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RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SON OF GOD


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Do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ? Can you describe what interaction you have on a regular basis with the Son of GOD? What do you really know about your Savior? How would you describe Him to an unbeliever?

Unfortunately, many Christian’s concept of the ‘Lamb of GOD’ is shaped by Theologians – not the Bible!

The Apostle Paul was inspired by YAHOVAH to write:

“…GOD, who gives life to the dead and CALLS THOSE THINGS WHICH DO NOT EXIST AS THOUGH THEY DID…” (ROMANS 4:17 NKJV)

The Apostle Peter applied this prophetic principle to Jesus, writing:

“He (Christ) was foreordained (Gk. Proginosko: foreseen) before the foundation of the World, but was manifest in these last times for you.” (I PETER 1:20 NKJV)

The first reference to Jesus in your Bible is as the future seed of Eve:

“And I (YAHOVAH) will put enmity (conflict) between you (Satan) and the woman (Eve), and between your seed (JN.8:44) and her seed; He (Jesus) SHALL bruise your head, and you (Satan) shall bruise his heel.” (GENESIS 3:15 NKJV)

Balaam, a Prophet in Moab, was used by YAHOVAH to prophecy about Him who was NOT as YET:

“I see Him (Jesus), BUT NOT NOW; I behold Him, BUT NOT NEAR; A Star SHALL COME out of Jacob; A Scepter SHALL RISE out of Israel, and batter the brow of Moab, and destroy all the sons of tumult.” (NUMBERS 24:17 NKJV)

YAHOVAH told Moses:

“I will RAISE UP for them A PROPHET like you FROM AMONG THEIR BRETHREN, and will put MY words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.” (DEUTERONOMY 18:18 NKJV)

“In the beginning was that word, and that word was with God: and God was that word. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by it, and without it, was made no thing that made was. In it was life… And that word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw the glory of it, as the glory of the only begotten Son of the Father, which word was full of grace and verity.” (JOHN 1:1-4, 14 TYNDALE VERSION – first Translation into English)

“By the word of YAHOVAH the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of HIS MOUTH.” (PSALM 33:6 NKJV)

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our own eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life – the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us – that which we have seen and heard we declare to you…” (I JOHN 1:1-3 NKJV)

Have you ever wondered why there are no conversations recorded in the Bible between ‘the word’ and OUR FATHER in HEAVEN? If ‘the word’ was a person with or within GOD shouldn’t there be some recorded interaction between them? Shouldn’t we find ‘the word’ making an appearance in Israel?

Theologians tell us that there are several Christophanies (appearances of Christ) in Old Testament times. Melchizedek, the Priest of GOD MOST HIGH, to whom Abraham gave tithes – is said to be Jesus incognito. Yet we’re told in the book of Hebrews:

“Now first of all, by translation of his name (Melchizedek), he is King of Righteousness; and then he is also King of Shalem, which means King of Peace. There is no record of his father, mother, ancestry, birth or death; rather, LIKE the Son of GOD, he continues as a Cohen (Priest) for all time.” (HEBREWS 7:2,3 Complete Jewish Bible)

“For it is evident that our Lord (Jesus) arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning Priesthood. And it is yet far more evident if, IN THE LIKENESS of Melchizedek, THERE ARISES ANOTHER (not the same) PRIEST WHO HAS COME, not according to the Law of fleshly commandment (from which arose the Levitical Priesthood), but according to the power of an endless life.” (HEBREWS 7:14-16 NKJV)

“YAHOVAH said to my Lord (Jesus), sit at MY right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool. YAHOVAH shall send the Rod of YOUR strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies… YAHOVAH has sworn, and will not relent, You are a Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (PSALM 110:1,2,4 NKJV)

Jesus is clearly LIKENED unto this Melchizedek of Abraham’s day, but not one and the same person. Instead He is ANOTHER PRIEST WHO WAS TO ARISE & COME… and like this Melchizedek, there is no recorded end to His Priesthood.

Theologians also try to make the case along with the Jehovah’s Witnesses, that Jesus is found throughout the Old Testament as THE ANGEL (Messenger) OF YAHOVAH – who makes appearances to Hagar (GEN.16:7-13), Abraham (GEN.22:11), Moses (EX.3:2), Balaam (NUM.22:22), Israel (JUDGES 2:1) and others.

Yet if THE ANGEL of YAHOVAH was really Jesus – why wouldn’t GOD just tell us that? And if it were so – we would not expect to find any further references to this Angel or Messenger in the New Testament, because He would have by then become flesh and dwelt among us. Yet THE ANGEL of YAHOVAH continues to serve GOD in New Testament times:

“Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as THE ANGEL of YAHOVAH commanded him and took to him his wife (Mary).” (MATTHEW 1:24 NKJV)

“And behold, there was a great earthquake; for AN ANGEL OF YAHOVAH descended from heaven & came & rolled back the stone from the door (Jesus tomb), and sat on it.” (MT.28:2)

“But at night AN ANGEL OF YAHOVAH opened the prison doors & brought them (Apostles) out & said, ‘Go, stand in the temple & speak to the people all the words of this life.” ACTS 5:19

So what is our ROLE in relationship to our Savior?

“For both He (Jesus) who sanctifies (sets apart) and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them BRETHREN.” (HEBREWS 2:11 NKJV)

I (Jesus) am ascending to My FATHER & your FATHER & to My GOD & your GOD. JN.20:17

“If you abide in My word, you are My Disciples indeed.” (JOHN 8:31)

“Now then, we are AMBASSADORS for Christ, as though GOD were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to GOD.” (II CORINTHIANS 5:20 NKJV)

“...but they (the Saints) shall be Priests of GOD and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a 1000 years.” (REVELATION 20:6 NKJV) We’ll be Priests & Magistrates in Christ’s Government!

And what REGARD should we have for the Son of GOD?

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” (REVELATION 5:12 NKJV)

“…But He (Jesus) who is coming after me (John the Baptist) is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.” (MATTHEW 3:11 NKJV)
“He who loves father or mother more than Me (Jesus) is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” (MATTHEW 10:37 NKJV)

“So they (the Apostles) departed from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His (Jesus) name.” (ACTS 5:41 NKJV)

For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ Law dies without mercy on the testimony of 2 or 3 witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of GOD underfoot, counted the blood of the Covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?” (HEBREWS 10:26-29 NKJV)

“By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the People of GOD than to enjoy the passing pleasures of Sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.” (HEBREWS 11:24-26 NKJV)

What are the Biblical RULES that bond us with our Messiah?

“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: ‘Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth;’ who when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to HIM who judges righteously…” (I PETER 2:21-23 NKJV)

“Take My yoke upon you and LEARN from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your Souls.” (MATTHEW 11:29 NKJV)

“A Disciple is not above his Teacher, nor a servant above his Master.” (MATTHEW 10:24)

If you keep My commandments (red letter portion of your Bible), you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My FATHER’S commandments and abide in HIS love.” (JOHN 15:10)

He who says, ‘I know Him (Jesus),’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” (I JOHN 2:4 NKJV)

What are the Biblical RITUALS (symbolic repetitive behavior) that keep us in sync with our Savior?

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has Eternal Life, and I will raise him up at the Last Day.” (JOHN 6:53,54 NKJV)

“For I (Paul) received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the New Covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” (I CORINTHIANS 11:23-28 NKJV)

“To them (the Saints) GOD willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you the hope of Glory.” (COLOSSIANS 1:27 NKJV)

“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ & make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” (ROMANS 13:14 NKJV)

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of GOD, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (GALATIANS 2:20 NKJV)

“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” (JN.13:14,15)

“…HE (GOD) promised before through HIS prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning HIS Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of GOD with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Through Him we have received grace…” (ROMANS 1:2-5 NKJV)

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Have you ever wondered why the titles father & son, throughout the Bible, mean that ONE PERSON has GENERATED another – except in the case of GOD THE FATHER & Jesus HIS Son?

Theologians & Apologists throughout Christian History have redefined these familial terms along with others like BEGET, BEGOTTEN, BIRTH, BORN, FIRSTBORN – to mean something different when applied to YAHWEH & HIS Son - than what they do throughout the rest of Scripture! Geneologies…

YAHWEH condemned some of the Prophets of Israel saying, “…you have PERVERTED the WORDS of THE LIVING GOD, YAHWEH of HOSTS, our GOD.” (JEREMIAH 23:36)

Scripture refers to Jesus as both Son of Man (Mary) & Son of GOD. Is the word Son literal in reference to Son of Man – but not in reference to Son of GOD? Theologians would answer ‘yes’ – that Jesus was literally the Son of Man because Mary gave birth to Him – but not literally the Son of God, since He had already existed. Jesus is clearly Son of Mary’s lineage & therefore Son of Man: “I (YAHWEH) will raise up for them (Israel) a Prophet like you (Moses) from among their brethren, and will put MY WORDS in His Mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.” (DEUTERONOMY 18:18) (JOHN 12:49,50) But Jesus is also clearly Son of GOD: “Now the BIRTH of Jesus was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of THE HOLY SPIRIT.” (MATTHEW 1:18) A Virgin miraculously giving birth as prophesied: (ISA 7:14) 

The Original Christians did not teach or believe that Jesus was a second person in a Trinity who divested Himself from Deity to become a Man – yet that’s what most Christians have been taught to believe. Not one Messianic Prophecy of the O.T. even intimates the INCARNATION of GOD. Indeed, if Jesus was another person with GOD from eternity, He wouldn’t have needed to be ‘fathered’ by THE HOLY SPIRIT – He could have ‘fathered’ Himself in the womb of Mary. But He was fathered.

