Matthew 2:1-3—Who Were the Wise Men?

My New Testament Bible Study/Commentary continues, but only in selected sections.  I think this one is important to all Christians.

2:1-3—Who are the Wise Men?

1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Judeans?  For we have seen his star in the east, and have come to worship him.

3When Herod the king had heard [these things], he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

Mithra and Persia

Figure 2 Ancient Persian Empire
by US Military Academy, published 04262012

The Wise Men came from the East, which identifies them as the Magi of the ancient Eastern Zoroastrian religion centered in Persia.  Zoroastrianism began as monotheistic, believing in one God, Ahura-Mazda, who was believed to be the father of the sun-god, Mithra.  Hmm, isn’t that two gods?

Ahura Mazda (Modern Persian: (/əˌhʊrəˌmæzdə/;) (also known as Ohrmazd, Ahuramazda, Hourmazd, Hormazd, Harzoo and Hurmuz, Lord or simply as spirit) is the Avestan name for the creator and sole God of Zoroastrianism, the old Mede and Persian religion which spread across Asia predating Christianity. (Wikipedia – Ahura Mazda)

People generally think that if something happened before Jesus’ birth and ministry, it predates Christianity.  However, the Bible is very clear that YaHavah created the heavens and earth for Jesus.  Jesus was in YaHavah’s plan of salvation and destruction of sin.  Even sin predated creation, because it was Lucifer, aka, Satan, who first rebelled against YaHavah, then enticed Adam to sin, and his sin became the knowledge of good and evil that is passed on through every father.

(Romans 3:23) 23for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of YHVH;

Most religions from Adam’s first son, Cain, and beyond the Great Flood, were polytheist; believing in one main god with many supporting gods to care for every need.  They were false gods displayed as idols made of stone, metal, or wood.  If they were real living gods, they would likely outnumber the angels of heaven.

Monotheism is the worship of one god for everything, yet, adding another god for any reason under any special title, changes the belief system to polytheism, or “monotheism” in denial.

In contrast, throughout the Judeo/Christian Old Testament, one El (God) Almighty is shown to be the creator of all, who cares for every need, even the ones you don’t know about.  He is, in transliterated Hebrew, YHVH Elohim, the same Elohim who created the first human, Adam.  Adam’s third son, Seth was the beginning of the righteous line who obeyed and worshipped YaHavah, (Genesis 4:25-26) before and beyond the Great Flood, to the Son of YaHavah in the first century AD.  Christianity is the continuance of the righteous line by the gift of regeneration and remission of sin through YaHavah’s Son, Jesus. More later.

Franz Cumont, an archaeologist with a focus on religious research, traveled throughout the Middle East and Europe in the late 19th century in search of whatever remained of the Mithraic religion through the study of ancient bas-reliefs, statuary, altars, and writings.  His years of travel and research culminated in his book, “The Mysteries of Mithra,” (French publication,1903).  In the early 1990’s, I found a 1956 English edition by Dover Publications in the Public Library in San Diego, CA., while I was researching the effects of other gods on the first century Christians in Asia-Minor.  Cumont’s purpose was to show how and why this Mazdean sect failed to become the dominant religion of the Roman empire.  It may not have been his intention, but his research also shows how the Mazdean Mithraic religion made a lasting imprint on many Christians and Jews of the second and third century.  That imprint still exists like a dinosaur print in ancient rock.  More later.

We are concerned here with one epoch only of this decisive revolution, it being our purpose to show with all the distinctness in our power how and why a certain Mazdean sect failed under the Caesars to become the dominant religion of the empire. (Preface page 1, Mysteries of Mithra, by Franz Cumont, copyright 1903)

Actually, in the third century, Constantine the Great (272 AD – 326 AD), Emperor of Rome, was believed to have been a true Christian but managed to transition Mithraism into Christianity through the Roman Catholic Church.

In 321, he legislated that the venerable day of the sun should be a day of rest for all citizens. . .  Furthermore, Constantine’s coinage continued to carry the symbols of the sun. After the pagan gods had disappeared from his coinage, Christian symbols appeared as Constantine’s attributes: the chi rho between his hands or on his labarum, as well on the coin itself. . . in 325 he summoned the Council of Nicaea, effectively the first Ecumenical Council (unless the Council of Jerusalem is so classified), most known for its dealing with Arianism and for instituting the Nicene Creed. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantine_the_Great)

The Nicene Creed was initially convened to settle the dispute between Arius and the Church concerning the deity of Jesus.  The Church determined that Jesus was an incarnate God, that the Father is God, and that the Holy Spirit is God.  Modern creeds define these as three Gods in one, or the Trinity under one Godhead, just like Mithraism.  Schools of Theology teach that the Trinity is the foundation of the Church.  The Trinity doctrine is “Monotheism” in denial.

Mithra is just one of many attempts of Satan to alter our understanding of YaHavah, Jesus, and Jesus’ purpose.  Before any of man’s mythic gods, there was YaHavah.  Satan has always been aware of YaHavah’s plan of salvation through His son, Jesus.  From the Garden of Eden to the end, he has and will continue to pervert the truth of Jesus’ first and second coming with his counterfeit gods to imitate the relationship between YaHavah and Jesus.

