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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Messiah's Bible



"God's Word is absolute. He keeps His Word through eternity. For I [am] The LORD, I change not..."

Malachi 3:6


God is One. God does not change, so some of us may need to change our understanding of Him and His Word.

The Spirit of YHVH God will not open His Word to our hearts if we’re willing to compromise it with man's changing traditions. He can't teach us if we put our doctrines and theologies in front of or above His Word. So to learn, we must study the Bible with an open mind and a clean slate to allow the Lord to unwind our theology and tradition with the light of His unchanging truth!

The concept of change that we need to make is this:
"for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered" Jude 1:3
If we do not let go of tradition and earnestly contend for the faith, we can not understand God's living message to mankind. So we must look closely at this truth if we are to understand and have faith in the inspired writings we know as the Bible. After all, when God's word contradicts tradition, it's time to give up on tradition.

It is well worth pointing out that every inspired person that wrote anything in the Bible endeavored to follow every word written in it as the unchanging truth from God. There are no opinions of men, no doctrinal traditions are given, just God's word. Yet, the Bible seems confusing for many people. Proverbs tells us a bit about that and it provides us a key message:
My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 2:1-5
In order to understand the Bible we have to first turn God, walk in His ways and ask aloud for understanding as we seek its treasure.

If one understands God does not change as the simple truth, then this calls for many to reexamination of one's faith.


The key to understanding the Messiah's Bible is to understand that God gives us His teaching and instruction for how God wants us to live. He does this because He loves us. God teaches us a few golden guidelines about how we are to live near Him.


It's the original message of the "deceiver" to fall for the idea that God does not mean what He says or that He changed His mind. Don't listen to the message of the adversary any longer.

Consider this - the man that we know as the apostle Paul admonished his understudy Timothy:
You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned {them,} and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Messiah Yeshua. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." 2Timothy 3:14-16
We also know that the Bereans (Acts 17:11) heard the preaching of Paul but they did not take his word as the Gospel. Instead they searched the Scriptures which are the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings to see if his message was true because there were no Pauline epistles, no book of Acts, no four gospels. They did not just accept what he said, they went to the Hebrew Scriptures as the true witness. They read the Bible and searched the book that Messiah said was written of me (John 5:46-47). That's why it's Messiah's Bible.

Strong's Bible concordance tells us that the word "book" (#5612) appears 184 times, in Hebrew it is the word sefer "cepher" סֵפֶר and it is the origin of our English word "cipher". We need to consider the meaning of cipher because it mandates that we study the Hebrew word of God.

Any dictionary will tell you that when using a cipher the original information is known as plain text, and the encrypted form as cipher text. The rule is that the cipher text message contains all the information of the plain text message, but is not in a format readily readable without the proper mechanism to decrypt it; and it resembles random gibberish to those not intended to understand it.

The mystery of the cipher is what Jesus (in Hebrew Yeshua) referred to when He told the disciples:
"He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand." Matthew 13:11-13
To understand the Word of God, we need to be just like a Berean and decipher the word of God. We can't just read the plain text, we have to dig in, examine and in noble character, decrypt the sefer scrolls that were written for and about Messiah:
Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11
Think about this for a moment, it VERY important...

What "Scriptures", what "sacred writings" did the Bereans read? The same words we all need to read. What about Paul's understudy Timothy, what Scriptures had he read "since childhood" for wisdom and faith? The same Scriptures the Bereans examined for truth, the same ones we need to read each day. They are the very same Scriptures Jesus read.

They are the Hebrew Scriptures and we can know that from what He said "from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary.' Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation." Abel was the first martyr in the first book of Genesis, and Zachariah was the last in Chronicles, the last book in the order of the Hebrew Scriptures. So, if we look we see Jesus was describing all of the Hebrew Scriptures a the measure of the word of God.

