sit at the table as an older brother and they stated that the nations could not find their right place until the Jewish leaders from Israel stepped into their place. What a powerful breakthrough of prophetic insight!

Adonai Roi congregation (The Lord is my Shepherd kehila) and Dugit Ministries leader, Avi Mizrachi in Tel Aviv said, “This is the first time that a group of Israeli leaders are leading a gathering where we are inviting the native leaders from the far islands to come and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles with us.”

Click here to read the rest of this article on figtreefruit-israelwatcher.blogspot.com.

Calling for Restoration at the 500th Year of the Reformation

 

Published on Sep 25, 2017 · 1 hour ago by the HaYovel Youtube channel – Intro from Tommy Waller: “The message I am giving in this video is from my heart. My hope is that those who hear it will be moved to come out of “Replacement Theology” with the simple understanding that God never changes – His promises are irrevocable (Numbers 23:19, Malachi 3:6, James 1:17)

Romans 11:29 – “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”

The time has come for us to fully repent for the sins of our fathers committed either from willful intent, or ignorance. The fruit was, and still is, devastating to the Jewish people. Please join me, not in a new Christian Reformation, but in the prophetic “Restoration of All Things.”

Tommy Waller, President and Founder, HaYovel
http://www.HaYovel.com

For an in-depth history lesson on the abuses – by the Christian Church – against Jews, please also watch this:

Overcoming the Confusion of Your Youth

YHWH presides over chaos. That’s His M.O. (Mode of Operations). He loves a tricky puzzle drawn from chaos, the grave, emptiness, void…

“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” – Genesis 1:2

The Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh – Breath of the Holy) hovers over your waters.. your formless void and darkness. He YEARNS to breathe on your being!

When we were younger (or you may still be younger), we were driven by our passions.. like the tempest of a storm on the sea.. like leaves in the wind.. but, as Isaiah prophesies in the following passage, YHWH yearns to speak into your “barrenness” and give you His complete “shalom” (whole body, soul & spirit peace and wellness).

Yeshua (Jesus) breathed His last, as a tortured, completely innocent and yet-unresurrected man, to secure your shalom.

John 19:30 “When Jesus (Yeshua) therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” … He breathed His last breath… for you.

Let Him breathe on you today. Calm yourself in the midst of your storm… and listen.

Isaiah 54:1 “Sing, O barren one, you who did not bear! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who have not been in labour! For the children of the deserted one are more than the children of the married woman,” said יהוה.
2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not. Lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.
3 “For you shall break forth to the right and to the left, and your seed inherit the nations, and make the deserted cities inhabited.
4 “Do not fear, for you shall not be put to shame, nor hurt, you shall not be humiliated. For the shame of your youth you shall forget, and not remember the reproach of your widowhood any more.
5 “For your Maker is your husband, יהוה of hosts is His Name, and the Set-apart One of Yisra’ĕl is your Redeemer. He is called the Elohim of all the earth.
6 “For יהוה has called you like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when you were refused,” declares your Elohim.
7 “For a little while I have forsaken you, but with great compassion I shall gather you.
8 “In an overflow of wrath I hid My face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I shall have compassion on you,” said יהוה, your Redeemer.
9 “For this is the waters of Noaḥ to Me, in that I have sworn that the waters of Noaḥ would never again cover the earth, so have I sworn not to be wroth with you, nor to rebuke you.
10 “For though the mountains be removed and the hills be shaken, My kindness is not removed from you, nor is My covenant of peace shaken,” said יהוה, who has compassion on you.
11 “O you afflicted one, tossed with storm, and not comforted, see, I am setting your stones in antimony, and shall lay your foundations with sapphires,
12 and shall make your battlements of rubies, your gates of crystal, and all your walls of precious stones,
13 and all your children taught by יהוה, and the peace of your children great.
14 “In righteousness you shall be established – far from oppression, for you shall not fear, and far from ruin, for it does not come near you.
15 “See, they shall indeed assemble, but not because of Me. Whoever shall assemble against you falls for your sake!
16 “See, I Myself have created the blacksmith who blows the coals in the fire, who brings forth an instrument for his work. And I have created the waster to destroy.
17 “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall prove wrong. This is the inheritance of the servants of יהוה, and their righteousness from Me,” declares יהוה.