Mithra

Figures 3 and 4 are images of Mithra idols, mythic son of Ahura-Mazda, from pages 105 and 106 of “The Mysteries of Mithra” by Cumont, Franz Valery Marie, (1868-1947). Published 1903. (From archive.org on the Mysteries of Mithra)

Before Mithra, there was Tammuz, a god dating back to Nimrod shortly after the Great Flood.  Later, the Persians (specifically, Zoroaster) in Daniel’s time believed that Ahura-Mazda was the god of the sky and the father of Mithra.  When the Greeks ruled the world, they merged the Persian Zoroastrian’s Ahura-Mazda with their own Zeus and his gods. The Greeks believed that Zeus created Mithra and established him to maintain and watch over the earth.  Then, with Roman rule, all were merged again into the Roman god Jupiter and his entourage of gods, including Mithra the sun-god.  Romans were big on beauty, so the ugly lion-headed Mithra was transformed into a handsome god. (See figure 5)

The mysteries of Mithra gained prominence in the first century throughout Asia-Minor and Rome.  Bas-reliefs now located in Germany, Rome, and Britain show either Mithra or Ahura-Mazda with great kings, such as Artaxerxes I (465 BC – 424 BC.), Antiochus I (324 BC – 262 BC), and some Caesars.  Monarchs are said to have prayed to Mithra before going to battle to insure their success.  I am relatively certain Constantine the Great did.   It is interesting that these Monarchs are also three of the four conquering beasts (Babylon, Persia, and Greece) of Daniel’s prophecies.

Roman Mithra

There are still Mithraic Tauroctonies and sacrificial altars in the lower chambers of the Vatican, recently opened for excavation by archeologists.  The same images are in many Mithraic religious centers worldwide. Mithra was widespread.

Constantine did many good works and gave liberally to the Church.  However, he also maintained his positions in paganism demonstrated by his coinage with the image of the sun, as well as the arch of Constantine in Rome decorated with pagan gods.  It is said he ruled over the Nicene Council but did not vote, yet, as Roman Emperor, he no doubt had much influence.  The Church’s acceptance of Jesus’ birthdate of December 25th is proof of that.  Constantine brought the pagan god, Mithra, into Christianity by subtly merging the similarities of Mithraism and Christianity, even though the Church is against paganism. These are observations I’ve been publishing for nearly thirty years.

Today there are many internet resources.  If research is done, beware of persons and organizations who deny biblical truths about Jesus.  Mithraic doctrine bears many biblical similarities to Christian doctrine; however, it does not void what the Bible teaches about creation, YaHavah, and Jesus.

Although five hundred years apart, both, the Roman Constantine and the Greek Antiochus IV, Epiphanes worshipped the sun-god Mithra.  Mithra’s birthday is said to be in the winter solstice.  Antiochus IV was born on December 25 in the winter solstice; therefore, he closely associated himself with Mithra to the extent of thinking himself to be the incarnation of Mithra.  He was against the Jewish faith, so defiled the Jewish altar with the sacrifice of a pig, then ordered the people to worship him and Mithra on his birthday, December 25 (in winter solstice).  Daniel Chapter Eleven describes the entrance of one like or in the line of Antiochus IV during the last seven years of Daniel’s seventy sevens prophecy.  More on that in the Revelation Study/Commentary.

Mithraism morphed from one polytheist set of gods to another in the same way gods have morphed in man’s imagination from the beginning for power, control, and help.  Satan is behind it to destroy faith in the one true creator, YaHavah.  He couldn’t keep Jesus from fulfilling YaHavah’s prophecies, so he concentrates on the destruction of faith and hope in YaHavah and Jesus by cunning distractions and pagan adaptations.

YaHavah is one living God (Elohim) who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, he is infinite.  His son, Jesus, was born human, yet his purpose is the same, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  Ahura-Mazda (Jupiter, Zeus) and Mithra are Satan’s imitations; yet, we cannot call them lifeless because Satan is their life in the same way he is the life of the Trinity Doctrine, so deeply rooted, it is considered the foundation of Christianity, even though the Bible teaches that Jesus is the foundation of Christianity.

I hope this information about the amalgamation of Mithra and Christianity shines a light on hidden errors existing within Christianity for nearly 2,000 years.  Remember, just because a belief is old and established by Church Fathers, doesn’t mean it is right, with the exception of unaltered Bible truth.  The Bible in the original version is the only infallible truth.  People make mistakes.

What are your thoughts on this matter?  Contact me.

 

 

 

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Searching for Truth

My Bible Study series will resume soon.

As my readers might guess, I’m kind of hung up on Bible truth.  The more I learn about the Bible the more I see how more and more believers in Jesus Christ are getting caught in traps of deception.  I’ve seen many web sites of people thinking they are protecting the truth, when they are actually protecting their own deception while fighting other people’s deceptions.  The worst of it is that they don’t even know it or know how to test the spirit of what they are doing.

