Yeshua the Messiah Was NOT a “Christian”!

The time has arrived for all believers to make their decision between what comes from Yehovah, or what comes from man; and because the worst timesoftrouble ever before on this earth are growing close — there remains no more time to procrastinate.

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Shocking as it may seem, history and the Bible prove that Yeshua the Messiah was a devout Jew who did not come to abolish the faith of Judaism or the Law of his Father, but to magnify and expand them! Modern day “Christianity” has very little in common with the carpenter’s son from Nazareth, whom they claim as the founder of their “faith”! Yeshua did not teach or observe the major “Christian” holidays of Christmas, Easter, but considered them pagan. He observed the Jewish holy days of Passover, Tabernacles, and Pentecost. Just what did Yeshua the Messiah of Nazareth teach? And why was he violently persecuted by the religious leaders who were in control during his day? What did he really teach about the Laws of YEHOVAH God?

For many months we have wanted to write upon this topic. Bruce Barton calls Yeshua the Messiah the man “nobody knows,” and that seems to be the truth! In his book entitled The Man Nobody Knows, Barton pointed out that the Messiah of the New Testament was very unlike the common conception people have of him. He was not sanctimonious, wimpy, namby-pamby, weak, whining, or effeminate. Not only was he muscular and strong, physically, having worked for years as a carpenter and mason, but he was bold, courageous, and active, even throwing the money changers out of the Temple of YEHOVAH God.

But, Yeshua the Messiah was unlike the common conception of him in many other ways, also. The truth is, he was NOTHING LIKE the modern representation or idea people have of him! Truly, as the apostle Paul warned was beginning to happen 1,900 years ago, the world has embraced “ANOTHER JESUS” — a totally different “Jesus” from the one revealed in Scripture! Paul warned the Corinthian church, “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough” (II Cor. 11:3-4, NIV).

The Yeshua of modern-day Christianity all too often seems to be one who hated his Father’s law, especially the Sabbath day, and abolished it. He hated the holy days of YEHOVAH God, and abolished them. He came preaching a gospel which virtually abolished the entire Old Testament, the Laws of YEHOVAH God, and ridiculed and condemned all the religious leaders of the Jews. But is this portrait of Yeshua the Messiah accurate?

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The truth is, the “Jesus” just described is 180% opposite from the Yeshua of the Scriptures! He is a FALSE YESHUA, a false “god,” which was foisted upon the world by a devious and cunning Satan, who has indeed deceived the “whole world” (Rev. 12:9).

The Yeshua of the New Testament did not hate his Father’s Law. In fact, to clarify this very point, he told his disciples in no uncertain terms: “Do NOT think that I have come to ABOLISH THE LAW or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to FULFILL them” — that is, to fill them to the full, to bring to them their full spiritual scope and intent! (Matt. 5:17). Yeshua went on, explaining: “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” (verse 18).

Has that day come yet? Has everything been accomplished? Have the new heavens and new earth appeared yet (Rev. 21:1)? Has the heavenly Jerusalem already come down from heaven to the earth (Rev. 21:2)? Has Satan already been punished and cast into the lake of fire? (Rev. 20:10.) Has the Great White Throne Judgment occurred already? (Rev. 20:11-12.) Have Yeshua the Messiah and YEHOVAH God the Father already returned and established the Kingdom of YEHOVAH God? (Rev. 10:1-7 and Rev. 19:6, 11-16).

The answer is obvious. Therefore, by Yeshua’s own admission, the LAWS OF YEHOVAH GOD are still in force today! He did not come to abolish the LEAST little law or commandment! Rather, he came to make the law of YEHOVAH God even MORE binding, in spirit, and not just in the letter!

Read Matthew 5, to the very end of the chapter. Notice. Yeshua did not just condemn the act of murder, but he added, “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment” (verse 22). Yeshua did not merely condemn the act of adultery, but he went much further, saying, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (verse 28). Although the law of Moses allowed divorce through a “certificate of divorce,” Yeshua tightened and strengthened the divorce law of YEHOVAH God. He said, “But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for MARITAL UNFAITHFULNESS, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery” (verse 32).

Yeshua and the Law

Does this sound as if Yeshua rescinded or abolished the commandments of YEHOVAH God? NOT AT ALL! Rather, he amplified and expanded their meaning, showing us the full spiritual intent of YEHOVAH’s Law. As Isaiah the prophet spoke of him, “It pleased the LORD [through the agency of the Messiah] for the sake of his righteousness to make his law great and glorious” (Isa. 42:21). The Living Bible has this verse, “The LORD [through the agency of the Messiah] has magnified his law and made it truly glorious.” A possible rendering of the original Hebrew of this passage is: “He will enlarge and advance the Torah, and make it expanded.” In other words, Yeshua’s intent was not to abolish or weaken or emasculate the Laws of YEHOVAH God, revealed in the Old Testament, but to expand and magnify them to their full spiritual intent and conclusion — to show their full meaning, purpose, and relevance — to reveal their spiritual and supernatural nature and basis — to show that the commandments lead us by necessity to FAITH in him as the Messiah. We do not earn salvation by works of law, but by Faith in Yeshua the Messiah, who died for our sins and transgression of the Law, and who now gives us his spirit to enable us to fulfill the righteousness of the Law (Acts 2:38; 5:32; Gal. 2:20). The Messiah did not replace the Law of YEHOVAH God with Faith alone, but rather gives us inward Faith, through his spirit, to enable us to observe the holy commandments of YEHOVAH God!

The apostle Paul knew this truth. He wrote to the believers in Rome, “Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we UPHOLD the law” (Rom. 3:31). Not one iota, not one jot or tittle, is abolished from the Law of YEHOVAH God.

But what about offering animal sacrifices, one might ask. Aren’t animal sacrifices abolished? This is a much misunderstood area of Yeshua’s teaching. Protestants and Catholics and many others assume that the entire Law of YEHOVAH God is abolished, and they point to animal sacrifices as an example of that. But what is the truth? Is it so simple as all that? Why are animal sacrifices not done today?

What about the Law of Moses?

When a leper came to Yeshua and asked to be made clean, Yeshua had compassion on him and healed him. At once he was cured. Then Yeshua commanded him, “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and OFFER THE SACRIFICES THAT MOSES COMMANDED for your cleansing, as a testimony to them” (Mark 1:40-44). Here was Yeshua’s perfect opportunity to tell the poor man that it wasn’t necessary any more for him to offer sacrifices prescribed in the Law. But he didn’t do it! Why? Because, although those sacrifices did not forgive sin, their performance would be a TESTIMONY to all the people that a wonderful miracle had been accomplished — a marvelous, miraculous HEALING!

At that time the Temple of YEHOVAH God was still standing. The Levitical priesthood was still in operation and functioning. Therefore, the Laws involving the Temple, priesthood, and sacrifices were STILL APPLICABLE and in force!

In 60 A.D., 29 years after the crucifixion of the Messiah, the apostle Paul returned to Jerusalem from his journeys in Europe, preaching the gospel. Upon his return the elders of the Church of YEHOVAH God in Jerusalem welcomed him, and heard his report of the miracles and wonders YEHOVAH had done among the Gentiles (Acts 21:17-19).

Now notice what happened next. “When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: ‘You see, brother, how many THOUSANDS of Jews have BELIEVED [the gospel], and ALL OF THEM ARE ZEALOUS FOR THE LAW. They have been informed [or misinformed by persecutors among the Jews who hated Paul] that you teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or live according to our customs. What shall we do? They will certainly hear that you have come, so do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a VOW. Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved. Then everyone will know there is NO TRUTH IN THESE REPORTS about you, but that you yourself are living IN OBEDIENCE TO THE LAW” (Acts 21:20-24).

Obviously, it was not wrong to live according to the laws of YEHOVAH God, and even to perform the ceremonies of the ritual law and sacrificial law. Paul, being a Jew, therefore took part in this ceremony. However, it was not needful for Gentiles to do such things as were required in the ceremonial and ritualistic law (verse 25).

“The next day Paul took the men and purified himself along with them. Then he went to the temple to give notice of the date when the days of purification would end and the offering would be made for each of them” (verse 26). This must have been the law of the Nazarite vow which is given in Numbers 6, when a man vows to separate himself to YEHOVAH God for a period of time. During that time, he cannot cut his hair or use a razor, or drink wine or vinegar, grape juice or eat grapes, or drink any other fermented drink. When the period of separation was over, he was to go to the Tent of Meeting, or the Temple. “There he is to present his offering to the LORD: a year-old male lamb without defect for a burnt offering, a year-old ewe lamb without defect for a sin offering, a ram without defect for a fellowship offering, together with their grain offerings and drink offerings, and a basket of bread made without yeast — cakes made of fine flour mixed with oil, and wafers spread with oil” (Num. 6:13-15).

The priest was to present these offerings before the LORD and make the sin offering and burnt offering (verse 16). He was to present the basket of unleavened bread, and to sacrifice the ram for a fellowship offering, together with the grain offering and drink offering (verse 17). Then the Nazarite’s hair, which had not been cut for the duration of the vow, was to be shaved off and put in the fire under the sacrifice of the fellowship offering (v. 18). The priest then was to place in his hands a boiled shoulder of the ram, and a cake and a wafer from the basket (unleavened). “The priest shall then wave them before the LORD as a wave offering; they are holy and belong to the priest, together with the bread that was waved and the thigh that was presented. After that, the Nazarite may drink wine” (Num. 6:20).

If this “law of God” were abolished by Yeshua the Messiah, then WHY did the apostle Paul observe it with four other Church men in Jerusalem 29 years AFTER the crucifixion of the Messiah? Obviously, this ceremony had NOT been abolished in any way whatsoever. If there were a Temple of YEHOVAH God in Jerusalem, today, and a Levitical priesthood, then it would NOT BE WRONG for a true believer in the Messiah to observe this same ritual and ceremony TODAY!

Law Versus Lawlessness

What does this tell us, then, about the true religion that Yeshua the Messiah, proclaimed? What does it tell us about his true gospel, good news, or message? The apostle Paul wrote, “What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, ‘Do not covet’ ” (Rom. 7:7). Paul went on, “So then, the law is HOLY, and the commandment is HOLY, RIGHTEOUS and GOOD” (verse 12). He went on to say that YEHOVAH’s Law is spiritual (Rom. 7:14) — and that which is spiritual is eternal. As Paul also wrote, “For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (II Cor. 4:18). If the Laws of YEHOVAH God were all abolished, as some believe, then Yeshua did away with what was clearly holy, righteous, good, and spiritual. How ridiculous!

The sad truth is that the religion which today calls itself “Christian” in the world and which claims the laws of YEHOVAH God are abolished IS NOT TRULY CHRISTIAN AT ALL! It is a PAGAN perversion of the truth of YEHOVAH God. Its origin is not in the Scriptures of the Bible, but in the ancient pagan Mystery religion of ancient Babylon, with its false Messiah, its pagan customs and beliefs, and its hatred of the laws and customs of YEHOVAH God, which have been preserved in part by the Jews only!

That is why we say, in the title of this article, that Yeshua the Messiah was NO CHRISTIAN! He never observed Christmas (see our article, Is Christmas Christian?), which is the pagan celebration of the winter solstice and the birth of the “sun god.” He wasn’t born anywhere near December 25! He never observed Easter Sunday, named after the pagan goddess of sex and fertility, called “EESTER” (phonetic spelling) but spelled Astarte, or Ishtar, by the pagans.

Furthermore, Yeshua the Messiah never once in his entire life observed “Sunday” every consecutive week as a day of rest, nor did he ever command his followers to observe it! Sunday is the pagan day of worship of the SUN GOD! It carries its very meaning in its name. True followers of the Messiah do not worship on the “day of the sun” every consecutive week, but keep the Sabbath according to the lunar calendar as YEHOVAH God commanded, and which can fall on any day of the week! Consecutive Sunday worship stamps people as worshipping the false “god of this world,” Satan (II Cor. 4:4), who has blinded the minds of those who believe not the truth of the Scriptures. Satan comes disguised as an “angel of light,” as Paul wrote.

Those who teach contrary to the Law of YEHOVAH God, which Yeshua upheld, and Paul also taught, are false ministers, serving in false Churches, exploiting the “name” of Yeshua to cover over their pagan roots and origins. Paul writes of them, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve” (II Cor. 11:13-15). For more proof about this incredible deception which has pulled the wool over the eyes of MILLIONS of people who think they worship the Messiah, read our article Is the Law of YEHOVAH God Nailed to the Cross?

The True Teachings of the Messiah

First and foremost, we need to understand that Yeshua the Messiah was a Jew. He was born the son of Mary and Joseph, both of whom were devout Jews. Joseph was a “righteous man” (Matt. 1:19), which means he observed the laws of YEHOVAH God faithfully (see Psalm 119:172). When the magi came to see the Messiah, they asked Herod, “Where is the one who has been born king of the JEWS?” (Matt. 2:2).

Yeshua was brought up in the faith of his fathers, the faith of Joseph and Mary — the teachings of 1st. Century Judaism. The Church which existed in Judea at that time was the “congregation of Israel,” and the teachers of the Church were known as Pharisees. The Sadducees were a small, offshoot cult which numbered some members among the priesthood and the well-to-do. They were politically motivated, and harsh in their teachings. However, the whole nation of Judea followed the teachings of the Pharisees, who created the system of synagogue worship throughout the land. Even the Sadducees feared the Pharisees, because all the multitudes followed them. They preserved the religious faith of Israel, the Scriptures, and the laws of YEHOVAH God, handed down from generation to generation.

There were only three religious “sects” known of in Judea at that time. The third sect was the Essenes, who withdrew from society and lived in communes down by the Dead Sea, in the desert. They developed their own calendar, rejected the priesthood and the Temple worship, and sort of lived unto themselves, as a class of “hermits” with very strict codes and regulations.

The Pharisees, however, were the teachers and scribes of the Law. They were the predominant religious group in Judea. They preserved the religion of Israel, descended from the time of Ezra the scribe. Their very name means the “separated ones.” They preserved the truth of YEHOVAH God during the apostasy of the priesthood and Hellenists during the time of Antiochus Epiphanes. You can read more about them in our article, Who Were the Pharisees?

Since Joseph and Mary lived by the tenets of the religion of their forefathers, they lived by the laws of Judaism. They observed all the holy days of YEHOVAH God, and the true (lunar) Sabbath day. They were devout. After the birth of Yeshua, we read: “When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord’), and to OFFER A SACRIFICE in keeping with what is said in the Law of the LORD: ‘a pair of doves or two young pigeons’ ” (Luke 2:22-24).

Another devout Pharisee of that time was Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist. We read, “In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. But of them were UPRIGHT in the sight of God, OBSERVING ALL THE LORD’S COMMANDMENTS AND REGULATIONS BLAMELESSLY” (Luke 1:5-6). These were law-abiding, devout Jews — Pharisees who practiced the religion commonly known as “Judaism.” However, be aware that the “Judaism” of the Messiah’s day was far different to the Judaism practiced today.

Another righteous Jew, or Pharisee, of that time, was “Simeon, who was RIGHTEOUS AND DEVOUT. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the holy spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Moved by the spirit, he went into the TEMPLE COURTS. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the CUSTOM OF THE LAW REQUIRED, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel’ ” (Luke 2:25-32).

Joseph and Mary observed the Passover festival every year. “Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, ACCORDING TO THE CUSTOM” (Luke 2:41-42).

Yeshua and the Pharisaic Leaders of His Time

As Yeshua the Messiah was brought up, therefore, and taught as a youth, he was obviously brought up in the teachings and doctrine of the Pharisees! Very likely he was educated by Rabbis who were of the School of Hillel. We know that his wisdom and knowledge, even when he was 12 years old, astonished the doctors of the Law and Pharisees. When he was twelve, his parents took him to Jerusalem to observe the Passover. When the Feast was over, they returned home, unaware that he was still in Jerusalem. A day after they left, they discovered he was missing, and returned to Jerusalem to find him. “After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers” (Luke 2:41-47).

When Yeshua began his ministry, however, many of the Pharisees did not accept him. Many who were in power and authority in Jerusalem looked upon him as an “outsider,” an interloper, as one who threatened their power and security. They vehemently denounced him. When they saw his miracles, they ridiculed them. When Yeshua healed a demon-possessed man who was both blind and mute, the common people were astonished, and wondered, “Could this be the Son of David?” But the majority of the Pharisees, who by this time had been infiltrated by hypocrites and wicked men, rejected the evidence before their very eyes, and exclaimed, “It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons” (Matt. 12:22-23).

In the time of the Messiah, there were two major schools among the Pharisees — the school of Hillel, and the school of Shamai. Many among the school of Shamai were very strict, legalistic, and harsh in judgment. They stressed minutae, and legalism, adding many extra burdensome laws to the Sabbath, for example.

