Silence is complicity, and protection is accessory: Judges 19-21

This is a really good summary of this passage. The passage reads like a Blockbuster movie with anticipation, stomach churning horror, amazement, sadness, outrage, revenge, and a measure of redemption. I left out at least a dozen more adjectives.

Every teacher must remember the beginning of the book, and do not leave off the ending, which ends where it began.

This tells us that you really don’t go to the book of judges to find the way the people of God should live. You go there and learn how the people of God should not live.

(Bible critics use passages like this to accuse the Bible of promoting vile conduct.)

The episode in chapter 19 highlights the worst moral decline among the mightiest of the tribes. There are a lot of failures to consider. However, one that stands out to me, (and is often overlooked,) is the perpetrators were a distinct group among the Benjamites. They had a reputation for corruption. They were known as “the children of wickedness.”

Nonetheless, they found a haven and protection among their blood brothers. “A little leaven, leavens the whole lump.” Instead of family shame, their brothers supported their evil lifestyle.

In this case “a king” (as the book repeatedly reminds us) would have been morally responsible before God, and be the first to suffer for such evil in the kingdom.

Friends, silence is complicity, and protection is accessory to the crime. God took the opportunity to clean house in all of Israel at that time.

Study note: Remembering that the Lord only tells us what is important; how many mistakes were made in this episode in Judges 19 + 21?


“And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
Revelation 5:4 KJV

Why was John crying his eyeballs out? Because that book contains the list of those inheriting eternal life. The roll must be called, the names must be read.

WORTHY is a word indicating a comparison between at least two things.

Thayer Definition:
“weighing, having weight, having the weight of another thing of like value, worth as much.”

Who “outweighs, is more valuable” than what or who?

The answer is The Law, Sin, and Death. Therefore more powerful than them, and able to deliver out of their hands and give life!

“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
Revelation 5:9‭-‬14 KJV

Living outside of the Beast’s power and control


What is it like to live outside the Beast’s kingdom, power and control? That kingdom where everyone lives for the success, merchandise, dainties, experiences, and pleasures provided by the Beast?

and that no one will be able to buy or sell , except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.–REVELATION 13:17 AMP

In this world system, managed and controlled by what the Bible calls the Beast, the mind is taken captive, away form life, in a system of deterioration. From the cradle to the grave mankind is educated (programmed) to pursue pleasures along the path to death. This is the only hope given by the Beast. We now call it accomplishing “the bucket list” by those successfully progressing along this path of diminishing pleasures.

The educators in the Beast’s system are dogs” in business suits and decorated religious robes.

Paul abandons his bucket list, andescapes his soul into the kingdom of God, toward everlasting life ,–never looking back. Along this (New Birth from cradle to glory) path, the knowledge necessary for progress is exclusively of the Logos. And it is ever increasing with each step predestined by God in heaven.

You will notice at the end of chapter 3, Paul is led by the Spirit to warm again about the Beast and his teachers the dogs in this dying world system.

“Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain into the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark [identify and follow] them which walk so as ye have us for an example.


(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you EVEN WEEPING, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly [like dogs], and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) [They are spiritually dead, and only know the Beast’s earthly system.]


“For our conversation [the kingdom of which we are citizens] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.–Philippians 3:2‭-‬3‭, ‬7‭-‬14‭, ‬17‭-‬21 KJV

Zombie apocalypse in the church?

The one world government, (controlling the lives of the entire world, as Babel attempted,) and the end times Babylon and Beast includes the church, or false prophet, who encourages the world to WORSHIP THE BEAST.

ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT WANTS THE CHURCH TOO, and will/does have it (the false church) through the Antichrist. (Many churches, through materialism promote the Beast. But that’s another story.)

I’ve seen three types of Christin churches:

  • Genuine, the leaders are teachers who produce mature Christians, able to teach others the word of God. Faith is in the word of God.
  • Money driven: the leader/leaders don’t care how much of the Bible the church knows, or how they live, as long as they’re giving enough money to the leaders.
  • Satanic/Cult churches: “teaching for doctrine the commandments of men” Matt.15:9, Col. 2:22. These churches are structured for brainwashing, mind control, soul stealing purposes, with one individual or small group of men leading at the top of the organization. Church members are zombie-like in their function and communication. They recite memorized information they don’t completely understand.

