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All Biblical Prophecy Points to Y’shua (Jesus)

The day I realized every 1st century New Testament writer, was referring to the TaNaK, (a Hebrew acronym meaning Torah, Prophets, Writings), was the day I stopped calling it The Old Testament.  The word Old insinuates antiquated, but The New Testament writers referred to The Word of God as Living, Active and Sharper than a double edged Sword.

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12Psalm 149:6.

Y’shua is The Word, meaning, He is The Torah, which is The Way of Truth and Life.  When God’s Word became flesh He revealed a Spiritual mystery;  The Scriptures testify About Him,

Prophecies written about Y’shua will match up to the plum line of His Word;

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  John 1:1

You pore over the Scriptures because you presume that by them you possess eternal life. These are the very words that testify about Me,”  John 5:39

“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He (Y’shua) explained to them what was written in all the Scriptures about Himself.”  Luke 24:27

Jesus said to them, “These are the words I spoke to you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled”that is written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms. Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,” Luke 24:44, 45.

Y’shua is The Prophesied Seed, The Anointed (Messiah):

maryThe first promise of the “Seed” was given at the same time of the curse of sin and death; Genesis 3:15Fulfilled; Galatians 4:4Romans 16:20Luke 24:27.

The second promise of the Seed is given to Abraham; “through whom all families of earth will be blessed.”

The Promised Seed/Messiah was prophesied specifically to come through Abraham’s wife Sarah; Genesis 12:3Genesis 17:19Genesis 22:18.  Fulfilled: Matthew 1:1Acts 3:25Galatians 3:8Galatians 3:16.

The Promised Seed/Messiah would come through Sarah’s son Isaac; Genesis 17:19Genesis 21:12.  Fulfilled:  Galatians 4:30Hebrews 11:18Romans 9:7.

The Promised Seed/ Messiah, through whom All families would be blessed, will come through Isaac’s son Jacob/Israel; Genesis 26:4Genesis 28:14Numbers 24:17.  Fulfilled: Matthew 1:2Luke 3:34

The Promised Seed/Messiah will come through Israel’s son Judah, (the tribe of Judah is called Jewish): Genesis 49:10;  Psalm 60:7Psalm 108:8.  Fulfilled: Luke 3:33; Hebrews 7:14.

The promised Seed/Messiah was prophesied to come through King David; Psalm 89:3; Psalm 132:11; Jeremiah 23:5Fulfilled: Matthew 1:1Luke 1:32.

The Holy (Set Apart) Seed/Messiah was prophesied to sprout out of the stump of David’s father Jesse; Isaiah 11:1Isaiah 6:13.  Fulfilled: Luke 3:32.

Messiah will be Born of a Virgin in Bethlehem:

He will be Born in Bethlehem; Micah 5:2.  Fulfilled: Matthew 2:1Matthew 2:6Luke 2:4John 7:42.

He will be Born of a virgin; Isaiah 7:14.  Fulfilled: Matthew 1:18Luke 1:27.

There Will Be A Slaughter of Children.

Rachel’s children were no more: Jeremiah 31:15.  Fulfilled: Matthew 2:16Matthew 2:18

Messiah Will Flee to Egypt and Be Called Out of Egypt:

He will flee to Egypt and be called out of Egypt; Hosea 11:1.  Fulfilled: Matthew 2:15.

Messiah will be A Shepherd to His People:

He will Shepherd His people; Ezekiel 37:24; Isaiah 40:11Psalm 78:71.  Fulfilled: Matthew 2:6;  John 10:16.

Messiah Will Enter Jerusalem on a Donkey:

“…He is Just and endowed with Salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey“; Zechariah 9:9.  Fulfilled: Matthew 21:5;  Mark 11:7John 12:15.

Zeal For YHVH’s House Will Consume Him:

My house will be called a house of prayer, you are making it a den of robbers; Psalm 69:9Psalm 119:139Jeremiah 7:11 .  Fulfilled: John 2:17Romans 15:3;Matthew 21:13

Messiah will be an Everlasting Heir to The Throne of David:

Everlasting heir to the throne of David; Isaiah 9:7; Psalm 45:6.  Fulfilled: Luke 1:32.

His throne will last forever and Righteousness will be the scepter of His Kingdom: Daniel 7:14Psalm 45:6. Fulfilled: Hebrews 1:8Matthew 28:18.

Messiah Is The First and The Last, Pre-existent, No God is Before Him:

He existed before He was born; Micah 5:2Isaiah 9:6Isaiah 44:6Isaiah 48:12; Proverbs 8:27 .  Fulfilled: Colossians 1:17John 1:1John 8:58Ephesians 1:4Revelation 1:8Revelation 2:8Revelation 22:13.

Messiah Is A Priest Forever:

YHVH has sworn and will not change His mind, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek”; Psalm 110:4; Genesis 14:18.  Fulfilled: Hebrews 5:6Hebrews 6:17; Hebrews 6:20Hebrews 7:17Hebrews 7:21John 12:34.

Messiah Will Be Declared The Son of God, Firstborn from the Dead

“You are my son….”  Psalm 2:7; Proverbs 30:4 ; Psalm 89:26Psalm 89:27Exodus 4:22; Jeremiah 31:9.   Fulfilled: Matthew 3:17Mark 1:11Luke 1:32; Acts 13:33Hebrews 1:5Hebrews 5:5Colossians 1:15.

Firstborn from the Dead, Revelation 1:5.

