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How Much Do You Know About Jesus

HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT JESUS?

 

Van Davis

 

 

 

Copyright 2016 by Van Davis

 

 

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[] How Much Do You Know About Jesus?

 

Strangely enough, it may surprise you that most people only know a few things about Jesus, and that includes many pastors and Christian teachers and Christian leaders. And unfortunately, the things that most people know about Him are not Scriptural; they are not found in the Bible. For example, did you know that the name Jesus is not the biblical Savior’s real name? There is no letter “J” or its equivalent in the Hebrew language (from which the Tanakh, or the Old Testament is written); nor is the letter “J” or its equivalent found in the Greek language (from which the Brit Hadashah-the New Testament, is written). How can a person be called a name in which the name begins with a letter that does not exist in the given language? That would be like saying: “I will name my daughter “Rebecca”, even though the letter “R” did not exist in the language which I speak”! How can that work? If there is no letter “R” in the language, how could I even come up with a name like Rebecca? It is the same with the name Jesus. How can He be called Jesus, or how can the name be even conceived of without the letter “J”? (Incidentally, the letter “J” was created in the 1500’s and was not used extensively until the 1800’s) Traditionally there has been virtually no teaching on this from the Christian Church. However, with the advent of the Hebrew Roots Movement, some of this information has begun to reach non-church-going people and many of the mainstream churches. But it is very limited; and even some of THAT teaching is non-Scriptural. Yeshua is the biblical Savior’s real name, and it means Yahweh is Salvation. And Christ is not His last name. That is a title. The word Christ is translated from the Greek word Christos (G5547). It doesn’t mean Jesus; it doesn’t even mean Messiah, even though many Hebrew Roots followers believe that it does. It means Anointed. Every place where the word Christ is translated, it should be translated as the word Anointed (or Anointed One depending on the context, because the meaning does not always refer to the Savior. It may refer to Yahweh’s anointed people, and that would be Israel). In Scripture, in the Brit Hadashah (New Testament), the Savior is the Anointed One, who was foretold in several places throughout the Tanakh (Old Testament); one of the most famous passages being Micah 5:2. The Anointed One would be the Mashiyach, the Messiah from the Hebrew Tribe of Judah. But make no mistake, in reality the Christian Christ is not the same person as the Hebrew Mashiyach. In addition to Yeshua’s name meaning Yahweh is Salvation, He also believed in and followed the Torah. The Christian Church does not talk about the origin of Jesus. Where does he come from (other than he was born of a virgin)? What does his name mean?

 

 

[]What Did Yeshua Come To Do?

 

Christians will say Jesus came to save everyone who would believe in him from their sins. But this is not entirely biblical. There is a lot more to it than that. In fact, there is so much more to it than that, you may do what most do when they hear this—and that is to simply not believe it. And by not believing, by your {own} words you shall condemn yourself (Matthew 12:37). But, in Scripture, Matthew 15:24 tells us exactly what He came to do. It says:

I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel*.*

So, the obvious question is:

[] Would Yeshua Refuse Anyone Seeking Salvation If That Person Was Not From The House Of Israel?

 

Virtually every Christian everywhere on the face of the planet would say an obvious and an emphatic No! And virtually every Christian would be, albeit, not so obvious, but nonetheless, wrong! And there are several reasons why. First of all, that the Mashiyach was sent only to the House of Israel means that salvation is offered ONLY to the Nation of Israel. The verse doesn’t say: He came for Israel and Egypt; or that He came for Israel and Babylon. The verse says Israel and ONLY Israel. He came for the descendants of Abraham. Does the Bible ever speak of or prophesy about the salvation of people from any other country? No, it does not! The key word here is the word “only”. It is G1508 (from the Strong’s Hebrew-Greek Word-Study Concordance numbering system). It means: negative; not, and with a condition. In this case, that condition is being the Nation of Israel. What it means is that no one is included in Yeshua’s salvation EXCEPT the Nation of Israel. If He said He came for only for the House of Israel, will YOU be the one to tell Him that He got it wrong? Secondly, Yahweh knows the end of the world from its very beginning (Isaiah 46:10). So, could it be that He knows that NO ONE outside of Israel will accept His offer of salvation? In fact, they CANNOT accept it without His Holy Spirit. For it is the Spirit that gives eternal life (John 6:63; II Corinthians 3:6). And if the Holy Spirit is not given to a people, how can they accept something that needs the work of Yahweh and His Spirit? Only Israel was given His Spirit, for only Israel was in covenant with Him. So, that argument is not valid, having no basis in reality. Shaul (Paul) says in I Corinthians 2:14 says:

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned.

