The Scarlet Thread (Article)

The Scarlet Thread

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The Scarlet Thread is based on the idea that there has been a world war since the Garden of Eden in which you and I are both the pawns and the prizes. Over time and in each phase of this war, God reveals a just a little bit more of His plan to redeem mankind and rid the world of evil once and for all. Each time God reveals the next step or event, Satan specifically and literally attacks the individuals involved in that plan with the intent of thwarting God’s plan. This is why the Old Testament seems to be so bloody with mortal violence all throughout.

When Satan learns of each phase of the plan, he targets that person and their descendants for death and tries his best to kill them. If that bloodline doesn’t survive after God has made a promise or prophecy, then Satan wins for he will have shown God to be a liar. But, each time throughout the ages it usually comes down to one man who built a boat, one baby who was secreted way, one great aunt who rescued the last surviving heir at the last second, or one Queen who put her life on the line to save her people from annihilation. We will even get to one story where God places a curse on the royal line which would seem to spell doom for the plan, for how can the Messiah come from a cursed bloodline? You will be amazed at how God works with the answer to that puzzle.

The Scarlet Thread is textual evidence only, even though there is historical evidence for many of the individual stories. The attempt is to link the Scarlet Thread with the events happening in today’s news in order to make a strong argument that global, malevolent forces are at work to annihilate the Jews in order to thwart God’s plan. While we take this journey, I want you to pay close attention to the level of detail that is interwoven through the text. Every detail is there by design.

The Events:

1. Adam and Eve fell into sin and God gave the first prophecy. “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”(Gen 1:15)

God has now shown a card in his hand, so to speak. Satan now knows that the seed of the woman will crush his head. If he can annihilate the woman’s seed, then God’s word can’t come to pass. The first strike comes in Genesis 4 when Cain kills Abel.

The Seed of the woman. That doesn’t make any sense. Women don’t have seed. That must be a contradiction. More on that later.

But God’s plan was not thwarted. The seed of the woman was still coming to crush Satan’s head.

2. Genesis 6 is the next stop in the thread. Satan now had a population problem since man was reproducing in great numbers. His answer was to breed them out of existence. Some of Satan’s demons went down to earth, took females and “married any of them they chose.” The resulting offspring were called the Nephilim who were half-human, half demon hybrids. At this point some believers may be questioning the audacity of this claim. Surely THAT isn’t what the passage says. I can only tell you that the “Sons of God’ in Hebrew is Bene Ha’elohim which literally means “direct creation of God.” It is only ever used to describe angels in the Old Testament. For example, Adam and angels are direct creations of God, anyone born of Adam had parents and thus, were not direct creations of God. If you contrast what you now know about the “Sons of God” to the “daughters of humans” the passage easily makes sense, even if the concepts are difficult or uncomfortable.

“When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose…The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.” (Gen 6:1,2,4)

Emim—the fearful ones

Rephaim—the dead ones

Anakim—the [long]-necked ones

Gibborim – (Nimrod “began to be” a Gibborim in Gen 10)

In verse 9 it says Noah was “perfect” in his generation. We know this doesn’t mean sinless and has been interpreted as “racially pure” which will probably immediately freak out everyone that is racially sensitive. If you put that word into the perspective of Nephilim breeding out humanity, it makes more sense.

Satan almost has his plan fully in place. He was 99.99% of the way there, depending on total population, but there was one man left. And that one man and his three sons survived the Flood to repopulate the earth.

But God’s plan was not thwarted. The seed of the woman was still coming to crush Satan’s head.

3. The next stop on the timeline is with Abraham. God makes a covenant with him to make his descendants great in number and also gives them the land of Canaan. If Satan can kill off Abraham’s descendants then he can stop that from coming true. We run into multiple problems right off the bat here. Sarah convinces Abraham to sleep with his servant to force God’s promise. That ends in disaster (and the entire Arab population).

