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The Birth of Yeshua

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Photo: ©2006 Jaimie Trueblood/New Line Productions

By David Cook

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign:
Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son,
and she will call His name Immanuel.
Isaiah 7:14 NASB

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Mary’s Song

46 And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord

47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

48 for he has been mindful

of the humble state of his servant.

From now on all generations will call me blessed,

49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—

holy is his name.

50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,

from generation to generation.

51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;

he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones

but has lifted up the humble.

53 He has filled the hungry with good things

but has sent the rich away empty.

54 He has helped his servant Israel,

remembering to be merciful

55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,

just as he promised our ancestors.”

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

Luke chapter 1 NIV

M & J 2

Photo Credit: ©2006 Jaimie Trueblood/New Line Productions

Keisha Castle-Hughes (left) stars as “Mary” and Oscar Isaac (right) stars as “Joseph” in New Line Cinema’s release of Catherine Hardwicke’s drama, The Nativity Story.

The Birth of Jesus

2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,

and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Luke chapter 2 NIV

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Resurrection of Messiah

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Inside the empty garden tomb of Messiah Yeshua in Jerusalem.

by David Cook

Long ago, God promised the Good News of redemption via Messiah’s atoning death; as a ransom for all our sins.  In the holy Scriptures, we read of God’s righteous Servant Yeshua and His victory over death by His resurrection from the dead; which was foretold by the Jewish prophets in the Tanakh.  Sha’ul of Tarsus (known to many as the apostle Paul) also wrote about Messiah Yeshua, who is God’s beloved Son and a descendant of King David;

2 God promised this Good News long ago

through his prophets in the holy Scriptures.

3 The Good News is about his Son.

In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line,

4 and he was shown to be the Son of God

 when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 1:2-4 NLT

In the Tanakh we read prophecies about the suffering, death and resurrection of Yeshua our Lord; the promised Messiah.  In Daniel chapter 9 we read about important events that were predetermined in heaven that would transpire in the holy city of Jerusalem;

Seventy sevens are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish transgression, to make an end of sins, to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.  25 Therefore know and understand that from the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Yerushalayim until Messiah the Prince there will be seven sevens and sixty-two sevens.  The streets and the wall will be rebuilt, despite treacherous times.  26 After sixty-two sevens the Messiah will be put to death and have nothing.  Daniel 9:24-26 HSV

The angel Gabriel brought an important communique from heaven to Daniel, foretelling that sin would be atoned for in the future and that everlasting righteousness is available for those who have faith like Abraham.  Gabriel prophesied that the Messiah would make an end of sins and finish transgression, and be put to death.  Yeshua our Savior redeemed us from the debt of our sin with His own blood.  The prophet Isaiah wrote extensively of the suffering and crucifixion of God’s Righteous Servant; Yeshua the promised Messiah.

Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
6 All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.

Isaiah 53:4-6 NASB

In the book of Zechariah we read that Yehovah of hosts foretells that in the last days Jerusalem will be attacked by many nations.  The Yehoavh of hosts is the Lord of heaven’s army, He will “set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem”;

9 And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.  10 “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.  Zechariah 12:9-10 NASB

The Yehovah of hosts is Yeshua, the resurrected Messiah; who will return and fight the wars of God for His people.  The Lord of hosts prophesied that the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, “will look on Me whom they have pierced”.  They will mourn for the Lord of hosts and will weep bitterly over Him like someone who mourns for an only son.

Nicole C. Mullins – My Redeemer Lives

One night while Messiah Yeshua was fulfilling His ministry on earth, a Pharisee named Nicodemus who was a ruler of the Jewish people; sought answers on how to enter the kingdom of God.  Yeshua explained to him;

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  John 3:16-18 NASB

When Messiah Yeshua returns to rescue the remnant of Israel, the house of David and the people living in Jerusalem; will see that Yeshua is their Messiah and will mourn and weep bitterly.  Isaiah explains that God’s righteous Servant, Yeshua the Messiah; was suffering on our behalf, to atone for our sins.  Each and every one of us has turned away from God to go his own way.  Like straying sheep that are lost and are away from the flock and are in need to be rescued by the Good Shepherd.

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
And as for His generation, who considered
That He was cut off out of the land of the living
For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?
9 His grave was assigned with wicked men,
Yet He was with a rich man in His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.
10 But the Lord was pleased
To crush Him, putting Him to grief;
If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
He will see His offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.
11 As a result of the anguish of His soul,
He will see it and be satisfied;
By His knowledge the Righteous One,
My Servant, will justify the many,
As He will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,
And He will divide the booty with the strong;
Because He poured out Himself to death,
And was numbered with the transgressors;
Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,
And interceded for the transgressors.

Isaiah 53:7-13 NASB

The prophet Isaiah wrote that not only will God’s righteous Servant, suffer and die for our sins; but He will live again!  Messiah Yeshua will see His offspring, namely those who believe in Him will be born again to eternal life! [1]  These are the children of God, as many as believe in and received Yeshua the Messiah as Lord.  The apostle John wrote concerning Yeshua’s offspring;

10 He came into the very world he created,

but the world didn’t recognize him. 

11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.

12 But to all who believed him and accepted him,

he gave the right to become children of God.

13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth

resulting from human passion or plan,

but a birth that comes from God.

John 1:10-13 NLT

In Isaiah 53:10 we read that Messiah’s Father will “prolong his days” throughout all eternity.  God’s righteous Servant, Yeshua our Savior makes many of the unrighteous; righteous by faith.  By God’s grace, the just Messiah who is God’s righteous Servant foretold of in Isaiah 53 is the One who justifies the unjust.

Yeshua the Messiah Himself prophesied that He would suffer, be crucified and rise again on the third day;

“The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected

by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed,

and on the third day be raised.”

Luke 9:22 ESV

The empty garden tomb of Yeshua the Messiah.

The empty garden tomb of Yeshua the Messiah located in Jerusalem, outside the city walls and close to the Damascus Gate.

“the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men

and be crucified and on the third day rise.” 

Luke 24:7 ESV

In Psalm 16, King David wrote that Yehovah God would not allow His “Holy One” to undergo decay;

Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.

