Nine Reasons Why Christianity is Failing

THIS ARTICLE IS IN NINE PARTS QUOTED FROM THE BOOK OF THE SAME TITLE (available at http://www.freebiblepdf.com/bible.html

PART 1–WHY SHOULD CHRISTIANS TEST DOCTRINE?

Haven’t all Christian doctrines been tested and found to be true?  Usually, that response comes from the perspective of the denomination a person is following.  They trust that they are right and disregard differences as error by those who differ.  They agree to disagree.

If all Christian doctrines are true, then why do so many of them disagree about the same things?  And why are there so many denominations because of disagreement?  According to the Bible, all believers of Jesus Christ should be of one mind and agreement in the power of the Spirit of YHVH.  YHVH is not diverse in his understanding and does not teach diversity in understanding his truth.  If anything, YHVH is dogmatic and steadfast.  I began learning that from the first day I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior.  I also began learning how devious Satan is.

Get your notepad out and write all of your questions, observations, and even disagreements, because all of the subjects in this book overlap and intermingle with each other.  Things will be repeated from one chapter to help explain something in another chapter.  It is difficult to mentally sort it out, at least it was for me when I first started learning these things.  False doctrines will argue many points made here, so bear with me to the end, then review your notes and choose how you want to go.

I pray or talk to the Lord every day, but from 1980 to 1995 I prayed daily specifically for YaHavah’s wisdom and understanding.  Those were my first years of studying the Bible and the Revelation of Jesus Christ.  I was a new Christian and I jumped into the deep end of the pool.  Even so, those were the years that my first study/commentary came into existence.  It took a lot of soul searching and praying to overcome, not only my own willful independence, but many needless and burdening traditions placed on Christianity and women.  Things like: women shouldn’t teach men about Bible doctrine, one should not question the knowledge and authority of Pastors and Theologians, and tread lightly with regard to fresh insights from the Bible.  I had a lot of arguments going on in my head that were trying to discourage me from doing what I knew I was called to do.  Satan is very good at creating doubt and stifling confidence in the Bible and Christianity.

It took many years, but I had the best mentors of all to bring me through all of those trials.  Their names are YaHavah and Jesus.  The promises in the Bible about them are true.  They are faithful to the faithful and they are encouraging to the wavering and weary.

Even so, Christians have become complacent in that they are not doing what the Bible commands them to do; test the spirit of all things to see if it is from YHVH.  Adam didn’t do this when he was tempted, but Jesus did.  The Serpent knew that YHVH commanded Adam to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and taunted Adam and Eve with doubt.  Adam should have corrected the Enchanter by repeating exactly what YHVH commanded and stood firm on it.  Satan tempted Jesus and Jesus responded with the truth and stood firm.  That is what testing the spirit is about.  Christians need to test the spirit of everything they think, hear, and see before they act on it.  Once the habit is formed, it becomes automatic.

Choices and decisions are made every day of a person’s life.  To make important decisions one usually researches the reasons to do something or to not do it.  That is the responsible human norm.  Complacency occurs in a Christian’s spiritual life when he or she allows their spiritual choices to be made for them by someone else; they trust that person or group, very often, in their own ignorance in their lack of Bible knowledge.

Because of complacent ignorance, Christianity is failing to be what YHVH meant it to be through Jesus Christ.  Examine the tenets of faith (beliefs concerning Bible doctrine) for each church or church organization, and you will see that complete unity in the Spirit of YHVH does not exist.  If there is even one church tenet of faith that disagrees with other churches, there is a major problem.  I’ve seen disagreement within disagreement.  Yet, these differences are brushed off as if they did not exist followed by the common mantra, agree to disagree, as if agreeing to disagree makes everything right.

Another prominent rule of human understanding is in the negotiability of Bible doctrine.  This rule appears to say the only non-negotiable doctrines of faith are (1) the three separate persons of the Trinity in one godhead, (2) the virgin birth of Jesus, (3) that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and (4) that Jesus was resurrected from the dead.  All other doctrines are viewed as negotiable.  WRONG! There is not one Bible doctrine that is negotiable.  Human understanding might be negotiable or compromised, but YHVH’s understanding is not.  Usually, item #1 is listed before anything about Jesus.

Every person who writes about or discusses a particular doctrine will provide alternative interpretations of that doctrine.  Alternative points of view should be cited to expose error, but never held above Bible references.  Very often, the route of least resistance is taken based on current popularity.  Sometimes over use of alternative points of view make it difficult to determine exactly what the commentator believes.  It is sad to me that truth is often determined by the number who believes a doctrine and the length of time for its existence rather than what the Bible actually teaches.

A Multi-Level Example of Testing

In the first century, Apostle Paul penned two letters to Timothy.  In his first letter Paul gave instructions for the administration of the church.  His second letter is about spiritual decisions.

Paul profoundly stated in 2Timothy 4:1-5:

1—I charge [you] therefore before YHVH, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2—preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all courage and instruction.  3—For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4—and they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables.  5—But [be] watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

In 1John 4:1-6 John wrote:

1—Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of YHVH: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  2—By this you know the Spirit of YHVH: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of YHVH: 3—and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh is not of YHVH: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now it is in the world.

4—You are of YHVH, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  5—They are of the world: therefore, speak they of the world, and the world hears them.  6—We are of YHVH: he that knows YHVH hears us; he that is not of YHVH hears not us.  Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

1John 4:2-3 is a perfect example for testing disputed doctrine.  How many Bible students really understand the phrase, “Jesus Christ is come in the flesh”?  This one phrase has two implications that are clearly defined in the Bible, yet not clearly understood by most Christians.

First, the epithet, Christos, is the Greek word for the Jewish epithet, Messiah.  Both mean the anointed one, which is the fulfillment of Daniel 9:24 and Isaiah 11:1-5 that was witnessed at Jesus’ baptism at the beginning of his ministry.

Second, to come in the flesh implies that Jesus was the human Son of YHVH.  The Greek word sarx translated to flesh means flesh and bone.  If anything else was intended, it would have been included.

In Bible times, it was a common practice to attribute a god status to men of high standing or power.  Alexander the Great was called a god.  The Roman Caesars were called gods.  Antiochus IV (Epiphanes) claimed god status—you may remember him as the Syrian leader who ordered the Jewish Temple to be desecrated with the sacrifice of a pig.  Antiochus was the descendant of Seleucus, one of Alexander the Great’s four generals.  The status of a god was the Hellenistic pagan way of power.

