Embracing True Righteousness

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Romans (chapter 10) testified about the zeal of a group of monotheistic Believers. While zeal is a very good trait to possess, Paul says theirs was not based on the true knowledge of the source of righteousness: “For being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit themselves to the righteousness of God. For Messiah is the Goal of the Torah as a means to righteousness for everyone who keeps trusting” (10:2-4). The zealous Believers, of whom Paul spoke, thought that self-righteousness, found through obeying the Law, would save them: “Moses wrote about the righteousness that is based on Torah (Romans 10:5): ‘The man who does these will live by them’”.

There is a “righteousness of faith” that far surpasses the Law; which is why Habakkuk said, “The just shall live by faith” (2:4).  Jesus stressed this when he said, “Unless your righteousness EXCEED that of the Pharisees, the teachers of the Law, you shall in no way enter the Kingdom of God” (Matt. 5:20). Self-righteousness will not save; “Our righteousness are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). So what is this “righteousness of faith”? It means you can not save yourself by your Righteous deeds—obey the Law of God; but obey out of faith and love for God, not as a means to save yourself. Some people despair at this, but I have very Good News! To receive God’s GIFT of righteousness, trust in the Messiah.

Speaking of the Messiah, the apostle Paul says: “But how can they trust in the one whom they have not heard of; or if they have heard of him, have not trusted? Then Paul says, “How blessed are those who bring this Good News (Gospel/Evangel) to them” (10:15; Isa. 52:7). Jesus said: “The harvest is great; yet the workers are few” (Matt. 9:37). The Gospel declares that Jesus is the Righteousness of God (2Peter 1:1), sent from God, to cover your iniquities: “Behold the Lamb of God” (John 1:29; Exod. 12:21; Num 28:8; Isa. 53:5-7).

Jesus chose to be the Lamb of God, the Supreme Sacrifice for your sins, out of love for YOU—knowing you could not save yourself through doing the Law, “For all have sinned, and fall short of the Glory of God. The LORD has laid on him (Messiah) the sins of us all” (Isa. 53:6; Ecclesiastes 7:15-20). Therefore spread the Great News! “Beautiful are the feet who bring this Good News” (Nahum 1:15/2:1). Blessed, and just as beautiful, are those who embrace his gift; this undeserved, imputed righteousness (Romans 5:1,9). Jesus chose to be given for your benefit. “There is none righteous; no, not one” (Psalm 14:30).

“If righteousness comes by the Law, Jesus Christ came and died in vain” (Gal. 2:21). Although he died, his body did not see corruption-as foretold (Psalm 16:10). “After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered what he had said” (John 2:22, Suras 3:55-58; 4:158). In this, it proved Jesus was whom he said he was: the righteous son of God whose mission he chose “as a Lamb to slaughter” out of his love for you. He submitted himself as a replacement to cover YOUR sins, since you could not save yourself by the deeds of the Law.

There exist some factions within Christianity, and other religions, who although they believe in the One God, they believe their deeds “might” save them. As they go through this earthly life—very zealous for God—they have no assurance of salvation and eternal life. Mounting one deed upon another; they hope all of their good deeds will outweigh all of their bad deeds in the End. This theology is a mindset that actually stems from a very, very ancient Egyptian belief, where the Ma’at (order out of chaos) feather was put onto a scale in the Judgement—representing the good vs. evil deeds of their heart. If the scale tipped in the deceased person’s favor they entered the Duat (Heaven).

Jesus’ apostle Paul says this hard saying: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will go up into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Messiah down).” As based upon what Paul said earlier, it could also be worded: “‘through self-seeking righteousness to gain heaven, rather trusting in the Messiah’s Righteousness, is seeking to save yourself”; and this lessens Messiah’s divine status (“brings him down”).

Jesus’ divine mission was before, “hidden” (Rom. 1:16-17; Sura 3:50). But “For in the Gospel, the righteousness of God is revealed”.  And the Gospel reveals this: “For God so loved the world that He sent His only son, that whosoever believes on him shall have eternal life” (John 3:16).

No other human was born in such a way as Jesus—of a virgin—not even Adam, whom God formed from the earth: “and (God) simply says ‘Be’ and (he) was. (Suras 3:47; 19:20, 35; Luke 1:26-27; Matt. 1:18-21). Created so uniquely in this way, makes Jesus God’s Only Son. However, since Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) came into the world, born of a woman, he was therefore called ‘the Son of Man’. (Luke 9:18-26). And he had this mission: “The Son of Man came to save lives” (John 3:17).

Perfect in all his ways; unlike any other man; Jesus “the Holy, One Son of God” was now revealed in bodily form (Matt. 6:16; Psalm 2:12). In ancient days, one called Agur lamented: “I am the most ignorant of men…I have not learned wisdom nor have knowledge of the Holy One…who has gone up to Heaven and come down?…What is His name and the name of his son, if you know.” (Proverbs 30:2-4).

Jesus was formed in the womb of a woman, with the very Breath of God (Holy Spirit; Ruach ha’Khodesh), but Adam was formed of the dust of the earth. Adam was a being who took his first breath because the Breath of God (wind/air/Holy Spirit) breathed that life into him. (Genesis 1:27; 2:7). While Adam was “like” Jesus, walking the earth as human beings; Jesus and Adam were merely “similar” (Sura 3:59)—but in no way equal since Jesus lived a sinless life (2 Cor. 5:21). Through the first man, Adam, sin entered the world; yet through the Son of Man, Jesus, the penalty of our sin was paid in full: that “whosoever believes on him should HAVE eternal life (John 11:25-26). This is the Great News; Glad Tidings (Sura 48:8). Jesus had a specific mission to accomplish: his very life is the Gospel (Good News for a hurting world). And afterwards, God took him to Himself (Acts 2:24; Suras 5:46; 4:158; 3:55-58).

Jesus’ very existence and purpose surpasses that of any “man”—and as the first century historian, Flavius Josephus, would say, “If it be lawful to call him a man. He was the Christ, whom Pilate condemned to the cross; but he arose on the third day and was seen among them as the divine prophets had foretold: these and ten thousand of the other wonderful things about him” (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews 18.3).

Now, “Whosoever believes on him has eternal life” (John 3:16)…WHO_SO_EVER… God loves the entire world; and is very patient with you. He is compassionate (Neh. 9:17). “He wants no one to perish, but to come to repentance. His Mercy is everlasting” (2 Peter 3:9; 2 Chron. 30:9; Psalm 100:5). Jesus is the Mercy sent down; decreed from the beginning (Sura 19:21; 1John 1:1-4).

God, in seeing the righteousness of His Only Son, the fully-submitted Son of Man Jesus Christ, now puts Believers’ sins behind His back. No longer does He gaze upon them, for they are “As far as the east is from the west“ (Psalm 103:12; Micah 7:9-10, 18). This promise is extended to all who trust in Christ Jesus, the willing Gift of God. And that promise is all-inclusive; Who-so-ever…. “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the LORD is Lord of all—richly generous to ALL who call upon Him (Romans 10:12). And “Everyone who calls upon the LORD shall be saved” (Joel 2:32).

God gave us a Gift that we can not buy, beg, borrow or steal. One cannot devise their own way into Heaven: You “cannot enter the sheep gate through another way” (John 10:1). Jesus said, “I am the gate for the sheep…I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own and my own know me. Just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep not of this fold, whom I must bring also; and there will be one flock (John 10:14-16). Trust in his righteous mission.

This is such good news: Jesus is the Gift from God; the Mercy and Compassion revealed; the Power displayed— a righteousness given for all who believe it (Psalm 86:15; Sura 19:21). Truly this is the Greater Light of the world, as first spoken on day one of creation. God’s Spirit hovered over the waters and He said, “Let there be light” (Gen 1:3-4). And it was.

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God…In Him was life, and the life was the light of the world…and John (the Baptist) testified about the light, so that everyone would believe…The true light coming into the world” (John 1). “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:5).  Illuminating the world, this Good News needs only to be preached and then hopefully embraced by the populace. Yet, as Isaiah laments, “Adonai (LORD), who has believed our report?” (Isa. 53:1).

Even today the world rejects the Good News of the Light given. Why? Because the world…”fears that light will expose their dark deeds” (John 3:19). Indeed, human beings know deep down inside that their deeds and sins fall far short of the Glory that their Creator intended, before sin entered the world. They either struggle with it, ignore it, or embrace the truth.

But there is no escaping the law of nature: “The soul that sins (everyone) shall die; and afterwards the judgement” (Eze. 18:4, 20). It’s merely a choice of how one is judged. Again, if you trust in Jesus, this is Good News; for he will be there to judge in the End (Rev. 22:12-16; Sura 4:159).

Jesus said “I come not to remove the Law, but to fulfill it” (Matt. 5;18; Sura 3:50). The only things left to fulfill are the things of the End. But the Good News is: He fulfilled the sacrifice necessary to cover your sins—prior, current, and future ones—perfectly. Follow the Law to live a healthy life in obedience, out of love for the Gift of Righteousness.

Will you live your life depending on your own merits & deeds to get you into Heaven—or will you live by the rule of righteousness through faith? If you trust in God’s gift to you: through His perfectly submitted Only Son, Yeshua (Jesus Christ), the Messiah you have assurance. Believe in him and follow the commands of God out of genuine gratitude.

This kind of trust and faith will find you, if you seek Him. Would HE deny a request such as that? “Ask and it will be given; Seek and you will find; knock and the door will be open unto you” (Matt. 7:7). Fear not, to ask and come out into the light. “God is Light; in Him is no darkness at all” (1John 1:5). Come out into the Light, then watch for His assured Reward” (Proverbs 8:17; Jeremiah 29:13).

Remember that in the End, when the “New Jerusalem” dwellers look around in “Heaven”, there will be “no need for the sun or moon to shine on it for the Glory of God is its light; and the Lamb is it’s lamp. And the nations (of Heaven) will walk by it’s light” (Rev. 21:23-24).