And what of this word PERSON? Throughout the Bible it means a separate, sentient, thinking Being when applied to Human Beings – but we’re supposed to believe that it has a different meaning when applied to GOD? Jesus was referred to as a PERSON by Pontius Pilate (MT.27:24) and is THE EXPRESS IMAGE of HIS (THE FATHER’S) PERSON.” (HEBREWS 1:3) Yet we’re told by Theologians that GOD is 3 PERSONS in ONE BEING (A mystery nowhere stated in Scripture). 

Like Man (GENESIS 2:7), both Jesus (ACTS 2:31) and THE FATHER (PSALM 11:5) have SOULS (often translated PERSON) meaning they are each living, thinking, personal, BEINGS.

Jesus told the Scribes and the Pharisees, “It is also written in your LAW that the Testimony of TWO men is true. I am ONE who bears witness of Myself, and THE FATHER who sent Me bears witness of Me.” (JN.8:17,18) Jesus would be misapplying Scripture - if He & THE FATHER were not separate beings, because the Law required two separate persons to establish something as ‘true.’

‘You can’t separate a Man from his word.’ As Jesus said, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (MT.12:34) Yet Theologians separate YAHWEH from HIS word as a separate person.

John wrote: “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with GOD: and the word was GOD. The Same was in the beginning with GOD. All things were made by IT, and without IT was made nothing that was made.” (JOHN 1:1,3 Tyndale Version)

This is consistent with what King David wrote: “By the word of YAHWEH the heavens were made and all the host of them by the breath of HIS MOUTH.” (PSALM 33:6) (II PETER 3:5)

Tyndale’s use of IT in reference to the word (instead of the personal pronoun ‘him’) is echoed in John’s Epistle: “That which (not ‘He who’) was from the beginning, which we (the Apostles) have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at & our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The Life appeared; we have seen IT & testify to IT & we proclaim to you the eternal life which was with THE FATHER & has appeared to us.” (I JN.1:1,2 NIV)

Throughout the Bible the word is referred to as ITnot a person. YAHWEH said, “So shall MY word be that goes out of MY MOUTH; IT shall not return to ME void, but IT shall accomplish what I please and shall prosper in the thing for which I send IT.” (ISAIAH 55:11) (GENESIS 1:3,6, 9,11,14,20)

The first 8 English Translations of the Bible did not capitalize ‘word’ in reference to Jesus. The King James Translation was the first to do so, and every Translation since has followed suit. Throughout the Old Testament, the word is portrayed as THE EXPRESSION of YAHWEH – not another person in the Godhead. A study of the 471 times this phrase ‘the word’ appears in your Bible reveals that IT never refers to a person until the word becomes flesh and dwells among us as the person Jesus. (JN.1:14)

“No one has ever seen GOD, not so much as a glimpse. This one-of-a-kind God Expression (Jesus) who exists at the very heart of THE FATHER, has made HIM plain as day.” (JOHN 1:18 MSG)

Jesus once asked His Disciples, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man am?” To which the Disciples gave various answers, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the Prophets.” To which Jesus responded, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered saying: “You are the Christ, the Son of THE LIVING GOD.” And Jesus responded, “Blessed are you Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My FATHER in Heaven.”(MT.16:13-16)

YAHWEH is THE LIVING GOD – ‘I AM THAT I AM’(the Self-Existent One), the SOURCE of ALL LIFE: ‘For with YOU is THE FOUNTAIN of LIFE...” (PSALM 36:9) Paul describes HIM as “HE who is the blessed and ONLY POTENTATE (Sovereign), the KING of Kings and LORD of Lords, WHO ALONE HAS IMMORTALITY, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see.” (I TIMOTHY 6:15,16)

Jesus said, “For as THE FATHER HAS LIFE IN HIMSELF, so HE has GRANTED the Son to have life in Himself.” (JOHN 5:26) GOD will GRANT us to have immortality as well (I COR.15:51-54) 

Moses said to the Israelites: “Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that YAHWEH HIMSELF is GOD in heaven above, and on the earth beneath; THERE is NO OTHER.” (DT.4:39)

YAHWEH HIMSELF asks, “Is there a GOD besides ME? Indeed THERE is NO OTHER ROCK; I KNOW NOT ONE.” (ISAIAH 44:8; 45:5,6,14,21,22) Scripture tells us that: “GOD is not a man that HE should lie…” (NUMBERS 23:19) Clearly at the time YAH says this HE IS THE ONLY GOD.

“But to The Son HE says: “Your throne O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated Lawlessness; Therefore GOD, Your GOD has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than your companions.” (HEB.1:8,9) (PS.45:6,7)

The Original Christians did not see THE ONENESS of GOD as a mystery – as Jesus Himself said to the woman at the well: “You worship what you do not know; WE KNOW WHAT WE WORSHIP, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when THE TRUE WORSHIPERS will worship THE FATHER in spirit and truth; for THE FATHER is seeking such to worship HIM. GOD is SPIRIT, and those who worship HIM must worship in Spirit and Truth.” (JOHN 4:22-24) 

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to THE FATHER except through Me.” (JOHN 14:6) Jesus as our High Priest (HEBREWS 2:17), is the door (JOHN 10:9) to the Holy of Holies (HEBREWS 10:19-22) that we might have ACCESS to His GOD & our GOD. (EPH.2:18)

Ever wonder why the people of Israel MISSED the 2 COMINGS of MESSIAH prophesied in their own Scriptures - The Tanakh (Old Testament)? Well we don’t have to wonder – because the Apostle Paul gives us the answer – in his letter to the Church in Rome:

“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of the MYSTERY, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, thatBLINDNESS IN PART HAS HAPPENED TO ISRAELuntil THE FULLNESS of the GENTILES HAS COME IN.” (ROMANS 11:25 NKJV)

This is one of several MYSTERIES outlined in your Bible , that ORIGINAL CHRISTIANS understood – while many Christians since have misunderstood – teaching that Christians have REPLACED JEWS as GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE (REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY).

The Apostle Paul makes this clear when he wrote:

“I say then, has GOD cast away HIS people (Israel)? CERTAINLY NOT! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.GOD HAS NOT CAST AWAY HIS PEOPLE WHOM HE FOREKNEW.” (ROMANS 11:1,2 NKJV)

“For if you (Gentiles) were cut out of the Olive Tree (Israel) which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to Nature into a cultivated Olive Tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own Olive Tree? And so ALL ISRAEL WILL BE SAVED as it is written: ‘The Deliverer (Jesus) will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob (Israel); For this is MY COVENANT with them, when I take away their sins. Concerning the Gospel they (Israel) are enemies for your sake, but concerning the ELECTION they are beloved for the sake of the Fathers (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob).” (ROMANS 11:24-28)

Even though the Apostles were considered enemies by the Jews, and persecuted for preaching MESSIAH had come in Yeshua (Jesus) – the Apostles and Original Christians NEVER retaliated against the Jews, or looked down upon them – but understood that BLINDNESS IN PART HAS HAPPENED TO ISRAEL, as Paul wrote, so that GENTILES like you & me could be grafted in among the CHOSEN PEOPLE.

So today, we current Christians need to remember Paul’s admonition that BLINDNESS IN PART (not whole) has happened to Israel – and be ready to show Jews whose minds are not blinded – the 2 comings of Messiah prophesied in their Scriptures! Can you do that? Will GOD one day give you the opportunity to share the Good News of Messiah’s past coming in Yeshua, and His future coming – with a Jew who’s mind has not been blinded? And will you be ready to do so – right from the pages of your own Bible?

That’s what we at ORIGINAL CHRISTIANITY REVIEW DO – WE EQUIP THE SAINTS FOR THE WORK OF MINISTRY (EPHESIANS 4:12) - sharing the Gospel of Christ’s 2 comings!

Remember that Christ Himself during His 1st Coming – preached about His 2nd Coming and the setting up of His Kingdom to rule over all Nations!