Enjoy the above video.

Pray for the breathe-infused shalom of Israel.

Unity Coalition for Israel

Quick post about a wonderful site I frequent – The Unity Coalition for Israel!

They have a great daily newsletter that includes a daily “Video News” channel – from 3 different sources (uc4i.org/video) and a “Beauty, Diversity, Science” video channel (uc4i.org/beauty)  that combats the “BDS” (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement against Israel with the most beautiful things about Israel.

Give it a look, subscribe and share it! Great resource!

uc4i.org

[OriginalSong/Sermon] 7-fold Holy Spirit

It’s about the children. Live for the real (science) future. Not someone else’s fantasy. Study. Be real. Love.

YHWH (the Father), Eloheinu (the Spirit), YHWH (the Son) – Echad! (Deut. 6:4)

Music in the background is mine. I write on various devices. This one was with my guitar and Logic 7 (back in the day). Now I mostly write on my iPhone with LoopyHD. You can visit my latest music work here on Soundcloud.com/atomsound.

Incomprehensible

Why is it that the world hates Israel? Somebody please have the chutzpah to log in and comment.

Honestly (speaking as an American), they’re second only to the USA in originality, pluck and kindness… yet the world hates on.

Why is that, d’ya suppose?

All us Christians (who support Israel) tend to jump to the conclusion that it’s, I don’t know, maybe Satan?

But it should also be of great concern to the purveyors of the most libelous liberty and charade: Israel is just the cat’s meow!

It’s super-cool,

super-ethnic,

super-mixed,

and

super-kind…

Israel is, in fact, the best thing that ever happened to the Middle East (next to Alexandria).

And, if I was a libelous liberal, I’d be concerned.. at the very least.

Look at the facts (and your cellphone, you dimwit!) and stand for Israel. Tell the haters to shut the hell up!

 

OS

Operating Systems (OS) are ubiquitous nowadays. You’ve got your Android and your Windows and your Apple OS X – as well as iOS and many others.

My question is what’s running you?

I want to recommend that YHWH, the Creator, the Great Spirit, in Yeshua (Jesus), His Son, has infused you with His life and light and lift.

You “process” by an operating system that transcends all others. Some approach the awesomeness of YHWH, some others.. meh. Not so much.

I have this theory that the Word of YHWH is the foundational os – operating system!

I believe He has given us a “meta-perfect” systems-manual called the Bible – the ancient Hebrew book (with both “old” testaments and “new”). This Word is His Spirit, His Son and His Life! Here are some verses from the verse that starts with the “uni” “verse” – the “one” “sentence”

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

John 1:1-2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God (Elohim/YHWH), and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.

Hebrews 1:1-3 God, having in the past spoken to the fathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, has at the end of these days spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds. His Son is the radiance of his glory, the very image of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purified us of our sins…

1st Corinthians 15:48-58 (emphasis 52-54) We shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

I believe the following amazing graphic KEEPER (rt click and d-load) is by Rona-Li (Rona Li) of freehebrewandgreekbible.wordpress.com

HEBREW alphabet chart

My theory is that the Hebrew numbers/letters/stories/foundation-notes sung/sustained by YHWH are swirling about in the Electro-Magnetic spectrum of matter expression is imperative to see (use “sacred geometry” from ancient Hebrew as well as from Yoseph-Moshe-Egyptian perspectives) (electro-magnetic spectrum chart from here follows)

Atomsound SeedRevival WOW! electromagnetic spectrum

And, my theory continues, that “Word” (as in word.) of the Father, in Son, with Spirit, is the complex Engine (by YHWH’s Heart) which sustains all matter expression.

So this GrandOS, or UltiOS, or UltilOS is the grand “projection” of the heart of the Maker. it is the “operating system” by which all life and matter have been created are being sustained.

I don’t prescribe to the idea that the whole “big bang” thing came into being without sentient expression. It just doesn’t fly right.

Here are some videos to get you started on your Hebrew as you ponder my “seed-thoughts” on the nature of things:


My YHWH Discovery, Important Ministry Update, Octavia Harris


Aleph Beyt STORIES 3 – “When you pray…” – Hebrew Pictographs & Letters by KnuKnetzer


Torus / Toroidal Energy patterns in the electro-magnetic field from John Ten.


