Saturday, September 06, 2014

Yom Teruah, Yom HaKippurim (Kippur), and Sukkot

If you wish to understand the B'rit Hadashah and the Tanahk, you MUST understand the Feasts of Yehovah! Here is the first video of each set which gives a wonderful view of Yom Teruah, Yom HaKippurim, and Sukkot - the upcoming Fall Feasts. And yes, ALL Christians should be celebrating these Feasts! You will not understand the End Times without the Fall Feasts. This fellow does a great job dove-tailing the Old and New Testaments. Please watch them all in sequence - it's well worth your time! - Enjoy!


 




The Observer

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Is Jesus Elohim? Part 4

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

Mal 2:10 "Do we not all have one father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously each against his brother so as to profane the covenant of our fathers?

[Note: The emphasis here is One Father, One God!]

1Cor 15:16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised;
1Cor 15:17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.
1Cor 15:18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
1Cor 15:19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.
1Cor 15:20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.

[Note: Most Christians do not recognize the supreme importance of The Feasts of Yehovah. It is my contention that you cannot understand the B'rit Hadashah without knowing something about The Feasts! Yeshua is the First Fruit and don't forget, many were raised with Him! (Matt 27) Please notice, Yeshua is "the first fruits of those who are asleep", meaning He is the first to be raised from the dead, as the first fruits! Yes, the Bible has examples of other people being raised from the dead before Christ was, but Who is the first to be raised and then ascended to Heaven, the Heaven where The Father reigns? Yeshua! This is not the time to get into a doctrinal argument over what happens when we die, but this seems to lend support to the idea that we are "asleep" in Christ - waiting.]

1Cor 15:21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.
1Cor 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
1Cor 15:23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ's at His coming,
1Cor 15:24 then comes the end, when He [Yeshua] hands over the kingdom to the God and Father [Yehovah], when He [Yeshua] has abolished all rule and all authority and power.
1Cor 15:25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.
1Cor 15:26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death.
1Cor 15:27 For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, "All things are put in subjection," it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him.
1Cor 15:28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One [Yehovah] who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.

[Note: Now hold on Tiger! You have just shown that Yeshua and Yehovah are two separate individuals! Yes, again, for me this simply shows the duality of God. Remember, Yeshua IS the very image of God. This selection also shows that we await the Resurrection so we may reign with Yeshua in the Millenium. When? At His coming!]

Folks, I can't help but include some verses showing Yeshua in the Tanakh!

Jer 23:1 "Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!" declares the LORD.
Jer 23:2 Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: "You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds," declares the LORD.

[Note: Tremble and shudder Pastors, Priests, and Rabbis, for the even demons do so! For You are Not preaching the Word. You are promoting Your man-made traditions and doctrine!]

Jer 23:3 "Then I Myself will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply.
Jer 23:4 "I will also raise up shepherds over them and they will tend them; and they will not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, nor will any be missing," declares the LORD.
Jer 23:5 "Behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch [a Tsemach, a Netzer, the Root of Jesse - Yeshua]; And He will reign as king and act wisely And do justice and righteousness in the land.
Jer 23:6 "In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell securely; And this is His name by which He will be called, 'The LORD our righteousness.' [literally, Yehovah's Tzedeck, you know, like The King of Righteousness, The Malki-Tzedeck.]

Zec 12:9 "And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
Zec 12:10 "I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him [Yeshua], as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him [Yeshua] like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.

[Note: When you read Chapter 12 in Zechariah it refers to the LORD [Yehovah] doing these things! It almost seems Yehovah is saying, "they will look on Me [Yehovah] whom they pierced"! And will mourn for "Him" [Yeshua], who is the One who was pierced! I don't know about you, folks, but this sort of thing amazes me! The topic of the "Branch" deserves a whole study in itself! Here's a small example.]

Zec 6:9 The word of the LORD also came to me, saying,
Zec 6:10 "Take an offering from the exiles, from Heldai, Tobijah and Jedaiah; and you go the same day and enter the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah, where they have arrived from Babylon.
Zec 6:11 "Take silver and gold, make an ornate crown and set it on the head of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest.
Zec 6:12 "Then say to him, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Behold, a man whose name is Branch, for He will branch out from where He is; and He will build the temple of the LORD.

