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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.

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 television or in the movies.  So when I discovered my home was crawling with bark scorpions, my first thought was to move.

I had an exaggerated fear in my mind that equated scorpions with pure evil, and over time I’ve found a solution to living with them both.  Unlike the Brown Recluse or Black widow spider, the scorpion seemed fearlessly blind and clueless to retreat.

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 quickly thrashing its tail back and forth, as if it were violently stinging the air.

I’ve lived in Arizona for over thirty years now and finding scorpions 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 I had 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 under a jar, although I occasionally miss as it scurries toward the nearest wall.  I never have to worry about being attacked by a scorpion.

I have learned venomous scorpions, spiders and snakes work hard to produce their venom and they need it to live.  They don’t attack, or waste it on, things they don’t eat unless it has to protect itself.  Their actions are as predictable as their existence in keeping desert vermin under control, and that is their purpose in life.

On the other hand, we have a brain capable of making both wise and foolish choices. Harmful things exist in this life for a purpose and they can be observed.  That is how we develop an eye for it and avoid stepping in its path.

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

Silent Prayer

Silence is My Favorite Time of Prayer

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Our Creator Knows Our Words Before We Speak

“Even before there is a word on my tongue,Behold, YHVH, You know it all.” Psalm 139:4

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We Are The Ones Who Need To Speak, Not Him.

Speaking is beneficial to us when we begin to pray, especially as we repeat His Words of Truth and His Attributes:

“Then YHVH passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “YHVH, YHVH, God, Compassionate/Merciful and Gracious, Slow to anger, and Abounding in Loving kindness and Truth; Exodus 34:6

We are to know and remember His Words because we are the ones who are forgetful, not Him.

The Shema Prayer

“Hear, O Israel!  YHVH is our God, YHVH is One! “You shall love YHVH your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 22:37

Love your neighbor as yourself.” Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39

All the Torah and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”Matthew 22:40

Praying Out Loud in a Group Benefits Those Listening, Not Him.

“I knew that You always hear Me, but I say this for the benefit of the people standing here, so they may believe that You sent Me.” John 11:42

There is no need to say lengthy prayers. Luke 20:47

“And when you pray, do not babble on like pagans, for they think that by their many words they will be heard.” Matthew 6:7

Then How Should We Pray Out Loud?

“This, then, is how you should pray: Matthew 6:9

A Hebrew translation from https://www.nehemiaswall.com/learn-lords-prayer-hebrew

The Lord’s Prayer

“ Our Father in the heavens,

may it be Sanctified, Your Name,

may it be blessed, Your kingdom,

Your will shall be done,

in heaven and on earth.

And give us our bread daily,

And forgive the debt, us, of our sins,

as we forgive the debt of those who sin against us.

And do not bring us into the hands of a test,

and protect us from all evil, (bad).

This simple model of prayer only takes a minute to say and if you really meditate on the original Hebrew meanings, you will find that it covers everything we need.

Of Course We Can Still Vent, Beg, Question and Chat

He is the only One to whom we can speak freely.  No human being knows, not even ourselves, the hidden intentions of the heart, Genesis 6:5.  Only His Spirit has the power to guide and instruct us effectively.Matthew 23:8

So talking, in times of prayer, is helpful but where did we get the idea that prayer is over as soon as we finish speaking?

Do we envision Y’shua, (Jesus) speaking when He spent all night in prayer?

“In those days, Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God.”  Luke 6:12

Obviously prayer is much more than words.  It is also the time we spend, communing silently in The Unseen Spirit of the One Who Gives us Spiritual Life, that is so vital.

And what a relief it is, just spending time together in silence.  Not feeling the need to tell Him what to do, or how to do it, not having to rack our brains trying to remember details He already knows.

Silence is The Highest Form of Honor

“But YHVH, (He Exists) is in His holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him.”Habakkuk 2:20

“Be silent before the Lord YHVH! For the day of YHVH is near, For YHVH has prepared a sacrifice, He has consecrated His guests.” Zephaniah 1:7; Zechariah 2:13

Our finite vocabulary tends to fall away as we gain spiritual awareness of The Almighty, Awesome, Fearsome, Wonderful, Loyal, Faithful, Merciful, Kind, Patient, Loving, Compassionate, Just and Righteous, Sovereign Creator of the Entire Universe.

