Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Is Jesus Elohim? Part 2

Is Jesus Elohim? Yeshua and the Father as One, continued:

Psa 110:5 The Lord is at Your right hand; He will shatter kings in the day of His wrath.
Psa 110:6
He will judge among the nations, He will fill them with corpses, He will shatter the chief men over a broad country.
Psa 110:7 He will drink from the brook by the wayside; Therefore He will lift up His head.


[Note: The "Lord" (Yeshua) is at Yehovah's right hand. The "day of His wrath". Who's wrath? Yeshua's! This is "The Lord's Day"! No, the "Lord's Day" is not Sunday, and never has been. It is the last great day. Jesus is The Judge. Everyone must go through Him (regardless of "your" religion) to be with the Father. I have to admit - I once had itching ears and listened to SDA'ers expound about the earth lying dormant for 1,000 years during the millennium. You have to ignore vast amounts of scripture to believe this. Instead, Yeshua (Jesus) WILL reign with a rod of iron and enforce Torah and His Feasts during the millennium. Where does this put Church doctrine? In the dust bin, where it belongs! "Shatter the chief men" Our leaders (so-called), think they are in control. They will do much evil, but will eventually be smashed to bits! And no, not by crazed religious fanatics with an AK in one hand and a bible in the other - but by GOD Himself!]

Zec 13:7 "Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, And against the man, My Associate [the man who is close to me]," Declares the LORD of hosts. "Strike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered; And I will turn My hand against the little ones.

[Note: Mark 14:27 also references Zechariah 13. The Shepherd is Yeshua, who is also called My Associate (a kindred man, one like Me!)]


Psa 2:1 Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing?
Psa 2:2 The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
Psa 2:3 "Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!"
Psa 2:4 He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.
Psa 2:5 Then He will speak to them in His anger And terrify them in His fury, saying,
Psa 2:6 "But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain."
Psa 2:7 "I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.
Psa 2:8 'Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
Psa 2:9 'You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.'"
Psa 2:10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth.
Psa 2:11 Worship the LORD with reverence And rejoice with trembling.

Psa 2:12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!

[Note: This was just mentioned in Psalms 110. Some will say King David is referring to himself here, but obviously, he is writing of the future - a future in which the Messiah will ultimately reign on Mt. Zion. Notice please, "against [Yehovah] and His Anointed [Yeshua]". What is the world, in general, and especially America, in particular, doing right now? They are aggressively "coming out of the closet" and publically denying Yehovah the Father and His Annointed, Yeshua! America's greatness and uniqueness will disappear. It will be lost forever because "we" gave up on the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY! The Church is the primary culprit for not saying no to secularism and for it's acceptance of evil. IF YOU ARE A PREACHER, PRIEST, PASTOR, OR RABBI, YOU HAD BETTER GET ON YOUR KNEES NOW - BECAUSE YOU ARE IN HUGE TROUBLE! AND IF YOU ARE A PEW SITTING DELUDED SOUL STILL LISTENING TO THIS NICOLAITAN RABBLE YOU WILL GO DOWN WITH THEM! COME OUT OF HER! I'M SPEAKING OF SPIRITUAL THINGS HERE! Too bad you are not aware!

After the one world government, after The Antichrist, after the persecution of the Saints, and after the destruction of earthly powers, The Anointed will be installed as King of Kings, Lord of Lords. Notice the obvious duality, concerning Yehovah and Yeshua, within Psalms 2.]

[Note: The book of John has been referred to by some as the greatest spiritual book of the New Testament! Many people read through it without absorbing and appreciating it's meaning. It is a wonderful book with many treasures!]

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:2 He was in the beginning with God.
John 1:3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

[Note: It's another long study to prove this to you, but the "Word" is both Yeshua and Torah! Jesus and the TRUTH which is TORAH was present from the beginning of ALL things. Torah (Truth) was not just something given to the Israelites. It was a gift to the World. Please notice, "the Word was God". Yeshua was God from the beginning!]

John 1:14 And the Word [Yeshua] became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

[Note: This verse is ripe with amazing information! Most people ignore it. "No one has seen God at any time"! Did you know it cannot be shown, biblically, that Enoch ascended into "heaven"? I mean the "heaven" where the Great Throne of Yehovah is, and where He lives. Did you know that it cannot be shown, biblically, that Elijah ascended to the Throne room? The good book has 3 versions of heaven; the sky where the birds fly, the heavens where the stars are, and the "Heaven" where the Great God lives.