Today, most theologians interpret came in the flesh to mean Jesus was a god who existed before creation.  This interpretation is Hellenism at its highest.  Arius (4th century AD), was condemned a heretic by the Catholic Church for saying Jesus is not God.  Even today, that condemnation is placed on anyone who says Jesus is not God.  Arius’ claims are called Arianism.  Today, anyone who says that Jesus is not God is accused of Arianism.  But that is a wrong accusation.

Let’s fine tune the reasoning behind Arianism.  In the fourth century, Arius stated his belief that Jesus was not God.  This part of his statement is correct, though his reasoning for it was not based on the critical exception noted below in bold letters.  Arius was pronounced a heretic for saying Jesus was not god because that went against the Trinitarian claim that Jesus is God or an incarnated god.  He was pronounced a heretic against the Catholic Church because he blasphemed the Trinity doctrine.  However, Arius’ fatal error against YHVH was in stating that Jesus was not the birth son of YHVH, but a mere man lifted up to the status of a son of YHVH.  The teachings of Arius are known as Arianism; therefore, to say Jesus is not God with the understanding that Jesus is the one and only begotten son of YHVH is not Arianism.

No implication is made anywhere in the Bible that Jesus was called or claimed to be a god.  His accusers called him a blasphemer for claiming to be the promised Son of man.

Matthew 26:62-64    62—And the high priest arose, and said to him, Answer you nothing?    What [is it which] these witness against you?

63—But Jesus held his peace.  And the high priest answered and said to him, I adjure you by the living Elohim, that you tell us whether you be the Christ, the Son of YHVH.  64—Jesus said to him, You have said: nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.  65—Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He has spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses?  Behold, now you have heard his blasphemy.

Jesus was like every other person born into this world; with one critical exception—being the birth Son of YHVH broke the curse of Adam’s knowledge of good and evil passed on to all humans by every human father.   Jesus did not bear Adam’s sin because he had no human father in the line of Adam to pass it on to him.  Jesus was born sinless.

Jesus is the Son of YHVH, human, sinless, and anointed in the Spirit of YHVH.  These facts are non-negotiable.  All four of these truths are well documented and defined in the Bible.  The denial of any of these four truths about Jesus is not of YHVH; therefore, denial of these are heresy against YHVH and Jesus.

The truths about Jesus encompassed in the phrase Jesus Christ is come in the flesh puts two very old traditional doctrines to the test and finds them not of YHVH; they are the Trinity and the incarnation of Jesus.  Greater explanation of these are in the book, “The Glossary of Bible Terms” for the Word of YHVH Bible.

Agreeing to Agree

People throw clichés around with great ease never realizing what they are actually saying.  For instance, the current mantra of Christianity, agree to disagree, is really collaboration to disagree with YHVH by going their own way.  While agreeing to agree—in the Spirit of YHVH—is the whole purpose of the Bible.  It is the basis of Christianity.  In order to agree to agree in the Spirit of YHVH, one must be able to make an educated choice concerning Bible doctrine.

The chapter titles in this series are accusations against the complacency of those who believe in Christianity and claim the Christian title.  All who claim the Christian beliefs and title should—must— know how to test doctrines to protect themselves and the truth of the Scriptures.

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Reformation–What is it?

Reformation is a hot topic along with prophesying and laying on of hands and a whole lot of other Band-Aids.  To reform is to heal.

Reformation and spiritual healing is not in the hands of one or even a few persons prophesying and laying on of hands; it is in the hands of millions of believers who will listen to the Spirit of YaHavah (God or LORD to most).

Do you want healing in the Church? Then each of you learn how to identify the cause of its disease and what to do when you do. Nothing new; it’s all in the Bible.  Identify the cause of disunity, then you will find unity in the Church begun by Jesus.

You CAN throw the mountain into the sea, find out how. Get the free book, “Nine Reasons Why Christianity is Failing” at http://www.freebiblepdf.com/9reasons.html

The focus and purpose of this book is not on the failure of Christianity, but the unifying Spirit and success of Christianity.

May the Lord’s peace come to all.

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The Inequity of the Secular View of “Equality”

The transgender equality laws of this United States of America are trespassing the laws of our Creator. The “transgender equality” law is forcing the people of this nation to go against our Creator in fear of being severely punished by the laws of the government.

“Thanks to ‘Transgender Equality’ Laws, Boys Are Now Sharing Girls’ Locker Rooms” is the title of a recent blog by Michael Brown, host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show The Line of Fire.  Mr. Brown openly expresses his concerns for this dangerous trend in the “transgender equality” law.  Every person worldwide should be deeply concerned with this trend.

So you will know of whom I speak when I say Creator; our Creator is described in the Judeo/Christian Old Testament as the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the sole Creator of the heavens and the earth.  His name is YaHavah (YHVH).  There is no other Creator besides him.  There are no other Gods besides him.  This is clearly stated many times in the Bible.  A

Genesis 1:1  1—In the beginning Elohim created the heaven and the earth.

Genesis 2:4  4—These [are] the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that YHVH Elohim made the earth and the heavens

Isaiah 66:1   1—Thus said YHVH, The heaven [is] my throne and the earth [is] my footstool: where [is] the house that you build to me?  And where [is] the place of my rest?

Allow me to preach just a little here in order to lay out some baseline parameters given in the Bible.

It is time for me to be blunt.  Satan is messing with people’s minds to make them think God made a mistake.  I know from my own dream experiences that he, the Genesis serpent, called Satan, is the cause of transgender night dreams.  Do not believe his lies.  He wants to make those who accept his lies believe it is their own truth.  He does this make them look the fool, but mostly to keep them separated from YaHavah.  People who don’t believe in God or the Bible are the most vulnerable.

YaHavah sees all and knows all.  Every abomination humanity commits today has been done before, and he has dealt harshly in reprimand and punishment of those who commit them.  The haters of God harshly criticize him for the judgments they deserve.

YaHavah is likened to the vine dresser of his creation.  To have a healthy vineyard, the vinedresser must prune out the dead wood and sucker growth to produce good and abundant fruit.  He knows how the darkness of the knowledge of good and evil brought into this world by Adam is affecting his creation; his vineyard.  YaHavah set laws and parameters for his creation to follow in order to control the sucker growth of the knowledge of good and evil.  Obedience to his laws and parameters identifies the good wood of his vineyard.

Adam was the first human; he disobeyed YaHavah’s command to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or he would die.  After the angel Lucifer’s rebellion in heaven, YaHavah was not in the mood to molly coddle his new creation.  The death Adam suffered was not physical, but spiritual separation from YaHavah.  Adam was pruned out of the Kingdom.