The angel of the Lord also said to her: “You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard of your misery. 12 He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.” (Gen 16:11, 12)

I’ve spent 3 years in the middle east and even if you just watch the news every now and then you know that this verse is dead-on accurate in every detail regarding the descendants of Ishmael.

Eventually, Isaac is born and God tells Abraham to sacrifice him. In Abraham’s mind when God said it, Isaac was already dead. He took the three day journey to Moriah to sacrifice Isaac on a hill. When Isaac notices that there is no offering for the sacrifice, he asks his dad and Abraham says “God himself will provide the lamb.” That was a play on words. It turns out 2,000 years later, God did literally offer himself on that exact hill which sits at 777 meters above sea level.  God also tells Abraham that his descendants will be enslaved in Egypt for 400 years. Satan tried to throw a couple of wrenches into the gears.

But God’s plan was not thwarted. The seed of the woman was still coming to crush Satan’s head.

4. The next event is Joseph becoming the Prime Minister of the largest civilization at that time in Egypt. Joseph’s brothers sell him into slavery and God eventually elevates him to Prime Minister to save Egypt (and those very brothers) from famine. The book of Genesis ends with Joseph’s death and Exodus starts with Satan once again trying to kill off the descendants of Abraham (Jews). Pharaoh sees that they are becoming a political threat and decides to kill all the male babies. God delivers them and you have all of the great signs and the Passover. The book of Exodus is really prophetic down to the last detail, but that’s another study. Satan tried to kill the entire population. The Jews have some struggles in the conquest of Canaan but they eventually possess the land even though there were still residual Nephilim that were planted there as a minefield for when Israel eventually came to back. (Remember the promise God made to Abraham about the land).

But God’s plan was not thwarted. The seed of the woman was still coming to crush Satan’s head.

5. In 2d Samuel God drills down and focuses his promise in a little more detail. He names David’s offspring as the one who will crush Satan’s head.

“‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: 12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. (2 Sam 7:11)

Aha! Satan has a new target. He doesn’t care as much about everyone else but now he knows he has to kill off every descendant of David or otherwise trick humanity and God into breaking His promise. And assault he does. The kingdom eventually has a civil war and a chain of attacks ensues to wipe out his family. Again and again there were attempts to eliminate his heirs, but there was always an intervention that foiled the plots. Jehoram kills his brothers (2 Chronicles 21); Arabians slew all except Ahazariah; Athaliah kills all-except Joash (2 Chronicles 22); Hezekiah is assaulted (Isaiah 36, 38); Haman’s infamous attempts in Esther 3.

Interesting Esther sidebar. Haman wanted to kill all the Jews. Mordecai (and Esther) wanted to save them. Haman was a direct descendant of Agag.  Saul disobeyed God by not killing Agag, so God took the kingdom from Saul. Mordecai, on the other hand, was a direct descendant of Shimei and David decided to not to take vengeance on him.

Haman was the result of Saul’s pride and disobedience.
Mordecai was the result of David’s mercy.
Those two go head to head with the King of Persia. The line was constantly in peril of being wiped out.
But God’s plan was not thwarted. The seed of the woman was still coming to crush Satan’s head.

6. The next stop is a disaster for the plan of God. Or so it seemed.  David’s royal line descends down 14 generations to a King called Jeconiah (Jehoiachin). Some of the Kings are good, most are bad, and a few are horrible. Jeconiah is the worst. He is so bad that God himself places a blood curse on Jeconiah and all of his descendants:

“This is what the Lord says: “Record this man as if childless, a man who will not prosper in his lifetime, for none of his offspring will prosper, none will sit on the throne of David or rule anymore in Judah.” Jeremiah 22:30

Oh. Well then that’s that. God promised David back in 2 Samuel that He would establish His kingdom forever and ever from David’s own offspring. But now He’s cursed the royal line and there’s no one else left in the royal line who can sit on the throne.

But God’s plan was not thwarted. The seed of the woman was still coming to crush Satan’s head.