Psalms 16:10 NASB

God’s “Righteous Servant” written of by Isaiah in chapter 53 verse 11 is the “Holy One” written of by King David in Psalms 16:10.  Yehovah’s “Holy One” is Messiah Yeshua, who is without sin.  Yeshua did not undergo decay since He rose from the dead on the third day.  Messiah Yeshua is my Adonai. [2]  As Job declared long ago, I know my Redeemer lives!

“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
 And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.
26 “Even after my skin is destroyed,
Yet from my flesh I shall see God;
27 Whom I myself shall behold,
And whom my eyes will see and not another.

Job 19:25-27 NASB

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The apostle Peter gave this sermon in Jerusalem at the portico of Solomon, which was at the eastern edge of the outer court of the Jewish temple; [3]

But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. 19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; 20 and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, 21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren; to Him you shall give heed to everything He says to you. 23 And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’ 24 And likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days. 25 It is you who are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ 26 For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.”            Acts 3:18-26 NASB

Yeshua gave this promise of the hope of resurrection from the dead and eternal life for those who would come to Him and believe;

No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught of God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.  John 6:44-47 NASB

[1] Yeshua explained to Nicodemus, a Jewish Pharisee how to be “born again” in John 3:1-18.

[2] Psalms 110:1&5, Messiah is King David’s Adoni mentioned in verse 1 and his Adonai in verse 5.

[3] Second Temple, Court of the Gentiles, the Portico of Solomon.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Temple

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Miraculous birth of Eliyahu and virgin birth of Messiah

by David M. Cook

For many years and to this day the Jewish people have been looking for the arrival of the prophet Eliyahu (Elijah) who it was foretold that he would come before the great and terrible day of the Lord.

We read in the prophet Malachi;

4 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze,” says the Lord of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.” 2 “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall. 3 You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing,” says the Lord of hosts.  4 “Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.  5 “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. 6 He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”  Malachi 4:1-6 NASB

While Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah was living on earth He explained that Eliyahu (Elijah) did come but that the people did not recognize him.

17 Six days later Jesus *took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and *led them up on a high mountain by themselves. 2 And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified. 7 And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.” 8 And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone.  9 As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.” 10 And His disciples asked Him, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” 11 And He answered and said, “Elijah is coming and will restore all things; 12 but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that He had spoken to them about John the Baptist.   Matthew 17:1-13 NASB

We read about the miraculous birth of Eliyahu (who is John the baptist) in the gospel of Luke chapter one.  We learn that his parents Zacharias and Elizabeth were not able to have children (as was also true of Abraham and Sarah);

5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in years.   Luke 1:5-7 NASB

Luke gives us the amazing account of John’s (Elihahu’s) miraculous birth.  While Zacharias was performing his priestly service in the Temple he was visited by the angel Gabriel.

8 Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer outside at the hour of the incense offering. 11 And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 12 Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear gripped him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John. 14 You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. 17 It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” 

18 Zacharias said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years.” 19 The angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.”  Luke 1:8-20 NASB

After the birth of his son, Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied this concerning his son John:

68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people,
69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of David His servant—
70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old—
71 Salvation from our enemies,
And from the hand of all who hate us;
72 To show mercy toward our fathers,
And to remember His holy covenant,
73 The oath which He swore to Abraham our father,
74 To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.
76 “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways;
77 To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of their sins,
78 Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
79 To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”                                     

Luke 1:68-79 NASB

John (Eliyahu) is the prophet of the Most High; who went before Messiah Yeshua our Lord to prepare His ways.  Below is a link to a radio program about the miraculous birth of John and the virgin birth of Messiah Yeshua.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/eternityreadyradio/2013/12/11/eternity-talk-presents-christmas-rama-2013

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God’s Prophetic 70 Weeks

By David M. Cook

God gave His people the Tanakh, made up of the Torah, known as “the Law”; the five foundation books written by Moses, and the Neviim and Treisar, known as “the Prophets”; the prophetic writings of the major and minor Hebrew prophets, Ketuvim, “the Writings”; the Psalms of David, the Wisdom of Solomon, the sufferings of Job and the Megilot which includes these five books; Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther.  The Tanakh, known as the “Old Testament” in the Christian Bible; is a most unique and amazing collection of literature.  The triune Almighty God — Elohim (a Hebrew plural noun for Almighty God) who is revealed in the Torah, is a unique unified one.  Elohim has been actively involved in the Biblical story line throughout history, from the beginning until now; as well as working in and through each writer.  The Creator of the heavens and earth, the King of the universe, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has given His people light, truth, revelation, and insight to understand His prophetic plan for humanity.  The central character of God’s plan of redemption is the promised Messiah foretold by the prophets.

First and foremost we learn from the scriptures written by Moses in the Torah, to love the LORD your God with all your, heart, soul and strength;

4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.

5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart

and with all your soul and with all your strength.

6 These commandments that I give you today

are to be upon your hearts.

7 Impress them on your children.

Talk about them when you sit at home

and when you walk along the road,

when you lie down and when you get up.

8 Tie them as symbols on your hands

and bind them on your foreheads.

9 Write them on the doorframes

of your houses and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NIV

Our second priority is to love people, loving your neighbor as yourself.  If we love our neighbor we won’t covet what belongs to our neighbor, his house, his car, his fine threads or his wife.  These two priorities, loving God with our all and loving all of our neighbors sums up the writings of the Torah and the Hebrew prophets.

8Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another;

for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

9For this, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY,

YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL,

YOU SHALL NOT COVET,”

and if there is any other commandment,

it is summed up in this saying,

“YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”

10Love does no wrong to a neighbor;

therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Romans 13:8-10 NASB

If only we could do this each day, to love the Lord our God and to love every person in every instance.  But let’s be honest, not every day nor in every way; have we loved God with our all and loved all of our neighbors as ourselves at all times, at least I know I haven’t.  The prophet Isaiah tells us that I’m not alone.

All of us like sheep have gone astray,

Each of us has turned to his own way;

But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all

To fall on Him.

Isaiah 53:6 NASB

Who is this righteous suffering Servant spoken of by Isaiah?  Who is this sacrificial Lamb who the Lord causes all of our iniquity to fall on?  All of us need a redemption.  We need a Redeemer, a Deliver, all of us need a Savior.  We need someone to redeem us, to deliver us, to save us from our all of our iniquities.  When there is no repentance, when there is no faith in God and His provision for our sin, then judgment comes.  Our sins have consequences, when God’s people refuse to listen, repent of sin and heed His Word, then the consequences are severe.