I sometimes feel like I’m beating my head against a wall in trying to get people to understand that Christianity is in deep trouble.  My Bible oriented books, blog, and website are my chosen ways of trying to turn this deadly trend around.

The following is the main content of the Home page for my website, http://www.fireofthelord.com.  I’ve decided to bring it to my blog readers for a further taste of what I do.

“Dear friends and family in Christ, this Bible Ministry belongs to and is administered by YaHavah and Jesus. This is YaHavah’s ministry and he is calling for other messengers — common people like myself — to be his messengers and disciples. He doesn’t need an advertising budget, he needs you.

Be Bible Literate
The Bible and Spirit of YaHavah
Teach Truth, Integrity, and Respect

“Only the Bible and Spirit are trustworthy sources of truth. The word, “God” is ambiguous. It is used to denote any kind of supposed deity. Without a personal name to specify who is being discussed in a doctrine, it is impossible to understand doctrines being taught. No doctrine containing the word, “God”, can be tested with another doctrine containing the word “God.”

“FYI…the Holy Spirit has a name; it is YHVH (YaHavah) because the Bible says YaHavah is Spirit.

  • YHVH Elohim is our one and only Creator (Gen. 1-1-5; Jn. 1:1-5)
  • YHVH is Spirit (Gen. 1:2, 6:3; Prov. 1:23; Jn. 1:4)
  • YHVH’s Spirit is the true light (Jn. 1:4)
  • Everything was created according to YHVH’s plan and reasoning (Is. 14:24; Rom. 11:33-36)
  • YHVH spoke and Jesus was conceived, YHVH’s words spoke into being the only begotten son of YHVH (Jn. 1:14)
  • Jesus was anointed in the Spirit of YHVH to be witness of same. (See the list of references for the anointing at the end of the introduction in John’s Gospel in the Word of YHVH Bible)

“The Bible is the foremost resource of doctrine by which to live, and YaHavah is the foremost teacher of Bible doctrine. A person can learn more about life from the Bible than any other book ever written or from any preacher, teacher, life coach, or psychologist, yet each of these do have their purpose.

“All Church doctrine should be perfectly aligned with the Bible. Even so, there is an abundance of error not recognized by those who err.  Christians for Life Ministries (CFLM) takes to heart the Body’s cry for YaHavah’s truth and restoration of first century Christian doctrines. Let’s strive together to bring Church doctrine back into alignment with the Bible.

YaHavah promised to be our teacher, counselor, and protector. BELIEVE IT!

“CFLM strives for “One heart and one mind for all in YaHavah and Jesus”

Pray for your heart to open to know his great love,
Pray for your mind to open to know his great wisdom.”
Do you love your friends and family?
Tell them about this web site.

On the Home page, I also have a few article and page links titled:

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In 2015, I asked a person I was communicating with by e-mail for a brief statement of his thoughts concerning my website, since he had visited it several times and downloaded my Bible and many of my books and articles.

E. of TX, 2015 responded:  “As far as I can remember you have not accepted the responsibility or challenge of being my spiritual teacher. This being the case, don’t ask me to ‘judge’ your beliefs. . . . Surely you know that your doctrines are unusual to say the least. I know of no group of Christians, not one, that embrace your understanding of Christianity.”

My response: More’s the pity E of TX, But thank you for your candor. You stated you were not a judge of my beliefs, yet broadly judged them to be in error on the basis of what others believe. Even so, some of what you said is true. The Bible’s image of Christianity does not agree with every aspect of the worldview of Christianity. You did exactly what I have said many times in my writings that should not be done; you tested one person’s doctrines by your own and other’s doctrines. Not once did you indicate that you used the Bible to test the spirit of what I believe and what I write. Not once did you indicate that what I say agrees or disagrees with the Bible, only with what yourself and others believe.

I look at my website Home page and, recalling our many discussions, I can see his point of view on my doctrines being different from other Christians.  They are, and for a very good reason.  What I see from the Bible’s perspective is that my observation of most Christians in person and online, don’t know what testing the spirit means.  Because of this simple Bible concept, false doctrines have crept into every aspect of  Bible truths.  The response from “E of TX” proves he and most Christians don’t understand the biblical meaning of testing the spirit.  They don’t have a clue of the Bible’s teaching on the seven spirits of YaHavah and their opposites.  Proof of this observation is in a simple Google search for “what are the seven spirits?”  There are many non-committal answers to that question. Some mention Isaiah 11:1-2, then offer alternative answers to what Isaiah’s seven spirits are. None to this date, have connected other anointing prophecies to it, nor have I ever seen any biblical explanation of the purpose for the seven spirits.

Allow me to give another example of my difference from other Christians.

The first word in Section I of my “Glossary of Common Terms,” is anointing.