So let’s begin by identifying texts in the Tanakh (Old Testament) about the 1st Coming of Messiah :

“And I (YAHOVAH) will put enmity (conflict) between you (Satan) and the woman (Eve), and between your (Satan’s) seed (JOHN 8:44) and her (Eve’s) Seed (Jesus); He (Jesus) shall bruise your (Satan’s) head, and you (Satan) shall bruise His (Jesus) heel.” (GENESIS 3:15 NKJV)

Ironically, in the 1st Messianic prophecy of your Bible, we find a reference to BOTH COMINGS of MESSIAH! Satan bruises the heel of Christ at His 1st COMING (JOHN 13:27), and Christ bruises the head of Satan at His 2nd COMING (II CORINTHIANS 4:4; REVELATION 20:1-3; 11:15)

The next Messianic Prophecy in the Tanakh about Christ’s 1st Coming, is found in the last book of Torah:

“I will raise up for them (Israel) a prophet like you (Moses), from among their brethren, and will put MY words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them (Israel) all that I command Him.” (DEUTERONOMY 18:18 NKJV)

“In the beginning was that word, andthat word was with GOD: and GOD was that word. The same was in the beginning with GOD. All things were made by it, and without it, was made no thing that made was… And that word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw the glory of it, as the glory of the only begotten son of THE FATHER, which word was full of grace and verity.” (JOHN 1:1-3, 14 1st English Translation: Tyndale version)

“For I (Yeshua) have not spoken on My own authority; but THE FATHER who sent Me, gave Me a command, WHAT I SHOULD SAY & WHAT I SHOULD SPEAK. And I know that HIS command is everlasting life. Therefore,WHATEVER I SPEAK, JUST AS THE FATHER HAS TOLD Me, SO I SPEAK.” (JOHN 12:49,50 NKJV)

The Scriptures of the Jews (Tanakh) also prophesy that MESSIAH will suffer an ignoble death at the end of His 1st Coming:

“I (Messiah) am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint (something that occurs in lashing and crucifixion); My heart is like wax; it has melted within Me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws; YOU (YAHOVAH) have brought Me to the dust of death. For dogs have surrounded Me, the congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. THEY PIERCED My HANDS & My FEET (which is done in crucifixion); I can count all My bones (something lashing & crucifixion cause), they look and stare at Me. They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing THEY CAST LOTS.” (PSALM 22:14-18 NKJV)

“And I will pour on the House of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of Grace and supplication; THEN THEY WILL LOOK ON Me WHOM THEY PIERCED. Yes they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” (ZECHARIAH 12:10 NKJV)

“And after the 62 weeks, Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself.” (DANIEL 9:26 NKJV)

“But He (Messiah) was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him & by His stripes we are healed.” (ISAIAH 53:5)

“So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged (whipped) Him.” (JOHN 19:1 NKJV)

Then they CRUCIFIED Him, and DIVIDED His GARMENTS, CASTING LOTS, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Prophets: ‘They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.” (MATTHEW 27:35,36 NKJV)

The Scriptures of the Jews follow texts of Messiah’s death – with a prophecy of His resurrection:

“For YOU (YAHOVAH) will not leave my (David’s) soul in Sheol (the grave),Nor will YOU allow YOUR Holy One (Messiah) to see corruption.” (PSALM 16:10 NKJV)

“For David says concerning Him (Messiah): …that His soul was not left in Hades (the grave), nor did His flesh see corruption.This Jesus GOD has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.” (ACTS 2:25,31,32 NKJV)

And what does the Old Testament say is the purpose of CHRIST’S 1 st COMING ?

“And now YAHOVAH says, who formed Me (Christ) from the womb to be HIS Servant, to bring Jacob back to HIM, so that Israel is gathered to HIM (For I shall be glorious in the eyes of YAHOVAH, and My GOD shall be My strength), Indeed HE says, ‘It is too small a thing that You should be MY Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel.I will also give you as a light to the Gentiles,that You should be MY salvation to the ends of the Earth.” (ISAIAH 49:5,6 NKJV)

By contrast – the Tanakh gives us a completely different reason for MESSIAH’S 2nd COMING:

“I see Him (Messiah), but not now; I behold Him, but not near;a Star shall come out of Jacob; AScepter shall rise out of Israel, andBATTER THE BROW of MOAB, and destroy all the sons of tumult. And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also, His enemies, shall be a possession, while Israel does valiantly. Out of Jacob One shall have dominion & destroy the remains of the City.” (NUMBERS 24:17-19 NKJV)

This is the conquering King Israel has been looking for and thus missed in the suffering servant Jesus. But the 2nd time He comes, it is not as an Earthly Man, but as a Heavenly glorified being:

“I was watching in the night visions,One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to THE ANCIENT OF DAYS (YAHOVEH), and they brought Him near before HIM. Then to Him was given DOMINION, and GLORY and a KINGDOM, that ALL Peoples, Nations, and languages should serve Him . His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His Kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.” (DANIEL 7:13.14 NKJV)

“…Behold, the Lord (Jesus) rides on a swift cloud, and will come into Egypt; the idols of Egypt will totter at His presence, and the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst.” (ISAIAH 19:1 NKJV)

“Who is this who comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah, this ONE WHO IS GLORIOUS IN HIS APPAREL, traveling in THE GREATNESS of HIS STRENGTH? ‘I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.’ Why is Your apparel red, and Your garments like one who treads in the winepress? I have trodden the winepress alone, and from the peoples no one was with Me. ForI HAVE TRODDEN THEM IN MY ANGER; andTRAMPLED THEM IN MY FURY; THEIR BLOOD IS SPRINKLED UPON My GARMENTS, and I have stained all My robes. For the DAY of VENGEANCE is in My heart, and the year of My redeemed has come.” (ISAIAH 63:1-4 NKJV)

“Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me (John). And having turned, I saw 7 golden lampstands, and in the midst of the 7 lampstands, ONE LIKE THE SON of MAN, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand 7 stars, out of His mouth went a sharp 2 edged sword, and His COUNTENANCE WAS LIKE THE SUN SHINING IN ITS STRENGTH.” (REVELATION 1:12-16 NKJV)

“Then the 7th Angel sounded: And there were loud voices in Heaven saying, ‘The Kingdoms of this world have become the Kingdoms of YAHOVEH and of HIS Christ , and He shall reign forever and ever.” (REVELATION 11:15 NKJV)

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We've all prayed the prayer: THY KINGDOM COME! From what is commonly called THE LORD'S PRAYER... probably in a hope and longing for a better world - free from Terrorism, broken homes, etc.

The Gospel of Mark tells us that Jesus came to Galilee after being baptized by John the Baptist, preaching the GOSPEL of THE KINGDOM of GOD! (Mark 1:14)

We don't hear much of the GOSPEL of THE KINGDOM of GOD these days, yet it's the form of the Gospel that Jesus preached the most. Yes He also gave us the Gospel of Repentance, the Gospel of Grace and the Good News about Himself fulfilling the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament... but Jesus' put primary emphasis on the GOSPEL of THE COMING KINGDOM of GOD! (MATTHEW 13)

And why did Jesus use parables in His teaching? Not to enlighten but to hide the MYSTERY of His coming Kingdom: "And He said to them (His Disciples), 'To you it has been given to know the mystery of the Kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand; lest they should turn, and their sins be forgiven them." (MARK 4:11,12) Why would Jesus not want some to perceive, understand & turn in repentance at that time? Because, as we talked about in previous programs, GOD is not CALLING all human beings to understanding now... but a chosen few called the ELECT, and FIRSTFRUITS...

When Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when THE KINGDOM of GOD would come, He answered them and said, "The KINGDOM of GOD does not come with observation; nor will they say, See here! Or See there! For indeed THE KINGDOM of GOD is WITHIN YOU (in your midst NIV). (LUKE 17:20,21)

Jesus was making the point that the first display of the COMING KINGDOM of GOD was the arrival of Himself as it's King! But as He would later tell Pontius Pilate, "My Kingdom is not of this World..." (JOHN 18:36) Yet as He preached - His Kingdom would one day come to this World!

Augustine in his book entitled THE CITY of GOD, emphasized that the Catholic Church was fulfilling Jesus GOSPEL, by slowly expanding GOD'S KINGDOM over the Earth - through the conversion of people into the Church - THE KINGDOM of GOD WAS BEING ESTABLISHED on THIS EARTH. Protestants would later take a softer approach, teaching that THE CHURCH as Ambassadors of Christ, REPRESENTED the KINGDOM of GOD on Earth.

In the process, Christianity all but stopped preaching Jesus' GOSPEL of a LITERAL COMING KINGDOM that would envelop all Nations! But your Bible plainly states that when the 7th Trumpet sounds, an announcement will be made to the entire World that, "The Kingdoms of this World have become the Kingdoms of YAHWEH and of HIS Christ, and HE shall reign forever and ever! (REVELATION 11:15)

And why did Jesus come preaching this GOSPEL of THE COMING KINGDOM of GOD? Because He knew that Mankind left to ourselves would not survive as a species - unless He personally intervened and returned to establish His Father's Kingdom on this Earth. Jesus said, "And unless those days (of the Great Tribulation) were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for THE ELECT'S SAKE those days will be shortened." (MATTHEW 24:22)

Unfortunately most Christians are not hearing this GOOD NEWS of Christ's literal establishment of HIS FATHER'S KINGDOM on this Earth from the pulpits of their Churches. When was the last time you heard it from your Church's pulpit? You'd think as the World plummets toward greater chaos and confusion about Marriage, Gender, Refugee Crisis and the spread of Terrorism - that Pastors everywhere would want to remind the Brethren of THE GOOD NEWS of THE COMING KINGDOM of GOD!