A squid thing YHWH created which has a toroidal brain.. Hmmmmm.. “Kings of Camouflage 2014 – National Geographic Full Documentary 2014“


Another theory of mine: fix your body – fix your toroidal energy flow (or vice-versa)!

Discern the King of all EnergyFlow:

Enjoy in place of regular “tell-a-vision” on a Saturday night. Seek YHWH while He may be found. Times are squeezing the life out of “truth” .. which could be a good thing! Because you are the only one who can answer your own questions, right?

1st Peter 1:19-21
19 We have the more sure word of prophecy; and you do well that you heed it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns, and the morning star arises in your hearts:
20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of private interpretation.
21 For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke, being moved by the Holy Spirit.

And don’t let uber-religious people tell you you don’t belong in the circle of humans who interpret this stuff! Without YOU – we’re NOWHERE! Because…

John 16:13
However when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak from himself; but whatever he hears, he will speak. He will declare to you things that are coming.

The Real Joseph – King of Dreams

Was Joseph of the Bible the famed “Imhotep” of Egyptian lore?

The following highly-encouraging book excerpt answers that question quite clearly with a resounding YES!

After watching the fascinating DreamWorks film, Joseph: King of Dreams, recently, I conversed with my family about today’s Middle East as it has been prophesied in Scripture – especially in light of Israel’s long-time relations with Egypt and its people:

Deuteronomy 33:13-17 – Hagar, Abraham’s maid, was an Egyptian. The promise given to Hagar and Ishmael (Gen. 16:12) which states, “He will be like a wild donkey among men. His hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him. He will live opposite all of his brothers.” This sounds similar to Moses’ proclamation regarding Joseph’s half-Egyptian sons, Ephraim and Manasseh:

About Joseph he said, “His land is blessed by Yahweh, for the precious things of the heavens, for the dew, for the deep that couches beneath, for the precious things of the fruits of the sun, for the precious things that the moon can yield, for the best things of the ancient mountains, for the precious things of the everlasting hills, for the precious things of the earth and its fullness, the good will of him who lived in the bush.

“Let this come on the head of Joseph, on the crown of the head of him who was separated from his brothers. The firstborn of his herd, majesty is his. His horns are the horns of the wild ox. With them he will push all of the peoples, to the ends of the earth. They are the ten thousands of Ephraim. They are the thousands of Manasseh.”

Ezekiel 33: 15-28 – Reading further about Joseph’s children in the prophecies by Ezekiel: “Then take another branch and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the branch of Ephraim and all the house of Israel associated with him.” (v.17)

Isaiah 19:23-25 – Brings us to today, when 30,000,000 humans gather on the streets to say NO to Shariah and affirm Liberty’s just cause (democracy):

“In that day there will be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria; and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. In that day, Israel will be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth; because Yahweh of Armies has blessed them, saying, ‘Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.'”

So, not only did Joseph exist, but…

“Thus says the Lord Yahweh: ‘Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, where they are gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: and I will make them one nation in the land.'”

we are witnessing the “coming together” of seemingly hopelessly separated peoples into a unity surrounding a King in Israel.

– – –

Excerpts from The Genesis of Israel and Egypt
By Emmet Sweeney, 2001 (2nd ed.)

Sweeney - Genesis of Israel and EgyptOne of the perennial ambitions of Christian Europeans, throughout the centuries, has been the verification of the Bible. Beginning with Eusebius, in the 4th century, Christian writers sought to enlist the histories of Mesopotamia and Egypt to answer the attacks of those who viewed the Old Testament as fable or, even worse, as propaganda.

In this spirit Eusebius, employing the Egyptian history of the Ptolemaic scholar Manetho, constructed a chronology for Egypt based on biblical timescales. Thus for example he followed earlier Jewish commentators in tying in the start of Egyptian history with the start of Hebrew history.