From my Scripture studies, it suddenly dawned on me as it has for many others, that the "New Testament" wasn't even compiled when Timothy received the wonderful letter of admonition from Paul. INcredibly, Timothy, like Jesus did not read and teach from the New Testament. When I realized this, I found it absolutely astounding.

So, if we consider the Bereans that listened to Paul preach... we can realize that were not searching out the words of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John when they eagerly received the message of the Kingdom. It can be sobering to many to consider this, but as Mr. Ripley would say believe it or not Jesus, aks Yeshua never read, never studied or taught from the words of what we call the New Testament.

Have you ever thought about that and what it means to you and what it means about Messiah and your relationship with Him?

The conclusion I came to when I realized this is that we must read, study and follow all of God's unchanging, living word if we are to be like the perfect man Yeshua. To do that, we have to make a quick left turn at Matthew and go straight ahead to read Messiah's Bible. If you are wondering what it's about. The answer is protection of life.

If we only study, learn and teach from the New Testament, the gospels and the letters of Paul we ignore the very foundation, Messiah’s Bible, the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings for life.

We need to open our eyes to understand that Messiah's Bible is the voice of our Creator. It is His gift of love. It teaches us how to live a safe and blessed life like the sinless Jesus. Messiah's Bible was written for Him and about Him. Every story theme, every offering and sacrifice, every Feast Day and every prophecy was written as a living witness, a parable of His life, His teaching, His ministry, His healing miracles, His suffering, His grave and His resurrection.

Consider for a moment where God's recorded word was kept.

After God dictated His words to Moses they were kept in "The Holy of Holies" the most set apart place", behind the curtain, under none other than the Mercy Seat, the earthly throne of The Almighty unchanging Creator.

This was by God's own design. His holy place was where no man could just enter God's throne room on earth and live except on one chosen day, the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. If we just consider the meaning and the implication of this, the unchanging word of God could never be taken away or changed by any man.

In Paul's second letter to Timothy, the apostle alludes to this although we can miss it if the text is read too quickly. There in the short letter Paul talks about two men, Jannes and Jambres.

He describes them as "always learning" yet never able to come to the knowledge of "the truth." What truth? Paul defines that:
"Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all..." 2Timothy 3:8-9 (NASB)

Jannes and Jambres thought the Law (Torah) was done away with. Do you know anyone like that?

But if it's done away with then there's no longer a "Golden Rule":


"Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Torah and the Prophets". Matthew 7:12


Paul does not hold back comparing them to "the depraved and rejected" in regard to "the faith". His message is that they will always be stuck in the mud by the folly of "learning mode" never able to come to the knowledge of "the truth" because they reject "the truth" which are the words of God penned by the first scribe... Moses. That Torah truth was taught by Yeshua:
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." Matthew 22:36-40 NIV
This may be a difficult message for some, but we must realize it now if we want to live in truth now and follow the walk of Messiah's shown in the Bible He taught.

The prophet Malachi understood firsthand that God does not change, yesterday, today or tomorrow which is why he records this very powerful message given to Him directly by our Creator:
For I [am] the LORD {YHVH}, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed. Malachi 3:6
A prophet is one that declares the word of God. To prophesy is to uplift its truth. The scroll of Malachi begins with this verse:
"The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi." Malachi 1:1
Here, in the language of 1611, the King James translators used the word 'burden' to translate the Hebrew word massa מַשָּׂא. The thing is, it means "lifting, uplifting, tribute" so by this we can see that the verse tells us this:
"The uplifting tribute of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi." Malachi 1:1