Did you know that "he left to be with his fathers" is a euphemism for death? Sure, the "in the bosom of the Father" does mean you are intimately located where the subject is - in this case, the Father.  Was Lazarus in the "bosom of Abraham"? Yes! And where was Abraham? Dead! And not in Heaven with God, as John 1:18 just said. (See also, John 3:13) The parable of "Lazarus and the Rich Man" is just that, a story. What is the intent of the story? It tells us in scripture, right after the story! You can't take your wealth with you when you die! Give to the poor and needy! Not the lazy poor, mind you, but the genuinely poor and needy!

John 5:16 For this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath.
John 5:17 But He answered them, "My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working."
John 5:18 For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.
John 5:19 Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.

[Note: The "Jews". Our beloved translators (did you note the sarcasm) always refer to the "Jews" in a derogatory manner. These are not the "Jews". These are the religious leaders who taught and lived by man-made tradition, the "takanot" and "ma'asim" of the Pharisees. They mistakenly thought Yeshua was breaking Sabbath rules by doing good deeds on Shabbat. No, Jesus was breaking man-made rules. Jesus NEVER taught against the Sabbath or Torah! They also understood Jesus to be equating Himself with God, because He was!]

John 5:30 "I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
John 5:31 "If I alone testify about Myself, My testimony is not true.

[Note: More of that, "equating Himself with God.]

John 6:69 "We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God."

[Note: Another "loaded" verse! Who is "the Holy One of God"? "Jews" of Yeshua's time knew exactly who the Holy One of God is. He is; the Prophet spoken of by Moshe who we must Sh'ma, listen to and obey, He is the Priest forever in the order of Melchizedek, the One who would be installed as King on Mt. Zion! This verse is HUGE folks!]

John 8:17 "Even in your law it has been written that the testimony of two men is true.
John 8:18 "I am He who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me."

[Note: Hold on, Tiger! You lost me! Here is Jesus referring to two witnesses! How can they be One? Almost this entire blog entry I've been speaking of the dual nature of God. Yeshua is simply verifying this when speaking of two witnesses. How can two be One? No human knows. But, the testimony of many verses I've quoted say this, that the two are the same - One!]

John 8:23 And He was saying to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.
John 8:24 "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."
John 8:25 So they were saying to Him, "Who are You?" Jesus said to them, "What have I been saying to you from the beginning?
John 8:26 "I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world."
John 8:27 They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father.

[Note: He, Yeshua is from above, from Heaven where God resides. Verse 24 does not actually have "He". It was added by our wonderful translators. It really says; "unless you believe that I am". Yeshua is from the Father.]

John 8:58 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am."

Exo 3:14 God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM"; and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'"

[Note: Can He give a stronger hint? Yes, and He does! Next, He tells them DIRECTLY Who He is!]

John 10:17 "For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.
John 10:18 "No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father."
John 10:19 A division occurred again among the Jews because of these words.
John 10:20 Many of them were saying, "He has a demon and is insane. Why do you listen to Him?" John 10:21 Others were saying, "These are not the sayings of one demon-possessed. A demon cannot open the eyes of the blind, can he?"
John 10:22 At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem; [Hanukkah]
John 10:23 it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon.
John 10:24 The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, "How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly."
John 10:25 Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father's name, these testify of Me.
John 10:26 "But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep.
John 10:27 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;
John 10:28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.
John 10:29 "My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.
John 10:30 "I and the Father are one."
John 10:31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him.
John 10:32 Jesus answered them, "I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?"
John 10:33 The Jews answered Him, "For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God."
John 10:34 Jesus answered them, "Has it not been written in your Law, 'I SAID, YOU ARE GODS'? John 10:35 "If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken),
John 10:36 do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God'?
John 10:37 "If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me;
John 10:38 but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father."
John 10:39 Therefore they were seeking again to seize Him, and He eluded their grasp.
John 10:40 And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was first baptizing, and He was staying there.
John 10:41 Many came to Him and were saying, "While John performed no sign, yet everything John said about this man was true."
John 10:42 Many believed in Him there.

[Note: "I and the Father are one." This is from Yeshua folks! Not Tiger! This statement by Yeshua and all the other verses clinch it for me. But, there's actually more!]

John 14:6-10 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (7) "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him." (8) Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us." (9) Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? (10) Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.

[Note: The next one may bring tears to your eyes. It has for me.]

John 20:27 Then He said to Thomas, "Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing."
John 20:28 Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"
John 20:29 Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed."

... End, Part 2 - Yes, there's more ... in Part 3 - : )

The Observer

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Is Jesus Elohim? Part 1

Are Yeshua and the Father two individuals or one person? Is Jesus just a prophet? As believers we say, "Jesus is Yehovah in flesh!" But have you ever looked at scripture to support this?

[Note: I'm ignoring the human concept of the Trinity for this study.]

