In writing the book, “The Nightmare of Atheism,” one chapter is called “Is Jesus God?”
Seven Evidences are shown to prove Jesus is God. The fifth Evidence is called “The Evidence of the Virgin Birth.” This is the “sneak-peak” into that discussion:
The Evidence of the Virgin Birth
God, through Moses, wrote in Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
Point: Man carries the seed, not the woman, yet it says “her seed.”
700 years before Jesus was born, Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin (Almah) shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
Both Matthew and Luke provide detailed accounts of the Virgin Birth and shows its fulfillment. For Jesus (Yeshua) to be The Messiah, this had to happen.
There are two Hebrew words that used as “Virgin” - almah and bethulah. The word “Almah” is the word used in Isaiah 7:14. It means a young woman of marriageable age. Isaiah, through the Holy Spirit, used this word, not ‘Bethulah’. Why? It was because both ideas of virgin and marriageable age had to be combined into one word. It would meet the historical situation and the prophetic concept centering on a Virgin-born Messiah.
The word “Virgin” in Greek is ‘parthenos’, which means “a Virgin, marriageable maiden or young married woman, a pure Virgin.” When the Jewish translators of the Septuagint, completed around 280-246BCE in Alexandria, translated Isaiah 7:14 into Greek, they used the Greek word ‘parthenos’. To them, Isaiah 7:14 meant that the Messiah’s mother would be a Virgin.
Many people deny the Virgin Birth on the grounds that it’s biologically impossible. That IS THE WHOLE POINT! It IS impossible! That makes the Virgin Birth a “sign.” If it was not a miracle, it would not be a “sign.”
It would be more difficult to believe God became a man by the natural reproductive process of humans than to believe Jesus was conceived supernaturally. They point to the fact that the Bible is true.
The Jewish nation is also a miracle and a sign. It was a miracle for Sarah to conceive in her old age, and Isaac became the sign of the start of the Jewish nation. Which is the miracle: Sarah giving birth at the Age of 90 or a Virgin Birth? Doctors will tell you it is both.
If what God says about the Gentile nations became true, then it’s also true about what it says about Sin, Eternal Life and Salvation. If God judged people for rejecting him in the past, He would also judge people who reject Him in the future.
C. S. Lewis applied these concepts to the virginal conception of the Messiah. He stated that is the zygote was made by the Holy Spirit’s action on Mary’s ovaries, i.e. an addition to the system. But after that, the embryo developed in the normal manner.
(AQ) If a miracle of a Virgin Birth cannot happen, can you give a different explanation how the Jewish nation exists without the miracle of Isaac’s Birth?
As an EX-atheist, one of my favorite verses in the Bible is Genesis 1:1. Why? Because it was one of my favorite verses as an atheist. This was my “go-to-spot.” When any doubt was expressed to the Bible, This verse is where I went to destroy a person’s faith. I am no longer that man.
This is a small section in my book, “The Nightmare of Atheism” under the chapter “Ten Reasons why you can believe.”
(Note: When you see the (AQ) - that is the question(s) that the Atheist must answer or doubt his faith)
9) Evolution vs. the Origin of Life
The scientific definition of life is “Any organism which is capable of reproducing itself.” Ask yourself this question: What is the smallest form of life? Is it a Virus, which is the simplest form of life?
If that is your choice, we have a problem. A virus is a parasite. The only method of reproduction of a virus is by the invasion and destruction of a living cell. If there is no living cell, there can be no reproduction. What does that mean? Life could not have begun with a virus – What would they eat? Is it a Bacterium, which is the smallest single cell organism?
There are two types of bacteria.
* Those who live on dead animal / vegetable matter, and
* Those who live on live animal / vegetable matter.
Life could not have begun with bacteria – again, if they were the first life form on earth, what would they eat?
Is it a Protozoa, which is the next step up the ladder of life? There are over 15,000 different species of protozoa living everywhere, BUT they are also parasites. Again, because they are parasites, what would they eat?
