Who is God? If you ask ten people, you can get ten different answers
and in today’s ecumenical world some would even say they’re
all right and there are multiple ways to see God. How we define God is a
foundation of how we define ourselves. It would be ridiculous for me to
claim a complete definition here by any means of who God is because no web
page can fully describe God. Even with all knowledge of man we have a limited
understanding. However we have a foundation from which we can begin understand
the core of who God is by who He says He is. My source of understanding
comes from the Bible and without this foundation of God defining for me
who He is I would probably have ten different answers myself.
To be clear, I do not subscribe to the belief that there are many paths
to God. I believe the Bible is the Word of God and our only true foundation.
Many men have tried to add to it or come up with their own beliefs, but
this site is focused on the God of the Bible.
2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from
a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make
thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All
scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.
Every person falls into one of two camps, either humankind and the universe
in which we live were created by a Creator or random chance and evolution
from one kind to another brought us to the point we are at today. While
this is a big debate in the world today, this page focuses on the belief
in a Creator and is my answer to who God is.
For those who are in the evolution camp, I encourage you to examine the
page focused on that debate and the reasons I do not hold this belief -
Creation vs. Evolution. For those who believe in a Creator yet debate
who this is or why I hold the Bible as a valid source for defining who God
is, please examine the page focused on
The Bible: Trusting
From the Biblical perspective defining who God is can be somewhat confusing
at first because He has revealed Himself in three ways, but ultimately God
defines Himself as simply - Love. Being created in God’s image, we
can associate with God by the way He has presented Himself to us. The question
is, why not just show Himself outright to us rather than through the thousands
of years of glimpses? This brings us to the fundamental problem facing humanity,
Originally God created man and woman and they were in direct relationship
with their Creator and knew Him face to face. In the beginning they were
innocent, not knowing the difference between good and evil. Good is defined
by the characteristics of the Creator. It is the Creator who designed the
creation for His purposes just like a watchmaker designs a watch to tell
time. Evil is simply defined as that which is not good. This is why God,
being good, cannot be evil because evil is whatever is not of God. So it
is that sin is transgression from God’s ways of love, in our fallen
state, we enact evil when we are in opposition to God.
Not knowing good from evil, Adam and Eve had no separation from God.
God did not want mindless servant robots out of His creation, and so we
were created with free will, the choice to obey God or not and with that
the responsibility for the consequences of our choices. God warned them
of one fruit in the garden of Eden that they were not to eat from and told
them the consequences of doing so would be death, this was the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil. When deceived into eating it when the serpent
called God’s Word into question, Eve and then Adam both ate and their
eyes were opened. From this choice they and all their offspring then have
been suffering the consequences of using their free will to disobey God’s
warning. They sinned and from that point humanity has been separated from
their Creator by their sin.
This is all important because our choice to align ourselves with God
or not determines our eternal
destination. Who we are is not defined by our physical bodies, but rather
by our spirits dwelling within these “temples,” or bodies. What
kind of spirit, or person, we are is expressed to the world through the
use of our bodies for communication with each other. Who we are does not
die with our bodies, rather it is either reunited with God forever or it
is not. That is completely up to each of us individually.
So who is God, how does He define and reveal himself to us? This is important
in determining whether you want to be with Him
forever or not. There are some who willingly desire to be separate from
Him because He has standards, but I want to share Biblically just what those
standards are and how they express God’s heart of Love. One example
is the Law, which I call
shadows of Love.
So who is God? Let’s take Him at His Word.
There is only one God, but part of the unfathomable nature of God are
the details from scripture that paint a more complex picture of the identity
Deuteronomy 6:1-5 Now these are
the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your
God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither
ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep
all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and
thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that
thy days may be prolonged. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to
do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily,
as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that
floweth with milk and honey. Hear, O
Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou
shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul,
and with all thy might.
Isaiah 9:6,7 For unto us a child
is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his
shoulder: and his name shall be calledWonderful,
Father, The Prince of
Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there
shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to
order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth
even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
John 10:27-33 My sheep hear my
voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal
life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them
out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me,
is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s
hand. I and my Father are one. Then
the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many
good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works
do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone
thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a
man, makest thyself God.
Here we see that Isaiah prophesied the Messiah to be the mighty God,
the everlasting Father and Yeshua later stated that He and the Father were
Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the
flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not
the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Here we see the spirit of God and Christ in us, a combination of what
is elsewhere referred to as the Holy Spirit in conjunction with that of
God and Christ. And again Yeshua combines the Father, Himself and the Holy
Spirit when speaking of our relationship with God.