We read in 2 Chronicles chapter 36;

15 The LORD, the God of their fathers,

sent word to them through his messengers again and again,

because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place.

16 But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words

and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the LORD

was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.

17 He brought up against them the king of the Babylonians,

who killed their young men with the sword in the sanctuary,

and spared neither young man nor young woman, old man or aged.

God handed all of them over to Nebuchadnezzar.

18 He carried to Babylon all the articles from the temple of God,

both large and small, and the treasures of the LORD’s temple

and the treasures of the king and his officials.

19 They set fire to God’s temple

and broke down the wall of Jerusalem;

they burned all the palaces and destroyed everything of value there.

20 He carried into exile to Babylon the remnant,

who escaped from the sword,

and they became servants to him and his sons

until the kingdom of Persia came to power.

2 Chronicles 36:15-20 NIV

God’s own people mocked His messengers, despised His word and scoffed at His prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against His people and there was no remedy.  Why do we do this?  Why such contempt of the Almighty, who is both our Father who is in heaven and a righteous Judge executing justice?  Since Adam in the garden after the fall of man, the sin problem has spread from one generation to the next, without remedy until God’s plan of atonement by His righteous suffering Servant was revealed as foretold by Isaiah.  How would God solve the “sin” dilemma, the problem that all people of all time have sinned, (except one) and bring redemption for those He chose and those He loves?  God’s people despaired when they arrived in Babylon, it seemed no hope was to be found, and they were in captivity for many years.  The first temple and much of Jerusalem including the wall were burned and destroyed.  Many men and women, young and old were killed with the sword by the Babylonian army, but a remnant of Israel survived and were carried off to Babylon in exile for seventy years.

The Tanakh is a collection of scriptures inspired by God, when we read it or hear it read your faith may commence and increase.  God gave His people an amazing prophecy in the book of Daniyel chapter 9 about the arrival of an anointed Prince who would atone for our iniquities, His advent is paramount for Israel;

“You are to know and understand

that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem

until one anointed, the Prince,

there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;

it will be built again, with plaza and moat,

even in times of distress.”

Daniel 9:25 HSV

What important message was Gabriel sent to earth to communicate?  Gabriel was sent to Daniel to let God’s people know when the Messiah the Prince would appear in history.  Gabriel informed Daniel that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince is presented, would be a specific period of time, “seven weeks and sixty-two weeks”.

When was the decree issued to restore and rebuild Jerusalem?

We read in the book of Nehemiah chapter 2,

1 In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes,

when wine was brought for him,

I took the wine and gave it to the king.

I had not been sad in his presence before; 2 so the king asked me,

“Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill?

This can be nothing but sadness of heart.”

I was very much afraid, 3 but I said to the king,

“May the king live forever!

Why should my face not look sad

when the city where my fathers are buried lies in ruins,

and its gates have been destroyed by fire?”

4 The king said to me, “What is it you want?”

Then I prayed to the God of heaven, 5 and I answered the king,

“If it pleases the king and if your servant

has found favor in his sight,

let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried

so that I can rebuild it.”

Nehemiah 2:1-4 NIV

We read in this scripture that Nehemiah asks permission of the ruler of the Persian Empire, King Artaxerxes; if he may go and rebuild Jerusalem in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of the reign King Artaxerxes.  As we read further into the chapter we find out that permission was granted, with protection for safe passage to return to his homeland and building materials were provided as requested by Nehemiah.  So the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem was issued by Artaxerxes Longimanus on March 14, 445 B.C. [1]  Other mandates were issued by Cyrus King of the Persian Empire, we read of one in the book of Ezra chapter 1 verses 1 through 4. Cyrus issued a decree to rebuild the Jewish Temple, but since Gabriel stipulates in Daniel chapter 9 verse 25, “with plaza and moat” to restore and rebuild the city of Jerusalem (not the temple), therefore we can conclude that the decree issued by Artaxerxes Longimanus is the starting point to calculate the 69 weeks.

Israel’s hope and future is intimately intertwined with the advent of the anointed Prince, the promised Messiah.  From the beginning God knew He would redeem His people, so that our sin would not separate us from knowing the true and living YHVH, the self existent God; who is the first cause of all.  Out of God’s great love for His people it was His purpose to send His righteous Servant to atone for all our iniquity.  The Hebrew prophets foretold that God’s promised Messiah, the anointed Prince would die a sacrificial death as a scapegoat for all sin.

Moses gives us a foreshadowing of this concept through the father of faith, our father Abraham.  As you know, Abraham and Sarah were unable to have children but God gave him a promise that he would have a son, whose birth was a miracle.  Our father Abraham, a loving father was tested, he was asked to sacrifice his beloved son on the altar, although God stopped him. [2]  This is known in Hebrew as the Akedah.  Because Abraham obeyed Elohim’s voice, God gave Abraham the promise that one of his “Seed” or offspring would bless all the nations of the earth.

“In your seed

all the nations of the earth shall be blessed,

because you have obeyed My voice.”

Genesis 22:18 NIV

Who is the promised Seed who will bless all the nations of the earth?  This is a promise by God about the Messiah who would come to earth, in the fullness of times.  God gave us the Akedah, the account of Abraham offering Isaac as a sacrifice in the Torah, in order to see what He Himself would be required to do for His people in the future.  The Lord our God would provide a sacrifice for sin, His own beloved Son of promise, whose birth was a miracle, is the innocent Lamb who atoned for all our sin. God did provide for Himself the perfect Lamb, this was His plan for redemption for His people, to deliver us from our sin.

While Israel was in exile in Babylon, in response to Daniels contrite confession of his sin and the sins of his people God sent Gabriel with a special communiqué from the Almighty about the advent of an anointed Prince who would atone for the iniquity of us all – the promised Messiah.

24“Seventy weeks have been decreed

for your people and your holy city,

to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin,

to make atonement for iniquity,

to bring in everlasting righteousness,

to seal up vision and prophecy

and to anoint the most holy place.