Now, “the people that walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Isaiah 9:2). Let that imputed Gift of Light shine on others. @achadpeace

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Artificial Intellegence and the Mark of the Beast

Technology, especially augmented reality and Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is growing by leaps & bounds.

Scientists are working to make your neurons faster & more efficient

https://interestingengineering.com/new-artificial-neurons-can-think-faster-than-you

On another level, they’ve taken simple tactile holograms and created interactive holograms. One featured a candidate at a political rally speech in France; but others became interactive parks or zoos

Interactive reality gaming existed well before all of these.

Robots are also improving to the point of making speeches; & thinking on the fly.

That robot, Sophie, was given citizenship in Saudi Arabia.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/saudi-arabia-robot-sophia-citizenship-android-riyadh-citizen-passport-future-a8021601.html
6. http://www.odditycentral.com/news/meet-norman-the-worlds-first-psychopath-ai.html

As with all inventions of “man”, it has an eventual evil side: An experiment even created an A.I. Psychopath. (6). These are just some examples of the exponentially advancing A.I.
Prophecy says intelligence will increase in “The End”. The Anti-Christ orders the populace to create an “image” of the first Beast (Rev. 13)—from whom he receives power. He uses “power” to give the image breath, so that it can speak & do wonders; and he orders to be killed all who refuse to worship the image. He issues his mark upon the head or the hand; so that anyone not having the mark can not buy or sell. The mark was used in those days as claiming rights on a servant. In this case, the mark “666” is the mark of a “man” (Revelation 13:11-18).
Many claim a Deep-State exists covertly—and a One World Government already controls: the economics of the world, political parties, political coups, prevailing ideologies, and internet content—why not order A.I?

A.I. can use facial recognition from your social media photo, and it will one day have the potential to re-create your identity elsewhere, if combined with a robot or a hologram image. In essence, it has the ability to re-create someone “whose fatal wound was healed”.

I am assuming that at least 10 major groups exist in the One World Government, since “the first beast”, who receives power from the Dragon (Satan) has 10 horns (Revelation 13:4). Each horn represents their “kingdom” of control. Jesus, when tempted by Satan, was shown the earthly kingdoms that Satan controlled; and Satan offered them to Jesus, if he “would just bow down and worship me.” Jesus refused.

Perhaps that same power still controls Certain inquisitions. One occurred in the USA and one in Europe, recently. It concerned one social media executive of Silicon Valley, who so swiftly entered into odd, seemingly “party-favors” discourses.

Two weeks later, in Turin, the Bilderburg Group met to discuss oil & A.I.

Attendees included those of Silicon Valley & a Vatican Cardinal—the latter of which was not overly publicized.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/07/bilderberg-2018-new-tech-helps-oil-wheels-global-elite

https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2018/06/06/analysis-cardinal-parolin-at-the-elite-bilderberg-meeting/

Have I, in writing this, refused to worship the image of the Beast; or was it mere coincidence that I encountered multiple difficulties in internet researching; and then in composition of this, upon an app with search engine ties, encountered numerous blocked, censored, and/or “unusual difficulties”?

After posting a shorter version of this to Twitter, in posting it here, i ran into still further complications. Upon Twitter, it was amazing to watch that within seconds, the shorter piece was caught and retweeted by a non-following Techy. Seconds, mind you.

 

This is not to say those sites are part of a conspiracy, only that the “beast, which gets it’s power from the dragon” is watching for and controlling (especially the internet) anyone on it who is not taking the Mark of the Beast. @achadpeace

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Messiah’s Banquet

The Yahad was an ancient community living at Qumran. They lived just south of where John the Baptizer baptized along the Jordan River. This spot, by the way—watch for the parable—is very near to where the Israelites “crossed over into the Promised Land after leaving the wilderness”.

The Yahad took great strides to painstakingly copy and preserve their ancient texts; some of the texts were exclusive to their community (“Yahad” means “community; unity; one congregation”). They made copies of all but one book of the Tanakh; and what they had is nearly exact to what exists two millennia later. Some of the community’s texts travelled as far as Ethiopia; but most were found, hidden in jars, in the Dead Sea area (thus the term “Dead Sea Scrolls”). The Yahad community existed for generations, over a broad span of time—from a few centuries before Christ, during his lifetime, and then up until the Second Temple was destroyed in Jerusalem (70 AD). The first century historian, Flavius Josephus says they existed in many cities, besides the commune near the Dead Sea. When that community suddenly abandoned Qumran, they preserved their scrolls; some of which are very interesting.

One particular Yahad scroll conceptualised the Messiah at a “banquet”. In it, they actually describe Messiah twice. The last to enter is the “Messiah of Israel”. He enters the banquet as leader of all of “Israel”. He positions the commanders of all his troops at the feast “according to their ranks”. (This seems to parallel Joseph—sent for a purpose to preserve Israel. While in his high position in Egypt, he did likewise, positioning his brothers at a prepared banquet according to their ranking of how they sat at their father’s table. Genesis 43:33).

The Jewish faithful have looked for this “Messiah of Israel” to come as the “son of David”—invisioning a warrior-savior. Christians and Muslims agree in concept of this same warrior-savior. It is Jesus who will re-appear in the End as the Leader of the Heavenly Armies, to win the battle of the war that ends all wars: Armageddon. The latter groups call Jesus the Christ (Savior/Messiah in Greek). But they adamantly disagree on the theology surrounding his being “the only begotten Son of God” due to the “begetting” term. It is unfortunate that the term “begat” creates such an earthly concept of fathering a child. Never would the Christian’s pure theology of the nature of the Son of God, to be so disgraced by the thought—but it too is grossly misinterpreted. To be clear: Christians do not believe Jesus was fathered by God in the way an earthly father begets a son. In fact, they agree that the Holy Spirit of God just made it happen (said: “Be” and he was).

To say again: the Messianic-warrior is the second Messiah appearing in the Yahad’s detailed banquet scroll. In writing of about the first Messiah (at the very same banquet) the Yahad use the term “holid”, which means he was “fathered by God”!

While some scholars have argued the Yahad believed in two Messiahs, it is possible they understood the concept of the Messiah having two roles; the Warrior-savior is his re-appearing at The End role. The “holid” description Messiah is the first appearance detail. Using the term “holid” caused quite a stir when the scroll was first read. And while this initial rendering which means “fathered by God” is still the most accepted, some people now interpret it as: “the Messiah is revealed”. Nevertheless both understandings of the first description of the Messiah, are equally valid.

Using the second interpretation, of “being revealed”, assumes that the Messiah was hidden: as a mystery or a secret to be uncovered; hidden away—revealed only through faith. Perhaps that is why Isaiah wrote, “I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places” (Isaiah 45: 3). The shrouded mystery of Messiah and/or revealing him from his secret place (shadow/ shelter) appears several times in the Tanakh (Old Testament). Psalm 91:1 (in the joint KJV and TLV versions) reads: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High (“Elyon”) will rest in the shadow of the Almighty (Shaddai).” The shelter provided by the shadow of God’s “Wings” is also spoken of many times in scripture.

The believer is sheltered and kept safe—set high upon the Rock (Psalm 27:5). “You are my witness. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock” (Isaiah 44:8). Even Moses was sheltered in the cleft of the Rock as God’s Glory passed by; God sheltered him by His Hand (Exodus 33:20-23). Moses was only allowed to see God’s “back”, as His Glorious Works are beyond full comprehension. Only in retrospect (back) can we see a portion of His glorious works. His Glorious Light is so great that we need to be shielded from the magnificence of it all. Fragile humans can not experience the full presence of His Light. Heaven, in the End, has a New Jerusalem which “needs no light, for the glory of God is its Light, and the Lamb is it’s Lamp” (Revelation 21:23). “God is the Light of the heavens and earth. The parable of His Light is as if it were in a niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in glass” (Sura 24:35). “For now we see but a dimmed reflection; then (in The End) we will see clearly” (1Cor. 13:12). Recall that, despite people seeing all that Jesus did when he walked the earth, people still didn’t see clearly. Only those who saw through the eyes of faith were granted even a glimpse of his identity as “the Lamb of God”.

This is another reason why the Yahad scroll of the communal table of bread and wine is so interesting. It says that when they all gathered at the communal table, the Messiah blessed the bread first, and then the wine. The communal table brings to mind several things. There is a Qur’anic Sura (chapter) called “Maida” (Dinner table). Jesus’ disciples ask him for a table sent down from Heaven. He intercedes for them to God, who agrees to do it (and He did); but warns that after He sends (it) they had to believe (5:112-115). The blessings of the bread and wine also corresponds very well with the Passover meal, and especially the Last Supper: “After he (Jesus) had blessed it (the bread) he said: Take and eat…this is (represents) my body. Then he blessed the wine, saying this is (represents) my blood, shed for you for the remission of Sins. Take and drink…do this in remembrance of me (my mission).” Modern-day communion is done in remembrance of Yeshua/Jesus’ sacrificial death, in that he came as the “Passover, perfect Lamb of God”. In fact, since this Yahad Charter concerns the End of Days, one can hardly overlook it’s comparison to the apostle John’s vision of the “Wedding Supper of the Lamb” (Rev. 19). In fact, the very scroll has been called by some “The Qumran Charter for the End of Days”.

Nevertheless, with either rendering of the term holid for the first description of the Messiah; whether “fathered by God” or “revealed”, the Yahad (congregation) wrote: that Messiah sat at the communal table as “High Priest”. Some Jewish circles have related this Messiah as “the Messiah of Aaron” (since “Aaron” automatically gives the concept of priesthood). However, the Yahad scroll only says Messiah’s brethren are the “Sons of Aaron”, seated at the banquet table “according to their rank” This is was done in the same way as the second described Messiah, the warrior “Messiah of Israel” placed his troops.

In any given case, this writer fully believes the scroll did not describe two Messiahs; rather, they described two distinct time periods surrounding the One and Only Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ).