These questions are ones that people have argued about for what, two thousand years or more. A Jewish brother or sister will say, emphatically, no, the two cannot be the same. After all, scripture plainly says He is One! Every religious Hebrew child says the "Shema" every morning. It is also a prayer and verse that I believe. Why wouldn't all of us - it is the Word of God!

Deut. 6:4  Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!

Sh'ma, Yisrael! Yehovah Elohaynoo, Yehovah echad!

And in a Synagogue the following additional phrase is usually added:

Ba-rooch shame k'vode mahl-choo-toe l'oh-lahm vah-ed.

Blessed is the name of His glorious kingdom for all eternity.

So, if you believe in the "whole book", all of the Bible, and I do - you cannot get away from the fact that Yehovah is One! Interestingly, the Hebrew word, "echad", can mean "united" as one. But if you argue for two distinct and separate beings, Yehovah, the spirit Father, and Yeshua, the flesh son, and you worship each apart from the other, you are guilty of polytheism! So, what's going on here? Instead of me giving my opinion, let's see what scripture says.

The following verses and commentary are for your own consideration, study, and discussion. I do not presume to teach anyone. This blog is an open expression of my personal study on this subject. You are free to disagree or make comment.

My comments on verses will be shown in brackets. I will use bold text for emphasis. The NASB is being used. I recommend using Brenton's Online Septuagint and Bible Hub's Lexicon pages to cross reference word meanings as needed. Both can be accessed on the right side of my blog.

Isa. 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

[Note: I don't believe in modern-day "prophets". If the prophets from the Tanahk, like Isaiah, are not good enough for you to believe, then you will never believe. How could this be any clearer? This prophecy is about Yeshua. The child's name will be; "Mighty God, Eternal Father". The prophecy says the Father will give us a Son, and, share His attributes!]

Pro. 30:4 Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son's name? Surely you know!

[Note: Proverbs, Psalms, Lamentations, etc. and all those books we tend to gloss over should be treated with great respect. You'll never know what you'll find! "His son's name?"]

Gen. 1:26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

[Note: The Hebrew word here for "God" is Elohim, a plural. When reading the context it very much means a real "Us" and "Our". A Rabbi once told me it only means God is referring to Himself in a stately, princely way, like, "Let Us have some tea!". But even when I listen to the spoken Hebrew (I have audio files of a native Hebrew speaker reciting the entire Tanahk) it seems clear it's really "Us" and "Our"! Am I denying the Shema? No, I'm suggesting that a plurality, or rather, a duality exists in God. The Father is referred to, in verse, as Spirit. He must have a personage to relate to His created beings - to be seen and to be interacted with. This "duality" becomes clear when you see verses that consistently refer to Father and Son. It's also interesting that "man", in Hebrew, is "A-dam". Adam is of the "ground", "A-damah". The word for earth is "eh-rets".]

Heb. 1:1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,
Heb. 1:2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.

[Note: I have had people ask me, "Tiger, are we in the last days?". "Yes!" I answer, "and we have been since the advent of Christ!" : ) Of course, they probably meant the "end of days". This verse indicates we have been in "the last days" for over 2000 years now. "Through whom also He made the world." Yeshua has been there since the beginning and is our Creator!]

Heb. 1:3 And He [Yeshua] is the radiance of His glory [Yehovah's] and the exact representation of His [Yehovah's] nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He [Yeshua] had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Heb. 1:4 having become as much better than the angels, as He [Yeshua] has inherited a more excellent name than they.

[Note: You should read Heb. Ch. 2 for a companion piece. Yeshua is described as "a little lower than the Angels" in Ch. 2, but having then been exalted, becomes "much better". Luke Ch. 2 describes how Yeshua "grows in wisdom" and "stature". Please notice, Yeshua is "the exact representation of God's nature".]

Heb. 1:5 For to which of the angels did He ever say, "YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU"? And again, "I WILL BE A FATHER TO HIM AND HE SHALL BE A SON TO ME"?
Heb. 1:6 And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says, "AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM."

[Note: A quote from 2 Samuel 7:14. Ah! The question of WORSHIP! Examples occur in Scripture where Angels tell humans, "Don't worship me!" "I am a fellow servant like you!" (Rev. 19:10, Rev. 22:9,) and other examples where worship is allowed (Exo. 3:5, Acts 7:33 - referring to Exodus, Joshua 5:13). Yehovah does not allow worship of humans or Angels. Here, in Hebrews, Yeshua is being worshipped! Also. see this inserted verse:

Isa. 42:8 "I am the LORD [Yehovah], that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images.

Our Father will not give His glory to another, so why does Yeshua get His glory? There is only one possible answer - Yeshua IS Yehovah!]