Daniel 9:24 NASB

Some say we should look for the anointed Prince after 7 weeks (or 49 years), although when we look 49 years after the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem there is not an anointed Prince in Jerusalem who came to atone for sin.  But when we look in history 69 weeks after the decree we discover who the anointed Prince is.  So let’s go figure.  When we think of a “week” we think of 7 days, but in Daniel 9:25 a “week” refers to seven years instead of seven days.  A “week” of years is similar to a decade. A decade is ten years; but a “week” of years is seven years.  So we have 7 ‘sevens’ and 62 ‘sevens’.  If you add 7 weeks plus 62 weeks there is 69 weeks of years.

69 weeks of years is 69 times 7 years which equals 483 years.

The U.S.A. currently uses the Gregorian calendar that is a 365-day year, based upon the Anno Domini system that counts years from the traditional incarnation of Yeshua the Messiah.  Ancient calendars by the Hebrews, Egyptians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Persians, Greeks, Phoenicians, Chinese, Mayans and other civilizations were based on a 360-day year.  These ancient calendars usually were based on twelve 30-day months. [3]  We see this reflected in Bible prophecies in both the Tanakh (Old Testament) and New Testament with a 30-day month and a 360-day year, referred to by some Biblical scholars and theologians as a “Prophetic Calendar” [4]

So 69 times 7 years equals 483 years,

and 483 years times 360-days equals 173,880 days.

Gabriel gave insight to Daniel that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until an anointed Prince there will be seven seven-year periods plus sixty-two seven-year periods of time; which equals 483 years.  Then when we multiply 483 years times 360-days this equals 173,880 days.  This anointed One, the Mäshiach, who is the anointed “Prince of Peace”, the “Prince of princes”, the King of kings; came to redeem God’s people and atone for our sins; “the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.” [5]

The English word “prince” used here in Hebrew is “nagid” – a leader, ruler, prince, commander-in-chief, or king. [6]  Isaiah tells us that Mäshiach is “Mighty God”, “Prince of Peace”. [7]  He is also the “Commander of the host” of heaven, the “Prince of princes”, [8] He is the anointed “King of kings” and Lord of lords. [9]

When did the anointed One, the Mäshiach, the anointed King come to Jerusalem?  Yeshua the Mäshiach rode into Jerusalem on a colt, the foal of a donkey and was presented as King on April 6, 32 A.D. [10]

The Hebrew prophet Zachariah prophesied under the inspiration of the Spirit of the Lord;

Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!

Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!

See, your king comes to you,

righteous and having salvation,

gentle and riding on a donkey,

on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Zachariah 9:9 NIV

We read in chapter 19 of Luke’s account about an important event of the ministry of Yeshua the Mäshiach;

35They brought it to Jesus,

and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus on it.

36As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road.

37As soon as He was approaching,

near the descent of the Mount of Olives,

the whole crowd of the disciples

began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice

for all the miracles which they had seen,

38shouting:
”BLESSED IS THE KING

WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD;

Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him,

“Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”

40But Jesus answered,

“I tell you, if these become silent,

the stones will cry out!”

Luke 19:35-40 NASB

From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem on March 14, 445 B.C. by Artaxerxes Longimanus until Yeshua arrived and was presented in Jerusalem as the Messianic King on April 6, 32 A.D.; we discover that when we calculate 69 weeks of years (or 483 years and correct for leap years) it figures out to be 173,880 days to the day. [11]

How is this possible, to announce the coming of the Anointed One, the Lord’s Mäshiach, the King of Zion; five centuries before the historical event transpires in precise detail?  The Tanakh is an amazing collection of books, our awesome God orchestrated it.  YHVH our Elohim is omniscient, the future is as clear to Him as the present and the past; He knows the beginning from the end.  YHVH our Elohim is the A & Z, the beginning and the end, the Creator and the Judge.  Our Father in heaven wanted His people to know exactly when His Son, the Prince of princes and King of kings; would arrive on earth and step forward as the Messiah.  God is faithful, He keeps His promises, He is not like men, nor is He like the sons of men who do not fulfill their word. [12]

In Daniel 9:24 God’s angelic messenger Gabriel communicated that it had been our heavenly Father’s plan to redeem us by paying the debt of sin, in order to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, and to bring in everlasting righteousness.  The penalty for sin was paid for.  Messiah’s sacrificial death on the cross was not for his own transgressions, but His suffering and excruciating execution on the cross were for our sin; His life was given as an atonement for our transgressions.  His human body was “cut off”, he was crucified.  Yeshua is the perfect sacrificial Lamb who is without sin, the day of His death on the cross was God’s provision for all sin for all time; it was the day of atonement.  He is the one who came to save His people from all of our sins.

The city of Jerusalem and the glorious second temple were destroyed as foretold by Gabriel to Daniel in chapter 9 verse 26;

After the sixty-two weeks the Anointed One will be cut off,

but not for Himself.

The people of the prince that will come;

will destroy the city and the temple,

the end will come with a flood

and desolations are determined until the end of the war.

Daniel 9:26 HSV

YHVH Elohim sent Gabriel to tell His people that an Anointed Prince, who is the promised Messiah must come, atone for sin and be killed before the destruction of Jerusalem and the second temple which occurred in 70 A.D., when the Roman legions fought under Titus Vespasian and the Roman army leveled the city.  Tragically, most of the Jewish people did not recognize the time of their visitation by Yeshua the Mäshiach, God’s promised Messianic King.

because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”

As the anointed King approached Jerusalem, He wept over the city and He gave the reason why the second temple and the city of Jerusalem were destroyed as predicted by Gabriel in Daniel 9:26;

41When He approached Jerusalem,

He saw the city and wept over it,

42saying, “If you had known in this day,

even you, the things which make for peace!

But now they have been hidden from your eyes.

43For the days will come upon you

when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you,

and surround you and hem you in on every side,

44and they will level you to the ground

and your children within you,

and they will not leave in you one stone upon another,

because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”

Luke 19:41-44 NASB

Both God’s messenger the angel Gabriel and Yeshua the Son God, the promised Messiah prophesied the destruction of the second temple and Jerusalem.  In the Bible we see both the severity of God’s judgment and the mercy and love of our Father who is in heaven.  Messiah Yeshua explained God’s plan for our redemption and salvation, and how to receive eternal life.

14“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,

even so must the Son of Man be lifted up;

15so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.