Messiah Is One With Our Father, He is Our Maker:

YHVH is One:  Deuteronomy 6:4.  Fulfilled, I and the Father are OneJohn 10:30John 10:36; John 14:9;  John 17:11Colossians 1:15His people are One in Him, He is our Father, our Maker; Isaiah 63:16Isaiah 64:8; Psalm 100:3.   Fulfilled: John 17:21; Colossians 1:2Matthew 6:9 John 8:41,…

 Messiah Will Sit at the Right Hand of YHVH:

YHVH says to my Lord, sit at My Right HandPsalm 110:1Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 7:14Isaiah 42:6Isaiah 45:24; Jeremiah 23:6.  Fulfilled: Matthew 22:43Matthew 22:44Matthew 22:45Matthew 26:64Matthew 1:23Romans 8:34Romans 10:9Philippians 2:11John 13:13; Matthew 28:18Acts 2:34; Hebrews 1:3Hebrews 1:13.

He Will Be Anointed (Messiah) by The Spirit of YHVH:

The Spirit of YHVH will rest on Him, the Spirit of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel and Strength, Knowledge; Isaiah 11:2, Anointed/Messiah with Joy, Psalm 45:7.  Fulfilled: Matthew 3:16Mark 12:36Mark 14:62Mark 16:19Luke 4:18Luke 20:42Luke 22:69John 1:32John 3:34Acts 10:38Hebrews 1:9.

Messiah is our Judge, Judge of the Living and the Dead:

He will be Judge of the living and the dead; Isaiah 33:22.  Fulfilled: James 4:12;  John 5:30Romans 2:16Romans 14:92 Timothy 4:1Acts 10:42.

Messiah Will Be King of Zion (Spiritual Jerusalem):

He will be King of Zion; Psalm 2:6.  Fulfilled: Matthew 27:37; John 18:36; Luke 1:33Acts 10:36; Revelation 19:16 and still to come…

Nomads (shepherds) will bow before him; Psalm 72:9.  Fulfilled: Luke 2:8

Honored by great kings; Psalm 72:10Psalm 72:11.  Fulfilled: Matthew 2:1

The nations/peoples, (Goy) and Kings, will come to You, Isaiah 60:5; Psalm 72:10.  Fulfilled: Romans 11:25,  both now and still to come as “The fullness of the nations/peoples” continue to be grafted into to the Olive Tree of Israel, Revelation 21:26.  (See )

Our Creator, YHVH, King of the Universe, will destroy death forever, from Mt. Zion, in the New (Spiritual) Jerusalem; Isaiah 25:7Isaiah 25:81 Corinthians 15:261 Corinthians 15:54Revelation 21:4, When His (Spiritual) Kingdom reigns on Earth, Matthew 6:10

Messiah’s Way Will Be Prepared, (by John the Baptist):

A voice in the wilderness will clear the Way for YHVH… Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1Malachi 4:5.  Fulfilled: Matthew 3:3Matthew 11:14Mark 1:3Luke 3:4
Luke 1:17John 1:23.

Messiah Will Shine The Light to the Nations/Peoples, (Goy) of Galilee…

…by way of the sea, the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the gentiles/peoples; Isaiah 9:1Isaiah 9:2; Isaiah 42:1.  Fulfilled: Matthew 4:16; Matthew 15:24Matthew 12:18-21; Luke 2:32 .

Nations/Gentiles, (Goy) will come to Your Light, Isaiah 60:3.  Fulfilled: Acts 13:47 and still to come, “by it light the nations/peoples will walk…” in the New Jerusalem, Revelation 21:24.

Messiah Will Speak in Parables:

I will open My mouth in a parable, dark (hidden) sayings of old; Psalm 78:2. Fulfilled: Matthew 13:35.

Messiah Will Be a Prophet Like Me, (Moses) From Among You:

I will raise up a prophet like Me, from among you, listen to Him, Deuteronomy 18:15Deuteronomy 18:18,19.  Fulfilled: Matthew 21:11Acts 3:22; Acts 7:37.

Messiah Will Open Blind eyes and Deaf Ears.  Bringing Good News to Bind up the Brokenhearted:

The eyes will be opened…ears unstopped…to bring good news, to bind up the brokenhearted; Isaiah 29:18Isaiah 35:5Isaiah 61:1Fulfilled: Matthew 9:35Matthew 11:5Mark 7:37Luke 7:22; Luke 4:18; Luke 4:29.

Messiah will be Rejected by His own, Despised, Hated and Not Believed:

He was rejected by His own people and not believed: Isaiah 53:1Isaiah 53:2Isaiah 53:3Psalm 118:22.  Fulfilled: John 1:11John 5:43John 7:5John 7:48; John 12:37John 12:38Acts 3:14; Romans 10:16.

Abhorred and hated by the nations/peoples.  Because of My Name they will hate you too; Isaiah 49:7; Psalm 35:19Psalm 69:4.  Fulfilled: John 15:21John 15:25Matthew 10:22Matthew 24:91 John 3:13.

A stumbling stone, a rock of offence to both houses of Israel…to the inhabitants of Jerusalem; Isaiah 8:14;   Fulfilled: 1 Peter 2:8Matthew 21:42; Acts 4:11Romans 9:33.