John 14:16-23 And I will pray
the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide
with you for ever; [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot
receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know
him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not
leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while,
and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall
live also. At that day ye shall know that I [am] in my Father,
and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and
keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be
loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to
him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt
manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and
said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and
my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode
1 John 5:1-13 Whosoever believeth
that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him
that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know
that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his
commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh
the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our
faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that
Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even
Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the
Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
For there are three that bear record in heaven,
the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are
one. And there are three that bear witness in earth,
the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for
this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that
believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth
not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that
God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to
us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath
life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things
have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God;
that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe
on the name of the Son of God.
We know who someone is by the way that they act, what someone believes
and what someone does defines that person. God is no different, God is defined
by His actions and His Word. He defines Himself for us from the history
of His interaction with mankind as laid out in the Bible. These are His
actions and the Spirit of God is described in great detail for us.
It’s also important to understand the difference between the spiritual
and the material, this is the meat and milk of the Word.
is the voice of the spirit realm. When we receive in God’s Word
by reading the Bible, we gain insight into our real existence as spiritual
beings dwelling in temples of flesh. In this way, we can see how the Spirit of God is always the same and is One. Manifest
in the flesh by Yeshua, it is the full thoughts of God, the wholeness of
Him, and direct connection with the Father. What the Father is, Yeshua is.
We have the Holy Spirit that dwells within us upon believing in Yeshua.
This is our Comforter, who teaches us and instructs us in all things God
has said, our conscience of sorts.
So the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one in the same in thought, action
and deed. Yeshua said in seeing Him we saw the Father because He only did
His Father’s work. He was in all ways the same as His heavenly Father
except that He is a distinct entity apart from His Father.
An analogy would be the difference between a program and the physical
media on which it is written. A CD-ROM disc is a good example. You can have
two physically different discs, but if you put the exact same information
on both, how are they different except that there are two? Regardless of
which one you place in the computer, you will get the exact same result,
they are one in the same yet distinct. If you go buy two of the same movie
on DVD or Blu-Ray and put each one in the player, the same content will
be there, but they are different physical discs.
The Holy Trinity
In the previous look at there being just one God that it is clarified
also that Yeshua is God and speaks of Himself as separate yet part of the
Father and Spirit. Dr. Michael Heiser
posted an excerpt from J. C. O’Neill’s scholarly book,
Who Did Jesus Think He Was? (Brill, 1995), the chapter entitled, “The
Trinity and the Incarnation as Jewish Doctrines.” Jews before
Jesus were thinking in trinitarian terms, that the one God of Israel was
also three, and that God would become human and die for sin as messiah.
Isaiah 11:1-2 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse,
and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest
upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and
might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
In the Old Testament passage above, the idea of the Trinity is
represented in that the Messiah, from the stem of Jesse would have the
spirit of the Father resting on Him, the merging of the Father, Son and
Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came
and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and
in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.
2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace
of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of
the Holy Ghost, [be] with you all. Amen.
YAHWEH is the giver of power and light as the Father is head of the house,
so our heavenly Father is the head of all that is. Just as an earthly father
gives to his son what he has, so our heavenly Father has given all to His
only begotten Son. In fact, our relationship with the Father is only through
our relationship with His Son until that time we are all together in heaven.
John 3:16-19 For God
[the Father] so loved the world, that he
gave his only begotten Son, [Yeshua] that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not
is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the
only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is
come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because
their deeds were evil.
John 6:44 No man can come to me,
except the Father which hath sent me draw him:
and I will raise him up at the last day.
Luke 11:11-13 If a son shall ask
bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if
he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall
ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know
how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your
heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Yeshua - Only Begotten Son
John 14:6,7 Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth
ye know him, and have seen him.
The name יֵשׁוּעַ (Yeshua)
appears multiple times in Ezra and Nehemiah and once in each of the books
of Chronicles. In the English, you can usually find it as “Jeshua.”
To arrive at the correct pronunciation, however, you have to accept the
Masoretic vowel pointings. The name begins with a י (yud),
which carries with it the sound of our English “Y.” The vowel
point associated with the yud is the ֵ (tsere), which makes
the vowel sound “eh” in sephardic/modern Hebrew (“ey”
in Ashkenaz). So the first sound is יֵ “yeh.”
