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YHWH whom we know to have been manifested in the Person of Yahushua the Messiah according to the scripture is true Elohim. It is our first and primary goal to love and serve Him.

We can love and serve Him a number of ways. We look to the scripture to understand how we can accomplish this goal. Striving to accomplish this goal aligns us with the universe. We are fulfilling our purpose. Consider these verses…

I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ And to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring My sons from afar And My daughters from the ends of the earth,

Everyone who is called by My Name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.

Isaiah 43:6-7

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through Him and for Him.

Colossians 1:16

We are created for Elohim’s Glory. We are created through Him and for Him. When we serve our King we are in sync with our ultimate purpose. This isn’t to say He doesn’t enjoy taking care of His children, or making us happy. If even evil men treat their kids good (in some cases) how much more will our perfect Heavenly Father treat us?

Let’s face it we are created for Him but there is nothing we can really do for Him.

What can a man give to Elohim, who is the source of all good gifts? The scripture quotes Elohim, and He tells us what we can do.

For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat.
I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink.
I was a stranger, and you invited Me in.
Naked, and you clothed Me.
I was sick, and you visited Me.
I was in prison, and you came to Me.

Then the righteous will answer Him Master, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?

And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?

When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

The King will answer and say to them,

Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.

Matthew 25:35-40

So the answer is to help the poor, and have mercy on those less fortunate than us. Our goal is to ease the burden of the poor. Also to do what we can to make life better for our fellow man in general.

And He said to him, You shall love YHWH your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.

This is the great and foremost commandment.

The second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 22:37-39

Stemming from a love for our Elohim YHWH we have a desire to follow His commandments. We desire this because we want to express our love for The Creator. We have discovered by study of the scripture that to exhibit our love for Him we are to follow His commandments.

If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

John 14:15

Spread the message of the bible to anyone who will hear and come to believe upon their Creator and have a desire to serve Him in these times. This includes a desire also to serve and love our fellow Christian brothers and sisters of course.

So when they had finished breakfast, Yahushua said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Master; You know that I love You.”

He said to him, “Tend My lambs.”

He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Master; You know that I love You.”

He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.”

He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”

Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”

And he said to Him, “Master, You know all things; You know that I love You.”

Yahushua said to him, “Tend My sheep.”

John 21:15-17

We should steady educate ourselves and gain enlightenment to be further equipped to serve YHWH and humanity. In order for one to gain true understanding and wisdom one must have fear of YHWH. This is the beginning of wisdom.

The fear of YHWH is the beginning of wisdom. A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.

Psalms 111:10

The fear of YHWH is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 9:10

The Spirit of YHWH will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of YHWH.

Isaiah 11:2

The first step to fearing Elohim is to know that he exists. Our faith is not in whether or not He exists. His existence is our reality. Our faith is based on the belief that YHWH makes good on His Word, and will fulfill all the promises He has made. With wisdom we are able to demonstrate and prove His existence using arts such as science and history.

But sanctify Messiah as Master in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.

1 Peter 3:15

With wisdom and an understanding of the universe we can help gather the remaining flock who have yet come to believe. Our fourth goal’s purpose to educate and gain wisdom is to take the advice given in 1 Peter 3:15, and help convert non believing hearts to their Creator.

What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?

When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’

I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?

When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’

In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of Elohim over one sinner who repents.

Luke 15:4-10

To help gather in the lost sheep is to bring joy to Elohim our Father and to heaven.

And He said, A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ So he divided his wealth between them.

And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living.

Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished.

So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him.

But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger!

I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”‘

So he got up and came to his father.

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

But the father said to his servants, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;

for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.

Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things could be.

And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.’

But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him.

But he answered and said to his father, ‘Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours;

and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends; but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.’

And he said to him, ‘Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours.

But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.’

Luke 15:11-32

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The Sovereignty of YHWH Defying Time and Circumstance

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“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Master, “who is and who was and who is to come, the *Almighty.”

– Revelation 1:8

*Almighty: (Greek) “pantokrator” – all-ruling, universally sovereign, omnipotent

For unbelievers, the sovereignty of our Creator is a major point of contention which separates them from acceptance of Him.

It is difficult for the mind which is focused temporally to make sense of a world of suffering if there be any such Being Who is without limit of power.

It is equally difficult for them to feel justice is done on individuals if all have a foreordained fate.

Though believers are less likely to dispute His sovereignty, some of the same questions exist for them.

Is there predestination for each individual in their salvation or lack of it, and if so, how can our own choices matter?

If it is all a matter of choice, where then, is the sovereignty of YHWH?

Scripture can not be said to support anything falling short of the absolute omnipotence of YHWH.

If any created being had an ability to effectively oppose His will, He would be less than omnipotent, and so, less than Elohim.

I say “effectively” oppose His will because many creatures have opposed Him, but ultimately none of this opposition will be to any effect, the only ultimate desired effect of opposing Him being usurping His complete authority over all creation.

This being true, not a single sin any of us can commit will change the universal outcome which YHWH has already ordained.

All that remains in question for us, who have not seen the end from the beginning, is the outcome for each individual.

Knowing all things, it is often asked why He has allowed such evil and suffering.

Evil and suffering had their conception in Satan, and so the question truly is, why did He create this being whom He foreknew as the source of all sin?

It must be realized that it is impossible to understand the answer to this question within the chronologically-based creature mind set.

YHWH is not a chronologically based being.

He is waiting for nothing future, He has no need to recall the past nor treat this moment or the next as if it is passing and will be soon gone.

He exists outside of time and existed when time did not.

He was and is not only capable of knowing all future outcomes, He was and is capable of knowing all possible outcomes.

The mind of Elohim brings into being all reality.

Unlike us, limited beings, who imagine what is not, and whose imaginings have no power to make what is not into what is, His thoughts form the foundation for all things real and true, including each of our existences.

It is then, not characteristic of the mind of YHWH to think that which is not, and so to foreknow or think on all possible outcomes is not a work of imagination for Him, but a view into all reality.