The home study strategy has been utilized by cult groups for a long time–think of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons; (even movies like Get-Out shares this age-old strategy of mind control and discipleship.)

The method is to target weak minded people, brainwash them and control their behavior. It’s not leading them to Jesus as The Good Shepherd, but using Jesus to lead them to bondage to that nan-made religion. Their design is to control the mind and life of the person. The Bible teaches “man waters, and plants, but THE LORD GIVES THE INCREASE.” But these false churches labor to replace the work of the Holy Spirit and control all spiritual and earthly experiences of their followers through brainwashing, fear, insecurity. Ever learning but never coming to maturity, they remain babes, forever needing to be fed by the cult leader/leaders.

The home group is designed to use already brainwashed “family members” to brainwash new members into the “family way of life.”

In the Bible, you never “put a novice in office”, (1Tim. 3:6). But in the cults, the responsibility starts early. So, you see a family type of group in the Jehovah’s Witnesses going around with one or two newbies in training. The mind and the life of the new family members are controlled at the same time.

All you need, to be given more responsibility, is to progress in your brainwashing and submission to authority. The faster you give up your mind and become their robot, the faster you will be fully controlled. At the point of full brainwashing, you will become a trainer yourself, appointed to seek out other weak minded people, and like a magnet suck them into the family. After which you will receive validation and praise as a good disciple, reinforcing and strengthening your own zombie-like brainwashing.

This is a Peter Drucker tactic of controlling large groups of people, under one leader, through many brainwashed cell groups.

This knowledge of mind control comes from the dragon, and through the beast and false prophet, to control the life of as many people as possible. “That no man might buy it sell except they have the mark of the beast.” Instead of God who feeds the birds of the air, and cloths the lilies of the field as your provider, the beast and the cult family are their life supply.

Godly leaders lead people to Jesus by means of his word, so the disciple attaches to Jesus and the Father through their own Bible.

“The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. –John 12:21 KJV

The cult is ALWAYS THE ONLY FILTER through which the Bible can be understood, and Jesus or the Father can be approached. The follower is ALWAYS COMPLETELY DEPENDANT ON THE CULT, every step they take in the world. Insecurity and weakness is reinforced

“For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. –2 Timothy 3:6‭-‬7 KJV

The Spirit of God warned us through Paul who leads them to and leaves them (not to himself, but) to the God’s Word:

“Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them [selves]. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. –Acts 20:30‭-‬32 KJV

There are genuine home Bible study groups, and then their are brainwash, mind control home/family cults. These are demonic, bringing money to the organization leaders, and souls to Satan.


“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. –Hebrews 4:14‭, ‬16 KJV

Beware of zombie, brainwash, church groups!

And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. –Acts 20:32 KJV


And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Genesis 3:14‭-‬15 KJV

Oh! It’s on now!

This is a unique passage in scripture. It’s the only time I’m aware of that the statement “seed (sperm, offspring) of woman” is used. This phrase is exclusively reserved for the male.

It is also the first declaration of war! There are many infamous “bad girls” in the Bible. But do you remember the women, mothers, wifes, sisters etc. who went to war (expressed hostility) on God’s side against the devil? How about those who preserved the life of offspring (like Moses and Jacob) through whom the Messiah would come.

The serpent picked on Eve and succeeded, but it seems the woman wasn’t going to let that war end there.

These words were spoken to the serpent, so God was likely telling him he had miscalculated the weakness of his target, and would one day pay for his mistake.

Life in two simultaneous dimensions.

What if the fact you can see “the Light” clearly, means you have experienced a spiritual kind of rebirth, awakening to a another dimension of existence? Life in two similtaeous dimensions.

“Believest thou this?”

We can’t experience what we can’t see.

“And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord , I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold….2 Kings 6:17 KJV


Why would a woman with no time to study her Bible, hang on every word of a self proclaimed “prophet of God?” Women are generally more emotional than analytical, and are therefore the main target of men (and sometimes women) so-called prophets. (For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins [weakness]. 2 Timothy 3:6 KJV)

Women are likely to need to FEEL something more than to KNOW something. Feelings outweigh information. So, truthful information from scripture is less persuasive than an important revelation from a concerned and caring prophet.