Leaders will be against YHVH and His Anointed (Messiah), Psalm 2:2.  Fulfilled: Acts 4:26Revelation 19:19,…

Messiah Will Be Betrayed by a Close Friend for 30 Shekels of Silver:

Betrayed by a close friend, for 30 shekels of silver; Psalm 41:9Psalm 55:12Psalm 55:13, Zechariah 11:12.  Fulfilled: Matthew 10:4Matthew 26:14,47Matthew 26:15Matthew 26:23Matthew 27:9Luke 22:21John 13:18.

The 30 shekels will be used to buy the Potter’s Field;  Zechariah 11:13.  Fulfilled:  Matthew 27:6Matthew 27:7; Matthew 27:8.

Messiah Will Be Falsely Accused and Mocked:

He will be accused by malicious witnesses. Sneered at and mocked; Psalm 22:7; Psalm 35:11Psalm 27:12; Psalm 109:25.  Fulfilled: Matthew 27:39Matthew 26:59Mark 15:29Luke 23:35Acts 6:13Mark 14:55,56.

Messiah Will Be Beaten, Scourged, Abused and Hung on a Tree:

He will be pierced, through hands and feet, bruised, flogged, beaten, beard pulled out, humiliated and spat upon; Zechariah 12:10Isaiah 50:6Isaiah 53:5; Psalm 22:16,17.  Fulfilled: John 19:37Matthew 26:67Matthew 27:26Matthew 27:30Mark 14:65Mark 15:19;Luke 22:631 Peter 2:24 Revelation 1:7.

Soldiers Will Cast Lots For His Clothing:

Soldiers gambled for my clothing; Psalm 22:18.  Fulfilled: Matthew 27:35Mark 15:24John 19:24.

Messiah Will Yield His Life, Bare Our Sin and be Numbered with the Transgressors:

He poured out His soul to death, numbered with transgressors, He bore the sin/disease of the multitude; Isaiah 53:4; Isaiah 53:12. Fulfilled: Matthew 27:38
Mark 15:27Mark 15:28Luke 22:37Hebrews 9:281 Peter 2:24.

Messiah will be Buried With The Wicked, (those who retain their blame), in A Rich Man’s grave, Yet He is Blameless:

His grave assigned with the wicked, buried in a rich man’s grave,  He did no wrong nor spoke any deceit; Isaiah 53:9.  Fulfilled: 1 Peter 2:22Matthew 27:57; and still to come, Revelation 14:5.

Messiah Will Be Given Gall Mixed With Vinegar Wine For His Thirst:

He will be given gall mixed with vinegar when He is thirsty: Psalm 22:15Psalm 69:21.  Fulfilled: Matthew 27:34Matthew 27:48John 19:28.

None of His Bones Will be Broken:

The Passover sacrifice is not to have any bone broken: Exodus 12:46; Numbers 9:12; He keeps all His bones, not one is broken, Psalm 34:20.  Fulfilled: John 19:33; John 19:36.

 That Day There will be Darkness Over the Land At Noon:

In that day, there will be darkness at noon, (the sixth hour): Amos 8:9.  Fulfilled: Matthew 27:45; Luke 23:44.

Messiah will Pray for His Enemies (Transgressors):

He will pray/intercede for His enemies: Psalm 109:4Isaiah 53:12; Isaiah 59:16.  FulfilledLuke 23:34;  Matthew 5:44; Romans 8:34Hebrews 7:25.

Messiah Will Suffer, Die on a Tree and Be Resurrected on the Third Day:

His body will not decay. Raised on the third day.  Firstborn from the dead.  Made Higher than the King of earth; Psalm 16:10; Psalm 49:9Psalm 49:15Isaiah 53:5Hosea 6:2 .  Matthew 17:23; Matthew 16:21Matthew 17:9Matthew 20:19Luke 24:7Luke 24:46John 20:9 .  Fulfilled: 1 Corinthians 15:4Acts 2:32Acts 3:15Acts 5:30Acts 13:35John 2:22Mark 16:6; Colossians 1:181 Timothy 6:15;  Revelation 19:16.

He Bore our sin/blame; Isaiah 53:4; Isaiah 53:5Isaiah 53:11; Proverbs 20:30John 1:29 Fulfilled: John 3:16Romans 5:6Romans 5:8 1 Corinthians 15:3Galatians 1:4Colossians 2:14

Made Higher than the kings of the Earth; Psalm 89:27.   Fulfilled: Revelation 1:5.

Messiah Will Ascend on High:  

You have ascended on High: Psalm 68:18Proverbs 30:4.  Fulfilled: Ephesians 4:8; Mark 16:19Luke 24:51John 3:13; Acts 1:9.

Messiah Will Send His Spirit:

I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; Isaiah 44:3; Joel 2:28, (3:1) .  Fulfilled: John 7:38John 20:22Acts 2:17, and still to come.

Messiah Will Establish The Renewed Covenant, Putting His Torah (The Way to Life) Within Our Hearts:

He will make an everlasting covenant; Isaiah 55:3Jeremiah 31:31Jeremiah 31:33Jeremiah 32:40Fulfilled: Romans 11:272 Corinthians 3:31 Thessalonians 4:9Hebrews 8:10Hebrews 10:16

Messiah Will Be A Light to the Nations/Peoples, To Bring Salvation to the Earth:

The nations will come to Your Light; Isaiah 60:3; Isaiah 11:10 .  Fulfilled: Revelation 21:24; Romans 11:25Romans 15:12John 12:32Luke 2:32Acts 11:18Acts 13:47

And All Peoples of the Earth Will be Blessed Through Him.