Knowing the result of a being existing that would fall and tempt all creation is not different from those things being absolutely real.

Could He have still chosen not to create Satan?

Yes, He could have, but that unmanifested reality of the being He would never form would be no less true.

All those who would fall to Satan’s temptation if he were formed would still be those who have in them that capacity to oppose YHWH, whether or not there existed any trigger to set in motion their transgression.

Each sinner’s transgression would thus still exist in the sovereign understanding of One who knew all outcomes.

The difference only would be that no redeemer would be supplied to eradicate sin from the reality which was not manifest.

To the chronological mind, it is hard to make sense of being held to the penalty of sin which we would never have an opportunity to carry out, and for good reason.

YHWH would not offend His justice by imposing the penalty of crimes committed within a reality He never initiated, but that same sense of justice could also not allow Him to ignore the truth of His knowledge of those crimes either.

The only way to deliver both justice and mercy was to allow the outcome of Satan’s creation to unfold as they would.

Each sentient creature He created, whether man or angel, would have to be placed within the testing grounds of a fallen creation, so to act out their will of loyalty or transgression, of life or death, and receive in themselves the due rewards of what they did.

YHWH has allowed this creation to become ensnared in sequential time in order that all may choose their sides. When the day of His judgment arrives, no one will be able to either accuse Him of injustice, nor of being unmerciful.

He knew all possible outcomes and no unrepentant sinner would have been anything other than that in the end of manifested reality.

Though there are many possible paths through time, there is only one possible judgment which will occur after such sequential time has been ended.

At this judgment, none of us will not know the reality of all we have done, whether within the space of chronological time we now know and have memory of, or not.

We will not fool ourselves about our intentions or our loyalties, we will not have the ability to delude ourselves over what we believe or do not. We will be given clear sight to understand our own actions, and His.

The result of YHWH giving place to this war between His will and the enemy’s to occur, will be that each of us who have turned our hearts towards Him will be, of an absolute certainty, wholly clean and purged of all transgression.

Truly sealed with His name, as Yahushua said “My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life and they shall never perish. Neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” – John 10:27-29

There will be, of truth, no circumstance or possibility left in all the universe which is able to separate us from Him by sin.

His people are named the “called and chosen, Predestined and foreknown” in scripture.

What, then, do our choices have to do with it?

Each individual who will choose sin and death and opposition to His will, just as a lesser version of Satan himself, was understood by YHWH to be needful to exist to the end that all sin might cease in every possible reality which could be initiated by Him.

Satan is judged according to the propagation of the sin he conceived. He is liable for each individual he has tempted and deceived. Satan receives the full recompense for what he is by the existence of those whom he will take down.

Sin is used to punish sin, and so not one thing is left as effectual to the enemy’s goals, but all things work together for the good of those who love YHWH.

We will all make our choices, which we will make freely, but each of those choices were inscribed on the stone tablet of reality before any of us came into being.

These choices were foreknown, not forced upon us.

We will not ultimately change anything which has been foreknown, and yet as we continue to make our choices, we align ourselves with the blessing of YHWH, or the curse of opposition against Him.

If we will do right, we have done right.

When the end of time itself comes and sin and those aligned with it are cast from His presence and the presence of the redeemed, a new creation will be come to be.

We will no longer exist within a temporal battleground, and not only will there be an ultimately pure and perfect creation, but all things which were, which might have been and which could be will have been dealt with, and laid aside forever.

Then What Is will not simply be free of sin, but free of the possibility of sin eternally.

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold! I make all things new.”

And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.

I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.

He who overcomes shall inherit all things and I will be his ‘Eloah and he shall be My son.”

– Revelation 21:5-7

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Reference Index for Biblical and Hebrew Terms

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I realize how confusing it can be to keep track of a large quantity of strange or unfamiliar terms, names and titles which often get used here. I’ve provided this reference source with definitions for an easy way to look up these terms when they are encountered.

I’ve tried to make it as thorough as possible but I will continually add to it if more should come to mind, or anyone inquires on something not listed here.

angel –

Term specifically referring to the messenger class of spiritual, heavenly beings created prior to humanity. Used in a modern context to refer generally to all classes of spiritual, heavenly beings.

cherub –

Class of spiritual beings having four distinct forms – humanoid, lion, eagle, ox. (plural: cherubim) Hebrew: keruwb.

chimera –

A term derived from Greek to describe any transgenic creature. Word originally applied to a particular transgenic which was part goat, part lion and part snake according to Greek mythology. Chimeras are termed “monsters” in apocryphal literature, referring to creatures derived from the genetic components of spiritual beings and animals.

demon –

Specifically a term referring to the wandering, earth-bound spirits of dead nephilim capable of oppressing, possessing and influencing living people. Generally used in a modern context to refer to any disincarnate malicious spirit.

giants –

The hybrid children of watchers and human women which were of immense stature.

gibbowr –

Hebrew word used often to describe descendants of various nephilim, literally meaning “powerful, warrior, tyrant, giant or mighty man.”

iyr –

Hebrew word for “watcher” meaning literally “wakeful or watchful one, one who watches.”

malak –

Hebrew word for angel, literally meaning “messenger”. (plural: malakim)

nachash –

Hebrew word for “serpent”, literally meaning “serpent, enchanter, or whisperer.”

nephil –

A person of human and angelic hybrid origins. (plural: nephilim)

raphah –

Demons which are regarded as ancestral deities and can incarnate repeatedly within a family line. (plural: rephaim) Hebrew: raphah, literally “to heal or quicken, a ghost, the dead”.

seraph –

A class of spiritual being (angel) which have six wings and can take the form of a dragon or serpent. Hebrew: saraph, literally “burning or fiery serpent”. (plural:  seraphim)

serpent/ dragon –

Either referring to the natural beast used by Satan to gain access to Eve and initiate human rebellion, or the class of spiritual beings to which Satan belongs (seraphim).

siren –

A spirit of a human female who was joined to a heavenly being in marital union during her mortal life. Capable of possession of living human beings and associated with bodies of water, they are known for specifically targeting men through lust and destroying them.

watcher –

A class of spiritual being (angel) which was charged with observance and study of creation, 200 of which rebelled in the transgressions of intermarrying with humanity and introducing forbidden technologies to earth. Generally humanoid appearance of large stature.