We read of this kind of Pharisee when Matthew records: “Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, ‘Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!’ Jesus replied, ‘And why do you break the COMMAND OF GOD for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.’ But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received is a gift devoted to God,’ he is not to honor his father with it. Thus you NULLIFY THE WORD OF GOD for the sake of your tradition. You HYPOCRITES! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in VAIN; their teachings are but rules taught by men’ ” (Matt. 15:1-9).

Yeshua had many encounters with these apostate renegades among the Pharisees. By the time his ministry had begun, the Pharisees as a whole had degenerated into a thieving, greedy, conniving bunch of rascals and scoundrels. The majority of them had become wicked and self-righteous, vain and selfish, lusting after praise, honor and glory from men.

A Pharisee Named Gamaliel

One, however, who was not among this apostate group was Gamaliel. He was a “doctor of the Torah,” a grandson of the famous Hillel who had founded the School of Hillel. Gamaliel is mentioned favorably in the New Testament. Luke records that when Peter and John had been brought before the Sanhedrin because of the miracle they had performed in the name of Yeshua, many of the Pharisees present were furious and wanted to put them to death. The apostles had challenged their authority to command them to quit preaching in the name of the Messiah. Peter had said, “We must obey God rather than men!” (Acts 5:29). He then gave a witness that Yeshua, whom they had slain, was the Messiah. This bold witness enraged the apostate, renegade Pharisees who were present. But something happened, to prevent their action.

“But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law who was honored by ALL the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. Then he addressed them: ‘Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men….Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin it will fall. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves FIGHTING AGAINST GOD’ ” (Acts 5:34-39). His speech persuaded them to let the apostles go free, after they flogged them.

Who was this Gamaliel? He was a righteous, devout Pharisee. He was the teacher of the apostle Paul. Paul declared, when he was on trial before the Sanhedrin, “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. Under Gamaliel I was thoroughly trained in the law of our fathers and was just as zealous for God as any of you are today” (Acts 22:3).

Because of his thorough Pharisaic upbringing, Paul later wrote to the Philippians, “If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the LAW, A PHARISEE; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for LEGALISTIC RIGHTEOUSNESS, FAULTLESS” (Phil. 3:4-6).

This clearly shows that Gamaliel had taught Paul well. Paul had been a very devout Pharisee — just as Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, and Joseph, the legal father of Yeshua the Messiah, were.

Unger’s Bible Dictionary tells us of Gamaliel:

“The grandson of the great Hillel, and himself a Pharisee and celebrated doctor of the law. His learning was so eminent and his character so revered that he is one of the seven who, among Jewish doctors only, have been honored with the title of ‘Rabban.’ He was called the ‘Beauty of the Law,’ and it is a saying of the Talmud that ‘since Rabban Gamaliel died the glory of the Law has ceased.’ He was a Pharisee, but anecdotes are told of him which show that he was not trammeled by the harrow bigotry of the sect. He rose above the prejudices of his party. Candor and wisdom seem to have been the features of his character….Ecclesiastical tradition makes him become a Christian and be baptised by Peter and Paul, together with his son Gamaliel and with Nicodemus…” (“Gamaliel,” p. 388).

What Yeshua Really Said

Now, with this background in mind, let us examine the words of Yeshua in Matthew, where he encountered some hostile critics among the Pharisees in Jerusalem. In Matthew 22 we read that some Pharisees “went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.” They sent men to flatter him, and then ask him whether it was all right to pay taxes to Caesar or not. They intended to get him in trouble with the Roman authorities, if he said no, and with the people, if he said yes. But Yeshua discerned their motives and replied, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a coin, and he said, “Whose portrait is this, and whose inscription?” The answered, “Caesar’s.” Yeshua then silenced them, saying, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” (Matt. 22:15-22).

After this, the Sadducees tried to trip him up also. They didn’t believe in a resurrection from the dead. They taught that this life is all there is, and there is no “afterlife.” They gave Yeshua an example of a man who had been married to seven wives, each of them dying successively. They then asked him which woman would be his wife in the resurrection. Yeshua responded, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. But about the resurrection of the dead — have you not read what God said to you, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living’ ” (verses 29-32).

The Pharisees then tried again, sending someone to ask him which is the greatest commandment of the Law. Yeshua replied quoting the Shema from the Torah. He said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (verses 34-40).

Then Yeshua confounded the Pharisees by asking them a question, saying “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They replied, “The Son of David.” Then Yeshua asked them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.” ‘ If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he then be his son?’ ” (verses 41-45). They couldn’t think of a reply (v. 46).

Matthew 23 and “Moses’ Seat”

At this point, we read that Yeshua turned to the crowds, and to his disciples, and said: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees SIT IN MOSE’S SEAT. So you must OBEY THEM and do EVERYTHING they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. Everything they do is for men to see…” (Matt. 23:1-5).

What is Yeshua saying here? Notice! He is talking to the multitudes and to his disciples about the Pharisees. He acknowledges that as a group, as descendants of the “pious ones,” that the GOOD, devout, sincere Pharisees sat in Moses’ seat — that is, they held authority in the Church, in the religion of Israel, in the promulgation of the Truth and the Law of YEHOVAH God. They exercised authority in the Church, in teaching the laws and commandments of YEHOVAH God, in determining the Temple services and rituals, and in preserving and maintaining the sacred calendar, and setting the dates for the annual Holy Days. When Yeshua said this, he was speaking of the DEVOUT Pharisees — such as Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, Gamaliel, the “doctor of the Law,” and others, such as Nicodemus.

But after saying this, he turned his attention to the OTHER Pharisees — the rascals and insincere, the mountebanks and hypocrites among them, the rogues and scoundrels — the religious renegades and apostates! It is then of THESE kinds of Pharisees that he goes on to say, “WOE to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter [so obviously he was not here talking about devout, righteous Pharisees, such as Gamaliel, or Nicodemus, or Saul of Tarsus], nor will you let those enter who are trying to. WOE to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are. WOE to you, blind guides!” (Matt. 23:13-16).

Yeshua goes on to call the renegade, apostate Pharisees, who were like wolves in sheep’s clothing, masquerading as servants of YEHOVAH God, but still in positions of authority and power, “You blind fools!” (verse 17). He finally denounces them with these scathing words: “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?” (Matt. 23:33).

Yeshua was here not reprimanding Gamaliel or the other DEVOUT Pharisees of his time. Not at all! Since they were primarily in accord with his Judaic theology, and teachings, he had no need to criticize them or to denounce them publicly. Yeshua mentioned nothing here about the ethical school of Hillel in this passage of condemnation. Rather, he was denouncing and rebuking the APOSTATE scribes and Pharisees!

“The Painted Ones”

Modern Judaism calls those apostate scribes and Pharisees whom Yeshua encountered by the derogatory epithet “The Painted Ones.” Notice! Leo Trepp writes in A History of the Jewish Experience: Eternal Faith, Eternal People:

“Like any great movement, Pharisaism found in its ranks members that did not belong. They had joined, not in a spirit of idealism, but from motives of self-interest and the desire for self-aggrandizement. The leaders of the Pharisees were well aware of them and condemned them severely. In biting irony, the Rabbis called them ‘Painted Ones,’ whose piety was but painted on, a veneer designed to hide a heart of selfishness. Thus in the mouths of the rabbis, the term ‘Pharisee’ could be the highest accolade or scathing rebuke.

“Rabbi Joshua used to say: ‘A mad pietist, a cunning villain, a “Pharisaic” woman and the scourge of the Pharisees lead society to destruction (Sota 20 ff.).’

“In explanation the terms are clarifed:

“A mad pietist: he would not save a drowning woman; it is not ‘decent.’

“A cunning villain: he sees the judge alone, in chambers, before the start of a litigation.

“A Pharisaic Woman: a pray sister with an evil heart.

“The scourge of the Pharisees: seven unworthy types of Pharisees, namely:

“the egotistic Pharisee: he hopes to gain by his show of piety;

“the overmodest Pharisee: he walks with mincing steps;

“the bleeding Pharisee: he walks with eyes closed, lest he be tempted; he bleeds from hitting his head on the obstacles into which he has bumped;

“the bent-over Pharisee: he demonstrates his ‘humility’ by standing and walking in bowing position;

“the dutiful Pharisee: he has ‘never’ shirked his duty, and constantly asks for new tasks to perform;

“the Pharisee of ‘love,’ who makes a show of his love of God;

“the reverent Pharisee, making a show of his reverence for God.

“This sarcasm, which overstates the point, clearly shows the concern the rabbis felt over the penetration of unworthy people into their ranks. Their spirit is reflected in words which Jesus speaks to hypocrite Pharisees: ‘You Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness…ye tithe the mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God; these ought you to have done, but not to leave the other undone…you love the uppermost seats in the synagogues and greetings in the markets…Woe unto you scribes and Pharisee hypocrites, ye are graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them’ (Luke 12:39-44). We can almost pick the different types of ‘painted ones,’ who are mentioned here in equal sharp rebuke. But why did the rabbis permit these people to remain members of the group? Because as humans we cannot look into the hearts of men to determine their true motivations” (pp. 72-73).

Yeshua the Messiah — the True Devout Pharisee!

When we look at all the evidence, then, we see that Yeshua the Messiah did not come to bring an entirely new “religion.” Rather, he was a Jew, and he taught an enlightened, expanded truth of the Law of YEHOVAH God. He was taught of the Pharisees as a youth, and no doubt was considered as a “Pharisee” in general terms. The Pharisees of that day acknowledged him as a “rabbi,” or “teacher.” John the Baptist seemed to be indicating that Yeshua was, at least in the beginning, before he began his own separate ministry, among the Pharisees. For John said to the Pharisees who came to him, questioning him:

” ‘I baptise with water,’ John replied, ‘but AMONG YOU stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie’ ” (John 1:26-27).

Yeshua observed the requirements of the “Judaism” of his time. When he told the Pharisees that the first commandment was to love YEHOVAH God with our whole being, he was actually quoting from Deuteronomy 6:4-5. When he said the second commandment was to love our neighbor, he was quoting from Leviticus 19:18. Yeshua emphasized ALL THE MAJOR POINTS of the “Judaism” of the day, except the “excess baggage” which false teachers had added to YEHOVAH’s commandments, including various “traditions of men” (see Mark 7:5-13).

Therefore, if we take a careful look at Yeshua the Messiah of the Bible, the one revealed in the New Testament, we find that he was a true, devout Jew who obeyed all the commandments, and taught others to do so. He only parted company with the Pharisees of his time when they parted company with the revealed Law of YEHOVAH God because of their onerous traditions, which they added to YEHOVAH’s laws, and which sometimes violated the spirit and intent of the Law! YESHUA WAS A JEW! He was the Greatest Jew of all time! He was not an anemic, pale, pagan “Gentilized Christ!”

It was most likely when Yeshua began his ministry, teaching the NEW REVELATION of the truth of YEHOVAH God, that the Father gave him, that the Pharisees suddenly came up in arms, began to criticize him, began to find fault, and the more miracles he performed, the more dangerous they felt he was to their establishment and their authority, and they began to attack him with vehemence and vituperation. The renegade false Pharisees cast him out of the synagogue, and accused him of being “demon-inspired” (Matt. 11:24). Nicodemus was a member of the Jewish “ruling council” (John 3:1). He sought out Yeshua “at night” because he didn’t want the other Jewish leaders to see him (verse 2). He acknowledged that Yeshua was sent by YEHOVAH God (verse 2).

By the time Yeshua’s ministry was nearly over, and he had even raised Lazarus from the dead, the apostate, renegade Pharisees still in power decided to have Yeshua put to death. When anyone decided to follow him, that person was cast out of the synagogue or church of that time (John 9:1-34). This was well known, so many people refused to associate with the Messiah out of fear (see verses 20-23).

Those who rejected Yeshua, and caused him to be crucified, were not the devout, pious, righteous Pharisees of that time. Rather, those who condemned and betrayed him were the self-righteous, apostate, renegade Pharisees (and Sadducees), who had at that moment in history usurped control and authority in the movement! They were spiritual “wolves” who had entered into the flock of YEHOVAH God, and devoured with rapine and ferocious rapacity.

It was the APOSTATE Pharisees, who had become ringleaders and powerful figures in the movement at that time, but who were RENEGADES spiritually, that Yeshua blistered with his scathing denunciations and condemnation, in Matthew 23!

There really should be no controversy or conflict among modern day Jews, therefore, who sincerely practice true Judaism. If they can only separate in their minds between the HISTORICAL YESHUA, and the FALSE CATHOLIC CHRIST, if they can only distinguish between the TRUE and the FALSE, the REAL and the IMITATION Yeshua, then they should have no problem accepting the teachings of the true Yeshua, who taught a purified and refined and fully developed “Judaism.” He came to fulfill the teachings of the Judaism of his day — not to abolish them! He came to amplify YEHOVAH’s Law — not to destroy it!

A modern Jew, Rabbi Roland B. Gittlesohn of the Temple Israel in Boston, Massachusetts, writes of the true, historical Yeshua:

“I can certainly accept Jesus as a fellow-Jew…Jesus was not a Christian; he was a Jew. He did not preach a new faith, but taught men to do the will of God; and in his opinion, as also in that of the Jews, the will of God was to be found in the law of Moses and in the other books of Scripture. Here we must make a clear distinction between the religion of Jesus and the religion about Jesus. The religion of Jesus was Judaism; there can be no doubt of that. Christianity is the religion about Jesus. When Jesus was asked, ‘What is the first of all the commandments/’ — he answered by reciting the Shema which is the great statement of Monotheistic Judaic faith: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul…this is the first commandment’….Even though these words are often quoted — even at times by ignorant or self-denying Jews — in the name of Jesus, he himself was surely aware of the fact that they come from the Hebrew Torah…which antedates him by many centuries. Jesus was consciously citing and reiterating Judaism. This Jesus, Jesus the Jew, I can with clear conscience accept. I can and do also accept him as a superb teacher, as a restless rebel against hypocrisy, as a compassionate counselor, as one who stressed the spirit over the letter of faith, though he knew the letter to be important too. Jesus [was] an extraordinarily beautiful and noble spirit, aglow with love and pity for men, especially for the unfortunate and lost, deep in piety, of keen insight into human nature, endowed with a brilliant gift of parable and epigram, an ardent Jew, moreover, a firm believer in the faith of his people; in all, a dedicated teacher of the principles, religious and ethical, of Judaism. As a Jew and rabbi, then, I can accept Jesus…He held the basic beliefs and practices of the Jewish heritage to be precious, but strove to refurbish and refine them, to adapt them to the needs of his time. This, however, is not the Jesus of [Catholic and Protestant] Christianity, nor of Jews for Jesus…” (Smashing the Idols: A Jewish Inquiry into the Cult Phenomenon, Gary D. Eisenberg, pp. 165-166).

Modern Jewish rabbis and scholars know that Yeshua followed the first century Pharisaic practices in regards to the Sabbath and Holy days. Virtually ALL the various criticisms against Yeshua, such as healing on the Sabbath days, were totally unfounded in view of the teaching of “Nikkuah Nefesh” within Pharisaic Judaism — that is, “A Life in Danger” permitted Yeshua to heal on the Sabbath days! — otherwise the sick and afflicted people mentioned in the Gospel accounts may have died without finding another opportunity for healing in time!

Orthodox Jews will no doubt take notice of the Messianic movement among modern Jews, and within modern Judaism, long before they will pay any attention to all the various confused churches of modern Christendom, including whose who profess to observe the Sabbath and holy days, but cannot determine which are the correct days to observe! Unfortunately, the Jews themselves have become confused and today keep an incorrect Sabbath and observe many of the Holy Days at the wrong time due to their corrupted calendar. [Revelation 12:9 speaks no lie]

There were Pharisees in the time of the Messiah who were false brethren. Later some of these apostate, renegade Pharisees even entered the Church of YEHOVAH God, accepted the Messiah as Saviour, at least on the outside, and professed to worship him. But they taught that Gentiles had to be circumcised in order to be saved. The apostle Paul had a terrific struggle with them throughout his ministry. “This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them” (Acts 15:2).

These renegade Pharisees were especially prevalent among the Galatians. Paul had to write to them, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a DIFFERENT GOSPEL — which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into CONFUSION and are trying to PERVERT the gospel of Christ” (Gal. 1:6-7). [Yet all today’s preachers worldwide will preach these words while not seeing themselves being who they were written for]

The apostate Pharisees were preaching circumcision for all Gentile converts. Paul told the Galatians, “This matter arose because some FALSE BROTHERS had INFILTRATED OUR RANKS to SPY on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might remain with you” (Gal. 2:4-5).

These were “false teachers,” who were the same kind of Pharisees — wolves in sheep’s clothing — as the renegade apostates condemned by the Messiah in Matthew 23! The apostle Peter also speaks of them, when he wrote, “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will SECRETLY INTRODUCE destructive HERESIES, even denying the Sovereign Lord who bought them — bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up” (II Pet. 2:1-3).