Historical Overview of Today’s Holy Land

“This is a timeline of major events in the History of Jerusalem; a city that had been fought over sixteen times in its history.  During its long history, Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times.”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Jerusalem

Beginning with The Land of Canaan and The Fallen Walls of Jericho

Artist reconstruction of the north side of Jericho

Artist’s reconstruction of the north side of ancient Jericho, based on the German excavations of 1907-1909. Note the houses built against the mud brick city wall, which rests on top of the stone retaining wall. The Bible says that Rahab’s house was built against the city wall (Joshua 2:15).

This Biblical claim has been confirmed by archaeologists who have found evidence of Jericho and its fallen walls, arguably 12-13 centuries B.C.

“So the people shouted, and priests blew the trumpets; and when the people heard the  sound of the trumpet, the people shouted with a great shout and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight ahead, and they took the city.”  Joshua 6:20; Hebrews 11:30

1400 B.C. the Israelites are given the Land of Canaan as promised to Abram/Abraham.

“YHVH appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this Land.” So he built an altar there to YHVH who had appeared to him.” Genesis 12:7

The Land was divided into Israel’s Twelve Tribal territories pictured below.  In 930 B.C. they split into a Northern Kingdom and Southern Kingdom.

Divided into the Ten Tribes of Israel in the North.  The Southern Tribes were called Judah.

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722 B.C. The Assyrians captured the Ten Northern Tribes of Israel.  These tribes eventually dispersed into the nations and are known to this day as the Ten Lost Tribes.

“And I saw that for all the adulteries of faithless Israel, I had sent her away and given her a writ of divorce, yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear; but she went and was a harlot also. Jeremiah 3:8 

587-538 B.C. the Southern Kingdom of Judah is next to be conquered by King Nebuchadnezzar ll.  The first Temple of Solomon is destroyed.  Judah’s Babylonian captivity is prophesied to last 70 years.  Jeremiah 29:10

539 B.C. the Persian Empire conquered Babylonia.  King Cyrus the Great released Judah to return to her land and rebuild the destroyed Temple.

“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘YHVH, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and He has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Ezra 1:2

323-333 B.C. Alexander the Great, a Hellenistic Greek, was the next to conquer the Land, then the Ptolemy gained control of the Land, continuing to battling with the Seleucids.

198 B.C. Antiochus lll incorporated Judea into his Hellenistic Greek Seleucid Empire, but allowing them autonomy.

175-164 B.C.  Antiochus lV inherited the throne.  He’s the one who sacrificed a pig to Zeus, desecrating the Holy Temple and beginning the Maccabean revolt.

167-164 B.C. the Kingdom of Judah won control of the Land in the Maccabean, (Hasmonean) revolt.  (Remembered by the celebration of Chanukah)

140-116 B.C. the Hasmonean Dynasty is established with the decline of the Seleucids.

110 B.C.  Pompey and Rome intervene in the Hasmonean civil war.  The Hasmoneans gain their independence from the Seleucids.

63 B.C. Judah is incorporated into the Roman Republic. 

40 B.C. the Parthians, an Iranian Arsacid Empire, invade the Land.

37 B.C. Herodian Dynasty conquers the Hasmoneans.

27 B.C. the Roman Empire controls the Land.

Y’shua begins His Ministry 30 A.D.  Prophesying the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple.

 “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” Mark 13:2; Luke 19:44; Daniel 9:26

70 A.D.  the 2nd Temple is destroyed by the Romans.

638 A.D. the Arabs of Arabia conquered the Land in the Islamic expansion, at the battle of Yarmouk.

661 A.D. the Umayyad Caliphate of Damascus inherited control of the Land.

750 A.D. the Abbasid Caliphate of Baghdad took over the Land.

1071 A.D. the Egyptians passed control of the Land to the Seljuk Empire, Turkish/Persian, Sunni Muslims.

1099 A.D. the European Christian Crusaders take control of the Land.

1187-1229 the Ayyubi Dynasty, (descendants of Saladin, a Kurdish Muslim leader) took the Land.

1250 A.D. the Mamluks Dynasty took the Land.

1260 the Mongols took the Land from the Muslim Mamluks in The battle of Ain Jalut.

1516 The Ottoman Turks took the Land.

1832  Muhammad Ali of Egypt took the Land, but, in 1840, Britain intervened and returned control of the Levant, (the Land) to the Ottomans.

19th Century, World War 1, the Balfour Declaration of 1917.  The British Government favors the establishment of national home for the Jewish people in Palestine.

1936–1939 the Arab revolt in Palestine was a nationalist uprising by Palestinian Arabs against British colonial rule and mass Jewish immigration…

1948 the name Israel is chosen and a “Jewish” State is named.

The Man-Made Deception

Religious exclusivity is the greatest deception.  Our Creator is Impartial, and His Word does not support any ethnocentric religion.   Look how many of us have mistaken our Creator’s promise, prophesied to come through Abraham, Isaac and Israel, that will bless All peoples.

“The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles, (non-Jewish) by faithfulness, and foretold the gospel (the good news) to Abraham: “All nations/peoples will be blessed through you.”  Galatians 3:8; Genesis 26:4

Now that is Good News.  The Physical Land was never the fulfillment of the Promised Eternal Inheritance, Hebrews 9:15

It’s the New Heaven and New Earth we long for because it will be freed from the death. Isaiah 25:81 Corinthians 15:262 Corinthians 5:17Revelation 21:4

*Most of these dates are from Wikipedia.  Some of the dates vary in other historical writings, so please test this information for yourself.

