The Song of Moses

This Song warns Israel against worshiping newly arrived Gods and promises that if they do, God will send the Nations against them. Most of the images, phrases, and sequence of events in this Song were used as a literary source for the plot and sequence of events that appear in the Book of Revelation.

Deuteronomy 32:1-47
01 Give Ear, O Heavens, while I will Speak ... let the Earth hear the Testimony of my Mouth.
02 May my teaching soak in like the Rain ... and my discourse permeate like the Dew ...
  like a Downpour on the Grass ... like a Shower upon the Crops.
03 For I will Sing the Name of the LORD!
  Oh, proclaim the Greatness of Our God!
04 The Rock - how faultless are his Works ... how Right all his Ways!
  A faithful God without deceit ... how just and upright he is!
05 Yet basely he has been treated by his degenerate children ... a perverse and crooked race!
06 Is the LORD to be repaid like this by you, O stupid and foolish people?
  Is he not your Father who created you?
  Has he not made you and established you?
07 Think back to the days of old ... reflect on the Years of the Eons of the Eons.
  Ask your father and he will inform you! ... ask your elders and they will tell you!
08 When the Most High apportioned the nations their heritage ... when he parceled out the descendants of Adam ... he fixed the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God ...
09 While the LORD's own portion was Jacob, his hereditary share was Israel.
10 He found them a Wilderness ... a wasteland of howling Desert.
  He shielded them and cared for them ... guarding them like the apple of his eye.
11 As an Eagle stirs its nestlings forth by hovering over its brood ... so he spread his Wings to take them up on his talons.
12 The LORD alone was their Leader ... no foreign god was with him.
13 He had them ride triumphant over the heights of the Land and live off the produce of its fields ...
  giving them honey to suck from the Rocks and Olive Oil from its hard stony Ground ...
14 butter from its Cows and milk from its Sheep ...
  with fat of its Lambs and Rams ...
  its Bashan Bulls and its Goats ...
  with the cream of its choicest Wheat ...
  and the foaming Blood of its Grapes you drank.
15 Jacob ate his fill ... Jeshurun grew fat and frisky ...
  you became fat and gross and gorged.
  They spurned the God who made them ... scorned their saving Rock.
16 They provoked him with strange Gods and angered him with Idols.
17 They offered sacrifice to demons ...
  to "no-gods" to whom they had not known before ...
  to newcomers just arrived ... of whom their fathers had never stood in awe.
18 You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you ... you forgot the God who gave you birth.
19 When the LORD saw this, he was filled with loathing and anger toward his sons and daughters.
20 I will hide my Face from them he said, and see what will become of them.
  What a fickle race they are, sons with no loyalty in them.
21 Since they have provoked me with their "no god" ... and angered me with their vain Idols ... I will provoke them with a "no people" ... with a foolish Nation I will anger them.
22 For by my Wrath a Fire is kindled that shall rage to the depths of Hell ... consuming the Earth with its yield ... and licking with flames the Roots of the Mountains.
23 I will heap on them Woe upon Woe ... and exhaust all my arrows against them:
24 Emaciating Hunger ... consuming Fever ... bitter Pestilence ... and the Teeth of Beasts I will send among them ... with the venom of Things crawling in the dust.
25 Snatched away by the Sword in the Street and by sheer terror at home shall be the youth and maiden alike ... the nursing baby as well as the grizzled old man.
26 I would have said, I will make an end of them and blot out their Name from men's memories ...
27 but I feared the insolence of their Enemies ... feared that these Foes might mistakenly boast and say ... "Our own Hand won the Victory ... the LORD had nothing to do with it."
28 For they are a people void of Reason ... they have no understanding.
29 If they had insight, they would realize what happened ... they would understand their future and say ...
30 How could one Man rout a Thousand ... or Two Men put a Myriad (10,000) to flight ... unless it was because their Rock had sold them and the LORD had delivered them up?
31 Indeed their "Rock" is not like our Rock ... our Enemies are fools.
32 They are a branch that comes from the Vinestock of Sodom ... from the Vineyards of Gomorrah ...
  Their Grapes are poisonous ... their Clusters are bitter.
33 Their Wine is the venom of Dragons and the cruel venom of Serpents.
34 Is not this preserved in my Treasury? ... sealed in my Storehouse?
35 Against the Day of vengeance and payback ... against the Time when they lose their footing?
  The Day of their Disaster is close at hand ... their Destruction comes Swiftly.
36 Indeed, the LORD will do Justice for his people ... on his Slaves he shall have pity. When he sees that their Power failing ... their Slaves and Freemen alike disappearing ...
37 He will say ... Where are the Gods on whom they relied as their "Rock"?
38 Let those who ate the fat of your sacrifices and drank the Wine of your libations rise up now and help you!
  let them be your protection!
39 Learn now that I ... I alone am God ... there is no god besides me.
  It is I who bring both Death and Life ... It is I who inflict Wounds and heal them ...
  and from my Hand there is no rescue!
40 I raise up my hand to the Heavens and Swear ... As surely as I Live forever ...
41 I will sharpen my flashing Sword ... and my hand shall take hold of my quiver.
  I will repay my Enemies with vengeance ... and I will repay those who hate me.
42 I will make my arrows Drunk with Blood ... and my Sword shall gorge itself with Flesh ...
  with the Blood of the slain and the captured ... Flesh from the Heads of the Enemy Leaders.
43 Exult with him you Heavens! ... Glorify him all you Angels of God! ...
  for he avenges the Blood of his Slaves ... and purges the Land of his People.
44 So Moses together with Joshua, son of Nun, went and recited all the words of this Song for the people to hear.
45 When Moses had finished speaking all these words to Israel ...
46 he said ... Take to heart all the warning I have now given to you ... and which you must impress on your children ... that you may carry out carefully every word of this Law.
47 For this is no trivial matter for you ... rather it means your very Life ...
  since it is by this means that you are to enjoy a long life on the land which you will cross the Jordan to occupy.

The blame for the Roman Jewish war
falls on Jesus

From 70 AD. to 95 AD., the Jews were asking themselves why they lost the Roman Jewish war. Who was responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of Jews? Why did God allow this to happen? They couldn't blame themselves, after all, they were only practicing their religion. They couldn't solely blame the Romans or the Greeks because that would be an admission that men were more powerful than their God.

The Rabbi's looked through the Torah and found the answer in Deuteronomy 32:1-47, the Song of Moses, which described and predicted this disasterous war better than any previous war. According to Moses, God was jealous of "strange gods," especially "newcomers recently arrived of whom their fathers had never stood in awe" (Dt 32:16-17). This perfectly described Jesus Christ, the one who called himself "Son of Man" but whose followers called him "Son of God."

There are many passages in the Song of Moses that can be interpreted as anti-Christian prophecies! For example ... Jesus called himself "the true vine" but Moses said "their vine comes from the vinestock of Sodom and from the vineyards of Gomorrah" (Dt 32:32). Jesus gave his apostle Simon the nickname Petros, meaning "a rock" and then said, "upon this Rock, I will build my church"  but Moses said that the "the Rock of the Jews was the Lord" and "their rock (meaning the nations) is not like our Rock ... our enemies are fools" (Dt 32:30-31). The New Testament seemingly confirmed this passage when the self-proclaimed apostle Paul boasted "... We are fools on Christ's account" (1Cor 4:10).

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