16“For God so loved the world,

that He gave His only begotten Son,

that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

17“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world,

but that the world might be saved through Him.

18“He who believes in Him is not judged;

he who does not believe has been judged already,

because he has not believed

in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:14-18 NASB

In the fullness of times, Messiah did come and was presented as King in Jerusalem.  In the Gospel of John we read how God blesses all those who believe in and receive His Son, Yeshua the promised Messiah;

11He came to His own,

and those who were His own did not receive Him.

12But as many as received Him,

to them He gave the right to become children of God,

even to those who believe in His name,

13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh

nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 1:11-13 NASB

The seventieth week is a seven-year period of time that soon will be upon us, known as “the time of Jacob’s trouble”.  This seven-year period of time is revealed to us prophetically by the Lord our God in much detail by the prophets. [13]  At the end of God’s prophetic 70th week, there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. [14]  Yeshua the Messiah, the Son of the living God will come on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.  He will send His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect people from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. [15]  Then God’s righteous wrath will be poured out on the earth [16] and then Messiah will return as promised and fight the wars of God [17], set up His messianic millennial reign of peace; [18] where He will rule the nations in the strength of His might with a rod of iron from Jerusalem. [19]  Blessed are those who long for His appearing!

Source Notes:

[1] Anderson, Robert, The Coming Prince, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1894. The classic work on the Seventy Weeks of Daniel.

[2] Genesis 22:1-19

[3] Missler, Chuck, “Hidden Treasures in the Biblical Text”, Koinonia House, 2001, Page 43.

[4] Genesis 7:24; 8:3,4; Revelation 11:2; 12:6; 13:3,4

[5] Isaiah 53:6 NASB

[6] New American Standard, Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible; Hebrew-Aramaic and Greek Dictionaries: Holman, Nashville, TN.

[7] Isaiah 9:6

[8] Daniel 8:11 & 25.

[9] Revelation 19:16

[10] Luke 3:1, Tiberias appointed in A.D. 14; 15th year, A.D. 29; the 4th Passover occurred in A.D. 32.  Also, read the thought provoking book by author: McDowell, Josh, “The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict”, Thomas Nelson, 1999, page 199.

[11] Missler, Chuck, “Daniel’s 70 Weeks”, Koinonia House, 2004.  (Also, the recording of “Expositional Commentary on Daniel”)

[12] Numbers 23:19

[13] Jeremiah 30:1-24, Matthew 24:15-35, Revelation chapters 6 to chapter 19.

[14] Matthew 24:21

[15] Matthew 24:29-31

[16] Revelation 16:1-21

[17] Zechariah 12:8-10, Zechariah 14:2-4, Isaiah 2:12-19, Isaiah 63:1-6, Revelation 19:11-21

[18] Isaiah 2:1-4, Isaiah 11:1-10

[19] Revelation 2:27, Revelation 19:15, Ezekiel 40-48

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Messiah a Priest, King, Warrior and Judge

I have wondered about the mysterious Melchaideck the priest and king whom Abraham paid tithes to in the book of Genesis.

17 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).  18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine.

He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying,

“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth.

20 And blessed be God Most High,
who delivered your enemies into your hand.”
Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Genesis 14:17-20 NIV

Is Melchizedek a priest and king who foreshadows Yeshua ha’Moschiah or was he a pre-incarnate visitation of Yeshua ha’Mashiach?

Melchizedek (from Hebrew melech-i-tzédek, means “King of righteousness”) who certainly is an enigmatic person listed in the Torah.  Melchizedek is the King of righteousness and the King of Peace.  Moses does not tell us who is his father or mother, nor his genealogy.  We are not told of his birth or his death, he  has no beginning or ending.  Who is this righteous King who is greater than Abram?  He is a conundrum for those who study the scriptures, Melchizedek either foreshadows the Messiah or is a pre-incarnate appearance of Messiah at a strategic time in the embryonic phase of the birth of the Jewish people.

Moses writes of Melchizedek in the Torah in Genesis chapter 14.  Melchizedek is mentioned as the King of Salem, and priest of God Most High (YHWH, El-Elyon), in the time of the biblical patriarch Abram. This King of righteousness who also is King of Salem and a priest of YHWH, El-Elyon who brought out bread and wine, blessed Abram, then Abram gave Melchizedek tithes of all the spoils of battle he had acquired.

King David writes both poetically and prophetically of Moshiach in Psalms 110.

The Moshiach is a Prophet like Moses, a triumphant Warrior like David and a King who shall rule upon the throne of David during a millennial messianic reign on earth from the messianic temple in Jerusalem.  The Moshiac is a Priest forever of the order of Melchizedek.

Here in this Psalm, King David writes about Messiah; who is the “son of David” receiving His messianic kingdom on earth.  Even though Messiah is David’s son, David calls Him “my Lord” (my Adonay) in Psalms 110 verse 1.  Yeshua Ha’Moshiac is the “Son of Man” and Lord (Adonai), He is Immanuel – God with us, the incarnate God-man.  He is seated at the right hand of the LORD, Yeshua is an eternal priest according to the order of Melchizedek.  The Messiah is the King of Righteousness, and when the last trumpet blows the saints of God will rise to meet Him in the clouds.  This warrior KING of Kings will shatter Kings in the day of His wrath and He will judge among the nations.

The Anointed Son of  David is Lord, Priest, Warrior, Judge

A Psalm 110 written by King David

1The LORD says to my Lord:
“Sit at My right hand
Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”
2The LORD will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying,
“Rule in the midst of Your enemies.”
3Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power;
In holy array, from the womb of the dawn,
Your youth are to You as the dew.
4The LORD has sworn and will not change His mind,
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”
5The Lord is at Your right hand;
He will shatter kings in the day of His wrath.
6He will judge among the nations,
He will fill them with corpses,
He will shatter the chief men over a broad country.
7He will drink from the brook by the wayside;
Therefore He will lift up His head.

Psalm 110 NASB

The Messiah is the “Son of Man” and the “Son of David”. The Anointed One is the Son of God, who existed from eternity and at the preordained time was born of a virgin in Bethlehem, He is God incarnate — Immanuel!  But He is also a Warrior KING!

The LORD is a warrior;
the LORD is his name.