Heb. 1:7 And of the angels He says, "WHO MAKES HIS ANGELS WINDS, AND HIS MINISTERS A FLAME OF FIRE."
Heb. 1:8 But of the Son He says, "YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM.
Heb. 1:9 "YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS [being without Torah]; THEREFORE GOD, YOUR GOD, HAS ANOINTED YOU WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE YOUR COMPANIONS."

Heb. 1:10 And, "YOU, LORD, IN THE BEGINNING LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH, AND THE HEAVENS ARE THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS;

[Note: The word "LORD" here is "kurios" which means supreme authority, or God. Hebrews literally states that Yeshua made the earth and heavens. It is equating Yeshua with Yehovah! And, did you notice, He HATES being without Torah!]

Heb. 1:11 THEY WILL PERISH, BUT YOU REMAIN; AND THEY ALL WILL BECOME OLD LIKE A GARMENT,
Heb. 1:12 AND LIKE A MANTLE YOU WILL ROLL THEM UP; LIKE A GARMENT THEY WILL ALSO BE CHANGED. BUT YOU ARE THE SAME, AND YOUR YEARS WILL NOT COME TO AN END."
Heb. 1:13 But to which of the angels has He ever said, "SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET"?


[Note: Hebrews is quoting Psalms 110, written by King David:

Psalms 110:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet."

The B'rit Hadashah consistently equates Yeshua with Yehovah. Even David refers to; "Yehovah says to my Adonai". Adonai (Lord) is referring to God's Holy name without saying His Holy name. The inference is clear. Yehovah is saying to Yehovah, "Sit at My right hand". The author of Hebrews is telling us Yeshua is that Adonai! One cannot believe in Yeshua without understanding He is Yehovah. Otherwise, we Christians are believing in a Usurper! Not to go on a rant at this point, but it's bad enough when my fellow Christians believe in an antinomian Christ and ignore Torah, but some also believe Jesus is a different "God" than that "Old Testament" vengeful God! This kind of teaching is HERESY folks! The two CANNOT be different! One can understand why a Jewish brother doesn't believe a witnessing Christian when the Christian states (perhaps unknowingly) Jesus has usurped God's authority!]

Gen 19:24 Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven, ...

[Note: Remember when God visited Abram at his tent (with two Angels) and told him he and his wife would have a child even though Sarai (Sarah) was old? They took physical form and ate a meal. Abram bowed down to "the Lord". Later the two Angels left for Sodom and Gomorrah to save Lot and his family. Here, in verse 24, it states literally that Yehovah, on earth, in context the one who had been speaking with Abram, rained down brimstone and fire from Yehovah, in heaven! Over and over the dual nature of God rings out!]

... End, Part 1
The Observer

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

THE WORD OF MAN V.S. THE WORD OF GOD - PART 2

(NASB used)

This is Part 2 of the sixth chapter of the gospel of John (Yochanan). As stated in Part 1, Ch. 6 is a marvelous presentation of biblical text. It offers the very spoken words of Yeshua, miracles, as well as evil! I have noticed several interesting nuggets of study within its context. See if you have noticed these and find them as intriguing as I do. This study is a cursory one. I'm sure you can see much more than I have.  It is presented in parts because chapter 6 is lengthy.

Chapter 6 also provides great examples of the dichotomy between man's understanding of Yeshua's Word verses Yeshua's WORD, hence the title of the entry. See if you agree!

It is recommended you read Part 1 first.

John 6:15 So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone.

[Introductory Note: What makes the Bible divine is that nothing stated is irrelevant and it contains more bonafide, fulfilled prophecy than any other book known to man. Strange isn't it, that the Bible's detractors ignore this. There seems to be a purpose for each and every verse in the biblical text - multiple purposes in some cases. This one sentence explodes into many fragments of truth and illumination. Yeshua had just performed a great miracle and spoke words that only the Prophet who was to come would say. (See Part 1). The crowds would naturally want to present Him as the conquering King, the Messiah who was to come and overthrow their oppressors! However, we know, because we have a more complete story, that Yeshua did not come the first time as the conquering King, Mashiach ben David, but as the suffering servant, Mashiach ben Yosef. Interestingly, the 4 gospels thematically present Yeshua as; The King (Matthew), The Servant (Mark), The Son of Man (Luke), and The Son of God and Sinless Lamb (John). The book of Revelation, which many have described as the fifth gospel, presents Him as The Righteous Judge. BTW, the first 4 gospels describe Yeshua living out and fulfilling the 4 Spring Feasts of Yehovah, and Revelation, the 3 Fall Feasts, which will be fulfilled at His Second Coming! You see, if we do not study and celebrate the Feasts of the LORD, we will never understand the B'rit Hadashah! Christmas, Easter, Lent, Good Friday - all that claptrap is pagan and has nothing to do with real truth!]