The intent of this brief overview is to show, at a glance, by whom and when the Land was occupied.

Is Y’shua (Jesus) God?

Is Y’shua (Jesus) YHVH?

Knowing the answer to this question will change your relationship with the Creator of the universe.

I went most of my life without questioning my beliefs and when this particular question crossed my mind I didn’t think it mattered.

Now I can see how important it is to know why it matters.

YHVH is One

The Shema is the most ancient and most recited passage in the Word of our Creator.  Deuteronomy 6:4 The Shema, meaning, “Hear and obey, is first found in Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel!  YHVH, (The LORD) is our God, YHVH, (the LORD) is One!

Who is Israel and Who is YHVH?

Israel means, those who struggle victoriously with God and with man.  Israel is the one and only Assembly of our Creator, YHVH.  YHVH means, He Exists, The First and The Last, I Am that I Am, Is, Was and Always will be, and this is His Name forever, Exodus 3:15 .

Since the days of Moses, the Assembly of YH

VH’s people, (Assembly and Church are synonomous), have memorized and repeated the Shema to their children, when they sit in their house, when they leave, when they lie down, and when they rise up.  They bind them to their hand and keep them in front of their eyes, writing them on their doorposts and on their gates.

To say the least, knowing and reciting the Shema throughout the day must be extremely important.

 The Shema is The Most Important Commandment

Y’shua, (Jesus), confirmed the Shema was the most important command;

“Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in the Law (Torah)?” Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord (YHVH) your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27; Deuteronomy 6:5

Unlike today, when Y’shua spoke the above words, everyone would have recognized The Shema in its entirety.

We can ask the next question with the foundational knowledge; YHVH is our God, YHVH is One.

“You believe that God is One. Good for you! Even the demons believe that, and shudder! James 2:19

Is Y’shua YHVH?

Knowing the meaning of Y’shua’s full name gives us the answer; Y’hoshua, (Joshua) means, YHVH is Salvation/Deliverance.

 “Truly, truly, I tell you, Jesus declared, “before Abraham was born, I Am!” John 8:58 

The religious leaders picked up stones to stone Y’shua because when He said, I Am, He was saying He is YHVH.

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

Is Y’shua The Creator of The Universe?

 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1

“The LORD, (YHVH) by Wisdom founded the earth, By Understanding He established the heavens.” Proverbs 3:19
“The LORD, (YHVH) possessed me, (Wisdom) at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old.” Proverbs 8:22

“You alone are the LORD, (YHVH). You have made the heavens, The heaven of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, The seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them And the heavenly host bows down before You.” Nehemiah 9:6

 For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth,visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:16

“Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:3

“He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him.” John 1:10

The Eternal Son is Prophesied to Have The Authority of God

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government, (rule/dominion) will rest on His shoulders; And His Name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 

“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.” Micah 5:2

For to which of the angels did God ever say: “You are my Son; today I have become Your Father”? Or again: “I will be His Father, and He will be My Son”? Hebrews 1:5; Psalm 2:7 

Y’shua Has The Authority of YHVH

Jesus answered,“Destroy this temple, (His body) and in three days I will raise it up again.John 2:19

“Thomas replied, My Lord, (YHVH) and my God!” John 20:28

“Why do you call Me good? Jesus replied. “No one is good except God alone. Luke 18:19 

Revelation of Y’shua Reveals He is YHVH

“John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from Him who is and was and is to come, and from the seven fold Spirit before His throne,” Revelation 1:4

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord (YHVH) God, who Is and Was and Is to come — the AlmightyRevelation 1:8 

I am the First and the Last, the Living One. I was dead, and behold, now I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of Death and of Hades…Revelation 1:17 ; Revelation 1:18 

“To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of the First and the Last, who died and returned to life.” Revelation 2:8

“And He told me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give freely from the spring of the water of life.” Revelation 21:6 

“I Am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:13

Isaiah Confirms Y’shua is YHVH

“Who has performed and accomplished it, Calling forth the generations from the beginning? ‘I, (YHVH) the LORD, am the First, and with the Last. I am He.'” Isaiah 41:4

“Thus says (YHVH) the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me.” Isaiah 44:6

“Listen to Me, O Jacob, even Israel whom I called; I Am He, I Am the First, I Am also the Last.” Isaiah 48:12

“A voice is calling, “Clear the way for the LORD, (YHVH) in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.” Isaiah 40:3

LORD is YHVH

As you may have noticed, YHVH was replaced by LORD over 6,380 times.  Knowing this makes it a little more difficult to recognize New Testament verses referring to Y’shua as YHVH.  Please test this as you read the word Lord…

“This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, (YHVH) make straight paths for Him.’” Matthew 3:3; Mark 1:3Luke 3:4

John 17-11 That They May Be One blue

Our Eternal Inheritance on The New Earth.

Psalm 37 11 Humble

No One Will Be Living On This Earth Forever.
Psalm 37 27

This Earth, (The Land) Will Pass Away.

Matthew 24 35

The Humble Will Inherit the (Eternal) Earth.

Matthew 5 5 Humble

The Word of YHVH’s (The LORD) Covenant or Promise is Eternal.

Psalm 119 89

Psalm 119 160Isaiah 40 Word stands forever

The Eternal Word Became Flesh and Dwelt With Us.

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Y’shua is Our Promised Eternal Life.