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Shavuot Pentecost

Shavuot is The 4th of Our Creator’s 7 pre-Set Times

From the day after the Sabbath, after the Sheaf Wave offering of the First-Fruits from the Barley harvest, begins the 7 Sabbath countdown during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Sheaf wave Barley

“You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete Sabbaths.  You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to YHVH.”  Leviticus 23:15; Leviticus 23:16.

The 50 day count brings us from the first lunar month to the third lunar month.

“In the third (lunar) month after the sons of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day they came into the wilderness of Sinai.” Exodus 19:1

In the third lunar month Moses was given The Torah, in writing by YHVH, over 3,300 years ago.

In the third lunar month Y’shua, (The Torah in flesh, John 1-14) sent His promised Spirit, Joel 2:28Matthew 3:11 Mark 1:8Luke 3:16Acts 1:5Acts 2:17.

Shavuot is 4th and Center on The Lamp of God, in Hebrew, The Menorah.

The Golden Lamp-stand; Exodus 25:311 Samuel 3:3

Shavuot means “Weeks” in Hebrew

Shavuot is also called, The Feast of Weeks, Numbers 28:26 , Oaths, Festival of First-fruits of the Wheat Harvest, In-gathering and in English it is known as Pentecost, meaning fifty.

“You shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks, that is, the first fruits of the wheat harvest, and the Feast of In-gathering at the turn of the year.”  Exodus 34:22

Shavuot is a Sign Connecting The Wheat Harvest, with The Giving of Torah and The Giving of YHVH’s Spirit.

YHVH’s Feast Days are more than physical Appointments with our Creator, they also point to the times of His Spiritual fulfillment.

For instance, why is Unleavened Bread required at the Barley harvest but two leavened loaves of Wheat bread at Shavuot?  Leaven is forbidden in any grain offering except on Shavuot, Leviticus 2:11.

You shall bring in from your dwelling places two loaves of bread for a wave offering, made of two-tenths of an ephah; they shall be of a fine, (sifted), flour, baked with leaven as first fruits to YHVH.”  Leviticus 23:17unleavened-bread-1-cor-5-6-7

The Connection Between The Bread and Torah.

Y’shua, (Jesus) said, I Am The Bread of LifeJohn 6:48

“I Am the Living Bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will Live forever. And this Bread, which I will give for the Life of the world, is My flesh.” John 6:51

Y’shua referring to His flesh as “Bread” makes no sense to man’s proud intellect.  He purposely spoke in parables that only the humble heart would seek to perceive His Spiritual mysteries.

This is why I speak to themin parables: ‘Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.” Matthew 13:13Deuteronomy 29:4

Salvation is Revealed in YHVH’s Seven Appointed Times

Y’shua, (YHVH’s Salvation) is the Foreshadowed Passover Lamb.  His sinless, (unleavened) blood covered our guilt of blame, (sin).   Buried the first day (at sundown) of the seven days of Unleavened Bread, He Resurrected on the Third day, The First-Fruits of the Barley sheaf wave offering.

He appeared to over 500 witnesses in His Resurrected body,  1 Corinthians 15:6.

After His suffering, He presented Himself to them with many convincing proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a span of forty days and spoke about the Kingdom of God.” Acts 1:3

The Kingdom of God is Not of This World, (it is not physical but Spiritual), John 18:36Romans 14:17

On the fortieth day of the count to Shavuot, Y’shua ascended up to heaven after instructing His followers to wait in Jerusalem for The Promise of His Father, Luke 24:51

(These 40 days are significant, Exodus 24:18)

And behold, I am sending The Promise of My Father upon you. But remain in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49

Ten Days Later, (on the 50th day) He Sends His Promise on Shavuot

Remember the Promise given to Adam and Eve?  The Seed of the woman who would stand with His foot on the head of the Serpent, Genesis 3:15Romans 16:20.

“In your Seed All the nations/peoples of the earth shall be blessed, because you (Abraham) have obeyed My voice.” Genesis 22:18

Shavuot is the fulfillment of YHVH’s Promised Seed, The long awaited Messiah, (Anointed One), His Life, through whom All Peoples shall be Blessed.

“The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his Seed. The Scripture does not say, “and to seeds,” meaning many, but “and to your Seed,” meaning One, who is Messiah.”  Galatians 3:16

The Two Shall Become One, Genesis 2:24

See; , The analogy of the marriage covenant, (Torah) reuniting the Creator with His people, (Israel, those who prevail).