John 6:16 Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea,

John 6:17 and after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea to Capernaum. It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.

John 6:18 The sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.

John 6:19 Then, when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened.

John 6:20 But He said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid."

John 6:21 So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.


[Note: Amazing! Where does one start with these last few verses!?! Obviously, the itinerary was to continue to Capernaum. Yeshua was not present when the boat left - He missed the boat - not wishing to be crowned "King" at this time! It was dark and the disciples had rowed some distance out, with wind against them (the Sea of Galilee is about 8 miles across at it's widest point). Some commenters say that Yeshua had climbed one of the large hills near Beit Saida (House of Fishing), which leads towards the Golan Heights, and He could actually see that His disciples were not making progress against the storm. Think about it. How frightened would you be if you saw someone walking on water towards your boat? And, did you notice, the boat and it's occupants arrived immediately where they were going, after retrieving Yeshua! In Matthew's account Peter (Kefa) asks to join Jesus on the water. Some folks ridicule the fact that the gospel accounts have differences in the stories they tell, but remember, each account is from the personal point of view of a different author, so slight differences are normal. All 4 gospels should be read in order to amalgamate the whole picture. My personal interest in this is the supernatural aspect. Many such supernatural events occur in scripture. I believe we have been given a "snapshot view" of what living as a spirit being might be like. Remember, spiritual beings can also interact with physical things. The Bible is full of such references! Here are just 4 of my favorites. There are many more:

... Jesus (and Peter) walking on water (Matthew 14, Mark 6, John 6)
... Jesus vanishing from the two disciples sight (Luke 24)
... Jesus suddenly appearing in their midst (Luke 24)
... a floating ax head! (2 Kings 6)

You see, the good book tells us things, very important things, and we are supposed to listen and learn. Studying the Bible is NOT a casual exercise or something suitable for boredom while pew sitting!  : ) ]

John 6:22 The next day the crowd that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other small boat there, except one, and that Jesus had not entered with His disciples into the boat, but that His disciples had gone away alone.

John 6:23 There came other small boats from Tiberias near to the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks.

John 6:24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats, and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus.

John 6:25 When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, "Rabbi, when did You get here?"


[Note: We have only One Rabbi (Great One) and that is Yeshua. No man can be our Rabbi. It is correct to call Yeshua Rabbi! We have no Father either, except the One in Heaven and yes, Yeshua can be called Father and Yehovah, for they are One! I do not agree with Messianics or others having Rabbis in their synagogues and I certainly don't agree with having Priests! For that matter, assemblies should be governed by Elders more so than Preachers! Having said this, it becomes clear that most of man's religious institutions do not agree with what the biblical text says. This should frighten the living daylights out of most churches and synagogues and those who frequent them! How do I know all this? Is this just my opinion? Please enjoy this Topical Concordance selection from the Hebrew Roots Bible ...

Changing of the Priesthood:
Heb. 8:1-2
Ps. 110:4
Heb. 5:9-10, 7:24
Gal. 3:17
Ex. 19:5-6
Num. 3:11-13, 8:14-19
Gal. 3:19
Ex. 32:1-9, 19-20, 26-28
Heb. 7:11-22
Gal. 3:18
Heb. 10:1-14
Heb. 8:3-13
Heb. 9:11-28


Congregational Government:
1 Cor. 11:3
Eph. 4:5-6
Col. 1:13, 18
Matt. 16:18-19
Eph. 4:11-16
Eph. 2:20-22
1 Cor. 12:27-28
Deut. 17:8-13
Acts 15:1-6
Num. 16:1-5, 11, 21
Acts 13:1-3
Phi. 1:1
Acts 6:1-6
1 Pet. 5:1-5
Tit. 1:4-5
Acts 20:28
Heb. 13:17 


Deacons:
1 Tim. 3:8-13
Phi. 1:1
Acts 6:1-6
1 Thess. 3:2 


Elders:
1 Tim. 3:1-7
1 Pet. 5:1-5
2 John 1:1
3 John 1:1
1 Tim. 5:19
Acts 11:30, 14:23
Acts 20:17
1 Tim. 5:17-18 


Faith In Yeshua:
John 3:16-17
John 14:6
John 6:40, 47
Rom. 10:4, 9-13
Gal. 3:22, 26
Acts 13:38-39
Phi. 3:8-14
Acts 15:10-11
John 11:25-26
Rom. 4:24-5:2
1 John 5:11-13
John 17:1-3
John 14:1
John 12:46-48 


Father And The Son:
Prov. 30:4
Ecc. 12:1
Gen. 1:26-27
Heb. 1:1-11
Gen. 19:24
Zech. 3:1-2
Ps. 110:1, 5-7
Zech. 13:7
Ps. 2:2, 7
John 5:19, 30-31
John 8:17-18 