John 17 3

Y’shua Is Wisdom.

WISDOM

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All people are blessed by Abraham’s blessing and the Inheritance of the eternal Land (Earth):  Genesis 12:3; Genesis 13:15Isaiah 60:21; Hebrews 9:15Acts 3:25; Acts 13:32Acts 13:33; Galatians 3:8 Galatians 3:14 2 Peter 3:13…

Testing Translation

The Why and How to Test Translations

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This is Why We Need to Test Our Translations:

The above verse is a fulfilled prophesy quoted in Matthew 21:5.  Although it is recognizable, you will notice a small textual variation can make a big difference.

“This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘See, your King comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.” Matthew 21:5

The original Hebrew word, Tzeddiq means:  Righteous, Blameless.

The original Hebrew word Yasha means:  Salvation, Deliverance and Victory.

The original Hebrew word Anav means: Afflicted, Humble, Oppressed, Poor.

Notice all three words are translated into English as Gentle?

This is How We Test Our Translations To The Original Hebrew:

To gain better understanding of the original word meanings it is necessary to search an updated Lexicon, such as this one at http://biblehub.com/lexicon/zechariah/9-9.h

How blessed is the man who has made Yahovah his trust, And has not turned to the proud nor to those who lapse into falsehood. Psalm 40:4

 

Truth or Religion

The Creator’s Truth or Man’s Religion?

Laying aside emotional attachments and candidly holding up every belief to The Creator’s Word, (Torah), because His Word says it is Perfect, Unchanging and True, Psalm 19:7;  Psalm 119:160Psalm 93:2.  What then, does one do when they discover their firmly rooted beliefs do not match up to The Original Word?

This is what I experienced as I began testing my own beliefs to Our Creator’s Plum-line.   Still it took years before I could clearly see just how much trust I had put in man. Elevating knowledgeable people had kept me from seeking Truth for myself.

“But from there you will seek Y’hovah your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29;  Jeremiah 29:12-14Psalm 119:2;  Matthew 7:7

Isn’t it amazing how many of us believe, without testing, The Eternal Word, (Torah) has been abolished or corrupted?

Warnings of this happening still stand, yet we have believed those who say they have been given authority by God, or an angel from heaven told them, to make additions and subtractions, Jeremiah 23:16Galatians 1:8 

The Original Torah and matching Bible verses say The Creator’s Word will never change:

“You shall not add to the Word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of Y’hovah your God which I command you.” Deuteronomy 4:2Deuteronomy 12:32Proverbs 30:6

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them. 18  For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.  Matthew 5:18,43…

“The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will never pass away.”  Matthew 24:35; Luke 16:17

Y’hovah (He Exists) Does Test Us,  Deuteronomy 8:2

The Creator does test us to see who is loyal and will keep His Commandments:  Deuteronomy 8:16Genesis 22:1Exodus 15:25

He Has Shown Us How To Test a Prophet

“you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for Y’hovah your God is testing you to find out if you love Y’hovah your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”  Deuteronomy 13:3

The Answer to any person, claiming to have been inspired by God, is lets check that to His Word, because His Word will never and has never changed.

We either put Our Trust In our Creator’s Word, Y’hoshua, or in one of Man’s countless Religious Divisions.

 

Developing an Eye for the Scorpion

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Moving to Arizona, from the state of Washington, I was pretty oblivious about scorpions.  I’d actually only seen the big black kind on the television and equated them with pure evil and death.  So you can imagine my fear when I discovered the first bark scorpion in my house.

“Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?” Luke 11:12

The Bible even used the scorpion as a metaphor for something that was the opposite of Good.  My exaggerated fear did eventually subside as I learned how to avoid this new danger.  Unlike the Brown Recluse or Black widow spider, the scorpion seemed fearlessly blind and clueless to retreat when it was discovered.

The first time I noticed this was when I was sitting on the floor in the middle of my living room and I spotted a very small, dark shadow moving toward me, like it had a heat seeking radar.  It was a long way off, so this time I was able to remain calm and observe as it slowly made its way across the shag carpet.

When it got close I jumped up to grab a glass jar.  I noticed my quick movement caused it to freeze and flatten itself out from its previous, high stepping, curly tailed, posture.  Somehow it was able to make itself look like a very thin, flat piece of paper, something one could easily mistake for a dead leaf.

It was easy for me to capture it as it continued to play dead, but when I forced it inside with a piece of cardboard and put the lid on, it puffed back up and began thrashing its tail violently.

I’ve lived in Arizona for over thirty years now and finding the occasional scorpion in my home has become a normal part of life.  Last night I was prompted to write this after spotting the tell-tale, dark shadow on the carpet of a dark bedroom as I passed by.  It brought back the memory of my first dark shadow experience but this time I realized something that gave me comfort;

I have Developed an Eye for the Scorpion

Adapting to the possibility of a venomous sting makes it second nature to shake shoes before putting them on, keeping everything up off the floor, even if you’re not tidy, and no more feeling around in your cupboards where you can’t see or jumping into bed without a quick check.  If you get up at night, and don’t want to disturb anyone by turning on the light, you learn to keep flip flops by your bed, because walking barefoot in the dark is like playing Russian roulette with a scorpion.  It is more likely to freeze in the path of your next step than to run out of your way.