Shavuot is the only time leaven is allowed in a grain offering.  These two refined, (sifted) loaves of wheat bread are waved as a First-Fruits offering.  The First-Fruits offering is not only an acknowledgement that all sustenance comes form YHVH, it is also the promise that the rest of the harvest will follow.

When we view Torah through His Spiritual eyes it is possible to see that All Mankind contains the leaven of sin, 1 Corinthians 5:8.

In Y’shua’s Matthew 13:30, He reveals that all mankind is growing together in the field (the world).  At the time of the Spiritual Wheat harvest, (His Second Coming) those who bear the fruit of the wheat berry are called the children of the Kingdom,  Matthew 13:38.  They are gathered into His barn, (His Kingdom).  Everything that remains is like waste material that gets burned away in the fire.

The Wheat Harvest is Shavuot

“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.  Ask YHVH of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest.”  Matthew 9:38

Shavuot, is one of three pilgrimage Festivals when every male of YHVH’s Assembly, (or Body) is instructed to return to Jerusalem, Deuteronomy 16:16.

At the First High Holy Day Pilgrimage of Passover/Unleavened Bread, we symbolically remove the old, (man’s false doctrines) leaven, (sin).  Now, at Shavuot, His Spiritual Leaven is added/given.

 “Get rid of the old yeast, that you may be a New Unleavened batch, as you really are. For Christ,(Messiah) our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” 1 Corinthians 5:7

After we become unleavened, (humbled) then we become a New batch leavened with Spiritual Life/Truth.

“The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into three measures of flour, (an ephah) until all of it was leavened.” Matthew 13:33

The Bride Has Made Herself Ready

Taking a peek ahead to the book of Revelation we see several clues pointing to the New/Spiritual Jerusalem, the Bride, and the Marriage of the Lamb.

 “I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Revelation 21:2

Let us rejoice and celebrate and give Him the glory. For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.” Revelation 19:7

Then one of the seven angels with the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” Revelation 21:9

 Shavuot reveals our Creator’s salvation plan from the beginning.  Just as Torah was given, in writing, to a “mixed multitude,” Exodus 12:38, it pre-existed before He created the nation of Israel.

Israel is descriptive of All His people:  It has a general meaning of one who perseveres, (sarah #8280) and overcomes/prevails/has power, (yakol #3201), Genesis 32:28Isaiah 14:1Ephesians 2:12

Shavuot Represents The Brides Redemption, Ephesians 2:15

“…and by Your blood You purchased for God those from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” Revelation 5:9

There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are All One in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28Romans 10:12

I (Y’shua) have given them the glory You gave Me, so that they may be One as We are One.” John 17:22 Amen

My First Song

When I close my eyes, it’s then I see.  Just beyond my senses, I’m aware.  Silence calms my heart and mind with Peace.  Breathing in Your presence, and I’m there.

Chorus:  This is the place where I feel safe, keeping very near to You.  My soul is filled with joy and praise, hidden in Your Secret place.

Resting in Your Love, transforming me, more and more like You, make me to be.  Time apart with You, alone in prayer.  Strengthened by Your presence, and I’m there.

Chorus:  This is the place where I feel safe, keeping very near to You.  My soul is filled with joy and praise, hidden in Your Secret place.

No voice no word need to convey, as I wait with You I know.  You’re here in me, You’re everywhere.  Conscious of Your presence and I’m there.

 

Sin, meaning those who Bare the guilt of Blame, and All of us are guiltyEcclesiastes 7:20Romans 3:23

Here are a few original Hebrew word meanings referring to sin as meaning baring the guilt of blame:

 #2398 Chata=to bare the blame, sin, to miss, go wrong, Genesis 44:32  #5771 Avon=guilt. #5375 Nasa or Nasah=to carry, Genesis 4:13; Exodus 28:38.

He Bore Our Guilt of Blame

 So what does it really mean that Y’shua, (Jesus) bore our guilt of sin, in the death of His body, that we might also die to our guilt of sin and have (lasting) Life in Righteousness? (Righteousness has always been the Way to Life, Proverbs 12:28)

In His Death We Also Die, and in His New (Spiritual) Life We Are Healed!

1 Peter 2:24 is Quoting; Isaiah 53:5; Isaiah 53:6.  The Hebrew word Healed is Rapha #749, meaning repaired, cured, made whole.

1 Peter 2 He bore our sin

 

Parable of The Dragnet

Once again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathering fish of every kind.  When it was full, the men pulled it ashore. Then they sat down and sorted the good fish into containers, but threw out the bad.  