Judicial Order:
1 Cor. 14:40
Gen. 1:4, 5, 11-13, 16,19, 22-23, 31
Eph. 5:21
1 Cor. 14:33
1 Sam. 16:1, 7, 12-13
Deut. 34:9
Tit. 1:4-5
Rom. 13:1-2
Eph. 4:11-15
Heb. 13:17
1 Cor. 14:34-35
Gen. 3:16
1 Tim. 2:11-14
James 5:14 


Spirit of the Holy One:
Gen. 1:2
Jer. 51:15
Luke 1:35
Col. 2:12
1 Cor. 1:17-18
2 Cor. 13:4
Eph. 3:16
Mic. 3:8
2 Pet. 1:3
2 Tim. 1:7-8
Luke 5:17
Heb. 2:4
Rom. 15:19
Rom. 1:4
Rev. 15:8 


The Melchizedek Priesthood:
Ps. 110:1-7
Heb. 3:1
Gen. 3:21
Gen. 14:18-20
Heb. 7:1-6, 13-17
Heb. 8:1-6
1 Pet. 2:5-10
Ex. 19:22, 24:5
2 Cor. 3:1-6
Rom. 15:16
Is. 61:6
Rev. 5:8-10, 20:6
Heb. 4:14, 5:10 


The Name of Yeshua:
Acts 26:14-15
Ex. 23:20-21
Ps. 68:4
Matt. 1:21
Acts 4:12
Acts 2:38
Eph. 1:20-21
Phil. 2:9-10
Luke 24:47
John 20:31
John 3:18
1 John 3:23 


Yeshua Is Elohim:
John 8:24, 56-58
Mic. 5:2
Col. 1:13-19
John 1:1-3
Ps. 33:6
Is. 52:10
Job. 12:7-10
Heb. 1:1-13
Matt. 1:23
John 20:27-28
Ps. 50:23
Acts 2:36
Luke 2:11
Acts 10:36
1 Cor. 12:3
Phil. 2:11
Col. 2:9
 

Folks, I am NOT a smart fellow. And I humbly say; I sincerely believe that the Ruach just drops this stuff in my lap sometimes. You see, the good LORD knows I need all the help I can get!]

John 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.

John 6:27 "Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal."


[Note: Would that we, all of us, have this seal! (Rev. 7)]

John 6:28 Therefore they said to Him, "What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?"

John 6:29 Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent."

John 6:30 So they said to Him, "What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform?

John 6:31 "Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'HE GAVE THEM BREAD OUT OF HEAVEN TO EAT.'"

John 6:32 Jesus then said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.

John 6:33 "For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world."

John 6:34 Then they said to Him, "Lord, always give us this bread."

John 6:35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

John 6:36 "But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe.

John 6:37 "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.

John 6:38 "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

John 6:39 "This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.

John 6:40 "For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day."

John 6:41 Therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him, because He said, "I am the bread that came down out of heaven."

John 6:42 They were saying, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, 'I have come down out of heaven'?"

John 6:43 Jesus answered and said to them, "Do not grumble among yourselves.

John 6:44 "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.


[Note: If you had any question that Yeshua claimed to be "from" Elohim, the last few verses should settle that. Please notice something here. The blue text I've highlighted "raises up" "on the last day". It is stated 3 times. When this happens it is done for emphasis. Yeshua is saying; HEAR THIS! IT"S ME TELLING YOU SOMETHING-LISTEN! DON"T BELIEVE ANYONE ELSE! Does anyone still believe we go to heaven when we die (in a conscious state)? What does the "last day" mean to you? Forget what it means to you, the Bible says emphatically it's the Second Coming. I used to be one of those who believed the Earth laid dormant for the millennium. When I stopped listening to man and actually read my Bible I knew I was wrong! The Fall Feasts of the LORD make the picture clear. We who are part of the First Resurrection do go to Heaven for a brief period, for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb but return to Earth to rule with Him for a 1,000 years - may we all be there! Until that blessed Resurrection we are dead!]

John 6:45 "It is written in the prophets, 'AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.

John 6:46 "Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father.

John 6:47 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.

John 6:48 "I am the bread of life.


[Note: Every Hebrew household knows about bread and it's importance. Traditional prayers about bread have been repeated throughout Israelite history. At the end of Chapter 8 of John, Yeshua says; "Abraham saw my day and rejoiced in it". He was referencing Gen. 14 when the Malki-Tzedek brought out bread and wine and Abram gave him a tenth of everything he owned. Tradition says the following 2 prayers were said at that time, and later, at the Last Supper. These 2 prayers have been historically known in more or less this form for millennia.  (transliterated, obviously!)