7.  The seed of the woman. That is a biological contradiction. Now we’ve all heard the phrase “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel…” but do you know the story behind it? King Ahaz of Judah had a problem. The Assyrians were pressing down on him and they had the big army on the block. Israel and Aram had much smaller armies and they were in opposition to the Assyrians. King Ahaz’s pickle was that the Assyrians had demanded that he ally with them or Assyria would destroy Judah while both Israel and Aram had demanded that he ally with them against the Assyrians or they would destroy Judah. He has to make a decision, and he can only join one side, or fight both. There are no good options.

While all that is going on Isaiah is having a back and forth with King Ahaz and God suddenly bursts out with, ““Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.”

Whoa! How many times do we wish God would ask us this question? Oddly enough, King Ahaz remembers some theological training from way back when he was a boy and responds, “I will not ask; I will not put the Lord to the test.”

So, Isaiah breaks into the conversation and scolds King Ahaz about testing the Lord’s patience. He tells Ahaz that since he isn’t taking God seriously that God will send a sign. Oh no. What horrible sign will God send? Meteors from heaven? Parting a great sea? Earthquakes? I can just imagine King Ahaz standing there in rapt attention and horror at what could possibly come out of Isaiah’s mouth next. Then Isaiah says, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7)

Oh. God is going to….a virgin will…..what? What does that have to do with the Assyrians, Israel, Aram, and the price of a cup of tea in China?!

God’s plan was not thwarted. The seed of the woman was still coming to crush Satan’s head. But now he knows the woman will be a virgin.

8. And finally, we tie the Scarlet Thread together with the birth of Jesus, the Messiah. We all know the story of Joseph and Mary. She conceived of the Holy Spirit and Joseph was not the blood father. The virgin birth circumvents the blood curse on Jeconiah while still maintaining the royal line. Matthew’s Gospel records the line from Abraham to Solomon all the way down to Joseph since Matthew is interested in Jesus’ Jewishness. Dr. Luke is interested in Jesus’ humanity so he goes from Adam to David, but takes a left turn and instead of Solomon he goes through Nathan all the way down to Mary.  Applying the provisions of the Zelophehad exception, Heli, the father of Mary, properly adopted Joseph as his son-in-law. (Ezra 2:61; Nehemiah 7:63; Numbers 32:41, cf. 1 Chronicles 2:21-23, 34-35: Luke 3:23: nomizo, reckoned as by law.)

From Abraham to Joseph on His father's side and from Adam to Mary on His mother's side.

From Abraham to Joseph on His father’s side and from Adam to Mary on His mother’s side.

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And then we go through the whole Magi and King Herod with Satan still trying to wipe out the bloodline by having Herod kill all the babies under 2 years old.

The seed of the woman was here and about to crush Satan’s head. Satan finally succeeds in killing Jesus but then Jesus rises on the third day. This is the most established fact in history(1). After Him, everything changed and even time was split into two parts.

Conclusion:

The Scarlet Thread continues today. It is Satan’s attempt to wipe out the Jews so that the events of Revelation and Ezekiel cannot take place.

The current Jewish annihilation theme is either causal or coincidental. To that I would ask the unbeliever to answer the following: The Nazis had this idea in their heads pre-modern state of Israel. They were defeated and left in the dust bin of history. Post-modern state of Israel (in fact the very day it was formed) a completely different entity attempted to, and is still attempting to, annihilate all the Jews and they number about 1 billion. (Islam)

These two global organizations have absolutely nothing in common. Their political histories, cultural histories, and religious histories are completely different, yet the one thing that they do have in common is that they want to annihilate Israel and the entire Jewish race.

How do you explain that as circumstantial?

The kicker to all of this is that the bible is not one book. The Scarlet Thread can be followed through thousands of years of history and 40+ authors. Yet, every detail is there by design and it is a demonstrably interwoven theme despite the centuries of time and cultural separation of writers.

(1) http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/jesus/greenleaf.html

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