Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy

Yesterday, I posted the Patterns of Evidence: Exodus. Today, I watched the sequel documentary, Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy.

Where the first one looked at proving that the Exodus was a historical event, this time filmmaker Timothy Mahoney set out to prove that Moses could have written the first five books of the Bible at all. Seeing if there was a form of writing at the time of Moses that he could have used to write.

Like in the first one, there were sceptics who denied evidence simply because it didn’t fit into their own narrative. At one point, someone referred to the evidence of a writing system created long before the traditional earliest writing as “fake science”.

The previous film ended teasing that the next film would cover the Red Sea crossing and Sinai, specifically the sites discovered by Ron Wyatt. This film once again teased that the next film would be about that. So hopefully we will someday get that documentary. The official Facebook page confirms that there is an upcoming film. Hopefully it doesn’t take another five years, but it’ll be understandable if it does, and I’ll be eager to see it when it does.

Again, if you would like to buy copies of the DVDs, or learn more about the subject, you can visit the website.

When I went to grab the url for the website, I saw that they already have a page on there for the next film. It’s called Patterns of Evidence: The Red Sea Miracle. So that’s exciting!

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus

There is a documentary that came out back in 2014 called Patterns of Evidence: Exodus. I came across it in 2016, and immediately fell in love with it. So much so that I actually bought the DVD (which was stolen along with everything else I owned back in 2017, but that’s a long story).

It is about a filmmaker, Timothy Mahoney, attempting to use archeological evidence to prove the historicity of the biblical Exodus. The film features interviews leading archeologists and scholars, as well as both the president and the prime minister of Israel.

One thing I loved about the film was that it was definitely not one-sided. You hear multiple viewpoints, some even flat-out denying the Exodus even occurred. The film also does a great job of showing fulfill ignorance, as found in scripture. At one point, they are presenting text describing the plagues from an Egyptian’s perspective, and the expert says something to the effect of, “This didn’t actually happen, they simply imagined it”. An eyewitness account of the plague that matches the Bible, but “they imagined it”.

If you want to see it for yourself, you can buy a copy of the DVD from their website. Or you can do like I just did a rent it on YouTube. However you choose to watch it, please go support these people. They’re doing an awesome job at what they do!

A sequel, Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy, was released earlier this year. I’ve yet to watch it, but I also rented that on YouTube. I will watch it and post my thoughts on it tomorrow night.

(I forgot about this until I was getting ready to post this, and didn’t know where to slide it in, so I’ll just add it to bottom. The film is narrated by Kevin Sorbo!)

Update: August 2019

I know I haven’t posted in a long time, but I’ve got alot going on personally. Maybe I’ll do a long post about it once this is over. Plus I’ve got major writer’s block. While I have a ton of ideas of posts to do, I can’t bring myself to word them coherently. However, I am doing a daily verse on Instagram if you want to follow along.

Currently I’m posting this from my phone via the WordPress app. If you follow this blog you know that I hate posting on here from my phone. But I have two bits of updates I wanted to share.

First, I’ve been wanting to get a personalised email address for this site, but it’s too expensive. But I found a site called Mail.com that lets you make a mostly personalised email address. “Mostly” because you have to choose a domain from a long list of choices. But it’s a very long list to choose from. I was bored a scrolled through the choices, and at the very bottom was “@reborn.com”. As you can imagine I was very excited.

So if you ever want to contact me about this site (questions, comments, post ideas, etc), send them to fig-tree@reborn.com.

The second update isn’t even really about me or this site. It’s some place I want to redirect you to while I’m currently unable to post as much as I would like. It’s a YouTube channel called The Ten Minute Bible Hour. It’s ran by a guy named Matt Whitman, and I wish I could teach the Bible as good as he does! He not only breaks it down and digs deep, he throws in pop culture references and humour to keep it entertaining. So he’s educational and entertaining, which is difficult to do. I’ve added his channel to my Further Resources page, and I highly recommend everyone check out it out.

In the meantime, I’m definitely going to be needing prayers until this current situation I’m in passes. Hopefully it’ll pass soon, then I’ll do a long update post about it.

I’ll end this with the following verse:

Isaiah 12:2-3 (KJV)

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

Weather in the Last Days

Revelation 11:19 (KJV)

And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. It’s a very long story as to why, but I’ll explain later. I’m posting this from the WordPress app on my phone, so I’m wanting to make this as quick as possible as I don’t posting on here from my phone. The WordPress app is terrible. But I felt this was important enough to deal with it to get this out…

I get news updates sent to my phone from the Google News app. A few minutes ago I received a notification for this article. If you don’t feel like tapping that link (or clicking. I can’t stress enough that literally everything has been done on my phone for months), here’s a screenshot:

Freak hailstorm in Mexico leaves five feet of ice. I saw that and immediately thought of the countless verses about bizarre weather in the last days.