Ba-rooch ah-ta Yehovah, El-lo-hay-noo Meh-lech ha-oh-lam, Ha-mo-tzee Leh-chem, Meen ha-ah Retz. Amain.

Blessed are you Yehovah, O LORD Our God, King of the Universe, Who Brings forth Bread from the Earth. Amen.

... and

Ba-rooch ah-ta Yehovah, El-lo-hay-noo Meh-lech ha-oh-lam, Bo-Ray P'ree Ha-gah-fen. Amain.

Blessed are you Yehovah, O LORD Our God, King of the Universe, Who creates the fruit of the Vine. Amen.

The Manna the Israelites ate, which came from God, is a shadow picture of Yeshua, The Bread of Life!]

John 6:49 "Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.

John 6:50 "This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.

John 6:51 "I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh."

John 6:52 Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, "How can this man give us His flesh to eat?"

John 6:53 So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.

John 6:54 "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.

John 6:55 "For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.

John 6:56 "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

John 6:57 "As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.

John 6:58 "This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever."

John 6:59 These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.

John 6:60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, "This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?"

John 6:61 But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, "Does this cause you to stumble?

John 6:62 "What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before?

John 6:63 "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.


[Note: "the flesh profits nothing"; the words I have spoken to you are spirit and are life." So much for a claimed Eucharist that magically turns to flesh and blood. How "dark age" and demonic is that concept anyway? The Bread and Wine is a "remembrance", a memorial, and was done with leavened bread. The Last Supper was NOT a Passover celebration! The Lamb(s) were not slaughtered until the next day.]

John 6:64 "But there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him.

John 6:65 And He was saying, "For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father."

John 6:66 As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.

John 6:67 So Jesus said to the twelve, "You do not want to go away also, do you?"

John 6:68 Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.

John 6:69 "We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God."

John 6:70 Jesus answered them, "Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?"

John 6:71 Now He meant Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was going to betray Him.


[Note: Enter ... the Evil]

... End, Part 2
The Observer

Sunday, February 23, 2014

THE WORD OF MAN V.S. THE WORD OF GOD - PART 1

(NASB used)

The sixth chapter of the gospel of John (Yochanan) is a marvelous presentation of biblical text. It offers the very spoken words of Yeshua, miracles, as well as evil! I have noticed several interesting nuggets of study within its context. See if you have noticed these and find them as intriguing as I do. This study is a cursory one. I'm sure you can see much more than I have.  It is presented in parts because chapter 6 is lengthy.

Chapter 6 also provides great examples of the dichotomy between man's understanding of Yeshua's Word verses Yeshua's WORD, hence the title of the entry. See if you agree!

We believers place great emphasis on what we call, "God's inerrant Word". This belief means different things to different people. Some folks have told me, "it's the KJV or nothing!". Others have said, "every word in the Bible, no matter which translation, is TRUTH!" Both of these statements cannot be true and everything becomes nonsensical if you believe this.

Obviously, God's TRUTH is a spiritual truth derived from studying our various translations of "His Word", while under the guidance of the Ruach Kodesh (Holy Spirit). Reviewing man's teachings on biblical text is only a means to arrive at the truth, not "The TRUTH" itself. This is why I emphasize over and over again, I am no one's teacher - I am simply a student myself, expressing myself on a blog. Stated another way, ALL of us have been guilty of having "itching ears" (2 Timothy 4:3) so we must keep this in the back of our minds. One thing I have learned, however, is that sitting in a pew and listening to a man drone away is NOT the way to study the Bible. The Words of the Bible must be loved, loved with great attention, devotion, and passion, with prayer and intellectual thought, read with a yearning for each word, never to be read superficially, while listening and waiting patiently for any spiritual epiphany that may blossom.

 ... so here goes! : )

John 6:1 After these things Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias).

John 6:2 A large crowd followed Him, because they saw the signs which He was performing on those who were sick.

John 6:3 Then Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat down with His disciples.

[Introductory Note: Many folks argue over the location of this event, the feeding of the 5,000, an event which is also described in Matthew (Mattityahu), Mark, and Luke. But exactly where it happened and whether it happened on a "mountain" as we in the West understand a "mountain", or rolling hills, does nothing to diminish the spiritual importance of feeding the followers with the bread of life (as we shall see). And as Michael Rood (and others) have stated, this event is a marker that can be used as a coordinating moment of time in the chronological history of Yeshua's ministry. The "Sea" of Galilee is actually a large lake, also called Lake Tiberias]

John 6:4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was near.