The second letter is the שׁ (shin), which makes
the “sh” sound. The שׁ is followed by a ו
(vav) with the וּ (shuruk) pointing, which
makes an “oo” sound. (The ו alone makes a “v”
sound, but when it appears as וּ the ו functions as a
vowel.) Together, יֵשׁוּ makes the sound “yeh-shoo.”
The final letter is the ע (ayin). By itself, the ע
is a silent letter, however, it appears as עַ with the ַ
(patakh) vowel pointing, which adds the “ah” sound
to the letter.
Together, the three syllables of יֵשׁוּעַ
are pronounced “yeh-shoo-ah.” We transliterate this in English
as “Yeshua.” In Hebrew Yeshua means both “Salvation,”
and the concatenated form of Yahoshua, the “LORD who is Salvation.”
The name is equivalent to Joshua and there’s an interesting parallel
gets into regarding the Joshua that conquered Jericho and Canaan. Also read
by Chuck Missler.
Are Father and Son separate?
1 Corinthians 8:5,6 For though
there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there
be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father,
of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by
whom are all things, and we by him.
John 3:16-19 For God
[the Father] so loved the world, that he
gave his only begotten Son, [Yeshua] that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son
into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him
might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that
believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in
the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation,
that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than
light, because their deeds were evil.
John 8:49-58 Jesus answered, I
have not a devil; but
I honour my Father,
and ye do dishonour me. And I seek not mine own glory: there is one
that seeketh and judgeth. Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep
my saying, he shall never see death. Then said the Jews unto him, Now
we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and
thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.
Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets
are dead: whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honour myself,
my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye
say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I know him:
and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you:
but I know him, and keep his saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to
see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him,
Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was,
John 10:27-38 My sheep hear my
voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal
life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them
out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than
all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
I and my Father are one. Then
the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many
good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works
do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone
thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest
thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said,
Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came,
and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath
sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said,
I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me
not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that
ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
Acts 17:22-31 Then Paul stood
in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive
that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and
beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE
UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto
you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he
is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any
thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And
hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face
of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the
bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply
they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every
one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain
also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch
then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the
Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s
device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth
all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the
which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath
ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath
raised him from the dead.
I think it’s pretty clear just from these few scriptures that YAHWEH
the Father and Yeshua the Son are separate entities, yet Yeshua even states
that they are one. We see in another example where Yeshua confounds the
Pharisees quoting Psalms 110:1.
Matthew 22:41-46 While the Pharisees
were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ?
whose son is he? They say unto him, [The Son] of David. He saith unto
them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The LORD
[YAHWEH] said unto my Lord
[Adonai (master)], Sit thou on my right
hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him
Lord, how is he his son? And no man was able to answer him a word, neither
durst any [man] from that day forth ask him any more [questions].
He was making the point that the Christ was not the son of David, but
rather God's son, again distinguishing between the two. God the Father was
saying to king David's master to sit at his right hand. David wouldn't call
his son Lord.
What Has He Done?
Yeshua: Creator of the Universe
John 1:1-14 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 him; and without him was not any thing made
that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of
men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended
it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same
came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through
him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness
of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that
cometh into the world. He was in the world,
and the world was made by him, and the world
knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him
not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the
sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born,
not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man,
but of God. And the Word was made
flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and
This passage clarifies that the Word (logos) was with God and
was God. Logos in Greek means something said, including the thought
- also reasoning or motive. We know that in the beginning God created
the heavens and the earth speaking them into existence. It is clear from
the passage above that Yeshua created the world into which He came to save
the lost. This passage equates the Word of God with the Creator of the world
and with Yeshua, the only begotten Son of God.
God’s intentions and motives existed prior to and outside of His
creation, with a particular plan and design for that creation. The physical
Bible didn’t yet exist, but God’s design that the Bible relays
always did. That ultimate design was the creation of man in His image, the
redemption of man who applied their free will to follow after His Spirit,
and the expression of His character in the selfless sacrifice of His only
begotten Son for the redemption of man. This Son, Yeshua existed prior to
being born of a virgin by the Holy Spirit.