King David also knew His word, like Messiah is to be uplifted and stand forever:
"The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations." Psalms 33:11
So, "the truth" we have been given from the beginning and from the Proverb writer is as certain for us today as it was yesterday:
"Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." Proverbs 30:6
Ignoring or adding to the instruction and teaching of God, His Torah and the words of His prophets is the "falling away" that we were warned about. Many of us have fallen but it is time to get up, to repent of the lies that began in the garden and return to His word, the tree of life. You can be saved by grace and the mercy of God at the cross, but Torah is about fellowship and relationship with God. It is how we can demonstrate our love for our Creator and what He has done for our redemption. Jeremiah speaks directly to us:
"O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and [things] wherein [there is] no profit." Jeremiah 16:19
English translations of the Hebrew Bible have perhaps inadvertently gotten many of us confused thinking the word Torah is "Law". Even the folks at PBS tell us that is not really accurate:
"The English word "Bible" is from the Greek phrase ta biblia, "the books," an expression Hellenistic Jews used to describe their sacred books several centuries before the time of Jesus. Christians regretfully adopted the phrase "Old Testament" to refer to these sacred books they shared with Jews. Jesus would never call the word of God "Old". Some even say God gave the "New Covenant" to the Christian Church and turned His bask on the Jewish people, but hold on to your pulpit pew, God Almighty YHVH says this:
"Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. "But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. "No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more." Jeremiah 31:31-34
Jews call "Scriptures" the Tanakh. This is an acronym for the three divisions of the Hebrew Bible: Torah ("instructions" or less accurately "the law"), Neviim ("prophets"), and Kethuvim ("writings," including Psalms, Proverbs, and several other books). Modern scholars often use the term "Hebrew Bible" to avoid the confessional terms Old Testament and Tanakh.

As for the New Testament, its current twenty-seven books have been proclaimed since the fourth century CE, even though the constituent parts come from the first century. Yet, Christians did not agree on the exact extent of the New Testament for several centuries. That is NO condemnation, just fact.
It's true that there has been some disagreement on this. After all, the original New Testament manuscripts no longer exist and even from the oldest manuscript copies available, one translator’s work often differs widely from another as current records are translations of available manuscripts or revisions of previous translations.

Even the King James version of the whole Bible in common use today is not identical to the 1611 original, today we have the 1769 version which was widely published and made "official" after some 24,000 changes in punctuation and text were made in four major revisions of the King James Bible from 1611 to 1769.

English translations can inadvertently conceal the Bible's original meaning as the English language morphs or drifts over time. The issue is not with the Hebrew, it's English. The language has changed over time from the "Old English" period in which the language was a synthetic language with many inflections to today where "Modern English" is a rather analytic language with few grammatical endings. English words find their origin in other languages. Just watch any Scripps National Spelling Bee contest on TV and you will hear the question: "what is the word origin?" After all, the official study booklet published by Merriam-Webster is divided primarily by language of origin.

The important issue is that most Bible versions translated from the most ancient texts are trustworthy. It's just that the Hebrew Bible, the Tanakh is written in Hebrew and English translations can conceal the rich depth and graphic Hebraic pictures conveyed because cognates and word etymology is difficult to translate as Hebrew metaphors are missed.

All this simply means that you should simply dig into the word meanings for yourself and not always allow a translator to do this for you especially when you come across a potential word conflict or confusion as noted in the proverb below, and thanks to technology you can do that pretty easily with comparative online dictionaries, interlinear Bibles and concordances. Just like the Spelling Bee contestants that seek to spell a word correctly go back to the language of origin, so should you!

For example, check out Proverbs 28:21 in the King James Version. Here the ancient proverb seems to caution oddly, that "to have respect of persons is not good." But in 1611, the word "respect" actually meant "to be partial" so the point of the word of God is to avoid favoritism and partiality. After all, people are made in the image of God and all people deserve respect. That is the same message of Jesus taught in Luke 14.

The words of Jesus agree that the Word of God the Torah (law), the Nevi'im (prophets) and the Writings (Psalms):
"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." Matthew 5:17

"He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Luke 24:44
Like I did for many years, many today also misunderstand the Apostle Paul's teaching about the unchanging "sacred writings". Once you realize that the "Newer" Testament wasn't even compiled for centuries and certainly not when Paul wrote to Timothy, the whole "Word of God" comes alive - unchanged from the beginning, and filled up with meaning by the life and teaching of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ). In fact, from Genesis to Malachi, one can see the message of the first and second coming of our Savior, the Anointed, the Seed of David, the suffering Servant, the Prince of Peace and King of Kings.