ANOINTING
The prophecies of Jesus’ anointing and the fullness of the seven-spirits of YHVH (Daniel 9:24; Isaiah 11:1-5) was fulfilled with the appearance of a descending dove of peace as the visible image of the Spirit of YHVH. (Matthew 3:16) This is the same infilling experienced by true and repentant believers. (Acts 2:1-4) The Spirit of YHVH comes to show the way into all Truth. The purpose for anointing is regeneration or rebirth in the Spirit of YHVH. (John 16:13)

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 at Jesus’ baptism and on the Day of Pentecost after Jesus ascended into heaven. (Revelation 5:6) All the following references explain the anointing, its purpose, and its fulfillment:

  1. Psalm 110:4—Jesus was consecrated as High Priest forever in the order of Melchizedek (Hebrew 7:20-28)
  2. Isaiah 11:1-2—The promised anointing of Jesus in the seven-spirits of YaHavah
  3. Daniel 9:24—Daniel prophesied the anointing of Jesus who YaHavah identified as the Holy one
  4. Matthew 3:16-17—Fulfillment of the 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 5:6— 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. 7—And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. (Acts 2:1-4; Isaiah 11:1)
  7. Acts 2:1-4— The manifestation of the Comforter by the seven spirit anointing was evidenced by a wind in the upper room and flames over the heads of the twelve disciples. One must be born again in the Spirit of YaHavah to see the Kingdom of YHVH.

Jesus repeatedly told his disciples he had to go to be glorified before the promised Spirit (Comforter) could come to them.

Jesus ascended to heaven to receive the Kingdom of YHVH and release the outpouring of the seven spirit anointing to all who accept the whole truth of Jesus Christ. The timing is the ten days between his ascension into heaven and the Day of Pentecost.

How else could the following be true:

“YaHavah created man to have fellowship with himself. Fellowship implies likeness; the Bible teaches that YaHavah created man in his likeness, a spirit being. 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. The human spirit 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.”

Please note that the bolded words are the seven spirits of YaHavah named in Isaiah 11:1-2, used in Proverbs 8 and used often by the Apostles in their teaching.

I attended church and church functions regularly for nearly thirty years, until I could no longer bear listening to false teaching mingled in some truth, or to be avoided for what I believe.  I believe the untainted truth of the Bible.

THE FULL ARMOR OF YHVH
(Ephesians 6:10-23) 10—Finally, my brethren, be strong in YHVH, and in the power of his might. 11—Put on the whole armor of YHVH, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12—For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spirit wickedness in high [places].

13—Wherefore take to you the whole armor of YHVH, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14—Stand therefore, having your loins girded with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (Isaiah 11:5) 15—and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16—above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17—And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of Yah’s Spirit, which is the word of YHVH: (Isaiah 59:17) 18—praying always with all prayer and supplication in Yah’s Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19—and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20—for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. . . . 23—Peace [be] to the brethren, and (agape) love with faith, from YHVH the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ., 24—and grace [be] with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

The Full Armor of YHVH

  • Belt of truth
  • Breastplate of righteousness
  • Feet fitted with readiness from the gospel of peace
  • Shield of faith
  • Helmet of salvation
  • Sword of (YaHavah’s) Spirit—Word of YHVH
  • Pray always for the saints

This is the same thing I have been writing about for thirty-nine years. Yet, I am told I need to dumb my writing down so people can understand it, or, as the person in Texas stated, “Surely you know that your doctrines are unusual to say the least. I know of no group of Christians, not one, that embrace your understanding of Christianity”

In the Bible, Christ means anointedChristian means one who is anointed in the Spirit of YaHavah. Most dictionaries give follower of Christ as the primary meaning. None that I have seen give the definition of Christian as one who is anointed.  The anointing is the same as being born again.  To be anointed is to receive the approval of YaHavah.  He isn’t going to anoint someone who is taught lies about his truth.

I guess that does make me different, but a difference I can live with and look at myself in the mirror knowing I test everything by the Bible and Spirit of YaHavah.

I strive to write about Bible truth in as simple a manner as I can. I know many will not understand it because that is what the Bible says, too. I think the reason people might have a problem understanding what I write comes down to a lack of interest in the topics.  My topics are Bible truths that are not being taught in the Churches.   If a topic is not in the trend of the worldview of Christianity, then it is of no interest.  I believe the only solution is for more to listen to the personal urging of the Spirit to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior and to seek the true anointing in the Spirit.  My article on “What is Christianity” may be some help.

I need the help of my readers. Tell me if there is something you do not understand or a critique you might want to make.  Writers want to be heard and understood; so does YaHavah and Jesus.

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Lewis New Testament Bible Study Series

The following is the preface to my Lewis New Testament Bible Study Series with fourteen books from Matthew to Revelation.  Each book will be released on Amazon.com as finished throughout 2017.  This is one of many excerpts of the books I will introduce on this blog.  Book mark this page to see what’s happening.

Preface

Welcome!

From early childhood, I wanted to know how to read and understand the Bible.  That may sound strange coming from a person whose family never discussed religion or went to church.  When I did have the opportunity to read a Bible, I couldn’t.  It was beyond my understanding and there was no one in the family to help me.  I felt on the outside of something that I knew was important.  Thirty years later, two days after I received the truth of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, I was given a Bible.  There are sixty-six books in the Bible and I chose to read the last and most controversial; the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

My childhood wish was fulfilled in a way I and my family knew nothing about then.  I stepped through the door of Jesus, from the world’s understanding in my human birth, into the kingdom of heaven’s understanding in my new spirit birth, given by the Holy Spirit through Jesus.  That was the beginning of my schooling in the Spirit and the Bible.