Scorpions lurk in dark places, especially warm, moist environments.  If I ever want to check to see if a scorpion might be hiding somewhere all I have to do is leave a warm, damp cloth on the floor overnight.  In the morning I shake the cloth and the scorpion freezes, as if I can’t see it if it doesn’t move.  This makes it easier to capture, although I occasionally miss as it scurries toward the nearest wall, at least now, I know they don’t attack like a bee protecting its hive.

Scorpions Sting Because We Don’t See Them

People come in contact with Scorpions, in countless ways, when they aren’t looking for them.  If we stick our hand into a dark place without first checking it with a light, and continue walking barefoot in the dark, sitting on, rolling over on, or putting on clothes without checking them in the light, that’s when we get stung.

I have learned venomous scorpions, spiders and snakes work hard to produce their venom and they need it to live.  They don’t waste it on things they don’t eat, unless they have to.  Their actions are as predictable as their existence in keeping the desert vermin and insect population under control.

Unlike the scorpion, we are made to walk in the light.  The Light, both figuratively and literally, illuminates the harmful things in this life.  It is possible to develop an eye for the scorpion and avoid them by cautiously shining light on those dark shadows.

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet And a Light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

In the Way of Righteousness is Life, And in its pathway there is no death.” Proverbs 12:28

The Ambiguous Meaning of Salvation

If you live in the Western world you’ve probably been asked religious questions like, “are you saved?” and “when did you receive your salvation?”  These questions were like grains of irritation to me.  Like grains of sand that had made their way into the meat of an oyster shell, they can eventually become our most beautiful pearls.

It was my lack of understanding that kept me silently frustrated when I heard the phrase, “I’m saved.”  It just didn’t set right that salvation could sound like a box we’d checked off after our first confession, when we said,  “I believe and accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior,” before getting baptized.saved

Although I Understand These Are The Biblical Answers to The Question;

“What Must I Do To Be Saved?

Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:31

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Mark 16:16

“if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”  Romans 10:9

Salvation Revealed In The Original Hebrew Scriptures

Thanks to the impartial promise of our Creator’s Word, those who seek Him do find Him, Deuteronomy 4:29;   Matthew 7:7.   And these days He even guides us in the search engines of Google.  The day I discovered the Hebrew Lexicon at Biblehub.com, I knew it was an answer to my prayer for greater understanding.

For instance, it helped me realize how word choices, culture and religious bias have their influence on translation.

When there are several English word equivalents, used interchangeably for the same Hebrew word, readers lose their cues to connect that word or phrase in other passages.

All translation require conjecture in order to convey meaning, especially when an ancient expression doesn’t exist or carry over into another language.

Translating means changing, no matter how closely one is able to transfer a meaning and modify word syntax into the readable form of another language.

Today everyone has access to the Hebrew lexicon.  Anyone, who has the desire to know and understand the original Hebrew Scriptures, can begin prayerfully meditating on their Word meanings and making the Spiritual connections that evade translation, Romans 7:14.

YHVH’s (He Exists) is Salvation

The Hebrew word translated into English as Salvation is Yeshuah.  It comes from the root Yasha, the same root in the name Yehoshua, (Jesus) which means, YHVH + Yasha, He Exists is Salvation.

Matthew 1:21

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Yasha and its different forms can be translated:  Deliverance, Victory, to Avenge, Preservation, Prosperity, Help, Rescue, Safety, Security, to Save, Salvation…

Salvation Always Was “The Good News”

“May Your Merciful Loving Kindnesses, (Chesed #2617a from Chasad) also come to me, YHVH,(He Exists) Your Salvation, (Teshuah #8668 from Yasha) according to Your Word, (Imrah #559 from Amar).  Psalm 119:41

“How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings Good News, Who announces peace And brings Good News of happiness, Who announces Salvation, And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7Romans 10:15

The Spirit of The Lord YHVH, (HeExists) is upon me, Because YHVH has anointed me To bring good news to the humble/afflicted, (anav #6035); He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty/release, (deror #1865) to captives And freedom to prisoners; Isaiah 61:1

Y’shua, the shortened form of Y’hoshua, explained all that was written about Himself in the Scriptures.  The Scriptures He was referring to were called Moses, (Torah) the Prophets and Writings.  In Hebrew these words form the acronym T.N.K, pronounced, TaNaK.   Today we call The Scriptures, The “Old” Testament.

“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was written in all The Scriptures (The Tanak) about Himself.” Luke 24:27

Promised From The Beginning

“And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise/overwhelm, (shuph #7779) you on the head, And you shall bruise/overwhelm him on the heel.” Genesis 3:15

Looking at Genesis 3:15 with ancient Hebrew symbolism we see more than the curse or the fate that will come to the serpent, (representing satan, YHVH’s adversary).  This is a prophecy, a promise of what will happen, spoken to the serpent and his seed or offspring, meaning all who are adversary’s of YHVH.

Notice the words, “you,” and “your” are addressing the serpent, (satan).  Their will be enmity, (ebah #342) between your seed, (satan) and the woman and her Seed, (children of YHVH).

“And the dragon, (serpent) was enraged at the woman, and went to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony, (word) of Jesus, (Salvation)” Revelation 12:17

The Victory Stance!

The Seed of the woman will,  “overwhelm the head of the serpent.” Can you envision this ancient Hebrew idiom of a triumphant king, victoriously standing with his foot on the head of His enemy?

“The God of Peace will soon crush satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” Romans 16:20

This symbolism of Victory even carries over into Greek and English!