If the Spirit is not present, salvation cannot occur, because salvation is a Spiritual activity. And how does one get Yahweh’s Spirit? We get it by being in covenant with Him. And as we have stated, and as the world will certainly attest to, the only people who have been in covenant with Yahweh has been/and is Israel…

 

[]So, How Can The Nation Of Israel Be The Only People Offered Salvation?

Here is where its gets a bit more complicated. This is something the Christian Church doesn’t teach, so it may be totally foreign to most of you. I will attempt to be brief, but give you enough information as to the major points. As we look at the entire salvation results, there will be no unbelievers in the eternal order. The Apostle John says that if any man does not keep, guard, and preserve the Torah, the Truth of Yahweh is not in him (I John 2:6). So, a person will need to keep the Torah to make it to eternity with Him. The Apostle John also says that the world will pass away; and if a person is still holding on to this pride of life, and to the lust of his eyes and to the constant satisfying of his body’s needs, then the love of Yahweh is not in him. When Yahweh is not first in your life, you too will pass away with the world. This is evidence that the Spirit is lacking. There will be no Islam and no Christianity and no Judaism and no Hindu in the eternal order, for Scripture supports none of these religions. If you carefully read the Bible, you will notice that no religion is named or mentioned or discussed or prophesied or even alluded to anywhere. There is no named religion in Scripture. Obedience to Yahweh and His Torah is the only form of worship promoted. And His promises to Abraham and his descendants, i.e., the Twelve Tribes of Israel, are what Scripture is all about. Revelation 21:21 says that the gates into the new Jerusalem will have the names of the Twelve Tribes of Israel written on them. There is no gate for any other nation or people or religion mentioned. Many of you have read the Bible cover to cover. It does not speak of any other belief except the total belief and faith in the Mashiyach, Yahweh, Torah, Israel, the Ten Words (Ten Commandments) and how they are all intertwined, bound up in the life and existence of each other. In Ezekiel 37:15-28 Yahweh says that the House of Judah and his companions, which is the House of Israel, will be reunited. And the House of Ephraim and his companions, that being the House of Judah will be reunited. They will be REUNITED, and become one House again, just as they were before. Scripture says they will form ONE House, one Nation of Israel. There was one House, they were divided, and the mission of the Mashiyach is to unite them together again. Shaul (Paul) says in Romans 11:25:

For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the Fullness of the Gentiles be come in.

He begins by saying that he does not want us to be uninformed of this mystery. What mystery is he referring to? Surely he cannot be referring to Israel becoming one House again. That is clearly not a mystery. Instead, he refers to the Fullness of the Gentiles. Many of us have been taught that there is a particular number of Gentiles that “God” has already determined He will save. At that point He will then “rapture” the Church and this “Fullness” will be the total number of Gentiles that “God” is looking for—this number is known as the Fullness of the Gentiles. But when you look for Scriptural support for this teaching, there are no verses that speak to anything close to this. The Fullness of the Nations (Gentiles), Scripturally, has nothing to do with the “rapture” of the Christian Church. It refers, instead, to the Nation of Israel and the ending of their global captivity. Remember, Yahweh scattered Israel across the world because of their disobedience to the Torah and their unbelief in Him. There are many verses that speak to this. Some of them are: Deuteronomy 4:27; 28:64; Psalm 106:27; Jeremiah 30:11; Ezekiel 11:16; Zechariah 10:9, just to name a few. The word Nations is the word that should be translated instead of the word Gentiles (H1471). The Mashiyach refers to this phrase in Luke 21:24 when He says:

And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the nations until the times {in} the nations be fulfilled.

As of today, the House of Israel is still in the Diaspora (scattered across the world). Yahweh has already determined the length of time of Jerusalem’s punishment, but Yeshua said it is not for us to know its ending time (Acts 1:6-7). And Scripture clearly speaks of only Israel regarding this time. Acts 3:19-26 says:

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of Yahweh; and He shall send Yeshua the Anointed, which before was preached unto you: whom the Heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which Yahweh hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said unto the fathers, a prophet shall Yahweh your Elohim raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; Him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever He shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of those days. Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which Yahweh made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, and in thy seed shall all the kindred of the earth be blessed. Unto you first Yahweh, having raised up His Son Yeshua, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

They are called children of the prophets. They are known as the children of the covenant; only Israel is known as being the children of the prophets. Only Israel has been, and is still in covenant with Yahweh. Only Israel has been scattered into all the nations of the world and now some of them are responding to His calling. We know this from Zechariah 10:8-10:

I will whistle for them to gather them together, for I have redeemed them; and they will be as numerous as they were before. When I scatter them among the peoples, they will remember Me in far countries, and they with their children will live and come back. I will bring them back from the land of Egypt, and gather them from Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon, until no room can be found for them.