The Yahad community lived just a few kilometers from where John baptized Jesus; and they perfectly described the essence of Jesus Christ (Messiah in Greek). They thrived during the period of his first coming; and they most likely recognized Messiah from their devout studies of the Torah and Prophets. Perhaps the Yahad—beyond describing the one Messiah in two ways—had trouble expressing the nature of his being, let alone his mission and roles. While it is quite possible they had first-hand interaction with him and/or his disciples, they may have struggled with knowing Jesus was “holid” (the mystery revealed—fathered by God).  Just as people today, the Yahad were unable to express the theology of the Tri-Unity of the One God; in his appointed Messianic role.

The unity-of-One God concept (Echad/Achad) is termed “Trinity” today. However, the very term is as misconstrued as the term “begat”, who think Christians worship three Gods instead of ONE. The best definition I have heard thus far is: just as water can take three forms: liquid, steam, or ice; it remains One—it is not three.

Jesus said: “Believe me when I say, ‘I am in the Father, and the Father is in me” (John 14:11). The nature of his being is at the heart of the mystery. The apostle Paul said, “Now to him who is able to establish you, by my “Good News” (Evangel), the proclamation of Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah), according to the revelation of the mystery hidden since ages past, but is now revealed by the command of God so that all nations might believe and obey him” (Romans 16:25-26). The apostle could only reveal the Good News of Messaih’s coming—and speak of his mission—the rest is granted by God through faith.

Yeshua (Jesus), bodily revealed in the first century AD, stressed obedience to God; saying: “By no means have I come to abolish the Law or the Prophets but to fulfill them” (Matt. 5:17). On the cross he said, “It is finished”, meaning the planned mission for salvation was completed. He did not mean that the Law was put-away, or the Torah is no-more. Rather, since Jesus is the “Righteousness from God, apart from the law, made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify”, obedience is brought by faith in him (Romans 3:21-31). Obedience does not save. Faith saves, and brings obedience—to which Jesus will testify in The End. Job believed this in ages past: “Even now my witness is in heaven, my advocate on high. My intercessor is my friend; as my eyes pour out tears to God; he contends with God on my behalf”… “I know that my Redeemer lives, and in the End he will stand upon the earth” (Job 16:19-22; 19:25).

Yeshua (Jesus) is the Word of God which was present in the beginning, and became flesh (John 1:1-14). And while we in life still see dimly, let us still follow Jesus who said, “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not a jot or tittle, not the smallest letter or stroke of the pen (of God’s Law), will by any means disappear until everything is accomplished” (Matthew 5:17-18). The Law of God will by NO MEANS disappear. Man’s laws do not change God’s Law, despite any wording they use to implement it; or the prevailing society’s “acceptance” of it. Disobedience will be judged in The End; and for those claiming the “Righteousness of Christ “while refusing to follow him, is unholy hypocrisy. “The secret things belong to the Lord our God (Adonai), but the things revealed belong to us and our children forever, that we may follow all the words of the Law (Torah)” (Deuteronomy 29:29).

Jesus’ titles include many more than these, but here are the ones that correspond to the Yahad community scrolls: “Son of David”, “Righteousness of God”, “the Branch”, “Root/Branch (of Jesse)”, “The High Priest”, “in the order of Melchizedek”, “Rock”, “Son of God”, “Prince of Peace”, “Teacher”, “Shepherd”, “Leader”: (implied, since he had followers), and “Light of the World”.

The Yahad called the Messiah: “Son of David”, “Righteous Branch of David”, “Chief Priest”, “Last Priest, Melchizedek”, “Rock”, holid: “fathered by God”, “Prince of the Congregation”, “Shepherd”, “Leader of the Nation”, “Leader of the Yahad”, “Prince of Light”, and “the Greater Light”. Note especially that those in the Qumran community were known as “the Sons of Light”.

The “Sons of Light” followed the Light, and spoke much of “the Righteous Teacher”. The Yahad believed highly in the Messianic age, and quoted Isaiah (61:2): “for this is the time of the Righteous Priest’s favor when he shall, at the end of the jubilee period, atone for all the Sons of Light and the people predestined to Melchizedek”. Melchi-zedek was the King of Salem (Shalom/Salaam/Peace—pre-Jerusalem), and his title means “Righteous King”. Parts of their Messainic banquet scroll is reminiscent of what is seen when Melchi-zedek is first mentioned in Genesis 14:18. He presented Abram (Abraham) with bread and wine, which he blessed. Then this “King of Righteousness” also blessed Abram; and Abram gave Melchi-Zedek a tithe. In the book of Hebrews, the apostle Paul compares Yeshua (Jesus) to the unique personhood and priesthood of Melchi-Zedek. (Read more on Melchizedek in previous posts, Genesis 14, and Hebrews 7 & 8.)

Another interesting parallel is when the Yahad called the Messiah “the Righteous Teacher”, which compares much to Jesus (Yeshua). For instance, when telling his disciples to find the place for his last meal (the Passover meal), Jesus said: “Go into Jerusalem and follow the man you see carrying a jar of water. Say: ‘The Teacher asks: where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’” (Mark 14:13-15). Jesus’ phrase is so straightforward that it often goes overlooked in comparrison to the many times the Yahad speak of the Messiah as “Righteous Teacher”.

Jesus’ disciples were going among all of the people in Jerusalem; but only a select few called Jesus “The Teacher”. Whether rendered ‘The Teacher” or “The Rabbi’, one must consider the number of Rabbi’s in Jerusalem at the time. Jesus was considered THE Rabbi among who ever the apostles were going to be among —which meant he was so prominent to those people, one can only compare his fame (among that group) to that of a one-name celebrity!

According to Scripture, Yeshua (Jesus) and his disciples went to Jerusalem for the Passover in his final week of earthly life. They approached from Bethany in the east, and the apostles went ahead of him. They had a few entrances through the old city gates from which to choose to enter the city.  Assuming they headed towards today’s pilgrimage site of “the Upper Room/ the Last Supper room”, they headed up the trail to Mount Zion. Although Mount Zion is no longer within the city walls, archaeologists have uncovered nearby what looks to be the priestly district and residential districts—including the prominent house of the High Priest. It is interesting to note that the first century historian, Flavius Josephus, describes several religious sects of his era. Of one called the Essenes, he said they were “most devote” and had communities in most cities, including one there in Jerusalem. In comparison to what is now known of the Qumran Yahad community— the Essenes (at least those of the first century) are believed to be the Yahad community. They followed the “Righteous Teacher”.

Flavius Josephus described Jerusalem’s districts, and the city wall of his first century time. The most direct route from Bethany passes through the Kidron Valley, rounds “the ophel” and “City of David” (to the south of the Temple Mount), passes the Siloam pool and the well (where people filled their jugs); then it ascends and passes through a religious/ residential section called “Bethso”. The trail ends as it reaches the gate in the wall that encompassed Mount Zion. Archeologists have confirmed finding an ancient gateway; and they term it, as did Josephus: “the gate of the Essenes” (Wars 5.4.2.145). Was this the gate that Jesus’ disciples entered through, to find a man carrying a water jug—perhaps just coming from the well below? All those disciples needed to say to him was, “The Teacher says”…and it was so.

If only everyone recognized the Messiah, his significance, his position, his role, his mission…perhaps then they would also became the “Sons of Light”.   @achadpeace

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The Parable of the Book of Esther

The Book of Esther is the only Tanakh (Old Testament) text that hasn’t yet been found among the fragments & scrolls at Qumran. It contains history of today’s Purim holiday; & details of a Jewish Queen named Esther, crowned in (today’s) Iran.

But, similar to much of the Tanakh, the Book of Esther has much more hidden within it than just history, which are paralleled by a sampling of other verses.
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Esther followed her uncle Mordecai’s direction and was discrete about her family background. (Esther and her kinsfolk, termed here and elsewhere, were “Jews”.) Proverbs 22:3

She was chosen for the king’s harem and became King Xerxes’s favorite. Song 2:2 Then, he made her his queen. Deuteronomy 7:7-8

During this time she kept quiet; perhaps even about her faith in the One God. Ecclesiastes 3:7

One of the king’s highest officials had been with him a long time and was promoted to wear the signet ring; and any decree sealed by it was as if it came from the king himself.

He was scheming, evil, and proud behind the scenes. Ezekiel 28:13-19; Isaiah 14:12-13

He also did not like Mordecai; so, being the conniving man that he was, coerced the king into agreeing to a decree which would exterminate Esther’s kinfolk. Gen 3:1-4

A day for the death sentence was selected; & the decree was sealed. Joel 2:1; Ezekiel 18:4

Mordecai told Esther of the officially decreed holocaust to come. Joel 1:15

Mordecai told Esther that she could not escape the king’s death sentence; none of their people could (unless there was an escape clause). Hebrews 9:27-28

At this time, he also encouraged Esther to break her silence; saying she was made the queen for this very reason. Deuteronomy 1:21; Revelation 14:15

Behind the scenes, rather than wait until the decree date, the evil high official made plans to publicly impale Mordecai the next day. 1Pet.5:8-9

That very night King Xerxes “happened” to look through The King’s Annals; & found out how Mordecai, a man faithful to the throne, once prevented an assignation on the king. He was filled with compassion. Psalm 145:8

The Great King was distraught, however: “I can not reverse my earlier death Decree; it’s been sealed.” James 2:10;

The next day King Xerxes attended Queen Esther’s banquet. Rev.19:7-10

The king so loved her that he asked to grant her every wish. John 3:16

She made a request, “The enemy has come to kill, steal, and destroy. Grant that my people and I escape.” John 10:10; Gen.18:25; Ezekiel 3:18-21; John 1:1-5; Revelation 21:22-24

King Xerxes was bewildered as to why she would make such a wish, “Who would dare harm my Bride & her people?!” 1Chronicles 16:22-25

Esther told him the details of how his wicked official had conceived the plan to rid her kinsfolk—very early on—which then resulted in the Death Decree. Genesis 3:1-7,*19*,20-24

Angered at the wicked servant, King Xerxes impaled the Evil One. Rev.20:10

The king transferred all of that servant’s status and power unto Mordecai, who then received the king’s signet ring. Haggai 2:23

A Righteous One possessed the power to issue decrees, by order of the King. Psalm 2:7; Psalm 110:1,4

Although the sealed law of The King could never be revoked; it could be over-ridden. A new order went out to the faithful kinfolk. John 8:51; 2 Peter 3:9:

An escape route existed for those who would listen. Proverbs 8:34-35; Psalm 111:9

This was the decree: “On the very day that was previously chosen for your annihilation; defend yourselves by any means possible”. Ephesians 6:12-18; Isaiah 59:17;11:5

When that day arrived, it was if the two decrees met on the (spiritual) battlefield. Habakkuk 2:3; Joel 1:15; Psalm 2:2; Rev.17:14;16:16

The former decree, which had been sealed as the result of the Evil One, was over-ridden & struck down by the latter, which was also sealed. Romans 8:1-4

And the faithful walked on in the Eternal Path of the Holy Spirit of God, whose Divine Plan for Salvation supersedes the schemes of the Evil One. Romans 3:26-31; Habakkuk 2:4

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The Final Dwelling of the Lord

For Israel’s 70th Birthday, a commemorative coin was issued featuring the bust of America’s President Trump imposed over the ancient Persian King Cyrus. It reads: “To fulfill 70 years. And he charged me to build Him a house in Jerusalem.”