John 17:1-8 These words spake
Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour
is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou
hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life
to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they
might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast
sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which
thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father,
glorify thou me with thine own self with the
glory which I had with thee before the world was. I
have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the
world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept
thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given
me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest
me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out
from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
Yeshua: Savior of Mankind (First Coming)
Matthew 1:20-23 But while he thought
on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in
a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee
Mary thy wife: for that which
is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring
forth a son, and thou shalt call his
name JESUS: for he shall
save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that
it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and
they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with
Yeshua was born of Mary on Tishri 1, 3 B.C., which translates to September
11, 3 B.C. This is based off the work of Ernest L. Martin in his book
The Star of Bethlehem:
The Star That Astonished the World that you can read or listen
to free at that link. There is also a recent documentary called
The Star of Bethlehem that holds a similar view with more visual appeal
and a date of September 14, 3 B.C.
Revelation 12:1-5 And there appeared
a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon
under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being
with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And
there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon,
having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And
his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them
to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready
to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And
she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod
of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and [to] his throne.
This passage is tied to Israel being the woman that gives birth to the
Messiah. In Genesis 37:9-11, Joseph has a dream that the sun moon and 11
stars bowed down to him. Jacob (Israel) interpreted that dream to mean that
he, Joseph's mother and 11 brothers would all bow to him. Therefore, the
symbology of the sun, moon and stars in Revelation 12 would identify the
woman with Israel from whom the child is born. Psalms 2:6-12 further identifies
that child to be the LORD's only begotten Son who the Father gives the whole
earth for a possession.
What is fascinating about the studies linked above are the matching signs
in the heavens where Jupiter, the king planet, in retrograde motion provided
some celestial events that would have caught the eye of those looking at
the time, such as the wise men from Babylon, perhaps descendants of those
magi that followed Daniel hundreds of years earlier.
So He was born over 2,000 years ago, coming the first time to take the
sins of the world on himself as the perfect and sinless sacrifice. He showed
the greatest love by giving His life for His friends. He has given His life
willingly so that you and I can be forgiven of our sins and spend eternity
in His presence, the only place where love and life exist. Luke 24:34-47
Why Become a Man?
So we see above that the Father begat His Son through Mary out of the
nation of Israel whom He called out of the nations to be a peculiar people.
In what the world today would see as peculiarities, we see foreshadowing
of the ultimate sacrifice that would be the only path to reconciliation
with God by Him remaining just and keeping His holiness, but also providing
a covering and forgiveness for His creation.
Throughout man's time on earth, sacrifices have been given to God. With
Cain and Abel, God preferred the offering of the firstlings of Abel's flock
over the fruit of the ground brought by Cain, the first foreshadow of shedding
of blood. It was the jealousy that seems to have led to the first recorded
murder and the curse of Cain. And indeed it followed when God tested Abraham
to sacrifice his only son foreshadowing God giving His only Son as a sacrifice
Hebrews 9:1-10 speaks to the divine service and offerings that followed
with the Mosaic covenant. The high priest would enter the holy of holies
once a year with blood to sprinkle on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant.
This was also a foreshadowing, imposed on Israel until the time of reformation
in the new covenant.
Hebrews 9:11-28 But Christ
being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more
perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this
building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood
he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption
[for us]. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes
of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of
the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the
eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience
from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the
mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption
of the transgressions [that were] under the first testament, they which
are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where
a testament [is], there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
For a testament [is] of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of
no strength at all while the testator liveth. Whereupon neither the
first [testament] was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken
every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood
of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and
sprinkled both the book, and all the people, Saying, This [is] the blood
of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover he sprinkled
with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without
shedding of blood is no remission. [It was] therefore necessary that
the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these;
but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, [which
are] the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear
in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself
often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with
blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation
of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared
to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed
unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once
offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall
he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
So the Law, the old covenant, and the blood of animal sacrifices couldn't
save anyone. These were neither eternal nor were they a sacrifice for sin
but rather a foreshadow of God's plan played out by His people as a witness
to what was to come. But only an eternal being who could shed His blood
and die could succeed in propitiating God and fulfill the covenants guaranteeing
eternal life. Yeshua was the fulfillment of the law, the perfect image of
the mind and will of God.
So how can an eternal being die? This is why the incarnation is essential
to salvation. Yeshua was born of a virgin, having a heavenly Father and
not an earthly one, the only begotten Son of God. Yeshua created the universe,
being above all beings and one of the Godhead.