Joseph and Imhotep BOTH…

…Second in command under Pharoah Djoser

…Lived to be 110 years of age

…Great architects and builders

…Stored up corn during 7 yrs of plenty

…Saw seven years of famine – fed people

…Interpreters of dreams

…Built the Step Pyramid & palaces

…Over physicians (“Zaphnath-paaneah”)

…Instituted a income tax of one fifth

…Married into the Priesthood of On

…Had knowledge of astrology

…Poets and educated medical writers

…Overseers of public works

…Icons of legendary history

…were one of twelve siblings)

Joseph means to add, increase, to join or gather together and Imhotep means the one who comes in peace

Such endeavors made the Ramesside pharaohs contemporary with the Exodus ‘supposedly in the 14th or 15th century BC ‘ and identified Menes, the first pharaoh, with Adam; thereby making Egyptian civilization commence around 4,000 or 5,000 BC.

Over the centuries, Eusebius’ Egyptian system became the ‘traditional’ chronology for the Kingdom of the Nile, and, incredibly enough (though few contemporary Egyptologists are aware of it), it still forms the basis of our understanding of that history.

With the translation of the hieroglyphs in the years following 1821, it was confidently expected that biblical history would shortly receive dramatic confirmation. It was hoped that archaeology might soon disclose Egyptian references to the great characters and events mentioned in the Bible. But such hopes were soon dashed, as it became apparent that the native literature of Egypt was remarkably silent with regard to their closest neighbors.

Various attempts, it is true, were made over the next century to link specific pharaohs to the great events of Old Testament history; but virtually all such endeavors came to grief, and eventually the whole idea was abandoned.

In time it was to be suggested that all such identifications were impossible, since the characters mentioned in the Bible ‘ Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and the rest ‘ were not the great men that the scriptural sources implied.

Indeed, if they existed at all, they must have been minor figures whom the Egyptians had not thought worth mentioning. This opinion gradually took root among scholars, and soon it became the new orthodoxy. Any attempt now made to find ‘proof’ for the Bible (especially Genesis) in archaeology is immediately consigned to the realms of the lunatic fringe. Quite simply, such work is not taken seriously.

But there have been dissenting voices. An academic storm was raised during the 1950s by the work of Immanuel Velikovsky, who argued that the catastrophic events described so vividly in the Old Testament (ie. the Deluge, Sodom and Gomorrah, the Exodus etc.) did actually occur, and occurred very much as they were described.

Velikovsky held that the last of these events, the Exodus, which touched directly on Egypt, was in fact a major landmark in Egyptian history. He demonstrated quite convincingly that this event was recorded by the Egyptians, and showed that modern scholars had missed the identification because they had fundamentally misunderstood that the nature of the events described in the Book of Exodus.

The catastrophist position adopted by Velikovsky brought to light an enormous distortion in ancient chronology. These momentous events were effectively effaced from the history books because an erroneous and virtually arbitrary chronology, based on Eusebius’ working of Manetho, had been accepted by modern scholarship. (The great irony here, of course, is that this distorted chronology had originally been designed to prove the Book of Genesis right!)

imhotep

The histories of the other ancient lands, Velikovsky showed, had then been reconstructed in line with the distorted Egyptian chronology. This ‘modern’ history of the ancient world had virtually no point of contact with the biblical and classical histories, and clashed repeatedly with them.

The present writer holds with Velikovsky’s catastrophist analysis; and the book which follows is largely an attempt to show that when we accept the catastrophist framework all the elements of the puzzle fit into place. The earliest part of Hebrew history, we will find, can indeed be reconciled ‘ and in a most spectacular way ‘ with early Egyptian history. The central theme of my work is thus the parallel origins of two neighboring and closely related lands. The histories of Israel and Egypt were intertwined at the very beginning, and the association established then continued unbroken for many centuries.

Thus I begin by seeking to establish a link between the histories of the two peoples. Chapter 1 is concerned with an examination of the first and greatest of all biblical events, the Deluge of Noah. We find that archaeologists working in different parts of the world discovered abundant evidence of cataclysmic destruction in ancient times, consistent with the action of flood waters.

However, there was insufficient academic collaboration across disciplines, and even then the appearance on the scene of the myopic over-specialization that has caused such problems in our own time.

The result was that destruction episodes, which were in fact contemporary, were placed centuries apart by scholars using different methods and procedures.