Exodus 20:3 NIV

The Lord is a “man of war”, the Lord is an Almighty Warrior.  The Lord Most High who Daniel refers to in chapter 7 as “The Ancient of Days” grants authority, glory and sovereign power to the “Son of Man”, a name Messiah used to referring to Himself.   The Warrior KING of kings returns on the clouds of heaven[1], the last trumpet will sound[2] and the angels will gather His  saints from the four corners of  the earth.  Then Almighty God’s wrath will be poured out upon the earth in judgment[3] the Warrior KING will return to earth and fight the wars of God beginning with destroying all the nations that attacked Jerusalem[4] and then Armageddon; the war of that great day of God Almighty.[5]

Judge of the Nations

31“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory,

and all the angels with Him,

then He will sit on His glorious throne.

32“All the nations will be gathered before Him;

and He will separate them from one another,

as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;

33and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

34“Then the King will say to those on His right,

‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father,

inherit the kingdom prepared for youfrom the foundation of the world.

Matthew 25:31-34 NASB

After Armageddon comes Judgment day, the day of reckoning; where the eternal destination of each individual will be determined by the righteous Judge whose judgment is true and just..  His royal Majesty the Moshiach, the  Son of our Father in Heaven, the anointed LORD of lords, the valiant and courageous Lion from the tribe of Judah, He will rule the nations with an iron scepter[6] and usher in an era of world-wide peace during His millennial messianic reign.  We read in Daniel chapter 7, verses 13-14; that all peoples of all nations of every language will worship Messiah.  The Mashiach’s dominion is an everlasting dominion, His kingdom will never be destroyed.  The last and final war will be the battle with Gog and Magog.[7]  Afterwards “the new heaven and the new earth” and the new “Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” [8]

The Holy City, the new Jerusalem

3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

“Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them.

They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

4He will wipe every tear from their eyes.

There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain,

for the old order of things has passed away.”

Revelation 21:3-4 NIV

[1] Matthew 24:29 – 31  [2] I Corinthians 15:50-52  [3] Revelation 15:1 – 16:21  [4] Zechariah 12:9 [5] Revelation 14:14-20, Revelation 16:13-21 and 19:11 – 21  [6] Psalms 2:9, Revelation 2:27, Revelation 12:5  [7] Ezekiel 38 & 39, Revelation 20:7-10  [8] Revelation 21 & 22, NIV

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“The LORD our God, the LORD is one.”

By David Cook

Shema

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.”

Deuteronomy 6:4 NIV

What is Moses telling us in this scripture passage in the Torah?  Let’s go back to the book of Genesis to begin our investigation for an accurate Biblical interpretation.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

Genesis 1:1 KJV

The Hebrew word that Moses uses for God in this verse and 32 times in chapter one of Genesis is “Elohim”, which is a transliteration from Hebrew to English.  Moses uses Elohim for God 207 times in the book of Genesis and numerous times throughout the Torah.  This name for God is an important word to understand.  Elohim is a plural and masculine noun used for God.  Elohim is used over 2300 times in the Hebrew Bible.

Moses gives us a foundational understanding about many things in Genesis – the book of beginnings.  In Genesis the first book of the Torah we find our initial understanding on the essence of God’s nature, the creation of the heavens and earth, the creation of man and woman, the beginning of marriage, and the beginning of the nation of Israel.

In  the Torah we read; “In the beginning Elohim created…”

The name for God that Moses uses in Genesis 1:1 is “Elohim” (plural Almighty God) has a plural intensive syntax.  The Hebrew verb “bara” (created) is singular since Elohim is “echad” (one or a unified one) as Moses reveals later in the Torah in Deuteronomy 6:4.  The triune Almighty God — Elohim (plural noun for mighty God) who is revealed in the Torah is a unique unified one, therefore the verbs and adjectives used with Elohim are singular.

In the Torah Moses writes that a man and his wife, the two become “echad” (one, a unified one) married couple, that the divided nation of Israel made up of the tribes of  Judah and the tribes of Ephraim become “echad” (one, a unified one) nation and the Lord our God, the Lord is “echad” (one, a unified one) God. (See Genesis 2:24, Ezekiel 37:17-22, and Deuteronomy 6:4)

Elohim (plural Almighty God) is the triune God who is the unique unified one true living God, revealed in the Bible who created the heavens and earth;  there is no other living God.

In chapter one, verse one of the book of Genesis Moses explains that God created the heavens and the earth.  In the second verse Moses writes that the Spirit of God moved over the surface of the waters, the Spirit of God; is a distinct person of the triune Godhead.  “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:2 KJV  The Hebrew word that Moses uses for Spirit is “Ruach” that means breath, wind or Spirit. The Spirit of God is involved in creation in unity and in collaboration with God our Father in heaven. Moses refers to the Spirit (Ruach) 23 times in the Torah and Ruach is referred to over 200 times in Tanakh.

The Lord is One

In Genesis 1:26 Moses quotes Yehovah Elohim who speaks to other Persons of the triune Elohim in the plural.  Why did the Spirit of God illuminate Moses’ mind to choose the word Elohim a plural noun for God and quote the triune God speaking to the triune Elohim in the plural?  Moses specifically writes about the plural nature of Elohim in Genesis,

Then Elohim said,

“Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…”

Genesis 1:26 NASB

1. “Let Us make man”
2. “in Our image”
3. “according to Our likeness”

Moses quotes Elohim who refers to Himself in the plural three times, Elohim is speaking to other persons of the triune Godhead.  One of the persons of the triune Godhead is speaking to the other two.  Our Father who is in heaven, His Son and the Spirit of God are having a conversation about the creation of man being made in their image and their likeness.

The New Testament confirms what Moses  wrote in Genesis that creation was a unified collaboration by Elohim the triune Almighty God who is the Creator of the universe.  We read about creation from Saint Paul where he writes about the role of God’s Son, Jesus our Messiah:

yeshua1

He is the image of the invisible God,

the firstborn over all creation.

For by him all things were created:

things in heaven and on earth,

visible and invisible,

whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;

all things were created by him and for him.

He is before all things,

and in him all things hold together.”

Colossians 1:15-17 NIV

Elohim a Hebrew word for God that is a plural masculine noun with plural meaning for the Almighty God is used as a “plural intensive” referring to the unified one God of Israel.  The triune God; the Father, His Son and the Holy Spirit of God, these three persons of the Godhead are a unified one.