The images and words on the coin are significant for several reasons, and one which simply has no explanation.

The seventy years is two-fold. First, it commemorates Israel’s 70th birthday (since the 1948 proclaimation of Statehood); and second, it took 70 years for the Babylonian refugees to return:

The prophet Zachariah had written, “Then the angel of the Lord said, ‘Lord Almighty, how long will you withhold mercy from Jerusalem and from the towns of Judah, which you have been angry with for seventy years?’ So the Lord spoke kind and comforting words to the angel who talked with (Zachariah).” “Then the angel who was speaking with me said, ‘Proclaim this word: This is what the Lord almighty says: ‘I am very jealous for Jerusalem and Zion, but I am very angry with the nations that feel secure. I was only a little angry, but they added to the calamity. Therefore, I will return to Jerusalem with mercy, and there my house will be rebuilt.’”
During the time of King Cyrus, the refuges and captives (most were descendants of the Babylonian conquest of Israel in 586 BC) returned to Jerusalem. When Ezra returned from captivity, the people rebuilt King Solomon’s 1st Temple (Ezra 7). Both temples were built upon the area Solomon flattened surrounding the rock where Abraham was said to have laid his son, when tested; but the the Lord (instead) “supplied the sacrifice” (Gen. 22) and spared the son. The spot today where the Temple was built is called by Jews “Har-ha’Beit” (Mount of God’s House), also known as “Temple Mount”.

Before those refugees went into captivity, and before the destruction of the 1st Temple, the prophets Zephaniah, Micah, Jonah, Obadiah, Joel, Amos and Hosea prophesied of the obvious Babylonian destruction; but their prophecies stretched well beyond what was witnessed by their immediate descendants. They saw the End Days destruction, one in which ends in wars and an eternal kingdom being set up for believers. What remains static is that the prophets spoke against idolatry, focusing on the true Word of the Lord and His coming.

Zephaniah admonished all that defiled the pure faith: Ba’al worshippers, pagans, idolatrous priests, or those who swore by Molech, etc. (1: 4-5).
Jonah, pled to Ninevites, just as Abraham did to Soddom and Gomorrah, “Repent, for God is a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, not wishing anyone to perish” (4:1-2).
Obadiah turned his eye towards the city of Jerusalem, when “(God) stood aloof while strangers carried off his wealth and foreigners (identified as “Esau”) entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem. Esau was the twin of Jacob/Israel; he married an Ishmaelite and settled in Edom.
Obadiah cautioned others, “you should not look down on your brother (Jerusalem) in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction…you should not march through the gates of my people…nor cut down their fugitives…for the Day of the Lord is near for ALL NATIONS” (1:11-14).

Amos also speaks of the Judgement on Israel (and her neighbors). Amos seems to blame it on the famine, reflecting our present day world. “The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will send a famine through the land—not a famine of food or thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the Words of the Lord (Amos 8:11). While some preachers ignore the hungry people, or simply feed non-sustaining crumbs; others offer the hungry “plastic fruit” which does no good at all. The pure Word of God is dwindling in the land!
Joel (1:16) echos: “Has not the food been cut off before your very eyes?” Are not all people created by God; so, respect His Word; be faithful to it! “Are not you Israelites the same to Me as the Cushites?…Did I not bring you up from Egypt as I did to the Philistines from Caphtor and the Arameans from Kir?….I will shake the house of Israel among all the nations as grain is shaken in a sieve…all the sinners will die by the sword, all who say ‘Disaster will not overtake us’.”

Micah said some of the judgements were against Samaria and Jerusalem “I will destroy all her images; all her idols” (Micah 1), but “the remnant of Israel will be brought together like sheep in a pen, and their king will pass before them; the Lord at their head” (2:12-13). “Repent, heed the rod and the One who appointed it” (6:9). Micah also saw the birth place of the Messiah: “Bethlehem, out of you will come one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from old” (Micah 5:2)

Micah wrote, “In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s Temple will be established as chief among the mountains, and many people will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, “Let us go up to the Mountain of the Lord, to the House of the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways, so that we can walk in His paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word from Jerusalem. He will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. (And there will finally be peace). (4:1-3).

Joel also says, “In that day I will restore David’s fallen tent” (Amos 9:7-11). This is a significant notation as King David (Solomon’s father) kept the Ark of the Covenant which held the Law of God, in a tent. The tent was moved to Jerusaelm (also called The City of David) after his capital was moved from Hebron (1st Chronicles 15:1; 29:27; 1st Kings 8:1).

When Nebuchadnezzar began to destroy Judah and Samaria, in those first few years preceding their destruction of Jerusaelm, the people of the land (including their kings) were captured and taken into Babylon. The prophet Daniel was among them. Just before the final attack and destruction of Jerusalem and the 1st Temple, a handful of refugees escaped into the surrounding areas, and some went to Egypt with Jeremiah. It is rumored that his group took the Ark of the Covenant into Egypt, where it later travelled to the Isle of Elephantine, near Aswan. There, the small Temple of YAHU was made for it. It remained there until the Babylonians conquered Egypt, when the people moved it onward into Ethiopia; and there is is said to remain closely guarded.

Nevertheless, 70 years went by and then Nehemiah and Eliashib (who later served as High Priest) were honored to be among some of the people the Persian King allowed to re-enter their homeland and resettle Jerusalem. Still in ruins, they called all the tribes together to help rebuild Jerusalem’s walls (Neh. 3).
When they rebuilt the walls, they faced fierce opposition by the Ammonites, the people of Samaria, and the Arabs. (Neh. 4 & 6); but it was rebuilt through the span of four Persian rulers; from Cyrus to Darius. Jerusalem’s descendants dedicated their rebuilt walls by marching around the top of the wall in two groups, celebrating with music and psalms; then they joined and marched down to the Temple together for worship (Neh 12).

The 2nd Temple area that they built continued to be refined for five centuries, straight through to when King Herod put his finishing touches on it. The first century historian, Flavius Josephus, gives a detailed description of the walls and gates of the time, some of which appear nearly the same as in the time of Ezra (Josephus, “Wars” 5.4.1-2). The walls still encompassed the entire area upon Mount Zion (excluded in today’s walls), and it included the Kings’ area, the Ophel, and Har-ha’Beit, Temple Mount. These were the walls of the Old City that Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and his disciples knew during the time of the Roman occupation.

A few decades after Herod put his finishing touches on the 2nd Temple, Jesus said, “Look at these buildings. Not one stone will be left here on another; every one will be thrown down” (Matt. 24: 1-2). Indeed, the city and Temple was again destroyed; but, this time by the Romans.

After the destruction by the Romans in 70 AD, the people of God scattered once again. The Essene community abandoned their secluded area at Qumran by the Dead Sea, leaving us a casche of valuable scrolls which verify they valued the same books of the Tanakh, and what they had is 99% identical to our (other than a few spelling variations). They even included the non-canonical book of Enoch, which was referenced by Jude of the New Testament (Jude 14).

A separate bunch of people held out for a few years after the 2nd Temple destruction, just south of Qumran, within Herod’s own stronghold “Masada”. They refused to be captured and chose to die on Israeli soil. The descendants of those first century people pledge, “Never again will such a thing happen.”

The scattered people slowly began to return in following centuries. By the early 20th century, they began to purchase large portions of land in the Galilee region from local Arabs. Then, by the middle of the 20th century (after the holocaust) the European refuges knew they wanted a home, preferably their ancestral home. And it was granted by a decree proclamation in 1948. Through their rejoicing could be heard much opposition by those who had not been driven out with the first century refugees. Now, all lay claim to “ancestral lands”, which at times seems nothing more than violent sibling rivalry; all claiming Abraham as their father. And many of these people are believers in the One God!
Malachi (2:10) said, “Have we not all one Father (God)?”

God, YHWH, The Lord made a covenant with Abraham which will not be broken. “If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful for HE can not lie.” The New Testament makes clear only one thing prevents union with God: “Blaspheme of the Holy Spirit.” While complex, it is quite easy: blaspheme is being an unbeliever of the Holy Spirit who, as God hovered over the waters at Creation, who, as God was breathed into Adam, and who, as God was promised by Jesus to empower and seal us for redemption.

So, the covenant of marriage, (or as Revelation speaks of “the wedding feast of the Lamb”) is very important to maintain. Malachi, like many prophets, warned of being unfaithful and breaking that covenant by marrying a foreign god, “God hates divorce”—i.e. divorcing the Lord (2:16). Malachi begged the people to return to God (3:7).
Hosea, as well, speaks in marriage terms: of adultery (Hosea 1-3). He knew that some people would repent and turn, but that some would remained stubborn and refuse to repent (6-7).
Isaiah warned specifically that Samaria and Ephraim were marked for destruction (Isa. 17). Hosea, repeatedly used the same terms: Ephraim and Samaria; but as examples of disobedience, which breaks God’s heart (11:1-3). Habakkuk laid out the logic: (compared to God’s Kingdom) “of what value is an idol?” (2:18)

So, what does idolatry and breaking the covenant have to do with President Trump and King Cyrus and the 70 years in which it took for the refuges to return and build the Temple? First, as we approach the End Day, the Day of the Lord, and the final days are ticking down…where are the preachers? Have we already entered the famine that Amos spoke of? A famine for the Word of the Lord? How many churches openly water down the truth to get congregants and then never tell the truth? Famine implies people are starving for the Truth. The people want to be fed the truth, something which sustains them for eternity.