Thus the great flood discovered by Leonard Woolley at Ur in Mesopotamia was deemed to be a local event, since destruction levels in Syria and elsewhere, which were in fact contemporary, were placed a thousand years later by scholars who had not paid sufficient attention to Woolley’s work.

In this way the true nature and scale of the Flood of Ur was disguised, and a totally distorted view of ancient history, which denied the Deluges reported by all ancient peoples, was pieced together.

Having thus linked Abraham and Menes, we are presented with an entirely new and unexpected view of ancient times. We now find the histories of archaic Israel and Egypt fitting together like matching pieces of a jigsaw.

The next ‘match’ comes with Joseph and Imhotep.

Egyptian tradition tells us that two centuries or so after Menes there lived a great pharaoh named Djoser (‘the Wise’), whose vizier, Imhotep, was regarded as the greatest of all Egyptian sages.

Djoser and Imhotep, the legend says, lived during a famine lasting seven years, and it was a dream of the king’s that provided Imhotep with the clue to solving the crisis. Similarly, Hebrew history tells us that two centuries or so after Abraham there lived Joseph, the great seer and visionary, who became pharaoh’s vizier, and helped solve the crisis of a seven-year famine by interpreting the king’s dreams.

Historians, of course, have long been aware of the striking resemblances between Imhotep and Joseph, and a great deal has been written on the subject. They would undoubtedly have realized the identity of the two men a long time ago, but the erroneous chronology, which separated them by over a thousand years, confused the issue.

it is to Immanuel Velikovsky that the present work owes most. Velikovsky’s brilliant exposition of the contradictions inherent in ancient chronology is the key that has unlocked the secrets of antiquity. In Ages in Chaos (1952), he proposed a complete reconstruction of later Egyptian history, beginning with the Exodus, which he believed to date from the fall of the ‘Middle Kingdom’. It is largely under the inspiration of Ages in Chaos that the present work seeks to reconstruct the earlier part of Egyptian history. Velikovsky began with the Exodus; we end with the same event……

Who Was King Djoser?

Having placed the founding of Egyptian civilization in the same epoch as the biblical Abraham, and therefore having fixed the start of Egypt’s and Israel’s legendary history at the same point in time ‘ the 11th century BC. ‘ we must now attempt a reconstruction of the two histories along the new chronological lines. If we are on the right track, we might expect the histories of the two neighboring peoples, which have hitherto shown few signs of agreement, to match closely.

Hebrew tradition tells us how two centuries or so after Abraham, the patriarch’s tribe was settled in Canaan, where his grandson Jacob was blessed with twelve sons. One of these, Joseph, the youngest and favorite, aroused his brothers’ jealously, was sold as a slave and taken into Egypt. In Egypt his fortunes improved dramatically when his ability to interpret dreams came to the notice of the pharaoh.

He soon became the king’s most trusted advisor and brought the entire Israelite tribe into Egypt during a momentous famine. Joseph was thus an exceptional person whose life-story became a symbol of how God could raise the lowly from the dungheap. No less than a quarter of the Book of Genesis is devoted to him.

And Does Egypt Remember Joseph?

Now we ask ourselves, did the Egyptians remember Joseph, or does Egyptian tradition know of any character whom we could possibly identify with him? More specifically, does Egyptian tradition of the Early Dynastic period know of anyone identifiable with Joseph? The answer is a resounding yes!

It so happens that two centuries or so after the establishment of the united kingdom under Menes there lived the greatest sage of Egypt’s history: this was Imhotep, the godlike vizier of King Djoser.

Before looking at the truly remarkable parallels between Joseph and Imhotep, we need first to say something about Djoser; for he was accorded a place in Egyptian tradition almost as important as that of Imhotep himself.

Djoser, or Zoser, the second king of Manetho’s Third Dynasty, occurs in the monuments under the title Netjerkhet. The name Djoser, which means ‘The Wise’, was only conferred upon him long after his death. Much scholarly debate has centered round Djoser. He is, for example, commonly believed to have been the first Early Dynastic pharaoh to erect a pyramid.