“YHVH your God is in your midst, A Victorious/Savior, (Yasha #3467) warrior/prevailer, (gibbor #1368).  He will exult over you with joy, He will be silent/rest in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” Zephaniah 3:17

Victory Over Satan Is Salvation

Adam and Eve, Cain and Able, Noah, Abraham, Moses and King David, to name a few, all died believing in their Salvation, the promise of the Victorious Seed.

All these people died in faith, without having received the things they were promised.” Hebrews 11:13

Today we can look back on all the Scriptural prophecies of the promised Seed who would bless All peoples of the earth, Genesis 22:18 and know that Seed is Y’hoshua, (YHVH’s Salvation).

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“You pore over the Scriptures because you presume that by them you possess eternal life. These are the very words that testify about Me,” John 5:39

Y’hoshua is the Word, John 1:1.  The Word became flesh and dwelt with us, John 1:14.  He overcame every test of satan, victoriously conquering death, He purposely resurrected to lasting Life on the third day of First-Fruits, assuring us the rest of the harvest would also be blessed.  (See The Promise of The Seed Who Would Bless All Nations/People).

Victory over satan, (also known as our evil inclination) has been the true meaning of salvation/release/freedom/victory since Cain was warned that it would master him if he didn’t master it, Genesis 4:7

“Do not be like Cain, who belonged to, (mastered by) the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he slay him? Because his own deeds were evil, while those of his brother were righteous.” 1 John 3:12.

All people have been separated from the Spirit of their Creator by their iniquitiesRomans 3:23, and All people are in need of Salvation/Life, because Death is separation.

“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.”  Isaiah 59:2.

He Brings Salvation At His Second Coming

“so also Christ, (Messiah) was offered once to bear the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await Him.” Hebrews 9:28

Dead People Can’t Eat From The Tree Of Life

YHVH, in His Mercy, made sure Adam and Eve did not eat from the Tree of Life in their fallen state and live in death forever.

Then YHVH God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the Tree of Life, and eat, and live forever…” Genesis 3:22,23.

God’s Merciful Compassion makes us alive, (born again) through/in Christ/Messiah, even when we were dead, (separated) in our trespasses/iniquities/sin.  It is by grace/His favor you have been saved, (from sin and death)! Ephesians 2:5; Colossians 2:13; Ephesians 5:14Isaiah 26:19

Righteousness Is The Beautiful Pearl of Salvation

Whether we understand or not, mankind’s freedom from death, (sin) equals New Spiritual Life/Righteousness.  An ancient Hebrew illustration for “New Life,” is a “Clean Robe,”  Our outer covering represent “our actions.”  This is revealed in the following verse:

She, (The Bride) was given clothing of fine linen,” linen bright and pure. For the fine linen she wears is the righteous acts of the saints/the set apart/holy. Revelation 19:8.

Before our “New Life,” (when we were dead in our sin) and even our righteous actions were like, “Filthy Rags,” Isaiah 64:6;  Zechariah 3:3. 

Righteous acts, is the Hebrew word, Tzedakah #6666.  This is the hidden pearl that has always been, still is and will be, The only Way to Lasting Life

“In the Way of Righteousness, (Tzedakah) is Life, And in its pathway there is no death.” Proverbs 12:28

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, (the victorious) so that they may have the right to the Tree of Life and may enter the city by its gates.” Revelation 22:14

“To the one who is Victorious, (those who acted right) I will grant the right to eat of the Tree of Life in the paradise of God.”  Revelation 2:7

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! (YHVH our Salvation, the Messiah!) 1 Corinthians 15:57

To Be Clothed in His Righteousness Is Life

So now when I hear someone say, “I’m saved,”  I understand why today’s religious lingo has never been a pre-requisite for Salvation.  People have been dying with their hope in the Creator’s promise since the beginning, long before our language and religious divisions.

We know, “God is One.”  There is no division in His Spirit.  Those who bear the glory of “His Name,” are called His children.  His children are those who walk in Freedom from their bondage to sin and death.  His Torah has always been The Way to Truth and Life.

Y’hoshua revealed, He is The Way, The Truth and The Life, John 14:6,  and He gave All peoples very clear instructions to, “follow Him,” John 12:26.

“Whoever claims to abide in Him must walk as Jesus, (Y’shua) walked.  Beloved, I am not writing you a new commandment, but an old one, which you have had from the beginning.” 1 John 2:6.

“This is the message you have heard from the beginning:  We should love one another. 1 John 3:11

We know that we have passed from death to Life, because we love our brothers. The one who does not love remains in death.” 1 John 3:14

The Way of Life Is Righteousness, Which Is Summed Up As Love

Righteousness is Who He Is, it is our Creator’s Character and it describes the Attributes of those who walk in the way that leads to Life.  Man is able to come up with countless definitions for righteousness but Y’shua summed it up simply by quoting these two commands from Torah:

“‘Love YHVH your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.’ Deuteronomy 6:4,5.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  Leviticus 19:18.  All the Torah and the Prophets depend/hang on these two commandments.”… Matthew 22:37; Matthew 22:40

“The commandments “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and any other commandments, are summed up in this one decree: “Love your neighbor (one another) as yourself.” Love does no wrong to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law, (Torah) Romans 13:10; Leviticus 19:18

Those who are not clothed in the Righteousness of our Creator’s Love do not have Life.

“keep yourselves in the Love, (Righteousness), of God as you await the Mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, (YHVH’s Salvation, the Messiah) to bring you eternal LifeJude 1:21

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