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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Who is The One Called Jesus?

"But who do you say that I am?"

Let's explore this important question that Jesus asked His disciples in Matthew 16:15 by first considering a beautiful song. "Your Name" by Paul Baloche. (Updated March 2013)

The issue of that name that is addressed in Jeremiah 23 and witnessed in the three testimonies of Matthew 16:15, Mark 8:29, Luke 9:20 and Luke 20:41-44 by proving that Jesus not only spoke Aramaic which is a dialect of the Hebrew language, but He read and spoke Hebrew, the language of Hebrew "Scriptures" some 2,000 years ago that are returning to us today.

This is confirmed by the apostle Paul's account of his meeting with Jesus on his journey to Damascus. His eyewitness report of that day tells us:
"And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?..." Acts 26:14
Since Jesus taught from Hebrew just as Paul tells us, let's reconsider His name if we are to answer just WHO He really is... Look in any credible dictionary or Encyclopedia and like I did you will find that the name Jesus actually comes from the Hebrew name "Yeshua". In the modern Hebrew script His name is written as ישוע and it means "Salvation"! It conveys His purpose is to "save", "rescue" and "deliver".

Yeshua is the Hebrew name His disciples knew Him by and the name His mother used when speaking to Him. It's the only name any one alive 2,000 years ago would have ever used. I was shocked when I first learned this because in a way the name Jesus is like a pseudonym which is a name that differs from the original or true name.

Remembering the name Yeshua, the true name of Jesus is important. Jeremiah tells us:
"I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. How long shall [this] be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, [they are] prophets of the deceit of their own heart; Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal." Jeremiah 23:25-27
Like all Hebrew words, the name Yeshua is written in Hebrew from right to left and it is spelled with the Hebrew letters yod-shen-vav-ayin ישוע . In Hebrew, each letter has a distinct meaning and this is critical to understand the Hebrew names found in the Bible, most especially the missing name Yeshua ישוע that is not found in our modern English Bibles.

The literal letter meanings are: Yod "hand" Shin "sharp" Vav "stake" Ayin "to see". Do you see what the Hebrew name is telling us?
His hand was help by the sharp stake so that we can see salvation!
We can see that when we break the language barrier and return to the language of the Bible!

Yeshua יְשׁוּעָ means "salvation" and He is Messiah:
He said to them, "Why do they say that the Messiah is David's son? David himself says in the book of Psalms, 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, Until I make your enemies the footstool of your feet."' "David therefore calls him Lord, so how is he his son?" Luke 20:41-44 (Quoting Psalm 110:1)

Knowing Jesus' true Biblical name as the deliverer of "Salvation" (aka Yeshua) has been a concealed thing to many Christians in years past, but God has a word for us on this today as we search for truth:
"[It is] the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings [is] to search out a matter." Proverbs 25:2
Understanding that Jesus rescues and is the One whose name is 'Salvation' as the Messiah (Moshiach) has been a concealed thing to many Jewish people as well (except in the 1st Century), yet He is revealed as the "Anointed One" the Moshiach מושיעך in five powerful verses that most every 'observant' Jew knows by heart:
1) Isaiah 43:3 2) Isaiah 47:15 3) Isaiah 49:26 4) Isaiah 60:16 and 5) Jeremiah 30:10
Let's take a closer look at Isaiah 49:26, it speaks today to both Jew and Gentile:
"All flesh shall know that I, the Lord, am your savior, and your redeemer, the mighty one of Jacob.”

והאכלתי את מוניך את בשרם וכעסיס דמם ישכרון וידעו כל בשר כי אני יהוה מושיעך וגאלך אביר יעקב
The standard word that we find translated as "savior" is yasha, ישע which is shown in Strong's Concordance to mean: "to save, be saved, be delivered", but yasha is not the word used in this verse from Isaiah 49. The word the translators used as 'Savior' here is actually the Hebrew word, מושיעך Moshiach, we know this anointed word in English as Messiah, in the Greek language, it is Christos or rendered in today's English, Christ. Christ is Messiah.

The root word of Messiah (Moshiach) מושיעך comes from the word ישע yasha and the Savior and Redeemer is מושיעך Moshiach. Amazingly, Moshiach or Messiah is from the same root as the name Yeshua יְשׁוּעָ which everyone should know is the original Hebrew name for Jesus!

In fact, Jesus of Nazareth is found in the Munich Talmud manuscript of Sanhedrin 43a which describes his trial. In most copies of Sanhedrin 43a the name Yeshu ha-Notzeri has been censored and erased, yet "The Munich Talmud manuscript of at b.San.43a preserves passages censored out of printed editions, including the controversial trial of “Yeshu Notzeri”."

Imagine the words of Isaiah as we read from the account of Isaiah 49:16 to consider: Who is The One Called Jesus?
"... all flesh shall know that I, YHVH יהוה am your Moshiach, [savior] and your redeemer, the mighty one of Jacob."
YHVH is our Savior, He is Moshiach. Great indeed is this mystery of God. This is the amazing thing that Timothy describes:
"He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory." 1Timothy 3:16
While we consider the importance of Messiah Yeshua's name and its salvation יְשׁוּעָ meaning, it must be known that the words "The LORD" in our English Bibles are actually derived from the Hebrew letters of God's personal name YHVH. In English, we can write the name of the God of Israel as YHVH and many pronounce this almighty name as 'Yahweh'. Alternatively, Yahovah is also heard as a possible pronunciation for our Heavenly Father.

The thing to realize about God's name as we read the Bible is that it is not... "The LORD", that too is censored as a pseudonym, a title substitution. In fact, it chills me to the bone to know that the name 'Baal" which also translates as 'lord' is seen 63 times throughout the Bible yet YHVH is never seen today in most English Bibles. Baal is there, but YHVH is hidden. Perhaps this began with the decrees of Antiochus Epiphanes. Some of his other decrees were to outlaw the Sabbath and the Feast Days of YHVH.

Enough on Antiochus, let's study more from the ancient language scholar James Strong. According to Strong's Concordance, Baal = "lord".

For me, that is pretty scary when we read what God said to Jeremiah:
"...their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal."
Elohim God forgive us! Let us restore your name in Heaven and on Earth.

God's name in Hebrew is written as יהוה whose four Hebrew letters are "Yod" "Hey" "Vav" "Hey". Bible scholars call this the tetragrammaton. Don't just take my word for it, you can even learn more about this from the Encyclopedia Britannica.

God's incredible name is YHVH, yet this great name can not be found in most English Bibles, but it is there over 6,800 times in the Hebrew Scriptures! His name is in plain sight within the Scriptures that Yeshua יְשׁוּעָ read and taught from, the same Scriptures that Paul taught from. After all, we have to remember something very important, Jesus Christ, or rather Messiah Yeshua did not teach from the King James Bible which was first published in 1611 more than 1500 years after His ministry.