As we have shown in Chapter 1 this notion is mistaken. Nevertheless, he was certainly the first pharaoh to erect a pyramid or large monument of stone. The design of the Sakkara Step Pyramid’s adjacent temple complex, in particular, provides ample proof of this. Columns are shaped in imitation of reed bundles and ceilings in imitation of palm logs. Doors are provided with imitation hinges.

Yet, as with almost all other areas of Egyptian history, the Step Pyramid and temples of Sakkara present numerous difficulties for conventional chronology. It has long been observed, for example, that the temple complex seems to display a number of very modern-looking features, and to this day visitors are immediately struck by the ‘proto-Doric’ columns of the temple hall.

Furthermore, the mineralogist John Dayton has now demonstrated that the glazing work found in these monuments is unlikely to have predated by any great stretch of time the eighth or seventh century BC.; he accordingly dated the entire complex to the eighth century.

As it transpires, this date concurs reasonably well with the evidence of the well-known Khnumibre genealogy. In the inscription, Khnumibre, an architect under one of the earlier Persian kings, listed his ancestors, father to son, stretching back twenty-five generations. The second earliest name on the list is given as Imhotep, with Djoser as the reigning king.

It is clear then that the genealogy separates Khnumibre, who must be dated around 450 BC., from Imhotep by twenty-four generations. Allowing twenty to twenty-five years per generation, which, given the habitually early marriages and deaths of ancient peoples, is rather generous, we would be obliged to locate Djoser and Imhotep sometime between 1075 and 930 BC – a date not too far removed from that suggested by Dayton on the evidence of Third Dynasty technology, and precisely in agreement with the chronology proposed by us, which would place the founding of the First Dynasty around 1100 BC.; but of course vastly different from the date of c.2600 BC. normally accorded to Djoser by conventional Egyptology.

Early scholarship was greatly nonplussed by the evidence of Khnumibre’s genealogy, but because it clashed so decisively with the ‘established’ chronology, it was soon dismissed as ‘symbolic’ and ‘lacking historical substance’.

Egyptians of later years came to regard Djoser’s reign as something of a golden age, and the pharaoh himself was accredited with almost godlike powers. Above all, he was regarded as a paragon of wisdom (as evinced by the name Djoser). His cult grew and grew, and by the Saite period (26th Dynasty) he was already deified. He was, in the words of one commentator, viewed ‘both as a patron of literature and a physician of such eminence that he came to be identified with Asklepios, the Greek god of medicine.

‘In after years he was remembered with reverence as one of the greatest of the early Pharaohs on one of the votive tablets of the Apis worshippers of the Twenty-Second Dynasty, reverence is done to his name; we read of a priest of his spirit named Sonbf, and another, Ahmose, in the Twenty-Sixth Dynasty.’

Djoser then had a priesthood dedicated to him and was invoked as a god centuries after his death. What could have prompted such adulation? The explanation normally given is that as the first pharaoh to leave great monuments of stone, later generations would naturally have been impressed by him. His monuments guaranteed his immortality.

There is no doubt a certain amount of the truth in this explanation; but it does not cover everything. For Djoser’s reputation was enhanced by that of his vizier, the godlike Imhotep. This man was, as we shall see, regarded as Egypt’s greatest ever seer and interpreter of dreams.

He is also normally accredited with designing the great structures at Sakkara. Acting together, these two exceptional figures were believed to have shaped the course of Egyptian civilization in a unique way, and, it was said, they saved the country from a well-remembered and potentially devastating famine.

Djoser and the Seven Years’ Famine

Egyptian tradition recorded a great famine lasting seven years. This disaster was said to have occurred during the reign of Djoser, and from the story of this event we may come to understand exactly why pharaoh Netjerkhet was called ‘The Wise’.

The only account of the seven years’ famine to survive is on a rock-cut inscription near Aswan, which dates from a very late period ‘ possibly from the reign of Ptolemy V (Epiphanes), who lived in the first century BC. The inscription records the famine as an historical fact, placing it in the eighteenth year of Djoser.

Indeed the inscription purports to date from Djoser’s time, though this is generally dismissed. Nevertheless, it may well be a copy (with of course updated spellings) of an extremely ancient record. We are told that during Djoser’s reign Egypt found itself in a great crisis. The pharaoh bewails his lot:

‘I was in distress on the Great Throne, and those who are in the palace were in heart’s affliction from a very great evil, since the Nile had not come in my time for a space of seven years. Grain was scant, fruits were dried up, and everything which they eat was short.’