This same problem has happened within our end-time age, today. There have once again been those who entered the Church of YEHOVAH God during these last days, and have brought in diabolical heresies, changing church teaching on the healing doctrine, denying the broken body of the Messiah which was sacrificed for our healing as well as salvation (Isa. 53:5; I Pet. 2:24). They have rejected the importance of end-time Biblical prophecies, and even accuse us of being “Satan inspired.”

The apostle Jude also wrote of these modern apostates. He declared, “I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.”

Jude went on, “For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have SECRETLY SLIPPED IN AMONG YOU. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and DENY Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord” (Jude 3-4).

These men scoff at Bible prophecy. Jude wrote of them, “But dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, ‘In the last times there will be SCOFFERS who will follow their own ungodly desires. These are the men who DIVIDE you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit” (Jude 17-19).

What about you? Will you follow modern renegade Pharisees into error and confusion? Will you become a spiritual “shipwreck”?

What about you? Will you worship the TRUE YESHUA THE MESSIAH of Scripture and history? Or will you follow the false pied pipers of FALSE CHRISTIANITY, and the FALSE YESHUA which they portray, instead of the true Yeshua?

Your salvation itself depends on your answer!

As for us, we will worship the true Messiah — the historical, Biblical Yeshua — the Yeshua who followed, obeyed, and taught ALL of his Father’s commandments

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http://www.newworldordernews.com/ – accurate bad news so true people cannot believe.

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Are All Foods Clean? With Much More Revealed – Only If Scripture is Followed. . .

For any and all on this earth being within our 7.5 billion civilization; there is but one truth that remains unknown to all being of this world; therefore only those few chosen and called out of this world can deliver that message of truth none, no, not one earth dweller wants to hear.John 15:19 Psalms 14:2-3 Ezekiel 2 & 3 etc.

Also realize that of all the tags I use, any actually researching all the links used will find relation.

Proverbs 2:5-6 Psalms 32:8 Psalms 91:14

—But people who are evil and ·cheat others [impostors; charlatans] will go from bad to worse. ·They will fool others, but they will also be fooling themselves [L …deceiving and being deceived].  2 Timothy 3:13 (EXB) — Today’s Shepherds Worldwide Have Been Totally Deceived –– Thus Mislead All Congregations as in billions being blinded through blind charlatans. What does Revelation 12:9 speak that billions refuse to believe, as if being a believer in themselves?

For any and all on this earth being within our 7.5 billion civilization; there is but one truth that remains unknown to all being of this world; therefore only those few chosen and called out of this world can deliver that message of truth none, no, not one earth dweller wants to hear.John 15:19 Psalms 142-3 Ezekiel 2

We all live our daily life within a world filled with nothing but division; therefore the only way for any genuinely wanting truth accompanied with instruction for their life, [believers in the only true Yehovah and Yeshua] must according to scripture look only toward our eternal Father; because those not doing so are led by man and their own human spirit not knowing the things of YHVH: (1 Corinthians 2) and what you just read has great meaning on His sacred name being Yehovah, and Yeshua being the proper name of our Messiah rather than Jesus Christ. In addition what we must seek from above is the Sabbath, what is correct out of uncountable beliefs, pagan holidays, non biblical tithes, eternal salvation, feasts, hell, predestined, and endless subjects for discussion which through our Father will lead to us to unity and love for all.

Also take notice on my spelling of the names above, verses the spelling directly below along with the 2nd most popular name for God being Yahweh; and you just read the 1st being God – so you decide using not just these links, but all that can be found on this most extreme important subject;

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ZOXmRb/the-true-pronunciation-of-the-sacred-name  – http://yahushua.net/pagan_name.htm

Question with Answer – So how is it possible for any to know truth from the links supplied or any? Especially when via Internet there are hundreds of thousands all being different in small ways creating huge mislead for billions?

That is why we can only look to YHVH for spiritual knowledge – and the greatest sadness upon this entire world of Christianity – is their mislead because of so much untaught scripture, and how most all have become without required fruits with their greatest lack being love with deed for others in need making them to covet all their own material items that shall perish; therefore not known by Yeshua, separated from Yehovah; and this truth just read is well verified through much scripture – Christians in no way believe – therefore despise one of YHVH’s few end time messengers while also hating Yehovah through their actions.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/RJP16w/how-christians-lacking-spiritual-knowledge-hate-god

Yahushua said that he did not come to destroy the law or the prophets (Matthew 5:17-20).

The dietary food law (does it still apply?) – Know also that to really gain understanding of what is clean, and what is not, requires a very extensive study just as everything about our creator, and what He expects from Israelite Christians.

http://yahushua.net/diet.htm

http://www.detailshere.com/clean&uncleanfoods.htm

Are we still required to keep the law?

http://yahushua.net/law.htm

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/08/13/does-gods-grace-nullify-his-law/

NOW LETS READ THE WORD THROUGH DEPENDING ON YEHOVAH TO MAKE OUR PATHS STRAIGHT

In Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 God gives us a list of animals that are not to be eaten as food. Included in this list declared “unclean” are some of man’s favorites: swine, shrimp, lobster, crab, catfish, as well as squid, rabbit, squirrel, etc. However, there are several places in the New Testament where God seems to indicate that He has changed His mind on these things:

MARK 7:18 And he said to them, “Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him, 19 because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) (NASU)

ROMANS 14:14 As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. (NIV)

ACTS 10:10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” 14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” 15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” (NIV)

On the surface, it looks pretty clear, doesn’t it? Go ahead and eat what you want, God has given you the green light. But has God really changed his mind? Are these animals listed in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 now OK to eat?

In Malachi 3:6, God declares that He does NOT change. This would seem to indicate the opposite of what’s stated above. In order to determine if God has really changed His position on the issue of clean and unclean foods (considered important enough to be included in the Torah twice), let’s look at the passages above (and a few others) in more detail. You may be surprised at what the Scriptures really say on this topic.

Let’s begin in the seventh chapter of Mark. In order to fully understand Yeshua’s words, we’ll start at the first of the chapter and get the context:

MARK 7:1 Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to him, having come from Jerusalem. 2 Now when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled [koinais], that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault. 3 For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders. 4 When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold, like the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches. 5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?” (NKJV)

This passage is the background context for what Yeshua states afterward. As the Scripture shows, the problem that arose was related to Messiah’s disciples not washing their hands in the traditional way. The reason for this specialized washing was for ceremonial purity, not cleanliness.

The word translated “defiled” in verse 2 is a form of the Greek adjective koinos. Like many words, this word and the related verb koinoo (along with their variations) can be used positively or negatively. In the positive sense, these related words mean “common,” such as in Acts 2:44 and 4:32, where the disciples of Messiah were said to have had “all things in common.” In a negative context, these words are used to contrast the “holy” with that which is “common,” “defiled,” or “profane.” This is the sense in which koinais is used in Mark 7:2.

Yeshua uses the Pharisees’ criticism of his disciples over a non-biblical ritual to launch a scathing attack on their use of human traditions to override the scriptural commandments of God. He then spoke a parable to the crowd to illustrate the true cause of spiritual defilement:

MARK 7:14 When he had called all the multitude to himself, he said to them, “Hear me, everyone, and understand: 15 There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile [koinosai] him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile [koinounta] a man. 16 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!”(NKJV)

As with most parables Yeshua used, this one was not readily understood (Matt. 13:10-15). The disciples asked Yeshua for a further explanation of what he meant:

MARK 7:17 When he had entered a house away from the crowd, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. 18 So he said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile [koinosai] him, 19 because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?” 20 And he said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles [koinoi] a man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and defile [koinoi] a man.” (NKJV)

Yeshua explained to his disciples that those things which go into a man’s body from the outside (such as dirt from unwashed hands) do not keep a man from being holy. Instead, the evil things that come out of a man’s heart and lead him to commit sin are the things that prevent him from being holy.

Now let’s look more closely at verse 19. The New King James Version renders this verse differently than does the New American Standard Bible 1995 update cited at the beginning of this article. The NASU (and most other modern translations) ends Yeshua’s quotation after “eliminated” (ekporeuetai) and sets off the final phrase as an explanatory comment by Mark. According to this interpretation, Yeshua was using the parable to declare all animals to be edible, in contradiction to Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. However, the NKJV considers this entire verse to be the words of Yeshua. Why is there a difference between the two?

[These links below contain much more of what is required for spiritual understanding through not putting trust in man.]

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/gv1vr3/flaws-in-all-translations-of-the-bible

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/Vy5RnZ/which-bible-version-is-best

The reason for the differing translations is a ONE letter variation between the Greek manuscript base used by the NKJV translators and the manuscript base used by the translators of other modern versions (such as the NASU). The vast majority of the Greek manuscripts of Mark end verse 19 with the conclusion to Yeshua’s statement being “. . . thus cleansing all foods” (Gr. katharizon panta ta bromata). The “o” in katharizon (καθαριζον, “cleansing”) is the Greek letter omicron (ο). However, a very few Greek manuscripts instead have katharizon (καθαριζων) spelled with the “o” being the Greek letter omega (ω) instead of omicron. The omega changes the word’s gender from neuter to masculine, allowing for the difference in translation.

Without getting into a technical debate regarding Greek grammar or the pros and cons of each manuscript base, the overwhelming textual evidence supports the NKJV rendering of verse 19 over the NASU translation.

Most Greek manuscripts of Mark 7:19 literally read: “Because it does not enter into his heart, but into the stomach, and into the toilet passes, cleansing all foods.” It is clear that Yeshua is not declaring all foods “clean” here, because the cleansing process he refers to is digestion, which ultimately leads to defecation. Yeshua’ point here appears obvious: Breaking God’s law defiles a man, not non-adherence to man-made traditions. This parable has nothing to say about eating unclean animals.

Next, let’s look at the experience of Peter recorded in Acts 10 to see if it supports eating unclean animals. As we did with Mark 7, let’s start at the beginning to get the proper context:

ACTS 10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, 2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. 3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!” 4 And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?” So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God. 5 Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter. 6 He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.” 7 And when the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who waited on him continually. 8 So when he had explained all these things to them, he sent them to Joppa. (NKJV)

Here we see that Cornelius, a God-fearing Roman centurion, was given a vision of a holy angel. In the vision, the angel told him to send for Simon Peter and have him come to his house in Caesarea. In obedience to the words of the angel, Cornelius sent THREE men (two of his household servants and one of his soldiers) to get Peter. That particular number will be important a little later in the story:

ACTS 10:9 The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. 10 Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance 11 and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. 13 And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” 14 But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common [koinon] or unclean [akatharton].” 15 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed [ekatharisen] you must not call common [koinou].” 16 This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again. (NKJV)

Notice the situation; Peter went to the rooftop about noon to pray at the same time the three men from Cornelius were drawing near. After he had finished praying, he became very hungry. While those in the house were preparing the noon meal, Peter (still on the roof) fell into a trance and had a vision. In this vision, he saw a sheet being let down from above with all kinds of animals in it, both clean and unclean.

When a supernatural voice told him to rise, kill and eat, Peter responded the way any good Torah-observant Jew of the 1st century would have. He refused, saying that he had NEVER eaten anything “common” (koinon) or “unclean” (akatharton). That statement by itself is interesting, considering that it had probably been at least ten years since the resurrection of Messiah at that time. Clearly, Peter did not take Yeshua’s words recorded in Mark 7 (examined above) to mean that any animal could legally be eaten.

Why did Peter differentiate between “common” (“defiled”) and “unclean” in his reply? The Greek word akatharton specifically refers to those animals prohibited from being eaten in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, as an examination of the Greek Septuagint translation of the Old Testament clearly shows. But “common” referred to a different group of animals altogether. Only clean animals designated as food sources in the Torah could become “common” or “defiled” in such a way that they became inedible.

Peter was saying here that he had never eaten any “unclean” animals or any clean animals that had been “defiled” ceremonially. The angel’s answer to Peter is interesting; it conclusively shows that food is not the subject of this vision at all. The angel told Peter not to call “common” that which God had cleansed (ekatharisen). There is no mention of the “unclean” here at all by the angel. This statement was repeated three times before the vision ended.

ACTS 10:17 Now while Peter wondered within himself what this vision which he had seen meant, behold, the men who had been sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate. 18 And they called and asked whether Simon, whose surname was Peter, was lodging there. 19 While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are seeking you. 20 Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.” (NKJV)

Notice that Peter did not immediately understand the vision. As he sat on the roof contemplating what the vision meant, the three men from Cornelius arrived. God’s Spirit let Peter know that he was to go down and go with the men. At this point Peter likely began to understand the vision and the reason that the angel had repeated his message three times (once for each of the Gentiles sent by Cornelius to fetch him):

ACTS 10:21 Then Peter went down to the men who had been sent to him from Cornelius, and said, “Yes, I am he whom you seek. For what reason have you come?” 22 And they said, “Cornelius the centurion, a just man, one who fears God and has a good reputation among all the nation of the Jews, was divinely instructed by a holy angel to summon you to his house, and to hear words from you.” 23 Then he invited them in and lodged them. On the next day Peter went away with them, and some brethren from Joppa accompanied him. 24 And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25 As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. 26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I myself am also a man.” 27 And as he talked with him, he went in and found many who had come together. 28 Then he said to them, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man COMMON [koinon] or UNCLEAN [akatharton]. 29 Therefore I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. . . .” (NKJV)

By the time Peter arrived at Cornelius’ house, he fully understood the purpose of the vision given to him on the rooftop. It was not meant to allow the consumption of prohibited animals as food, but rather it was designed to show Peter (and the rest of the messianic Jews) that God was now calling people that they considered to be defiled into His family. No longer could the messianic Jews justify not keeping company with or going to a Gentile (a tenet of the oral law, not the written Torah). Instead, God showed Peter (and through him the rest of the messianic Jews) that he must accept these people as part of His chosen nation Israel.

Peter was told by the angel in Acts 10:15 that what God had cleansed (ekatharisen) he was not to call “defiled.” A review of the usage of the Greek root word katharizo (“cleanse”) in the Gospels illustrates the point God was making more fully. This word and its variants are used several times to describe the cleansing of leprosy by Yeshua and his disciples (Matt. 8:2-3; 10:8; 11:5; Mark 1:40-42; Luke 4:27; 5:12-13; 7:22; 17:12-19). Just as Yeshua physically cleansed many lepers of their disease, God was showing Peter that He was spiritually cleansing the Gentiles of their impurities (Acts 15:9; Eph. 5:26; Titus 2:14; Heb. 9:14, 22-23; I John 1:7-9) through the blood of Messiah. When properly understood, this passage of Scripture has absolutely nothing to say about the consumption of unclean animals.

Now let’s look at Romans 14 in detail. In his letter to the Romans, Paul is addressing a congregation composed of both Jews and Gentiles. Although Paul had never been to Rome to meet with the assembly there (Rom. 1:10-15), he had apparently heard of some problems between the two factions which motivated him to write them. His letter to the Romans is a compilation of instructions and explanations to help these two groups coexist as one unified body.

The entire chapter deals with food customs that were dividing the Roman congregation. From the beginning of Romans 14 to the end, food and drink are mentioned 16 times. There were two specific problems related to eating and drinking that Paul addresses in this chapter:

(1) WHAT to eat or not eat, and

(2) WHEN to eat or not eat.

Both of these issues are introduced by Paul in this chapter, along with his solutions to the difficulties they were causing the Roman assembly.

The first problem is mentioned by Paul in Romans 14:2:

ROMANS 14:1 Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. 2 One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. (NIV)

Paul begins this chapter by telling the Romans not to pass judgment on one another in regards to differences of opinion. He then defines one of the areas where the Roman believers were judging each other (eating meat versus eating only vegetables).

Why would this issue present a problem for the Roman congregation? Romans 14:14 holds the key to answering that question:

ROMANS 14:14 I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean [koinon] of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean [koinon], to him it is unclean [koinon]. (NKJV)

The underlying Greek word translated “unclean” is koinon. As it is in the passages we’ve already looked at from Mark 7 and Acts 10, this word would be better translated “common” or “defiled.”

Verse 14, when translated properly, should read: “I know and am convinced by the Lord Yeshua that there is nothing defiled of itself; but to him who considers anything to be defiled, to him it is defiled.”

This verse is really the key to understanding why some in the Roman assembly would not eat meat. There were those in the congregation that considered the meat sold in the meat markets to be ceremonially “defiled” (koinon).

But what was it that caused some in the Roman congregation to view the meat this way? The most likely reason was that they assumed most of the meat sold in the local market was defiled because it had been offered in sacrifice to idols.

Paul had addressed a similar situation which arose in Corinth (I Cor. 10:18-28). His answer to the Corinthians’ concerns over this issue was that they should eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience about whether the meat had been sacrificed to an idol (I Cor. 10:25). But if they knew for certain that meat had been sacrificed to an idol, they were to avoid eating it (I Cor. 10:28).