[Note: This illustrative event's purpose was to prophetically show Joshua and his contemporaries that a Righteous King would, in the end times, rule over them. This is the context we are dealing with here. Even the actual name of the future King is used! What is the name? Joshua, in Hebrew, is Yehoshua, or in Jesus' time pronounced, Yeshua! So, here is Jesus' actual name being used in the Tanahk in a prophecy about the reign of a Righteous King in the end times!]

Col 2:9 For in Him [Yeshua] dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;
Col 2:10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

Matt 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.
Matt 11:26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.
Matt 11:27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

Folks, I hoped you enjoy all of these verses in this blog series. As stated before, I'm not trying to convince others of my personal doctrine, but these verses (there are more, actually) serve to convince me that Yeshua and Yehovah are One!

Here's the final rub!

If you are a Jewish person, and you take the risk of actually reading the Tanahk, instead of listening to your Rabbi, you will find Yeshua (Jesus) described in it. And hopefully, like me, you will discover that He [Yehovah] is One with Yeshua.

If you are Christian person, and you have discovered Jesus (Yeshua) in the Old Testament, then why haven't you been following the Sabbath, why haven't you been celebrating the Feasts, why have you listened to men and not Yehovah-Yeshua?

Shalom!

 
The Observer
 
 
Postscript, Aug. 23, 2014: Something came to mind that should be included with this! What does the New Testament say about antichrists?
 
1Jn_2:18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.
1Jn_2:22 Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.
1Jn_4:3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.
2Jn_1:7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh [who's flesh? - Yehovah's]. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.

[Note: Yeshua is not only Yehovah's flesh, but He is also Miriam's flesh, right? Therefore showing once more, Two becoming One. Husband and Wife become One! Their children are One, etc. !]


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Is Jesus Elohim? Part 3

Is Jesus Elohim? Yeshua and the Father as One, or, the duality continues:

Please forgive the delay, folks. Life sometimes gets in the way of life, if you get my drift!

[Note: This first set of verses is so profound, I have to place my comments in brackets with the verses.]

Mic 5:1 "Now muster yourselves in troops, daughter of troops; They have laid siege against us; With a rod they will smite the judge of Israel on the cheek. [Yeshua]
Mic 5:2 "But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah [Beit-lechem, House of Bread, sometimes referred to as like "Ephraim"- Bethlehem, the ancestral home of King David], Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One [Yeshua] will go forth for Me [Yehovah] to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth [Yeshua's] are from long ago, From the days of eternity [Jesus-Yeshua has been around forever]."
Mic 5:3 Therefore He [Yeshua] will give them up until the time When she who is in labor has borne a child [Miriam (Mary), the mother]. Then the remainder of His [Yeshua's] brethren Will return to the sons of Israel. [The return of Ephraim to Israel]
Mic 5:4 And He [Yeshua] will arise and shepherd His flock In the strength of [Yehovah] the LORD, In the majesty of the name of [Yehovah] the LORD His God. And they will remain, Because at that time He [Yeshua] will be great To the ends of the earth.
Mic 5:5 This One [Yeshua] will be our peace.

[Note: Wow! It makes you wonder, doesn't it? Why can't folks get it? It's because they are not hungry for the WORD. Study Hint; - do a word search for "hunger" in the entire Bible!]

Col 1:13 For He [Yehovah] rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,
Col 1:14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Col 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
Col 1:16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through Him and for Him.
Col 1:17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
Col 1:18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
Col 1:19 For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him,
Col 1:20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

[Note: He, Yeshua is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. I've had Jehovah's Witnesses say this verse is proof that Jesus is a created being, like an Angel. However, when ALL the text is read concerning the relationship between Yehovah and Yeshua it becomes clear that Jesus is the "presentation" of our Spirit Father, Yehovah, to His creation. Physical creation needs a physical image (of the Creator) to be able to even relate to it's Creator. That physical Creator presentation is Yeshua. Yeshua is much more than a creation! He is the very essence of FATHER GOD presented to us so we may relate. Look at the verse again in that light! "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation." Please carefully read these verses, for this presentation of the Father is true in Heaven and on Earth, since the beginning!]