The words of the Writings (Psalms) reveal His coming and his work. He taught on Psalms 22 as men mocked Him on the cross. It is a great witness of His suffering: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1). Matthew 27:42 shows that He taught this while nailed to the wood of the cross: "All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. “He trusts in the LORD,” they say, “let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.” (Psalm 22:7-8). John 20:25 shows that the exact details of the events at His death were prophesied in the Psalm: “They pierced my hands and my feet” (Psalm 22:16) and “They part my garments among them” (Psalm 22:18).

In fact, one of the most remarkable features of the Writings (the Psalms) is found in the prophecy of Yeshua’s resurrection and place at the right hand of God. The Psalm found in Psalm 16:8-11 does not portray the experience of King David, but finds its fulfillment in the life of Yeshua. It is the prophecy of King David which has nothing to do with his own death because David's body certainly saw corruption and decay:
“I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
The deity of God is applied to Yeshua by none other than the Father - YHVH himself: “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever” (Psalms 45:6-7). Yeshua is called the Son of God. “Thou art my son. This day have I begotten thee” (Psalms 2:7). Yeshua is worthy of worship. “And let all the angels worship him” (Psalms 97:7). The Psalms anticipated his work. “I come to do thy will, O God” (Psalms 40:7-8). The role of King and High Priest is also given: “Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever. A sceptre of equity is the sceptre of your kingdom” (Psalm 45:6-7). King David knew of Messiah as He wrote: “YHVH saith unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool. YHVH will send forth the rod of thy strength out of Zion: Rule thou in the midst of thine enemies” (Psalm 110:1-2) and “Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek. YHVH is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.” (Psalm 110:4-6). His rejection as Messiah ben Joseph, was given centuries before: "The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; YHVH has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. YHVH has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad." Psalm 118:22-24

Messiah Yeshua quoted from Psalm 41:9, teaching:
“I speak not of all of you: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, he that eateth my bread lifted up his heel against me”. (John 13:18)
Revelation 6:16 even teaches of Psalms 2:10-12 saying: "They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!"
“Now therefore be wise, O ye kings: Be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve Jehovah with fear, And rejoice with trembling. Kiss the son, lest he be angry, and ye perish in the way. For his wrath will soon be kindled. Blessed are all they that take refuge in him” (Psalm 2:10-12).

The word "Tanakh" or "TaNaK" is an acronym used for the Hebrew Bible that Jesus always taught from. It is Messiah's Bible. The fact is He never called His Bible... the Old Testament. Instead He spoke and taught from the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings. The evidence includes Matthew 7:12, Matthew 11:13 and Luke 24:44.

The Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings are:
The Torah (Teaching) - Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy

The Neviim (Prophets) - Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, the 12 Prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.

The Kethubim - (Writings) - Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Ruth, Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations, Esther, Daniel, Ezra and Nehemiah, the Chronicles
Just as Jesus always did, Paul also taught from the sacred writings to fill them with life in the lives of those he taught through the Hebrew scrolls of the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings. To get a better idea of this just look at this list of some 175 quotes from Paul's letters. This gives you a good feel for some the extensive reference Paul made as he quoted from the Tanakh, which is "Messiah's Bible" in his letters to the Romans, 1Corinthians; 2Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1Thessalonians; 2Thessalonians as well as 1Timothy and 2Timothy.

Hum... as many call it today, only the so-called "Old" Testament, the Hebrew scrolls of the 'Tanakh' which is the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings existed in Timothy's day!