Paul’s advice to the Romans was very comparable. He said he was convinced that nothing was defiled of itself. In other words, he told the Roman believers not to automatically assume that meat sold in the marketplace had been sacrificed to idols. However, he went on, if someone in the congregation could not in good conscience eat such meat (because they could not be certain it had not been sacrificed to an idol), then to him it was defiled and he shouldn’t eat it.

Obviously, Romans 14:14 has nothing to do with eating unclean meats.

In Romans 14:5, Paul addresses the second “eating” problem:

ROMANS 14:5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. (NKJV)

What is Paul talking about here? In the first problem, he clearly explains the dispute. But here, the problem is not quite as evident. In verse 6, Paul mentions “he who eats” and contrasts him with “he who does not eat.”

The second area of contention over eating in the Roman assembly was a question about when it was proper (or expected) that congregation members would fast. It is in this context that Paul speaks of “one who esteems one day above another” (Rom. 14:5).

The very issue of setting aside particular days for fasting was a contentious one in the early church. The Didache (also known as The Teaching of The Twelve Apostles), written sometime between 80-150 A.D., addresses this exact controversy:

DIDACHE 8:1 Be careful not to schedule your fasts at the times when the hypocrites fast. They fast on the second (Monday) and fifth (Thursday) day of the week, therefore make your fast on the fourth (Wednesday) day and the Preparation day (Friday, the day of preparation for the Sabbath-Saturday). (The Didache, 1998 translation by Ivan Lewis)

“The hypocrites” mentioned here is a reference to the Pharisees. The author of The Didache urged believers in Yeshua to fast on days other than those chosen by the Pharisees. In agreement with The Didache, the Mishnah indicates in tract Taanit that the Pharisees fasted on Monday and Thursday. This is also alluded to in Luke’s Gospel:

LUKE 18:11 “The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men – extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ (NKJV)

Paul’s point in this passage (Rom. 14:5-6) is that no particular days of the week had been sanctioned by God for fasting. Those who chose to fast regularly on days such as Monday and Thursday (or Wednesday and Friday) would be accepted if they did it to honor God. Likewise, those who didn’t view any particular day as mandatory for fasting would be accepted if they ate in the proper spirit and gave thanks to God.

Paul goes on in the rest of chapter 14 to urge the believers in Rome not to judge one another and not to cause their brethren to stumble in these matters. Paul succinctly sums up both problems in the final verse of chapter 14:

ROMANS 14:23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin. (NKJV)

From our examination of the Scriptures, it is clear that God did not nullify Leviticus 11 or Deuteronomy 14 in Mark 7, Acts 10, and Romans 14. But there is one other Scripture that appears to show that any animal may now be eaten by believers:

I TIMOTHY 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is SANCTIFIED [hagiazetai] by the word of God and prayer. (NKJV)

This passage by Paul appears very plainly to show that every creature on earth is now edible. However, one very important limiting factor is usually overlooked by those who use this passage to teach that doctrine.

Paul tells us that “every creature of God is good,” and is not “to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving” (I Tim. 4:4). But he qualifies that statement in verse 5 by saying that these creatures are “sanctified by the word of God” (I Tim. 4:5).

The Greek word translated “sanctified” in verse 5 is hagiazetai; it literally means “set apart.” What creatures of God have been “set apart” by the word of God for use as food? Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 conclusively list those creatures of God which are to be eaten and the ones which are not to be eaten. Instead of contradicting the Torah‘s prohibition on eating unclean animals, Paul is actually supporting it in this Scripture.

Nowhere in the New Testament can it be found where all foods are conclusively declared clean and fit for human consumption. But is there a passage of Scripture that shows that this prohibition will remain in force past the time of Messiah’s first coming? Yes, there is!

In the final chapter of the book of Isaiah, we find a prophecy which speaks of the return of Messiah to pour out God’s anger, fury and wrath on those who rebel against Him. A description of some of the identifying activities of this group is revealing:

ISAIAH 66:15 For behold, the LORD will come with fire and with His chariots, like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. 16 For by fire and by His sword the LORD will judge all flesh; and the slain of the LORD shall be many. 17 “Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, to go to the gardens after an idol in the midst, eating swine’s flesh and the abomination and the mouse, shall be consumed together,” says the LORD. 18 For I know their works and their thoughts. It shall be that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory. (NKJV)

God does not change. The prohibition He placed on which animals His people can use for food still exists. As the prophecy from Isaiah 66 shows, those who do not acknowledge these commands will be among those God pours His anger out upon at the time of the Messiah’s return. Don’t be counted among this rebellious group destined for punishment.

Bryan T. Huie
December 1, 2000 Revised: April 7, 2009

Now, I have one verse not mentioned, and what has been spoken by Yeshua makes all food eatable; also know that these words are directed at the sealed 144,000.

Yeshua told the original 12 disciples what would happen to them during their preaching of the gospel of the kingdom of God.  Yet his words also apply to what the 144,000 should expect as they go out into the world to preach the age-ending coming of the kingdom.

Yeshua’s comment that “he who endures to the end will be saved” (Matt. 10:22) is evidence that these words also pertain to the witnesses at the end of the age.  This same statement was repeated by Yeshua just before his crucifixion.  In response to the question his disciples posed regarding “the sign of his coming and of the end of the age” (Matt. 24:3), Yeshua said:

MATTHEW 24:9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.  10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.  11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.  14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (NKJV)

Clearly the Messiah was not speaking solely to the 12 disciples here.  They did not take the gospel of the kingdom into all nations as a witness, and the end of the age and his return did not come during their days.  Therefore, we know that these words were also intended for a later group of witnesses.

Luke’s account shows that a second antetypical group was sent forth after the original 12, with similar instructions:

LUKE 10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go.  2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.  3 Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.  4 Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road.  5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’  6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him.  But if not, it will return to you.  7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages.  Do not go from house to house.  8 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you.  9 Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’  10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you.  Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ ” (ESV)

Taken from The Two Witnesses – https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/the-two-witnesses-of-revelation-2/

More Luke 10:8 from other versions;

After searching the many English versions in Bible Gateway (used because its all free) they all speak the same as in accept or eat whatever is given. So you tell me why those sealed, given great power, and the end time mission of spreading the good news of the Kingdom of Yehovah God ruled by Yeshua and His chosen firstfruits can eat unclean foods? Revelation 5:10, etc.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/about/  Myself

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https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/  contains writings on faith, truth, obedience, and these end times

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  My Efforts for Spiritual Knowledge

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble offers a good choice being many [over 235] individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet.

http://www.newworldordernews.com/ – accurate bad news so true people cannot believe.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/  – continual news reports which reveal just how deranged our human race has become.

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UNITY IS LOVE WITH EQUALITY

PLEASE SHARE THIS TRUTH CONCERNING ALL HUMANITY – EVEN THOUGH ITS BAD NEWS RATHER THAN THE GOOD ALL WANT TO HEAR

And know from the start that I don’t point fingers or judge any because sin dwells within us all just as Paul in Romans 7:14-25 – thus only run the race set before me same as all those called and spiritually directed.

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Where within our world civilization can genuine love towards others be found? How many people out of over 7.4 billion have understanding of our human destiny under the extremely pathetic rule of man? How many Christians being over two billion see the signs of the times along with total world deception which includes Christianity according to the Bible?

This link below can be most interesting for any really wanting a better understanding of very much that goes on through ways of extreme darkness having effect on their lives; therefore know that all written has been well researched; however, this man just as all others being earthly and of this world has no idea whatsoever of what lies ahead in human suffering having no escape. In other words he has the natural and worldly mind as the many in 1 Corinthians 2:14 — rather than unknown spiritual truth revealed to the few in verse 13.

http://vigilantcitizen.com/

Any human being on this planet having computer access accompanied with a curious mind can see just how unstable our civilization with over 7.4 billion has become; and most depend on the media for information, but in truth all major media in every form is totally controlled, filled with lies, mislead, and only what civilization controllers want people worldwide to know; and the same holds true for all major religions everywhere on this globe — even though the Bible strongly warns all believers of shepherds worldwide that don’t feed their congregations any full truth they themselves know not – and they most certainly never teach or show examples from their own pocket on what it means to love others through more than just words alone with nothing added, because if they did as the Bible instructs, this world would not be so overloaded with extremely. . .

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“Call upon you, then, do I — the prisoner of the Lord — to walk worthily of the calling with which ye were called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love, being diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of the peace; unto the perfecting of the saints, for a work of ministration, for a building up of the body of the Christ, till we may all come to the unity of the faith and of the recognition of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to a measure of stature of the fulness of the Christ, that we may no more be babes, tossed and borne about by every wind of the teaching, in the sleight of men, in craftiness, unto the artifice of leading astray, and, being true in love, we may increase to Him [in] all things, who is the head — the Christ; from whom the whole body, being fitly joined together and united, through the supply of every joint, according to the working in the measure of each single part, the increase of the body doth make for the building up of itself in love. Ephesians 4:1-3, 13-16

Do we not as Christians place very high value on fruits of the spirit?

“But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (AMP)

So with those priorities, when is the last time you carefully examined yourself according to these following words directly from Yeshua?

“For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. luke-6-003Luke 6:43-46

This link below contains about 200 pages I wrote using scripture about two years ago, thus shares what YHVH says against pastors, ministers, priests, bishops, evangelists, prophets, and all religious leaders/teachers with all titles — including the Pope. Also scripture on how Yehovah God sees all congregations, coming punishment, and the only way to gain His mercy for protection here on earth — because just as all misleading lies pumped into billions of minds, the man made rapture fairy tale is another just as burning hell which makes our loving Father into a God of torture.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ljD9ZQ/vital-untaught-truth-in-all-religions-worldwide

These next three links plainly show why we live within a world of division having zero unity; after all, do not all people on this earth all have their own Gods in different ways according to their walk, actions, and feelings towards others not like them?

http://timesofroubles.webs.com/thoushalthavenoother.htm

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/OLPbeR/the_big_religion_chart

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/XL6Xml/how_could_an_entire_human_race_actually_be_deceived

Good study bringing actual gain requires a very time consuming effort people in our purposely and psychologically dumb down world society just don’t have; and that is because just as animals in a zoo are satisfied, so is our human race unknowingly being all tied up as slaves within a controlled, but not restricted prison of life.

Non restricted means civilization has their free run to take drugs, drink, gamble, rape, same sex whatever, child use and abuse, video game addiction, texting, shopping, traveling, movies, idiot television, cartoons for brainwashing, and just the uncountable ways of life having a million forms to keep civilization from knowing or seeing what lies ahead for all on this earth; but all that is about to change drastically into a fully restricted life bringing every evil known to mankind upon a human race chained down with no escape.

Welcome to the New America and our entire human race run by the New World Order having the Christian’s within its population totally unprepared as foolish virgins – so reveals scripture they have never been taught.

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“There is a way — right before a man, And its latter end [are] ways of death. Proverbs 14:12

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INSTRUCTION AND WARNING NOT SPIRITUALLY HEARD 

What is most sad about everything happening against humanity on this planet is that when truth from all directions is presented, none, no, not one believes; and the reasons why none want truth is also precisely revealed in Psalms 14:2-3 just read above, and many more verses – yet still not believed just as written in the Bible.

What exactly is our real situation? 

First take the time to read in the link below some of the 240 individual writings and articles with many photos regarding what exactly is taking place on our planet earth through governments, religions, business, banking, health, diseases and much more such as Freemasons and Illuminati.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble

So Who Am I to Write and Share What Millions of Others Write and Share??

In 2008 I had a head injury leaving me nothing but time – so I was spiritually drawn deep into the Bible, stayed to myself, and began gaining biblical education, and the ways of corrupt government around 1990 — and then when 2006 came, I just left America on a one way ticket with very little funds, zero income, my Bibles, Strong’s Concordance, Holman Set, and had no intent on ever returning to a corrupt and dying nation.

SO WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?

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Because I took personally the words just read, I began my in-depth spiritual education without man in the middle to distort or change my direction while looking only to YHVH as instructed in Proverbs 3:6 — and it was because during my 51 years of life at that time back in 2006 —  I had never been a church member or a part of any religious organization; therefore was called out of this world through John 15:19 because I was very open and teachable, rather than someone religion filled and having their own thoughts making their way the right way as written in Proverbs 14:12, 16:25. Look again at the links supplied above with the religion chart, other Gods, and world deception to better understand why our human race is totally divided, unstable, and nearing great calamity.

So now, ten years later, what did I accomplish? and how did my wife and I survive a life with this world of Christians lacking the commanded fruits of love according to much scripture? 

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/how-christians-lacking-spiritual-knowledge-hate-god/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/09/04/love-god-seeks-in-believers-but-cannot-find-as-commanded/

Efforts for Spiritual Education

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/

http://timesofroubles.webs.com/mywritingsforgod.htm

What are some of life’s many difficulties, billions always had to live with having no choice in the matter. So for us, through strong faith, we have well learned to just accept any cards dealt by Yehovah while knowing He has a purpose for our life – even though we really don’t like anything about the way we have had to live for so many years just as Paul had no simple or easy life along with uncountable others through their suffering, and even death.

Fact about me is this:

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/amazingly-precise/

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/435W4W/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/n9z36E/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-2

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/2mw7me/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-3

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/Dx26Jv/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-4

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/mpxzXp/lifes-misfortune-in-different-ways-for-us-all

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble contains approx 240 individual reads on this world today, civilization, and what is coming as the worst timesoftrouble ever before on this planet earth.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/ is one of my most used websites along with the one above.

http://www.newworldordernews.com/ shares some world truth which reveals just how corrupt our world has become.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/ more bad news none want, see, believe, or understand even though what is happening worldwide are signs of the times in Matthew 24:4-14, and Revelation 6.

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jeffcallarman@ymail.com     This is not only my email, but also Paypal ID for any with a kind enough heart to help us at least buy a 50 kilo sack of rice at $40 – thank you                  

Because all my websites have always been free, just as my wireless internet from a neighbors router — ads may appear that I have nothing to do with — and most certainly don’t want — so when Yehovah leads someone to help us with basic needs, any Internet upgrades would be a blessing.

 

How Genuine People Behave: Who is Real and Who is Fake

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We humans are poor critics of someone’s true personality and we are quick to judge someone based on their outer demeanour, [the way a person behaves towards others] instead of their true selves. It is only so hard to differentiate one from the other because there is only a fine line between being truly nice and fake magnanimity. Differentiating the genuine souls from the pretentious ones is pretty hard and we often end up being close to people who don’t truly care about you or your issues. Fake people have this kind of air around them that makes them appear to be genuine and no one can really tell the difference!

Identifying and keeping the genuine people, the people who seriously care about your well-being is essential for a happy life. Be it in your business, educational life, friendships and life in general, keeping the genuine souls closer to you will save you from a lot of pain and trouble. So, as I was repeatedly reiterating the fact that fake people are harder to differentiate from the genuine ones, how can you go about differentiating between the same? There are some striking characteristics of genuine people which make them easily stand out from the fake ones, whose candour towards you or others is not genuine.

7 Striking Characteristics of Genuine people

Here are 7 of the striking characteristics of genuine people, so that you don’t fall into the trap of the fake people. Fake people possess a candour [state or quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech or expression] of the ‘true good to be true’ stature and it is necessary that you steer away from such people for a peaceful mind. Below are the 7 striking characteristics of genuine people so that you can identify and keep these people close to your lives.

They Speak their minds out

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These are the kind of people who go on and say things that need to be said. Even it if costs them a relationship or a serious business. Genuine people would never sugarcoat the reality for the sake of pleasing everyone around themselves. These people generally take the time to form their opinions and to better understand their perspective on situations and people. These are the ones who are not quick to make heavy criticisms about others without getting a deeper look at the situation. Although once formed an opinion or landed upon an insight, these people never shy away from making others know of the same.

Also, these people are extremely at ease even while they are laying down the harsh reality to others. Also, the genuine people possess the ability to take a joke on themselves and entertain it when no offense was intended, given that they don’t take themselves too seriously. Genuine people objectify themselves as the same indiscriminate way that they do with other people or situations. This often leads them to gain genuine and meaningful insights into the people and the situations around themselves.

IN ALL THAT I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED TO SPEAK REGARDING BIBLICAL INSTRUCTION CHRISTIANITY IGNORES, I SPEAK WHILE KNOWING THE CIRCUMSTANCE AS WRITTEN:

“If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world [no longer one with it], but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you. John 15:19 (AMPC)
 

They prefer deep conversations over gossips and small talk

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A very humanly trait of people is that we engage on some kind of gossip on a daily basis. They have become such an essential part of our existence that it is hard to expect otherwise from someone. Genuine people have zero tolerance for such gossips and make sure that they are not playing a part in such small talk. Instead, genuine people prefer to have a deep and meaningful conversation with the people around them. You can easily identify a genuine person when you can have a meaningful conversation with them, without them feeling an urge to interrupt with their own agendas.