After sixteen hundred years, the only humans left with good conscience to righteousness, was Noah and his family.  There is more to that part of human history, but that is for another telling.  The short of it is that YaHavah destroyed all of the disobedient people with the Great Flood. (AM 1656-1657)

A remnant of the first generation of humanity obeyed YaHavah by good conscience to righteousness in the 2000 years+ from Adam to the Wilderness Journey of the twelve tribes of Israel. (AM 2669-2709)

One thousand years after the Great Flood,  during the Israelite’s forty-year Wilderness Journey out of Egypt, Moses was given the Laws of YHVH recorded in the Books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy in the Old Testament of the Judeo/Christian Bible.  The people’s obedience to the Law was only a little better than good conscience.  The people still fell to the temptations of the Genesis serpent, called Satan.

A remnant of the second generation of humanity preserved righteousness under the Laws of YHVH from the time of Moses to Jesus.

Two thousand years later, YaHavah fathered his only begotten son, Jesus. (AM 4381-4415)  Through Jesus, humanity may regain their spirit relationship with YaHavah that Adam lost.  Humans can do this because Jesus did not have a human father, so he did not bear the sin of Adam in the knowledge of good and evil.  Jesus was born a sinless human.  This is why the only way out from under the burden of Adam’s sin is through Jesus, but not without loving his father with all your heart, mind, and soul.  All who love YaHavah and Jesus with heart mind and soul, will be anointed in the Spirit of YaHavah, giving them control by YaHavah’s Spirit presence over the sin they were born with.  All a person has to do is choose which way to go.  Actually, human default is an as-is sin nature of the knowledge of good and evil.  Repent of the sin nature you were born with and be sealed for salvation from YaHavah’s wrath against sin.  When tempted, turn to the truth and commandments of YaHavah.  Jesus did when he was tempted!

The first and second coming of Jesus Christ makes Jesus the beginning and the end of the third generation of humanity.  In this generation, only the remnant of all who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior will enter into the fourth generation.  The remnant includes the 144,000 remnant of the twelve tribes of Israel, and all others who previously accepted the whole truth of Jesus Christ.

Jesus will, also, be the beginning and the end of the fourth generation of humanity.  The fourth generation will be 1,000 years.  Only a remnant, of those who are”left behind” when Jesus appears on a cloud to call his own, will survive when Satan is loosed from his 1,000-year imprisonment.  Join me in my study of the Revelation of Jesus Christ from the seven spirit perspective.

Humanity has had more than two thousand years to utilize this great opportunity to live in love and obedience to YaHavah.  Has humanity thrived under YaHavah’s latest parameter?  I think a world glutted in the self-indulgences of transgender choices, homosexual behavior, sexual promiscuity, and abortions answers that question.

In regard to the laws written in Leviticus and Deuteronomy that define the things that are abominations to him, YaHavah declares,

Leviticus 18:4-5    4You shall do my judgments, and keep My ordinances, to walk therein: I [am] YHVH your Elohim.  5—You shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do he shall live in them: I [am] YHVH.

Leviticus 18:24-30    24—Defile not you yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: 25—and the land is defiled: therefore, I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomits out her inhabitants.  26—You shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit [any] of these abominations; [neither] any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourns among you: 27—(for all these abominations have the men of the land done, which [were] before you, and the land is defiled;) 28—That the land spue not you out also, when you defile it, as it spued out the nations that [were] before you.  29—For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit [them] shall be cut off from among their people.  30—Therefore you shall keep my ordinance, that [you] commit not [any one] of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that you defile not yourselves therein: I [am] YHVH your Elohim.

A few common abominations committed every day worldwide by millions of unconcerned individuals, and committed in every manner of film production for entertainment are, to name a few:

Leviticus 18 (Regarding inbreeding) 6—None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover [their] nakedness: I [am] YHVH.

Leviticus 18 (Regarding infidelity) 20Moreover you shall not lie carnally with your neighbor’s wife, to defile yourself with her. (Note: and vice versa)

Leviticus 18 (Regarding homosexuality) 22—You shall not lie with a man, as with a woman: it [is] abomination.

Deuteronomy 22:5 (Regarding transgenderism) 5—The woman shall not wear that which pertains to a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that who do so [are an] abomination to YHVH your Elohim.

There are Biblical repercussions for governmental laws that override the commandments of YaHavah.  One bad law allowing so-called “equality” to those who choose to disobey YaHavah’s commandments will lead to worse behavior, more confusion, and a quickly weakened and dying nation.

For instance, “Two women showering in Whitney Hall, a residence at U of T’s University College, reported they saw a cellphone reach over the shower-stall dividers in an attempt to record them, in two different incidents, police Const. Victor Kwong told The Toronto Star.”

A male claiming transgender equality can legally enter a female locker room.  Under the protection of the law, he can even expose his genitals as reported by ABC News in 2012.  What is the next step for individuals who use the law to do unlawful acts against themselves and others?  Will they want more freedom to invade individual privacy and to bully others?  Will it become law that they can rape and murder because they “feel” the need for that freedom?  Don’t scoff at the idea.  There are thousands of cases of rape that are never prosecuted because of a form of this scenario.  It can only get worse for such victims.

When YaHavah’s laws are broken, things do run amuck.  The offender and the offended are victims of the Genesis serpent over and over again.  There is a reason for the need to exercise self-control.

The Bible provides sensible and doable guidelines for human behavior.  They are there for our protection against the human default of the knowledge of good and evil.  All who believe and live under YaHavah’s moral laws (not his temple laws) under his grace have the right to cite those laws and fight the inequity of government’s secular view of “equality.”  Speak out for YaHavah and Jesus.  That’s what the command to fear YaHavah is about.

What are your thoughts on this subject?

Peace and safety to all.

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Introducing THSA for Christian Living

Years ago, I heard someone say that Bible doctrine is both negotiable and non-negotiable.

My question was, “Aren’t all Bible doctrines inspired by God, therefore, non-negotiable?”

I have spoke out for many years about the non-negotiability of Bible doctrine–all Bible doctrine.  I have also cautioned that one must know what the Bible doctrines are before making judgment against them.  You have to know what the real thing looks like before you determine whether it is counterfeit.  My own studies on the subject of Bible doctrines developed into the book titled “Glossary of Bible Terms–Looking for Truth and New Beginnings” This book contains hundreds of Bible doctrines, descriptive names (epithets) for our Creator, his son Jesus, and believers.  This is a free downloadable book in a .PDF document.

My learning experience didn’t end there.  My research connected Bible doctrine to the command to, “test the spirit to see if it is of YHVH.”  Testing the spirit means, is it of the seven spirits of YaHavah, or the seven spirits of lawlessness discussed in my last blog.