As a matter of fact, it might amaze you to know some facts about a Torah scroll. After all, wisdom is hidden unless we seek it. Unless you pursue it, you will not find it:

First it is important that there are 22 letters in the Hebrew aleph-bet that comprise every word of the Book of Life and it just so happens that there are 22 amino acids and 22 chromosomes in your body keeping you alive.

There are 5 scrolls of Torah just as there were 5 loaves of bread that "fed" the multitudes and 5 kinds of sacrifices and just look you have 5 fingers on your hand for doing God's work on Earth and 5 toes for walking in His walk.

Believe it or not, Paul never started a "new" religion, he never once read or taught from the King James Bible or the New Testament!

If you want to be a true disciple of Yeshua and if you want to teach and witness to others like Paul of Tarsus, you need to study the Bible of Yeshua, the same Bible Paul read. Today, many call this the "Old Testament". But you need to ask yourself, is "old" the proper description of the books and sacred writings that Messiah taught? Would He call them old?

They are the living Hebrew Scriptures, the living word of our living God and we must know and use them as the foundation of understanding God's message to us. Jesus is the same message, the living word for us. Like Messiah, the Word of God is alive, it is the root, the foundation to all that is called the "New" Testament. The New Testament gives us the great commentary of The Tanakh and the 'Word of God' allows us to see the picture of His unchanging presence that we are to seek out within "the Torah, the prophets, and the psalms".

Just look at the words of our Savior:
"He said to them, "This is what I told you, while I was still with you, that all things which are written in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds, that they might understand the Scriptures. He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things." Luke 24:44-48
These men that Messiah taught had known and followed Him for a while, yet they did not understand until it was shown to them that the Torah - the writings of Moses, the prophets and the Psalms, the scrolls that were the "Messiah's Bible" were all written about Him.

Like the parables He taught, and the Psalms, Messiah Yeshua is hidden within the stories and their patterns with amazing prophetic detail and significance.

Prepare yourself, put on your "whole" priestly armor, read The Messiah's Bible, after all - it's about Him. This is what Paul spoke of when he wrote these words:
“Therefore, take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13
The Torah, God's teaching and instruction, His principles for righteous living were never designed to be followed to achieve salvation. Instead, the Torah is designed to show one the need for salvation. he words all lead to Yeshua and they show how to live the life of a people 'set apart' in obedience to God's principles. Just as they showed Yeshua, the words remain there to show us how to walk in a redeemed lifestyle under the personal instruction of The Spirit of God. A life 'set apart' (holy) from the ways, the traditions of man and the world. By walking in the ancient paths of the Torah scroll, the "leaves" of life, we can demonstrate our love and worship through obedience to God's heavenly teaching that hinges on two things: love God and fellow man. Jesus said:
“If you love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15
Did you see that? He said His commandments... that would mean He not only read from and taught the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings, He is the very "One" that was speaking to those that wrote and recorded His words.

Jesus tells us the mystery, He and the Father are One and John calls Jesus "The Word" doesn't he?
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."
John 1:1-5
To better understand this, we have to look at His creation and to do that we have to look "In the Beginning". We need to go to Genesis. The very first word of Messiah's Bible offers the world a very powerful message on God's plan. The first Hebrew word of the Bible which is Bereshiyt... it translates to English as "in the beginning" and the meanings behind the letters of God's first word to mankind holds a powerful message to mankind. It gives us His "gospel" promise right there 'hidden' within the letters of the first Hebrew word!!

I'd encourage you to be blessed and see the gospel of Bereshiyt here for yourself.

So to consider just "who" Jesus really is - requires that we consider the words God spoke at creation. To do that we can break them down into their basic terms to understand them. "In the Beginning" proves that.

For example, water was a key word in the creation week. From science, we know it is a key to life on Earth. The easiest way for me is to consider water which is a molecule comprised of the combination of one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms is to know that water has several states or forms of existence depending on temperature and these include: gas, liquid and solid. But regardless of its state of appearance or form... water is water.