These people have a thing for stories and will always welcome an interesting thought or idea from your end and, without interrupting you while doing so. These are the kind of people who will engage with you in some kind of deep philosophical conversations. Genuine people love and care to learn about you, your story and what shaped it to be the way you are right now. Intense and Intellectually-stimulating talks about life in general, purpose, the human race and society are some examples of talks you would usually engage with genuine people.

They possess a good balance of self-esteem

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Quantifying a person’s self-esteem is definitely something not within the capacity of humans, but there are a few key identifiers for the same. A narcissistic person is the one who usually possesses an air of pride, negligence, and highest self-esteem about themselves. People with low self-esteem are anxiously unsure about themselves and always feel needy of love and attention as if being devoured of it. There’s a sweet spot that genuine people embrace with grace and this perfect balance in self-esteem makes them who they are.

A person with stable self-esteem is pretty rare these days and this very quality makes the genuine people able to handle criticisms, take responsibility of their failures and they embrace their imperfections with grace. Genuine people are wary of their shortcomings and have an ability to take in both positive and negative feedback about themselves or their work. These are the kind of people who actively acknowledge aspects of their shortcomings and constantly work on improving upon their weaknesses.

They accept and take full responsibility of their mistakes

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The quality of a person with well-balanced self-esteem are the ones who take full responsibility of any kind of mess they end up creating. These people are the ones who are the last ones to put the blame on people around them. Loathing and always looking forward to putting their outcomes onto the shoulders of people around them is the least you can expect off a genuine person.

It is very hard to expect people to truly own their feelings and opinions on people and situations. Confronting the bad in oneself is a pretty daunting task and it takes an authentic character to face with the reality and to execute change. Genuine people embrace themselves and their individuality and this very factor makes them more appreciative of people around them and less likely to put the blame onto others.

They don’t go around trying to please everybody

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Again, another factor of the highly genuine people is that they don’t feel a need for acceptance from people around them. Fake people are not true to themselves given that they get too busy trying to please everyone else in the process. Since genuine people are not always trying to please everyone, you usually don’t find them seeking people’s attention or with an urge to be liked.

Although these people are quick to give out compliments to people who they think are deserving of it, genuine people don’t do so just for the sake of pleasing everyone around. Authentic people share their thoughts and opinions with the people without considering the possibility of it making them more hated. Genuine people are fine if you like them and likewise fine if you dislike them.

They listen to their in  nselves

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The world we currently live in very noisy and all we are surrounded with most of the time is advice and opinions on things and situations. While it is very easy to get lost in such immense outcries of people, the authentic people have developed an ability to listen to their inner selves and go with their gut feelings. Genuine people don’t pursue a career or dream, just because someone else is performing exceptionally good at it.

Because genuine people are well aware of themselves, this level of self-awareness helps them to be in tune with their inner voice. Very wary of their own shortcomings and strengths, genuine people follow their gut instincts and are very comfortable with who they are. We all do something, behave some way and feel some way primarily because of our unique principles and beliefs that we live by. It is in the better understanding of their own principles which help genuine people to ignore the crowd and to follow their heart.

WHEN OUR LIFE BECOMES ONLY SEEING THIS WORLD UNDER THE YOKE OF PATHETIC HUMAN RULE: ALL THAT REMAINS IS WHAT ONLY WE CAN HEAR INSIDE THROUGH FAITH

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths. PROVERBS 3:5-6

They practice what they preach

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Although it could be hard to tell the difference between genuine and fake people, you can easily tell the difference by this very factor. It is very often that we hear opinions and advice from people on our situations when they haven’t been in our shoes. What’s even worse is the people who don’t stand by their own values or their beliefs. Authentic people own their opinions and advice and truly mean when they speak something.

Fake-Genuine people sincerely practice what they preach and they preach what they practice. These people are comfortable sharing their true self with people around themselves and do not hesitate to give away genuine opinions and advice to others. It is these people you need to keep away from since their self-righteous nature would not lead to any better situation for you.

Source – https://www.shoutmeloud.com/genuine-people-characteristics.html

When a person’s only life becomes totally disassociated with this world through spiritual lead and living with hardship from every direction for ten years – all that can be seen is this entire world of humans being just who they truly are; and that includes this world of Christian hypocrites overflowing with lip love — but in truth could care less about you, your problems, or anything but themselves. And I am just speaking truth according to scripture with years and years of experiences while being broke, hungry, unable to properly provide for my wife having many health issues, and living as a have not in a country where there is no work for a man of 61: therefore never judging any — but rather revealing truth for this world of Christian goats according to their actions that will face nearing judgment without mercy. Read in the link below the judgment for goats.

http://www.herealittletherealittle.net/index.cfm?page_name=Millennial-Resurrections

For any feeling genuine rather than false, there is many links such as the one below about the life my wife and I have endured here in the Philippines since March 2007.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/what-is-really-having-faith/

If you were to share these words, perhaps some of our simple needs would be answered because they are so minimal.

jeffcallarman@ymail.com This is our Paypal email and ID, so any help at all, no matter how small, would be as a blessing we greatly have needed for many years.

All categories and tags are well covered through these links:

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/about/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  My Efforts for Spiritual Knowledge

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble offers a good choice being many,[over 240] with always more individual reads added on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet.

http://www.newworldordernews.com/ – accurate bad news so true people cannot believe.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/  – continual news reports which reveal just how deranged our human race has become.

jeffcallarman@ymail.com

timesoftrouble@gmail.com

 

Amazingly Precise

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In fact so accurately true, that only 144,000 out of earths near 7.5 billion will gain spiritual understanding of the great suffering coming upon all humanity, why these things must be, and their end-time mission as written in Matthew 24:14 with purpose that over 2 billion Christians and all beliefs have not knowledge of according to the Holy Bible; and that is because it’s not followed as instructed, or spiritually believed in full by any part of our entire earthly Christian Israelite civilization as directed within its 31,102 verses; and for any that keep reading, I will get back to this very important end time subject with more depth.

Disagree with those words just read? Have your own understanding on all things? The Bible says why in Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25

There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him,
But its end is the way of death. (AMP)

Feel that your church, beliefs, doctrines, traditions, fellow believers, pastors, ministers, priests, bishops, reverends, prophets, and all titles are the only correct just as all the impossible to even count beliefs worldwide?

Read or simply glance at this information in the links below while asking yourself as a believer in YHVH one question.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/XL6ml/how_could_an_entire_human_race_actually_be_deceived

http://ttimesofttrouble.webs.com/uncountablereligions.htm

Would our loving Yehovah who has always been, is everywhere, and knows all things, create a human race which He knew would multiply into many billions only to torture throughout all eternity because they did not believe in or accept Yeshua? Wrongly called Jesus Christ, just as His Father is wrongly called God because there have always been many Gods.

However, nobody can be told this fact or any other if they are not in agreement because;

Before every person lies a road that seems to be right, but at the end of that road death and destruction wait. Proverbs 16:25 (VOICE)

Every issue spoken in this writing can be proved, and that is because 1 Thessalonians 5:21 speaks another part of our instruction towards living by every word – rather than the ways of this world civilization being as all natural minds.

“But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast. “Examine all things. Firmly hold onto what is good.                                                   “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 

“But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (AMPC)                                                                          

I could ask the billions what take part in Christmas to prove all things according to their book of instruction for this physical life, but why bother when the greatest pagan holiday on this earth is the pleasant road for most all including atheists?  Now concerning all Torah keepers as being very self-righteous, and have no part of pagan holidays, but rather the feasts – their iniquities still keep them all separated from Yehovah, such as selfishness, and to covet any worldly items making them all as goats rather than sheep becoming part of the Millennial Kingdom. James 1:22-25, 2:14-17, 1 John 3:17-18, Matthews 22:36-40, 25:31-46, and much more scripture on love all through the Bible.

 “What I want from you is your true thanks; I want your promises fulfilled. I want you to trust me in your times of trouble, so I can rescue you and you can give me glory. But God says to evil men: Recite my laws no longer and stop claiming my promises, for you have refused my discipline, disregarding my laws. Psalms 50:15-17

So exactly who are the 144,000? And what is their purpose?

The answer for all not spiritually led or called at this time cannot be told; and that is because what they feel, think, or believe is their only right path in this life – therefore want nothing which goes against their human wisdom taught by self, or man even though the Bible directs all to become disassociated with worldly ways as one that overcomes the god of this world.

How can we, as Christians successfully become overcomers?

“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. Psalms 118:8 (NKJV)

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way]. Proverbs 3:5-6 (AMP)

“If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world [no longer one with it], but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you. John 15:19 (AMPC)

If you do as scripture instructs through making self sacrifices, loving others through deed when possible, rather than empty words having no heart intent: and can feel the verse just read as speaking directly to you as your calling – you have become ready for spiritual understanding not of this world regarding the two witnesses in Revelation 11, the 144,000 in Revelation 7:1,4, 14:1,3 – and why they are the same

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/the-two-witnesses-of-revelation-2/

If you were called by our Lord Yeshua to hear end time instruction to follow: would you feel ready, willing, and prepared for going into a world filled with hate and deception while having no money, food, or supplies for your 31/2 year mission – only to meet your own death?

He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them out to preach God’s Kingdom and to heal the sick. He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey—neither staffs, nor wallet, nor bread, nor money; neither have two coats apiece. Into whatever house you enter, stay there, and depart from there. As many as don’t receive you, when you depart from that city, shake off even the dust from your feet for a testimony against them.” Luke 9:1-5 (WEB)

I not only feel ready, but have well experience what life has to offer through living on faith, and being detested by this world of false, misled, and extremely selfish brethren that will learn the hard way through the affliction of wrath, and during judgement as goats rather than sheep – thus separated from YHVH during His millennial kingdom.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/the-millennial-resurrections/

The Time Has Arrived for any Living as Genuine Israelite Christians, not Jews, to Firmly Grasp Truth Never Taught in any Worldly Religions of Mankind

How much thought have you ever seriously given to these following words in scripture?

I tell you the truth [L Truly, truly, I say to you], whoever believes in me will do the same things that I do. Those who believe will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. [C They will do greater things because all believers—not just Jesus—will have the Holy Spirit living in them and empowering them.] John 14:12 (EXB)

Can you picture over two billion Christian’s going empty into this dying world while living on faith, being despised by most, and doing even greater works then Yeshua?

Have you ever really asked yourself how it would be possible for some of these verses on the end time witnesses to be true when only two are involved?

I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands, standing before the Lord of the earth. If anyone desires to harm them, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies. If anyone desires to harm them, he must be killed in this way. These have the power to shut up the sky, that it may not rain during the days of their prophecy. They have power over the waters, to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire. Revelation 11:3-6 (WEB)

First of all, much of scripture just read is doing works even greater than our Lord Yeshua, because He did not cast plagues on all worldly human and disobedient Christians worldwide.

When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them, and kill them. Their dead bodies will be in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. From among the peoples, tribes, languages, and nations people will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not allow their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb. Those who dwell on the earth rejoice over them, and they will be glad. They will give gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth. Revelation 11:7-11 (WEB)

Second is, how could it be possible for all on this earth, nearing eight billion, being of different peoples, tribes, languages, and nations looking on their dead bodies while rejoicing, and giving gifts because they were killed? If you were on the north or south pole, how could see those two dead men?

Reminder of scripture not believed if the mirror is involved;

“The great dragon was thrown down, the old serpent, he who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world. He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Revelation 12:9

What exactly do those words mean? Absolutely nothing to over 7.4 billion misled and deceived earth dwellers not chosen or called as firstfruits to reign with Yeshua during the Millennial Kingdom here on earth.

How can billions saved be deceived?

“And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of His mouth and do-away-with by the appearance of His coming — whose coming is in accordance with the working of Satan, with all power and signs and wonders of falsehood, and with every deception of unrighteousness for the ones perishing because they did not receive the love of the truth so that they might be saved. And for this reason, God sends them a working of error so that they will believe the falsehood, in order that all the ones not having believed in the truth but having taken-pleasure in unrighteousness may be condemned.  2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 (DLNT)

What this entire world of Christian Israelite’s need to do is spiritually understand that the words they are to live by in the Bible, (Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4) were not written for a divided and deceived world that does not even know of Yehovah or Yeshua – but rather for the over two billion calling themselves Christian; therefore the words just read in the above scripture strongly warn all Christians of their coming strong delusion so that all they believe is false and a lie – such as all the signs and wonders in a dying world which fools billions.

Ready for some in depth study on the 144,000 using the Bible to interpret itself?

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/the-two-witnesses-of-revelation-2/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/the-millennial-resurrections/

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/rLjExR/mystery_babylon is not where most all believe, and the identity of the great whore will become as a major shock to the over 324 million population.

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In all the categories and tags I use, there could easily be uncountable more on every subject concerning our entire human race – thus I make clear that in my links below, many subjects regarding our civilizations coming destiny are well covered, with more always added.

Because all that I do or live for is direction from above, my wife and I have accepted our previous 10 years of hardship lacking even basic needs; therefore help has always been needed no matter how little it may be.

jeffcallarman@ymail.com This is my email, and Paypal ID — May our Father soften your heart and direct your path. Thank you.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/about/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  My Efforts for Spiritual Knowledge

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble offers a good choice being many [over 235] individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet.

http://www.newworldordernews.com/ – accurate bad news so true people cannot believe.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/ – continual news which reveals just how deranged our human race has become

EXTREMELY SERIOUS MATTERS FOR ‘ALL CIVILIZATION’ ON MANY SUBJECTS

EXTREMELY SERIOUS MATTERS FOR ‘ALL CIVILIZATION’ ON MANY SUBJECTS

The title of this writing follows a short distance below with many very important topics for discussion on the way this world truly is, and what you should expect to become of your own personal life along with family, children, and friends everywhere on this earth.

Who am I?  Certainly no preacher, no prophet, no evangelist, and not even a church member or part of the uncountable beliefs and religious organizations worldwide; but rather being a man that has become completely disassociated with worldly ways while seeking spiritual education not of this world, but rather from the 3rd heaven where Yehovah Elohim is on His throne with Yeshua by His side.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ZOXmRb/the-true-pronunciation-of-the-sacred-name

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/NZ1l1v/how-yeshua-became-jesus

My biblical studies began in 1989 as a loner. When the end of 2006 arrived, I became as displaced through leaving the USA on a one way ticket to the Philippines; and being I had little money, it was gone in one month. So with no income of any kind, and no employment for an American now 61, as years pass by through living without many basic needs – our [My wife and I] entire life became one of living on faith with no trust in man for help or knowledge; therefore became as a living sacrifice dying to ourselves daily. . .

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/12/18/spiritually-dying-to-self/

. . .while only seeking direction from above — rather than from this misled and deceived world as it is written in the Bible through scripture not believed by Christianity — but Christians will say they do believe this world has been deceived – everyone but themselves being over two billion — while not even knowing who they are, who Israel is, about Esau and Jacob spiritually,

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/r9bxXr/the-edomites-in-end-time-bible-prophecy-being-christians – Jacob and Esau

what the church actually is, where Satan dwells, and just how Elohim [God] views shepherds and all Christian believers worldwide; and even though some answers all need to know in the Bible are now being made available from scripture for direction of your own studies – it is ‘your own choice’ to learn now, or wait until during affliction, wrath and tribulation growing very near according to the signs of the times.

Let’s now get into our “Serious Matter Regarding all Humanity:”

We can concentrate our first endless discussion on how prescription drugs taken as directed kill 100,000 Americans a year. That’s one person every five minutes, or why children with autism has risen 78% in the past decade, or why more than 30 vaccines are being given to children before age 3, or why children today are less healthy than 50 years ago, or why so many more obese people today than decades past?

We can talk about atrocious acts upon people happening moment by moment in various places worldwide, and many are the quality or state of so being atrocious, that words can in no way accurately describe what suffering hundreds of millions have been and are going through. Just a fractional glance can be viewed in these links.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/the-human-mind-is-the-most-deceitful-of-all-things-and-incurable/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/photos-of-modern-slavery/

We can exchange much sad truth about human trafficking being a multi-billion dollar business scattered worldwide, or about how children of all ages are drugged for the purpose of sex slavery, thus placing their extreme suffering mentally and physically which goes far beyond words. What if it was you as a slave with a price tag? What if you were placed into labor without pay? What if you were pushed into sickening, filthy, disgusting sexual situations of every kind? What if you were killed just so your organs could be sold to someone in need for liver, pancreas, heart, lungs or whatever? What is done with near an estimated 25 million victims equals a very sad truth the majority of humans turn their backs on just as all other worldly wrongs upon one very gullible civilization. This is another vital subject with no end for discussion.

