Book Excerpt - The Blind Man's Elephant
The Genesis Birthright, The Blind Man’s ElephantOur story is non-fiction. While the names have changed, no one is innocent. And it is far more intriguing and meaningful in our every day lives than any fiction. Close to a hundred million copies of this story are sold every year. Because the body of this story is scattered in the pages of the Biblical record in bits and pieces like a puzzle, we are oblivious to its film noir essence not unlike a person who is shocked to find out that their quiet next-door neighbor has a cellar full of buried bodies. We are about to put those bits and pieces together. We will form a very clear picture that is of great importance for us today. And we will discover that everything is not as it appears.
The story is the metamorphosis of brothers into families, then into nations and ultimately into one world empire, a military-corporate complex invading all of us economically, politically, and most importantly, spiritually. It is a saga worthy of a Harold Robbins novel perfectly suited for the big screen. But when the complete story is known, the saga becomes a Shakespearean tragedy from one point of view and a psycho horror drama on the other.
It is a story of devastation, humility and ultimately triumph. It is a classic battle of evil versus good, self-righteousness versus blatant rebellion, determinism versus ignorance. Its climax is one of death and annihilation when victory seems assured and victory when all appears lost but at an appalling cost. And what makes this so intriguing on the one hand, and utterly terrifying on the other, is the fact that this is real. It is not a movie, it isn't Shakespearean theater; it isn’t a best selling novel. It is 11 o'clock news. It is a front-page story and it is shouted from satellite to satellite across the Internet.
The story erupts with a struggle, thousands of years ago, while the brothers are still in their mother’s womb. Let's take a look at these two brothers, who they are and follow their story, which is our story today, throughout the pages of the Biblical record from Genesis to Revelation to Romans to Obadiah and places in-between.
We begin our journey in Genesis twenty-five. Isaac's wife, Rebekah, became pregnant with non-identical twins. In what was a portent of events to come, the Biblical record tells us, "… the children struggled within her."
She inquired of the LORD, that after finally conceiving, why all the ruckus inside her womb? "And the LORD said to her, 'Two nations are in your womb, and two manner of people ….’” We are referring, of course, to Esau and Jacob. Today, these two remain at the crux of the apocalypse events.
From the very beginning these two struggled within Rebekah's womb. This struggle continues, unnoticed in our current events, although these individuals have grown into nations. One nation has hidden itself within the vital framework of the other brother’s inheritance ever so slowly gaining control until the opportune moment arrives to ensnare his brother who, to this point in time, has been squandering the inheritance in a rather stupid and foolish manner.
Nearly everyone today descended from Jacob has no idea that they are involved in a struggle to the death, even though the daily evidence surrounds us being deceived by our brother Esau and blinded by our own ignorance. What exactly is this birthright that the struggle to regain it and that Esau should to seek to slay his brother continues through millennia with events moving closer to their conclusion? First let’s look at what led up to the loss of the birthright in the first place.
While this struggle took place in Rebekah’s womb, we aren’t told exactly what the nature of it was all about in Genesis. We learn what God told Rebekah. “… and two manner of people shall be separated from your bowels; and one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.”
This is the theological arrow of time concerning these two nations that God told Rebekah. Events in the world today are directly tied into these two brothers, these two different manner of people. One of them is stronger. The oldest one shall serve the younger until a key point is met. Once this happens, the tables will be turned. Keep in mind as you read through this and your mind wanders off occasionally about current national and world events, there are two peoples here who are of a very different nature. [See the Feature articles, Is That You, Big Brother? and Our Corrupted Compass].
Esau the firstborn is described as “the first to come out, red all over like an hairy garment.” Then “after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold of Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob.”
Our story takes us to the time when Esau and Jacob are adults. Esau has become a man of the field, a cunning hunter as he’s described. He is his father Isaac’s favorite son because he liked to eat of Esau’s venison. Jacob has grown to become a “plain” man. However the Hebrew word here is tam and means perfect, complete as a person who lacks nothing in physical strength or appearance, but also one who is sound and wholesome who has moral integrity. Jacob also was a smooth man not being hairy like his older brother. We are told that Rebekah loved Jacob.
One day, Esau is out hunting, and obviously something has gone wrong. Esau, the cunning hunter, showed up on Jacob’s doorstep close to death. Again, we aren’t given many details, but it may have been that Esau was dehydrated and exhausted. It must have been somewhat serious. Whatever the case, all we know is that he thought he was about to die as he said to Jacob, “Behold, I am going to die.”
Esau did not ask for medical help, but he pleaded with Jacob to feed him. Jacob had some boiled food that was red. We are told this was lentils or food that is very basic, probably what we would call ground provisions today. When Jacob saw Esau he uttered five words that lie at the bedrock of today’s current events. He said to Esau, “Sell me today your birthright.”
The above is excerpted from chapter six, The Genesis Birthright, The Blind Man’s Elephant. Reference to the Feature articles are not in the book.
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