What is DNA – [Complex Spiral Structures of Deoxyribonucleic Acid]? It is the details of the blueprint which instruct the cells how to construct an entire organism of ITS OWN KIND placed in the genes located in the nucleus of the chromosomes. Because of the genes, no two individuals are ever exactly alike, yet it is impossible for any organism to be reproduced that is NOT of the species of that organism.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at an example of just one species of protozoa - The ameba, which is a very simple one-celled animal. An ameba reproduces by cell division. One ameba cell divides to produce two individuals. This process is called ‘MITOSIS’, which is the simplest form of reproduction. The simple mechanism of cell division requires a precise step-by-step series of EXTREMELY COMPLICATED events.
(AQ) How did the DNA evolve to master the process of “Mitosis”? How did the ameba survive before this process existed?
The Theory of Evolution:
How does the process of scientific theory work? You take two or more premises, and based on them, you come to a conclusion. With this process, let’s take a look at the theory of evolution.
PREMISE 1 = The acquired behavior and knowledge is capable of being passed on to succeeding generations.
PREMISE 2 = Mutations and adaptations have resulted in the entire development of higher forms of life from the first life form.
CONCLUSION: Based on these two premises hangs the Theory of Evolution.
Problems with this Theory
A major problem is SEX! There is one difference between the ameba, with its cell-division, and the higher life forms that throws cold water immediately on the theory of evolution – SEX. There is a tremendous difference between the chromosomes splitting to reproduce two cells in the place of one, and the egg and sperm reproductive systems of higher forms of life.
REMEMBER Premise 2?
Sex MUST have been the result of a mutant gene, at precisely the right time in two different Individuals of the SAME species, one for male and one for female. For evolution to produce SEX, this process would have had to happen in ONE SINGLE GENERATION, in ALL Living Creatures. If this did not happen, there would have been no way this mutated individual could have reproduced itself and passed this characteristic on to its progeny.
REMEMBER Premise #1?
If premise #1 was correct then your children would not have to go to school. All of the knowledge that you have acquired and that which you inherited from your ancestors would have been in them at birth.
(AQ) Can you produce different premises to make the theory of evolution work?
On Tuesday of this week I presented the book to the publishers. This book, "The Atheist’s Nightmare", has been in writing for over a year. It is now being set up for editing. (I bet you didn’t think it would happen.)
Before this book was sent to the publishers, I had it reviewed by a man named Mark Goldstein. He is the president of the Christian Chamber of Commerce in Orlando. He read the contents and gave me a few ideas (seven) for improvement on the book. They were very good, and I put them into practice.
This is the difference between the two books.
The title has been changed from "The Atheist’s Nightmare" to "The Nightmare of Atheism." I believe this is a better title. He also suggested that because of the contents, I should put my testimony at the beginning of the book. I also thought that this was a good idea and I did it. I also placed the "Four Killer Questions" at the very beginning instead of the end of the book. This idea lays the foundation for the book itself. There was a good chance that the editors would have wanted to make the same changes.
As an EX-atheist, this was a very hard book for me to write. It could be the reason why it took so long for me to do it. It brought back to my mind my past and the pain that I did to the body of the Messiah. It is my prayer that if this book causes one atheist to change directions, it will be worth the time and the cost.
This book is going to increase the faith of the believer. With the "Four Killer Questions," he/she can challenge the faith of the atheist. Why? Contrary to popular thinking, atheism is not a science, it is a religion. I will back-up this statement in my next blog.
According to the publishers, depending on the time of the editing the book itself should be finished with a publish date right before Easter. I will, in this blog, present individual contents of the book. The contents over the next two months will cover parts of the atheist five battlegrounds.
These five battlegrounds are:
Until the book is published, you will receive quotes from this book. It is my prayer that these blogs teaches, challenges, and uplifts your spirit.