Anakim –

Hebrew: Anaqiy, descendants of the nephil “Anak” or “Anaq”, name literally meaning “choked, collared, strangle, encompassed by a chain, necklace.”

Armoni –

Fallen watcher who taught synthesized remedial medicine. From the Greek translation of his name (Pharmaros) is derived the modern terms Pharmacy, pharmacology, pharmacist, etc.. Hebrew: Armoniy “of the devoted or cursed”.

Azazel –

Fallen watcher who was an instigator of the rebellion of the 200. Taught the making and use of weapons of war and taught cosmetic enhancement to women. He is named as the being to which the released goat is sent to on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) to receive all the sins of Israel upon himself in accordance with the curse upon him mentioned in 1 Enoch “to Azazel ascribe: All Sin.” Hebrew: azaz +el “mighty impudence”.

B’nai Elohim –

Hebrew, meaning “sons of the mighty”, often rendered in translation “the sons of God”. Term of reference to any class of being or individual who’s origin is a direct act of creation by YHWH rather than a flesh and blood birth. Used exclusively in the old testament to refer to “angelic” beings in the general sense.

El –

Hebrew singular word literally meaning “mighty”, used in reference to YHWH or a lesser, created heavenly being. Often translated as “god”.

Elohim –

Hebrew plural word meaning literally “mighty ones” used at times in conjunction with a singular identifier to mean YHWH, or used as plural as a collective group of lesser heavenly beings. Often translated “gods”.

Enoch –

Antediluvian patriarch of the seventh generation. Son of Jared, father of Methuselah. He was a prophet who resisted the corruption brought into the world by the Watchers and who subsequently received knowledge of creation and the future through visions given to him by YHWH. He attempted to intercede on behalf of the rebel watchers and when that intercession failed, returned a message of conviction to the rebels from YHWH. Enoch was removed from the earth alive by YHWH prior to the flood. Hebrew: Chanowk “trained, instructed”.

1 Enoch –

A historical and prophetic text which was rejected from canon though validated as containing original writings of Enoch by Jude. Some material attributed to Noah also included in the text. General history of the preflood world, the rebellion of the Watchers and numerous parables and visions given to Enoch by YHWH, including many dealing with the last days. This book is not to be confused with 2 and 3 Enoch which are works written in much more recent times and which do not correlate to any canonical scripture.

Ham –

Son of Noah, one of three to survive the flood with him in the ark. Father of Canaan from who derived several nations of post flood nephilim as well as father of Mitsrayim, patriarch of Egyptian peoples.

Hermon –

Mountain on which the rebel faction of 200 watchers made a pact to enter into marital unions with mortal women and where they situated their headquarters while reigning on Earth. Hebrew: Chermown “seclude, devote, curse, consecrate”.

Ishtar –

Woman deified throughout multiple cultures under multiple derivatives of her name. Human wife of the watcher Shemyhaza, to whom it is said he revealed how to use the name of YHWH in ritual magic. She appears throughout ancient and modern culture as “the Queen of Heaven”, the mother goddess, the earth goddess, the Madonna. Often portrayed as a mermaid in connection with her status as chief of sirens. She is the personified “whore of Babylon” spoken in Revelation. Hebrew” Ishah+taher “pure woman”.

Japheth –

Son of Noah, one of three to survive the flood in the ark with him. Father of Javan, patriarch of Ionian peoples.

Jared –

Antediluvian patriarch of the 6th generation. Son of Mahalaleel, father of Enoch. The rebel watchers came to earth during his lifetime. Hebrew: Yered “descend”.

Lucifer –

Title ascribed to a chief fallen spiritual being in Isaiah chapter 14. Used in a modern context as a proper name for Satan though the title is neither a name nor describes Satan. Most applicably applied to a fallen Watcher, the Hebrew title is literally “heylel:, literally ” to shine or boast”.

Noah –

Man chosen to survive the flood with his family in the ark. Noah was chosen based both upon his willingness to remain loyal to YHWH and his untainted human bloodline which had not been mixed with nephil ancestry. Hebrew: Noach “rest”.

Satan –

Hebrew literal meaning: “accuser, adversary, one who opposes”. Chief of a vast rebellion of spiritual beings which took place in the heavens prior to the creation of mankind. “Satan” is not a name itself, but a descriptive title of the Seraph who led this insurrection and also tempted the first humans to disobey their Creator.

Shem –

Son of Noah, one of three to survive the flood with him in the ark. Patriarch of all Semitic peoples including Israelites. Hebrew: Shem “name, memorial”.

Shemyhaza –

Chief of the rebel faction of 200 watchers which transgressed in intermarrying with human women, begetting nephilim and introducing forbidden technologies to Earth. Hebrew: shem + ya’ah + aza “of the Name of power”.

YHWH –

Proper Hebrew name of the Creator, pronounced with vowel inflections “Yahuwah”, though often given as “Yahweh”. Literal meaning “self existent, or I AM”.

Yahushua –

Proper Hebrew name of Messiah, literally meaning : “the salvation of YAH”.

 

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Just How Christian Is The Cross?

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The cross… it is one of the most readily recognized symbols all over the world. It is emblematic of Christianity and understood by most anyone who sees it as a sign of Messianic sacrifice on behalf of a sinful world.

Believers wear it and display it in solidarity with their Savior and His people, but are believers making a serious mistake in their understanding of what this symbol really means?

At a time when many Christians are coming to understand that much of what they have been taught by their leaders throughout the years has been misleading and even deceptive, the symbol of the cross itself is brought into question.

Anyone sincerely determined to have the whole truth can not allow themselves to be in denial when it comes to the appearance of this symbol and where it is found in history.