 

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[] What Is Sin, And Will Jesus Save You From It, And Why Do We Need Salvation?

 

Some people will say that sin is doing what is considered wrong in society. Some will say it is doing an immoral act, or it is an act of wrongdoing against “God”. But, are these definitions Scriptural? Unfortunately they are not. All too often we look to society to define the words that we commonly use; but society also changes the definition of words that Scripture has already defined for us. I John 3:4 says that sin is the transgression of the Law. Transgression of what Law? The Apostle John speaks of the Torah. Sin is the transgression of the Torah. Now, what you need to ask yourself is this: Who was given the Torah? For, only a people to whom the Torah was given can be punished for breaking it or rewarded for obeying it. It is generally known that only Israel was given the Torah. Only Israel, through Abraham, was given a covenant with Yahweh. And the Bible speaks of only Israel as having broken this covenant through unbelief and disobedience. This is known as transgressing the Torah. This is the sin that the Bible speaks of. But what of the Christian faith? What sin does its members break? How is it defined, and where in Scripture can we find this definition? Christianity teaches that the Torah is done away with. With that being the case, how does Christianity define its sin? Does its members need salvation from this sin? And again we ask, where in Scripture do we find this definition so that its members can know exactly what to do to gain salvation? In the Tanakh (New Testament), only Israel was given the Torah; only Israel can break it, i.e., sin. No other people has been in covenant with Yahweh, so, they cannot break His Torah. Because of their unbelief and disobedience, Israel was scattered across the planet. To re-establish their relationship with Yahweh, He sent a manifestation of Himself in the form of Yeshua, the Mashiyach, to help Israel atone for its sins as a nation. Why did Yahweh do this? It was part of His promise to Abraham. Though this is repeated several times throughout Scripture, we see it very clearly and succinctly stated in Genesis 17:4-8:

As for Me, behold, My covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish My covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be an Elohim (“God”) unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the Land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their Elohim. And Elohim said unto Abraham, thou shalt keep My covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

Two times in this passage Yahweh says to Abraham that to him and his seed will He establish His covenant and be their Elohim (“God”). Nowhere in Scripture does Yahweh add to this or change the terms of this promise. To do so would make Yahweh less than truthful and untrustworthy. And no matter what anyone tells you, the word seed is H2233, and it means: physical seed, Abraham’s progeny, his offspring, his children from his own DNA! Nowhere does Yahweh say He will get non-Abraham seeds from other people and turn them into Abrahamic seeds. Yahweh also tells us in Amos 3:1-2 that Israel was His only chosen nation…Also, the word many in this Genesis passage refers to a uniformity, and not a collection. The implication is that the “many nations” are of the same type of seed; of the same family or Tribe, and not a collection of different types of seeds…

When Yeshua says in Matthew 15:24 that He seeks only for the lost sheep of the House of Israel, we must understand several things: to begin, we must understand that the word lost is G622, and it not only means: to perish, to destroy, but it also means: _*to punish._ That is its meaning here. How do we know this? We know this because back in Ezekiel 34, Yahweh prophesies that *HE Himself will come to earth and look for Israel, His scattered sheep, and gather them, and feed them and care for them. Yahweh says in Ezekiel 34:11-13:

For thus saith Adonai Yahweh; behold, I, even I, will both search My sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out My sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.