Hebrews 2:5-13 For unto the angels
hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But
one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art
mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou
madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory
and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he
put all in subjection under him, he left nothing [that is] not put under
him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see
Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering
of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God
should taste death for every man. For
it became him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things,
in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation
perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and
they who are sanctified [are] all of one: for which cause he is not
ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto
my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children
which God hath given me.
And so Yeshua, in being born a man, was made lower than the angels and
given the temptations of fallen man yet living a perfect life such that
the immortal God could die, once and for all, in a sacrifice worthy to cover
the sins that separated man from his Creator. That is why Yeshua had to
become a Man, because God is love and He loves you.
John 15:12-14 This is my commandment,
That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love
hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ye are my friends, if ye
do whatsoever I command you.
Fingerprints of prophetic fulfillment
Fingerprints identify each particular person by the unique pattern on
the tips of the finger. Old Testament prophecies work as fingerprints because
they were written long before their fulfillment. In the case of Christ,
these prophecies were written of Him and hundreds were fulfilled by Him
in His first coming. There are hundreds more yet to be fulfilled by Him
in the end times. The fulfillment of these prophecies by Yeshua identify
Him as the promised Messiah written of by the prophets of the Old Testament.
If fulfillment in the past points to future fulfillment coming to pass,
we can expect the same precision.
At the same time, those prophecies already fulfilled identify Yeshua
as the Messiah. Given the importance of this, I wish to cover some of those
fulfilled prophecies here. That one man could fulfill hundreds of diverse
prophecies is a testimony to Him being who He says He is. Many of these
prophecies, such as the location of His birth, were outside of His control
as just a man and when put together define Him as prophesied, matching the
fingerprint defined by the prophets hundreds and thousands of years before.
But He is not just a man as I pray this website will assist in discovering
if you have not already. Most importantly, read the Bible and discover the
details from His Word for yourself. Acts 17:11
John 14:1-3 Let not your heart
be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s
house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I
go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again, and receive you unto
myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Before He left, Yeshua promised that He would come again to gather those
that love Him to Himself. Israel is the apple (lens) of God’s eye
and also the key to understanding God’s prophetic plans that He told
us He would let us know about. Our understanding was only sealed up to the
end, and while we don’t know the day or hour of His coming, God promised
we would not be in darkness about it. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
John 16:1-11 These things [John 15]
have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be
offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the
time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God
service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not
known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when
the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these
things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.
But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me,
Whither goest thou? But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow
hath filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient
for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not
come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he
is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and
of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness,
because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because
the prince of this world is judged.
This is the
importance of understanding Bible prophecy, because we’re waiting
for His return! He’s given us detailed information in the Bible about
these coming times, and I believe we’re the generation to see it come
to pass! If you are interested in learning more about how God has written
these things into His Word, visit my
Bible Study Guide. Start with the definitions and work into the other
Bible studies. I solid foundation in the Word is necessary and a willingness
to drop all pre-conceived notions for a Bible-based and interpreted look
at Bible prophecy.
1) Coming With Sudden Destruction To Gather His Bride
Matthew 24:36-39 But of that day
and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father
only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming
of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the
flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,
until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the
flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the
Son of man be.
The flood was the destruction of God’s wrath that came suddenly
and unexpectedly. When Christ first comes, it is with sudden destruction
day of the
Lord and bringing the
wrath of God
on the children of disobedience that dwell on the face of the earth. Ephesians
5:1-8 Just like at the time of Noah and of Lot, Luke 17:26-33, the majority
of the world will be completely caught off-guard by the sudden destruction
that comes with Christ.
But we are not children of darkness, but of light and God promised that
He would tell His friends, those that obey Him, what He is doing. John 15:13-16
His bride, He is coming again to gather us and we will escape the wrath
because we are not children of disobedience. Luke 17:34-37 And just as God
told Abraham in Genesis 18:17-33 that He will not send His wrath on the
righteous, neither will the day of the Lord come before He gathers His bride
from the earth. Since it is coming on all them that dwell on the whole earth,
the righteous (made so only by accepting the sacrifice of Yeshua
on the cross for the remission of sins) must be removed prior to
Luke 21:34-36 And take heed
to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting,
and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and
so that day come upon you unawares. For
as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell
on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray
always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that
shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Revelation 7:9-17 points out this very group in heaven standing before
the throne and before the Lamb before the wrath of God begins in Revelation
8 with the trumpets. That this wrath is for the children of disobedience
and the seat of the antichrist, Revelation 16, then it follows that this
cannot be when Christ returns in glory at Armageddon because that is what
ends the 3½-year reign of the antichrist for whom God’s wrath is for.