To be fair, I’ve actually been thinking about it for awhile. I was in San Francisco a month ago, and as usual it was cold the whole time, and never got above 78°f. My bestfriend lives there (I was there visiting her) and she kept saying it was hot while I was shivering. But a couple weeks ago, San Francisco was hit with a heat wave and it was suddenly 101°f there for a few days. Meanwhile, here in Ohio it got up to 99°f and 100% humidity. Neither of us had much fun that week.

My point is that the weather has been crazy lately. When I saw the headline about Mexico, it’s what pushed me over the edge to writing this.

The signs are everywhere. We are in the last days.

Minecraft Bible: Solomon’s Temple

I finally did something other than Noah’s Ark. As a joke I was going to make a third Ark, but I doubt anyone would find it funny.

Anyway, I built Solomon’s Temple this time. It was much more complicated than the Ark, and as such mine isn’t very good. So while I will show you my Solomon’s Temple, I will also share with you the video I based mine on. It’s a better video, and I recommend everyone watch that one instead.

Here is my video.

Here is the superior video mine is based on.

Minecraft Bible: Noah’s Ark 2

A couple years ago, I build Noah’s Ark in Minecraft. But I’ve always been disappointed with it. I tried doing it to the specifications in the Bible, but I took way too many creative liberties. Plus, I didn’t have a way to record gameplay off my Xbox 360, so I set up my tripod and filmed the screen. Which looked awful. Not to mention that the draw distance on the 360 version of Minecraft was so small that you couldn’t see the entire boat.

Well, I have an Xbox One now, and I decided to rebuild Noah’s Ark in the Xbox One version of Minecraft. The draw distance is much greater, and the Xbox One has the ability to record gameplay. This time I stuck to the specifications in the Bible. The only real “creative liberty” I did was adding lights to the interior. Trust me, it was necessary. If I didn’t, the inside would be pitch black. Other than that, it’s pretty much exactly as described in Scripture. Here is the video:

Homosexuality

Romans 2:1 (KJV)

Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

I originally wrote this post on 12 November 2014. I’d avoided the topic because every time I mention it I’m bitterly attacked by everyone. No matter what I say about it I’m called a hate monger and homophobic by nonbelievers, or “not a real Christian” and an “enabler” by fellow Christians. So I thought I would redo this post entirely, rewording what I said to make it clearer.

So, is homosexuality a sin? Honestly? It doesn’t matter. Even if it is, all sins are forgiven through faith in Jesus. I’m tired of my gay friends being turned away from churches because they’re gay. Jesus will accept them as well! The only reason some people don’t think same sex marriage should be a thing is because they think being gay is a sin. Well, if it is, so is lying, murdering, stealing, and other things, but we still let them get married. In fact, it’d be much more useful to ban liars from getting married than to ban gays from marrying.

So yes, I’m the rare Christian who supports same sex marriage. I know what you’re probably thinking. God made marriage to be a sacred bond between a man and a woman.

1 Peter 2:13 (KJV)

 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;

Here’s another one, spoken by Jesus Himself

John 15:19 (KJV)

 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Basically, “be in the world, but not of the world”. The Law of God is not the law of man, and vice versa. You can’t expect unbelievers to accept the Law of God, so we shouldn’t hold them to that standard. We still have the eternal, unchanging Law of God. So if they want same sex marriage? Let them get married. They want abortions? Let them get abortions. Legalise weed? Go for it. They’re not changing the Law of God, and they’re not hurting us.

Romans 15:7 (KJV)

7Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

John 13:34-35 (KJV)

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Matthew 7:1 (KJV)

 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

So, according to those last three verses, we are to accept one another as Christ accepted us, and to love one another, and don’t judge anyone. Which to me sounds like we shouldn’t care if someone is LGBTQ+. It’s none of our business who they prefer to sleep with. And if it turns out to be a sin, if they accepted Jesus into their heart, they’ll be forgiven in the end. His sacrifice covered all sins.

Book of Jasher

2 Samuel 1:18 (KJV)

 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)

What is the Book of Jasher? The Bible mentions it a couple of times, but there is no book called Jasher in the Bible. I first came across it four years ago today, and I meant to do a post on this then, but quickly forgot about it. The only reason I remembered today is because I’d posted about it on Facebook at the time, and it appeared in my memories.

As you can see, there’s a second reference to the Book of Jasher in the Bible. It’s found in Joshua.

Joshua 10:13 (KJV)

And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

So what exactly is the Book of Jasher? The Wikipedia for it says,

The Book of Jasher (also, Jashar) or the Book of the Upright or the Book of the Just Man (Hebrew: סֵפֶר הַיׇּשׇׁר‬; transliteration: sēfer hayyāšār) is an unknown book mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. The translation “Book of the Just Man” is the traditional Greek and Latin translation, while the transliterated form “Jasher” is found in the King James Bible, 1611.