Djoser’s famine, of course, closely resembles the other from ancient tradition, that of Joseph the Hebrew. Virtually all the elements in the Egyptian account are there, though in a different order. In Joseph’s tale, the pharaoh’s dream comes first, although both legends agree that the dream’s interpretation provided the key to alleviating the famine.

Again the Egyptian story has the wise seer Imhotep assist the king in dealing with the famine, and it is obvious that Imhotep’s role closely resembles that of Joseph in the Genesis story.

In addition, the nature of the god Khnum is here significant. In early times, the ram-headed divinity had been one of the foremost in Egypt. He was regarded as the creator god, and was portrayed, in biblical style, fashioning mankind upon the potter’s wheel.

Khnum was indeed viewed very much as the Old Testament Spirit of God, a fact that induced some scholars to regard the whole cult of Khnum as influential in the development of Hebrew religious ideas.

Scholars were not slow to associate Djoser’s famine of seven years with that of Joseph, and they would undoubtedly have made the connection between Imhotep and Joseph, Djoser and Joseph’s pharaoh, had it not been for the chronological discrepancy. Djoser was supposed to have reigned around 2600 BC., whereas according to biblical chronology, Joseph would have lived around 1700 BC. ‘ yet again, that gap of 1000 years.

Scholars had therefore to content themselves with vague ‘connections’ between the two legends. Some argued that the story of Joseph had influenced the Egyptian tale, whilst others argued that the Genesis account was influenced by the Egyptian story.

The best-known proponent of the latter argument was Brugsch. Such ideas held good only if the conventional chronology was correct. However, we now see that such is not the case, and that Djoser, as well as Joseph, must both belong in the early part, probably the tenth century, of the first millennium.

Could it be then that Djoser is indeed Joseph’s pharaoh, and that Imhotep, the great seer who advised Djoser on the seven years’ famine, is none other than Joseph? Before making a final pronouncement, let us briefly take a closer look at the life and character of Joseph, as they are revealed in the Genesis account.

The Story of Joseph

The story of Joseph, one of the best-known and best-loved of the Old Testament, occupies almost a quarter of the Book of Genesis. That fact alone illustrates the importance of Joseph to Israel’s early history. He it was who brought the Twelve Tribes to Egypt, where in time they would grow to nationhood.

Yet the story outlined in Genesis reveals the importance of Joseph not only to the history of Israel, but also to the history of Egypt, and furthermore illustrates the thoroughly Egyptian background to the entire episode.

…In harmony with all this, though puzzling in its own way, is the astonishing amount of Egyptian influence now recognised as present in the Joseph narrative. The terms and idioms used are Egyptian through and through. Indeed such is the resemblance to Egyptian phraseology and custom that that some scholars now regard these chapters of Genesis as based on an Egyptian record.

One such commentator is the Israeli Egyptologist A.S. Yahuda, a man whose work we shall examine in greater detail at a later stage. Yahuda wondered at the superabundance of Egyptian terms, phrases, metaphors and loan-words present throughout Genesis, remarking on their comparative absence from later books of the Old Testament. Some examples provided by Yahuda are as follows:

“Jospeh’s appointment as vizier was the ‘kernel’ of the story, according to Yahuda. For this office, a Hebrew word with a root which has the meaning ‘to do twice, to repeat, to double’ is used. Yahuda explained that in the same way the Egyptian word sn.nw (‘deputy’) was formed from sn, the word for ‘two’. In the same verse, pharaoh commands all to ‘bow the knee’ before Joseph. The Hebrew word for ‘bow’ is agreed by most authorities to have been taken from the Egyptian.

“Joseph was titled ‘father to pharaoh’, and,” as Yahuda says, “the Hebrew expression corresponds with the Egyptian itf, ‘father’, a common priestly title, and one borne by viziers. At the start of his conversation with Joseph, pharaoh says: ‘I have had a dream. I have heard that you understand a dream to interpret it’ (Gen.41:15).”