2) Coming In Glory To Take The Kingdoms Of Earth Followed By His Wife
Revelation 19:7-14 Let us be glad
and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the
marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine
linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness
of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which
are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me,
These are the true sayings of God. And I fell at his feet to worship
him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant,
and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for
the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
And I saw
heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was
called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make
war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns;
and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he
was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The
Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven
followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen,
white and clean.
Here we can see that the bride of Christ, now the wife, is returning
with Christ following the marriage of the Lamb. I also believe that the
angels will be returning with them as well. The wife is given to wear a
particular attire signifying the righteousness of the saints that is seen
on the army returning with Christ.
So the bride of Christ, who is not appointed to God’s wrath “coming
on all them that dwell on the whole earth,”
escapes earth at the harpazo to attend the marriage of the Lamb in heaven
while God’s wrath is poured out on those who refused to humble themselves
and accept Yeshua’s sacrifice to save them too from their sins. Christ
is only going to marry those who love Him and show it by their obedience.
Once the marriage and wrath are over Christ, followed by His wife and
10s of thousands of His angels, will return in glory and Yeshua Himself
will defeat the armies at Har Megiddo gathered at the
6th bowl. After that point the dead in Christ from after the resurrection/harpazo
of the bride of Christ will be resurrected, this is the
for Bible study on the Seals, Trumpets and Bowls
Should we worship Yeshua?
Matthew 18:16-20 Then the eleven
disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed
they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake
unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to
observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with
you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
In the Greek, the word worship is proskuneō, meaning
prostrate oneself in homage (doreverence to,
adore). It is clear that Yeshua didn’t stop those worshipping
Him. Indeed it is His sacrifice that has saved us from eternal separation
from God and Himself. Personally I believe that deserves our reverence and
adoration prostrate before Him. Who He is is one in the same with Who our
heavenly Father is. Everything that we have is because Yeshua made it and
has been given all power over it. I don’t worship Yeshua over the
Father, but rather as part of worshipping my heavenly Father, who sent His
only Son to save me and whose Son chose to make that sacrifice for my sake
Do you have doubts as to Yeshua being who He said He was? If you’re
truly interested in the answers, I would recommend reading Lee Strobel’s
book, The Case For Christ. He has also produced a DVD, which you
purchase here, addressing the contents of the book, which is his research
as an atheist who came to accept Christ.
Ruach HaKodesh - The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost, is the Spirit of God, His character that
indwells all those who believe and accept Yeshua’s sacrifice and turn
from their sins toward God.
Matthew 1:20-23 But while he thought
on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in
a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee
Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in
her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and
thou shalt call his name JESUS: for
he shall save his people from their sins.
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of
the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child,
and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel,
which being interpreted is, God with us.
Luke 3:21-23 Now when all the
people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized,
and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended
in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and
a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art
my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. And Jesus himself
began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son
John 14:25-31 These things have
I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy
Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all
things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have
said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give
unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart
be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto
you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice,
because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than
I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is
come to pass, ye might believe. Hereafter I will not talk much with
you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. But
that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave
me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.
Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize
you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier
than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize
you with the Holy Ghostt, and with fire:
ts 2:1-4Acts 2:1-4 And when the
day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one
place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty
wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared
unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began
to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Luke 12:10 And whosoever shall
speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him:
but unto him that blasphemeth[speaks evil against]against the Holy Ghost it shall not
1 Corinthians 2:9-13 But as it
is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered
into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that
love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:
for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save
the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God
knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received,
not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God;
that we might know the things that are freely
given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words
which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth;
comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
The Holy Spirit does the following in scripture:
relays to us God’s Word 1 Thessalonians 1:5
baptizes us Matthew 3:11 | Mark 1:8 | Luke 3:16 | John
1:33 | Acts 1:5 | Acts 10:38 | Acts 11:16
seals us Ephesians 1:13 | Ephesians 4:30 | Romans 15:16
comforts us John 14:26 | Acts 9:31
renews us Titus 3:5
shows God’s love in our hearts Romans 5:5
brings us joy Romans 14:17 | 1 Thessalonians 1:6
brings us hope Romans 15:13
speak for/through us Mark 13:11 | Luke 12:12 | Acts 1:16
| Acts 21:11 | Acts 28:25 | 2 Peter 1:21 | Jude 1:20
in other languages Acts 2:4
speaks to us 2 Corinthians 13:14
reveals to us Luke 2:26 | Acts 7:55 | 1 Corinthians 2:13
| 1 Corinthians 12:3 | Hebrews 3:7
sends us Acts 13:4
guides us Acts 16:6 | Acts 20:28 | 1 Peter 1:12
gives us gifts Hebrews 2:4
approves us as ministers of God 2 Corinthians 6:6
witness with us Acts 5:32 | Romans 9:1 | Hebrews 10:15
Oil and the Holy Spirit
Hebrews 1 God, who at sundry times
and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed
heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness
of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all
things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins,
sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: Being made so much
better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent
name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou
art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him
a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in
the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of
God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits,
and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne,
O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre
of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity;
therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed
thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And,
Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth;
and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but
thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as
a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou
art the same, and thy years shall not fail. But to which of the angels
said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies
thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister
for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
The New Testament has all through it the idea of
anointing with oil.