It is without reasonable doubt that the symbol we know as being related to our Savior did not have its first appearance in religion at the advent of Christianity.

The symbol we are familiar with, having two lines bisecting one another in some form, roughly like a lowercase “t”, is an ancient one, the depictions of which make appearances in a wide variety of pagan traditions.

That being the case, we have a duty to know all the facts and find out: just how Christian is the cross?

The Cross in Pagan Cultures

What can be revealed with fairly little effort is that the symbol of crossing lines goes back thousands of years. One of the most well known of these symbols comes from Egypt.

Ankh

The ankh stood for fertility, eternal life and the act of Heaven intervening on Earth to the effect of producing “life”.

Whether these things can be simplified in an agricultural sense or not (the passing of seasons bringing seed-time and harvest, the flooding of the Nile, etc) it is hard to miss the definitive similarity the ideas connected with the ankh bear to those connected with the Christian cross.

Tau

A similar figure, known as the Tau (after the Greek letter it resembles: appearing like a Capital T) has been associated with like connotations.

Being related to a number of deities such as the Sumerian Tammuz, the Roman Mithras and his Persian counterpart Mithra.

Solar Cross Sunwheel

The symbol of the “sunwheel” or solar cross is yet another example, a derivation of which can be seen in what is known as a Celtic cross.

This symbol also correlates to cycles of rejuvenation… a returning “sun god” who resurrects life each spring, as well as celestial cycles of the “spheres” which return back to their beginning (bringing a “new age”) with each full turn, much like annual seasonal cycles.

The “Saviors” of Pagan Cultures

The similarity of the ideas embedded in the pagan cross symbols to what is understood as Christian exclusive beliefs does not end at the symbols themselves.

The “gods” which were often connected to these cross-like themes also bore a disconcerting resemblance to ideas we associate with Messiah.

Mithras, sometimes surnamed “Sol Invictus” is considered a confusing personality in the Roman pantheon, as there is very little extant information about the cult of Mithraism, and the deity seems remarkably out of place amongst the much more antiquated figures of the Roman-Olympian pantheon.

The Roman worship of this “Mithras” came about very late in game… well after the crucifixion of Messiah.

The puzzle is resolved in understanding that Mithras was not a Roman deity at all, but a borrowed Zoroastrian deity, originally named Mithra or Mithra-yazata.

The name Mithra means “binding oath”. He is also titled thus by his followers: the lofty, and the everlasting, the Yazad (divinity) of the spoken name, and “the holy,”.

With a little background information regarding the rebel angels, known in scripture as the Watchers, we can identify who Mithra actually is.

The 200 rebellious Watchers are recorded in 1 Enoch to have made a “binding oath” upon MT Hermon to seal their mutual culpability for their planned crimes against humanity.

It was also a widely held tradition in Hebrew lore than the leader of this faction, Shemyhaza, taught his own wife how to pronounce the “spoken Name” of YHWH.

Yazidi 1920sThe title which is attributed to such beings “Yazad”, can be seen to be mirrored in the strange cult known as the Yazidi, who worship a pantheon of angels.

Yazidi Melek TausThe top ranking among the Yazidi pantheon is Melek Taus (the peacock angel), who can also be identified with the same leader of the rebel Watchers.

Both Yazidi tradition and some Hebrew folklore claim this being regretted his errors and the Hebrew legends claim he voluntarily hung himself “between Heaven and Earth”… or is some state of limbo between the physical and spiritual realms.

There are no scriptural indications of his state of punishment being voluntary, but the same theme of this fallen angel being “hung” up on a tree or “cosmic pillar” in some manner of self sacrifice can be traced throughout multiple cultures and even in a modern deck of tarot cards.

The Manichaean equivalent – Mihr yazd, was regarded as a savior figure who was hung on a tree. Likewise the Norse Odin, who hung himself on the world tree. In Babylonian legend, Tammuz was killed by crucifixion at the hand of his own consort (and/ or mother), buried and resurrected. The act was memorialized in Phrygian culture by crucifying an effigy of a man on a “sacred” pine tree each year.

"Hanged Man" Tarot CardThe annual mourning for Tammuz was rampant among Semitic cultures. Krishna, Prometheus and multiple other instances also mirror the same idea… self sacrifice and hanging.

The theme can be seen reflected in the “hanged man” of the tarot deck as well… a card of the major arcana which is nicknamed, interestingly enough, both “the traitor” and ‘the martyr”.

The authentic background of this being would suggest that he was indeed hung (head down… not in a traditional cruciform pose) in a subterranean prison, but there is nothing to suggest that his sentence was voluntary or an act of self sacrifice.

1 Enoch is clear in saying that he and his subordinates were all imprisoned quite against their will by YHWH’s faithful angels, whether they had regrets or not.

All the same… there is a familiar theme here which often becomes an excuse for non-believers to dismiss the validity of what Yahushua did, claiming these legends as proof positive that neither the cross nor the act done on it was original to Christianity.

Chronology is the issue… that these tales and symbols precede the crucifixion of Messsiah seems to validate such claims of origin for them.

What non-believers (and many Christians) fail to understand is that:

1… the promise of a Savior was made to mankind immediately after their fall in Eden and before any written record or division of religious beliefs existed anywhere on Earth.

2… the angels, including the rebel angels, were also privy to the knowledge of the expectation of a Messiah and the element of self sacrifice which would be involved.

3… rebel angels and their offspring actively sought to counterfeit the position and the promises of the Almighty, and

4… the rebel Watchers have always held the position of representing the “right hand”, as Satan’s faction has always taken the position of the “left hand”… creating the illusion of rivalry, when in actuality, both oppose YHWH.

The Real Savior

Yahushua does not leave us in hopeless confusion over His uniqueness next to the look-a-like legends before Him.

He did not conveniently fail to address the fact that there were pagan traditions of “saviors” who had gone before. Yahushua clearly states the truth regarding the distinction between Himself and these heathen beliefs.