1John 4:1-6

1—Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of YHVH: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  2—By this you know the Spirit of YHVH: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of YHVH: 3—and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh is not of YHVH: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now it is in the world.

4—You are of YHVH, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  5—They are of the world: therefore, speak they of the world, and the world hears them.  6—We are of YHVH: he that knows YHVH hears us; he that is not of YHVH hears not us.  Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

How many Bible students really understand the phrase, “Jesus Christ is come in the flesh”?  Here is a perfect example of testing doctrine.  This one phrase has four Bible defined implications.  The epithet, Christ, is the Greek word for the Jewish epithet, Messiah.  Both mean the anointed one, which is the fulfillment of Daniel 9:24 and Isaiah 11:1-5 witnessed at Jesus’ baptism.  To come in the flesh implies that Jesus was the human Son of YHVH.  Paul made no implication here that Jesus is anything other than flesh and bone human, which is what the Greek word sarx means.  Jesus was like every other person born to this world, with one critical exception.  Being the Son of YHVH broke the curse of Adam’s knowledge of good and evil passed on to all humans by the fathers.   Having no human father, Jesus did not bear Adam’s sin.

Jesus is the Son of YaHavah, human, Messiah, and sinless.  These are without question, non-negotiable.  All four are well defined in the Bible.  The denial of any of these four truths about Jesus is not of YHVH.

A bonus test: these four truths about Jesus found in the phrase “Jesus Christ is come in the flesh” puts two very old traditional doctrines to the test, and finds them not of YaHavah.  What are they?

My Core Bible Doctrine research inspired my acronym THSA — Think, Hear, See, and Act — for testing doctrine. The full purpose of THSA is to test the spirit of everything thought, heard, and seen by the Bible and the Spirit of YaHavah before acting on it. One friend to whom I suggested using THSA said she wished I had not told her about it.  She found herself doing it automatically and causing her to think more about what she was hearing from the pulpit.  To which I responded with, Praise the Lord!

The key to successfully using THSA is to use it the same way Jesus used it when he was tempted three times after his baptism and anointed in the Spirit of YaHavah.  Jesus HEARD the temptations of Satan.  Jesus did not let what he heard dwell in his THOUGHTS to cause doubt of what he knew to be the truth.  Jesus SAW what Satan offered him and he responded to Satan in all instances with the truth of YaHavah appropriate to the temptation.  What ACTION did Jesus take?  He followed the commandments of YaHavah and spoke the truth.

THSA works.  That is why it is imperative for Christians to understand the purpose and guidelines of the Bible.  It doesn’t’ happen in one day.  It is a lifelong learning process and blessings of Spirit insights.  Satan will trip you, but you can stand again with the help of the Bible and Spirit anointing.  Learn the basics of the Bible that are well defined in the Bible.  Then follow through with regular Bible study and THSA.  And by all means, test what you read here, but not by the doctrines you are now following.  Let the Bible and the Spirit be the judge.

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The seven spirits in the Book of Revelation

It may surprise a lot of people to learn that the first five chapters of the Revelation are seven spirit specific.  Were it not for the seven spirits, there would be no Church.

I am developing a free Bible Study on the Book of Revelation to demonstrate how YaHavah uses his seven spirits in the Revelation and the same seven spirits to teach seekers about himself and his son, Jesus Christ.  The first five segments are ready.  For the next few months this blog will contain quotes from my Bible Study.  I call the series “Ramping up Your Bible Study.” I am starting with a 25 segment study of the Book of Revelation, then will move into other Bible books showing how the seven spirits actually fills the Bible with knowledge of the Kingdom of YaHavah.

Word studies are my primary research for the study of Revelation.  Anyone can do word searches in the Bible as an aid to understanding the context and purpose of those words.  When I began word studies, the internet was in its embryonic stages, so word studies had to be done manually from a physical Bible dictionary and concordance.  I also used a Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Bible, the Zondervan 5 Volume Bible Encyclopedia, and Holy Land Manners and Customs.  It wasn’t a library filled with hundreds of books, but it was enough to launch me on a life of searching for the truth of the Bible in the Bible.

Today, the Wide World Web (internet) is way bigger than huge.  Ask any question and get millions of locations to find an answer, right or wrong.  There are many from which to choose.  How awesome is that?  It’s great for a multitude of subjects and perspectives, but the Bible is much more personal and focused.  To have Kingdom understanding, one must be born again in the Spirit of YaHavah through Jesus Christ.

Likewise, searching the net for everything others have to say about the seven spirits will yield a million options and growing.  I have read enough of those offerings to know that they are written with human understanding.  Things of the Kingdom of YaHavah can only be understood with Kingdom understanding.

The right way to study the Bible is personal and focused between the born again student and the author/teacher, YaHavah.  I find that word search studies are very effective in the bonding process.  It is an exciting and deeply rewarding process yielding daily Aha! moments.

No study on prophecy and the Book of Revelation has ever focused on the seven spirits until recently.  Is it a new perspective?  Well, from the human point of view, it is new.  From the Bible’s point of view, it is as old as YaHavah’s original plan of salvation before creation.

The seven spirits are very much a part of the grace of YaHavah.  Make no mistake; what you will learn from the Revelation and the whole Bible about the seven spirits of YaHavah is critical to your life in Jesus Christ and your control over the choices you make.

How does the promised Comforter Work?

Proverbs 1 through 8 is a good place to begin learning how the Spirit of YHVH works in a true believer’s life.   With YaHavah’s presence, believers can live in his righteousness to overcome the sin imposed upon humankind by Adam’s disobedience.

YaHavah is a spirit being; he is a living person with no beginning and no end.  He is infinite, meaning that he fills the heavens and the earth with his presence.  The Bible sometimes refers to YaHavah as the Spirit or the Holy Spirit.  These are epithets to describe the person of YaHavah.  The Bible contains many epithets for himself and his son, many of which are synchronous of both.

YaHavah created man (Adam) to have fellowship with himself.  Fellowship implies likeness; the Bible teaches that YaHavah created man in his likeness; a spirit person.  He made the human spirit finite to live in a house of flesh and bone.  Adam started his life having access to YaHavah’s wisdom and knowledge, which he used in naming all the plants and animals and caring for the Garden of YaHavah.  Fellowship with YaHavah also implies his counsel and understanding.  Man must have YaHavah’s counsel and understanding to learn how to live by his standards.  Adam lived a good life under YaHavah’s standards, until another influence tempted him and he failed to fear YaHavah.  Under grace, the strength to overcome Satan’s temptations is in the Spirit of YaHavah through Jesus.

