Elmer A. JosephsonFrom Night to Day

(From chapter 5 of his book, Israel, God’s Key to World Redemption)

Social and moral conditions were worse on earth prior to the time of Abraham (about 2100 B.C.) than at Christ’s appearance on the world’s scene. Of Noah’s time we read, “The earth also was corrupt before God and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth” (Gen. 6:11,12). Not “all flesh” has corrupted itself today. There are many God-fearing people in the world.

Spiritual and moral conditions existed prior to Abraham’s appearance similar to the material conditions that existed prior to Adam’s creation, i.e., darkness and confusion, which breeds fear, superstition, frustration and every imaginable evil. No department of life was in proper focus.

Sex – ‘Top Billing’

The worship of sex is not new. It was not instigated by our modern “ME” generation. It is as old fogey as frustration itself which originated in the Garden of Eden and it has been repeated in every generation. The grass always looks greener on the other side of the (marriage) fence. “Stolen waters are sweet” (for awhile.) But it is a blind alley that dead-ends in a graveyard.

How many very wonderful people through the centuries and in our day, have been deceived in believing that an overwhelming surge of the biological sex urge was true love. Many sell their souls for “a mess of pottage” which they thought was the ‘love of the century’ but it was only that they met someone of the same chemistry-makeup who vibrated on the same emotional level. For this kings have sold their kingdoms, lost empires and some of the best and strongest have forfeited business, a solid home-life with a priceless, faithful spouse and the irreplaceable love and respect of precious children; sacrificing all this, with the enduring blessings of the future, on the altar of the smoldering sex ashes of the present.

Sex was even more out-of-focus prior to Abraham’s entrance on the world scene than now. But again, we are living at a period of history when the whole national, as well as international, situation is very murky and most world leaders are morally and spiritually blind to God’s providences. Newspapers, radio and TV bear witness. And it will get worse before it gets better. Man, having lost the knowledge and light of God, plunges deeper into the ever darkening abyss of uncertainty and resultant misery.

In a journey back in time, let’s get off at Ur, Chaldea. It is the year 2126 B.C. Ur is a city on the Euphrates River about 250 miles north-west of the Persian Gulf. Here were schools and libraries with thousands of books, dictionaries, reference books, encyclopedias, books on mathematics, grammar, astronomy, geography and politics. There were records on papyrus and leather, as well as stone. They had all the facilities and mechanics, but could not solve their problems. And if the nations today had the right answers, we would have peace, not war; truth and righteousness would prevail, not crime and violence.

Ur, Chaldea was in Babylonia, whose peoples worshipped many “deities,” such as the sun, moon and stars, fire and other forces of nature. “Shamash” was the name of the sun god. “Sin”, the moon god, was the principal deity of Ur, Abram’s city. “Sin’s” wife was “Ningal,” the moon goddess of Ur. She was also called “Nina,” from which “Nineveh” received its name. She was the deification of sex passion. Her worship required licentiousness. Prostitution was a universal custom among the Babylonian women in connection with Nina’s “sanctuaries.” Her temples had beautiful retreating rooms where priestesses entertained male worshipers in disgraceful ceremonies. Every Babylonian young lady, wife or widow had to “officiate” at least once in her life in these rites. It was dark in 1941 B.C. Many of their liturgies were given to the description of sexual intercourse between gods and goddesses through whom they really believed all things came into existence. Pornography? Brother, they had it, and if anything is old fashioned, that’s it! Fire was worshipped because of its mysterious power; a spark beginning from the friction of two stones could set a conflagration and wreak the destruction of entire great cities.  Sound familiar?

The Root

But sex perversion, crime and war are really not causes but symptoms of the real trouble of the inner darkness of man’s spirit. The deep chasm of darkness into which modern man has fallen is the result of rejection of the Light of God emanating from the Book of books, given through Abraham and his seed, Israel, who were God-ordained to be a light unto the nations.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path,” said King David (Psalm 119:105). Christ said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12). The ingathering of the twelve tribes of Israel again is to be a light to the nations:

“Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified …I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth” (Isaiah 49:3 and 6b).