We can view how this world of charities massive in size to small for helping people through every sad category are in truth nothing more, for the most part, than greedy liars lining their own pockets just as politicians, evangelists, preachers, and our entire world of corruption always taking from the have-nots in our dying human race. Just do your own word search on corrupt charities while knowing none can really be trusted. Think of giving like this; if caring people would help others directly, they would feel happy, and be happy because another’s smile was their guarantee on doing good – whereas hundreds, thousands, millions to billions go to uncountable charities worldwide – while those in need are lucky if they ever even receive pennies on the dollar; kinda like the way today’s world of Christianity gives to other believers in need from compassion none have that I have experienced for 10 years now.

We can boast about our beliefs, our religion, our own God, or being saved – because to most all believers, their way is the only way with everyone not as them being wrong – but when we can eliminate the middleman by going directly to Yehovah through following His book of instruction, we will become spiritually led just as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were led into the fiery furnace. Know also that to walk the walk as instructed is no easy life, but rather to present yourself as a living sacrifice. (Daniel 3:8-30, James 1:22-25, Romans 12:1-2)

We can always just bring up subjects of interest concerning all as food for thought; so what about increased earthquakes partially due fracking?  What about millions of dying fish, fowl, and world food shortages? What about nations with nuclear, biological, chemical weapons on the rise against each other? What about all the prophetic signs of the times in the Bible? What about only one genuine truth not believed in Revelation 12:9 within a world civilization so divided there are millions of different truths from every belief and every religion?

We can detail the way women are violently raped when only trying to collect water or wood to burn in areas of great drought with famine, or the way ISIS and other rebel groups use women, girls and boys as worthless throw away sex toys; and even more sad is their brutal ways of rape and sodomy bringing some victims to a torturous death. So what is really being done for our entire human race? Ted talk shows talking the talk? Politicians never doing anything but speaking lies while having zero concern for humanity? Billions of Christians singing and praising God while feeding the preachers belly in the house of Satan?  If only so-called Christians would study to show themselves approved by walking their commanded walk – Yehovah Elohim would be spiritually teaching them what no human can.

We can make mention of the over 60 million refugees/displaced people worldwide, and just as all humanly researched figures – when it comes right down to human suffering, and this world of have-nots lacking a life with anything good, the figure could easily be way higher when the lives of people scattered worldwide have been viewed. Want to know what makes few different then the many worldwide? Their mode of life becomes learning of the lives of others worldwide through famine, drought, rebel violence, drug cartels, torture, diseases, massive unknown graves, genocide, volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, typhoons, tsunamis, and hurricanes leaving nothing but a trail of death and destruction while asking themselves – What if it was me instead of one of them? Why would any person ever ask themselves that question? Because they can see the cards of life so plain that their worst ever thought could happen to them.

We can only communicate genuinely if our minds become disassociated with worldly material things as made clear in Colossians 3, because only then can our conversation become spiritually lead with understand while knowing we have been brought together for a purpose in helping others during these coming years with much affliction, wrath, and tribulation; and what you just read has so much importance that this link must be read on the two witnesses and the 144,000 with much unknown truth for firstfruits – if they have chosen obedience over worldly ways.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/the-two-witnesses-of-revelation-2/

We can as individuals being few detailed in link above and below, have our purpose laid out just as Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Daniel, Elijah, Job, Amos, Paul and all others chosen for Yehovah’s use during these end times according to His will; therefore we expect no worldly friends or pleasure through material objects that shall perish — thus do as we are being spiritually instructed to prepare for delivering a message of truth majorities of this world don’t want to hear – yet we do it regardless because that is our only real purpose in our temporary human life.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/amazingly-precise/

We can discuss the many ways of human torture with detail, because somewhere right now it’s happening to any number of people being of all ages; and with that thought – what if it was you being tortured? Have you ever taken the time to view tools of torture and the way they are used? I have many times, and to think of myself being tortured in the many ways it is done is no pleasant thought!!  What if ways of life you never expected were to come upon you without warning? Look at FEMA, the CIA, FBI, and this world’s population with a great hate for Americans because of the many millions killed in secret wars against third world countries; and then give some thought to the American Genocide against the peoples of Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Iraq, and elsewhere – so ask yourself this – if you were seeing a great killer nation getting ready to fall with a chance to participate while remembering what they did to you, your family, your life, your country, and all the innocent inhabitants,  would not you jump at the opportunity for revenge? What all humans need to do is wear the other shoe as if it was them, rather than being the judge against others, when in truth they would be the same through hateful blindness. Do a study on secret wars, bloodshed, torture, and genocide with America being the culprit, then awake for the worst timesoftrouble en route.

We can debate human conditions in America on its downward spiral out of control spin with no hope, but what good has any debate or argument ever provided other than a public drama by politicians meant only to brainwash viewers, or for some just to increase that invisible wall of hate against anybody or anything anywhere being a fabricated lie? and all religions are no different, except they sell their lies for tithes and love offerings. Either way debates mean absolutely nothing because what is is — thus we can only speak what we know spiritually through good intent while just leaving others to their own self just as the message in Ezekiel chapter 2.

We can deeply focus on the all Seeing Eye or the occult symbolism all around us everywhere as a sign of a planned human control with its start millenniums ago – but sadly; most all humans deny the way things truly are because they lack spiritual knowledge on why Lucifer was created to become a Satanic world deceiver.  If you are one of the few called out of this world in John 15:19,  you should know there is a purpose for all things. 2 Timothy 2:21 (EXB) So for any wanting a good overview on world reality, below can be very educational for any unbiased mind.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/42vJNr/illuminati_history_thru_2000

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/V95BRL/the-real-world-order

We can express ourselves on just how badly messed up our entire human race really is, but to no avail because our entire population has become as psychologically controlled slaves. Have you ever looked at the inhuman animals Americans have allowed to run and destroy their country? Now look to see other countries worldwide in their own downhill mess without hope, and what do you see? Better days ahead in a crumbling human race with death in the air? Much about our crumbling civilization being approximately 240 individual reads can be viewed in the link below.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble

We can arbitrate on world problems always becoming worse and worse without our own solution, because spiritually speaking; judgment has already been made and witnessed as written in many books of the Bible. — “That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and Elohim requireth that which is past”.  Do you have understanding from Ecclesiastes 3:15 and the other verses in the same book? Just for a glimpse of what has already been, read Leviticus 26, Deuteronomy 28, Ezekiel 5, and many more books on end time events that have already been in the eternal eyes of our creator being everywhere always without time or distance with special notice on the 66 verses in Lamentations chapter 3 – because those words give this world of disobedient Christians a vision of their own coming future. Think it’s my imagination through 27 years of wanting to know YHVH while never becoming a church member at 61?

We can converse in depth on the New World Order in progress of eliminating billions of people on this earth, and there is nothing bearing more grim sadness than America’s coming downfall through completely stripping all people of their rights and freedom – but when really looked at, is not that what the corrupt American government has always done to their controlled population? Four years ago I wrote and had published a 474 page book titled ‘Message For This Entire Human Race’ having much detail on how all people in America have been thoroughly brainwashed, and how this was accomplished. Even though it never sold, there was still plenty of education on how and why things regarding humanity truly are. The link below offers much well researched information not only on the Georgia Guidestones, but also symbolism, mind control, and all the unseen unknown darkness the almost in place New World Order holds over all humanity in many different ways.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/aw99py/sinister-sites-the-georgia-guidestones

We can make known how Americans killed by sick cops http://killedbypolice.net/ now outnumber Americans killed in the Iraq war; and when you read all the stories on those wrongly imprisoned as scapegoats to make others look good as if job well done, or the guilty released to repeat their gruesome rapes and murders along with all those innocent being shot, tased, or beaten to death – just think of the many thousands of unreported brutal crimes made by police who are suppose to serve and protect! The truth is to become a police officer this day has become as an open market for any sick mind with macho want to kill [just as the military] and do whatever they please under their badge and identity as the law – because their gun, taser, club, hand cuffs, rib busting kicking shoes with other deranged cops helping makes them real tough in the same way as Clintons, Obama, Bush and all the political blood draining scum worldwide with ‘all misleading religions’ and the Pope included — because much blood shall their lies4tithes bring. Once again, this link below sheds much true light on how Yehovah views all religious titles.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ljD9ZQ/vital-untaught-truth-in-all-religions-worldwide

We can bring to light how American government has completely turned their backs to veterans, and always has for many reasons which include their small pay, losing their spouses through being separated, taking ignorant orders from the deranged top down, risking their lives, losing their sanity, and returning to a life of depression, unemployment, drugs, alcohol, and just different ways of slow death having no one that really cares along with a government pissing all over them – rather than helping with their every need. What about Vietnam for but one example being a worthless so-called war? A soldier named Galinac is among the roughly 2.8 million U.S. military personnel — out of 7.4 million total — who served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1971 and were exposed to Agent Orange, one of several potent defoliants deployed by the military (20 million gallons) to destroy the Vietnamese jungle and, along with it, the enemy’s hiding place. Galinac died at the age of 64 on April 24, 2013, almost two years after being diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, common among Vietnam veterans. Know also is how America has been a major supplier of hard drugs as a lucrative business while also dumbing minds, so even way back then shipped heroin to America in soldiers body bags; — and 20 years later came another man made so-called war with a different way of destroying soldiers lives through ‘Desert Storm’ and other man made conflicts causing veterans who returned with a mysterious and deadly illness supplied by their own government, and the government of Iraq just as our murdered Vietnam vets. And Americans love their country which is only out to exterminate them all in the end. Welcome to America, land of the free and home of the brave soldiers that are shit on by their loving righteous government out to wipe out the entire nation through the purposely controlled and dumb down population living in their own darkness with death coming. In addition:

We can also, in no uncertain terms, discuss how in the same way the U.S. has also turned against the entire population – thus putting the 324 million en route to becoming another 3rd world nation filled with corruption, violence, hunger, disease, terrorism, prison camps, massive graves, no truth, and no gospel along with Christians turning against each other – and extreme cannibalism lying ahead just as written in the Bible that Christians don’t believe because their church is an illusion, and so is the rapture along with all the doctrines of man millions have put their faith in. In other words when the rapture comes a little girl not saved is being beaten and raped, so the millions of saved better than thou Christians just say sorry — as they soar into the clouds. Talk about pathetic stupidity!

We can have strong discussion on FEMA camps, guillotines, gas chambers, perhaps millions of plastic coffins, portable prison or containment cells, and many other subjects regarding what is happening in America; however, rather than argue, judge, hate, despise and believe only our own misled mind –  the only direction we can take must be according to His will through our prayers asking Him to direct our path – and never our own worldly ways through all knowing pride being wrong and worthless. Proverbs 3:5-6, 14:12, 16:18

We can speak on the way billions shall fall under the slow kill genocide which has been at work in many ways for decades worldwide; and in my link supplied, this subject along with many more, such as mind control, are presented as a smorgasbord to keep a steady flow of information which concerns the nearing future of our entire human race. Below is the shockingly very sad truth on how 262 million have been murdered by human rule with the total this day being closer to 300 million. Also a book that really has more solid education than this world of fools can see while fiddling with text, social sites, religious smorgasboards, media lies, and this world of evil lurking and readying to pounce on the billions living in their own false light of darkness.

https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/RM1.RINGS.OF.TEARS.HTM

We can share feelings of disgust with fear for our own safety, health, families, children, and loved ones when realities on what humans have been doing with so many millions of tons garbage, or uncountable toxic containers containing every imaginable danger to health along with all the massive amounts of nuclear waste off loaded into ocean depths which all have their own lifespan to contain what is within; in other words our planet has become as a time bomb with a slow fuse; and when the massive little known to most radiation leak in this link has been viewed. . .

http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/02/08/unimaginable-levels-radiation-fukushima-pacific-ocean-leaks

Everything about what humans have always done to each other along with this planet will become known when for the first time the message of Elohim’s kingdom is made known worldwide by the two witnesses being the 144,000 – only then during the midst of the worst timesoftrouble ever before on this earth will humans become aware as death creeps upon them through great suffering of why all these things must be.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/amazingly-precise/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/08/13/the-two-witnesses-of-revelation/

We can discuss the largest food and beverage companies that combined make $1 billion each day, but have no concern over the consumers health they fill with unhealthy foods and drink loaded with toxins and chemicals. Would you eat your favorite breakfast cereal if you knew that it contained Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), a product also used in jet fuel and embalming fluid? Can you imagine grilling your low fat veggie burger if you found out that its main ingredient is Monosodium Glutamate MSG being a Silent Killer Lurking in Your Kitchen Cabinets?  If energy drinks like Red Bull and others are a cocktail of death, imagine what has also been added to popular soft drinks? If you really know what the contents of soft drinks are, you would not think it is “soft”. It is really “hard” on your health. There is much more information available to any seeking the way things truly are everywhere on this earth, but how many really study to show themselves approved rather than self-pride? Just as all matters, facts for discussion have no end.

We can deeply consult and compare opinions because none of us know all things or are perfect; therefore can learn from each other through faith and prayer when spiritually minded through using scripture as our advisor for all matters at hand, and then carry on with fact on all subjects as they truly are, such as PHARMA, physicians, dentists, vaccines, government created diseases, and this world of lies which is ruled by the father of lies all humans “of this world” believe according to the Bible.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/father-of-lies-all-believe-2/

We can loudly express the many ways the elite world controllers have psychologically dumb down all civilization through having control over all major media, television, religions, education, governments, celebrities, music, and basically everything in every way having to do with blocking minds from seeing the fall of America, and through years ahead, our entire human race which has become as a cancer to this earth. So speak the Georgia Guidestones and the Holy Bible as the only true and accurate road maps – [with a touch of spiritual fine tuning due flaws in all versions of the Bible along with all the twists in everything via human bias] – defining all civilization destinies on this globe. Isaiah 26:9, 20-21 (EXB) 24:5-13 (ESV)

We can as individuals conciliate, placate or pacify others through misleading words caused by the spirit of Esau within this world of disobedient Christians, but how can people possibly not see or hear what is all around and everywhere right in front of them? Because humans see only themselves through their natural minds not called out of this world according to scripture never taught. Want spiritual enlightenment? Spend some time on biblical reality being where I spend all of mine through years past to this day in December of 2016 March of 2017 for revision as led.

We can more than just make mention of the endless universe, why earth, why humanity; and in addition ask ourselves endless questions about horrid world conditions, or why Yehovah as the only true Elohim [God] would allow such atrocities?  Or Allah who is capricious through seeing a merciful smiling Elohim one minute followed with righteous beheading the next? No wonder the Arabs are unstable in their ways!  Buddhists believe that the ultimate goal in life is to achieve “enlightenment” as they perceive it while not seeming very enlightened in any way on what has been happening worldwide ever since the beginning of humanity. Fact is this – whomever or whatever people believe in has always allowed so much human suffering for thousands of years, that people everywhere just look the other way or make up their own stories on why this or that has happened. So why must these things be? The answer becomes clear when spiritually understood; and the links I share supply what the religions of man worldwide have never taught their congregation.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/08/28/the-mystery-of-yehovah-those-predestined-human-suffering-salvation/

Again — Become aware also that the over 200 pages I wrote years ago details through scripture on exactly how our creator views all shepherds/ministers/pastors/bishops/etc and churches worldwide as the blind leading the blind while bringing much shed blood from whom they preach and sell their intentional and unintentional misleading lies too. This writing below also supplies how to gain YHVH’s [God] protection on this earth during the worst timesoftrouble en route growing closer as time passes. Truth is not smooth as all would like to have it – yet still remains what really is.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ljD9ZQ/vital-untaught-truth-in-all-religions-worldwide

We can only examine our own self through simply asking; what have I ever really done for fellow human beings? Or what have I ever really done for this planet? Or most important, what have I ever really and truly done for my God that I claim to love so much? If you’re Christian, answer the question in Luke 6:46 while knowing of your faith through James 1:22-25 and 2:14-17 according to your actions which all shall be judged. 1 Samuel 2:3, Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, Jeremiah 17:10, etc.

We can now confront our greatest enemy being our own mind wanting to take us anywhere and everywhere – except where YHVH wants us to go. Why do I speak these words and what exactly do they mean? First, look at our civilization this day with over 7.4 billion going in only the direction their mind leads. Next look at all the religions of this world going in the same direction as their mind leads which makes them no different through division.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/XL6Xml/how_could_an_entire_human_race_actually_be_deceived

I have had a nonstop plea towards all Christianity through these past 10 years that my wife and I have needed any help possible for our basic necessities in life, such as food, or whatever small amount any good hearted person with compassion can spare. Just original Kraft mac and cheese I have missed for a decade, and it’s been about a month since I ran out of good imported peanut butter and jelly like Skippy and Smuckers. I love coffee, but have been stuck drinking Nescafe 3&1 instant since 2007. Love to cook and prepare meals, but have not been able with nothing good to cook, no stove, not even our own home; and added has been the physical, mental, and spiritual battles my wife has been going through since 2009 due many health issues such as Myoma, UTI, Congenital Heart, and even more.

What hurts most is Yehovah’s truth regarding the action of Christianity towards others in need, because every word spoken in the Bible about the disobedient Christian walk has been proven very true through many years of experience while living in hardship and many difficulties; however, when a believer fully realizes that Yehovah Elohim knows all things, all we can do is live on faith, and wait on whatever His will may be.