The bolded words are the seven spirits of Isaiah 11:1-2.  More books and articles have been written about the seven spirits in the last five years than ever in the history of Christianity.  There are as many notions of what or who the seven spirits are as there are books and articles about them, but they only serve to prove that human understanding will always fail when applied to things of the Kingdom of YaHavah.

Jesus promised he would send the Comforter to his disciples after he went away.  The Comforter was with his disciples while Jesus was with them.  The Comforter’s presence was in the fulfillment of the prophecy that Jesus would be called Immanuel, which means YHVH with us. The Comforter is YaHavah who comforts his own in this wayward human existence with his infinite presence, wisdom, knowledge, counsel, understanding; all of which produce respect and deference to YaHavah known as the fear of YaHavah.  We receive this tremendous blessing through Jesus Christ and the sacrifice he made of his own life to save ours.  You might even say he died to save believers from themselves.

YaHavah comforted Job when his human companions callously accused him.  YaHavah comforted Noah when the corrupted human race was turning against YaHavah and ridiculing Noah for building a boat where there was no water to float it.  YaHavah comforted Moses through a forty-year ordeal with the constant grumbling of the Israelites in a camp the size of the city of Los Angeles, California, or larger.  YaHavah comforted Jesus throughout his ministry and the ordeal of the cross, even though he appeared to be forsaken at his death.  These faithful followers and the only begotten son of YaHavah knew deep in their hearts that their Creator and comforter was always present.  They knew YaHavah fills the heavens and the earth.  They knew trust, agape love, faith, and hope.

A friend once said to me that we are not all in the same place of understanding.  She was right.  Even so, that is no excuse to remain static.  The Bible is a dynamic book, full of life, energy, and healing.  It is time to Ramp up Your Bible Study time to build some spiritual stamina in these radically changing times.

Redemption and revival of the Church depends on the presence and actions of the true and living Spirit of YaHavah with his seven spirit comfort and teaching.   Jesus went to the cross to give you life.  Shalom until next time

 

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HOW THE PROMISED COMFORTER REVIVES THE SOUL

For the past several months, I have been reading comments and articles about spirit hungry hearts.  “When pastors and church leaders fail to follow the plan of God some people leave because they are not being spiritually fed and fulfilled. Sometimes they cannot even articulate the reason they are leaving.” (Quoted from Charisma opinion article by Bert Frias)  Mr. Frias is right.  However, he also spoke of revival in his article as if the Spirit of YaHavah comes and goes by the whims of the people.  That was true of the Old Testament people under the written Law.  It is different under New Testament grace and rebirth in the Spirit.  If the people are taught and follow the plan of YaHavah, they will not need revival because YaHavah’s light and life will be constant.

Proverbs 8 is a good place to begin learning how the Spirit of YHVH works in every “born again” Christian life (as reborn out of Adam’s default sin into the Kingdom of YHVH), therefore Proverb 8 is quoted in its entirety from the Word of YHVH Bible (WYB).

Proverbs 8

YHVH’s Wisdom Gives True Guidance and An excellent lesson on the work and value of the seven spirits of YHVH

Note for Proverbs 8—the spirit of the wisdom of YHVH is personified in this Proverb.  Wisdom is also one of the seven spirits of YHVH (Isaiah 11:1-2)  Wisdom is speaking at the gate of the city where, in Biblical times, rulers or judges met and counsel was given.  Wisdom belongs to and comes from YHVH in his righteousness; therefore, it is YaHavah standing at the gate of entrance into his HOUSE; the kingdom of YHVH.  This Proverb correlates with the prophecy of the anointing of Jesus in the seven spirits of Isaiah 11:1-5.  Since this discourse is about and from YHVH, the pronoun “she” of verses 2 and 3 (KJV) is replaced with the pronoun “I.”

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1—Does not wisdom cry?  And understanding utter in a loud voice?  2—appointed to shake the haughty by the way [into the city] in the places of the path [the gates].

3—I cry at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.  4—To you, O men, I call; and my voice [is] to the sons of man.  5—O you simple, understand wisdom: and, you fools, be you of an understanding heart.  6—Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips [shall be] right things.  7—For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness [is] an abomination to my lips.

8—All the words of my mouth [are] in righteousness; [there is] nothing forward or perverse in them.  9—They [are] all plain to him that understands, and right to them that find knowledge10—Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.  11—For wisdom [is] better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

12—I wisdom dwell with prudence, and expose cunning wickedness.  13—The fear of YHVH [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the forward mouth, do I hate.  14—Counsel [is] mine, and sound wisdom: I [am] understanding; I have strength15—By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.  16—By me princes rule, and nobles, [even] all the judges of the earth.  17—I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.  18—Riches and honor [are] with me; [yea], durable riches and righteousness.  19—My fruit [is] better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.  20—I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: 21—that I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

22—YHVH possessed me (wisdom) in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.  23—I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.  24—When [there were] no depths, I was brought forth; when [there were] no fountains abounding with water.  25—Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: 26—while as yet he had not made the earth, or the fields, or the highest part of the dust of the world.

27—When he (YHVH) prepared the heavens, I, [wisdom, was] there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: 28—when he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: 29—when he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: 30—then I was by him, [as] one brought up [with him]: and I was daily [his] delight, rejoicing always before him; 31—rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights [were] with the sons of men.

32—Now therefore hearken to me, O you children: for blessed [are they that] keep my ways.  33—Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.  34—Blessed [is] the man that hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.  35—For whoso finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor of YHVH.  36—But he that sins against me wrongs his own soul: all they that hate me love death.

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How does this Proverb apply to effective Christian living

YaHavah created man to have fellowship with himself.  Fellowship implies likeness; the Bible teaches that YaHavah created man in his likeness, in reference to spirit.  Adam started his life having access to YaHavah’s wisdom and knowledge, which he used in naming all the plants and animals.  Fellowship with YaHavah also implies his counsel and understanding.  Man must have YaHavah’s counsel and understanding to learn how to live by his standards.  Adam lived a good life under YaHavah’s standards, until another influence tempted him and he failed to fear YaHavah.  The strength to overcome Satan’s temptations is in the Spirit of YaHavah through Jesus.  This paragraph demonstrates the grace of YaHavah in bestowing true believers with his seven spirits so they can live in his righteousness and overcome the sin imposed upon humankind by Adam’s error.

The Comforter is our Creator whose Hebrew name is YHVH (YaHavah) who comforts his own in this wayward human existence with his presence, wisdom, knowledge, counsel, understanding; all of which produce respect and deference to YaHavah known as the fear of YaHavah.  We receive this tremendous blessing through Jesus Christ and the sacrifice he made of his own life to save ours.