Why do I like this comparison, well after all, the Bible is full of reference to water. Interestingly, the key Biblical number of seven (7) is represented by water. There are two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom in a water molecule. A hydrogen atom has an electron and a proton but no neutron, so it has two particles, two hydrogen atoms therefore have four parts. An oxygen atom has three parts, an electron, a proton and a neutron. Combined, the life giving water molecule H2O is a unit of seven parts.

As an analogy, in the natural world, which was complete in seven days, God created water vapor in the form of a cloud and we receive the blessing of rain! There is running water in a mountain stream or a great river, and there's standing water in a lake or pond. There is frozen water in a glacier of ice or on a snow capped mountain. Yet they are all water, yet water appears in three different life giving physical states and forms. And while in each form, they each have different "names" to describe their physical state of being.

So, if you really slow down and think about it for a moment - isn't this much like the manner in which God presents Himself to us? Look to the heavenly sky surrounding our earth and you can see the clouds and consider our infinite God is Spirit.

I can't fully comprehend it but I am comfortable with this comparison and I know it is one of the key reasons Yeshua (Jesus), the living word, referred to Himself as water when he spoke to the woman at Jacob’s well in Samaria (John 4). Messiah Yeshua came to give us pure living water. His message was that we must refresh our minds, our lives and learn from the original themes and word meanings as to what God is saying in His Word so that we can live it out and teach others. That is why it is called the living Word. Like water His word gives life.

Yeshua was teaching the woman at the well that He was the same Yeshua, the salvation promises found throughout the Psalms and the promise of the well of salvation given in Isaiah 12:2-4. It was a teaching she may have know well. It is a teaching we must know - His name is exalted.
"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for Yah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day shall ye say, Praise YHVH call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted."
Here the word salvation is יְשׁוּעָה yĕshuw`ah. Yeshua gives the water of life!

His promise that is before us today was given to Ezekiel:
“For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean. I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new Spirit within you. I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.” Ezekiel 36:24-27
John tells us Jesus is the word of God, by this he is telling us that the one we know by name as Jesus Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah [or in His Hebrew language: Yeshua HaMashiach] is the physical and human expression of the invisible spiritual Creator, "The" One God and King of the Universe. He is indeed God, yet He lived and died (for three days) as a man out of His love for us.

He came into our earthly realm and was born of a virgin mother and He lived a perfectly Biblical [Torah] observant and sinless life. Indeed, just as John said He is the living Word, His Word - The Torah.

He lived out the Torah's sacrificial system as he suffered as Messiah ben Joseph and He died as the Passover lamb of God so that He could redeem mankind from sin and its death penalty with His blood which is Life. God established sin’s penalty in Eden so He had to be the One to overcome it. Yet He lives. His body, His flesh remained in the grave three days as the fulfillment of Torah's instruction. We can see this with the Feast of Unleavened Bread and when He arose in resurrection from the dead three days after His crucifixion He fulfilled the Feast of FirstFruits. Forty days later, He ascended into an invisible dimension that He created, another dimension it seems that none of us understand, but we call it “heaven”.

The good news is, at a future time... He will come back into the physical realm of the time and space we know on earth to fulfill His instructions on the Fall Feasts and regather His lost sheep, His people Israel. See the blog The Lost Sheep Scriptures.

Eventually, He will restore all the earth to the original perfect physical state it was in prior to Adam's invoking the law of sin and death, the law of physics we know as the 2nd law of thermodynamics. Jesus will return not as the “suffering servant” but as reigning King, “Messiah ben David” and He will restore His people to the Kingdom that was originally established in Eden. See my blog The Three Fall Feast of The Lord.