Yahweh, in the form of Yeshua, comes the first time to seek for His punished sheep of Israel, in partial fulfillment of Ezekiel 34. The saying that “Jesus came to save the lost” does not mean what the Christian Church continues to say that it means. It is not a call to anyone and everyone. It is a call specifically and expressly to the “punished sheep of the House of Israel” in fulfillment of prophecy. Yahweh punished the House of Israel by scattering them across the world for their disobedience and for not following the Torah. And as the Ezekiel passage says, Yahweh Himself said He would seek and search for the punished sheep. Yeshua says He and Yahweh are One (John 10:28-30), proving that He is the manifestation of the Father in the flesh, also coming to fulfill prophecy. He did not say He would send someone else to do this job (Christianity believes Jesus and “God” are separate entities). At the Parousia, the Second Coming, Yeshua will fulfill the second part of this prophecy. We must also ask: If Yahweh, in the form of Yeshua, came only for the scattered and punished sheep of Israel, as the Bible says, what’s to happen to the Christian Church? The Christian Church says Jesus came for it first, and then for anyone else who would believe. Well, the Church does not believe it is of the Seed of Abraham. It teaches that the Tanakh has been done away with and so is no longer valid. But if the Church IS of the Seed of Abraham, then it would be in unbelief and disobedience, just like Israel of old. It would be stooped in idolatry, just like Israel of old; it has forgotten Yahweh, just like Israel of old. The Church of today has so much in common with the sinful Israel of old, that it is virtually impossible to miss the parallels. And, guess where a great majority of people coming to the Truth is coming from? That’s right; the Christian Church….

 

[] Christianity vs Scripture

 

That’s right; there are many things the Church teaches that contradicts what Scripture says. So, whom do you believe? Remember, your salvation is at stake here. Here are a few more examples of what is different between the beliefs of the Church and the Bible. Yeshua says in John 14:15, If you love Me keep My Torah (most Bibles say Commandments), and yet what does Christianity teach? Christianity teaches that the Torah is dead and Jesus did away with it. But in Matthew 19:17 Yeshua says, If you wish to enter eternal life, keep the Torah. And when you look back at John 14:15, the word keep in both verses is from the Greek word G5083, and it means: to guard, to observe, to obey, to fulfill the words of the Torah. Nowhere in Scripture does Yeshua say He is abolishing the Torah! Nowhere! Why would He say to guard the Torah, to observe it and obey it and protect it if He was intending to abolish it?

Many people have asked,” But didn’t Jesus fulfill the Law so we don’t have to keep it?” No. Yeshua came to explain what the Torah meant because the Pharisees added so many rules to the Torah that people were paying more attention to the Pharisees’ rules than to the Torah itself. That was why Yeshua preached the Sermon on the Mount. It was to clarify what the Torah actually said and what it actually meant. Like circumcism-most people believe that the physical act of circumcism is the actual covenant. But it is not. Scripture says it is the SIGN of the covenant. How do we know this? Yahweh says in Genesis 17:11:

And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you.

The actual circumcism takes place in a person’s heart, and this is the work of Yahweh. Moses speaks of this in Deuteronomy 30:6:

And Yahweh thy Elohim will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love Yahweh thy Elohim with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

Notice that Moses is speaking to Israel. How do we know this? In Deuteronomy 29:1-2, Yahweh commanded Moses to speak these words to the “Children of Israel”. He says to speak to “All” Israel. The word “all” is H3605, and it means: complete, perfect; not a mixture or a collection of Israel and other people. Moses’ words were meant for Israel, and only Israel. As we see here, circumcism is the work of Yahweh, just like Shaul says we are Yahweh’s workmanship in Ephesians 2:10. We are the work of His hands. The changes that we make when we believe are actually the work of Yahweh in our lives. And the more He works in us, the more He changes us to look like and act like Yeshua. How do we know this? Shaul says this in II Corinthians 3:18:

But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a glass the glory of Yeshua, are being transformed into the same image [of Yeshua] from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of Yahweh.

There are many prophecies in the Torah that haven’t been fulfilled. And Yeshua said that not one jot or tittle will pass away from the Torah until everything that the Torah said was meant to be accomplish has been accomplished (Matthew 5:19). Being that He also has not returned the second time yet, that alone guarantees that the Torah cannot be abolished. Many people still cannot understand why the Torah is so important if Yeshua came to abolish it. And that’s the point—He NEVER came to abolish it! He is the Living Torah! The Torah gives us our standard of living; it gives us the only way of understanding sin. And it gives us the words of Yahweh, by which if we obey them we will have eternal life with Him. One cannot believe and follow Yeshua unless he is also believing in and following the Torah and Yahweh. There is no way to have any one of them without the others. Here is another way to look at this. John 1:1 says that in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with Elohim (God) and the Elohim was the Word. Everyone agrees that this is talking about Yeshua the Mashiyach. He is the Word, and He was there in the beginning. All Bibles say that “the Word was Elohim”, but in the Greek, it says, that “Elohim was the Word”. The Word is also another name for Torah. Since Yeshua is the Word, then He is also the Torah. He is also Yahweh. In John 8:12 Yeshua says He is the light of the world. That means He is the Torah of the world. The actual verse says,

I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

So, if we put Torah in the appropriate places, it would read thusly:

I am the Torah of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Torah of life.

