What is his background that could influence Eli Soriano in his beliefs?Nicholas Antiporda Perez was a former Iglesia ni Cristo (1914) minister from 1923-1928.“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people.” (Titus ESV) “He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”(1John 2:2 ESV) And that I believe includes the Filipino people in the Philippine Islands. What I’m questioning about is the to the point of twisting its real intention or meaning without considering the contexts or its background. What is important is accuracy of knowledge just like what Paul said in Romans 10:3 NIV: “For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.” I do not doubt Eli Soriano’s love for the Filipino people when it comes to salvation of their souls.With this strategy we are not glorifying God even if we claim we are doing it for the glory of God like what Eli Soriano is claiming. I know how a Filipino preacher like me feels when I gain an assurance from the Bible that even we Asians could have been mentioned even in the Bible prophecies. This is not anymore an exegesis (reading OUT of the text) but an eisegesis (reading INTO the text) which is a fallacy in science of Bible interpretation. He is reading INTO the text which is not really there.We need to do the exegesis (reading OUT of the text) in Isaiah in order to arrive at a proper interpretation. The “east” and “Isles of the sea” According to the Biblical Context: Most scholarly Bible commentaries agreed that the phrase “Islands of the Sea” in Isaiah refers to the Mediterranean Sea west of Israel.Adam Clarke comments that the phrase “Isles of the sea” is “chiefly applied to any distant countries, especially those lying on the Mediterranean Sea.” Keil and Delitzsch gave a scholarly remark: “The ground and subject of the rejoicing is “the majesty of Jehovah,” i.e., the fact that Jehovah had shown Himself so majestic in judgment and mercy (Isa.
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12:5, 6), and was now so manifest in His glory (Isa. Therefore rejoicing was heard “from the sea” (the Mediterranean), by which the abode of the congregation of Jehovah was washed.
Turning in that direction, it had the islands and coast lands of the European West in front (iyyi hayyâm; the only other passage in which this occurs is Isa. ), and at its back the lands of the Asiatic East, which are called ’urim, the lands of light, i.e., of the sun-rising.” From the scholarly point of view without any bias but only objective reasoning, the “east” and the “isles of the sea” referred to in Isaiah are referring to two different locations not just one like what Eli Soriano would like us to think.
One of the foundational teachings of the INC(1914) since the time of its inception is in the prophecies regarding the call of Felix Manalo as the true messenger of God in the Philippines.
And one of these foundational prophecies they always use is Isaiah . (1914), the “Pasugo”: “In the “Isles of the Sea” in the East- “Wherefore glorify ye Jehovah in the EAST, even the name of Jehovah, the God of Israel, in the ISLES OF THE SEA.” (Isa. V.) “The “Isles of the Sea” in the Far East are a group of more than 7,000 islands, now known as the ‘PHILIPPINE ISLANDS.’ Their geographical position is confirmed by BOAK, SLOSSON and ANDERSON in their book – World History – on page 445: “The Philippines were Spain’s share of the first colonizing movement in the Far East.” Now you know the origin of Eli Soriano’s interpretation of Isaiah !