YaHavah comforted Job when his human companions viciously accused him.  YaHavah comforted Noah when the corrupted human race was turning against YaHavah and ridiculing him for building a boat where there was no water to float it.  YaHavah comforted Moses through a forty-year ordeal with the constant grumbling of the Israelites in a camp the size of the city of Los Angeles, California or larger.  YaHavah comforted Jesus throughout his ministry and the ordeal of the cross even though it looked like he was forsaken at his death.  These faithful followers and the only begotten son of YaHavah knew deep in their heart that he is present.  They knew YaHavah fills the heavens and the earth.  They knew trust, agape love, and faith.

The seven spirits of YaHavah

The Bible instructs followers of YaHavah and Jesus through:

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  1. Isaiah 11:1-2 for what the seven spirits of YaHavah are
  2. Revelation 5:6 for the fulfillment of the promise of the Comforter depicted as the eyes of YaHavah and the seven spirits of YaHavah
  3. Galatians 5 for the fruit of the spirit of both good and evil
  4. Proverbs Chapters 1-9—instructions in listening and obedience to both human father and heavenly father, YaHavah
  5. Proverbs Chapters 10-18—instructional contrasts between good and evil
  6. Proverbs Chapters 19-23—instructions on conduct
  7. Proverbs Chapters 24-31—general guidelines

The seven spirit contrasts in the following tables represent the knowledge of good and evil inherited by all humans through Adam’s disobedience to YaHavah’s command not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Satan is the enchanter who tempted Adam and Eve.  Satan is always on the prowl to deceive and separate us from the knowledge of YaHavah, Jesus Christ, and the purpose of the first and second coming of Jesus Christ.

There is a strong line of demarcation between the sons and daughters of YaHavah (under grace) and the sons and daughters of Adam (under the default of Adam’s sin)

The seven spirits are not taught by Theologians or pastors, so most people don’t even know how important they are to their Christian walk.  The fruit of the Spirit is fairly complete in revealing the presence of the Spirit of YaHavah, while the list for the sinful nature is by no means complete.  There are many sinful attributes evidenced in today’s society, even in Christian churches that are creating a wrong and unworthy testimony for the truth of the Bible.

Millions of self-proclaimed “good” people leave themselves open and defenseless to the default condition of sin we are all born with.

“You shall guide me with your counsel, and afterward receive me [to] glory.”  (Psalm 73:24)

Putting the seven spirits to work with a heart willing to receive

Test the spirit of everything you think, hear, see and do to see if it is from YaHavah.  I use the acronym THSD or THSA—D for do, or A for act (action).  I repeat, YaHavah created man to have fellowship with himself.  Fellowship implies likeness; the Bible teaches that YaHavah created man in his likeness, in reference to spirit.  Adam started his life having access to YaHavah’s wisdom and knowledge, which he used in naming all the plants and animals.  Fellowship with YaHavah also implies his counsel and understanding.  Man must have YaHavah’s counsel and understanding to learn how to live by his standards.  Adam lived a good life under YaHavah’s standards, until another influence tempted him and he failed to fear YaHavah.  The strength to overcome Satan’s temptations is in the Spirit of YaHavah through Jesus.  This paragraph demonstrates the grace of YaHavah in bestowing true believers with his seven spirits so they can live in his righteousness and overcome the sin imposed upon humankind by Adam’s error.  The words in red are the seven spirits of YHVH and this is life in the Kingdom of YHVH.

I use John 3:3-5; John 4:13-14; Isaiah 11:1-2; Revelation 5:6; Acts 2:1-4; Ephesians 6:10-20; and Galatians 5:19-26 as my testing guidelines.  All of my FREE books and articles located at www.freebiblepdf.com teach something about the seven spirits of YHVH.

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WHAT IS THE GRACE OF YAHAVAH?

The generally accepted definition of grace is: Divine grace is a theological term present in many religions.  It has been defined as the divine influence which operates in humans to regenerate and sanctify, to inspire virtuous impulses, and to impart strength to endure trial and resist temptation.  (Quoted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_grace)  Some add the word unmerited, but if it were unmerited, it would not be in the true meaning of grace, which is favoredTrue repentance merits favor and forgiveness from YaHavah through Jesus Christ.

When Paul asked YaHavah to relieve him of an infirmity he called a thorn in his flesh, YaHavah answered with, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  To which Paul continued to write, Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.  (2Corinthians 12:9-10)

There are a couple of profound realities in Paul’s conversation with YaHavah.

Paul had an on-the-spot conversation with YaHavah.  This kind of communication is what I call face to face, but is more like an instant meeting of minds; that is what makes Paul’s statement so profound.

The other reality is Paul’s acceptance of his infirmity and the persecutions, reproaches, and distresses from other people for speaking the truth of Jesus Christ.  In his own flesh, he admitted to being weak, but in the Spirit of YaHavah through Jesus Christ, he was strong.  The Spirit of YaHavah gave him the strength and courage to continue to speak the truth, no matter what or where.

It amazes me how many people who profess Christianity, cannot accept the whole and real truth of Christ.  For instance, the title of Christ given to Jesus identifies him as the anointed one (Holy One) of Daniel 9:24.  Most people think being a Christian identifies believers as followers of Jesus.  Rather, the title of Christian identifies one who is anointed in the Spirit of YaHavah as Jesus after he was baptized and as the twelve disciples were anointed on the Day of Pentecost.  Isaiah 11:1-5 describes Jesus’ anointing in the seven spirits of YaHavah.  Revelation 5:6 tells us that the seven spirits of YaHavah were released to all the earth within ten days of Pentecost when Jesus was glorified after his ascension.  Jesus told his disciples that the Comforter (Spirit of YaHavah) could not come until he was glorified.  I have asked many Christians if they have ever heard any teaching on the seven spirits.  None could recall hearing any such teaching and did not know anything about the seven spirits.

The release of the seven spirits is not taught in our churches or Bible schools at any level.  Bible preachers and teachers speculate that the seven spirits refers to Isaiah 11:1-2 or that they might be angels.  They do not know for certain what they are or how they relate to the Christian walk.

Allow me to give you a small taste of the reality of the seven spirits.

But first a small reminder that the grace of YaHavah is in his presence and action of his seven spirits in a reborn human spirit.  Rebirth is to sing a new song and speak with a new tongue in the Spirit of YaHavah.  Faith is the confidence of knowing the grace of YaHavah.