For “understand“ the Hebrew uses the verb “to hear.“ This term has proved very difficult for commentators, but, according to Yahuda, it corresponds entirely with the Egyptian use of sdm meaning ‘to hear’ or ‘to understand’.

Another problem for commentators has been the sentence of Gen. 41:40, where pharaoh says literally to Joseph: ‘According to your mouth shall my people kiss’. The verb ‘to kiss’ here has always seemed completely out of place. However, when we compare it with the Egyptian, ‘kiss’ proves to be ‘a correct and thoroughly exact reproduction if what the narrator really meant to convey.

Here an expression is rendered in Hebrew from a metaphorical one used in polished speech among the Egyptians.’6 In polished speech the Egyptians spoke of sn, ‘kissing’ the food, rather than the ordinary colloquial wnrn which meant ‘eating’.

“In the Joseph story pharaoh is addressed in the third person, eg. Gen. 41:34 ‘Let Pharaoh do this’.” According to Yahuda this corresponds precisely to the court etiquette of Egypt. A characteristic term recurring in several passages of Genesis is ‘in the face of Pharaoh’, or ‘from the face of Pharaoh’, meaning ‘before pharaoh’.

This, says Yahuda, corresponds completely with Egyptian court custom, where one might not speak to his majesty ‘to his face’, but only ‘in the face of his majesty’ (m hr hm-f).7 Again, in the Joseph narrative, the word ‘lord’, in reference either to pharaoh or Joseph, is given in the plural. This corresponds exactly with Egyptian usage where pharaoh, as well as being referred to as nb (‘lord’), is also spoken of as nb.wy in the plural.

These instances are only a small sample of the evidence mustered by Yahuda, but they illustrate very clearly the profoundly Egyptian background to the whole story. Indeed, as we have said, so strong is the evidence that some commentators have suggested an Egyptian original of the narrative which Hebrew scribes more or less copied.

In short, when the Israelites came to write down the story of Joseph, they borrowed heavily on what the Egyptians themselves had written about him. None of this should surprise us. Genesis tells us quite clearly that Joseph was a major personality. He became the king’s vizier. He brought Asiatics into Egypt.

He presided over a social/political revolution. According to Genesis (47:22), the land of Egypt changed hands during his lifetime: Pharaoh became absolute master of the kingdom. But on top of all that Joseph was “most extraordinarily” a seer, a prophet, a visionary. Such a man, we would imagine, could not have been forgotten by the Egyptians.

Having stated all this, we now find that Joseph, coming just a few generations after the time of the Abraham migration, would have lived in roughly the same era as ‘The Wise’ King Djoser and the wise seer Imhotep. It thus begins to look more and more clear that Joseph and Imhotep, the two great sages, were identical persons, and that Joseph’s wise king was ‘The Wise’ Djoser….

There is little that can be added to the above assessment. Imhotep, plainly and simply, was the greatest of all Egypt’s wise men. As we have said, the close correlations between Imhotep and the biblical Joseph have not gone unnoticed by scholars. In recent years, an English historian named Tom Chetwynd revived the whole debate by argued strongly for identifying the two men.

Chetwynd held by the conventional view that Imhotep belonged in an ‘Old Kingdom’ dated to the third millennium BC., and did not attempt to resolve the chronological difficulties inherent in this. Nevertheless, he demonstrated that the parallels between the two were sufficiently compelling to overrule the chronological problems.

In short, so powerful was the evidence that irrespective of what the chronology apparently said, the two men simply had to be one and the same.

Source: Excerpts from:THE GENESIS OF ISRAEL AND EGYPT Emmet Sweeney Copyright 2001 (2nd ed.)

Church vs Ekklesia: Guest Interview w Thomas Pelham Gross

The long and winding road of the Church is a tale to be told for centuries to come. We will finally and fully realize that, for the most part, the child Hebraicism had, the Ekklesia Under King Yeshua, was abruptly disrupted from the ancient ways of the Hebrew people and thrust with philosophy that took future disciples away from many of the nuances and purities that spring forth from the Hebrew language.

Thomas Pelham Gross, author, pastor and friend, sat down with me to discuss this very paradigm – and what’s to be done about it!