Jesus said, “Do you love me?” “Then, Feed My Sheep.” “Feed my Lambs.”

Zechariah spoke of the Lord’s shepherd, who would be struck, and the sheep scattered (13:7). Isaiah saw a day when the Lord would come to defend Jerusalem, and destroy the nations against her (12:7-9).
Nahum warned that although “the Lord is slow to anger“, God will “take out vengeance” upon those who are guilty of idolatry and disbelief” (1:2).
He even relates of how Nineveh (modern day Mosul) would fall “pillaged, plundered and stripped” (Nah. 2)—as we’ve seen happen in recent years.
Isaiah, even saw Damascus in ruins (Isa. 17)—and we are starting to see the sub-burbs being destroyed. He also warned Moab, Philistines, Babylon, Tyre, Ephraim, Egypt, Cush, Arabia, and Edom (actually the whole world in the End Days (Isa. 13-24).
Joel also speaks of the End Days battles. “Armies like locusts on crops” will devour the land. When this happens, know that the Day of The Lord is very close. The massive destruction prompts the Lord to bring His Army to defeat them; and afterwards all nations will be judged. Those who know the Lord will dwell safely, forever, “in Zion, my holy hill. Jerusalem will be holy.”

Isaiah saw a day when a remnant from the house of David would mourn “the one whom they pierced” (12:10) and when God’s servant, called “the Branch”; “will branch out from his place and build the Temple as a priest on his throne” (6:12-13; 3:8).
Haggai saw as a foreshadow of the old Temple a coming Glory within a new ha’Beit (the place of His House, greater than its former glory 2:6-9).
Some ultra Orthodox Jews and many other Christians firmly believe Israel and the Temple Glory “is the symbolic temple that will come down from heaven with the symbolic dwelling place called the New Jerusalem; and its new walls.” The Christians quote Revelation, “and I did not see a Temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb were its temple. The city had no need for the sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of the Lord gives it light and the Lamb is its lamp” (Rev. 21:22-24).

Jerusalem and Zion are often used interchangeably, although the latter is actually the name of the south western mountain that was once encased within the Old City Walls. When the Ottomans took control, Suleiman directed that Mount Zion, the Kings’ hill, and parts of the Ophel be excluded from fortification protection. This left the tomb of King David, the former palace residence, the King’s pool & garden, the Siloam pool, a first century synagogue, and the ancient court of the guard/judgment, unprotected. He also ordered that the huge Golden Gate (on the east of the Mount) be sealed, “to prevent the prophecy of the Messiah riding through that gate.”

After the founding of Israel, the whole platform and even its western wall came under Jordanian control and remained that way for a couple of decades. Jews were not even allowed near the Western Wall. After Israel fought and conquered the Temple Mount from Jordan, they gave it back as a peace offering; but retained the Ophel and the Western Wall. The Mount is now governed by the Islamic Waq; and remains Islam’s 3rd most holiest site. Although everyone is free to visit the Western Wall at Waqf designated times (and occasionally, for protection, by IDF designated times), no one but Muslims are ever allowed to pray upon the Temple Mount.

The Temple Mount remains the main land mark of the old city: the blue-tiled, golden-domed Shrine called “Haram-as-Sharif” covers the rock in which Abraham laid his son. Interpreted as being in the area of this spot, it is believed Mohammed took his mystical night journey flight from Arabia “to the farthest mosque”; and there on the south end of the Temple Mount also stands the silver domed al-Aqsa mosque. Yet, there is no 3rd Temple upon the Mount—-for no place in the world is such a “hot bed, flash point”.

So, we’ve come full circle in mentioning the commemorative coin speaking of the House of the Lord, which was issued for Jerusalem’s Birthday (May 14, 2018), And we’ve explained the two meansing of the phrase “to fulfill 70 years”——one concerning King Cyrus and one to commemorate “the founding of Israel (May 14, 1948)”. However loosely related, the bust of President Trump can be explained by the opening of the US Embassy on the same day, and it MIGHT explain why he is imposed over the ancient Persian King Cyrus. Perhaps it is to simply correlate the two in recognizing Jerusalem as the Eternal Capital of Israel.

But…when I put together the fact that all of the items necessary for the Third Temple (in physical terms) are there; and add to that the fact the world is starving for God’s Word; and then add to that the words “And he charged me to build Him a house in Jerusalem” (Har ha’Beit). This leaves me with the thought: Why is that phrase included if there is not a larger plan—-seemingly a plan for the Third Temple.” If true, the plan will be far more controversial than a simple embassy move—-one that will result in many nations attacking Israel at once, just as the prophets say—-one so viotile that the King Messiah and His angel troops will have to intervene. After which, “they will study war no more.” שלום, سلام, Peace @achadpeace

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You, too, are Blessed

A discussion recently occurred whereby a Protestant told a Catholic “Your religion puts too much emphasis on the Virgin Mary, at times it seems as if she is surpassing the importance of the Messiah, Jesus”. The Catholic responded, “Protestants do not acknowledge enough of the role that Mary has as the Mother of God”.

While there were going to be further discussions on other issues to find understanding, the Protestant found the issue at hand—-of why he believed Mary was called ‘Blessed among women’—-most pressing. The Protestant did some calculations (altough he was no statistician), in hopes that the two would later sit down to discuss his findings.

He calculated the following math, which surrounded SOME of the ancient prophecies of the Messiah, the holy son whom Mary bore. The family had to meet this criteria:

1-out of the estimated five major areas to live, at the time, the couple who raised the Messiah had to be living in Israel (Canaan), rather that any other country (for that is where his 12 chosen disciples and John the Baptist were-among other things): 1/5= .20

2-out of that number, they needed to be Hebrews, (a fraction of all the other tribes of Canaan): .11

3-out of that number, they needed to be (and both were) of the Tribe of Judah: .009

4-out of that number, the couple had to be residing in Galilee: .0045

5-out of that number, the couple had to be of Nazareth: .000375

6-they needed to be observant Jews (Just historic; about 90%): .000338

7-out of that number, existed 1 of 5 pledged to marry couples in Nazareth: 000068

8-the couple (estimated 90% chance) remained virgin before marriage: .000063

9-now, out of that number, at least one (Joseph) had to also have ties to Bethlehem : .000001

10-at least one (Mary) had to be related to John the Baptist: .000001

11-they also needed to live during the time of Roman occupation, for it was by them that they were oppressed; and Jesus was crucified. (150 years out of 4000 years history to that date, divided by all of the above: 00000000000000000000000

12-within the above, they also need to live during the time of Herod and Pilate. (The odds remain “OOO”
…and to that: by faith Joseph had to believe Mary had remained faithful and was miraculously going to give birth.
…Then, he had to believe the baby would be the Messiah.
…When she was accused, he saved the pregnant Mary from stoning.
…Later, though obedience, he risked his life to flee with Mary and Jesus into Egypt.
…And then even later, he raised him as one of his own sons: =still “OOOOOO”.

The Outcome for the Protestant was this: While Mary’s womb provided the catalyst & she suffered the labor pains, Joseph remained faithful, against all human reasoning. Mary and Joseph should be treated equally.

The CONCLUSION for which the two never sat down to discuss was this: Mary and Joseph were both blessed; chosen by God because only THEY had fit criteria which, throughout all of history, create the most unbelievable odds necessary concerning SOME of the prophecies of Yeshua, the Messiah.

And finally: WE BELIEVERS ARE ALL BLESSED

As Jesus was walking through the crowd someone told Jesus, “your mother and brothers are here.”
He asked, “Who is my mother and brothers?”
Then he pointed to the crowd following him, “Look, these are my (family)…those who do the will of my Father in Heaven” (Matt. 12:48-50). @achadpeace سلام,שלום

REFERENCES (and there are so many more prophecies than listed below, which are not included in these odds):

(1) Of Israel: Isa. 44 “Israel, whom I have chosen” (John 7:37-43)
(2) Hebrews: Isa. 11 “A shoot from the stump of Jesse” (Matt. 1; Luke 3).
(3) Of Judah: Gen 49:10 “the scepter will not depart from Judah” Micah 5:2 “a ruler of Israel, whose origins are of the distant past, will come to you on My behalf”; Jer. 23:5 “unto David (‘s line) a righteous Branch, and a King” (Matt. 1:3; Luke 3:30).
(4) Of Galilee: Isa 49:6 “I will also make you a light for the gentiles” ; Isa. 9:1 “but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles” (Matt 4-22; Mark 1:14-15)
(5) Of Nazareth: “…what the prophets said: ’He shall be called a Nazarene’ (while there is no reference within the Tanakh for this, one can only surmise it refers to a prophecy that did not make it into the Bible-perhaps within a Dead Sea Scroll. (Matt. 2:19; 13:53-38; Mark 6:1-2)
(6) Observant: Nahum 1:15 “Celebrate your festivals and fulfill all your vows…a messenger is coming with good news!” (Luke 2:21;
(7) Logical
(8) Virgin Birth: Isa. 7:14 “The virgin will give birth and call him Immanuel, which is to say ‘God with us’”; (Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:26)
(9) Of Bethlehem: Micah 5:2 “But you Bethlehem Ehprathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah out of one will come one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from old, from ancient times”
(10) John the Baptizer: Isa. 40:3 “The voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Clear the way in the wilderness before the Lord’”; Malachi 3:1, 4:5 “I will send my messenger to prepare his way”…”(as if another) Elijah…and his preaching will turn the hearts…”; Matt. 11:14 Jesus told them, “If you can accept what I say, (John) is Elijah” (Matt. 3; Mark 1:9-39; Luke 1; 3; 9:7-9; John 1:21-28; John 3)
(11) Within Roman Occupation (historic period of crucifixion and torture): Micah 5:1 “they will strike Israel’s ruler on the cheek with a rod”; (beaten) Isa. 52 “his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of a man”; Isa. 53 “Pierced for our transgressions…the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed”; Zechariah 12:10 “and they will look upon the one whom they have pierced”; Isa. 53 (unjustly crucified amount the criminals; but buried in the donated tomb of a rich man) “He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death”; (Matt.22-27; Mark 15; Luke 7:1-10; Luke 23; )
(12) Out of Egypt: Hos. 11:1 “…and I called my son out of Egypt”; (Matt. 2)

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True Love. Happy Valentine’s Day

We have heard: “Love is patient, Love is kind” and only think of mankind, but what if we take into account what we also know: “God is love.” Now add: “Love is patient.” God is patient with you. And what of “Love is kind”? God is kind to you.