“Most assuredly I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.

Iam the door.

If anyone enters by Me, he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.

I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.

I am the good shepherd.

The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”

– John 10:7-11

Though we may be used to thinking of Antichrist as the last, great, diabolical world leader… the term has a broader meaning as well.

The term anti-christ is more properly translated “pseudo-christ”… not an opposite… a counterfeit, and the spirit of pseudo-christ, we are told in scripture, has been here and will continue to be here until Messiah returns.

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of Yahuwah, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

By this you know the Spirit of Yahuwah. Every spirit that confesses that Yahushua the Anointed has come in the flesh is of Yahuwah, and every spirit that does not confess that Yahushua the Anointed has come in the flesh is not of Yahuwah.

And this is the spirit of the anti-Anointed One that you have heard was coming and is now already in the world.

You are of Yahuwah, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

– 1 John 4:1-4

Was He Really Killed on a “Cross”?

An integral part of the debate about the “Christianness” of the cross symbol is whether or not the actual structure on which Yahushua was killed was, in fact, shaped like what we recognize as a cross.

After coming by information on the pagan usage of the symbol, it is often natural to then have doubts about whether our Savior would have been found hanging on something which resembled these symbols.

Roman crucifixion, contrary to popular assumption, was not always carried out on only one type of structure.

The “crucifix” went through phases of transition, and different forms of the structure were utilized for the various ways in which they would cause specific types of pain and death.

Crucifixion itself did not originate with the Romans, but reaches far back in antiquity and originates as literal hanging upon a live tree.

The mention of this type of crucifixion is made in Deuteronomy:

“If a man has committed a sin deserving of death and he is put to death and you hang him on a tree, his body shall not remain overnight on the tree but you shall surely bury him that day.

Whoever is hanged is cursed by ‘Elohiym, so do not defile the land that Yahuwah your ‘Eloah gives you as an inheritance.”

– Deut 21:22,23

and revisited in Galatians…

“The Anointed has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”)..”

– Galatians 3:13

Referred to in historical records as “arbor infelix” or the unfortunate tree… the custom was in heathen cultures, to hang a convicted person upon a tree which had been dedicated to a “god”.

This manner of execution, no doubt, has a similar origin as the legends of the “hanging god-savior”…  the difference in how this idea is treated between the Hebrew and pagan nations is illustrated in the fact that the pagan cultures were reverencing this false messianic being, whereas YHWH reminds His people that to be hanged on a tree in this way is to be cursed as the rebel angel was who defied Him.

Then why would Yahushua in this way be cursed and hung in like manner on any type of “tree”?

Because He came as the true Messiah to literally bear the curse of YHWH for all the world’s sins.

He bore a curse for our sakes.

The Roman manner of crucifixion in its various forms also had various names for the structures used to crucify victims. The “Crux Immissa” was in the form of what most recognize as a “cross”…the lowercase “t”. The “Crux Decussata” was in the form of an X. The “Crux Commissa” was in the form of the “Tau” cross… a Capital “T” form and the “Crux Simplex” was simply one pole in the ground.

It is debated in favor of the idea that Yahushua was crucified on a crux simplex, a single pole in the ground, on the basis of the word used for cross in the New Testament… which is “stauros”, literally meaning “a stake”.

It should be noted, though, that the Greek terminology which referred to a crux simplex was usually “mono stauros” (single stake), rather than stauros.

Evidence of Crucifix Form Used

Whereas the symbol normally used in Christianity is a crux immissa, and those opposing this form often favor the crux simplex, evidence has it that neither are right.

Historically and archeologically speaking… the form of the crucifix structure most often used at the time and place of Yahushua’s death was the crux commissa, the tau form crucifix.

Depending upon the type of structure it might take anywhere from a few hours to a few days for a person who was crucified to die. Scourging prior to crucifixion (which was normal procedure) would impact that length of time as well, due to shock and great amounts of blood being lost.

The hands by themselves would not support the weight of the victim, but a nail through the wrists would in any position. On a crux simplex, the hands would be brought together above he head, while on a form with a cross beam, the victim would be hung loosely by a wrist from each side, not so the arms would project straight out from the body but would be raised in a Y formation above the head.

Though it is often claimed that inhaling would be difficult crucified on a structure with a horizontal beam, this is actually not the case. Instead, the diaphragm is forced down and exhaling is what requires an active effort… making the victim unable to do so without pushing themselves up with their feet. Death was often hastened by breaking the legs of the victims, which could cause death by shock or embolism and not by asphyxiation alone, regardless of the cruciform structure.

The Roman soldiers overseeing the crucifixion of Yahushua and other victims on the same day, sought to hasten their deaths by breaking their legs, which might have come (for the other victims at least) hours or days later. The surprise with which they discovered Yahushua to already be dead implies a structure being used which should have taken more time than it had to kill Him.

It is reasonable that this was not a crux simplex form since this form, putting greater pressure on the diaphragm than the types with cross beams, would take less time to cause death. The real cause of His death is perhaps more accurately understood as one brought on by the severity of spiritual trauma which affected Him physically, rather than being purely physical in nature.

An entire crux simplex post, weighing anywhere from 200 to 300 lbs, would have been incredibly difficult if not impossible for a man to haul up a hill by himself after first being beaten.

A cross beam or “patibulum” was often carried by the victim, however… this weighing between 70 and 100 lbs.

Although the depictions of crux commissa and crux immissa forms are sometimes attributed to the highly paganized influence of Catholicism, the first specific descriptions recorded of the structure on which Yahushua was crucified were written down 200 years prior to Constantine’s rule. Those descriptions describe it as a crux commissa, a tau cross.

Should Believers Regard the Cross as Christian or Pagan?

The controversy surrounding what type of crucifix structure Yahushua was killed on is strongly influenced by the idea that Messiah could not be associated with any symbol which had been used in heathen cultures.