Yeshua יְשׁוּעָ taught from the witness of the ancient Hebrew scrolls. These begin with the first five that were inscribed by Moses, the Torah. The same five scrolls that are written "all about" Messiah (see John 5:46). He also read and taught from the Prophets and the Writings. Together, these are called the TaNaK or Tanach.

God gives us His unchanging teaching and instruction, His words for living, because He loves us and He never changes His mind. By His word, He teaches us some very simple guidelines about how we are to live. It's the original message of the Deceiver to fall for the idea that God does not mean what He says or that He changes His mind. Don't listen to that message any longer.

The book of Hebrews tell us: we are to look on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith (see Hebrews 12:2).

That is why Yeshua gave us these words, wordsIf Jesus, His Hebrew name Yeshua, is the Word of God and we are also told that Yeshua is the same today, yesterday and forever, then how can we say that the Word of God actually changed instead of being the same yesterday, today and forever? Either Yeshua is the Word of God, or He isn’t:
For had you believed Moses, you would have believed me: for he wrote of me. John 5:46
I was never really taught this awesome truth in the pew or in Sunday School as I grew up, but when you think about it, the disciples and the early "believers" including the men we call Paul, Peter, James, Jude, Philemon, Timothy, Matthew, Luke and John never read or even taught from the New Testament. It did not exist at the time. Their faith was perfected by the words Yeshua taught from the scrolls of the TaNak, the Hebrew Scriptures. Believe if or not, they NEVER once spoke or even wrote the English name "Jesus". In fact, these names are not their names. Everyone's names were changed, perhaps to 'veil' their Jewish identities. The realizaton was all absolutely SHOCKING to me!

So, who is the One called Jesus?

Actually His name is Yeshua יְשׁוּעָ. It was not until after the Bible was first translated into English a few hundred years ago that the English letter "J" was even used. The 1599 'Geneva Bible', first published some 51 years before the King James translation, was the Bible that the Pilgrim's used when they came to this nation in 1620.

Check out the beginning of Matthew for yourself, just click on the image below:

That pilgrim Bible was among the first mass produced Bibles to use chapters and verse numbering, yet it did not contain the name Jesus. It used the name 'Iefus' as the letter 'J' was not put into use in the English language until the mid 1600's. In fact, the "J" we see in Jesus was the last letter added to the English alphabet.

Perhaps the first English New Testament to be translated and published was the Tyndale New Testament which was first printed in 1526 and Tyndale used the word "Iesus". Look for yourself here at © 2002.

That blew my mind when I first read it because our modern English name for the Son and "Lamb of God", seems far from His original Hebrew name which literally means "salvation". So too, many things that I have learned over the years about Jesus, His words and teachings are far from what I had been taught.

Do you feel the ground shaking under you?

I still do. No wonder we are told:
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, [which is] new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and [I will write upon him] my new name. Revelation 3:12
No need to take my word for this though, just do your own research! Always get a second witness from the Scriptures. Open and study God's word and let it simply be your witness to the truth.

Check out the name YHVH. You probably do not have to go far to read your own Bible's preface to verify 'The LORD' is YHVH. Scholars and perhaps your own Bible's prefix may refer to His name as the Tetragrammaton.

God is incomprehensible as is His name. That is why I decided that I would create this website so that I could play my part, do my duty in declaring the truth in His word.

Scripture establishes that Yeshua is the "Alpha Omega, the "Aleph Tav", so let's explore the greater lesson given to us, the foundation that He is indeed the son of God just as He states Himself to be. For more on this, please see my study: Aleph Tav Herald of Messiah.

Again, let's re-phrase the big question from a Biblical Hebrew perspective...
Who is the One called Yeshua יְשׁוּעָ ?

Let's allow the Scriptures to answer perhaps the most important question we could ever comprehend. Let's start with the words of Yeshua יְשׁוּעָ as recorded in the book we now call Luke:
"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 [Torah] of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms, concerning me must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds, that they might understand the Scriptures." Luke 24:44-45
To understand The Scriptures, to know who He really is, we have to see Him in the words and context of the Torah, the Prophets, and the Psalms. The Torah is comprised of the first five books of the Bible as recorded by Moses. Reading John, we see Messiah's own words of witness to the Torah:
John 5:46-47 "For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?"
To understand the background of this verse, we need to look at the writings of the Prophets and the Psalmists as well. Reading from the Psalms:
"Then I said, “Behold, I have come. It is written about me in the book in the scroll." Psalms 40:7
These words are also quoted as a witness in Hebrews 10:7:
"Therefore when He comes into the world, he says... "Then I said, “Behold, I have come. It is written about me in the book in the scroll."
Paul confirmed the same about The Messiah when he wrote to the Colossians 1:15-17:
"Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist."
Here's the kicker:
"Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works." John 14:10
So... again, Who is this one called Jesus?

Answer: He is the one with the Hebrew name יְשׁוּעָ Yeshua. It means Salvation. He is none other than the son of the Almighty. John tells us He is the word of God. He is the "living Torah" of God because He lived out the teaching and instruction of the five (5) books of Torah flawlessly.

Is it any wonder He was pierced 5 times for our transgressions in His feet (2), His hands (2) and His side (1)?

The good news is we can understand how the Scriptures declare that Yeshua יְשׁוּעָ taught others about Himself and the Kingdom constitution of God, His Torah? All we have to do is search the Scriptures to find Him...
"He said, "they are they which testify of me" (John 5:39); "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law [Torah], till all be fulfilled" (see Matthew 5:18); "Scripture cannot be broken" (see John 10:35); ..."but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments" (Matthew 19:17); "Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus" (Revelation 14:12); Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:19); "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15)
The teaching from Messiah of the least and the greatest in His Kingdom proves that Torah 'keeping' does not bring salvation. Only He gives that as our savior, yet His words are for our life.

God's teaching (Torah) is not broken and we must know as a surety that all of these words come from the same living word, the word of Go as John defines Yeshua was the One in the fire at the mountain top, the Torah keeper, the One who is the Torah giver, the living eternal word of God:
"Therefore shall ye keep my commandments, and do them: I [am] the LORD." Leviticus 22:31.
John tells us this:
"And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked" (1 John 2:6–7)
It is awesome and fearful to truly understand this because to be an end time "saint" in His eyes, we must endeavor to keep His Torah commandments and the testimony of Yeshua. That is how we show Him we love Him.