Yeshua3

In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was with God,

and the Word was God.

John 1:1 ESV

What is the Spirit of God teaching us through the writing of the apostle John?  The same thing that He taught us through the writings of Moses in the Torah.  Moses wrote in Deuteronomy 6:4, “The LORD our God, the LORD is one.”  The apostle John wrote that the LORD our God, the Father, and the “Word” are divine.   In the Torah and in the New Testament we see that our Father in heaven is God, and His divine Son Yeshua and the Spirit of God; these three are one (echad), a unified one God (Elohim).

So who is the “Word” that the apostle John wrote of?  The word John used for the “Word” is “Logos” a Greek masculine noun.

1 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life— 2 and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete. 1 John 1:1-4 NASB

The “Word” that the apostle John wrote about in chapter 1 is the Son of God, Yeshua the promised Moshiach.

1 In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2He was in the beginning with God.

3 All things came into being through Him,

and apart from Him nothing came into being

that has come into being.

4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.

5 The Light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness did not comprehend it.

John 1:1-5 NASB

The “Word”, is a title for the Son of God, Yeshua the promised Messiah, He was with God in the beginning, He is the living Word, Yeshua is the Messiah the Son of the living God. Here John tells us that the Word (the Son of God) is a Co-Creator with His Father and the Spirit of God; “All things came into being through Him”.

Saint John gives us this insight concerning creation and that fact that Elohim (plural God) was involved from the  beginning; Our Father in heaven and His Son our Messiah, who is called in this scripture the “Word” (Logos) of God.  The Son of God, Yeshua our Messiah is the the A & the Z, He is the WORD of God the Logos.  Yeshua our Messiah existed before Abraham the  father of  faith, Yeshua is the first and the last, He is the  beginning and  the  end; Creator, Prophet, Redeemer, Savior, High Priest, Prince of  Peace, KING of Kings, LORD of Lords and Judge.

When Jesus the promised Messiah returns He will fullfill the remaining prophesis in the Bible that are before us in the future; Messiah is the hope of Israel.  When Yeshua was born  in Bethlehem hometown of King David as  Micah foretold, the Son of David became the incarnation of the Logos!  God’s Son  lived and dwelt among us, He is Emmanuel – God with us!

Yahweh the Elohim of Israel has not revealed everything about Himself to everyone, He is unique, there is no other god like Him, He is the infinite all-wise, all-powerful, everywhere present God; He is the King of the universe.  Man is finite in understanding and yet God gives illumination through the Holy Scriptures and by His Holy Spirit who gives us more understanding into the nature and essence of Yahweh our Elohim.  Both the Torah and the Tanakh and the New Covenant reveal the conundrum that surrounds the mystery of who God is; line upon line, precept upon precept.

Yehovah Elohim exists, He causes all things to come into existence.  Yehovah Elohim is the self-existent One.  Yehovah Elohim is the great “I AM”; who is, who was, who is to come.   He is the first cause; Creator of the universe, all that is seen and unseen, all that is visible and invisible.  Yehovah Elohim, the Lord our God is a unique unified one.

El is a Semitic name for God.  The Hebrew word “Elohim” is a plural masculine noun that means the strong supreme One, Almighty God.  Moses also writes in the Torah of our Almighty God (Elohim) in the plural in Genesis 3:22 and Genesis 11:7.

Then the LORD God said,

“Behold, the man has become like one of Us…”

Genesis 3:22 NASB

“Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language,

so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”  

Genesis 11:7 NASB

Yehovah our Elohim is a unified one.  As Moses tells us,

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.”

Deuteronomy 6:4 NIV

The Hebrew word Moses uses to describe God is “echad” translated as “one” in English.  In the Tanakh the word echad is used to mean a unified one and also may mean one alone.  The Rabbinic Jews interpreted echad to mean Elohim is one alone, that is God is a singularity.  Although, this interpretation is not congruent with Genesis 1:26 where Moses quotes God speaking to Himself in the plural.  Nor does this Rabbinic interpretation line up with Psalms 110:1 where King David quotes the LORD speaking to his Lord.

The LORD says to my Lord: 

“Sit at My right hand 

Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”  

Psalms 110:1 NASB

Yehovah said to my Adoni:

“Sit at My right hand,

until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”

Our Father in heaven said to His Son our Messiah, “Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”  The reason King David calls Him “my Lord” is because Messiah is the KING of Kings and the LORD of Lords.  Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus Christ) is the Son of the living God and the promised Messiah.  David calls Messiah my “Lord” (Adoni in Psalms 110:1 and Adonai in 110:5), even though Messiah would be a descendant of David who would be born of a virgin in David’s hometown of Bethlehem many years later while the Roman Empire ruled over Israel.  Why would King David call his descendant the Messiah his Lord?  Yeshua the Messiah, the Son of the living God existed before Abraham, and before Genesis 1:1.  Since Messiah Himself came and lived among us He is “Emmanuel” (with us God), Yeshua is divine, He is God incarnate.   Yeshua explained the essence of God in the New Covenant.  Believers in Jesus as the Messiah who are called Christians now see and understand that Elohim (a plural noun for God) is a unified one.

The LORD our God, the LORD is “echad” — a unified one.

The Hebrew name for the Savior of the world is Yeshua translated as Jesus into English, is the Son of God, who is of one essence with the Heavenly Father and the Ruach of Elohim that is the Holy Spirit of God.  Yehovah our Elohim is a unified one: our Father in Heaven who has an only begotten Son named Yeshua and the Spirit of God makes the three persons of the Holy Trinity, the triune God; these three persons of the Godhead are the LORD our God, the LORD is one.  The LORD our God is echad — a unified one.

Some say God who is the Creator and King of the universe is speaking to members of His heavenly court, but God was speaking to members of the triune Godhead.  Yehovah Elohim is speaking to Adonai and the Ruach of God.  Our Father in Heaven is speaking to His Son our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit of God. “Let Us make man in Our likeness and our image.”  Man is created solely in the likeness and image of God not in the likeness and image of both God and members of His heavenly court.