The Apostle Peter once said to Jesus, "See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?" To which Jesus responded, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the Regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His Glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel. (MATTHEW 19:27,28) From these and other statements Jesus made it is clear that He meant to convey the coming of a literal Kingdom of God on this Earth.

The Apostle John wrote about us who will be in the First Resurrection, saying that "they shall be Priests of GOD and of Christ, and SHALL REIGN WITH HIM a THOUSAND YEARS." (REVELATION 20:6)

The Prophet Zechariah was moved by GOD to write about the survivors of the Great Tribulation, Day of The Lord, and Battle of Armageddon:

"And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the Nations which came against Jerusalem (Armageddon), shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of Hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be that whichever of the Families of the Earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of Hosts, on them there will be no rain. If the Family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the Nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the Nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. (ZECHARIAH 14:16-19)

This coincides with what Isaiah was prophesied to write: "And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, ALL FLESH shall come to worship before ME, says YAHWEH." (ISAIAH 66:23)

In this literal Kingdom of GOD administered by Jesus & His 12 Disciples, along with the 1st Resurrection Saints - There will be one Worship Cycle for all Nations: The 7th Day Sabbath & Festival cycle outlined in the book of Leviticus chapter 23. Unlike today where Muslims worship on Friday, Jews &Messianics on Saturday, and Christians on Sunday - ALL FLESH will come to worship before YAHWEH from one Sabbath (Saturday) to another.

There will be one system of Law administered throughout the Earth - instead of the numerous conflicting Systems of Law we have today: "...For out of Zion shall go forth the Law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He (Jesus) shall judge between the Nations, and rebuke many people." (ISAIAH 2:3,4)

The Nature of Animals will be changed from carnivorous to grazing: (ISAIAH 11:6-10)

The Nature of Man will be changed from carnal to Spiritual: "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh, and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them." (EZEKIEL 36:26,27)

There will be 1 pure language restored to the Earth that all Human Beings will speak: (ZEPHANIAH 3:9)

God's advice to the Leaders of the World's Nations at Christ's return: "Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you (World Leaders) perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him." (PSALM 2:1-12)

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Someone once said that a Promising young man should go into Politics… so he can go on promising for the rest of his life…What have Politicians promised us in our short tenure as a Nation?  Examples… Most of Man’s Political promises go unkept…

GOD has made some pretty lofty promises to Mankind as well – but as your Bible says: “GOD IS NOT A MAN THAT HE SHOULD LIE, nor a Son of Man that HE should repent.  Has HE said, and will HE not do?  Or has HE spoken, and will HE not make it good?  Unlike with Men – when GOD MAKES A PROMISE – we can count on its fulfillment!

Your Bible says Jesus will one day enter into Politics (the exercise of power & authority over others): “Then the 7th Angel sounded (a Trumpet): and there were loud voices in Heaven saying, ‘THE KINGDOMS of this WORLD have become the KINGDOMS of our YAHWEH and of HIS Christ, and HE shall REIGN FOREVER and EVER!” (REVELATION 11:15)

This is when GOD WILL RESTORE HIS AUTHORITY OVER ALL THE EARTH and remove the god of this current world: “Then I saw an Angel coming down from Heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.  He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a 1000 years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the Nations no more till the 1000 years were finished.” (REVELATION 20:1-3)

“Now it shall come to pass IN THE LATTER DAYS that the MOUNTAIN (Kingdom – ISAIAH 13:4) of YAHWEH’S HOUSE will be established on the top of the Mountains (the World’s Kingdoms), and shall be exalted above the hills; and ALL NATIONS SHALL FLOW TO IT.  Many People shall come and say, ‘Come and let us go up to the MOUNTAIN of YAHWEH, to the House of Jacob; HE will teach us HIS ways, and we shall walk in HIS PATHS.’  For out of ZION shall GO FORTH THE LAW, and the Word of YAHWEH from Jerusalem.  He shall judge between the Nations, and rebuke many People; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against Nation, neither shall they learn War anymore.” (ISAIAH 2:2-4)

Human Politicians and Institutions like THE UNITED NATIONS have promised us PEACE for centuries – but GOD WILL ACTUALLY DELIVER! And there will be ONE SYSTEM of LAW for the entire World’s Nations to live by… as opposed to the 3 conflicting systems of Law in the World today: Liberal, Islamic, and the Judeo-Christian based Laws of Christian Nations… (MT.12:25)  (PR.29:2)

GOD said of Israel (and by extension ALL MANKIND): “Oh that they had such a heart in them that they would fear ME and keep all MY COMMANDMENTS, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!” (DT.5:29)  YAHWEH has made a PROMISE to change the HEART of MAN: “I WILL GIVE YOU A NEW HEART and put a NEW SPIRIT WITHIN YOU; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put MY SPIRIT within you and cause you to walk in MY STATUTUES, and you will keep MY JUDGMENTS and do them.” (EZEKIEL 36:26,27)

“For then I WILL RESTORE TO THE PEOPLES A PURE LANGUAGE, that they ALL may call on the name of YAHWEH, to serve HIM with one accord.” (ZEPHANIAH 3:9)

EVERYONE will sit under HIS Vine and under HIS Fig Tree, and no one shall make them afraid; (MICAH 4:4) Israel is the only Nation in history in which all Citizens owned land from it’s inception!

“The Wilderness and the Wasteland shall be glad for them & THE DESERT SHALL REJOICE AND BLOSSOM AS THE ROSE.” (ISAIAH 35:1)

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Is GOD desperately trying to SAVE ALL of Mankind right now?  Has YAHWEH been trying to DRAW all Nations & Peoples to HIMSELF throughout Human History?  Is this THE ONLY DAY OF SALVATION?  And is everyone who hasn’t repented doomed to the Lake of Fire?

That’s what most Christians have been taught and believe – yet Jesus Himself said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the Last Day.” (JOHN 6:44)  Jesus also said, “MANY (not ‘most’ or ‘all’) are CALLED.” (MT.22:14)

CALLING – is a subject too few Christians have studied in their Bibles!  The Apostle Paul wrote, “For you see your CALLING  brethren, that NOT MANY WISE according to the flesh, NOT MANY MIGHTY, NOT MANY NOBLE, are CALLED. (I CORINTHIANS 1:26) 

Jude wrote: “To those who are CALLED, SANCTIFIED (Set Apart) by GOD THE FATHER, and preserved in Jesus Christ.” (JUDE 1:1)

Your Bible not only says that people must be CALLED & DRAWN by GOD THE FATHER to HIS Son in order to be saved, it also says they must be CHOSEN (TITUS 1:1) & ELECTED. Paul wrote: “Even so then AT THIS PRESENT TIME also – there is a REMNANT according to the ELECTION of GRACE.” (ROMANS 11:5)

What do the words CALLED, DRAWN, CHOSEN, SANCTIFIED, ELECT have in common EXCLUSIVITY!  Which means to OMIT something or SOMEONE or to ADMIT THE FEW!  

So is YAHWEH a RESPECTER of PERSONS in that HE only CALLED ONE NATION into a special relationship with HIMSELF in O.T. times & a select few HE calls a Holy Nation today? No your Bible explicitly states that GOD is NOT a respecter of persons in (ACTS 10:34) and several other texts. So what is the fate of the majority of Mankind who’ve never been CALLED? 

The Apostle Peter said, “For the time has come for JUDGMENT to begin at the HOUSE of GOD…” (I PETER 4:17-19)  Your Bible speaks of 3 periods of Restoration & Judgment for Mankind – yet most Christians are completely unaware of them!

YAHWEH is not restoring HIS will over & Eternally judging everyone today!  Paul wrote: “But even if our GOSPEL is VEILED, it is VEILED to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this Age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the Gospel of the Glory of Christ should shine on them.” (II COR.4:3,4) (ROMANS 11:7) (JOHN 12:37-40)

When His Disciples asked Jesus why He spoke in parables, Jesus replied, “BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO YOU TO KNOW THE MYSTERIES of the KINGDOM of HEAVEN, but to them (those not being ‘CALLED’ now) – it has not been given.” (MT.13:11)

Your Bible says there are 2 things every Human Being will be judged on: Their CONSCIENCE (ROMANS 2:14-16) and THE BOOKS (Bible: REVELATION 20:12;  DAN.9:2;  II TIM.4:13)

“the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of HIS CALLING, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in THE SAINTS & what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward US WHO BELIEVE…” (EPHESIANS 1:18,19)

Consider (HEBREWS 6:1-8) (JA.1:18) (I COR.15:20-23) (MT.24:31) (REV.7:9-15) 

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The Apostle Paul wrote that “We must ALL appear before the JUDGMENT SEAT of CHRIST so that each of us may receive what is due for us FOR THE THINGS DONE WHILE IN THE BODY, whether GOOD or BAD.” (II CORINTHIANS 5:10 NIV) Most Christians have been taught to believe that THEIR JUDGMENT DAY is the DAY THEY DIE