We can only try for years and years while keeping our faith, so please help us.

jeffcallarman@ymail.com This is my email and also Paypal ID – so some rice would be very nice at $40 per sack at 50 kilo.

The accident in the link below happened in April 2016, and I still have not been able to make all the needed repairs even though I am a mechanic, welder, bodywork, and man of many trades without good tools and zero funds.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/mpxzXp/lifes-misfortune-in-different-ways-for-us-all

However, when some of my many writings have been read and viewed, the worst in someone’s life becomes as a blessing when compared with what you see in these. . .

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/the-human-mind-is-the-most-deceitful-of-all-things-and-incurable/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/photos-of-modern-slavery/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/government-genocide-murdering-262-million/

May Yehovah Elohim become your only director in this life that is nearing the worst timesoftrouble ever before on this earth.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/about/  Myself

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  Efforts for Spiritual Knowledge

https://www.facebook.com/mmsunio  My Wife

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/  Contains writings on faith, truth, obedience, end times, human suffering, slavery, and more.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble offers a good choice being many [over 240] individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet.

http://vigilantcitizen.com/ – How Powerful This World of Darkness Truly Is

https://truthernews.wordpress.com/ – In depth fact most all don’t want or have knowledge of.

http://www.newworldordernews.com/ – Accurate news on twisted people in every position so true people cannot believe.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/ – Continual reports which reveal just how deranged our human race has become.

Contact

timesoftroubles@gmail.com

jeffcallarman@ymail.com

THE MYSTERY OF YEHOVAH: THOSE PREDESTINED-WHY HUMAN SUFFERING-AND SALVATION FOR ALL


Note that all the categories and tags I use are deeply covered when any with open minds seeking spiritual truth from not of this world investigates my links at the end of this informative article, and shares what all need to know.

Who can see all things? Who feels they know all required? Who feels secure? How many know that absolutely nothing about them being thoughts, ways, actions, and hearts intent can be hid from Yehovah Elohim?

Excellent read on God’s sacred name unknown to most; https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ZOXmRb/the-true-pronunciation-of-the-sacred-name

And that includes this world of false brethren, sisters, shepherds, evangelist, singers, Bible study teachers, and every religious title on this earth being believers that talk their Christian talk, but never walk their commanded walk while living as lovers of themselves accompanied with extreme selfishness I have experienced this entire past decade; and all reasons why have been spiritually made known for any being drawn by the words in John 6:44, and all that you shall read in this lengthy writing on truth for these end times.

Welcome to Christian love and obedience within a deceived and misled human race.

What is Yehovah really trying to accomplish here on earth?  This is a question that religious men and women have pondered since the dawn of creation.  Paul tells us that the mystery of Yehovah Elohim was hidden throughout all the ages and generations from the time of creation until the appearance of the Messiah.  After his first coming, however, the heavenly Father revealed this mystery to His saints (Col. 1:26).  Yet how well do those who profess to have accepted Yeshua the Messiah really understand Yehovah Elohim mysterious plan?

Most Christian denominations believe that they have a good grasp of the mystery of YHVH the Father.  They think He is saving those who, of their own free will, accept the sacrifice of His son Yeshua.  Conversely, they believe that Elohim will condemn and eternally punish those who do not accept that sacrifice (either because of conscious rejection or ignorance).

Under that basic premise, most of Christianity has implicitly decided that Yehovah is going to end up saving just a minority of humanity, since even the most optimistic assessment can only conclude that most people throughout history have NOT accepted the saving sacrifice of Yeshua.  Yet does this understanding agree with what Elohim says He will do in His Word?  In this writing we will examine what the Bible truly teaches about this misunderstood mystery of YHVH God that even now so few really comprehend.

In order to lay out the mystery of our creator, we must first understand some things about Yehovah that the Father reveals of Himself through telling us quite a bit about Himself and His abilities in the Bible.

Yehovah Elohim the Father – Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent

These three impressive sounding words describe God’s presence, knowledge, and power, which are concepts found often in the Scriptures.  We will examine each in turn:

OMNIPRESENCE

The term “omnipresent” refers to the ability to be present everywhere at the same time.  The Scriptures tell us that God the Father, through His Holy Spirit, maintains a presence in all of His creation:

Note that most all Bible versions have done away with Yehovah and Yeshua being their proper personal names — and through these links below, much can be learned for the reason why.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ZOXmRb/the-true-pronunciation-of-the-sacred-name

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/NnWnPv/authority-of-the-bible-as-written-autographs

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/gv1vr3/flaws-in-all-translations-of-the-bible

PSALM 139:7 Where shall I go from Your Spirit?  Or where shall I flee from Your presence?  8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there!  If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there!  9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.  11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” 12 even the darkness is not dark to You; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with You. (ESV)

JEREMIAH 23:23 “Am I only a God nearby,” declares the LORD, “and not a God far away?  24Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the LORD.  “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD. (NIV)

PROVERBS 5:21 For a man’s ways are in full view of the LORD, and He examines all his paths. (NIV)

PROVERBS 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. (ESV)

OMNISCIENCE

To be “omniscient” means that one has total and complete knowledge of all things.  What does the Bible tell us about God the Father’s knowledge?

ISAIAH 46:9 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me.  10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.  I say:  My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. (NIV)

ISAIAH 48:3 I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass. (NIV)

ISAIAH 42:9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” (ESV)

PSALM 139:1 For the director of music. Of David.  A psalm.  O LORD, You have searched me and You know me.  2 You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar.  3 You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways.  4 Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O LORD.  5 You hem me in — behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me.  6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. (NIV)

LUKE 12:6 “Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins?  Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God.  7 Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.  Do not be afraid.  You are worth more than many sparrows.” (NAB)

MATTHEW 24:30 “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  31 And he will send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. . . .  36 But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (NKJV)

These Scriptures show that God knows all things, and that He often foretells the future to us through His prophets.  But we are told even more here; God does not just make known future events, but He actively works to carry out His plan.  It’s not simply a case of the heavenly Father being able to see the future.  God specifically tells us that He takes action to make prophesied events occur.

OMNIPOTENCE

The term “omnipotence” means having power over all things.  Let’s see what the Scriptures tell us about God the Father’s power:

ISAIAH 44:24 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, “I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by Myself and spreading out the earth all alone,” (NASU)

JEREMIAH 10:12 But God made the earth by His power; He founded the world by His wisdom and stretched out the heavens by His understanding. (NIV)

JEREMIAH 27:5 “With My great power and outstretched arm I made the earth and its people and the animals that are on it, and I give it to anyone I please.” (NIV)

JEREMIAH 32:17 Ah Lord GOD!  It is You who made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm!  Nothing is too hard for You. (NRSV)

JEREMIAH 51:15 “He made the earth by His power; He founded the world by His wisdom and stretched out the heavens by His understanding.” (NIV)

ISAIAH 40:25 “Who will you compare Me to, or who is My equal?” asks the Holy One.  26 Look up and see:  Who created these?  He brings out the starry host by number; He calls all of them by name.  Because of His great power and strength, not one of them is missing. (CSB)

JOB 36:22 See, God is beyond reach in His power; who governs like Him? (JPS Tanakh)

God’s power is so great that He created the entire vast universe using it.  The power of God is also manifested in His ability to design a plan and ensure that it is carried out to achieve His will and purpose:

ISAIAH 14:24 The LORD of hosts has sworn:  As I have designed, so shall it be; and as I have planned, so shall it come to pass: (NRSV)

ISAIAH 14:27 The LORD of hosts has planned; who can thwart Him?  His hand is stretched out; who can turn it back? (NAB)

ISAIAH 43:13 “Even from eternity I am He, and there is none who can deliver out of My hand;I act and who can reverse it?” (NASU)

ISAIAH 46:10 I foretell the end from the beginning, and from the start, things that had not occurred.  I say: My plan shall be fulfilled; I will do all I have purposed. (JPS Tanakh)

LAMENTATIONS 3:37 Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it? (NIV)

II CHRONICLES 20:6 [King Jehoshaphat] said: “O LORD, God of our fathers, are You not the God who is in heaven?  You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations.  Power and might are in Your hand, and no one can withstand You.” (NIV)

Yehovah’s power is such that whatever He has decided to do, that is what will be done.  YHVH tells us that He has designed a plan that will be implemented because no one (not man nor angel) has the power to thwart or withstand His purpose.

If YHVH truly is all powerful, and if He has a definite plan for mankind, then nothing happens outside the scope of that plan.  Logically this means that He is the author of everything that happens, both good and bad.  Numerous Scriptures confirm this to be the case:

ISAIAH 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness:  I make peace, and create evil:  I the LORD do all these things. (RWB)

LAMENTATIONS 3:38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and evil come? (NIV)

ECCLESIASTES 7:13 Consider what God has done:  Who can straighten what He has made crooked?  14 When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider:  God has made the one as well as the other.  Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future. (NIV)

DEUTERONOMY 32:39 “See now that I, I am He, and there is no God besides Me; it is I who put to death and give life.  I have wounded and it is I who heal, and there is no one who can deliver from My hand.” (NASU)

I SAMUEL 2:6 The LORD both kills and gives life; He brings down to the grave and raises up. (NET)

JOB 5:18 For He wounds, but He also binds up; He injures, but His hands also heal. (NIV)

HOSEA 6:1 “Come, let us return to the LORD.  He has torn us to pieces but He will heal us; He has injured us but He will bind up our wounds.” (NIV)

Because He is all powerful, Elohim is the source of everything that happens, both good and bad.  The Scriptures show that He is the One who wounds and kills, in addition to being the One who heals and makes alive.  As the Almighty Creator and Supreme Power in the entire universe should, God the Father takes complete responsibility for all things in this world, evil as well as good.

Yet very few believe Elohim when He claims to be the source of evil.  They refuse to accept the very words of Elohim recorded in the Bible and instead prefer to believe in a different Elohim being there are many Elohim meaning God’s, thus choosing one of their own devising.  The Elohim of most Christians isn’t the source of the evil in the world.  Instead, they believe Elohim simply allows His creation to choose evil because He has given them the free will to do so.

Many cite the first half of Habakkuk 1:13 in support of their contention that YHVH, far from being the creator of evil, cannot even so much as look upon it:

HABAKKUK 1:13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. . . . (NIV)

“There!  The Bible says it, so I believe it!” proclaim those who hold this view.  But if this is really the point the prophet is making here, then he is contradicting the scriptural wisdom of King Solomon (Pro. 15:3).  Since the Messiah told us that the Scriptures cannot be broken (John 10:35), let’s look at the context of the entire first chapter of Habakkuk to understand what he is really saying about God.

Habakkuk 1:2-4 records the prophet’s cries to YHVH regarding the sin and violence that were rampant within Judah during the reign of the latter kings.  In Habakkuk 1:5-11, God reveals to him that He is going to raise up the Babylonians against Judah to punish them for their sins.  This in turn causes Habakkuk to wonder why God would use a people more violent and wicked than Judah to punish His chosen ones:

HABAKKUK 1:12 Are You not from eternity, Yahweh my God?  My Holy One, You will not die. LORD, You appointed them to execute judgment; my Rock, You destined them to punish us.  13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil, and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing.  So why do You tolerate those who are treacherous?  Why are You silent while one who is wicked swallows up one who is more righteous than himself?  14 You have made mankind like the fish of the sea, like marine creatures that have no ruler.  15 The Chaldeans pull them all up with a hook, catch them in their dragnet, and gather them in their fishing net; that is why they are glad and rejoice.  16 That is why they sacrifice to their dragnet and burn incense to their fishing net, for by these things their portion is rich and their food plentiful.  17 Will they therefore empty their net and continually slaughter nations without mercy? (CSB)

In reality, we see that the words of Habakkuk about YHVH prove the exact opposite point from what most understand from the first half of verse 13.  Even though Judah’s sins were grievous, Habakkuk was appalled at God’s solution after He showed him how He was going to deal with them.  Habakkuk wondered how YHVH could choose the treacherous, vicious, arrogant Babylonians (i.e., Chaldeans) to punish His people.  Although he realized that the Jews needed to be corrected, Habakkuk could not understand YHVH’s choice of people to serve as His instrument of punishment.  So Habakkuk’s point really was, “YHVH, I know You hate evil, yet You are going to choose a people even more wicked than we are to punish us.  WHY?”

YHVH has and continues to make use of various (and often evil) proxies to carry out His will.  The Heavenly Father uses fallen angels such as Satan (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7) and the unnamed spirit who enticed King Ahab to his death through deception (I Kings 22:19-23; II Chr. 18:18-22), pagan prophets such as Balaam (Num. 22:5-24:25), and despotic men such as Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar (Jer. 25:9; 27:6; 43:10) and Persian king Cyrus (Isa. 44:28; 45:1-4; II Chr. 36:22:23; Ezra 1:1-4) to accomplish His will.  Despite what men and nations plot in their own minds to do, it is the will of God that is ultimately done:

PSALM 33:10 The LORD foils the plans of the nations; He thwarts the purposes of the peoples.  11 But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations. (NIV)

Because YHVH is using His creation to complete His plan, it is often incorrectly assumed that the Father is simply doing His best to rescue a plan gone horribly wrong.  For instance, many believe that a powerful angel now called Satan (the Hebrew word for “adversary”) rebelled and became the archenemy of YHVH at some point in the distant past.  They believe that this Adversary almost succeeded in derailing YHVH’s plan to bring many human sons into His family (Luke 3:38) by tempting Adam and Eve into disobeying YHVH Elohim.

However (as this line of thought goes), the heavenly Father was able to salvage His plan for humanity by sending His Son Yeshua to the earth to provide a means for humanity to be forgiven and saved from the sin and death that entered the world through Adam’s choice (Rom. 5:12).  It appears that although the devil and his angels will ultimately be defeated, first they will succeed in dragging down most of humanity into the fiery pit of hell with them (Matt. 25:41; Rev. 14:9-11; 20:10).

Yet this imaginary scenario is absolutely contradicted by the Scriptures, which show that the sacrifice of Yeshua for sin was part of Yehovah the Father’s plan from the very beginning:

1 PETER 1:18 You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.  20 He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. (NRSV)

REVELATION 13:8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast — all whose names have not been written in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. (NIV)

II TIMOTHY 1:8 . . . God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of His own purpose and grace, which He gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, (ESV)

ACTS 2:22 “Men of Israel, listen to these words:  Jesus the Nazarene, a man clearly attested to you by God with powerful deeds, wonders, and miraculous signs that God performed among you through him, just as you yourselves know — 23 this man, who was handed over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed by nailing him to a cross at the hands of Gentiles.” (NET)

ISAIAH 53:10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. (NIV)

YHVH did NOT have to improvise because the attack of Satan disrupted His original plan.  The Messiah’s sacrifice for mankind’s salvation was not a revision or addition to the Heavenly Father’s initial blueprint.  It was the focal point of the plan of Elohim even BEFORE the creation.

To believe that YHVH had to change or modify His plan in any respect is to believe that it was initially imperfect.  How could an omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent God have designed a flawed plan that required revision to make it work?  The simple answer is that a perfect God would not, indeed could not, have drafted an imperfect plan.  Consequently, the design we now see unfolding must be EXACTLY what YHVH intended from the very beginning!

Is “All” Too Lofty A Goal For YHVH?

If taken at face value, the Bible convincingly shows that YHVH the Father is all powerful and that He fully intends to bring His plan to a successful conclusion, despite the best efforts of those in the physical and spiritual realms.  Therefore, what we see taking place in the world cannot be YHVH scrambling to make the best of a bad situation, but rather YHVH’s original plan unfolding.  But, as strange as it seems when viewed logically in the light of Scripture, this obvious conclusion that YHVH the Father is in total control of all things is not acknowledged by most who profess to worship Him.

The reason most have concluded that YHVH is NOT in absolute control is because they have accepted the idea that He has given His creation “free will.”  Even if the Eternal Father wants to save all of mankind (I Tim. 2:4), many believe that He can’t because they have been taught that YHVH God will not force anyone to be saved against their will.  Effectively, the common belief is that YHVH has ceded His sovereignty to His creation.  Therefore, the creation will determine the outcome of the divine plan, not Yehovah Himself.

The Father may not want anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance (II Pet. 3:9), but according to the prevailing view, YHVH will NOT get what He desires.  Because it is thought that He has given man the “free will” to choose life or death, some will choose NOT to be saved.  In this warped scenario, the choices of mortal men are allowed to override the outcome desired by the immortal YHVH Elohim.