Love. Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your mind soul and with all your mind…this is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor like yourself. All the Law and Prophets hang on those two commands” Matt. 22:37-40.

1 Corinthians 13 is the famous “love” chapter and it has been the role model of man’s love towards one another. But have we taken into account that God first loved us, in such a way, that we are to love Him in like manner?

Love Is Patient.
Are you patiently waiting for God (to give you His best), as He once waited for you to answer His call? He was quite patient. We should extend the same patience towards Him.
“Blessed are those who wait upon the Lord” Dan. 12:12 “with the patience of Job” James 5:11 “Also,(having patience) toward all men” 1Thes. 5:14.
We are to have patience in trials. “For tribulation creates patience; and patience gives experience; and experience brings hope; and hope does not fail” Rom 5: 3-5.
“(This is) the patience of the saints” Rev 14:12. “Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield” Ps. 33:20
“Be still and know God will fight for you” Ex. 14:14. Love God with all your heart and wait upon His timing.

Love Is Kind.
“Do unto others (His creation), as you would have them do to you” Luke 6:31. “Be gentle towards every man: apt to teach, patiently” 2 Tim 2:24
“The merciful man does good to his own flesh” Prov. 11:17.
“Remember mercy when you are wrathful” Hab. 3:2
Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” Matt. 5:7. Love God with all your heart and be kind to one another, as He has been kind to you.

Love Is Not Envious.
Even the prophet “Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry (at God’s compassion towards Nineveh)” Jonah 4:12.
“Wrath kills the foolish man, and envy slays the silly one” Job 5:2.
“I was envious at the foolish when I saw the prosperity of the wicked” Psalm 73:3.
Within a parable, the workers protested: “‘But, these men were hired last, working only one hour, while we worked all day and received the same pay’” Jesus said, “the last will be first and the first last” Matt. 20:16. Explaining this meant that all who believed in God’s gracious gift, whether for a lifetime or the very second of death, received the same mercy and salvation.
“The Lord is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away His Face for you if you return unto Him” 2Chron. 30:9.
Love God with all your heart and be not envious towards others, and especially not towards His Sovereign mercies.

Love Does Not Boast and Is Not Proud.
“Pride brings destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” Prov. 16:18.
Isaiah said, “How Satan has fallen from heaven…cast to earth…(Satan) once said, ‘I will raise my throne above the stars of God…and make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to the pit…They stare at (Satan) and say, ‘Is this the MAN who shook the earth and made the world a desert, overthrowing cities?’” Isaiah 14:12.
Jesus agreed, “I saw Satan fall from heaven” Luke 10:18.
Love God with all your heart and be not proud in your own right; the battle is the Lord’s. Even in battles, truly anything the Evil One can throw at you, is won by the power of God; so, boast not. Your only pride is in God’s Power. “The Lord your God, He fights for you” Josh. 23:10.

Love Is Not Rude or Self Seeking.
“Even Christ pleased not himself” Rom. 15:3. “Whoso ignores the cries of the poor, he shall cry himself” Prov. 21:13; Matt. 25:42.
Jesus said, “He who loves his life will lose it.” And “Whosoever will be great among you, let him minister to you” John 12:25; Matt. 20:26.
“By love serve one another” Gal. 5:13.
Jesus also said, “If you do only good to those who do good to you, how is any different than what the sinners do?” Luke 6:33.
Remember though, “For it is God who works in you TO WILL and TO ACT according to His right purposes.” And “It is not by works, but by grace you have been saved; so let no man boast except in God…” Eph. 2:7-8.
Love God with all your heart, boast only in Him, and do good.

Love Is Not Easily Angered, and Keeps No Record of Wrongs.
“God will not harbor His anger forever; He does not treat [our*] sins as we deserve.”
“…removing them as far as the east is from the west—this is how far He has removed our sins from us.” ((*our: those who respect God.))
“As a father has compassion on his children…for He knows how we were formed, so the Lord has compassion on those who respect Him…those who keep His covenant and remember to obey His precepts” Psalm 103:9-18.
Rather than a record of wrongs, for the Beliver, He keeps a record of our anguish: “I have seen your tears” Isa. 38:5; 2Kings 20:4.
“You collect all my tears in Your wineskin—are they not listed on Your scroll?” Psalm 56:8.
Love God with all your heart and be not easily angered, nor hold grudges.

Love Does Not Delight in Evil.
“To depart from evil is understanding” Job 28:28.
“God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgement” Job 34:12.
So, “To respect the Lord is to hate evil” Psalm 98:10.
“Abstain from all appearance of evil” 1Thess. 5:22.
Jesus said, “You can not serve both God (and the world’s ways)” Matt. 6:24. “(Those who) are luke warm, neither hot nor cold, (He) will I spit out of (His) mouth” Rev. 3:15-16.
“You can not drink from the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils” 1 Cor. 10:21.
Jesus said, “This is an evil generation; they seek a sign (rather than just believing)” Luke 11:29.
Remain firm as David, “I have not done evil by turning from God” Psalm 18:21. Love God with all your heart and be not and do not compromise good standards. Speak up against what God calls “evil”.

Love Rejoices In Truth.
“His truth endures forever…Thy Word is True from the beginning” Psalm 100:5; 117:2; 119:60.
“God is True” John 3:33.
“Love the truth and peace” Zech. 8:19.
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us…and we make God out to be a liar…If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us, and purify us from unrighteousness” 1Pet. 1:8-10.
In fact, “…the punishment that brought us peace was upon (Messiah), and by his wounds we are healed” Isaiah 53.
Jesus said, “To this end I came into the world: to bear witness to the Truth…I am the way, the Truth, and the Life” John 18:37; 14:6.
“It is the Holy Spirit of God that bears witness, because the Spirit is Truth” 1John 5:6.
“Behold a white horse; and (Jesus is) he that sat upon it, was called Faithful and True” Rev 19:11.
“(Messiah) was pierced for our transgressions…For we all like sheep have gone astray…He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence nor was deceit in his mouth…. Isaiah 53:5-9.
Love God with all your heart and rejoice in knowing the Truth.

“Love Always Protects, Always Trusts, Always Hopes, Always Preserves. Love Never Fails” 1Cor. 13:8.
Protect His Word, as He entrusted it to us.
Trust in His Word, as we Trust in Him.
Hope never fails; such is our faith: proofs unsee; not necessary.

Preserve the truth of love: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that God loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins…We Love because He loved us first” 1John 4:10, 19.
Practice Love and One Day we’ll see God’s perfect Love.

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Hope and Peace to you: The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

“The Sun will Come Out Tomorrow”…is the beginning of a classic song about hope. During these winter months, many optimistic people sing the same song; but suppose we turn our focus upon our eternal hope in the Son of God. Now, before you stop reading, please “give Peace a chance” (as another song goes). Jesus Christ was called the “Prince of Peace” by the prophets; and “the Son of God”. How can this be? Well, his mother, the Virgin Mary, asked the same question as the Holy Spirit of God came to her and just said, “Be, and he was”. In like manner, but somewhat differently, was created Adam, the first man; but out of the dust of the ground. Therefore, these two were unique sons of God. The Holy Spirit of God breathed into Adam, and he “just was”–however, Adam was sinful as all mankind after him, except for Jesus.
While we humans, especially the believers, are called “the children of God”, Jesus is different. Jesus was perfect in all his ways and died a sinless life, taking upon him our sin debt; and only in this way we can stand guiltless at the Judgment Throne of God the Father. The disciple John wrote, “And now dear children, continue in him (Jesus), so that when he appears (Jesus is still alive and at God’s right hand) we may be confident and unashamed at his coming (1John 2). Indeed, the SON is our hope, and while he might not “come tomorrow”, he will come.
John had written just prior to that, that the antichrist is coming also; but that there were many with the spirit of antichrist (those who deny Christ his positioning–they were then and even are today). John wrote, “they came out from us, but were not OF us. (They) deny that Jesus is the Christ. Now, people might deny God, or they might believe in God the Father but they deny his Son.
John wrote “such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father: whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also (1John2:22-23).
Jesus is Christ (i.e. “Messiah” in Hebrew). Now, since The Spirit of God created Jesus in a special way, and Jesus remained Holy right up to his death; and Jesus was created for a very specific purpose, for all of mankind to just simply believe it; AND Jesus is still alive, and at the Right Hand of Holy God awaiting his time to return–then, how is it that people deny he is the One and Only Son of God? This is not a new thought.
All of the true prophets knew parts of the plan, but they did not know the specifics (such as his earthly name) that we have the privilege to know. The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, for instance, knew. He wrote of a person named Amur who lamented, “I am the most ignorant of men…I have not learned wisdom, nor the knowledge of the HOLY ONE. Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hand? (Recall that at the word of Jesus, he calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee when his Apostles were afraid.) Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak? (Recall that Moses and Joshua, when crossing waters, spoke and God made for them dry land.) Who has established all the ends of the earth?”
In the beginning, The One and Only God “created the heavens and earth” and “The Spirit of God hovered above the waters and spoke the Earthly things into existence.
On the first day God said, Let there be light…and it was good. He separated it from the darkness. On the fourth day he created the lights in the sky, which obviously means when He created night and day, it was different than the light and darkness on the first day. Therefore, the first light and darkness must symbolize Truth and Falsehood; the difference between Wisdom and Ignorance; the ignorance that Agur (of Proverbs) lamented when saying, “I have not learned wisdom, nor knowledge of The Holy One”….What is his name, and the name of his son? Tell me if you know!”(Proverbs 30:1-4).
From the conglomeration of reading everything the Word of God says, one comes to see that The Father and the Son have always always together; and still are.
The Prophet Job wrote, assuredly, “Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of man he pleads with God; as a man pleads for his friend (Job 16:19-21).
Solomon wrote of the Wisdom (Light), “The LORD possessed me as the first of his works before the deeds of old; I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began. (Proverbs 8:22-23). But Solomon did not stop there. Who was this one at the beginning, before the world began? “THEN I was the craftsman by His Side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing in His presence, rejoicing in His whole world and delighting in mankind.”
“Now, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.–Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it. Blessed is the man who listens to me watching daily at at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me, finds life and receives favor from the LORD. But whoever fails to find me harms himself, all who hate me love death” (Proverbs 8:30-35).
The prophecy of the coming Messiah was also foretold by Micah: “Out of you, Bethlehem, will come for me a ruler over Israel, whose origins are from old, from ancient times…He will stand to shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely…And he will be their peace (Micah 5: 2-4).
I am positive as they were that if you Give The Prince of Peace a chance, you will have Hope. The Son will come, and it might just be tomorrow.
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Merry Messiah-mas