“For the living know that they will die; but THE DEAD KNOW NOTHING, and they have no more reward for the memory of them is forgotten… for THERE is NO WORK or DEVICE, or KNOWLEDGE or WISDOM in THE GRAVE where you are going.” (ECCLESIASTES 9:5,10) “For in DEATH there is no remembrance of YOU; In the GRAVE who will give you thanks?” (PSALM 6:5) “Shall YOUR lovingkindness be declared in the GRAVE? Or YOUR faithfulness in the place of destruction?” (PSALM 88:11) “His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; in that very day his plans perish.” (PSALM 146:4) Jesus referred to the first death as sleep (Lazarus)… Jesus also said: “NO ONE HAS EVER GONE INTO HEAVEN – except the one who came from Heaven – the Son of Man.” (JOHN 3:13 NIV) Even King David isn’t in heaven (ACTS 2:34)

Your Bible speaks of 3 periods of RESTORATION & JUDGMENT. JUDGMENT has begun at the House of God (I PETER 4:17) The 2nd PERIOD of RESTORATION & ETERNAL JUDGMENT upon Mankind – happens at Jesus Christ’s Return! Notice Paul’s words to Timothy about “…the Lord Jesus Christ, Who will JUDGE the LIVING & the DEAD at His appearing and His Kingdom.” (II TIMOTHY 4:1)

This is what Paul also told the Athenians: “…because HE (the Father) HAS APPOINTED A DAY on which HE will JUDGE the WORLD in righteousness by the Man whom HE has ordained. HE has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (ACTS 17:31)

Speaking of this period, your Bible says that the resurrected SAINTS will “…be PRIESTS of GOD & of Christ & SHALL REIGN WITH HIM A THOUSAND YEARS.” (REV. 20:4-6) Jesus’ Parable of the Talents (MT.25:14-30) echoes this truth: “I will make you RULER over many things. Enter into the joy of the Lord.” Vs.21 & 23

Who will JESUS & the First-fruits RULE OVER? “And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the Nations which came against Jerusalem (Armageddon) – shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of Hosts…” (ZECHARIAH 14:16) These people will be confused & war-weary & will need to be taught in order to come out of darkness.

“…the Earth will be full of the knowledge of Yahweh as the waters cover the Sea.” (ISA.11:9) “It shall come to pass that I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT on ALL flesh…” (JOEL 2:28)

“…NO ONE KNOWS THE THINGS of GOD except THE SPIRIT of GOD. Now we have received not the spirit of the World, but the SPIRIT of GOD, that WE MIGHT KNOW THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN FREELY GIVEN TO US BY GOD…but the Natural Man does not receive the things of the SPIRIT of GOD, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (I CORINTHIANS 2:11-14) (ISAIAH 35)

“For if we sin willfully after WE HAVE RECEIVED THE KNOWLEDGE of the TRUTH, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of JUDGMENT, and FIERY INDIGNATION which will devour the adversaries.” (HEBREWS 10:26,27)

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The 3rd PERIOD of RESTORATION & ETERNAL JUDGMENT upon Mankind, occurs after the 1000 year reign of Christ – in THE NEW HEAVEN & NEW EARTH: “But THE REST of THE DEAD did not live again until the 1000 years were finished.” (REV.20:5)

“Then I saw a GREAT WHITE THRONE and HIM who sat on it – from whose face THE EARTH & THE HEAVEN FLED AWAY. And there was found no place for them.” (The physical universe we currently live in, and Christ will reign in for a 1000 years – vanishes!) And I saw THE DEAD, small & great, STANDING BEFORE GOD, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And THE DEAD were JUDGED ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS - by the things which were written in ‘THE BOOKS.’ (REVELATION 20:11,12) The Prophet Daniel equates ‘THE BOOKS’ with SCRIPTURE (DANIEL 9:2) as does the Apostle Paul (II TIMOTHY 4:13). For these peoples to be judged by what is written in THE BIBLE they would first have to be given access to ‘THE BOOKS’ & time to demonstrate to GOD their submission to HIS RULE in their lives.

“For behold, I (YAHWEH) create NEW HEAVENS & THE NEW EARTH… No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; for the child shall die 100 years old, but the sinner being 100 years old shall be accursed. They shall build houses & inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards & eat their fruit.” (ISA.65:17,20,21) YAHWEH is going to resurrect the masses of Humanity into THE NEW EARTH to live out a 100 YEAR PERIOD and demonstrate like those of us being judged now, or those being judged during Christ’s 1000 year reign – acquiescence to GOD.

Jesus said, “It is written in the Prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT BY GOD.’ Therefore EVERYONE WHO HAS HEARD & LEARNED FROM THE FATHER comes to Me.” (JOHN 6:45) And where is this written in the Prophets? Amidst a description of the NEW JERSALEM in THE NEW HEAVENS & NEW EARTH: “O you afflicted one (Jerusalem)… behold I (YAHWEH) will lay your stones with colorful gems, and lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of rubies, your gates of crystal, and all your walls of precious stones. (Compare to the description of the New Jerusalem REV.21:10-21) ALL YOUR CHILDREN SHALL BE TAUGHT BY YAHWEH and great shall be the peace of your children.” (ISAIAH 54:11-13) During this 100 YEAR PERIOD called THE WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT (REV.20:11) ‘THE BOOKS’ (Bible) will be opened (REV.20:11) and “THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT BY GOD” (JOHN 6:45)

“I saw a NEW HEAVEN & A NEW EARTH for the 1st heaven & the 1st earth had passed away… then I saw the Holy City New Jerusalem coming out of heaven from GOD, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. I heard a loud voice from heaven saying ‘Behold, The Tabernacle of GOD is with men & HE will dwell with them & they shall be HIS people. GOD HIMSELF will be with them & be their GOD… I will give of the fountain of the water of life (Holy Spirit) freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things & I will be his GOD & he shall be MY son.” (REV. 21:1-3; 6-7)

These bones are THE WHOLE HOUSE of ISRAEL… I YAHWEH will open your graves & cause you to come up from your graves… I will PUT MY SPIRIT IN YOU and you shall live… David MY servant shall be King over them & they shall all have one Shepherd… MY TABERNACLE also shall be with them; Indeed I will be their GOD and they shall be MY people. The Nations also will know that I YAHWEH sanctify Israel, when MY Tabernacle is in their midst forevermore.” (EZ. 37:11-14; 24; 27,28)

“For as the New Heavens & the New Earth which I will make shall remain before ME, says YAHWEH, so shall your descendants & your name remain. And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, ALL FLESH SHALL COME TO WORSHIP BEFORE ME, says YAHWEH. They shall go forth & look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against ME. For their worm does not die, and their fire is not quenched…” (ISAIAH 66:22-24)

It's one of the great mysteries of the Bible, who or what was the Light created on Day 1 of Creation?

Is DAY 4 of CREATION just a reiteration of day 1? Or was the LIGHT created on DAY 1 something different than the Greater & Lesser LIGHTS of DAY 4?

Some have speculated that the LIGHT by which YAHOVEH created on the first 3 days was provided by HIMSELF - after which HE made the astral bodies we know as the Sun, Moon& Stars on the 4th DAY.

But the Hebrew word (Hayah) translated 'Let there be' in connection with LIGHT on DAY 1 - which means 'to cause to exist' - cannot then refer to GOD HIMSELF WHO HAS ALWAYS EXISTED.

Others postulate that on DAY 1 - GOD made the SUN & MOON - but didn't turn on the SUN'S LIGHT till DAY 4. But that would not explain how YAHOVEH divided light from darkness the first 3 days.

There is however a much better explanation of this seeming dichotomy - one that comes right from the pages of our own Bible:

"How you are fallen from heaven, O LUCIFER (Hebrew: Heylel Light-Bringer), SON (HEB. Bawnah: builder or beginner) of the MORNING! (Hebrew: Shakhar DAWN) How are you cut down to the ground, you who weakened the Nations! For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of GOD; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like THE MOST HIGH.' Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the pit." (ISAIAH 14:12-15 NKJV)

It's quite possible, even probable, that Isaiah was inspired to write this by GOD ALMIGHTY to let us know that it was Lucifer who was created on DAY 1 of CREATION!

