According to the bible, Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) is a unique god. He is the only god who talks not only to priests but also to chieftains and kings. Whenever King Arthur needed to talk to his gods, he used Merlyn; when the Greek kings had to talk to their gods, they used the oracles; when Roman emperors wanted to talk to their gods, they used fortune tellers, and when Pharaoh wanted to consult his gods, he did it through a sorcerer.
As stated in the Bible, the only chieftains and kings who talked directly to their god were the Hebrews. The bible is full of examples. Joshua was the first chief to talk to Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah). It was god himself who told him to exterminate all the inhabitants of Canaan:
3:7 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.
6:19 But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD.
7:15 And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel.
8:1 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land:
8:2 And thou shalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush for the city behind it.
8:27 Only the cattle and the spoil of that city Israel took for a prey unto themselves, according unto the word of the LORD which he commanded Joshua.
All the judges talked to god. It was he who told them to kill everyone in the land. All the kings talked to him, too. And all of them killed because god told them to do it.
1:1 Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?
1:2 And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand.
2:1 And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.
2:2 And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this?
2:3 Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.
2:20 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and he said, Because that this people hath transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto my voice;
2:21 I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died:
7:2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.
7:9 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand.
10:11 And the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Did not I deliver you from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines?
10:12 The Zidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites, did oppress you; and ye cried to me, and I delivered you out of their hand.
10:13 Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more.
20:18 And the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house of God, and asked counsel of God, and said, Which of us shall go up first to the battle against the children of Benjamin? And the LORD said, Judah shall go up first.
20:23 (And the children of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until even, and asked counsel of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up again to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother? And the LORD said, Go up against him.)
20:28 And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before it in those days,) saying, Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease? And the LORD said, Go up; for tomorrow I will deliver them into thine hand.
15:2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.
15:3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
23:2 Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.
In all the previous instances, god is talking directly to those speaking to him. It looks like the only words he had for them were meant to make them kill, kill and kill.
The saddest part is realizing that none of the chieftains or kings was talking directly to god. Even though the Levites hid it very well by writing over and over again, “The LORD said.” It was the current seer who was telling them what to do. It was the Levites who were telling the Israelites to kill. The seers were “the voice of god”. They devised this astute plan to strengthen the control they had over the chieftains, and the people. That was why they did not want to have a king. Kings were more difficult to control, and their role as the true deciders of the destiny of their people would be in jeopardy.
That was the fear Samuel had when, allegedly, the elders of Israel went to ask him for a king. When he heard the request, Samuel was displeased. He knew that the role of the seer in the Hebrew culture was in peril. The inheritance of Moses to the Levites was about to come to an end. Up to that day, the Levites had been the power behind the throne. It was the seers who were deciding the path the children of Israel had to walk on, not the judges. They had taken every precaution to make sure that their kind, the Levites, like any other priests in any cult or religion around the world, could lead a life with no worries.
They had excluded themselves from going to war:
1:47 But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them.
1:48 For the LORD had spoken unto Moses, saying,
1:49 Only thou shalt not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel:
1:50 But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.
The Levites wrote that god told Moses not to include them among the soldiers, but we now know that god was not talking to anybody. The Levites decided to become the taskmasters of their own kin. They were sending them to war, so the Levites could have everything they needed without risking their own lives. When they were telling Joshua to kill all humans living in the cities he conquered, they were hoping to get rid of the other gods that eventually could steal they brothers’ faith away, and with that they would also lose their way of living.
The Levites not only did not have to go to war, they decided they had to camp far away from the danger of battle. Read where they say the lord told them to encamp:
1:52 And the children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man by his own camp, and every man by his own standard, throughout their hosts.
1:53 But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.
They get to camp around the tabernacle, the most sacred object to the Hebrews. As such, it had to be in the center of the camp, far away from any danger.
As you can see, the Levites were not willing to die for their brethrens. They could kill them if they had to, but they were not ready to give their lives for them. If you do not know what I am talking about I will cite the passages were it is explained how the Levites got the “right” to be the “prophets”:
32:26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD's side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.
32:27 And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.
32:28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.
That was how they got the “divine right’ of being the priests of Israel, by murdering their own kindred. That was the only time the Levites were brave enough to kill. They murdered unarmed men; men who were too frightened to defend themselves.
I also want you to notice that in 32:27 Moses did not ask his god for counsel on this matter. As soon as the Levites were on his side, he told them, “Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.”
In this verse it is perfectly clear that Moses was taking all those decisions on his own; no god was telling him what to do.
He just used the words “Thus saith the LORD” or “the LORD saith” to make the children of Israel believe he was really getting counsel from Jealous_ A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah.
But the Levites did not only get the priesthood. They also awarded themselves the right to free meals and free money:
18:1 The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel: they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and his inheritance.
14:22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.
14:23 And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.
14:24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:
14:25 Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose:
14:26 And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thysoul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,
14:27 And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.
14:28 At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates:
14:29 And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.