The action of YaHavah’s grace is as follows:

YaHavah created man to have fellowship with himself.  Fellowship implies likeness; the Bible teaches that YaHavah created man in his likeness, in reference to spirit.  Adam started his life having access to YaHavah’s wisdom and knowledge, which he used in naming all the animals and plants.  Fellowship with YaHavah also implies his counsel and understanding.  Man must have YaHavah’s counsel and understanding to learn how to live by his standards.  Adam lived a good life under YaHavah’s standards, until another influence tempted him and he failed to fear YaHavah.  Our strength to overcome evil is in the Spirit of YaHavah through Jesus.

Isaiah 11:1-21—And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 2—and the spirit of YHVH shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of YHVH

Revelation 5:6—6—And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the Four Living Creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of YHVH sent forth into all the earth.  

Jesus is the core of YHVH’s plan of salvation, and he is, as it says in the Old Testament, YHVH with us by the anointing omnipresence of the Spirit of YHVH.  YHVH with us or as commonly stated God with us was manifested in the anointing of the seven spirits of YHVH.  (Revelation 5:6; Acts 2:1-4)  All of the following references explain the anointing, its purpose, and the sequence of its fulfillment:

  1. Psalm 110:4—Jesus was consecrated as High Priest forever in the order of Melchizadek (Hebrew 7:20-28, Jesus was baptized by his cousin the son of a Levite priest and consecrated by his Father in heaven)
  2. Isaiah 11:1-2—Promised anointing of Jesus in the seven spirits of YaHavah
  3. Daniel 9:24—Prophesied anointing of Jesus called the Holy one
  4. Matthew 3:16-17—Fulfillment of Jesus’ anointing represented by the descending dove and voice of YHVH
  5. John 3:5-8—Jesus told his disciples that one must be born again in the spirit to see the Kingdom of YHVH.
  6. Revelation 5:66—And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the Four Living Creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of YHVH sent forth into all the earth. (Acts 2:1-4; Isaiah 11:1-2; Proverbs 8)
  7. Acts 2:1-4—The manifestation of the seven spirit anointing was evidenced by a wind in the upper room and flames on the heads of the twelve disciples. One must be born again in the Spirit of YaHavah to see the Kingdom of YHVH. This anointing makes the anointed believer a priest to YHVH forever in the Kingdom of YHVH. It is not to be taken lightly. Those who seek this anointing for power will not receive it, for the Lord knows the intentions of the heart.

The seven spirits have opposites:

SEVEN SPIRITS

  1. Spirit of YHVH “opposites”  Spirit of lawlessness
  2. Wisdom                                    Folly
  3. Understanding                        Error
  4. Counsel                                     Deceit
  5. Strength                                    Pride
  6. Knowledge                                Ignorance
  7. Fear of YHVH                          Idolatry

See Galatians 5 for their fruit:
Spirit of YHVH  “opposites”      Fruit of sinful nature

  1. Love                                                    Hatred
  2. Joy                                                       Tribulation
  3. Peace                                                   Conflict
  4. Patience                                              Impatience
  5. Kindness                                             Dissensions
  6. Goodness                                            Immorality
  7. Faithfulness                                       Faithlessness
  8. Humility                                              Arrogance
  9. Self-control                                         Self-centeredness

The Bible says believers are to be good watchmen of their faith by testing the spirit of everything to see if it is of YaHavah.  Knowledge of the Spirit anointing, the seven spirits, and the fruit of the Spirit are the main tools by which to test the spirit before acting on what is thought, seen, and heard.  There is more on this subject in my free book “The Secret Satan does not want you to know.”  www.freebiblepdf.com/books.html

Be good stewards of his gifts and his grace.

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THE EXCELLENCE OF (AGAPE) LOVE

The Lord gave me a special word of wisdom 50 years ago that has been my life vest in a sea of anguish and pain.  Even though I was unchurched and Bible illiterate (except for Christmas, Easter, and movies I had seen about Jesus) fifteen years before I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior he said to me, “Open your heart and know my great love, open your mind and know my great wisdom.”  Did I understand what it meant, no, and neither did the friends I had who claimed they were Christians.  After I received the truth about Jesus and was told about being reborn in the Spirit, I began to understand as I read more and more of the Bible.  1Corinthians 13 embraces the meaning of those words.

The following is Paul’s love chapter copied from my Word of YHVH Bible (Click this link to go to the download page).

1CORINTHIANS 13

Note for 1Corinthians 13—The Greek word translated to love or charity is agapē. Strong’s Bible Dictionary defines agapē: “from G25; love, that is, affection or benevolence; specifically (plural) a love feast: – (feast of) charity ([-ably]), dear, love.”

Galatians 5:22 tells us from where agape love comes. “22—But the fruit of His Spirit is (agape) love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23—humility, self-control: against such there is no law.”  The context in which agape is used in the “love” chapter is of agape love manifested by the Spirit of YHVH in the born again believer.

John 3:3—Jesus tells us how his and his Father’s love is manifested in each believer.  “3—Jesus answered and said to him, In truth, I say to you, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of YHVH.”  The most excellent kind of love is found only in the Spirit of YHVH and in the Kingdom of YHVH.

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1—Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not (agape) love, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2—And though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not (agape) love, I am nothing.
3—And though I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor], and though I give my body to be burned, and have not (agape) love, it profits me nothing.
4—(Agape) love suffers long, [and] is kind; (agape) love envies not; (agape) love vaunts not itself, is not puffed up, 5—does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; 6—rejoice not in iniquity, but rejoice in the truth; 7—bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8—(Agape) love never fails: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9—For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10—But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11—When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12—For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13—And now abides faith, hope, (agape) love, these three; but the greatest of these [is] (agape) love.

Agape love is more precious than gold.  The English words, charity and love simply do not convey the heavenly wealth of agape love.   The world needs to see more of this kind of love from Christians so the world can see the Spirit in action like the people of the first century witnessed from Jesus and his disciples.  Granted, they suffered in the world for having and sharing agape love, but they will be rewarded for eternity in the presence of Jesus and YaHavah.  Though true Christians today suffer the blind “love and wisdom” of the world,  they too may look forward to eternity in the peaceful presence of Jesus and YaHavah.

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Prophecy–is it foretelling new things or retelling what has been foretold by God?

Google the word prophecy and you will see nearly 50 million entries.  Many of those entries are about prophecy connected to the end times and based on world news headlines.  Unfortunately, those who base their prophecies of end times on current world events know nothing or very little at best of the end times parameters built into Old Testament prophecy that the Book of Revelation is also based upon.