The same word translated here as MORNING or DAWN, is found in several other texts describing the obvious movement of the Sun:

"And when the MORNING (Shakhar) arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, 'Arise, take take thy wife & thy 2 daughters, which are here; lest you be consumed in the iniquity of the city." (GENESIS 19:15 KJV)

"Have you (Job) commanded the morning since your days began & caused the DAWN (Shakhar) to know its place?" (JOB 38:12 NKJV)

"Awake, my glory! Awake, lute & harp! I will awaken the DAWN." (Shakhar - PSALM 57:8)

"But GOD prepared a worm when the MORNING (Shakhar) rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered." (JONAH 4:7 KJV)

If indeed Lucifer was the object of 'LET THERE BE LIGHT' on DAY 1 of CREATION, he would have left that role on DAY 4 - as the Sun & Moon were created then - dividing the light from the darkness in their circuit. Where then did that leave Lucifer? We don't have to guess - YAHOVEH tells us:

"Son of man (Ezekiel), take up a lamentation for the King of Tyre, and say to him, 'Thus says YAHOVEH GOD: 'You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the Garden of GOD; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels & pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of GOD; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. By the abundance of your trading (peddling) you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of GOD; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, that they might gaze at you. You defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trading; therefore I brought fire from your midst; It devoured you, and I turned you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all who saw you. All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you; you have become a horror, and shall be no more forever." (EZEKIEL 28:12-19 NKJV)

Lucifer (the 1st light-bringer) and a Covering Cherub around the very throne of GOD ALMIGHTY, by peddling himself & his greatness to the angels created on DAY 4 - drew a 1/3 of them away from their Creator (REVELATION 12:4). Lucifer then becomes Satan, shrewdly coercing Eve & Adam to also rebel against their Creator - and becomes 'the god of this Age' (II CORINTHIANS 4:4), deceiving the whole world (REVELATION 12:9), and 'seeking whom he may devour,' (I PETER 5:8)

By great contrast - the Bible speaks of a 2nd LIGHTBRINGER - who brings a different LIGHT to men:

"There was a man sent from GOD, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of THE LIGHT - that all through HIM (Jesus) might believe. He (John) was not THAT LIGHT, but was sent to bear witness of THAT LIGHT. THAT was THE TRUE LIGHT which gives LIGHT to every man coming into the world. HEwas in the world, and the world was made through HIM, and the world did not know HIM. HE came to HIS own, and HIS own did not receive HIM. But as many as received HIM, to them HE gave the right to become children of GOD, to those who believe in HIS name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of GOD. And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld HIS glory, the glory as of the only begotten of THE FATHER, full of grace and truth." (JOHN 1:6-14 NKJV)

"YOUR (YAHOVEH) word is a lamp to my feet & a light to my path."(PSALM 119:105)

"Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, 'I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (JOHN 8:12 NKJV)

"And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." (JOHN 3:19 NKJV)

Like Lucifer, Jesus bears a similar title:

"I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the bright and morning star." (REV.22:16 NKJV)

"And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed, as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns &the morning star rises in your hearts. II PET.1:19

"And he who overcomes, and keeps my (Jesus) works until the end, to him I will give power over the Nations... and I will give him the morning star." (REVELATION 2:26-28 NKJV)

Unlike Lucifer who was created 'perfect in beauty' - It is written of Jesus:

"He (Jesus) has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him - there is no beauty that we should desire Him." (ISAIAH 53:2 NKJV)

Also unlike Lucifer, who's 'heart was lifted up' because of his beauty - there's a great contrast in Jesus' attitude and approach:

"Who, although He existed in the form of GOD, did not regard equality with GOD a thing to begrasped (as Lucifer did & deceived Eve into thinking) but emptied Himself, taking the form of a Bond-Servant and being made in the likeness of men." (PHILIPPIANS 2:6,7 NASB)

Ironically, as Lucifer most probably was THE LIGHT of the WORLD during the first 3 days of creation, Jesus & GOD the FATHER are foretold to be THE LIGHT of THE NEW HEAVENS & EARTH:

"And the City (New Jerusalem) has no need of the sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of GOD has illuminated it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The Nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it." (REVELATION 21:23,24 NASB)

And then the first prophecy in your Bible about the coming Messiah & His combative relationship with Satan - will be fully realized:

"And I (YAHOVEH) will put enmity (conflict) between you (Satan) and the woman (Eve), and between your offspring (JOHN 8:44) and hers; he (Jesus) will crush your (Satan's) head, and you (Satan) will strike his (Jesus') heel." (GENESIS 3:15 NIV)

Jesus will crush Satan's Beast Kingdom at His 2nd coming, Satan will be chained (REV.20:1-3), unable to influence the Nations for a 1000 years, after which he will be released to stir up one last rebellion which will result in Satan's final punishment (REV.20:10)

Christ has already replaced Lucifer's presence on YAHOVEH'S THRONE (HEBREWS 12:2), and as the figurative 'LIGHT of the WORLD' (JOHN 8:12) In the New Heavens & Earth the lamb will replace Lucifer as the literal LIGHT of the WORLD (REV.21:23)

And what are we to learn from all this?

"For you (all of us) were once darkness (deceived by Satan), but now you are LIGHT in the LORD. Walk as children of light (For the fruit of the SPIRIT is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness - but rather expose them." (EPHESIANS 5:8-11 NKJV)

Over a dozen times the Quran of Islam commands its followers - NOT to associate any person with god!  Islam condemns Christianity’s ‘Trinity teaching’ – because it associates 3 persons with god.  The Quran also says over and over that its god has no son.  But the Bible calls Jesus “The Son of GOD” almost 50 times!  And Jesus Himself said: “I & My FATHER are ONE.” (JOHN 10:30 NKJV)

So how would you explain the relationship between Jesus & GOD THE FATHER to a Muslim, Hindu, or Agnostic?  How would you explain ‘the word’ being with GOD & becoming flesh & dwelling among us?  And how would you explain the fact that the New Testament says that GOD created all things by and through Jesus Christ – while the Old Testament teaches that creation was a Solo Act?

Unfortunately - these are questions that most Christians have never considered – yet as Eastern Religions become more & more prominent in our Nation, because of mass immigration – we need to be able to give Biblical answers to such inquiries.  A good place to start is with MESSIANIC PROPHECIES:

“Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are too little to be among the family groups of Judah.  But from you One (Jesus) will come who will rule for ME in Israel.  His coming was planned long ago, from the beginning.” (MICAH 5:2 NLV New Life Version)

He (Jesus) was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in GOD, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith & hope are in GOD.” (I PETER 1:20,21 NKJV)   

“The LORD your GOD will raise up for you (Israel) a Prophet (Jesus) like me (Moses) from your midst, from your brethren. (DEUTERONOMY 18:15 NKJV)

Jesus has a Human lineage through His mother back to Abraham -  thus the title: ‘Son of Man’  But Scripture also refers to our Savior as ‘Son of GOD’:

“Therefore THE LORD (YAHOVEH) HIMSELF will give you a sign: Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel (God with us).” (ISAIAH 7:14)

“…behold an Angel of THE LORD appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, Son of David,     do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of THE HOLY SPIRIT.” (MATTHEW 1:20 NKJV)

“…but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of GOD, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (JOHN 20:31 NKJV)

You are the Christ, the Son of THE LIVING GOD.” (MATTHEW 16:16)

“I (demon) know who you are – the Holy one of GOD!” (LUKE 4:34 NKJV)

Clearly, Jesus is ASSOCIATED with THE LIVING GOD in the Bible – even though such association is condemned in the Quran.  There are other ‘Christ is’ and ‘Jesus is’ statements in your Bible:

“…Christ is Head of the Church…” (EPHESIANS 5:23 NKJV)

“…Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of GOD THE FATHER.” (PHILIPPIANS 2:11 NKJV)

Christ is the culmination (Gk. ‘Telos’: purpose, aim, goal) of the Law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.” (ROMANS 10:4 NIV)

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (HEBREWS 13:8 NKJV)

Then there are the controversial texts of Scripture concerning the Lamb of GOD:

“In the beginning was that word, and that word was with GOD: and GOD was that word.  The same was in the beginning with GOD.  All things were made by it, and without it, was made no thing that made was.  In it was life… And that word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw the glory of it, as the glory of the only begotten Son of the Father, which word was full of grace and verity.” (JOHN 1:1-4, 14 Tyndale Version – 1st translation into English)

None of the first 8 English translations of the Bible capitalized ‘word’ in reference to GOD (probably because there was no Old Testament precedent for doing so) – neither were personal pronouns used in reference to ‘the word’.  This didn’t happen until the making of the ‘King James version’ which was translated by Trinitarian Scholars.  And all translations since have followed that lead. 

The Greek pronouns found in this text (‘Houtos & Autos) are translated elsewhere in the New Testament as ‘this’ or ‘it’ – unless a ‘person’ is clearly present in the context, which is not the case in John 1:1)

Also the phrase ‘was with GOD’ (Gk. Pros ton theon) is translated elsewhere concerning Jesus “that He might be a merciful & faithful High Priest in things pertaining to GOD, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” (HEBREWS 2:17 NKJV) 

And when you put JOHN 1:1 with I JOHN 1:1 the impersonal nature of ‘the word’ becomes clear:

That (not He) which was from the beginning, which we have heard (Jesus), which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon & have touched with our hands, concerning the word of lifeThe life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it, proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifest to us.” (I JOHN 1:1,2 ESV)

Few Christians have ever looked up all the texts in Scripture containing the phrase ‘the word’ – to see why the Apostle John associated it with GOD.  Here’s what you’ll find if you do:

“After these things, the word of the Lord (YAHOVEH) came to Abram in a vision.” (GEN.15:1)

“In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.” (I SAMUEL 3:1)

“My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of MY lips.” (PSALM 89:34)

“So is MY word that goes out from MY mouth: IT will not return to ME empty, but will     accomplish what I desire & achieve the purpose for which I sent IT.” (ISAIAH 55:11 NIV)

The Hebrew word ‘Dabar’ – is most often translated ‘the word’ in the Old Testament (over 700 times) – but is also translated speak (GENESIS 18:33), spoke (GENESIS 8:15), utter (ECCLESIASTES 1:8), promised (EXODUS 12:25), communed (ECCLESIASTES 1:16), and message (DEUT.18:21).