What we tend to forget in that line of thinking is that the Romans were, of course, pagan people. The practice of crucifixion was a pagan oriented form of execution, reminiscent of an event which was synonymous with the wrath of YHWH, but which pagan cultures spun their own messianic stories from.

The question of Christian or pagan becomes an issue of what came first.

What came first was the plan of YHWH of course… that predating anything which heathen people did, recorded or depicted in reverence to false messiahs.

If we must equate the cross form with heathen ideals, then what do we make of false elohim who have been called shepherds, fishers and crucified saviors? What form of crucifix would have been less pagan and a more comfortable fit with Christianity when nearly every imaginable shape and form (including every shape a crucifix could be) has been implemented at some point in ideographic reference to a pagan “god”?

The decision to wear, display or otherwise use the cross as identifying with Christianity might not be rightly decided based on whether or not one can find any non Christian usage of it, but rather a conclusion based on what the structure on which Yahushua was crucified really means.

Does it stand for the wrath of YHWH poured out on sin… or does it stand for the redemption from that sin which Yahushua provided?

Obviously, that can be a very complex question worth its own discussion… but we might think twice about displaying a cross if its true connotation is wrath rather than mercy.

As for how I might answer this, at least in my current understanding (which might always change and hopefully for the better) … I understand mercy as having the last word. The instrument of the cross has been the mode of YHWH’s wrath, and yet that wrath poured out upon the One True Savior has resulted in mercy… the result which no false shepherd has ever achieved.

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Deliverance From Spiritual Possessors

Posted in 06 : Possessing Spirits with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 07/18/2010 by timenolonger

Deliverance from possessing spirits is a subject which seems to have been treated by the majority of churches in one of two detrimental ways.

The most common treatment of the subject of spiritual invasion in the Christian community is to avoid it entirely.

A host of excuses are offered up as justification for this when it is questioned such as… giving attention to such a subject is empowering to the enemy in some manner… giving Satan attention when it should be focused on YHWH.

Another justification is to say that such incidents are so rare as to not call for any serious concern, or that it simply Never happens in this modern age.

There’s surely no biblical foundation for the last two of these excuses for avoidance of the issue of possession.

Not only is there a pointed lack of scriptural support for the idea of possession being a phenomenon which faded into obscurity, but the end times are defined in terms of demonic and fallen angelic activity on earth.

The anti (or pseudo) messiah would naturally, himself, be expected to be possessed specifically by Satan.

I don’t think we would realistically examine the state of the world today and come to the conclusion that it seems like a world Less influenced by evil entities than it was in times past.

As for giving the enemy attention or empowering him thereby, I simply fail to understand in what way we advance the agenda of the enemy by becoming active in the freeing of his prisoners in the name of our Savior.

By what stretch of the imagination do we glorify Satan if saints are equip with the weapons of spiritual warfare in order to combat his tyranny over our fellow brethren?

It would seem this argument is a born out of a similar origin as the accusation itself would imply. A hesitation derived out of an ingrained fear of the enemy… a “leave the Devil alone and he’ll leave you alone” mentality.

Sadly there have been, and are untold numbers of, people who have found themselves in a situation of spiritual harassment or control from which they can neither extract themselves, nor find anyone to take them seriously enough to offer their help.

These individuals often find themselves taken advantage of by the predatory institution of psychiatry… forced to medicate themselves or to be caged like animals.

Their friends and family are likely to not understand the situation, and it is considered an indication of insanity in itself, or at least of backward ignorance if the term “demonic possession” is brought up.

Spiritual invasion and possession begin in sin… at times it is a sin which has not been committed by the victim themselves… but a sin which an ancestor gave themselves or their family over to.

Spirits hold human beings captive by way of legality, they are not empowered to simply choose anyone they wish as their physical host, but require that some “breach” has been made by way of transgression against YHWH.

As a piece of real estate… a “deed” is passed over to a spirit who has succeeded in obtaining that legal authority over a human body, and as children are under the spiritual ownership of parents… that child’s “deed” automatically belongs to the one in the highest spiritual position of ownership…the one “holding the deed” to the parent.

This should come as a warning to those who meddle in a life of consistent sin… not only is there the danger of coming under the control of evil entities… but the danger of passing those attachments on to later generations.

Regardless of whether the reason for the possession of an individual is personal sin, or generational (and those generationally possessed often carry on the same sorts of sins their ancestors did)… the attitude and approach of the believer to victims of spiritual harassment ought to always be compassion, not judgment.

This is not to say that we do not have an obligation to insist that a victim come clean of sin before deliverance takes place… but that we must keep always in mind that, but for Grace, we would be in no better circumstances.

Likewise, we should be ready to take seriously what a victim tells us is happening to them… I would rather needlessly go through the motions of deliverance, than turn my back on a person who genuinely needed help out of some prideful need to not be a “sucker”.

As mentioned earlier, there are two approaches to spiritual invasion into which many churches fall, that are detrimental to a correct way to deal with the problem.

Some avoid it… and others Revel in it.

What is meant by “reveling” in it, is that these groups tend to throw themselves into deliverance in a very ritualistic, sensational way which leaves one with the impression that the service being done for the victim is second to an “experience” for the one doing the deliverance (or for an audience).

The idea that casting a spirit out of a human being ought to come with a scripted liturgy of things to say to the spirit, a long list of inquiries which to ask, a great deal of yelling, screaming, head spinning melodrama… or that the event must be presided over by a specialized exorcist such as a priest… is all quite Hollywood and not biblical.

A sincere believer in Yahushua who is mature in their faith and a victim willing to turn to their Savior and repent is all that is necessary for the success of a deliverance.

Although there is certainly a potential for strange things to happen when dealing with a spirit being… generally you will not find that the event is packed with “supernatural fireworks”.

Deliverance should begin in pinpointing the transgression which gave legality for the possession to occur.

This should be followed by an assurance from the victim of willingness to change their life and give it wholly to Messiah… insincerity in this can result in worse outcomes than simple failure to cast the spirit out, this can eventually lead to a state of possession which is much worse, and the victim needs to be warned of this.