I know, that to participate in this restoration, to enter into this "heavenly" Kingdom of God, we must receive God's salvation by grace, the free gift of God apart from good deeds and works because Salvation is through personal faith in the "sent" one [Jesus] Yeshua HaMashiach, the one who was, who is and who is to come. YHVH declared Himself to be the "I AM" to Moses, Yeshua is the same "I AM". Please open your Bible today and read His "I AM" statements:
Exodus 3:13-15, John 10:9, John 14:6, John 10:14, John 10:7, John 8:12, John 10:11, John 10:36, John 15:1, John 6:51, John 6:41 and Revelation 1:18
Today, we must understand that Yeshua is one with God, the "I AM" of God, which is why John calls Him the Creator, the word. He is the Torah giver, the voice on the mountain, the one seen by Abraham (John 8:56). Abraham told Issac as they climbed Mt. Moriah that God would provide a lamb, and later at the top of the mount he found a ram! What did Abraham really see there? The Bible tells us that Abraham looked in the distance. When he looked in the distance, he saw Messiah, who was the Lamb sent by God. Yeshua told us that Abraham saw Him.
"And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together." Genesis 22:8
He was the voice that saved Isaac and the man that was wrestling Jacob.

If you wonder how can the "sent one" be One with God, just read Exodus 3 very carefully and you will see that He says He is "sent" to Moses. Even then as He spoke from the fire of the burning bush to Moses:
"God also said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites, 'YHVH, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob has sent me to you.' This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation." Exodus 3:15
When we realize who Jesus really is we can begin to understand many mysteries. Have you ever wondered how people that lived and died prior to Christ could be saved if they did not know of His atoning death and resurrection? Perhaps we need to actually reconsider exactly what "He" said.

Before He ever hung on the cross, before he ever told anyone about His plan to offer Himself as the Passover lamb, before He died and resurrected from the dead, He said this:
“… Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
He also said:
“… I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” John 14:6-7
With my limited understanding of the mysteries of God, I believe that those people that looked forward but died on earth before His Passover crucifixion, those that followed, believed and knew Him by the heavenly name “YHVH” are indeed “saved”. I also believe that those that look back and have known and follow Him as Jesus (in Hebrew "Yeshua") the "Passover lamb" are also redeemed and saved by His atonement and offering on the cross.

A lot of questions can be answered when we know that He is the "sent one" the great "I AM" in the burning bush. "The Word" that spoke creation into existence and the word who thunderously spoke from the fiery mountain top at Sinai as “YHVH” are One. I know it seems radical but a great mystery that we all need to grasp is that Jesus is the "law" giver. The word is actually Torah, it means teaching and instruction. When we realize that, it may cause quite a problem for those that believe the "law", the teaching and instruction (Torah) of God was “hung on the cross”.

The law, the Torah was not the law hung on the cross... just the death penalty for breaching it. This goes against this generation that claims God's grace with no responsibility but that's the message from Paul in Romans 3. Today, want grace to cover them but continue to walk contrary to the word of God. Many miss this truth, perhaps because they only listen to a quote or except of full message of Paul's letter. I encourage you to always read the entire context of a message from the Bible for yourself.

In summary Paul's letter to the Romans simply says:
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus... Do we then make void the law through faith?"


"God forbid: yea, we establish the law."

This is the same message found in 2Chronicles 7:14:
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
Jesus' life and His Bible is easier to understand when we know Him as John 1:1-5 teaches.

He is the word, the Torah-Giver, the one who taught and instructed Moses. He is the one who led Israel from within the cloud of Shekinah glory over the Tabernacle. He is the on who used his finger to write the 10 commands into stone! He is the one who walked in the Garden of Eden and breathed life into Adam. He is the one who taught Noah how to build a ship and He is the one that gave His promise of nations and land to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is the one who comforted Hagar and Ishmael out in the desert. He is the one that appeared in the furnace in Babylon and He was seen by Daniel and the prophets. The list goes on.

As the son of Man, He is the one that walked the earth as a humble man, the anointed one, Yeshua of Nazareth.

These are why John said He is the "Word". He is the one Messiah that said "I and the Father are One." (John 10:30) Perhaps the concept of the "son of God" is misunderstood. Indeed, the son of God is the physical state, the flesh of God’s Spirit presence. He is the light of the world and it helps me to think of His presence in different dimensions in terms of “light”.