There isn’t one text in all the Old Testament in which ‘Dabar’ indicates a person with GOD or in GOD.  Nor is there any text that even implies that there was a person with GOD or in GOD - who divested Himself of His Deity to become a man. 

Instead we find over and over, that ‘the wordis simply the expression of YAHOVEH HIMSELF.

THE MESSAGE VERSION of the Apostle John’s discussion of ‘the word’ made flesh conveys this well:

“No one has ever seen GOD, not so much as a glimpse.  This one-of-a-kind GOD expression who exists at the very heart of THE FATHER, has made HIM plain as day.” (JOHN 1:18 MSG)

The Incarnation was YAHOVEH HIMSELF making HIS word (the expression of HIMSELF) flesh – just as Moses was inspired to write:

“The Lord (YAHOVEH) said to me (Moses), what they (Israel) says is good.  I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites & I will put MY words in His mouth He (Jesus) will tell them everything I command Him.” (DEUTERONOMY 18:18 NIV)

For I have not spoken on My own authority; but The FATHER who sent Me gave Me a command what I should say and what I should speak.  And I know that HIS command is everlasting life.  Therefore, whatever I speak, Just as The FATHER has told Me, so I speak.” (JOHN 12:49,50)

Mankind is made in the image & likeness of YAHOVEH, but Jesus is said to be THE EXPRESS IMAGE of GOD! (HEBREWS 1:3)  And in Him dwelt all the fullness of YAHOVEH’S NATURE (COL.2:9)

Understanding the Incarnation this way, harmonizes what seem to be conflicting texts in the Old & New Testaments:

“I am the Lord (YAHOVEH) who makes all things, who stretches out the heavens all alone, who spreads abroad the earth by MYSELF.” (ISAIAH 44:24 NKJV)

“…GOD who created all things through Jesus Christ.” (EPHESIANS 3:9 NKJV)

In the eighth chapter of ROMANS, the Apostle Paul compares the Earth to the womb of a mother - in which we gestate around 70 years – soon to be born as the Firstborn of GOD’S children! Will you be one of them?

Human Beings progress from infants, to toddlers, to teen-agers in a little more than a decade – yet studies show that the frontal lobe of our brains aren’t fully formed & functional till age 25 – something Rental Car Companies seemed to know before Scientists…

As a Christian have you ever analyzed your SPIRITUALLY MATURITY? The Apostle Paul wrote:

“…though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of GOD word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for THE MATURE, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish GOOD from EVIL.” (HEBREWS 5:12-14 NIV)

Unfortunately, most Christian Churches today keep their flocks as infants, feeding them continuously the milk of the word, while almost never giving them spiritual solid food! The result is that the majority of Christians know about as much of the Bible as 1 year olds know of the English Language.

This was a problem among the original Christians as well. Paul is disappointed to say that too many of his day were SPIRITUAL INFANTS - instead of MATURE REPRESENTATIVES of GODLINESS.

Jesus chided the Scribes and Pharisees for their lack of SPIRITUAL MATURITY when He said:

“Woe to you, teachers of the Law & Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices – mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the LawJUSTICE, MERCY, and FAITHFULNESS. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former (Tithing)…” (MATTHEW 23:23 NKJV)

Just as we go through progressive stages of physical, mental, and emotional development, GOD intends for us to progress spiritually! The Apostle Peter was inspired to write:

“…His (Paul’s) letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the Lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…” (II PETER 3:16-18 NIV)

Jesus was the epitome of SPIRITUAL MATURITY, both in knowledge (He could quote all of it), and in understanding (He interpreted Scripture accurately), and in application (He related constructively to all).

While none of us will ever live up to HIS MATURITY – we are commanded to emulate our Savior:

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. ‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.’ When they hurled their insults at Him, he did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats…” (I PETER 2:21-23 NIV)

So how MATURE are you in the SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE of GOD’S WORD? The Apostle Paul warned prophetically of a time that would come in which people were highly educatedbut lacking TRUE KNOWLEDGE:

“But know this, that in THE LAST DAYS perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy…always learning and never able to come to the KNOWLEDGE of the TRUTH.” (II TIMOTHY 3:1,2, 7 NKJV)

“…For YHVH is THE GOD of KNOWLEDGE…” (I SAMUEL 2:3 NKJV)

“MY people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for ME; because you have forgotten the Law of your GOD, I also will forget your children.” (HOSEA 4:6 NKJV)

The FEAR of YHVH is the beginning of KNOWLEDGE, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (PROVERBS 1:7 NKJV)

The World is wrapped up in eating of THE TREE of THE KNOWLEDGE of GOOD & EVIL – which is deciding for oneself, apart from GOD, what is truth or reality. Those who are SPIRITUALLY MATURE give more credence to what GOD says in HIS WORD – than to the ideas & teachings of men. They also understand & embrace Paul’s teaching that THE CHURCH is “built on the foundation of the Apostles (N.T.) and Prophets (O.T.), Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone” (EPH.2:20) – which is the focus of this show: ORIGINAL CHRISTIANITY.

Too many Christians today have only a cursory KNOWLEDGE of THE BIBLE – while others may know the New Testament well – but have very little KNOWLEDGE of the Old Testament. But Jesus said:

“Man shall not live by bread alone, BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS FROM THE MOUTH of GOD.” (MATTHEW 4:4 NKJV)

In order to live by every word of YHVH – one must become SPIRITUALLY MATURE in ALL the KNOWLEDGE of GOD!

A 2nd step in our SPIRITUAL MATURATION is to grow in UNDERSTANDING of GOD’S word. The Apostle Paul was inspired to write:

“Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however in malice (evil) be babes, but in understanding be MATURE.” (I CORINTHIANS 14:20 NKJV)

Paul also prayed:

“…that the GOD of our Lord Jesus Christ, THE FATHER of GLORY, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of HIM, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of HIS CALLING, what are the riches of the glory of HIS inheritance in the Saints & what is the exceeding greatness of HIS POWER toward us who believe, according to the working of HIS MIGHTY POWER…” (EPHESIANS 1:17-19)

But GROWING in KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING is a lot of work as the Bible says:

“My Son, if you receive MY words, and treasure MY commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; Yes if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of YHVH, and find the knowledge of GOD. For YHVH gives wisdom; from HIS mouth come knowledge & understanding; (PROV.2:1-6)

“When HE, THE SPIRIT of TRUTH, has come, HE will guide you into all truth.” (JN.1613)

The 3rd step in our SPIRITUAL MATURATION is to grow in APPLICATION of GOD’S word:

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For in anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure & undefiled religion before GOD and THE FATHER is this: to visit orphans & widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” (JAMES 1:22-27 NKJV)

“…A good understanding have all those who do HIS commandments…” (PS.111:10)

It’s in the DOING of GOD’S WORD, that like Jesus Christ, we BECOME THE LIVING WORD, and reflect THE NATURE of GOD!

Speaking of our time, Daniel was told by an Angel:

“Many shall be purified, made white and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall UNDERSTAND, but the wise shall UNDERSTAND.” (DANIEL 12:10 NKJV)

These are the SPIRITUALLY MATURE in knowledge, understanding, and APPLICATION of GOD’S WORD:

“However, we speak wisdom among those who are MATURE, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.” (I CORINTHIANS 2:6 NKJV)

Are you a SPIRITUAL PHYSICIAN? Have you ever SPIRITUALLY DOCTORED a spiritually sick person? If so, how's your bedside manner? Do your patients feel you have their best interest at heart? What's your level of accuracy in SPIRITUALDIAGNOSIS? And what's your CURE RATE? Has anyone become spiritually healthy - from your spiritual doctoring?

Jesus spent time with the spiritually sick, treating them with Scriptural teaching, and turning many from darkness to light:

"Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, 'Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?' When Jesus heard that, He said to them, 'Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are ` sick. But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.'" (MATTHEW 9:10-13 NKJV)

"Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, 'Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.' So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. But when they (Scribes & Pharisees) it, they all complained, saying, 'He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.' Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, 'Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.' And Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.'" (Luke 19:1-10 NKJV)

Our Savior could have chosen to isolate Himself in a cave, to insure He would never be tainted by the worldly of His society. He could have walked in the world, but without any interaction with the ungodly. Instead, the Son of GOD chose to walk among sinners, as a Spiritual Physician to the spiritually sick.