Mark 6:13 - Apostles anointing sick with oil and they’re healed
Luke 7:38 - Woman anoints Yeshua’s feet with oil when disciples
failed to anoint His head.
Luke 7:46 Christ told her, “Thy faith hath saved thee;
go in peace.”
John 12:3 - Mary anoints the feet of Yeshua with oil.
Then there’s also the anointing of the
Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit.
Luke 4:18 - Yeshua anointed by Holy Ghost
Acts 10:38 - Yeshua anointed by Holy Ghost
Hebrews 1:9 - Yeshua anointed by Holy Ghost
2 Corinthians 1:20-22 - After Pentecost, the apostles anointed by
I believe this is apparent in the kingdom parable of the 10 virgins.
Matthew 25:1-10 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened
unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the
bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
They that were foolish took their lamps, and
took no oil with them: [Didn’t have
the Holy Spirit] But the wise took oil in their vessels with
their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
And at midnight there was a cry made,
[1 Thessalonians 4:16-18] Behold, the bridegroom
cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose,
and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said
unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for
us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were
ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
But he answered and said, Verily I say unto
you, I know you not.
Watch therefore, for ye know
neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Breaking down purchasing or bartering, we give what is of value to someone
else and in turn they give us what we value. I believe we “buy”
the oil through offering what God wants, a relationship with Him. In return,
we gain the anointing of the oil of the Holy Spirit. Like I pointed out
before, if we love Yeshua, then we must obey Him. If we don’t obey,
then we don’t really love Him. To remain in His love, we must remain
in His ways which He explained to us in the Bible.
We cannot give
the Holy Spirit (oil) to anyone else. It is gained through a personal relationship
with Christ. If someone asks me for the Holy Spirit, I must direct them
to Christ who will give the Holy Spirit to them. If they’re unwilling
to go to the source and trade their obedience for His Holy Spirit, then
they will not get the oil for their lamps. In that same way, they will not
have flame and their lamps will not produce light. It’s interesting
given that the Word is a lamp unto our feet.
Psalm 119:97-105 O how love I
thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments
hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have
more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my
meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy
precepts. I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might
keep thy word. I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast
taught me. How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than
honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore
I hate every false way. Thy word is
a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
The Spirit of God is love and He is the connection to God we have when
we listen and obey.
1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God
dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall
God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
Let no man deceive himself. If any man
among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that
he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.
For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again,
The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore
let no man glory in men. For all things are your’s; Whether Paul,
or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present,
or things to come; all are your’s; And ye are Christ’s;
and Christ is God’s.
As Christians we have a connection to God because of our Savior Yeshua
and through the Holy Spirit. This doesn't make us God, but by His spirit
God gives us comfort and peace through our lives.
God’s Law was given as a physical demonstration of a spiritual
principle, Love. If you read the 10 Commandments for instance, they give
actions we should not do,
of Love. All of these physical acts point to spiritual principles. Until
we read these ideas in a Book, all we have is personal experience in a physical
world where the spiritual cannot be perceived with our physical senses.
As Yeshua said, all the Law of the prophets rest on just two, love God,
and love your neighbors as yourselves, Matthew 22:36-40, The Golden Rule.