[Note: This verse is one of great consternation and illustrates why we should be very careful when reading our Bibles. Many scholars say this verse simply DOES NOT, and SHOULD NOT be present here. Why?!? Because Passover is in the spring! The feeding of the 5,000 occurred in late summer/early autumn! The nearest Feast day would be Tabernacles (Sukkot), not Passover (Pesach). The earlier manuscript families, MSS 472 & 850 do not have this verse. This is a terrific example of Man's Word vs. God's WORD. Man, wishing to promote certain concepts and doctrine, have altered manuscripts over the centuries. This is why we must read with discernment. Otherwise, we have Yeshua feeding "Artos/Artone", leavened bread, to thousands during or near Passover, when unleavened bread (Azumos) is eaten. If you represent a group which denies the Feasts and hates everything "Jewish" you just may love this added verse! No small wonder Jewish folks cannot accept their own Messiah when the "Church" paints Yeshua as a Torah breaking false Prophet! (Deut.-D'varim 13) (See again, Michael Rood's explanation) Our translations have many such errors and preachers should be making us aware of them, but they don't! You have to ask why!?! Do they have an agenda? An agenda NOT in agreement with HIS Holy WORD, or is it just ignorance, as I once had?  No, if someone like me can find the truth, they can.  I think it's more a lack of desire to know the truth!]

John 6:5 Therefore Jesus, lifting up His eyes and seeing that a large crowd was coming to Him, *said to Philip, "Where are we to buy bread, so that these may eat?"

John 6:6 This He was saying to test him, for He Himself knew what He was intending to do.

John 6:7 Philip answered Him, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little."

John 6:8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, *said to Him,

John 6:9 "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?"

[Note: The great speaker, Charles Spurgeon, actually had a sermon based on this verse - if you're interested.]

John 6:10 Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.

John 6:11 Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted.

[Note: In most non-Jewish households we have been taught to give thanks for a meal and eat.  In most Jewish families you eat and then give thanks (Deut.-D'varim 8:10).  And you're not blessing the food, but blessing God for providing us the food!  Here is a search with referenced verses concerning this vast and controversial subject.  My take on this is it's fine to bless food to our nourishment and to bless God for giving it to us.  And NO, I DO NOT believe unclean foods can be prayed over and is thus made clean.  Whether you bless before or after a meal is irrelevant.


... ("... as much as they wanted")  Have you noticed?  Some folks don't want to learn much about the Bible?  They don't wish to eat much?  They do not hunger for the WORD.]

John 6:12 When they were filled, He *said to His disciples, "Gather up the leftover fragments so that nothing will be lost."

John 6:13 So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.

[Note: Wow!  Did you catch that?  Nothing much is stated by Yeshua without deep meaning!  This physical demonstration of the gathering of end-time Israel - so that nothing will be lost - so all who are willing and have eaten will be filled, and the Remnant gathered - TWELVE baskets!  So much for the Church claiming to be the replacement for Israel.  Obviously, this represents the 12 tribes scattered throughout the world.  This reminds me of the prophecy of the two sticks from Ezekiel-Yechezk'el 37.  Here is a study of that prophecy.


This also brings up a related subject, the gross demonic heresy of Replacement Theology.  Follow the link to see a great study on it, but essentially the theology states that because of the failure of the Jewish people to spread the worship of the God of Ahvraham, Yitzchak, and Ya'akov throughout the world, Jesus had to come to us and start a new religion, Christianity, and therefore all promises, prophecies, and rewards to be given to "Israel" now belong to the new Israel, the Gentile Church.  Down South, this is what we call, SATANIC!  The Bible is very clear on this, the original Israel will be cleansed, redeemed, and once again be the Bride of the Bridegroom and given all the land between the great river Nile to the Euphrates!  We unnatural branches are lucky to even be a part of it - and we should not be conceited or boast (Romans 11)!]

John 6:14 Therefore when the people saw the sign which He had performed, they said, "This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world." (emphasis mine)


[Note: Most Christians don't have a clue what this important verse is saying!  It is literally referencing Moses (Moshe) in Deut.-D'varim 18:18.  Yehovah was to raise a Prophet, The Prophet, likened unto Moshe, from His people, to whom we must Sh'ma (listen and obey)!  This is Yeshua, of course, Mashiach ben Yosef, the Messiah in the character of Joseph, the suffering servant, who was to come and repair the worship man had corrupted by his rules and tradition, to fulfill (fully preach) the Torah and restore the appointed times (the Feasts)!  Folks, this is happening right under our noses!  The "Church" is failing, the true believers are moving towards Yehovah-Yeshua, His Feasts and Torah, and the sun-worshippers wonder why, as they return to their drones, and consider how to punish the ones who no longer believe in man!]

... End, Part 1
The Observer

Friday, February 14, 2014

Shabbat Shalom !
 

The Observer