Just consider a fiber optic cable. With just one single light source at the end, there can be dozens of separate stands that all show their light individually from hundreds or thousands of miles away, yet there is just one light source. You may want to check out another study on The Spectrum of Light.

The apostle Peter confirms the gospel comes from His Word:
"For all flesh [is] as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you." 1Peter 1:24-25
Through His Word - His Torah, the light of the world gives us the story of Israel and our instruction for living after Passover. He gives us His instruction manual for worshiping Him, His manual for righteous living. Jesus - Yeshua tells us, if we love Him we must follow Him - His teaching and instruction, His Word, ALL of it! For more "thought" on this you might also enjoy another study Old and New.

The English Standard Translation of the Bible records these words from Jude... that Jesus saved those coming out of Egypt:
"Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day" Jude 1:5-6
Jude goes on to state:
"Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen." Jude 1:24-25
Throughout the “English” translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, God’s name “YHVH” (Yod Hey Vav Hey) is transliterated as “The Lord”. Not only do people today not know Him, we who do not know His name. When Yeshua spoke to Paul on the road to Damascus He spoke in the Hebrew language. Perhaps if we only consider the transliteration of His name as "The Lord" which appears nearly 7,000 times in Scripture is actually YHVH, then we might be able to possibly consider what Paul may have really meant penned when he wrote to the Romans in chapter 10:1-16:
"Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God."
Paul is teaching that Messiah is the purpose of the Torah (teaching and instruction) for righteousness to everyone who believes. We can see that when we break the language barrier! Paul is not tossing it away, "What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law (Torah), but under grace? God forbid." Romans 6:15

Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the Torah of God, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Messiah down) or "'Who will descend into the abyss?'" (that is, to bring Messiah up from the dead).

But what does it mean?

"The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Yeshua is YHVH {The Lord} and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

For the Scripture says, [Isaiah 28:16; 49:23] "Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same to YHVH collectively, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For "everyone who calls on the name of YHVH {The Lord} will be saved." But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?”

Hey everyone, it is critical to understand some things from another perspective, otherwise our orientation will only confuse the truth.

Read the Bible Jesus read, read the instruction and teaching He gave.

Remember, the world is not flat, the sun does not orbit the earth and twilight of evening is the beginning of the day, not the end!

Jesus - Yeshua had more to say in Revelation. Did you know the Greek word “kai” καί is translated as: “and” in Revelation 14...
But did they (the translators) perhaps just miss something in the meaning of this word? It also means “indeed”...
“Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, [indeed] the faith of Yeshua.” Revelation 14:2
Indeed we are to walk like Yeshua, like Jesus walked. My prayer is this:
"Thank you Father for Messiah's Bible, your living word.

Please Father, sweeten the words and open the seals of the Torah scrolls so that we may see Messiah Yeshua in them.

Empower us with your Spirit to prophesy of Him there before many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings fulfilling Your commission to spread this Gospel to the world."

Don't just believe in Jesus, believe His word, study the Bible. Leave behind preconceived ideas and opinions, search out what the whole Bible for the truth it tells us. Paul gave an important admonition to Timothy that speaks to us as well:
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2Timothy 4:2-4
What does this all mean?

It means that it is now time for you to repent and return to God's covenant, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment. God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided a way to offer you His salvation. You can accept His gift of life. Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and repent of your sin, ask His forgiveness and accept His gift of love through Messiah Yeshua. Do it now!

And I would like to recommend a book to you: They Loved the Torah: What Yeshua's First Followers Really Thought About the Law.

Update May 16, 2011: I think you might find this teaching: "Hebrew Mysteries Revealed" from Larry Ollison Ministries worthwhile. He does a great job of introducing the pure Hebrew language God chose to speak to us in Messiah's Bible.


Shalom.

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