Or, one could read it this way:

Torah is the light of the world; he who follows after Torah shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Torah of life.

So then, walking in Torah is to have eternal life, and not having Torah is to walk in darkness. And let us remember, this is Scripture defining itself; as it should be…

One should never use secular definitions to define biblical truth!

Darkness is a spiritual Truth. Darkness is defined as not having Yahweh’s spiritual light; it means living in sin; it means living without the Torah. The word in Greek for this darkness is skotia, G4655. It also means moral depravity. Yeshua is the Torah. He is the Word. John 14:6 says He is the life. This life is zoe life, which is the life He imparts to His people who believe in Him. So, He is also eternal life. So then, to walk in Torah is to have eternal life. And to not walk in Torah is to walk in darkness. If one walks in darkness, then he walks without light, without eternal life, without Torah, without Yeshua. If Yeshua is eternal life, why would He say to get rid of Himself? Since Christianity teaches that Jesus has gotten rid of the Torah, what does the Christian Church teach that has taken the place of the Torah as the standard of life that Yahweh demands? What Christianity doesn’t know is that getting rid of the Torah would plunge the world into darkness forever and no one could be saved! John 14:6 says,

I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Scripture says Yeshua is the way to salvation; but then if He disappeared, we would have no way to salvation. Scripture simply does not give us any other way. It just wouldn’t make sense for Yeshua to give us Himself as the way to salvation, and then take Himself totally out of the salvation equation. But, as people are in unbelief, they convince themselves that Scripture doesn’t really say what it is saying. So they turn to idolatry, to speculations, to belief systems that are easy, and that don’t require much, if anything, from you. Regardless of the reason for unbelief, it is rebellion against Yahweh. And unfortunately, people ignore the biblical implications of not obeying Yeshua, the living Torah. This means people are spiritually blind, unsaved, and still in living in sin. Such spiritual blindness will make you hold on to hurt feelings of anger and bitterness and be unforgiving. For example, I was in a church once where a member of this church, a well-known member, bilked/defrauded/duped/swindled/bamboozled other members out of thousands of dollars. Being the new Pastor I was asked to step in and do something about it. After losing so much money to this person the members were very upset about this, and rightly so. So, judging by how people talked this, and their obvious bitterness and hatred toward this person, I assumed this had just happened recently. Not wanting to do again what had already been done, especially if this all took place recently, I asked what were the things that had already been done. I had assumed an investigation had been done and some type of church discipline had already been given; these would be the typical things to do. Well, to my shock and utter surprise, nothing had been done! Absolutely nothing! No investigation, no discipline; the person wasn’t even talked to by the previous pastors or church board. Imagine my further surprise when I heard that all of this had happened over 20 years ago!! People talked like it happened just a couple of weeks earlier! They had allowed themselves to become so extremely bitter, with virtually all traces of forgiveness gone. They talked with such contempt about this person; I was surprised that this person was still attending the church. But my point is this: How can a person lay claim to salvation, and yet harbor such bitterness and anger in his heart? Without the Torah and without Yahweh making changes in the hearts of people, they are left to have their own hearts guide them. But Jeremiah 30:9 says the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. Ecclesiastes 9:3 says that the hearts of men are full of evil and madness! Clearly without Yahweh we are in trouble. The members of this church bitterly opposed Torah and anything of Hebrew origin. And yet, they saw themselves as a typical Christian Church. This is how a heart behaves and lives without the Torah.

So, when you think of light, think of Torah (Thy Torah is a lamp unto my feet, and a light (light) unto my path—Psalm 119:105).

And when you think of truth, think of Torah (Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Thy Torah is truth-Psalm 119:142.

And how shall you keep your way pure? You keep it according to Thy Torah (Psalm 119:9).

Do not let the world deceive you. Yeshua is His name—it is not Jesus. And remember, why did Yeshua come to earth? Read Matthew 15:24 again…

 


How Much Do You Know About Jesus

  • Author: Van Davis
  • Published: 2016-03-22 15:50:07
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