To consider more, let's look at a few of the many prophecies and witnesses of Messiah Yeshua יְשׁוּעָ in Scripture:
•Messiah would be born of a woman. Genesis 3:15, Matthew 1:20, Galatians 4:4
•Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:1, Luke 2:4-6
•Messiah would be born of a virgin. Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:22-23, Luke 1:26-31
•Messiah would come from Abraham. Genesis 12:3, Genesis 22:18, Matthew 1:1, Romans 9:5
•Messiah would be a descendant of Isaac. Genesis 17:19, Genesis 21:12, Luke 3:34
•Messiah would be a descendant of Jacob. Numbers 24:17, Matthew 1:2
•Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah. Genesis 49:10, Luke 3:33, Hebrews 7:14
•Messiah would be an heir to King David's throne. 2Samuel 7:12-13, Isaiah 9:7, Luke 1:32-33, Romans 1:3
•Messiah's throne will be anointed. Psalm 45:6-7, Daniel 2:44, Luke 1:33, Hebrews 1:8-12
•Messiah would be called Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23
•Messiah would spend a season in Egypt. Hosea 11:1, Matthew 2:14-15
•Messiah's birthplace would see a massacre of children. Jeremiah 31:15, Matthew 2:16-18
•Messiah's would be prepared by a messenger. Isaiah 40:3-5, Luke 3:3-6
•Messiah would be rejected by his own people. Psalm 69:8, Isaiah 53:3, John 1:11, John 7:5
•Messiah would be a prophet. Deuteronomy 18:15, Acts 3:20-22
•Messiah would be preceded by the voice of Elijah. Malachi 4:5-6, Matthew 11:13-14
•Messiah would be declared the Son of God. Psalm 2:7, Matthew 3:16-17
•Messiah would be called a Nazarene. Isaiah 11:1, Matthew 2:23
•Messiah would bring light to Galilee. Isaiah 9:1-2, Matthew 4:13-16
•Messiah would speak in parables. Psalm 78:2-4, Isaiah 6:9-10, Matthew 13:10-15, Matthew 13:34-35
•Messiah would be sent to heal the brokenhearted. Isaiah 61:1-2, Luke 4:18-19
•Messiah would be a priest after the order of Melchizedek. Psalms 110:4, Hebrews 5:5-6
•Messiah would be called King. Psalm 2:6, Zechariah 9:9, Matthew 27:37, Mark 11:7-11
•Messiah would be praised by little children. Psalm 8:2, Matthew 21:16
•Messiah would be betrayed. Psalm 41:9, Zechariah 11:12-13, Luke 22:47-48, Matthew 26:14-16
•Messiah's price money would be used to buy a potter's field. Zechariah 11:12-13, Matthew 27:9-10
•Messiah would be falsely accused. Psalm 35:11, Mark 14:57-58
•Messiah would be silent before his accusers. Isaiah 53:7, Mark 15:4-5
•Messiah would be spat upon and struck. Isaiah 50:6, Matthew 26:67
•Messiah would be hated without cause. Psalm 35:19, Psalm 69:4, John 15:24-25
•Messiah would be crucified with criminals. Isaiah 53:12, Matthew 27:38, Mark 15:27-28
•Messiah would be given vinegar to drink. Psalm 69:21, Matthew 27:34, John 19:28-30
•Messiah's hands and feet would be pierced. Psalm 22:16, Zechariah 12:10, John 20:25-27
•Messiah would be mocked and ridiculed. Psalm 22:7-8, Luke 23:35
•Messiah's garments would be gambled for. Psalm 22:18, Luke 23:34, Matthew 27:35-36
•Messiah's bones would not be broken. Exodus 12:46, Psalm 34:20, John 19:33-36
•Messiah would be the atonement for sin. Isaiah 53:5-12, Romans 5:6-8 •Messiah would pray for his enemies. Psalm 109:4, Luke 23:34
•Messiah's side would be pierced. Zechariah 12:10, John 19:34
•Messiah would be buried with the rich. Isaiah 53:9, Matthew 27:57-60
•Messiah would be resurrected from the grave. Psalm 16:10, Psalm 49:15, Matthew 28:2-7, Acts 2:22-32
•Messiah would ascend. Psalm 24:7-10, Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51
•Messiah would be seated at God's right hand. Psalm 68:18, Psalm 110:1, Mark 16:19, Matthew 22:44
Let's look again at the words the Gospel writer we call John gives to us on this:
"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 through Him. Without Him was not anything made that has been made. John 1:1-3
Yeshua as the Word of God is almost incomprehensible for many, but John 10:30 tells us Yeshua said "I and The Father are One."

His omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence are beyond our understanding, but perhaps we can gain some insight into His presence through His creation and our understanding of the laws of physics. To better understand how Yeshua existed bodily on Earth as the son of God, we might consider a perspective on the nature of the first law of thermodynamics. In no way does this give a full explanation, but it might help some better grasp the concept because after all, God created the first law of thermodynamics as an expression of conservation of energy, which simply shows us that light or energy can be transformed (changed from one form to another).

In a similar way, Einstein expressed his perspective as the formula: E=mc2.

The first law of thermodynamics mandates conservation of energy, and states in particular that "heat" is a form of energy. Heat? Hopefully this reminds you of the "fire", the smoking furnace that walked among the sacrifices of Abraham or the fire within the burning bush that Moses witnessed; the fiery cloud of glory that led Israel in the wilderness the fire atop Mount Sinai or the tongues of anointing fire of the Spirit of God that came upon the disciples in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost/Shavuot almost 2,000 years ago.

The one thing that we should can know is that physics shows that all energy originates from God:
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep. God’s Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters." Genesis 1:1-2
John is describing Yeshua as the Creator who made the heavens and the earth.

"He is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Hebrews 13:8

Yeshua (Jesus) is God in living visible flesh, He is the word of the invisible Spirit of God YHVH. Yeshua is the image of God that was lost by Adam in sin's corruption. The birth of Yeshua was a divine event connecting Heaven and Earth. He had no earthly Father and there are many people that deny this, perhaps because they cannot understand it, but they have no witness to counter the testimony of the Gospel foretold by the Prophets. The witness of their testimony is irrefutable. Yeshua was not conceived by a man but by the Heavenly Spirit of God, so He was not born of the image of Adam but of God.

Adam and Eve broke God's divine instruction, they sinned and every person has been born in the fallen image of Adam (mankind). That is why they were driven out of Eden. Adam was made in the image of God and God breathed His Spirit into him, but he sinned and mankind was no longer born in the perfect glory image of God, but of Adam. That is the problem with sin and the entropy it brought into the world, but God provides Himself as the solution in Yeshua. He gives us the grace to be “born again” in the Spirit of God which can restore us to the Spirit of God.

This is the prophetic word that Paul taught about from Scripture:
"For since by a man [Adam] came death, by a man [Yeshua of Nazareth] also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Messiah all will be made alive." 1Corinthians 15:21–22
Paul goes further to tell the Corinthians of the parallel of Adam and Yeshua and the mystery of the miracle of restoration of our image to God in the quickening of resurrection which is the fulfillment of renewed life. Paul's teaching is not about some secret, anytime, hide away rapture to avoid tribulation as many teach. Romans 6:5 shows that resurrection of the Believer is about a coming restoration to the incorruptible likeness and image of Yeshua. Acts 24:15 shows us this will be after judgment because "there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust." Paul explains it this way:
"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit. Howbeit that [was] not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man [is] of the earth, earthy: the second man [is] the Lord from heaven. As [is] the earthy, such [are] they also that are earthy: and as [is] the heavenly, such [are] they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." 1 Corinthians 15:45–49
The mystery of the Bible tells us that we are all born first in the fallen image of Adam, earthy and corrupt by sin's nature. But when the Believer and follower of Yeshua is “born again” in resurrection, we will be reborn and restored in Yeshua's likeness. He is the "One" who is from Heaven. In salvation we are restored to the image of God, redeemed and atoned by Yeshua and saved from corruption.