Originally posted on 12/22/2012 by @achadpeace, with some edits.

The angel told her, “‘Mary, you… will give birth to a son…The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David…his kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:30-32).

Angel to Mary: “I am a messenger from thy Lord, (to announce to you) the gift of a HOLY son…a Sign unto men and a Mercy from Us’” (السورةSura 19:19, 21). “Glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus…held in honour in this world and in the next” ( السورةSura 3:45).

Mary asked the angel: “‘How will this be, since I am a virgin?’ The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of the Most High’” (Luke 1:35, 32).

“[While] it is not befitting the Most High that he sires a son, when He determines a matter; He only says ‘Be’ and it is” (السورة Sura 19:35). In the beginning the Most High {יהוה Elohim} breathed into Adam and he lived, and at the beginning of the End of Days: “We breathed into her body of Our Spirit; and she testified to the truth of the words of her Lord and his revelations (السورة Sura 66:12).

The Dead Sea Scrolls say: “In Justice and Truth, he (Messiah) will slay the wicked by his breath alone. This saying refers to the Branch of David, who will appear in the End Days…and God will give him a glorious throne and put a scepter in his hand, and he will rule: but not judge by what his eyes see, or his ears hear, alone—truly, he is Zadok [Zedek]” (Dead Sea scrolls, 4Q161; all of which are c. 200 b.c.-70 a.d.).

“In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it—one from the house of David; one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the case of righteousness (ישעיהו Isaiah 16:5).

“For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given …Of the increase of his Government and Peace there will be No End. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing it and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever” (ישעיהו Isaiah 9:6a, 7).

“[King David]: ‘what is the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than Elohim and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of Your Hands; you put all things under his feet….” In another place: “The LORD says to my LORD: ‘Sit thou at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet. The LORD will extend your mighty scepter from Zion…You are my Son, today I have become your Father (מזמורPsalm 8:4-6 ;110:1-2; 2:7, 12).

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

“Who has established the ends of the earth? What is his name, and the name of His son? Tell me if you know!” (משלי Proverbs 30:4 b,c).

“When the tempter [Satan] came to him [Jesus], he said to him [Jesus], ‘IF! IF you are the Son of God…throw yourself down, for it is written He will protect you.’” (Matthew 4:3).

[Muhammad also asked IF. He transcribed]: “(You should say)’If (God) Most Gracious had a son, I would be the first to worship (him)’”(السورة Sura 43:81).

The Magi, Kings out of the East, did just that: “‘We saw [Jesus’] star in the east and have come to WORSHIP him’” (Matthew 2:2).

“And the Gentiles shall come to THY Light, and the kings to the brightness of thy rising” (Isaiah 60:3).

“[God] will lead them forth into light. Those who reject faith [are] patrons of Evil: who from light are led forth by the Evil Ones into the depths of darkness” (السورة Sura 2:257).

“The Angel of Darkness [Belial, Satan] embraces the governess of all wicked people, so they walk in the paths of darkness…to corrupt the righteous…God allows it, in His mysteries, until His Era Dawns… That Angel’s diabolical rule is to cause the Sons of Light to stumble; but the God of Israel (and the Angel of His Truth) assist all of the Sons of Light (Dead Sea Scrolls, 1QS, Col. 4, lines 20-26).

“God guides whom He will to His Light, setting forth parables for men: God is the Light of the heavens and the earth…a brilliant star: lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the East or the West” (السورة Sura 24:34). Jesus declared to them “I am not of this world; I came from the Father” (John 8:23).

Jesus also told this parable: “‘I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me will never go hungry…I am the bread that Came Down From Heaven…Your forefathers ate manna in the desert, and died; but he who feeds on this bread [upon the table] will live forever” (John 6).

“The disciples said: ‘O Jesus son of Mary!…send us From Heaven a Table set…and provide for our sustenance.’… God said, ‘I will send it down to you, but if any of you after that, RESISTS faith, I will punish him…’” (السورة Sura 5:112-115).

[Jesus] spoke to them another parable: “A man planted a vineyard; and sent forth servant, after servant—whom the people beat, or killed. Then, He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But they killed him and threw him out of the vineyard” (Mark 12:1-11).

“When Jesus came with Clear Signs, he said: ‘Now I have come to you with Wisdom and in order to make clear to you some of the points on which you dispute: therefore fear God and obey me…this is the straight way” (السورة Sura 43; 63-64).

“What good is a riddle to you, you who search for the origins of knowledge? [Here is] a parable…: Who among you seeks the Presence of the Light and Illumination (among you)!?” (Dead Sea Scroll 4Q301, Frag. 2b).

“The Lord brought me forth from the first of His works…I was appointed from the beginning, before the world began. I was the craftsman by His side…delighting in mankind. Now then, listen to me, my sons; blessed are those who keep my ways…Whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord” (משלי Proverbs 8:17, 22, 30-36).

“(They) will prosper who purify themselves…this is (written) in the earliest Books of Revelations—the Books of Abraham and Moses” (السورة Sura 87:14, 18-19).

Jesus: “If you believe Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?’” (John 5:45-46).

“Everyone who heard him [when Jesus was just 12-years-old] was amazed at his understanding and his answers” (Luke 2:47, 43). “The people were amazed at his [Jesus’] teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law” (Mark 1:22).

“Does not wisdom call out?” (משלי Proverbs 8:1)

“Our Lord sent among them an Apostle of their own, who shall rehearse Thy Signs to them and instruct them in Scripture and Wisdom, and Sanctify them: for Thou art the exalted in Might, the Wise” (السورة Sura 2:129)

Seeing his miracles, Jesus’ disciples asked: “’What kind of MAN is this? Even the winds and waves obey him!’”(Matthew 8:27)

“[When] Jesus was baptized…heaven was opened…And a voice from heaven said, ‘[Jesus] is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased’” (Matthew 3:16-17).

Once, when casting out demons, they asked Jesus: “‘What do you want with us, Son of God?’…‘I know who you are—the Holy One of God!’” (Matthew 8:29; Mark 1:23).

“‘What about you? Jesus asked his disciple, Peter. ‘Who do YOU say I am?’ Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah (Christ).’ Jesus warned them not to tell anyone” (Mark 8:29-30).

“‘Come near to me and listen to this; From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret; at the time it happens, I AM THERE. And now the Lord has sent me with his Spirit. This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go (ישעיהו Isaiah 48:16-17).

“Those who follow the Apostle, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own Scriptures—in the Law and the Gospel—commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil. He releases them from their heavy burdens and their heavy yokes that are upon them…it is those who believe in him, honor him, help him, and follow the Light which is sent down with him, it is they who will prosper” (السورة Sura 7:157).

“It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns of Him comes to me” (Jesus, John 6:45). “While the unbelievers (were caught up in wonton ignorance)—God sent down His Tranquility…” (السورةSura 48:26).

“You have shattered the yoke that burdens them; the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor…For unto us a child is born, a son is given…And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (ישעיהו Isaiah 9:4, 6).

Jesus said: “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rests for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-29).

“Rejoice greatly O Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your King comes to you having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey” (זכריהZechariah 9:9).

“’Blessed is He that comes in the name of the LORD. Hosanna (which means ‘Save!’)! Blessed is the King of Israel!’ the people shouted. And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it was written” (John 12: 13, 14)

“He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness, he will bring forth justice (ישעיהו Isaiah 42:2-3).

“What must we do to do the works God requires? Jesus answered,‘The work of God is this: to believe on the one he has sent (John 6:28-29). “ ‘If you were Abraham’s children, ‘then you would believe me, and do the things Abraham did” (John 8:39-40).

When Abraham’s son said: “‘The fire and wood are here, but where is the Lamb for the burnt offering?’ Abraham answered, ‘God himself will provide the Lamb for the burnt offering, my son’” (בראשית Genesis 22:7-8). And it happened as he believed.

When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming, he and said, “‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!’” (John 1:29).

“If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would be like a river; your righteousness like the waves of the sea” (ישעיהו Isaiah 48:18). “‘…for I myself will help you,’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel” (ישעיהו Isaiah 41:14).

“Such was Jesus the son of Mary: it is a truth, about which (many) vainly dispute…How plainly they will see, the Day they appear before Us [God]!” (السورة Sura 19:33-34).

Jesus said: “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through me” (John 14:6). “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but have the Light of Life” (John 8:12).