Matthew 7:12 We were created for communion with each other. The enemy introduces
experiences and ideas, thoughts, into our life that degrades that communication
and creates division. The enemy is at enmity with God as is the flesh with
Romans 7 Know ye not, brethren,
(for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion
over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband
is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the
husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then
if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall
be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from
that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another
man. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the
body of Christ; that
be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead,
that we should bring forth fruit unto God. For when we were in the flesh,
the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members
to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the
law, that being dead wherein we were held; that
we should serve in newness of spirit,
and not in the oldness of the letter. What
shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known
sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said,
Thou shalt not covet. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought
in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.
For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came,
sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to
life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment,
deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore the law is holy, and
the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which
is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear
sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment
might become exceeding sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual:
but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow
not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If
then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is
good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in
me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:
for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good
I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I
would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I
that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when
I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the
law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members,
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
shall deliver me from the body of this 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.
Yeshua never sinned, although tempted as we are. Sin is transgression
of the Law through disobedience. He was the only one without blemish that
could take on our sins and He died on the cross to take the sins of those
who would believe in Him. If you don’t know anything about
Him, read the New Testament. Start at the beginning and head to the end.
That is the best way to learn who He is. In this way, you make His Words
your thoughts. When you accept them, you invite Him into your spirit when
you ask and obey. If you don’t have the desire to read the Bible,
ask God for the desire, I did that too. Request a greater hunger for His
Word. It truly is an adventure, which I hope you will see from this website.
You haven’t even imagined what is coming and the presence of God for
Think all this is nonsense? There’s a passage about you
in scripture too! 1 Corinthians 1:17-31 Do you trust your own knowledge
and understanding in the face of Absolute Truth? There is only one truth
in all matters. The rest are lies or stories made up. History only happened
one way, we may not always know the truth of what happened though. With
hundreds of fulfilled prophecies written in the Bible and proven to have
been written before their fulfillment, the Bible is also the most accurate
Book with not one single error. (Supposed
Bible Contradictions answered) I trust that the Bible is God’s
Word given to us to guide us to follow His ways because in the end, all
those without Christ covering their sins will be held accountable for those
sins according to God’s Law, which is eternal. Therefore, we should
take eternity into consideration when trying to make accurate choices about
where we choose to spend it. With God, who is love, or away from God’s
love completely. An absence of His love is exactly opposite of everything
love is. It
is hell. The choice is yours where you want to go, obey the Creator’s
laws or be separated from His dwelling-place, heaven and His love. God loves
you and wants you to choose Him.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack
concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering
to us-ward, not willing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance.
Did God Create Evil?
The following fictitious conversation sums up the point I hold regarding
the existence of evil, where it came from and God’s role.
A university professor challenged his students with this question:
Did God create everything that exists?
A student bravely replied “Yes, he did!”
“God created everything?” the professor asked.
“Yes sir,” the student replied.
The professor answered, “If God created everything, then God
created evil since evil exists, and according to the principal that
our works define who we are, then God is evil.”
The professor was quite pleased with himself and boasted to the students
that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.
Another student raised his hand and said, “Can I ask you a
“Of course,” replied the professor.
The student stood up and asked, “Professor does cold exist?”
The professor replied “Of course it exists. Have you never
The students snickered at the young man’s question. The young
man replied, “In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the
laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of
Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits
energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy.
Absolute zero (- 460 degrees F) is the total absence of heat. Cold
does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if
we have no heat.
The student continued. “Professor, does darkness exist?”
The professor responded, “Of course it does.”
The student replied, “Once again you are wrong sir. Darkness
does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light.
Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact we can use Newton’s
prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths
of each color.
You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into
a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain
space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn’t this
correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when
there is no light present.”
Finally the young man asked the professor. “Sir, does evil
exist?” Now uncertain, the professor responded, “Of course
as I have already said. We see it every day. It is in the daily example
of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and
violence we see everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing
else but evil.”
To this the student replied, “Evil does not exist sir, or at
least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God.
It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe
the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what
happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart.
It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness
that comes when there is no light.”
I would make a slight addition to that last paragraph in that what we
define as good or moral comes from the very foundation that one who rejects
God would like to imagine doesn’t exist. It’s the Judeo-Christian
values that most of the Western world has been the beneficiary of in modern
times. Yet the rejection of the foundation and move toward a more Darwinian
approach erases any such foundation. For if we are but evolved bags of chemicals
then who is to say what is right and wrong, good or evil?
“Be not overcome
of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
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