So will it be at the end of the age: The angels will come and separate the wicked, (those who do bad), from the righteous, (those who do good), and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, (upset and angry)”  Matthew 13:47Matthew 13:48Matthew 13:49Matthew 13:50” 

Dragnet

#1.  The Kingdom of Heaven is like a Fishnet.  “called to fish for people,” Luke 5:10

#1.  The Sea is a Hebrew Idiom Referring to Many Peoples/Nations

Alas, the uproar of many peoples Who roar like the roaring of the seas, And the rumbling of nations Who rush on like the rumbling of mighty waters!” Isaiah 17:12

Who stills the roaring of the seas, The roaring of their waves, And the tumult of the peoples.” Psalm.” 65:7

There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among the nations, bewildered by the roaring of the sea and the surging of the waves.” Luke 21:25

Then the angel said to me, The waters where you saw the prostitute seated are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues.” Revelation 17:15

#2 Sorting The Good and The Bad at The End of the Age

The Kingdom of Heaven is the end of the age, when the chaff is removed from the Wheat and the bad fish are removed from the good fish.   The chaff and the bad fish, (representing those who do bad) will be cleansed away like garbage in a fire.

His winnowing fork is in His hand to clear, (cleanse) His threshing floor and to gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff, (those who do bad), with inextinguishable, (asbestos #762) fire. Matthew 3:12

The wicked are not so, but they are like chaff , which the wind drives away,” Psalm 1:4Psalm 35:5;  Psalm 37:38; Isaiah 1:31Isaiah 11:4Isaiah 27:4Isaiah 41:16Isaiah 66:24Jeremiah 7:20Jeremiah 15:7Jeremiah 51:2)…

Let both grow together until the harvest. At the proper time I will tell the harvesters, “First collect the weeds, (those who do bad) and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat, (those who do good) into my barn/storehouse.” Matthew 13:30

*A side not about the Mythology attached to the doctrine of eternal hell fire:

Eternal hell fire does not exist in original Hebrew Scriptures, it was blended into early church doctrine.  The Fiery Furnace and Unquenchable Fire are Hebrew Idioms describing the power a fire has to completely cleanse away everything bad.  For more information see;  Mythology Attached to Hell, under the category Hell:  https://kaylened.wordpress.com/category/hell/.

Then Death and Hades (Sheol, the grave) were thrown into the lake of fire.  This is the second death is the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:14

The last enemy to be destroyed, (abolished=katargeo #2673) is death.” 1 Corinthians 15:26

“Do His Set Apart People Know The Difference Between Good and Bad?

“Moreover, they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.” Ezekiel 44:23Ezekiel 22:26Leviticus 10:10

Instructions Defining Clean and Unclean Fish

“Of whatever is in the water, these you may eat: all that have fins and scales, those in the water, in the seas or in the rivers, you may eat.”  Leviticus 11:9

Clean fish

The Good Fish, with fins and scales, equates to Clean, Holy, Set Apart from the bad fish.

Unclean fish

A Bad Fish, without fins or scales, equals Unclean or Common.

His People are Set Apart and Only Eat Food that is Set Apart

Y’suaha did not come to make Peace with the world but with a Sword, (an Idiom for His Word), Ephesians 6:17Matthew 10:34

His Holy (Set Apart) Word teaches His Holy (Set Apart) people how to distinguish between Good and Bad, Life and Death, Holy and Common, True and the False, 2 Corinthians 6:17; Revelation 18:4.

Do You Understand All These Things?

“Have you understood all these things?” “Yes,” they answered. Then He told them, “For this reason, every scribe, (man of learning) who has been discipled in the Kingdom of Heaven is like the Landowner, (one with authority, oikodespotés #3617) who brings out of his treasure stores things new and old.  Matthew 13:51Matthew 13:52

The Old or First is Physical, The New or Renewed is Spiritual

So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being;” the last Adam, (Y’shua) a Life-giving Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 15:45

The spiritual, however, was not first, but the physical, and then the spiritual,” 1 Corinthians 15:46 

“and we know that The Torah is Spiritual,” Romans 7:14.

This is the last of Y’shua’s Kingdom Parables found in Matthew 13.  Each one shining new Spiritual Light on what He established from the beginning. Psalm 19:71 Samuel 15:29

Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done…” Isaiah 46:10 Luke 17 20

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