Many “Christian” churches practice what the Bible calls IDOLATRY, as they rely on so called “prophets,” and place little faith in the word of God, which they see as not enough to meet their needs.

The false prophet places himself [like a priest] between the professing believer and God. Instead of trusting the written word of God, the follower of the prophet trusts the word of the prophet, often waiting on the prophet to give a special word. It is as though they pray to the prophet like Catholics pray to their “saints.” This prophet MUST CONJURE UP something unique, otherwise he would just interpret and speak the written word of God to help his follower. But that would defeat his purpo$e of having di$ciple$ for him$elf. cp Acts 20:29-31

The danger is the same for people who rely on personal “dreams and visions” for instruction instead of God’s written word

In the Bible, the true prophet spoke God’s word. All prophets were given one single occasion to speak something false and they would be stoned to death by the people of God. These days it’s the opposite; false prophets have to just be close one single time to be embraced by many people; he is allowed to be wrong most of the time.


If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder,and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall FOLLOW THE LORD YOUR GOD and fear Him; and you shall KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, LISTEN TO HIS VOICE, SERVE HIM, and cling to Him.

But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be a put to death, because he has COUNSELED REBELLION AGAINST THE LORD YOUR God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, to seduce you from the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from among you.–Deu.13


“But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign [miracle]; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:…For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.  The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at THE PREACHING of Jonas; and, BEHOLD, A GREATER [PREACHER] THAN JONAS is here. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth TO HEAR the WISDOM of Solomon; and, BEHOLD, A GREATER [SPEAKER OF WISDOM] than Solomon is here.–Matthew 12:40‭-‬42 KJV
Jesus goes on the associate this behavior with wickedness and demonic possession in the next 3 verses.


Act 20:32  And now, brethren, I commend [present, deposit] you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. 



“And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an HUNDRED AND FORTY and FOUR THOUSAND of all the TRIBES OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. –Revelation 7:2‭-‬4 KJV

This group of 144,000 appear to be ALL the genuine children/natural descendants of Israel scattered abroad across the earth.

The next group of 144,000 appear to represent ALL OF THE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS on earth at that time, as distinguished from the unbelievers:

“And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. –Revelation 9:4 KJV

THE SEALS AND MARK ARE NOT ARBITRARY they distinguish between God’s children and Satan’s:

“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.–Revelation 9:20‭-‬21 KJV

“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand [saints in heaven], having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins [spiritually faithful to God]. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men , being the firstfruits [the harvest of souls] unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God…. And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. –Revelation 14:1‭, ‬3‭-‬5‭, ‬11‭-‬12 KJV

Let the women keep silent?

Why did the Spirit command women to keep silent in the churches?


For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be ONE FLESH: so then they are NO MORE TWAIN, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. —Mark 10:7-9 KJV

And Adam knew [intimate experiential knowledge] Eve his wife. —Genesis 4:1 KJV

The marriage bond is a created by God to be complete, self contained, whole, single organism, with God-supplied nourishment channeled through the husband (the head) from God.

I use the analogy of a virus’s destructive effect on human DNA because this is the effect the advice of the serpent had on the first family

When a wife seeks and receives instruction from another man, it mirrors the Serpent getting Eve alone and dividing her union with her husband by deception. Therefore the Bible’s instruction for the wife to not inquire for herself instruction from another man in the church is based upon the deception of the first woman by Satan. The text notes that she was tricked, but her husband (Adam) had a resistance to deception–he sinned willfully with correct knowledge of the situation.

“But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Let the woman learn in silence [without questioning the male teacher] with all subjection [to her husband]. But I suffer [permit] not a woman to teach [instruct], nor to usurp authority [have dominion over, dominate, govern] over the man, but to be in silence [she is not the designated teacher in the church.]. For [because] Adam was first formed, then Eve [1st. reason: creation order, first in rank].  And Adam was not deceived [2nd. Reason: resistance to deception], but the woman being deceived was in the transgression [3rd reason: susceptibility to deception]. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. —1 Timothy 2:10-15 KJV

“Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience [to God’s command, and husband. “Wives obey your husband…”], as also saith the law [O.T.]. And if they will learn anything [be taught, instructed, guided], let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak [ask for guidance] in the church [from male teachers]. —1 Corinthians 14:33-35 KJV

The “Shame” is upon the husband, the wife inviting a third party into the marriage, and on the public division of that household’s union and structure.