Psa 33:6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host.

[Note: To be read in comparison with Colossians, shown above. Again, Yehovah and Yeshua are equated as One!]

Isa 52:10 The LORD has bared His holy arm In the sight of all the nations, That all the ends of the earth may see The salvation of our God.

[Note: Yehovah has been shown to the entire world, to the ends of the earth, "His holy arm". Who? The "Yeshua" or salvation of God!]

Psa 50:23 "He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God."

Job 12:7 "But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Job 12:8 "Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Job 12:9 "Who among all these does not know That the hand of the LORD has done this,
Job 12:10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?

[Note: Is this just imagery - "the hand of the LORD"? Or, is Yeshua that hand, in light of ALL scripture? This selection of verses remind me of Psalms 14 and Psalms 53, where it states that only a "fool" says there is no God. The word "fool" does not imply a stupid person, but a person who is so incapable of recognizing evil, either in himself or in the world around him, that he is totally corrupt and reprobate. You know, like those people supporting Terrorist HAMAS right now!]

Mat 1:23 "BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL," which translated means, "GOD WITH US."

[Note: One cannot quote this verse in Matthew without mentioning Isaiah 7:14 and Isaiah 8:8. Please notice, the SON is called IMMANUEL, which means GOD WITH US! Now may be a good time to interject the argument that Yeshua and Yehovah cannot be One. My wife of 34 years, The Tigress, has asked me to present the following verses:

Mat 3:16 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him,

Mat 3:17 and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased."

Mat 26:39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will."

Mat 26:42 He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, "My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done."

These verses, and there are many more, show Yeshua praying to Yehovah, obviously describing His Will versus Yeshua's Will, etc. The first verses show Yehovah proclaiming His Son! The implication here is that two separate entities cannot possibly be One. I will state without hesitation that from our human point of view, Yehovah would not be praying to Himself. It simply makes no sense! But remember, Scripture states that Jesus is FULLY MAN and FULLY GOD! (Yes, another study should be done!) This being the case, I have no problem with Man-Yeshua praying to Yehovah. I believe this is what we are seeing in verses like this. The point of this study is not to convince someone who believes otherwise. Most Christians I have met will never say Yeshua and Yehovah are One. Yet, I BELIEVE THIS WITH MY WHOLE HEART AND MIND! Can I explain it logically in my human way? No! I can't! But I base my belief on the Scripture I have given in this study and I don't believe it lies! Rather, I believe we humans have much to learn! You see, we humans have this arrogance which assumes that we are able to look at something or someone truly HOLY and REVERANT and decipher and explain it in our minds. We DO NOT HAVE THAT ABILITY! We are ignorant and arrogant to think we do!]

Act 2:36 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ--this Jesus whom you crucified."

Act 4:12 "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."

Act 10:36 "The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)--

1Co 12:3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus is accursed"; and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.

[Note: It's important to notice here, the house of Israel, the Northern Kingdom and Judea, are the objects of this revelation. We Gentiles are lucky to even be allowed to come near the Olive Tree! Please notice also, the Ruach Kodesh, the Holy Spirit is required to know and declare that "Jesus is Lord"!]

Php 2:11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Col 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
Col 2:9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,
Col 2:10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;

[Note: Yikes! Look, you may not accept my argument, but make sure no one convinces you through empty deception, tradition, and elementary principles of the world, that the fullness of Deity does not dwell in Yeshua's bodily form! Because it does!]

Zec 14:8 And in that day living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter.
Zec 14:9 And the LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be [the only] one, and His name [the only] one.

[Note: "In that day", the 1,000 year reign! Two phrases are used here that don't appear in the manuscripts. In the last verse "the only" has been added twice by the translators. We cannot continue to refuse the Oneness of Yeshua and Yehovah!]

... Have fun! Part 4 coming up asap ...
 
The Observer

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