The Levites excluded themselves from performing any labor. They did not have to grow crops, raise cattle or do any kind of work to get money. The meat they needed to eat came from the offerings. The seeds, the vegetables and the fruit they required came from the tithe, and the cash came from those people living far away. They had to turn their goods into money and give it to the Levites.
I have to accept that the Levites were very clever. With just a pen, they provided for all the generations of Levites to come.
In case you may think that whatever the Levites got could not be that much, let me show you what the bible says they lost when the children of Israel and their leaders turned to other gods:
29:10 Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us.
29:20 Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and gathered the rulers of the city, and went up to the house of the LORD.
29:21 And they brought seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven he goats, for a sin offering for the kingdom, and for the sanctuary, and for Judah. And he commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of the LORD.
29:25 And he set the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, and of Gad the king's seer, and Nathan the prophet: for so was the commandment of the LORD by his prophets.
29:32 And the number of the burnt offerings, which the congregation brought, was threescore and ten bullocks, an hundred rams, and two hundred lambs: all these were for a burnt offering to the LORD.
29:33 And the consecrated things were six hundred oxen and three thousand sheep.
30:24 For Hezekiah king of Judah did give to the congregation a thousand bullocks and seven thousand sheep; and the princes gave to the congregation a thousand bullocks and ten thousand sheep: and a great number of priests sanctified themselves.
30:25 And all the congregation of Judah, with the priests and the Levites, and all the congregation that came out of Israel, and the strangers that came out of the land of Israel, and that dwelt in Judah, rejoiced.
31:3 He appointed also the king's portion of his substance for the burnt offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new moons, and for the set feasts, as it is written in the law of the LORD.
31:4 Moreover he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might be encouraged in the law of the LORD.
31:5 And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly.
31:6 And concerning the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe of holy things which were consecrated unto the LORD their God, and laid them by heaps.
31:10 And Azariah the chief priest of the house of Zadok answered him, and said, Since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of the LORD, we have had enough to eat, and have left plenty: for the LORD hath blessed his people; and that which is left is this great store.
31:11 Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of the LORD; and they prepared them, 31:12 And brought in the offerings and the tithes and the dedicated things faithfully: over which Cononiah the Levite was ruler, and Shimei his brother was the next.
Those were the riches the Levites used to lose, or if you want to see it from another perspective, that was the wealth they all used to gain when they kept the children of Israel worshipping their god, Jealous_ A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah.
The Levites did not want their share of bloodshed in battle, but when it was time to get a share of the land their brothers had bled to conquer, even though god had said that they would have no part or inheritance, read what they got:
21:1 Then came near the heads of the fathers of the Levites unto Eleazar the priest, and unto Joshua the son of Nun, and unto the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel;
21:2 And they spake unto them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, The LORD commanded by the hand of Moses to give us cities to dwell in, with the suburbs thereof for our cattle.
In this verse, the Levites are reminding Joshua what the lord “told” Moses to give them.
21:3 And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their inheritance, at the commandment of the LORD, these cities and their suburbs.
21:4 And the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites: and the children of Aaron the priest, which were of the Levites, had by lot out of the tribe of Judah, and out of the tribe of Simeon, and out of the tribe of Benjamin, thirteen cities.
21:5 And the rest of the children of Kohath had by lot out of the families of the tribe of Ephraim, and out of the tribe of Dan, and out of the half tribe of Manasseh, ten cities.
21:6 And the children of Gershon had by lot out of the families of the tribe of Issachar, and out of the tribe of Asher, and out of the tribe of Naphtali, and out of the half tribe of Manasseh in Bashan, thirteen cities.
21:7 The children of Merari by their families had out of the tribe of Reuben, and out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zebulun, twelve cities.
21:41 All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children of Israel were forty and eight cities with their suburbs.
21:42 These cities were everyone with their suburbs round about them: thus were all these cities.
The Levites devised the plan of not getting a whole territory for them because they would, eventually, have to defend it from the enemy tribes that were around. They decided to get some cities scattered among the territory of the other tribes, so their brethrens could protect them in case of an invasion. Clever, don’t you think?
So clever they were they even wrote that god was going to talk only through them. They could not have said otherwise since they were the real voice of god. They wrote that to prevent their brothers from being scared once again, god was no longer going to talk to them (how sympathizing). From that moment on, they would be the spiritualistic mediums.
Read the passage:
18:15: The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
18:16: According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.
18:17: And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.
18:18: I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
18:19: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
18:20: But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
18:21: And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?
18:22: When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
If an almighty god had been telling the Levites what to say and what to do, the children of Israel would have never lost a battle. They would have not had to kill or be killed to conquer the land.
The Levites were the real makers of the bible. Their secret mission was to keep Moses’ god alive at any cost; otherwise they would lose all the privileges Moses had granted them. That was why they made Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) to appear in every step of the Hebrew history. In victory or defeat, they made him the main actor. Even if in the process, they made their brothers look stupid.
By executing almost three thousand men at Mount Sinai, Moses told the Catholic Church how to deal with those who did not want to embrace the new faith. By adding the tithe to the laws of Moses, the Levites gave the catholic church and those churches springing from it the means to become the richest churches in the world.
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