Who is The One Called Jesus?

Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) is the "One". Yeshua is the "I AM" that spoke and walked with Adam, Yeshua is the "I AM" that gave the ship's design to Noah before judgment, Yeshua is the "I AM" that gave His covenant promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Yeshua is the great "I AM" that wrestled with Jacob and spoke to Moses. Yeshua is the angel, the messenger, the voice of God on Earth and rest assured that He will speak to you if you will hear, listen and believe the testimony of His Word:
"Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM." John 8:58
The promises first given to Abraham are for you too:
"The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let [him] go." Acts 3:13
Yeshua יְשׁוּעָ is the firstborn of all creation and He became Yeshua (Salvation). This is the meaning of the prophetic testimony of Isaiah:
"Behold, God is my salvation [yĕshuw`ah] I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation [yĕshuw`ah]." Isaiah 12:2
God's Spirit can be known mankind as the invisible Father and Creator, but He was heard as the One walking in Eden, seen in the fire of the burning bush and the fire on the mountain, heard as a thundering voice, seen as a pillar of smoke and fire in the wilderness. The "One" of God is the "One" on the cross... He exists as the anointed presence of God. He did not have to cease being of the eternal Creator, the Torah giver or the one that spoke to the prophets in order to become the the Messiah of Israel, the Redeemer of of His children. God calls Israel and all nations of people to Himself.
"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 any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men." John 1:1-4
Paul explained this to the Colossians too:
"For this cause, we also, since the day we heard this, don’t cease praying and making requests for you, that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, that you may walk worthily of the Lord, to please him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory, for all endurance and perseverance with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love; in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins; who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in the heavens and on the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things are held together. He is the head of the body, the assembly, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For all the fullness was pleased to dwell in him; and through him to reconcile all things to himself, by him, whether things on the earth, or things in the heavens, having made peace through the blood of His cross." Colossians 1:9-20
The book of Acts gives the same testimony:
"God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshiped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us" Acts 17:24-27
There is more testimony that Jesus is "the image of the invisible God..." Yeshua is the earthly manifest Son of the invisible, heavenly YHVH who is light (see 1John 1:5). For more on this light consider the study The Spectrum of Light.

Paul told the Galatians another great mystery of Scripture when he wrote:
"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Messiah." Galatians 3:16
Proverbs 30:4 wraps it all for us with a question:
"Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?"
You can know that the covenant promise of "the seed" that God YHVH gave Abraham is not only for Abraham's direct descendants, the 12 tribes including Judah and his 11 brothers but all mankind and for Messiah as well. Let's look at this:
"In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates" Genesis 15:18
This is exactly why Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) told the Pharisees:
"Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad"...I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I am!" John 8:58
He wanted them to understand that He was indeed “The One” that spoke to Abraham and to Moses as the great I Am of the burning bush. They did but they rejected His word, so they picked up stones to stone him.

We need to behold the faith of Abraham and believe in the seed promised to him, which is Yeshua the Messiah. When we do, we become a part of the covenant promise given to Abraham and are grafted into the family name of the Children of God - Israel. Because when you believe in Messiah as God you're grafted into the promises given Abraham, the promise given to Isaac and to Jacob [ who God renamed Israel]. Paul taught the Galatians this:
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Messiah Yeshua. And if ye [be] Messiah's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:28-29
To begin to comprehend who is the One called Jesus, you must know that He (Yeshua) was the giver of God's teaching and instruction - the Torah, because He literally lived out the Torah, the "message and will" of God in the flesh! We get to do the same because we love Him. Faith is greater than belief which is why we are told:
"Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven." Matthew 7:21
I repeat again, our Creator made His covenant with Abraham so that you too can be a promised descendant, of faith. We are all lost but Yeshua came to find the lost sheep of Israel and other sheep to adopt them into the family of God. You too are given the promise of Abraham when you believe and follow the One, who is Yeshua. He is the one who came from the invisible One to become the visible One. He is the Messiah, the anointed one who gave His life blood so that He could provide redemption for sin and remarry His adulterous bride, to keep covenant with Abraham.

It is well worth repeating. God appeared and gave instruction to Adam in the garden, He made covenant from the fire to Abraham as He walked between the 12 sacrificial pieces, He spoke from the burning bush to Moses, He descended on Mount Sinai and His voice thundered from the fire to all Israel and their companions. Messiah Yeshua came humbly as a man and He walked teaching, preaching, living out and fulfilling the life of God's Torah in Spirit and in deed. He was accused of blasphemy and willingly died on the cross, offering His life to break the curse of death commanded to Adam and Eve and He now lives as King of all His creation at the right hand (authority) of God. Soon He will return into this physical and visible realm of the Universe with commanding, awesome judgment and glory. He will return for His bride in Jerusalem, the place of God's name.

A brother in Messiah from Israel shared this with me about Messiah's blood that was spilled on the dust of the earth at the cross:
"To understand what His blood does for us we need to know as His children we have been created out of the side of Messiah Yeshua and are 'bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh.' When His blood and water hit the ground at the cross 2,000 years ago it symbolically pictured His life going into man (His symbolic bride), who is made of the dusk of the Earth."

“But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.” (John 19:34 NKJV)

“And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept, and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called Woman because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:21-24)
Abraham's faith and the life blood covenant for the bride God calls Israel are yours as a gift of grace by taking by His eternal promise! The marriage contract of Sinai given in covenant remains today for you, it has not been done away with, it has not been hung on the cross! Messiah Yeshua does not change the covenant given to Israel, He fulfills it.

Paul knew this:
That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:14
He also writes:
I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, [of] the tribe of Benjamin. Romans 11:1
That's why Yeshua proclaimed these mighty words:
"If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full. John 15:10-11
The joy of Torah is that it is God's word. The Bible tells everyone that chooses by faith to be His saved people - that we are to follow His teaching and instruction for living. When we know Messiah, He gives us salvation and redemption by grace and mercy. As a response, we are to live in His grace and walk in His path and live in His Torah. It was Jesus who taught the Torah. Messiah's works are the reason prophecy was given to the Prophets. Yeshua is the son of God. It is for this very reason He calls the writings of Torah and the Prophets "My Commandments" (see John 14:15-21 and John 15:10).