C. S. Lewis chose another way of expressing the same thing in his fiction fantasy books, The Chronicles of Narnia. We both share the very real wonders of the Bible with the world in different ways to reach different hearts and minds for Jesus. Fantasy was Lewis’ gift and the enormously fantastic reality of the Bible is my gift; both are exciting in their own ways.

Within the pages of my first Bible, I soon learned that the Bible’s Old Testament books are about human struggles between good and evil from creation, how God’s Law helped with that struggle, and how the prophets spoke God’s desire for the people to love him and turn to him.  The New Testament books are about the new birth in Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, as I described above and John describes in his Gospel with the words, you must be born again.  Billions of invitations are spoken daily by the infinite Spirit of our Creator, directly or through fellow humans.  Everyone from the beginning of creation to the end was or is on the invitation list until the invite is accepted or completely rejected. He doesn’t force anyone to love him and turn to him.  Just remember; after death, choice is no longer an option.

Join me, will you, on a stroll through the New Testament to share in the adventures of Jesus and his disciples.

This series is about the Bible, so the Bible is the primary resource.  Prevalent theological understanding must be placed in a secondary position, due to many differing doctrines among theologians and church leaders.

The Bible used in my writings is my own Word of YHVH Bible (WYB).  I created this version from a Public Domain copy of the King James Version (KJV); I might add, with great trepidation.  Even though I didn’t grow up with a Bible, I was raised to respect it, which means, don’t mess with it.  But the deeper my studies went, the more I realized that somebody already messed with it.  This is what shook me loose.

(Isaiah 42:8-KJVI am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

(Isaiah 42:8-WYB) “I [am] YHVH: that [is] My Name: and my glory I will not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.”

YHVH is our Creator’s Hebrew personal name.  We humans don’t have the right to change it.  We can define his character and attributes with the Bible’s epithets for him, but don’t change his name.  The early Bible translators made that mistake. Did they not know our Creator is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and he has never changed his name?  Until recent years, only the Holy Scriptures of Judaism proudly presented the Hebrew name YHVH.

English translators substituted LORD for the Hebrew name, YHVH in the Old Testament 6,521 times.  In the New Testament, the name of our Creator was substituted 1,372 times with the Greek word, Theos, then the translators substituted the English word God for Theos.

Hebrew scholars and grammarians believe YHVH is unpronounceable, so they use substitutes while reading or speaking it, like the Four Letters, G_d, Adonai, and Yahweh. They qualify their conclusion with long complicated modern Hebrew grammar reasoning for an ancient name written thousands of years before Hebrew rules of grammar existed.  Even so, YHVH says to proclaim his name in all the earth, and I am here to honor that command.

I use the KISS principle, Keep It Simple Saints.  The root of YHVH is the Hebrew word, HVH (hävah), defined in Strong’s Bible Dictionary as to be.  The simplest pronunciation for the Four Letters is by phonetics, Yah-Ha-vah, YaHavah.  It means Yah is.

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I stress the importance of knowing our Creator’s name, because he is the real teacher and interpreter of the Bible and not to be confused with any other god.  After all, he inspired its original human scribes to write his words.  The Word of YHVH Bible is the only English language Bible with his name in both, the Old Testament and the New Testament.

This is what YaHavah spoke through David in Psalm 32:

(Psalm 32:8-9) I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: I will guide you with My eye.  Be not as the horse, [or] as the mule, [which] have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, or they will not come near to you.

“I” is YaHavah, “My eye” is the Spirit of YaHavah. YaHavah envelops his creation with his infinite Spirit and keeps the movement of every orb in the universe in perfect timing, from the smallest atom to the greatest sun.  He knows every grain of sand on earth’s shores and knows every hair on every head, or where it used to be.

The first question most people want to know is, what my qualifications are for creating a new version of the Bible or writing commentaries on the Bible?  My answer is simple, I believe Jesus’ command:

(Matthew 28:18-20) 18And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority is given to me in heaven and in the earth.  19Go accordingly and teach all peoples, 20teach them to be watchmen of all things that I commanded you and know I am with you always, until the end of the age.  Amen.

And not just to the first disciples, but all true and faithful believers who accept the invitation to become reborn in the Spirit of YaHavah through Jesus.

(John 3:16-17) For YHVH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For YHVH sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.

I have spent half of my life learning from YaHavah and his precious words in the Bible, and my whole life listening to what other people say about the Bible.  The world’s consensus is mixed with mystery, love, and hate.  By listening, I’ve learned that the difficulty in understanding the Bible is not because it is veiled in mystery, it is because human understanding has placed that veil of mystery over it.  All anyone need do is open their heart to YaHavah’s great love and open their mind to his great wisdom to accept the gift of new life, for which Jesus gave his life.