By contrast, the Scribes & Pharisees refused to interact with the spiritually sick, and looked down upon them as inferiors:

"Also He (Jesus) spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 'Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men - extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (LUKE 18:9-14 NKJV)

The Scribes & Pharisees ignored 2 Scriptural commands in their condescending approach to sinners:

"Do not be overly righteous, nor be overly wise: why should you destroy yourself?" (ECC.7:16)

People who are 'holier than thou' or 'wiser than thou' end up destroying themselves by alienating others to the point that no one wants to be around them:

"There is a time when a man lords it over others to his own hurt." (ECCLESIASTES 8:9)

When a person 'lords it over others' by making them feel intellectually small or inferior - they do it to their own hurt - as they end up isolated and friendless.

Solomon destroyed himself by being 'overly wise' and ignoring GOD'S greater wisdom & sovereignty. And a man named Ahithophel, whom Israelites sought out for his wisdom before Solomon, went out and hung himself when his wisdom was sidelined for someone else's advice. (II SAMUEL 17:23)

This is why the apostle Paul wrote:

"For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But GOD has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and GOD has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty." (I CORINTHIANS 1:26,27 NKJV)

The Scribes & Pharisees were guilty of being 'overly wise' and 'overly righteous', saying of Jesus: "How did this man get such learning without having been taught?" (JOHN 7:15 NIV) Jesus turned the tables on the Jewish leadership saying:

"The Son of Man came eating & drinking, and they (Scribes & Pharisees) say, 'Look, a glutton and a wine-bibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' But WISDOM is JUSTIFIED by HER CHILDREN." (MATTHEW 11:19 NKJV)

Jesus was telling them that TRUE WISDOM, is MANIFESTED in the lives of those who exercise GODLY WISDOM - not the wisdom of men!

SPIRITUAL WISDOM says that it's the SPIRITUALLY SICK who need a SPIRITUAL PHYSICIAN! So Jesus, as a spiritual physician invited the spiritually sick to his home, and dined in their homes - in order to treat them spiritually. And your Bible says that we are to walk in His steps (I PET.2:21)

So who among the spiritually sick of this world have you treated? Consider these words of Scripture:

"Restore to me (David) the joy of YOUR salvation, and uphold me by YOUR generous SPIRIT. Then I will teach transgressors YOUR ways, and sinners shall be converted to YOU." (PSALM 51:12,13 NKJV)

"Let grace be shown to the wicked..." (ISAIAH 26:10 NKJV)

"But I (Jesus) say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your FATHER in HEAVEN; for HE makes the sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your FATHER in HEAVEN is perfect." (MATTHEW 5:44-48 NKJV)

"Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual (physicians) restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the Law of Christ." (GALATIANS 6:1,2 NKJV)

In the spirit of these instructions, and Christ's own example, Churches have sprung up in Pubs and Bars all over this Country. People have gathered for 'Beer & Hymns' in Portland, Oregon, 'Church-in-a-Pub' in Fort Worth, Texas, and 'What would Jesus Brew? in Michigan.

Many Christians, like the Scribes & Pharisees, would think this sacrilegious - but if you want to reach the spiritually sick of this world, as Jesus did, you have to go where they congregate: Bars, Pubs, Restaurants, Starbucks, the Street, etc.

Jesus gave 3 parables with Himself as the metaphorical main character, to illustrate His justification for associating with the wicked (LUKE 15:1-32)

There are 3 approaches Christians can take toward NON-CHRISTIANS:

  1. CUT YOURSELF OFF from THE WORLD: Qumran, Monasticism, Amish, Mennonites: But Jesus prayed to THE FATHER on our behalf saying: 'I do not pray that YOU should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil one." (JN.17:15)
  2. STAY in SOCIETY BUT DON'T ASSOCIATE with SINNERS: An approach Jesus chided the Scribes & Pharisees for - as we have seen.
  3. WALK AMONG SINNERS as AFFECTORS without being INFECTED - which is what Jesus did and what He wants us to do: "Do all things without complaining & disputing, that you may be blameless & harmless children of GOD without fault in the midst of a crookedand perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast theword of life..." (PHILIPPIANS 2:14-16 NKJV)

So don't be overly righteous, or overly wise, and end up destroying yourself like Solomon, and the Scribes & Pharisees - who were condescending towards others - instead of compassionate like Christ!

When you hear the word GOSPEL what images or words come to mind? Christ? The Cross? Grace? The Kingdom of GOD?

Your Bible says that Jesus Christ began His Ministry by proclaiming THE GOOD NEWS of the coming Kingdom of GOD! In fact, when you add up all of our Savior's parables and references about His coming Kingdom - it may be His primary subject matter.

Jesus even taught us to pray: THY KINGDOM COME! And with all the verbal & violent wars going on in our World today - we should be more motivated than ever to pray for an early return of Christ and the setting up of His reign over all nations - from Jerusalem. To learn more about what your Bible says about this literal coming Kingdom - go to orignialchristianityreview.com and click on RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS and THY KINGDOM COME.

But today let's take a look at another component of THE GOSPEL -GRACE - which is probably the word most Christians associate with GOSPEL:

"But none of these things move me: nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to THE GOSPEL of THE GRACE of GOD. And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the KINGDOM of GOD, will see my face no more." (ACTS 20:24,25 NKJV)

SALVATION by GRACE is what separates CHRISTIANITY from every other religion on earth - all of which demand that each individual EARN their own salvation.

Interestingly, the words GRACE & SALVATION are not the emphasis of the Old Testament - LAW IS:

"For THE LAW was given through Moses, but GRACE & TRUTH came through Jesus Christ." (JOHN 1:17 NKJV)

Why would that be? Because GOD, like most parents, first laid down THE LAW to teach HIS children the difference between right & wrong, knowing that Mankind would experience the inability to measure up to HIS STANDARDS - and cry out to their MAKER for GRACE:

"And in THAT DAY you will say: 'O YHVH, I will praise YOU; though YOU were angry with me, YOUR ANGER IS TURNED AWAY (GRACE), and YOU comfort me. Behold, GOD is my SALVATION, I will trust and not be afraid; for YAH the LORD is my strength and song; HE also has become my SALVATION." (ISAIAH 12:1,2 NKJV)

"For I (Paul) delight in THE LAW of GOD according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members (flesh), warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank GOD - through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve THE LAW of GOD, but with the flesh the law of sin." (ROMANS 7:22-25 NKJV)

"Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me (Paul) His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for THE GOSPEL according to the power of GOD, who has SAVED US and called us with a holy calling, NOT ACCORDING TO OUR WORKS, but according to HIS own purpose and GRACE WHICH WAS GIVEN TO US in Christ Jesus before time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through THE GOSPEL." (I TIMOTHY 1:8-10 NKJV)

Millions of Christians have misunderstood THE GOSPEL of GRACE down through the centuries, For that LAW & GRACE are complimentary:

"For by Grace you have been Saved through Faith, and that not of yourselves; it (faith) is the gift of GOD, not of works, lest anyone should boast (as the Scribes & Pharisees did). For we are HIS workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which GOD prepared beforehand (THE LAW) that we should walk in them." (EPHESIANS 2:8-10 NKJV)

"Do we then make void THE LAW through FAITH? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish THE LAW."

Just because you as a parent show GRACE to your children for infractions of your household law - doesn't mean you've VOIDED YOUR HOUSEHOLD LAW and there are no longer any rules to live by under your roof. On the contrary, usually your extension of GRACE to your child is a result of their repentance and contrition, and they understand that they better not take that GRACE for granted by continuing to break household rules. As parents we understand LAW & GRACE to be complimentary.

What's the best synonym for the word GRACE? If you had to give an unbeliever a one word definition of GRACE what would it be? The Greek word in the New Testament translated GRACE is 'Charis' meaning graciousness or favor. Jesus did us a FAVOR by taking our place on Death Row...

What happens to an inmate who is shown FAVOR by a Governor who gives him a full pardon - and he uses his new found freedom to break THE LAW once again? He or she ends up back in prison with no possibility of parole again. He or she has trampled upon the GRACE that was freely given:

"For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remainsa sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses' Law dies without mercy on the testimony of 2 or 3 witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of GOD underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of GRACE? For we know HIM who said, 'Vengeance is MINE, I will repay,' says YHVH. And again, 'YAH will judge HIS people.' It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of THE LIVING GOD." (HEB.10:26-31)

There's another aspect to THE GRACE of GOD that far too few Christians understand: GRACE not only imparts the FAVOR of FORGIVENESS and RECONCILIATION towards GOD - GRACE writes the LAW of GOD on our hearts & minds so that we WANT to obey and cooperate with our MAKER:

"This is the covenant that I will make after those days, says YHVH, I will put MY LAWS into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them." (HEBREWS 10:16 NKJV)

Wouldn't you as a parent love to write your household rules upon the hearts of your children - so that they obeyed & cooperated willingly without coercion? That's what ALMIGHTY GOD does when we enter into the New Covenant with HIM - if we truly bury 'our will' in the waters of baptism, and embrace HIS WORD as the best way to think, speak, act and react:

"For the GRACE of GOD that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age..."(TITUS 2:11,12 NKJV)

"Let us therefore come boldly to THE THRONE of GRACE, that we may obtain mercy and find GRACE to HELP in time of need." (HEBREWS 4:16 NKJV)

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