His call to duty is to obey Torah principles because they are for all those who love Him, and abide in Him. This truth is reflected throughout all the Apostle's writings. How do we EVER dare think that "He hung His law on the cross" or that the Torah does not apply to us today? We cannot if we truly know just Who He is, but DO NOT think for a moment that anyone can ever be saved by works, by keeping and doing His commandments, His Torah.

The Law of Christ (Galatians 6:2) is the Torah without man's traditions when the Torah is correctly interpreted and taught by Yeshua. Regarding the law, how could something so wonderful could become flawed, especially in light of the fact that the One perfect God created it? What we must know, is that our Redemption from the curse of the law is given by Yeshua. He can free us from of the death penalty. The keys to Hades are His, they are the curse of sin given in Eden. This redemption is only by Yeshua's shed blood.

We must also take note that the Apostle Paul wrote of "ordinances" being blotted out at the cross. The first ordinance is the great curse, the death penalty. The second is the divorce decree declared by God against those that turn and reject Him. Paul writes:
"Messiah hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." Galatians 3:13-14

"And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; [And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." Colossians 2:13-15
Paul wrote to the Roman believers telling them he was an Israelite:
I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, [of] the tribe of Benjamin. Romans 11:1
Jeremiah declares God's divorce decree given in Deuteronomy:
And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also. Jeremiah 3:8
Deuteronomy tells us:
When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favor in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give [it] in her hand, and send her out of his house. Deuteronomy 24:1
Yet Jesus, the Messiah called Yeshua (whose name means Salvation) came for the lost, divorced sheep of Israel:
But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Matthew 15:24
When you understand and believe these words you will begin to understand the critical important mission of your Jewish Messiah as the shepherd of all Israel:
"But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel." Matthew 2:6
We have gone astray from these truths because we do not understand just "who" the lost sheep of Israel are in God's eyes:
My people hath been lost sheep... Jeremiah 50:6
The people God calls Israel, the people He calls His bride are the children of His promises.

That is why Paul teaches God's definition of Israel. He tells us something MUCH worth repeating again and again…
"If ye be in Messiah, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise." Galatians 3:29
Yeshua overcame the ordinance of divorce from God's presence. He did this through His death and resurrection. After all, God's word declares that a bride may not remarry as long as the husband is alive. (see Deuteronomy 24:1-4). So, the great mystery of the ordinance that was 'hung on the cross' along with the ordinance of death by sin is also the ordinance of divorce declared by God in Deuteronomy.

So, how did God restore himself to you, to me and to all the children of His promises? By Yeshua's death and resurrection:
And “Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise.” Galatians 4:28
Now is a good time to look back at Mount Sinai, at the people Israel AND their companions had been redeemed and saved out of Egypt BEFORE they heard the voice of God as He gave His instruction of righteous living called Torah. When the Israelites left Egypt at Passover their firstborn were redeemed and saved from the death by obedience to God's instruction. How? He told them to put the blood of the Passover Lamb on their door posts. From this example, we too must understand that our salvation is only from the Blood of the Lamb of God. When Yeshua said "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love" He was restating His words that were given at Sinai:
"And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments." Exodus 20:6
Through God's teaching, His Torah we can worship with Him just as Israel did in the wilderness. Yeshua is "the Rock" and Paul admonishes us to not be ignorant of this:
"Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Messiah." 1Corinthians 10:1
Today, as many are returning to Torah, I believe Yeshua is giving us the promised spirit of Elijah before His return as Malachi prophesied:
"Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, [with] the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." Malachi 4:4-6
The seed of Abraham is not just the people that are the descendants of Abraham, the seed is Messiah. Just as John said He is the word, The living Torah:
"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. John 1:1-2
We have all missed the mark. This began with Adam and Eve. Consider "physics" again and think of it this way, they invoked the penalty of sin - death, which is the final entropy of our "physical" life. In the same way, the second law of thermodynamics states that "the entropy of an isolated macroscopic system never decreases". So, because God said so, we physically must die, due to sin. In this way, we can consider that Adam by his disobedience to God's word, invoked entropy and the second law of thermodynamics - death into this physical world.

God provides salvation for all who choose Him. Don't remain ignorant of this truth, you too can be saved and be a part of the promise to "all Israel", those that are redeemed. And like Abraham, you can show your faith and love toward Him by following His ways, His paths, His Torah simply because you want to respond in love toward God and worship for Him:
"For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles {nations} be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this [is] my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. Romans 11:25-27
"All Israel" includes the nations of believers that so many today call “Gentiles”, they are those that come into the fullness of "all" Israel where there really is no religion. Why NO religion? Because religion is a tradition of mankind by its very definition. But don't believe me, check it out for yourself. Many religious traditions are man's way of interpreting God's ways as our "own way", but we must be careful to know the lesson of the golden calf - God has only one path, one way, His way, not man's.

Religion mixes the matters of our heart and spirit with our selfish opinions and attitudes. Be aware too, that there is no gate into the Kingdom that is labeled Jew, Christian, Muslim, Hinduist, Buddist or Catholic. Throughout Scripture, God warns us of mixing what He has created. I know that some theologians and many other believers may disagree with this, but in the end, if you reject Yeshua and His teaching, your argument and your debate is with the Holy One, with God and not me.

Yeshua יְשׁוּעָ means salvation, He is the anointed One, the Messiah and His Hebrew name literally means salvation. He did not come to Earth as a man to start a new religion, but to fulfill the required humble role of Messiah. As a humble Messiah John shows we are to be like Him with this admonition:
"Here is the patience {steadfast perseverance} of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Yeshua." Revelation 14:12
In this misunderstood verse, we have advice to at least two of the world's major "religions". Generally, the religion of Judaism believes in holding to the commandments to be accepted by God, but they reject Yeshua as Messiah while most in Christianity believe in Jesus, but reject many of the commandments of God, believing they have been abolished. Jesus said He was Lord of the Sabbath but many churches reject His Sabbath and His appointed Feast days despite His words:
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
The light of truth then is not found in man's religions, but it is in the word of God. The advice is to walk right behind Messiah - minus the false traditions and opinions of men. These words from the book of the Revelation of Yeshua יְשׁוּעָ tell us that in the end, we must keep the faith of Jesus-Yeshua AND the commandments of God. Man's tradition is not in the picture.

This is the narrow path that few find (see Matthew 7:14).

Jesus who is salvation (Yeshua יְשׁוּעָ), repeats the very same theme in Matthew:
"And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. Matthew 19:16-17
John recorded the vision of Revelation and he provided the same advice as a love we just can not ignore:
"Whosoever believeth that Yeshua is the Messiah is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." 1John 5:1-3
So let's take our eyes off religion and denominations, our eyes off of the religions and doctrines of man, and let's look to God's word as it is written to find the light of His truth:
"This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth" 1John 1:5-6
As we continue to explore the truth, we know that many believe that the people called "Israel" only equals those that consider themselves to be descendants of Judah or converts to Judaism. Well, I look at that as weak doctrine. Israel equals all those called out and saved by Messiah whether one is a part of the twelve tribes of Israel or whether one is a stranger or a foreigner with them! Israel has always included those grafted into the family tree (just see Leviticus 17:8 and Ephesians 2:12).