“Through the Spirit is atonement of iniquities; to gaze on the Light of Life and so be joined to the Truth by His Holy Spirit; to be party of the eternal Covenant of the Yahad, the Sons of Light” (Dead Sea Scroll, 1QS, Col 3, Lines 6-12).

“And We breathed into her body of Our Spirit; and she testified to the Truth of the Words of her LORD and His revelations (السورة Sura 66:12).

And ‘…the Holy One born (was) called the Son of the Most High’” (Luke 1:35, 32).

“The Word became FLESH and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

Merry Messiah–mas!

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The Living Waters and the Eternal Light

In the beginning…was God. And the God’s Holy Spirit hovered over the waters. He separated the light from dark on the first day and then separated the waters, leaving the “sky” between the two dimensions called heaven and earth, on the second day.

Now, before delving into the parable of light and darkness let’s address the many dimensions of water used in real and parable situations of the believer’s life.
Of course there is the example of Hagar and Ishmael. Abraham sent her and their son away with a flask of water. When it was empty, they thirsted in the desert. “The Lord opened her eyes; and spotting a well, (perhaps one of Abraham’s) they drank from it” (Genesis 21). Water wells were used repeatedly in the Bible to symbolize a stake on property, but the water here can be symbolized as a pure faith.
Moses, whose name means “drawn from the water”, led the Israelites out of Egypt; and they crossed over on dry land after God parted the waters of the Red Sea–to wander in the wilderness for 40 years.
Joshua, forty years after the Exodus, crossed over the Jordan River on dry land to claim their promised ancestral land.
John the Baptist baptized with water very near to the crossing spot of the 12 tribes and those who came out of Egypt with them.
Further back in time, Noah and his family were saved from the Earth’s Flood waters, which God sent to destroy the evil world; and for about a year they floated on the waters which covered the entire earth!
While wondering throughout the wilderness for forty years, Moses merely had to strike a rock for water to come pouring out; and the people drank heartily from those life giving, waters (life sustaining waters).
And this relates to a scene, which is at the top of list for water comparisons:

Jesus, while in Samaria, talked to a woman at the well of Jacob. He asked her for a drink. She said “How can you ask me for a drink? (Jews don’t talk to Samaritans)”. Jesus said, “If you knew the gift of God and WHO it is that asks you for a drink, you would’ve asked HIM and he would’ve given you living water.” (John 4). This scene, while real was also a parable. Through their conversation, she went away convinced he was the Messiah, for whom they were waiting. She went away and spread the Good News that the One with Living Waters was among them; and those “living waters” remain with all who believe in God, follow Jesus and await his return on the Last Day.
Fast forward to the Book of Revelation, and in the vision of the End Day, again we have Jesus offering the living water when he returns. He says, “I have sent my angel to give you a testimony for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star. The Spirit and the Bride say come; and let him who hears say come. Whoever is thirsty let them come, and whoever wishes let them take the free gift of the water of life.” He invites anyone who wishes to drink of his living waters in the End; but even more blessed are those who drink now, and experience it on earth in the present.
It was written of “Wisdom calling out, ‘I raise my voice to all mankind.'” (Proverbs 8).
Jesus, the living waters, came from and returned to heaven; and therefore, as the parable of the living waters of Heaven, he relates back to Genesis when God separated heaven’s waters from the waters of earth.

Jesus, the living waters of heaven, was there in the beginning.
In his eighth Proverb, Solomon confirms this, in speaking of Messiah/Christ, Jesus: “He (God) brought me forth as the first of His works, before His deeds of old; I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.” (Proverbs 8: 22-23).

And what happened BEFORE God separated the “waters” (on the second day), which the Spirit of God had hovered over “in the beginning”? As written in Genesis, on the first day of creation, God separated the light, which He called “good”, from the darkness.
Of course, since the celestial bodies did not exist until the fourth day, this can not mean HE separated daytime from nighttime! Obviously, as confirmed by comparing Genesis to Solomon’s Proverb, “light” means Wisdom and understanding, while “dark” means confusion; chaos. Indeed, “And God called The light (wisdom/understanding) ‘good'”. Jesus said that “while I’m in the world, I am the Light of the World”. Therefore, before being in the world, his light was in the heavenly realms, separated from the darkness (evil).

Proverbs says exactly what Genesis had said of all the days of creation. Jesus was there in the beginning. Solomon continues (speaking of the Messiah/Wisdom/Light) in Proverbs 8:24-30: “When there was no oceans, I was given birth; when no springs abounded with water; before the mountains were settled in place; before the hills, I was given birth. Before He made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world. I was there when He set the heavens in place; when He marked out the horizon on the face of the deep; when He established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep; when He gave the seas its boundary so the waters could not overstep his command; and when He marked out the foundations of the earth. Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with the LIGHT day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.”

Genesis says this: Immediately after the Spirit of God hovered over the waters and said, ‘Let there be light’ He separated the light, calling it ‘good’, from the darkness–this was on the first day. He made an expanse called “sky” to separate the WATERS above, from those below–this was on the second day. On the third day He made the seas and land–and He saw that this was “good”. The following day He put lights in the sky: sun, moon and stars–this was the fourth day. On the fifth day He made birds and sea creatures. On the sixth day He made all living creatures, according to their OWN kinds; but He made man in HIS own image; male and female He created them. And then, on the sabbath, He rested.

So, returning to the parable of how the Living Waters show up in the believer; Jesus’ first miracle was to turn water into wine. (John 2). And years later, he delighted in mankind to the point of coming and dying in their place, to cover the sins of mankind; and make reconciliation with God, for which sinful mankind could not do on their own merit. He took the Passover wine cup and said, “Take and drink; this is my blood poured out for you.” (Matthew 26: 27-28). His sacrifice gave eternal life to believers. He is the living waters.

Recall that the Spirit of God had hovered over the waters in the beginning. Since the Living Water represents Life; perhaps the water on earth represents Death and Destruction–the evil one. Indeed, Satan brings chaos, death & destruction. In the Revelation of John (12: 7-17) as the war in heaven was waged, “The great dragon–that ancient serpent called the devil–was cast TO EARTH; Satan who leads the world astray…spewed water from his mouth to sweep away the woman (concept of “a believing congregation”) who had given birth to the male child (believers in Jesus Christ as Messiah). But the earth swallowed the dragon’s torrent of water; and so the dragon went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring”.

The dragon represents the parable of the dying waters–the waters of Hell–and relate back to Genesis when God separated the waters on the second day. In the beginning, the waters were separated and the waters of death (Earth) went off to deceive the people (of Earth). In the end, “the devil who deceived them” will be thrown into lake waters, “the burning lake of sulfur, where the beast and false prophet had been thrown…where they will be tormented day and night forever.” (Rev. 20: 10). Hell is associated with the waters of sulfur; and more than one implication leads to parallels with the Dead Sea. The lowest spot on earth is the Dead Sea, and the air permeates with the smell of sulfur. Nothing can live in the Dead Sea; even the waters are dying. Nearby to the Dead Sea are the places of destruction: where fire and brimstone once destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, whose symbolism is used repeatedly to refer to the rebellious generations of mankind.

The Genesis waters, in which the Spirit of God hovered over, and that which He separated, represents God separating the life giving waters of Heaven from the deathly waters of Hell. Satan, who came from the heavens was cast to the earthly waters; and is destined for Hell, in eternal punishment in the waters of the lake of sulfur.
It is interesting that Dante chose to use frozen water (ice), at the deepest part of the pit called Hell–and we all know how ice feels hot, like being burned, similar to being burned with flames.

The apostle John, a close companion of Jesus, writes: “men loved the darkness rather than the light…(in fact), everyone that does evil hates the light.” (John 3).
“But the light shines in the darkness; and darkness can not comprehend.” (John 1).
Yet, the living water has supremacy over the dying water; and this will be seen in the End–the “second death”. Blessed are you, if our name is found written in The Book of the Lamb at judgement. Jesus represents the Lamb. He has supremacy over all the schemes of Satan. Recall when Jesus controlled the Sea of Galilee’s waves? He also calmed the torrents of rain in the storm. AND Jesus walked on water!

Satan was there in the beginning, as Evil was separated from Good-first in the form of light from darkness; and then in the form of separating the living water above from dying waters below. In the first two days, God separated Blindness from Sight. Chaos from Order. Folly from Wisdom. And the Darkness was separated from Light (which God had called “good”).

John began his writing just like Solomon and Moses implied: “In the beginning was the Word (speaking of Jesus) and the Word was with God…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…” (John 1). Isaiah had written many centuries before John & Jesus: “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.” (Isaiah 9).

The apostle Paul, once a persecutor of Jesus Christ’s followers (called “the Way”), suddenly converted when confronted by the resurrected Jesus. After the “scales” fell from his eyes, he could see! It is not stated whether Paul actually met Jesus before this event on the road to Damascus, but he echoes the others before him: “For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he (also) is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him. And through him to reconcile to himself all things, which things on earth or things in heaven, I making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” …”He is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation.” (Colossians 1: 15-20). Paul enhances what Solomon wrote of Wisdom (Light).

Solomon did not overtly mention the Messiah (Christ); he was vague since Jesus came centuries later. But the apostle John lived among Jesus: “Being the very image of God, who is Light…” Jesus rightfully exclaimed: “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world”…”Those who have seen me, have seen the Father.” (John 9:5). In another book, John wrote: “That which was from the beginning, which we have seen with our own eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of Life… We write this to make your joy complete. This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” (1John 1: 1-5). Follow the Light which HE sent.

In the End, we once again see the parables of both light and water; and they are very real in John’s Revelation. In the New Jerusalem, John “did not see the temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb (Christ) were its temple. And the city did not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gave it light, and the Lamb was its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.” (Revelation 21:22-24).

“And the angel showed me the River of the Water of Life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb, down the middle of the great street of the city.”…”On each side of the River stood the Tree of Life, yielding 12 crops of fruit, food every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.” (Rev. 22:1-2).

Rest assure in the Light of the Lamb, sent for you.

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