During my research, I quickly down the entire text of the book online, and it seems to have a biblical feel to it. It starts off with the Creation story and everything. But something just didn’t feel right about it. Then I remembered something about the Wikipedia page. It calls it and “unknown book”. How could it be unknown if I’m staring at the text. So I kept looking and quickly found my answer, in the form of another Wikipedia page.

The Book of Jasher, also called Pseudo-Jasher, is an 18th-century literary forgery by Jacob Ilive. It purports to be an English translation by Flaccus Albinus Alcuinus of the lost Book of Jasher. It is sometimes called Pseudo-Jasher to distinguish it from the midrashic Sefer haYashar (Book of the Upright, Naples, 1552), which incorporates genuine Jewish legend.

What I was reading was a fake. In fact, there are several books title Book of Jasher which claim to be the one mentioned in scripture. In actuality, the original book has been lost forever, with these two biblical verses being the full extent of what we really know about it.

So… I did a thing. . .

Ever since I created this blog over four years ago, I’ve had numerous people tell me that I should sell merchandise or have a donate button or something. Basically, a way to make money from this ministry. But I have been heavily against it, because Paul says not to make a profit from the Bible. Here, here, and here. I’m sure that there are other instances, but I found those by literally searching “profit” on Bible Gateway and scrolling through the results.

But over the last few months, I’ve had a few people tell me that I misunderstood what Paul was talking about. I even submitted a question to Got Questions, which I’ve linked to several times on this site. This was their response:

There are some scriptural principles that may be helpful in making your decision.  Obviously, people are paid to teach and preach.  1 Tim. 5:17 tells us that elders are worthy of double honor – respect and monetary compensation.  1 Peter 5:2 tells us that the same group of people, the elders, are not to minister for sorbid gain.  Meaning they are not to be greedy for money.  They are to minister eagerly for the purpose of helping people grow in Christ not for money. I hope these two verses help.

So I guess I misunderstood what Paul was talking about? Anyway, the thing I did that is the reason I’m making this post is that I started a Patreon for this ministry. For those who don’t know, Patreon is a site used by creators to receive support from their fans. It’s mostly used by YouTubers, but I’ve seen other people using it. It’s different from setting up a PayPal donate button in that you can set up recurring payments if you want. Plus, there are perks for the patrons.

I’ve set up three tiers of perks:

$1 – You get access to the Fig Tree Reborn Discord server (yeah, I made a new one, and I’ll discuss that below)

$5 – You get the Patreon flair on Reddit when on the Fig Tree Reborn subreddit. (plus access to the Fig Tree Reborn Discord server)

$10 – With this tier, you’ll be able to have a private conversation with me (the creator of Fig Tree Reborn) about anything biblical. I tend to get passionate when discussing the Bible, and my friend and church family tell me that I make them think about things they’d never noticed before. We can do this however you like (Skype, Facebook, phone call, smoke signal, etc….plus you still get the Patreon flair on Reddit and access to the Fig Tree Reborn Discord server)

About the Discord server…

If you read this post you’ll know that I had a Discord server for this site one, but if you read this post, you’ll know that I had to delete it because it had been overrun by nonbelievers as a base of operations to troll other Christian sites. Well, the only reason I made a new one is because of the Patreon page. It gives you the option to connect your Discord account and have a patron-only server. Meaning that you can only access it by being a patron. That should hopefully prevent what happened last time.

I’ll end this by stating that donating is entirely optional, and I’m only doing this to help cover the cost of running the site. I’m hoping to do more with this site, and in order to do that I’ll need the paid version of WordPress, which isn’t cheap. I might consider doing merchandise at a later date, but I’ll worry about that if anyone is interested.

Here is the link to the Patreon page if you are interested.

When was she called Eve?

Genesis 2:23 (KJV)

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

We all know the story of Adam and Eve. God created the Earth, then created Adam from the dust. Adam was lonely, so God made Eve out of Adam’s rib. She ate of the fruit God explicitly told them not to, talked Adam into eating it as well, then God kicked them out of the Garden of Eden. We all know this story.

But do we? I asked several of my friend when Eve got her name. They all said after Adam saw her. But if you see the verse I opened this post with, you’ll see that when Adam first saw her he called her Woman. Let’s take a look at when she ate of the fruit.

Genesis 3:6 (KJV)

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

“…when the woman…”. Not “When Eve”. When she ate of the fruit she still didn’t officially have a name. What about ten verses later, when God punishes them for eating the fruit?

Genesis 3:16 (KJV)

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Well, I guess I’m not surprised that between her eating the fruit and God punishing them she’d have been given a name. They were all a little preoccupied at the moment.

So when was she given her name?

Genesis 3:20 (KJV)

And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

So she wasn’t called Eve until the Fall, just before they were kicked out of the Garden? I’ve read this story countless time, as I’m sure most of you have, and I have never noticed that!

I don’t know what this means, or have any additional commentary on this particular find. Other than no matter how much you think you know the Bible, you never really know the Bible. There will always be new things you never noticed before.