Once that forgiveness is sought by a repentant heart, God asks us to demonstrate our love for Him daily by living as He instructed us to do and showing others how to do the same with a humble spirit. There is only one definition, one simple way He gives us to do that and it is the only one that we are to do with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our might... yet He tells us His love burden is light:
"For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:30
"If ye love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15
Isn't it funny if we just think about it, many love God and many seek salvation in Messiah. And, we can do His commandments just as He did. They are a light yoke.

So why is His light yoke so hard today? By man's traditions we reschedule His Sabbath seventh day of rest to suit ourselves. We reject His admonition to eat healthy foods and we ignore His Holy, set apart appointed Feast Days wherein lie His calendar of salvation and restoration. Yet some that do observe the instruction to walk in His path, ignore the Spirit of His teaching to treat everyone with dignity and respect just as the Bible teaches.

We should remember, after speaking to God, Moses prophetically told "all Israel", including the sojourners and strangers that left Egypt with them that God's teaching and instruction was not just for those there in the wilderness but for those that were not present there:
"You stand this day all of you before YHVH your God; your heads, your tribes, your elders, and your officers, even all the men of Israel, your little ones, your wives, and your foreigner who is in the midst of your camps, from the one who cuts your wood to the one who draws your water; that you may enter into the covenant of YHVH your God, and into his oath, which YHVH your God makes with you this day; that he may establish you this day to himself for a people, and that he may be to you a God, as he spoke to you, and as he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath, but with him who stands here with us this day before YHVH our God, and also with him who is not here with us this day..." Deuteronomy 29:10-15
Those not there 3,500 years ago are us today, and thanks to God's promised blessing of restoration, there is a great revival of this understanding:
"I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself." Psalms 119:52
Incredibly, long before the New Testament ever existed, Paul instructed Timothy on how to be a man of God:
"All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." 2Timothy 3:16-17
The writer of Proverbs declared how we are to understand just we are to respond to who He is:
"He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; [yea], every good path. When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul" Proverbs 2:8-10 "Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil." Proverbs 3:7
When we understand He is the Torah giver we have wisdom and we have fear and awe of better understanding Him:
"Happy [is] the man [that] findeth wisdom, and the man [that] getteth understanding." Proverbs 3:13 "And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding." Job 28:28
Let's look at the King James Bible to see what "Jesus" told Satan:
"Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." Matthew 4:7
Consider this now and re-read it with a pair of Hebrew eyes:
"Yeshua said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt YHVH thy God." Matthew 4:7
Look what Jesus told His disciples:
"Jesus saith unto them, Come [and] dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord." John 21:12
The Greek New Testament uses the word "kyrios" in these verses. Strong's Lexicon defines "kyrios" as: "this title is given to: God, the Messiah". Can you grasp that? This title is given to God, the Messiah! This is not meant to be a play on words; so even the revered Strong's Lexicon declares just who He is. The book of Acts records the same for us:
"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Yeshua, whom ye have crucified, both YHVH and Messiah. Acts 2:36
We are to explain the same as to Who HE IS to those that want to know:
"Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give [instruction] to a wise [man], and he will be yet wiser: teach a just [man], and he will increase in learning. The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding. Proverbs 9:8-10
The Bible, the word of Almighty YHVH is His teaching and instruction, His Torah is wisdom, it is His Kingdom constitution, His charter for a people who are the children of God. It is likened by God to be a marriage covenant. So, the Bible is not really about religion, nor about a choice to follow Judaism or Christianity. The choice is about choosing by faith to trust and follow what has been written in Scripture as the literal decree of the King of the Universe.

It is our instruction manual for life in His Kingdom:
"The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. The fear of the LORD [is] the instruction of wisdom; and before honour [is] humility." Proverbs 15:31-33
Before Jew and Gentile can be united as one new man in Messiah's Kingdom, we must understand we are all are lost. There is none righteous, no not one. There are no outward privileges and physical advantages associated with being a Jew or a Gentile; all are sinners and are equally in need of our Savior, our Messiah Yeshua. Look at the genealogy of Yeshua and you can see both Jew and Gentile together in the family tree. Along with David, there is Rahab and even Ruth of Moab. Can we have any better proof that God wants the love of both Jew and Gentile?

Be a part of all Israel, be a son of Abraham:
"And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us." 1John 3:24
And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. Luke 19:9
You too can be counted among the saints:
"Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Yeshua. Revelation 14:12
If you love God, don't be mislead by those that say His Torah, His instruction that many call "the law" is not for you, if you are mislead you may not get to know Him as the One He really is. Get to know Him, don't get confused by the babble:
"By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked" 1 John 2:3-6
I heartily recommend that you read the book of 1John - all of it and all in one sitting just as all the apostles letters were meant to be read when they were written.

Now, if you say that you know you have been saved by Him, then declare this:
"Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the door posts of your house and on your gates" Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Do what is your honor to do, just as the humble Moses told us:
"Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the LORD’S commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?" Deuteronomy 10:12-13
John warned us about the babblers, those that say the Torah was “hung on the cross” or those that say "Torah does not apply to all":
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Yeshua Messiah has come in the flesh is of God." 1John 4:1-2
"This is He who came by water and blood--Yeshua Messiah; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one." 1John 5:6-8
The choice is yours... just as it was in the beginning for Adam and Eve...

You can choose to follow the words and teaching of The Creator, the don'ts and the do's, the Torah of the Torah keeper Yeshua that came in the flesh. You can choose to believe the "Older Testament" witness of Moses and the "Newer Testament" witness of John, or you can ignore the truth. I implore you, choose love for the God of Heaven and of Earth and keep His commandments, after all there is no Old and New Testament but the one word of the one unchanging God.

Yeshua, is the judge of the living and the dead. Let's look at Peter's words in Acts:
"And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God [to be] the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. Acts 10:42-43
And Paul's words to Timothy:
"Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." 2Timothy 4:8
When Messiah Yeshua, the unchanging Aleph Tav (Alpha & Omega) returns, He will return to judge mankind from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem as King. But He will continue as He did before teaching the paths of Torah. He will be teaching that have not changed> God Almighty told Micah this:
"And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law [Torah] shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make [them] afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken [it]. For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever. In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever." Micah 4:2-7
God never planned a "half-time" for His instruction. He never intended a blank page to be there in His word.

If you have opened a Bible you already know He begins His book with His Torah. He did not change and put in a delay of game, He did not postpone the validity of our responsibility to follow Him in His paths of instruction only to reinstate it again when He returns. Yes, just as He saved His people Israel at the Red Sea by grace and mercy before they received His word at Mount Sinai, we too can be saved by grace and mercy but that does not abrogate our accountability to walk in the instruction of our creator Yeshua, to walk in His ways and paths. This is the heart of the message that James gives us:
James 2:20-26 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent [them] out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Do you see the theme that Scripture teaches us?