Born again believers have the Spirit of YaHavah to teach its meaning with his wisdom and understanding.  You might say they attend the HSU of YHVH, or “Holy Spirit University of YaHavah” located in the kingdom of YaHavah.  It has the distinction of being the first “online” university.  Unfortunately, enrollment has been down for several hundred years. I know this because YaHavah does not teach diverse understandings of his word.  His understanding is consistent and unified in his Spirit; therefore, different understandings by multiple persons or groups on any Bible subject is not of YaHavah or the Bible.

(Psalm 25:2-5) 2O my Elohim, I trust in you: let me not be ashamed, let not my enemies triumph over me.  3Yea, let none that wait on you be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.  4Show me your ways, O YHVH; teach me your paths.  5Lead me in your truth, and teach me: for you [are] the Elohim of my salvation; on you do I wait all the day.

How to use this Study Series

Each chapter contains the Scriptures for reading and quick reference, followed by a study/commentary.  Each chapter ends with a conclusion, not mine, but yours.  Briefly describe three or more main points of each chapter of each study book.

Suggestion: use a journal for study notes and questions throughout this series for future reference and above all, let the Holy Spirit and the Bible teach you and answer any questions you have.

Peace be with you and yours

 

 

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The Bible Has a Calendar

The following is an excerpt from my latest book, “The 2,466 Year-Old Calendar Nobody Could See.”….

“The Bible really does have a calendar lost in plain sight.  Daniel’s prophecy of seventy sevens of years laid out its structure, but it was never seen as a full calendar.  Theologians have only seen the timing from its beginning to the birth and death of Jesus.  They are waiting for the last seven years of the prophecy, without seeing the calendar as continuous to that time and beyond to the end.  There is no gap in the calendar of seventy sevens of years.

This calendar is in the Bible, so everything that leads to understanding it is also, in the Bible.  If persons are against examining the Bible to find the purpose of this calendar, then this is not the book for them.

Frankly, I always thought it boring to study Old Testament chronologies.  I discovered the importance of them when I decided to do this book to determine the correct beginning date for Daniel’s seventy-sevens timing.  It was a real challenge and eye-opener, and well worth it.  I refer to this booklet often in my personal Bible studies to clarify other things in the Bible.  I believe it is a necessary handbook for serious Bible and historical studies.

This is what the long lost and fleshed-out calendar looks like:

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It will be fully explained throughout this booklet, during which time, the Bible will expose the doctrines that have impeded full knowledge of it.  Hopefully, the error of those doctrines will become evident to those who know of, or practice them. “

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The most reliable end time timeline available looks very different from the popular (and complicated) timelines developed by pre-tribulationists, mid-tribulationists, and post-tribulationists.  I have copies of all their charts, and believe me, they are confusing.  These three place the return of Jesus at different times during the last seven years of Daniel’s prophecy, but they all have one thing in common; they all interpret the seven seals (on the scroll with seven seals) as the last seven years.  What they don’t see is the imagery clues explaining that all seven seals are not unique to the last seven years.   The first four (the horsemen) are about choosing between Jesus or captivity for not believing and teaching the truth about the first and second coming of Jesus Christ; the fifth is the reward for choosing Jesus, making the timing for the first five seals past, present, and future.  Only seal seven describes the last seven years.  Seal six is specific to YaHavah’s promise of a second redemption for the twelve tribes of Israel; the first was from Egypt; the timing is at the sound of the seventh trumpet of seal seven.  These things are explained biblically in my books about them.  Only you can decide what you want to believe.  To do that, one must understand the options.

I invite you to examine a free copy of my Glossary of Common Terms  to see the Bible’s explanation of popular words and phrases used and queried by Christians today.

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Let’s talk about this, after all, trusting the truth of the Bible is a matter of eternal life and death for teacher and follower.  The only fear anyone should have is the fear of YaHavah, which translates to full respect and love for him and his truth.  Even YaHavah invites dialog:

18Come now and let us reason together, said YHVH: though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.  19If you be willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land: 20but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of YHVH has spoken [it].  (Isaiah 1:18-20)

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Two kinds of Nontrinitarian

Trinitarians would have the world think there is only one type of non-Trinitarian; the cultic type, including Jehovah’s Witness, Latter-Day-Saints (Mormons), Christadelphian, Islam, and a few more.  Is this a true assumption?  Before answering; remember, Jesus was a Jew of the tribe of Judah.

Judaism isn’t typically listed with the cults, but it is non-Trinitarian.  In fact, there are two types of non-Trinitarianism:

  1. Biblical non-Trinitarianism as understood in Spirit logic
    1. Judaism has one and only one YHVH (YaHavah) Elohim
    2. YHVH Elohim is singular in Spirit and Bible understanding
      1. YHVH cannot be divided into two persons known as Father and Spirit
    3. YHVH is Spirit
      1. YHVH is always on his throne in heaven, yet he fills the heavens and the earth
      2. The facets of YHVH’s infinite omnipresence, omnipotence, and omniscience is a unity of one.
      3.  One person’s ability to “do-it-all” is difficult for human understanding to grasp.  It is not difficult for a person truly filled with the Spirit of YHVH.
  2. non-Biblical non-Trinitarianism as understood in human logic.
    1. Ambiguity is the rule
    2. Cults thrive on human understanding and logic
    3. Philosophers thrive on going over Bible boundaries
    4. Human logic of YHVH’s nature depends of the ambiguous word, God, for both Trinity and non-Trinity believers
      1. The word, God, has become a plural pronoun in human understanding of the nature of God.
      2. No specific name to identify which god—god the father, god the son, god the spirit.