How would a husband react knowing that another man is teaching and instructing his wife? How would a wife react knowing that another woman is depending on her husband for leadership and guidance? How should a single woman feel who is depending on a married man for guidance, instruction? We will discuss single women shortly.

The greatest example of this shame and sin is what the serpent did in the garden when he caught Eve alone and gave her corrupt advice; She took it and also caused her husband to transgress. We are told in the passage in 1 Tim. that Adam was not deceived but she was. Like a virus Satan corrupted her good, healthy family unit. Another warning is given in: Ti 3:6,7  For of this sort [corrupt teachers] are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.


Jdg 4:8,9  And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go. And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.

The above passage confirms the fact that selected men were to lead Israel and the request of Barak would bring shame on himself by subjugating himself to a woman. The story of Deborah was included to demonstrate the sad condition of male leadership in Israel during that time of failure.  The book of judges is a history of sinful failures.


The “Woman thou art loosed”, and “Think like a Man” programs are not Biblical, they are based on worldly philosophy. No married man should be “loosing” any woman but his wife. Women should think like a woman makes sense right? We’re not confused about gender identity in the Bible.

If anyone doubts the weakness and susceptibility of women in general to this sin, just remember the Playboy Enterprise based wholly on millions of women readily submitting to an authoritative man for exploitation. To this you can add, the so-called adult bars and clubs, the prostitution and call girl industry around the world where women are voluntarily taken captive by the millions by corrupt men they submit to for guidance. There must be no such unlawful submission in the church. Many of the gentile women during the time of the early church also served as prostitutes in the pagan temples, being obviously exploited by the male leaders of those religions, 1Cor. 6:9-11. Paul was writing to Gentile converts.

The believers are protected by truth against this prevailing sin among mankind. The family unit is sacred to God, because it is patterned after Christ and his bride the church (Eph 5:22-33). God gifts, equips, and expects husband’s to lead their households. With his command God gives the means: “it is God who works in is to will and do if his good pleasure.” —Phil. 2:13


Single women should not be led or guided by a married man!

“The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, TEACHERS of good things; That THEY MAY TEACH [lead like Miriam] the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient TO THEIR OWN [not someone else’s] husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. —Titus 2:3-5 KJV

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be ONE FLESH: so then they are NO MORE TWAIN, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. —Mark 10:7-9 KJV


It is however very important for all women “to learn” from the preaching and teaching from the male elders, but “in quietness” as the scriptures teach. If she has the experience or gift to teach, she should exercise it teaching women younger in age, or younger in the faith.

Sabbath Finished, In Process, or Yet to Come?

The Sabbath may very well be the most important doctrine in the Bible since the creation of the world, and certainly after God separated the Hebrew people to himself.

Friends, the REST which the Sabbath represents is the PROMISE of the gospel. In fact, the “gospel is the power God that gets us (through faith) into that place of peace and rest with God.

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.–Romans 5:1‭-‬2 KJV

This is why Hebrews 4 can say “we who believe HAVE entered God”s rest” 4:3.

At the temptation in the garden of Eden our first parents traded the good/perfect work, (that God allowed them to rest in,) for their own work. The Serpent criticized God’s magnificent creation and paradise, and tricked Eve and her husband into their own plan of creation: “you can be like [better than] God…”

At the Appointed time…:

ALL THINGS are delivered unto me of my Father… Come unto me, all ye that LABOUR and are heavy laden, and I WILL GIVE YOU REST. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and YE SHALL FIND REST unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.–Matthew 11:27‭-‬30 KJV

For we which HAVE BELIEVED DO ENTER INTO REST, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they [the unbelievers] shall [not] enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. [The Serpent lied, we can’t outdo our Creator. After the 6th day God’s glorious work was finished]– Hebrews 4:3 KJV


And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.– Revelation 11:15 KJV

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you…–John 14:27 KJV