Israel was redeemed from slavery and death in Egypt, they were saved THEN they received His instructions from the fiery mountain. YHVH came into this earth in visible form as Messiah Yeshua, the Son of man some 2,000 years ago and provided He redemption to those that would know Him past and present. He will soon return to His mountain in Jerusalem, the place of His name and continue teaching His word, His Torah to all mankind.
"The saying is faithful and worthy of all acceptance, that Messiah Yeshua came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. However, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first, Yeshua Messiah might display all his patience, for an example of those who were going to believe in Him for eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen." 1Timothy 1:15-17
If you believe Yeshua was in the beginning, if you believe He is "the word", then you must open your eyes and know that His word is... The Torah. It is God's instruction for mankind, for all Israel and for their companions. How could He have ever done away with it?

When He returns, Yeshua will judge all mankind as a warrior, He will be King and He will ask everyone to fellowship in His appointed Feast Days just as the Torah instructs. Zechariah declares:
"And the LORD [YHVH] shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD [YHVH], and his name one." Zechariah 14:9

"And it shall come to pass, [that] every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, [YHVH] Lord of hosts [armies], and to keep the feast of tabernacles. And it shall be, [that] who so will not come up of [all] the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD [YHVH] of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain." Zechariah 14:16-17
Yeshua was crucified on Passover, buried on Unleavened Bread, resurrected on First Fruits and God sent the Holy Spirit on Shavu'ot [Pentecost]. He will return at a future Feast of Trumpets and the Judgment of Yom Kippur will follow 10 days later. Messiah King Yeshua will return to establish and restore the Kingdom as we can see by the Holy week of Sukkot when the Lord again dwells among His people.

As disciples of Messiah, we must learn and observe God's Holy Days. These set apart times should be observed in the life of a believer in Messiah Yeshua, Jew and non-Jew, to share in God's Holy Times and to live as Yeshua lived.

John confirms His return:
"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes [were] as a flame of fire, and on his head [were] many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies [which were] in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on [his] vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." Revelation 19:11-16
Isaiah explains the second but greater exodus from all the earth:
"And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. Isaiah 11:10-12
We can know that the Hebrew word for salvation is Yeshua and we can know that Jesus' Hebrew name is Yeshua, so we can clearly see what Isaiah boldly tells us Who is the one we call Yeshua...
"Behold, God [is] my Yeshua; I will trust, and not be afraid: for Yah YHVH [is] my strength and [my] song; he also is become my Yeshua [salvation]." Isaiah 12:2
This trust, this faith is not a religion, it does not carry a "brand" in God's Word. Faith is trust, it is believing and obedience in God's teaching and the instruction of King Messiah who gave us His constitution for Kingdom living.

His statement is:
"You say rightly that I am a king." John 18:37
King Messiah Yeshua did not come to establish a religion; He came to announce His Kingdom on earth. He is the King of the kings in the earth whose authority is imparted to His people to govern, but government requires wisdom - His Torah which is the Word that proceeds from the mouth of God. It's critical to recognize He is "The One" that spoke the Hebrew words of Torah to Moses. That's why He said:
"It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’" Matthew 4:4
We need to see understand the strength and power in this statement. The words that He gave were a repeat of what Moses knew, they are found in Deuteronomy 8:3:
"So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of YHVH."
Yeshua is the One that everyone needs to live. He is the Word of God. He will provide all of our needs, we just need to follow Him completely. Can we really live by every word that proceeds from God’s mouth if we believe for a moment that His Torah is done away with?

When times get tough and tougher we will need "patience", we will need to lean on God’s strength, His unchanging word - not man's opinions of them whether religion or tradition. The Greek word “kai” καί is translated as: “and” in Revelation 14:2. But did they (the translators) perhaps just miss something important in the complete 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 (Jesus).”

Indeed we are to keep the commandments of God and the faith of Yeshua, but what does this mean? Let's look:
1. He established and observed the Law of God. In fact, He did so perfectly and commanded us to follow Him and do the same.
2. He taught the Law of God. In fact, He makes the law even more binding by teaching us the spirit of the Law beyond the written word.
3. He called those that add to or subtract from the law broods of vipers.
4. He told people who are without the law to get away from him, that He does not know them.
5. He teaches if you keep the whole law of God and teach it, you will be great in the Kingdom of Heaven, and if you remove any part of it and teach that you will be least.
6. He kept the Sabbath, taught on the Sabbath, and tells us the Sabbath was made for the benefit of man.
7. He eat only clean things (food) and never ordained unclean animals (not food).
8. He came to “fill up with meaning” or “fully preach” (plerroo) the law and prophets, never to abolish it or end any part of it.
9. He is angered by people that add to the law, and that do not DO what the law says. He is also angered by those who do God’s Law, not to love God, but to elevate themselves.
10. He kept and observed all God’s Feast days. In fact He lives them out.
11. He taught people that faith is evidenced by DOING and to keep the commandments but He never came to start a religion.
12. He always preached and spoke with authority from the law (Torah), the teaching and instruction of God.
In fact, He used the law (Torah) to reprimand the liar Satan:
And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. Matthew 4:9-11

When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. And, behold, there came a leper and worshiped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Matthew 8:1-3
Yeshua was worshiped and the leprous body of the sick man received life.
And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshiped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret. Matthew 14:32-34

And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen. Luke 24: 51-53
Yeshua never stopped anyone from worshiping Him because He is the Son of YHVH in the unleavened body of the Son of Man.
"Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this [is] known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great [is] the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee. Isaiah 12:3-6
Thomas certainly understood the truth. Believe me, He was no doubter!
And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Master and my God!” John 20:28
Receive Him as Who He is into your mind, heart and soul today. Speak to him, repent and ask that your redemption be given through your faith and knowledge of him as God. He became unclean for you, he has borne your sin so that you may be clean, be forgiven. Speak to him so he can hear your murmurings!
And Moses spoke to Aaron, Say to all the congregation of the people of Israel, Come near before YHVH; for he has heard your murmurings. Exodus 16:9
Unlike the burnt sacrifice of a lamb or heifer, The Messiah lives as the First Fruits of eternal life. He has victory over death through his resurrection and He is The High Priest in the order of Melchizedek:
YHVH has sworn and will not relent, "You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Psalm 110:4
When we understand His accomplishment and offering for us we can understand the Gospel, the glad tidings of salvation and His return as Messiah King.