“For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth” (Isaiah 62:1).

The blindness of men and nations to God’s plans and purposes for the ages in general, and for God’s role for Israel in the world in particular, is further evidence of the need of this light. This truth must be underscored.

As Abraham came on the world’s scene around 2,000 B.C. to shed abroad the light of God to dispel the darkness of ignorance, superstition and fear; so today about 2,000 A.D., God is ingathering Abraham’s seed to His Land in preparation for world redemption and Messiah’s return.

Today the Word of God is not taken into account by the nations. The U.N. is a symbol of the world’s spiritual darkness, groping as a blindfolded man for a wall. The so-called Christian nations never refer to God’s Word or the Redeemer in showing the purpose of Israel’s ingathering. Therefore the sun, God’s truth, is blacked out. The moon, a type of the nations, are “as blood” through wars, bloodshed and violence. And the stars, God’s messengers, continue to fall (Rev. 6:12-13).

Shortly after God called Abraham (and his seed) to be a light to the world with the promise “In thee shall all the nations of the earth be blessed,” God said to him, “Look now toward heaven and tell the stars…so shall thy seed be” (Gen. 15:5).

Stars keep men from ship wreck and ruin. Six million of these stars fell to the earth during the Nazi Holocaust, one-third of the world’s Jewish population. Only eternity can reveal the extent of this loss of guiding lights of brilliant doctors, statesmen, scientists, educators and flaming heralders of righteousness. Christ’s brethren have been a salt-preserving quality in the earth as recorders of the Book of God, guardians of the Law and champions of righteous causes. Six million stars ‘went out,’ but the world took little note. They did not know of the darkness to follow. There has been a marked moral and spiritual disintegration on this world’s scene since the Nazi Holocaust and World War ll.

Church Light?

When God in Christ turned to the pagan world 1900 years ago, Christ became this pagan world’s light and declared, “I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12). And He said of His true followers, “Ye are the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14). And we must never underestimate the power of the Gospel of the true Christ of God to transform pagan lives. Neither must we confuse the castigated and deformed Christ of Christendom with the true Messiah of Israel. Many have conjured up ‘christs’ of their own making, twisting them into weapons of hatred and prejudice with which to afflict Christ’s brethren, the Jews.

Satan, with the sons of darkness, knows his time is short and will continue his unrelenting attacks against the Most High and the sons of light until the very last. The Bible indicates that at Christ’s return the Church’s light will be dim (Rev. 3:14-18) and therefore “darkness shall cover the earth” (Isaiah 60:2). The sun (Christendom) is turning dark and the moon (nations) becoming blood and many stars (believers) are falling to the earth.

In William R. Newell’s, The Book of the Revelation, he states, “The book of Revelation indeed plainly shows that the Church, having failed, will give way to the kingdom (under Israel—Acts 1:6) to the Lord’s personal appearing” (p,77). In speaking of the condition of the Church at this time, Christ declares, “I am about to spew you out of my mouth” (Rev. 3:16). Its condition ‘sickens’.

The Coming Sunrise

God’s promise of light through Israel continues,“I will also give you for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6). The Redeemer-Messiah is bound up with His people in such promises. “I, the Lord, have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and will give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles” (Isaiah 42:6).

The entire Book of God, this divine lamp and light unto our feet, was penned by sons of Abraham. It has blessed nations and people with cultural, moral and spiritual light and freedom where it has been received. Where it has been rejected – fear, bondage and superstition, moral and spiritual darkness prevails.

Who is the seed of Abraham that identifies with His people, Israel, in Revelation 1:12 as the candlestick (menorah)?

It is written of them: “The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord [Israel’s Redeemer-Messiah] shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.”

“Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself; for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended” (Isaiah 60:19,20). Hallelujah!

It is evident, therefore, that if we are to have a knowledgeable concern in the redemption of the nations and world peace, we must be concerned with Israel’s welfare, prosperity and eternal blessing and the total fulfillment of all prophesies given them of the Almighty. -

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