Yahweh the “Elohim” of Israel may enjoy not revealing all about Himself to all, He is the infinite God. Man is finite in understanding and yet God gives illumination through the Holy Scriptures and His Holy Spirit that gives us more understanding into the nature and essence of Yahweh our Elohim.  Both the Torah and the Tanakh and the New Covenant reveal the conundrum that surrounds the mystery of who God is.

In the Tanakh we read of our Father in heaven and His Spirit two distinct Persons of the Holy Triune God.  It seems as though Judaism embraces both Our Father in heaven and the Spirit of God although they view God only as a singular one.  Father God and the Sprit of God are of the same essence yet two distinct Persons of the Trinity who are one, a “unified one”.  Many within Judaism also believe in God’s Messiah but they do not think Messiah can be divine, so they reject Yeshua as the Messiah who was foretold  by the Hebrew prophets.  But the Jewish community needs to reread Isaiah chapter 9:6-7, Messiah is divine!

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The prophet Isaiah foretold:

“For to us a baby is born, to us a Son is given:

the government shall be upon His shoulders;

His name will be called Wonderful Counselor,

Omnipotent God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace.

His government and peace will increase and go on for eternity.

He will rule on the throne of David and over his kingdom,

He will establish, sustain and defend it,

with justice and righteousness;

from its origin throughout all eternity.

The zeal of the self-existent One, the cause of all,

the LORD of the armies of heaven will accomplish this.”

Isaiah 9:6-7 HSV

Messiah will rule on David’s throne forever, He is the “Prince of Peace”, the “Almighty God”, the “Eternal Father”!  Elohim is the strong supreme One – the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, Creator and King of the universe, He is the unique unified one “Almighty God”!

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How can this Son prophesied by Isaiah who will rule upon the throne of David forever, the promised Messiah; be the “Prince of Peace” and the “Mighty God” and the “Everlasting Father”?  Jesus the promised Messiah, the Son of the living God taught us in the New Covenant; “I and My Father are one.” John 10:30 NASB  The Jews who heard Messiah make this profound statement understood that He was claiming to be one with His Father in heaven, claiming to be a unified one.  Yehovah our Elohim, Yehovah is a unified one.

There is only one triune God, there is no other.  The triune God is a unique unified one God, our Father in heaven, His beloved Son and the Holy Spirit.  Christianity is not a pagan polytheistic religion.  One Hebrew name for God that Moses used in the Torah is “Elohim”, a plural name for God.  The YHWH our Elohim, the YHWH is echad.  The Hebrew word “echad” typically means a unified one and may be used as a numerical one.  The Hebrew word “yachid” that means an absolute numeric one is never used to describe God.  The Jewish Rabbinic community may wonder, “When writing the Torah why didn’t Moses use the word ychid in the “Shema Yisrael” in Deuteronomy 6:4?  The reason is because the Spirit of God directed Moses to use an accurate word to describe The LORD our God, “echad” – a unified one.   “The LORD our God, the LORD is one.”  The LORD our God, is a unique unified one LORD.  The numeric one commandment of the ten is; “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”  The LORD our Elohim, is the triune God; the unique unified one true and living God, Creator of the heavens and earth.                                                               

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“The Lord said to my Lord”

We read in the gospel of saint Matthew the 22nd chapter; But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together.  One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  And He said to him, ” ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’  “This is the great and foremost commandment.  “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’  “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”  Matthew 22:34-40 NASB

An expert in the Mosiac Law attempts to ask Moshiach a question that will stump Him or incriminate Him. The “lawyer” asks; “Rabbi, which is the great commandment in the Torah?”

Yeshua (Jesus) who is the promised Moshiach and Son of the living God is not befuddled nor was He incriminated but instead gives a very profound answer, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’  This is the most important commandment.  The second in importance is, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’

Then Yeshua the promised Messiah decided to ask the experts a question that confounded them.

Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question:  “What do you think about the Christ, whose son is He?” They said to Him, “The son of David.”  He said to them, “Then how does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying, ‘THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD,
”SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOUR FEET”‘?  “If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his son?”  No one was able to answer Him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him another question. Matthew 22:41-46 NASB

Yeshua asked; if King David calls the Messiah ‘Lord’ (Adoni — which means “my Lord”)  how can the Messiah be David’s descendant? 

Yeshua quotes Psalms 110:1-2 written by David the shepherd lad who became the second king of Israel.  The proper name of the G-d of Israel in Hebrew is יְהֹוָ  then transliterated into English is Yhvh pronounced (yeh-ho-vaw’) sometimes used as Yehovah or Jehovah.  Another name for Lord in Hebrew is Adoni in English the transliteration of the word is “Adoni” that means “my Lord”, which can refer to either a human lord or divine Lord.

Yehovah said to my Adoni, “sit at My right hand, until I put Your enemies beneath Your feet.”

Yehovah said to my Lord, that is Father God said to David’s Lord; “sit at My right hand, until I put Your enemies beneath Your feet.”  The reason King David calls Him “my Lord” is because Messiah is the KING of Kings and the LORD of Lords.  Yeshua ha’Mashiach (Jesus the Christ) is the Son of the living God, the promised Messiah.

Another name for Lord in Hebrew is אֲדֹנָי in English the transliteration of the word Adonai always means divine “Lord”.  David uses this word Adonai in Psalms 110:5 also referring to Messiah as in verse 1.

The Lord is at Your right hand;

He will shatter kings in the day of His wrath.

Psalm 110:5 NASB

Here verse five King David writes in the Spirit that Adonai is at the right hand of Yehovah, repeating what he said in verse one.  So Adoni / Adonai is seated at the right hand of Yehovah.  A divine Lord (Adonai) is seated next to Yehovah.  As we continue we see that Adonai is the Messiah, who “will shatter kings in the day of His wrath.”  That is when Messiah returns during a time known by the Hebrew prophets as, “the day of the Lord”; Adonai Messiah will shatter kings in the day of His wrath.

Yeshua the Messiah existed before His incarnation in Bethlehem, where He was born of a virgin named Mary.  “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him.”  Colossians 1:15-16 NASB

Mashiach existed in the beginning with His Father in heaven.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.  In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.  The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”  John 1:1-5 NASB

But not only is Messiah David’s Lord He is also his Son.  The genealogy of Yeshua (Jesus) the Moshiach can be traced back to King David’s royal line.

Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Advent of Messiah, Copyright © 2010 by David M. Cook, all rights reserved.

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