For this blog article, I would like to share what the Bible says about prophecy from 1Corintians 14:1-3 quoted from the Word of YHVH Bible available at http://www.freebiblepdf.com/about.

1CORINTHIANS 14
PROPHECY IS A SUPERIOR GIFT , BEING THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST

1—Follow after (agape) love, and desire spirit [gifts], but rather that you may prophesy. 2—For he that speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men, but to YHVH: for no man understands [him]; however in the spirit he speaks mysteries. 3—But he that prophesies speaks to men [for] edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
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Note for 1Corinthians 14:2—the Greek word, oikodoma, translated to edification relates to the building of the house or family of YHVH; in this use it is through Jesus whose testimony is the spirit of prophecy. (Revelation 18:10)  The word prophecy is not intended to mean new prophecies or foretelling, but to speak that which has already been foretold by prophets of old about the first and second coming of Jesus Christ. Prophecy under the New Testament covenant is affirmation of OT prophecy. Even the Book of Revelation is affirmation of OT prophecy because everything in that book is connected to those prophecies, which is for the most part delivered through the messages contained in its imagery.

The Greek word, paraklēsis, translated to exhortation means to invite, implore, or pray. Paraklesis comes from the Latin paracletus for Holy Spirit. Paraklesis means to invoke or invite to come to the side of the Spirit of YHVH. Again, coming into the presence of the Spirit of YHVH is always through Jesus. Exhortation in this context is to invite others to believe in the truth of Jesus and for members of the Body to remember to whom they belong.

The Greek word, paramuthia, meaning to comfort or come near. Used with oikodoma and paraclesis, paramuthia means to invite others into the presence of YHVH through Jesus Christ and remind the Body of Christ of the presence of the Spirit of YHVH as their promised Comforter. In short, verse 3 is another way of saying preach the gospel to the whole world and remind the Body of whom they belong.

I hope this has been helpful to the reader in understanding the purpose for and context of the words of Paul that have so often been misused with human understanding.

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How do Bible Expositors Form Their Content?

I can only speak for my own methodology of interpretation and surmise what others do.

Personally, being right with the Bible and Spirit is foremost in my position as a writer and in my ministry of the Bible to others, even if it means stepping on some very big toes, after all those toes are not bigger than YaHavah and Jesus and they never will be.

When I am writing an article, a book, or researching commentary of other expositors, I keep three resources open on my PC monitor; the Word of YHVH Bible, biblegateway.com, and eSword.net. This gives me three ways to test the spirit of everything I see, hear, or think by the Bible before I act on it. Seeing, hearing, and thinking covers everything from others and myself. It may sound like a lot of work and it is at the beginning, but it makes for some fun and exciting Bible learning sessions. I never test the spirit of one expounded doctrine against another expounded doctrine nor do I put any expounded doctrine ahead of the Bible no matter who expounded it. The Bible and Spirit are first in testing doctrines not the other way around. In words of an old adage “don’t put the cart before the horse”. Putting the cart before the horse indicates the need to add something to help the horse move the cart. The image here is of the Bible as the horse and doctrine as the cart. It is a good way to keep things in their proper bible perspective.

The Word of YHVH Bible is the result of many years of personal study and research. It is my own edited and copyrighted version of the King James Version Bible that is available in a fully bookmarked .pdf document. It is free for download from my website. It is also listed as #9405 among hundreds of ancient and modern bible versions on Bible Readers Museum since 2009. I think the first digit may be a category reference.

The use of other resources requires working around denominational and doctrinal differences which means the need to know how to test the spirit by the Bible.

Bible Gateway offers the options of keyword search in a choice of keyword, all words, or exact phrase. Having an exact phrase choice is very helpful. Word and phrase searches are an amazingly simple way to learn what the Bible is about. I use e-Sword.net owned by Rick Meyers for the convenience of Strong’s Bible Dictionary noted in the scriptures for a view of the original writing. This way I can see what words are added to fill in the context of the verse. Hebrew words are picturesque so translation of Hebrew requires the knowledge of the context and purpose of the Bible. The downside of e-Sword word and phrase searches is that it offers searches in single words only. There is no choice for phrases. If a phrase is entered for search, then every usage of each word will come up separately. Even so, it is worth having because it offers multiple Bible versions and other resources. The E-sword program is offered for free download onto your PC. Wikipedia is a good source for condensed general knowledge and opinion to find out where the general church mind is. Articles generally reflect the doctrine of the contributors.

I have discovered that there are instances of translation from the original writings based on church doctrine rather than the intended context of the Bible. Added words should be based on the context of usage in the whole Bible; sometimes that requires searching more than one typology for a word or phrase within the Bible. I search other expositors to see if any have found and explore instances of bad translation, test all instances by the Bible, then I note my findings in the Word of YHVH Bible. Vulnerability is a characterization of being human. We are all tested and offered temptations by Satan. How we deal with them determines where we stand with YaHavah, Jesus, and the Bible.

Hermeneutics is a study of methodology of the principles of interpretation. I present the values I follow in three levels—standards, confirmation, and balance all based on the Bible. Other expositors may state their methodology differently.

The following list of interpretive methodology helps to weed out the self-centered factor of human understanding. What remains is a deeper understanding of the personal relationship between YaHavah, Jesus Christ, and Believer; that perhaps, is the finer point of the Judeo/Christian Bible and purpose of the Word of YHVH Bible.

STANDARDS:
• First pray, asking for YaHavah’s counsel, wisdom, understanding, and knowledge
• Allow the Bible to narrate and YHVH’s Spirit to interpret
• Test the spirit of applied teachings and doctrines by YHVH’s Spirit and the Word

CONFIRMATION:
• Study the context of the passage and the theme of the book
• Look up the contextual meaning of each in the original languages (An online Bible with Strong’s Dictionary Concordance, such as E-sword.net is very useful)
• Note the verb tenses, the cases, and other grammar
• Learn the cultural setting of the passage but never place more importance on this than on the Word itself
• Check out cross-references to determine use in other contexts (See how the Bible presents the use of the word or topic; also helpful are word and phrase searches at Biblegateway.com)
• Confirm an interpretation with two or three similar passages

BALANCE:
• Spiritual perception over intellectual understanding
• YaHavah’s revelation over human reasoning
• Genuine love of YaHavah and Jesus rather than justification of selfishness
• Christ’s commands over man’s theology

This article describes my whole methodology of the study of and writing about the Bible. I consider it a good rule of thumb. Is it better than anyone else? I say that as long as a person puts YaHavah and Jesus first and loving YaHavah with all the heart, mind, and soul, that is the better way.

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