After this assurance should come an official, verbal renunciation by the victim, of all sins and ties which bind them to the spirit…

this is a prayer of confession before YHWH, and is ended in the name of Yahushua, by whom comes deliverance.

It is not a necessity to learn the name, the variety, the function or the number of spirits from the entity itself, as long as the lack of these points of information are not a hindrance to completing the deliverance.

The victim himself can more than likely produce an answer to what the spirit’s function is by knowing what area of their life is affected by it.

In a case where it is suspected that there are many spirits, and it is necessary to know if all of those spirits fall under one legal authority, interrogation of the entity might be useful, but should be pursued with cautious.

The same applies to the function of the spirit if the right of authority comes generationally and the root is unknown by the victim.

Manifestation of the invading spirit most often occurs at the point when the victim begins to confess and renounce.

At this point, the spirit realizes that his “castle” is about to be under siege, and he must commence some sort of defense in order to maintain his position.

This outburst often consists of an adamant and angry insistence of ownership of the victim… “he/ she belongs to me!” This outburst is mostly designed to derail the deliverance and stop the victim from completing the prayer of renunciation.

It is not yet time to deal with the entity… and the possessing spirit needs to be instructed to regress, and to allow the victim to resurface.

All instructions given to the spirit should be done in the name of Yahushua… He is the one delivering, not the human being who is speaking the words – and it is of great importance that this is never forgotten.

Commands by the individual conducting the process in their own authority (I command you to…etc) will most likely be met with failure.

This process might be the most time consuming… and there is a chance, particularly with multiple spirits, that the interruptions will occur more than once… but once the victim has completed the renunciation, the rest should not be terribly involved.

At this point it is a matter of instructing the spirit or spirits to leave in the authority of Yahushua.

This might be met with resistance… shows of hostility and threats, but the appropriate response is simply calm and firm insistence on the superiority of Yahushua’s power.

There is no need… absolutely none… for yelling and finger-shaking in the spirit’s face, or for childish insults.

Believers who feel it’s their right or duty to behave this way in the presence of an evil entity are behaving ignorantly and foolishly, and possibly endangering themselves and the victim.

We are never given authority to revile, demean or display hatred toward any enemy… human or otherwise, and to do so only puts a believer squarely in the camp of the enemy’s ways.

“They are presumptuous, self-willed.

They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries.

Whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Master”.

– 2 Peter: 10,11

“Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries.

Yet Miyka’el the high messenger, in contending with the devil when he disputed about the body of Mosheh, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “Yahuwah rebuke you!”

But these speak evil of whatever they do not know, and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves”.

– Jude 8-10

The power of our Savior is sufficient to cast out every unclean spirit… He will never need our sensational shows of grand posturing to do so.

Scripture states that our attitude toward deliverance should not even include any rejoicing that spirits are subject to us… but that our whole rejoicing ought to be the knowledge that we are bought by Him with a price, not because we are better than the lost, or even better than a fallen spirit… but because of His mercy.

There is hope for the captives… that is assured by the fact that He came to set them free, and there is nothing He has come to do that will not be done.

No matter the severity of sin or the length of time which a victim has been under the control of a malicious spirit… there is hope in Yahushua for freedom and a real life set loose from the bonds of Satan.

Yahushua Breaks the Bonds

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Remembering the Golden Rule in Desperate Times

Posted in 01 : The Chief Cornerstone with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 06/26/2010 by timenolonger

We have desperate times ahead. I don’t normally like to make sure statements on the future… but barring divine intervention… I don’t see any possible way that this nation will avoid some severely desperate times soon.

In the next 12 months we might witness a complete breakdown of society in the US… we might well see martial law, the detention of millions of innocent civilians, explosions, fire, toxic rain and famine.

These are the sorts of conditions we’ve seen depicted in entertainment which disintegrate into a dog-eat-dog societal mentality.

Every man for himself… we can easily imagine the worst mankind has to offer being brought out of their natures in times of fear and need.

This is precisely the reaction to adversity our enemy would enjoy witnessing in the hapless population of the “land of the Free and the home of the Brave”.

The enemy doesn’t want to see people moved in the spirit of YHWH to fearlessly reach out to their fellow humanity and do for one another what each individual wants done for himself.

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It’s time to put fear away, people of Yahushua.

This might seem like a strange challenge to make on the heels of a statement about how disastrous a future we face, but truly it isn’t.

It’s not news that death follows a mortal life, or that we have been told that there will be a severe trial of refinement and division in the earth as the last days descend, but this was only ever a temporary world anyway.

What do we look for if not the Kingdom of our Savior, and what do we prepare for if not eternity?

So when things begin to shake your world… when the place you once recognized as a safe nation in which to live becomes a wild and ravenous landscape of tribulation, understand that you have a Creator capable of guiding your steps, capable of counting the sparrows who fall, and capable of taking care of you, and if you are someone who is mature in your walk with Him and you are able to lay aside fear, be then an agent of His mercy.

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If you find yourself with “just enough food” in a time of want, don’t fail to remember that your Savior filled the bellies of thousands with a few loaves of bread and a few fish.

If you find yourself with “just enough water”… remember that He told us in the end He will say to His redeemed “you saw me thirsty and gave me a drink… inasmuch as you gave it to one of these least of my brethren, you gave it to me.”

If you find yourself blessed with shelter that others lack, don’t forget to love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.

“And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.”

– Matthew 5:41,42

These words of our savior, we all know them… if we are committed to Him, we try to live them, but it is in the heat of adversity in which the real metal of the resolve to do right is tested.

Understand that we will all be faced with opportunities to lay aside our own needs in order to serve others, and in those times it is easy to let fear be the pilot that drives you… you might tell yourself you have responsibility to children, to wives, to parents… and you do, but who are all those who are your family?

“Then one said to Him, “Look! Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”

But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”

And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers!

For whoever does the will of My Father in the sky is My brother and sister and mother.””