Remove ambiguity and Bible clarity becomes the rule.  The following verses demonstrate the singularity, infinity, and friendship of YHVH Elohim.  These are non-Trinitarian bible verses from the Word of YHVH Bible.

Is. 42:8 I [am] YHVH (YaHavah): that [is] My Name: and my glory I will not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
Ps. 32:8-9 I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: I will guide you with My eye.  Be not as the horse, [or] as the mule, [which] have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, or they will not come near to you.
Jer. 23:23-24 23[Am] I Elohim at hand, said YHVH, and not Elohim afar off?  24Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him?Said YHVH.  Do I not fill heaven and earth?Said YHVH.
Jn. 3:16-17 For YHVH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For YHVH sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.
Num. 6:24-26 YHVH bless you, and keep you; YHVH make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; YHVH turn his face toward you, and give you peace.
Ps. 73:24  “You shall guide me with your counsel, and afterward receive me [to] glory.”  Amen

There is Father (YHVH), who is Spirit, and Jesus (son of YHVH) who is led by the anointing of Father’s Spirit.  True believers are also led by the anointing of Father’s Spirit.

Jesus was and still is a Jew of the tribe of Judah.  He is the King, Priest, Judge, and Savior.  YaHavah confirmed that Jesus is his human son by his spoken words when he was anointed in YaHavah’s Spirit and signified by the descending dove.  His confirmation also made it known that the prophecy of the name, Immanuel (Elohim with us), was fulfilled on that day, as well as similar prophecies in Isaiah, Psalms, Daniel and Ezekiel.

It seems to me that believers have fallen to dependence on other doctrines more than what the original Scriptures teach.  I say original, because denominations create their own bible translations and annotations with slight alterations to accommodate their doctrines.  Laziness on the part of most believers has taken the place of spending daily study time in the bible or depending on favored teachers instead of the Spirit of YHVH.  Daily devotionals do not count as bonafide bible study.

Change is taking place as we speak.  Don’t be left behind, because that is what will happen to those who will not accept the Biblical non-Trinitarian understanding when Jesus returns.

Talk to me.  Tell what you think about Biblical non-Trinitarianism.

 

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Understanding the Holy Spirit

THERE IS GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS in the times we are entering today.  On the good side, we are entering a new time of understanding the pure teaching of the Bible.  When I say pure teaching, I mean without using traditional church doctrines and creeds as a crutch.
 
On the bad side, there are many Bible teachers attempting to explain how the Spirit of YaHavah works, but there are some major problems with their basic understanding of the Spirit (of YaHavah).
 
The three most important characters of the Bible were introduced in the first three chapters of Genesis.  They are YaHavah, Jesus (as a promise), and humankind.  The nemesis of those chapters and in the lives of every human being from beginning to end is, in Hebrew, nachash, translated to serpent.  The more correct translation is the enchanter; whispering enchanting thoughts is his deceitful tactic of destruction.
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The Courage to Find the Truth and Stand on it With Confidence

Truth is not illusive or hiding in any way.  It is there for anyone willing to listen and obey what Jesus taught his disciples.

For 37 years, since I became born again and finally read the Bible in the light of the Spirit of YaHavah, I have been writing about testing everything thought, heard, and seen before acting on it.  It took me a long time to learn how to do that even though I preached it in my articles and websites.  So, I know it will be a difficult journey for others, too.  Especially, those buried deeply into the many false doctrines that have plagued all believers of Jesus Christ since the second century.

I believe what the Bible teaches about testing everything to see if it is of YaHavah or the world and I will fight for the “real” truth to be heard till I die.  I have been mocked and shunned for years, but my voice will continue to be out there for any to listen until the end.

Having the courage to find the truth is only half the battle.  Having the courage to stand firmly on that rock is the other half.  Not everyone has the courage to risk losing everything, or a large part, of what they have achieved in the world.  I don’t fault them.  They simply have not heard the whole truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ to understand they are not alone when they enter the Kingdom of YaHavah.  YaHavah and Jesus come to be with those who hear and believe the truth.  I fault those who believe the lies that hides all of the gospel, or truth, of what Jesus did for humanity to keep them from the Kingdom of YaHavah.  They are the ones who have not tested what they thought, heard, and saw before passing it on to other unsuspecting persons.

Yes, Jesus was born sinless, but how many people know why and how he was born sinless?

Yes, Jesus is called the Christ or Messiah, but how many understand the Bible’s full meaning of the word Christ and Messiah?