The Parashat "Korach" is one of the best examples of what can happen when a leadership that God placed in charge is attacked. What people do not understand is that it is not the man that being attacked, but God's authority. It was my honor to teach on this Parashat on Saturday, June 24, 2017. It was recorded and placed on You Tube. Here is that teaching. If you want, watch it. It is 49 minutes long but it will give you the information you need to answer the question given in this teaching.
If you have watched it, you now have the background for the question. Remember the information about the trap? It consists of four items. To make a good trap work, it needs to:
1) Make it easy for the prey to get in, hard to get out
2) Give it an attractive bait. For the believer, a "Right Standing with God" is the most common bait. The second is "Offense."
3) Create a fast way for the trap to close. Once in the trap, the more the prey struggles, the more tired and trapped it becomes.
4) The trap has to "fit" the prey to catch it. You would not use a mousetrap to catch a elephent.
Why? The more you know about the prey, the more effective the trap can be devised.
In the teaching, I was speaking from experience. How? As an EX-Atheist, I almost walked into this trap twice. I experienced two congregations coming apart. In the first congregation, Satan used the bait: "Right Standing with God". In the second congregation he used "Offense." It almost made me reject the grace that God gave this EX--Atheist, but He would not allow that to happen. He placed a very good friend - Fred - in my path. Fred was able to "open the trap," allowing me to escape and move towards the anointing that is on my life.
There is a question at the end of the teaching that everyone needs to answer. If you choose not to answer, you have already made your choice.
Are you God's Priest and Servant or are you the "Devil's Monkey?"
On Thursday, June 1, 2017, I had my first speaking "gig" as Torahlife Ministries. I have spoken in churches and Messianic synagogues many times in my life, but this speaking engagement was the most exciting. It was the DOD (Department of Defense) Team Orlando Prayer Breakfast. God truly prepared me for that time. To truly understand what happened, I am going, to the best of my ability, break the time frame down into three sections:
The 30 day timeframe before the Speech
The time after the speech
Before the Speech
Between the time I announced this speaking engagement on my website blog on 5/19/17 until that day, our website views went crazy. According to Google analytics, we had 2511 "hits" in that timeframe with a large increase of people reading my blog and my bio. This was also during the Counting of the Omer toward Shavuot (Pentecost). What made this count more important is that you are expecting God to join you on Shavuot. The Jewish count of the Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) was Wednesday, May 31 – the day before the speech
I hurt my lower back that day and was in pain preparing to deliver the speech. There were a lot of people praying for me. For those people, I say “Thank You”.
I arrived around 6:30 AM. I spent a half hour preparing to give the speech. It would take the seven levels of faith recorded in the Brit Hadashah (New Testament) and compare them to the seven pieces of furniture in the Tabernacle. After announcements and prayer, it was decided that a song would be played before I spoke.
To truly understand the impact of that song, I must share what we to every Shabbat morning before we leave the house to go to Shabbat service. The TV is off. Between 730 and 8:00 we start playing CDs. It will start with Barry and Batya Segal’s "The Shema" with the words at the Temple Mount Wailing Wall when Israel captured Jerusalem in the Six-Day War of 1967.
When this CD is finished, Paul Wilber's CD, "Shalom Jerusalem", is played. Paul Wilber will continue to play until 9:20 AM. The CD is shut off and the final song, played from the computer, is "Days of Elijah". Do you want to guess what song was chosen for that breakfast? If you said, "Days of Elijah", you would be right. Anyone who knows me, knows what that song means to me. I was supercharged before I said my first word, and the power of the anointing continued to rise at that point. It was a powerful message. The pain in my back was gone when I spoke my first word.
After the Speech
The pain in my back came back. Pictures were taken and one of them, Dr. Barbara Pemberton and me, is the picture attached with this blog. I was given a copy of “The Book of Mysteries" by Jonathan Cohn, "The Gospel in Ancient Hebrew", and an Ancient Hebrew Word Pictures book with CD on the ancient Hebrew language. I will use these books a lot. I also received a financial benefit from the teaching. The most important part was that I became good friends with the number of people. I will treasure these relationships for the rest of my life. God is good!