This Gospel is the declaration of the grace that YHVH (Elohim) provided for us by the redemptive, atoning offering of Yeshua, our Messiah and He will be the returning King. The Scriptures point to the plan of redemption through the suffering of Messiah and the return of King Messiah. He proves his words from beginning to end by His actions, His death, His resurrection, to give them beauty for ashes. In the beginning of Scripture, in Deuteronomy, we see the promise of His gift of eternal life:
For YHVH shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that [their] power is gone, and [there is] none shut up, or left. Deuteronomy 32:36
For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever. Deuteronomy 32:40
And in Isaiah:
He will swallow up death forever, and YHVH ELOHIM will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people he will take away from all the earth; for YHVH has spoken. Isaiah 25:8 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and YHVH hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6
Also in Isaiah, we see the prophecy of “His” appointment to preach the glad tidings of the gospel in the year of the Jubilee, to preach the acceptable year of YHVH (Jubilee – release from captivity) as foretold by Moses in Leviticus. Be sure to note the word “me” יתא in Isaiah which is comprised of the three letters Aleph Tav and Yod. Interestingly, the letter Yod, the first letter of the name of God, means “worship”:
And you shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all the inhabitants of it; it shall be a jubilee to you; and you shall return every man to his possession, and you shall return every man to his family. Leviticus 25:10

Then the priest shall reckon to him the worth of the estimation, to the year of the jubilee; and he shall give the estimation in that day, as a holy thing to YHVH. Leviticus 27:23
The Spirit of YHVH Elohim [is] upon me; because YHVH hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent (me) יתא to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of YHVH, and the day of vengeance of our Elohim; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of YHVH, that he might be glorified. Isaiah 61:1-3
Yeshua-Jesus meets the qualification of Messiah in the heritage line of King David according to 2Samuel 7:12-16. His family tree is recorded in Matthew 1:1-16. He was born in Bethlehem meeting the requirement of Micah 5:2. This is recorded in Matthew 2:1-10. He fulfilled the words of Isaiah and we find the story in Luke:
And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of YHVH [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of YHVH. And he closed the book, and he gave [it] again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. Luke 4:17-21
Despite the hope of the Jewish people for a Messiah other than Yeshua, without the books of the nations one could never prove his lineage. Indeed, no one of the tribe of Judah could ever produce the required record recorded by the prophets.

But that is not a problem for the one we call Jesus.
I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live. John 11:25

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. John 5:24
There is One God, One Torah, One Savior, One Faith, One Redemption, One Grace, One Baptism of the Spirit for all. There is one possible Messiah. You see, the Messiah must prove the heritage and family line of David as declared by the Prophets. Yet all the lineage and tribal birth records of Israel were destroyed by fire in 70 AD when the Temple and Jerusalem were destroyed the Legions of Titus.

He is the "One" written of in the Hebrew Scriptures and the one of the commentary of those Scriptures that we call the New Testament. He is Yeshua the One and the same. His words, His instruction, His principles and the promises given to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Isaiah as the word - the prophet, the messenger of YHVH. They are the same teachings given to the twelve disciples. Think about it... if Jesus is the Word of God and if He is the same yesterday, today and forever, then how can we say that the Word of God ever changed? Jesus - Yeshua is the Word of God and He does not do away with any of the word of God because God does not change.

Many have been taught other things, they have been taught the precepts of men, that the Torah is for the Jews and that there is only grace for the Joes. But God says to all Israel, but Jew and Gentile:
O' Israel, return unto YHVH your Elohim; for you have fallen by your iniquity. Take with you words, and return unto YHVH: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and accept us graciously... Hosea 14:1-2
Paul tells us:
But we speak the wisdom of Elohim in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which Elohim ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known [it], they would not have crucified YHVH יהוה of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which Elohim hath prepared for them that love him. But Elohim hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of Elohim. 1Corinthians 2:7-10
Now hear His words and say to Him: Take away all iniquity, and accept us graciously: so will we render the offerings of our lips.

I believe that Jesus tells us:
"I am the Aleph Tav, the beginning and the ending, saith YHVH, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:8
What do I consider the Great name YHVH יהוה Yahweh? Because for one, Jeremiah was told by יהוה Yahweh the name of Messiah. Yahweh is the Name God bestowed on Jesus; Yahweh is the Name that is above every name; and Yahweh is the righteous Name to which every knee will bow when He returns:
Behold, the days come, saith YHVH יהוה, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, YHVH Our Righteousness צדקנו יהוה and on that name I trust. Jeremiah 23:5-6
Pauls warns us:
"Be careful that you don’t let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Messiah. For in him all the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily, and in him you are made full, who is the head of all principality and power" Colossians 2:8-10
When we realize just who Jesus is, when we know He is יהוה we recognize that there is no separation of an Old Testament vs. New Testament, there is no old covenant done away with by a new covenant. When we realize who He IS we come to the full realization that there is One eternal, unchanging God for all men, there is one eternal, unchanging way of living for all men and there is one eternal unchanging word for all.

There is no distinction for Jew or Gentile or for that matter any other. If you want to be a part of the remnant of the followers of Yeshua, walk and follow Him everywhere He goes, and never forget He walked down the path of instruction in His Torah if you want to draw near to Him because there is no distinction for Yeshua who was, is and will be Almighty YHVH יהוה who became flesh as a man for our redemption.

So, let go of the old religious theologies - never again allow any lawless "shepherd", no matter how much you may like or admire his pulpit sermon to convince you to walk outside of God's light. Living in darkness, even if just partially will eventually lead to death. We all need bright light to survive. Just imagine how long you would live if you drove your car at twilight or in the black of night without the headlights on. So don't forbid yourself from walking in His Torah light that is right there in your Bible to lead you through the darkness away from confusion - out of "Egypt".

The Bible is called the Word of God for a reason, so learn and guard His commands so that you can do what is pleasing to The Lord God your creator, redeemer, savior and King:
"And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to fight with the remnant of her seed, those guarding the commands of God and possessing the witness of Yeshua יהושע Messiah." Revelation 12:17
If you truly ask yourself: What Would Jesus Do (WWJD)? Then you must also ask yourself this about your Savior: What Did Yeshua Do (WDYD)?

In Isaiah 43:11, Yahweh said, “I, even I, am Yahweh, and there is no savior besides Me.”

What does this all mean?

For me, I have come to see how truly "different" I am from Yeshua. Over the past few years He has allowed me to glimpse the portions of what my earthly heart has in it that must be confessed including:
• impatience
• bitterness
• anger
• envy
• jealousy
• pride
I desperately need the One who is called Jesus - Messiah Yeshua - He is Yahweh.

Perhaps you too might see it is now time for you to repent and return to God's covenant, return to hear His voice and do His word to 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. Do it now!

And follow His Spirit filled path of light and stay on it, all of it. Don't stay off in the shadows of darkness. Surely, Yeshua יְשׁוּעָ whose nickname is Jesus must have chosen to rise from the grave while in darkness to show He is the light of the world.
“Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” 1John 3:2
He is coming. Believe in Him. Confess and ask Him into your life now!

To learn more about His story, consider the account of Luke about the One called Jesus in this awesome video presentation...

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