Yes, Jesus taught the truth to his disciples and all who would listen, but how many understand what he meant when he said he came to fulfill the law and prophets?

Yes, Jesus died on the cross as the sinless lamb of YaHavah, but how many know that he had to be fully human to be that lamb?

Yes, Jesus was resurrected from the grave, but how many know that for this, too, he had to be fully human and not a god?

Yes, Jesus ascended into heaven on a cloud and will return in the same way, but how many know what happened after he ascended into heaven?

It is at the last point that believers of Jesus Christ have been defrauded of the whole truth of Jesus’ ascension and what he accomplished for them.  The first disciples understood that Jesus had to leave them to be glorified in heaven.  They understood the full implication of that first day of Pentecost when the Spirit came upon them.  Jesus taught them well and he even sent a message to confirm what he taught them.  That message is called the Revelation of Jesus Christ.  There is one verse in the message that answers the last statement about Jesus’ ascension.

I am more than happy to reveal that to you here, but it wouldn’t mean anything to most readers, since it has been masked by other very popular, yet erroneous, teachings.

There is not one well known Bible teacher, commentator, or theologian who does not point an accusing finger at those they call cults, yet these same teachers of the Bible are no better than those they accuse as long as they stand on the poor hermeneutics of fraudulent teachings.  Set all teachings aside long enough to hear what the Bible teaches.  Investigate biblical perspectives that really are pure bible untainted by any denominational doctrine.  Click the Amazon Author’s Page menu tab to view samples of the books shown above and more.  The time for “sitting on the fence” is over.

 

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Where has Courage Gone?

I am a Bible sleuth, or detective.  I find things that are lost and then write about them so others can find them, too.  So far I’ve done well in finding things the church has lost, except for courage.

This is the case of lost courage.  This I fear will be an open ended story.

The first century church was a most courageous people.  They not only had Rome to contend with, but there were the temple priests, the pagans, and other groups who took various stands against them.  Some didn’t believe in the resurrection and others didn’t believe Jesus was the son of YaHavah, aka, God and LORD for those who do not know his Hebrew name.  Through all of the opposition, the first disciples had courage unto death.  Like the prophets of the Old Testament, they suffered for the truth of Yah.  They had courage.  But where did courage flee too?

I see no courage today.  What I see are cowards who can only mimic the errors taught to them by people they think they can trust.  At some point many feel deep in their heart that something is wrong, but the longer they fail to attend to it, the harder their hearts become, until they are empty boxes with no doors or windows.  They have become deaf to the Spirit’s knock at the door of their hearts because the door is gone.  They cannot hear the Spirit urging them to repent and seek YaHavah’s truth through Jesus.  How can the Spirit of YaHavah knock and call their names if they are rooms with no doors?

Courage has gone!  Father, have mercy on them.

A few days after I wrote this in my journal, I received an email from Charisma News with an article titled “ISIS Kill List Names 15,000 Christian Americans Targeted for Death” by Bethany Blankley.  You can read the article here.  You can read the full article here.

Scuttlebutt has it that Christians of churches in certain named US cities are targeted for death.  The article reports that a teenage Jihadist in the US decided that if he couldn’t go to the Middle East to join Jihad, he would do it in the city where he lives.  He chose a mega church and made his plan.  He acquired guns and a sword to sever heads.  He especially liked the idea of severing heads.  He was ready for Jihad—until his father discovered his cache in his car.

What does it take to get through Christian skulls that complacent status quo is not good enough?  How can the truth get through to Christians today that the enemy is actively on the prowl to turn young impressionable minds and hearts into killers?  And I’m not just talking about ISIS.  I’m talking about the real leader of terrorism—that fallen angel we know as Satan.  Even though he can’t be seen, he can be heard.  He is very real.  From the beginning he has prowled the earth to devour and destroy.  All humanity is vulnerable to his attacks by error and fear.

It takes courage to dig out from under a deep pile of doctrinal errors to find the real truth of YaHavah and Jesus in the Judeo/Christian bible.  I have been digging for 37 years.  A few thousand seekers for truth worldwide have acquired my books that report what I have found about what was lost to the church.  I gave the books and articles away free for years, but time is short to the return of Jesus and for me (nearing eighty).  I needed more visitors and Amazon.com was the easiest choice where authors can publish for free.  My Author Page.    

Not all have the courage to listen, because there are many more nay Sayers who are eager to squelch what they don’t understand and who are satisfied with complacent status quo.  They have chosen error as their truth and set out to intimidate and frighten those who seek the real truth.  They don’t like anyone to rock the boat.  Don’t they know that their error is the storm rocking their boat?  Don’t they know that Jesus can walk on water and still the storm? 

The fact of the matter is; ISIS doesn’t own terrorism.  The Christian church is also full of intimidating terrorists shunning what they don’t understand and too lazy to find out.  Both sides fail to understand that the world is running out of time.  Both sides are making Satan’s work a whole lot easier.  Will any of them have the courage to dig out from under error to seek the real Bible truth about YaHavah and Jesus?

What do you think?  Please let me know.

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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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