– Matthew 12:47-50

If we, indeed, are set to see the evacuation of millions of people along the Gulf Coast… how will you reach out to those who will be bereft of a home, or maybe even unable to find transportation out of the effected areas?

We can all sit back and watch it happe,n and point fingers at the evil men who brought tyranny and martial law to their homes, who relocated them to facilities which are no better than prisons, who murder and rape and torture without conscience – and feel good that we don’t number among one of those tools of the NWO agenda… but what good is that?

If you are a resident in the Gulf Coast area with the means and the will to spare yourself the trouble before it comes, I hope you will consider giving shelter and aid and transportation to someone who has no means to do these things for themselves.

Likewise, I hope that all believers across the country who live in areas which are (so far) safe from harm, will extend themselves to give shelter and aid to those who might flee the area.

Help Others

It could be you someday in a desperate situation with seemingly no where to go and no one to turn to, and then you will find yourself at the mercy of those who have what you do not.

Many might be inclined to feel it’s crazy to put what is their own at risk to strangers, but I am inclined to trust that if one does what is right in His eyes, nothing can ultimately go wrong.

“And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading?”

So he answered and said, “You shall love Yahuwah your ‘Eloah with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

And He said to him, “You have answered rightly. Do this and you will live.”

But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Yahushua, “And who is my neighbor?”

Then Yahushua answered and said, “A certain man went down from Yeruwshalaim to Yericho and fell among thieves who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

Now by chance a certain temple official came down that road and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.

Likewise a Lewiy when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.

But a certain Shomerowniy as he journeyed came where he was.

And when he saw him, he had compassion.

So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine, and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

On the next day when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’

So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”

And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”

Then Yahushua said to him, “Go and do likewise.””

– Luke 10:25-37

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets”.

– Matthew 7:12

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The Nature of Yahushua

Posted in 01 : The Chief Cornerstone with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 06/01/2010 by timenolonger

Isaiah 44:6 – “Thus says YHWH, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, YHWH of hosts: I am the first and I am the last, And there is no Elohim besides Me.”

There is debate in the Christian Community over the nature of Yahushua, and what exactly the “Holy Trinity” is. Many Christians are quick to say Yahushua is Elohim, but then claim He and The Father are separate persons somehow.

They preach a doctrine that claims there is One Elohim, but that Elohim is made up of three different people. An example would be there is one senate and 100 senators.

Before the Council of Nicea in 325 AD the doctrine of the trinity was not universally accepted by all the various Christian bishops. When the Constantine organized the first “Orthodox” church there were votes about many things that would be accepted into Constantine’s church, and the trinity doctrine was one of them.

By majority vote it was declared that Yahushua was not YHWH, but rather 1/3 of the “Godhead”.

My purpose is to use the scripture which, along with prayer, should be the bases for what the Christian religion teaches. I believe the answer is in the scripture to what doctrine is true, and what is the traditions of men or attempts by men to use religion for personal gain.

As far as the Christian (in reality, the universal) Elohim goes, no Christian will deny that He created the heavens and the earth. This is taught in the bible in Genesis….

Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth.”

In Genesis they use Elohim, which is a title and not specific. Further reading into Genesis reveals that the “Elohim” used in Genesis 1:1 is YHWH. In the New Testament there is a short account of Creation, and a clue to who Yahushua is. It’s found in the Book of John….

John 1:1-4 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim and the Word was Elohim. He was in the beginning with Elohim. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.”

John suggests here that the Elohim in Genesis was Yahushua. John writes “the Word was Elohim” the Word being Yahushua of course. At the time of Genesis, the Flesh of YHWH which is Yahushua was not yet created.

He was still in Spirit. The nature of Elohim is Spirit, and not Flesh. But so the material world could see Him, YHWH Who is Spirit became Flesh.

Material Fleshy eyes for the most part cannot see spirit, and because of this could not see YHWH. He appeared in Flesh to teach, heal, and then sacrifice for the sins of the world in the ultimate act of love, self sacrifice.

Just as our physical bodies are hosts to our spirits, in the same was is Yahushua the Physical Body for YHWH.

John 14:9 – “Yahushua said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, `Show us the Father?”

This statement is clear “He who has seen Me has seen the Father”. Again in John Yahushua says

John 10:30 – “I and the Father are one.”

It is written in Colossians…

Colossians 1:15-17 – He is the image of the invisible Elohim, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

Perhaps people do not realize YHWH was still omnipresent while teaching through Yahushua. When Yahushua taught in Matthew 6:9 he said…

Matthew 6:9 – “Pray, then, in this way: `Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your Name.”

YHWH was teaching through Yahushua, and in heaven at the same time. His omnipresence didn’t compromise while in the Flesh. The prayer was meant for all generations of faithful, so when we pray we are praying to Him who has since ascended into heaven.

Some will argue that, because of Yahushua’s words in Matthew 27:46..

Matthew 27:46 – “About the ninth hour Yahushua cried out with a loud voice, saying, “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” that is, “MY ELOHIM, MY ELOHIM, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”

Yahushua and YHWH are two different people, and Yahushua was calling upon Him. First off, the omnipresent YHWH is the Father and Creator of the Flesh Body Yahushua. Secondly it never occurs to anyone that Yahushua is reciting Psalm 22…

Psalm 22:1 – “My Elohim, my Elohim, why have You forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.”

YHWH is the Author, and Yahushua is the Author writing Himself into the Story. Writing the story and in the story at the same time. There is only One Elohim, and that theme is consistent throughout scripture.

Exodus 20:2-3 – “I am YHWH your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before Me.

What is also consistent in scripture is the fact that YHWH should not and will not share His glory with another. He is the Creator. There is only One.

Scripture supports this, but men and demons alike have been know to issue forth tainted doctrines in order to confuse. Many who claim to accept the trinity doctrine admit its confusing, and doesn’t add up.

The answer is simple. Yahushua and YHWH are One.

“The truth is an offense, but not a sin” – Bob Marley

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