Yet does this understanding square with what the Bible says?  Let’s see what the Scriptures teach about YHVH’s plan for ALL mankind:

JOHN 12:32 “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw [helkuso] ALL people to myself.” (NRSV)

In this statement, Messiah Yeshua gives us a glimpse into what YHVH planned to accomplish through the sacrifice of His Son.  It’s clear from the next verse (John 12:33) that the phrase “lifted up” was a reference to Yeshua’s impending crucifixion.  The Messiah plainly understood that his sacrificial death was a necessary part of YHVH’s plan which would eventually lead to ALL mankind accepting him as their Lord (“Master”).  Paul expands on the words of Yeshua to confirm the end result of his atoning death:

PHILIPPIANS 2:8 He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross!  9 As a result God exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY knee will bow — in heaven and on earth and under the earth — 11 and EVERY tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. (NET)

Yeshua’s ability to put aside his own desires and do the will of the Father resulted in YHVH exalting him above all things except Himself (I Cor. 15:27).  In the end, the entire creation will bow to Yeshua and confess that he is Lord.  This outcome will bring glory to YHVH the Father, because it will signal the successful completion of this phase of His plan.

TITUS 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of ALL men, (RSV)

Paul tells Titus that YHVH’s unmerited favor, which was manifested in the appearance of Messiah Yeshua, will ultimately lead to the salvation of all mankind.

I TIMOTHY 2:3 . . . God our Saviour, 4 who will have ALL men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (DRA)

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul states that YHVH will have all of humanity come to a knowledge of the truth and be saved.  He doesn’t say how or when this will happen, but it is communicated as a certainty.  Because this statement is so definitive, many modern translations try to water it down by rendering it as “YHVH, who desires all men to be saved.”  The implication of translating it this way is that YHVH really does WANT to save everyone, but for some reason He won’t be able to accomplish that goal.

Since we have already seen from the Scriptures that YHVH’s will and purpose cannot be thwarted, this slight change in rendering does nothing to invalidate the underlying sentiment of Paul’s statement.  If the omnipotent YHVH truly desires all men to be saved, there is nothing in this universe that can stop that outcome from happening.  Therefore, we are left to decide whether we believe YHVH is powerful enough to accomplish His will.  Unfortunately, many have believed Satan’s deception that He ultimately will not be able to achieve this desire.

I CORINTHIANS 15:22 For just as in Adam ALL die, so also in Christ ALL will be made alive.  23 But each in his own order . . . (CSB)

ROMANS 5:18 Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for ALL, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for ALL. (NRSV)

We know that everyone since Adam has died because of sin (Rom. 5:12).  The only human never to have sinned was Yeshua the Messiah (II Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15; I John 3:5), and sin still caused his death because he had to die for the sins of the world (I John 2:2).  So when Paul contrasts the death that was brought by Adam with the life that will be brought by Messiah, he has to be talking about the entirety of humanity.  “All” humans have been condemned to death because of Adam’s disobedience; for Paul’s comparison to be true, the same “all” must eventually be justified and made alive by Messiah’s act of righteousness.

II PETER 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some people think of slowness; on the contrary, He is patient with you; for it is not His purpose that anyone should be destroyed, but that EVERYONE should turn from his sins. (CJB)

If it truly is NOT YHVH’s purpose to destroy anyone, but rather to see all mankind repent, how can anyone or anything prevent that from happening?  As we are told in the Scriptures, the purpose within YHVH‘s heart will stand firm forever (Psa. 33:11) and His plan will be fulfilled (Isa. 46:10).

I TIMOTHY 4:10 . . . We have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of ALL men, and especially of those who believe. (NIV)

Paul received his insights into the mystery of YHVH by revelation from the glorified Messiah himself (Gal. 1:11-12; Eph. 3:3).  He probably understood what Elohim was accomplishing better than anyone else, before or since.  Throughout his letters, Paul casually drops theological bombshells regarding universal salvation.  Here in his first letter to Timothy, he plainly states that Elohim will save all mankind, starting specifically with believers in Yeshua the Messiah.  Once Paul’s universalist view is recognized for what it truly is, it’s interesting to note how often he states or alludes to the salvation of all mankind in his letters.

Is Our Destiny Preordained By God?

Another controversial matter that Paul addresses in several places is the topic of predestination.  In fact, his letter to the Ephesian congregation contains a considerable exposition on this concept and how it ties in to universalism:

EPHESIANS 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, 6 to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved. (ESV)

Paul gets right to the heart of his message quickly.  In verse 4, he tells the believers in Ephesus that Elohim the Father “chose us” (each believer) to be blessed in Messiah Yeshua “before the foundation of the world.”  Many claim that this choosing refers to the church as a whole, and not to every individual believer.  This view, however, is based more on the natural human aversion to the concept of predestination than on the actual teaching of Paul.

In verse 5, Paul tells the Ephesians that in love Elohim predestined believers for adoption as His sons through Messiah Yeshua.  He did this “according to the pleasure of His will,” as the New English Translation renders the final part of verse 5.  In other words, the heavenly Father did this because it’s what He wanted to do.  It’s the way Yehovah Elohim wrongly known as God decided to achieve His goal of ultimately bringing all mankind into His family.

As Paul explains elsewhere, God does not choose us because of anything we have done or will do in the future (II Tim. 1:9; Rom. 9:11).  Instead, each of us was chosen because God the Father showed us favor.  The Greek root word translated “grace” in verse 6 is charis.  Although it is usually rendered “grace” in the New Testament, it literally means to bestow undeserved “favor” on someone.  YHVH predestined each one who is called and chosen in this age to the exclusion of all others.  When He did this before time as we know it began, He was showing us unmerited favor, as Paul told Timothy:

II TIMOTHY 1:8 . . . God, 9 who has saved us and called us to a holy life — not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace.  This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, (NIV)

Paul’s comments elevating YHVH’s grace above our works must be viewed in the light of his understanding of predestination.  Paul never denigrated YHVH’s Law (Rom. 7:16; Gal. 3:21) or a believer’s observance of it (Rom. 3:31; I Cor. 7:19).  Rather, he showed that YHVH’s calling does not depend on man’s desire or effort, but solely on the Father’s mercy (Rom. 9:16).  Yeshua himself stated this to the Jews of his day:

JOHN 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws [helkuse]him.  And I will raise him up on the last day.” (ESV)

JOHN 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life, the flesh is no help.  The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life, 64 yet some among you do not trust.”  (For Yeshua knew from the outset which ones would not trust him, also which one would betray him.)  65 “This,” he said, “is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has made it possible for him.” (CJB)

Those who truly come to the Messiah do not simply decide for themselves one day to do so.  If we believe the words of Yeshua, only those YHVH specifically “draws” come to him.  The word translated “draws” in John 6:44 is from the Greek root helko.  Here is what Bauer, Gingrich, Arndt, and Danker (BGAD) have to say about the literal meaning of this word:

To move an object from one area to another in a pulling motion, draw, with implication that the object being moved is incapable of propelling itself or in the case of pers[ons] is unwilling to do so voluntarily, in either case with implication of exertion on the part of the mover. (Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 3rd edition)

Interestingly, helkuso (a form of the same Greek root word found in John 6:44) is used in Yeshua’s statement that his sacrificial death would eventually “draw” all people to Him (John 12:32).  Again, the implication is that these people will not come voluntarily, but will come because of the action of YHVH Elohim.

EPHESIANS 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, 8 which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite ALL things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (ESV)

Paul plainly tells us here that the mystery of YHVH’s will is that He is uniting all things in heaven and earth to Himself through His Son, Yeshua.  Every facet of the Father’s plan is aimed at achieving the goal of reconciling all things back to Himself, as Paul also stated in his second letter to the Corinthians:

II CORINTHIANS 5:18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christand gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  19 that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. (NIV)

YHVH’s goal is for us to develop His godly character and become spiritually complete; He wants His children to “grow up” to become just like Him (Matt. 5:48).  The way we become like Him is through the work of His Holy Spirit in us during the process of reconciliation.  YHVH is NOT working with everyone at this time; instead, He is only calling a few in this age (John 6:44) who were predestined before the beginning of time to fulfill God’s purpose:

EPHESIANS 1:11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.  13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. (ESV)

In the 2nd chapter of Ephesians, Paul specifically states that our predestined salvation is not based on our works.  Rather, the favor Yehovah shows us is a gift:

EPHESIANS 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — bygrace you have been saved — 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  8 For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)

Our salvation does not give us cause to boast.  We are YHVH’s handiwork, His creation.  He has made us what we are; the good works we do were preordained before the beginning of time.  Therefore, we can take no credit for doing them.  We earn NONE of the good things YHVH does for us; they are a divine gift:

JAMES 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (ESV)

In his letter to Titus, Paul reiterates that our good works (which he urges believers to maintain) do not save us:

TITUS 3:4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by Hisgrace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works.  These things are good and profitable to men. (NKJV)

Continuing in his letter to the Ephesians, Paul spells out how the mystery of God applied to those Gentiles in Ephesus:

EPHESIANS 3:1 This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles — 2 for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given me for you, 3 and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, 4 a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ.  5 In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit:  6 that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. (ESV)

Paul was a very learned man, having studied extensively at the feet of Gamaliel the Elder (Acts 22:3; cf. 5:34), one of the brightest Jewish sages of his day.  However, he takes no credit for having figured out for himself the mystery of Elohim.  Instead, Paul clearly states that this mystery (which had been hidden from all former generations) was made known to him by revelation from the Messiah Yeshua (Acts 26:15-18; Gal. 1:11-12).  This mystery was that just as the remnant of YHVH’s chosen people (the Jews) were destined for salvation, so were the rest of the people from all the nations (“the Gentiles”).

Paul addresses this universal salvation of all mankind in his letter to the Roman assembly:

ROMANS 11:25 Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers:  A partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.  26 And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”; 27 “and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”  28 As regards the gospel, they are enemies of God for your sake.  But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers.  29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  30 For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy.  32 For God has consigned [sunekleisen] ALL to disobedience, that he may have mercy on ALL.  33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!  34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor?”  35 “Or who has given a gift to Him that he might be repaid?”  36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be glory forever.  Amen. (ESV)

In this chapter, Paul addresses how the salvation of all Israel will be achieved.  He clearly states that the unbelieving Jews, those who don’t accept Yeshua because YHVH Himself blinded them (Rom. 11:7-10), are still loved by Him.  But he goes on to show that the salvation of all Israel is not the final goal of YHVH’s plan.  In verse 32 he uses a form of the Greek root word sugkleio (which literally means to “hem in,” “enclose” or “imprison”) to describe what YHVH has done to all men.

Specifically, Paul tells us that YHVH has imprisoned ALL mankind (both Jew and Gentile) in disobedience – less those predestined and drawn out of this world as written in John 15:19.

Why would YHVH do this?  Paul tells us the reason is so that in the end He might have mercy on all.  This aspect of YHVH’s plan is so awesome to Paul that he launches into a praise of YHVH’s unsearchable and unknowable ways, which are beyond man’s ability to understand.  To paraphrase Paul, everything is FROM YHVH, THROUGH YHVH, and TO YHVH.  As humans, we can take credit for nothing.

EPHESIANS 3:7 Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s gracethat was given me by the working of His power.  8 Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in Godwho created all things; 10 so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.  11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that He has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him. (ESV)

Here Paul says that even though he is the least of those whom YHVH has called (cf. I Tim. 1:13; I Cor. 15:9), through the gift of YHVH’s favor he was chosen to bring this good news about the mystery of Elohim to the people of the nations.  This is according to YHVH’s age-lasting purpose, which is being accomplished through the Lord Yeshua the Messiah.

EPHESIANS 3:18 I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  20 Now to Him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.  Amen. (NRSV)

Paul realized that YHVH’s mysterious plan was very hard for man to grasp.  Here he prays that YHVH would help the saints understand the fullness (“breadth, length, height and depth”) of His plan.  He finishes this section of his letter by stating that the power of Yehovah Elohim (i.e., the Holy Spirit) working within us is able to accomplish much more than we can request or even understand.

Paul also speaks of predestination in his letter to the Romans:

ROMANS 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.  29 For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  30 And those whom He predestined He also called, and those whom He called He also justified, and those whom He justified He also glorified. (ESV)

Messiah Yeshua is the focal point of the Father’s plan, the firstborn of many sons of God to come.  Paul here states that for those who love God, everything that happens eventually works out for their benefit.  YHVH predestined those who are being called by Him to be justified in Messiah.  Those He justified by the Messiah’s sacrifice will also be glorified and used to further His plan.

When the topic of predestination is understood properly, we have to realize that nothing happens apart from YHVH’s plan Even though we occasionally go through painful trials, these are ultimately for our good and will help us to reach spiritual maturity, as James explains:

JAMES 1:2 Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  4 But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. (CSB)

In the 9th chapter of Romans, Paul used the example of Jacob and Esau to illustrate how YHVH has predestined those He calls:

ROMANS 9:10 And even more to the point is the case of Rivkah; for both her children were conceived in a single act with Yitz’chak, our father; 11 and before they were born, before they had done anything at all, either good or bad (so that God’s plan might remain a matter of His sovereign choice, not dependent on what they did, but on God, who does the calling), 12 it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger.”  13 This accords with where it is written, “Ya’akov I loved, but Esav I hated.” (CJB)

As a good illustration of YHVH’s predestination, Paul cites the example of Jacob and Esau.  He tells us that before their birth, before they had done anything (good or bad), YHVH Elohim decided to use Jacob in His plan, but to reject Esau.  Paul clearly states that the choice YHVH made was based on Him being the supreme ruler of the universe, not on anything Jacob or Esau did.  Some try and make this Scripture mean that Yehovah foresaw what each of the twins WOULD do later in their lives and then chose Jacob over Esau based on that foreknowledge.  But that interpretation specifically denies the point Paul is making here about Elohim’s absolute authority, not foreknowledge, being the basis for the selection.

Human nature causes most people confronted with this scenario to assert that YHVH was unfair to Esau.  Paul anticipated this objection and addressed it next:

ROMANS 9:14 What then shall we say?  Is God unjust?  Not at all!  15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”  16 It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.  17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh:  “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display My power in you and that My name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”  18 Therefore God has mercy on whom He wants to have mercy, and He hardens whom He wants to harden. (NIV)

No, YHVH is not unjust, according to Paul.  The reason is because YHVH’s plan is not based on what a man wants or what a man does, but rather on YHVH’s mercy.  YHVH used Pharaoh for a specific purpose, so that the whole world might understand His awesome power.  YHVH had mercy on the children of Israel, but He hardened Pharaoh’s heart, bringing destruction upon the land of Egypt.  All of these events were orchestrated by YHVH the Father to further His plan and purpose for mankind.

Again, Paul expects that what he has just said will elicit hostile questions from his readers.  “If YHVH hardens my heart and makes me stand in opposition to His will (just as He did with Pharaoh), why does He still punish me?  How am I truly to blame?  Who can withstand YHVH’s purpose?”

ROMANS 9:19 One of you will say to me:  “Then why does God still blame us?  For who resists His will?”  20 But who are you, O man, to talk back to God?  “Shall what is formed say to Him who formed it, ‘Why did You make me like this?'”  21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?  22 What if God, choosing to show His wrath and make His power known, bore with great patience the objects of His wrath — prepared for destruction?  23 What if He did this to make the riches of His glory known to the objects of His mercy, whom He prepared in advance for glory — 24 even us, whom He also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? (NIV)

Paul answers these questions simply.  Since YHVH the Father is the Creator and Ruler of the universe, He can do as He pleases.  Those created have no right to ask the Creator why they are made a certain way.  He shows that YHVH, the Master Potter, has created some vessels for holy use and some for common use (cf. II Tim. 2:20-21).  Paul goes on to state that the common vessels will be broken during the process of YHVH’s plan being carried out to show the holy vessels the riches of God’s glory.

Paul’s response regarding YHVH’s process for accomplishing His plan closely mirrors the Father’s words to Job, when he questioned YHVH Elohim following the occurrence of a series of tragedies in his life.  YHVH allowed Satan to test Job by destroying his children, his material goods (Job 1:13-19), and his health (Job 2:7).  Being a righteous man, Job did not understand why God was putting him through such pain and suffering.

After repeatedly professing his innocence and asking YHVH to prove that He was justified in causing his suffering, YHVH finally answered Job with a series of questions designed to illustrate His magnificence and power (Job 38:1-41:34).  Delineating His awesome acts of creation, YHVH caused Job to see that His power and authority gave the heavenly Father the right to do as He pleased in his life:

JOB 42:1 Then Job answered the Lord:  2 “I know that You can do all things and that no plan of Yours can be ruined.  3 You asked, ‘Who is this that made My purpose unclear by saying things that are not true?’  Surely I spoke of things I did not understand; I talked of things too wonderful for me to know.  4 You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak.  I will ask you questions, and you must answer Me.’  5 My ears had heard of You before, but now my eyes have seen You.  6 So now I hate myself; I will change my heart and life.  I will sit in the dust and ashes.” (NCV)

If we accept the biblical position that YHVH does have the right to make some human vessels for honor and some for destruction, the question then becomes:  “Will those broken vessels of wrath be cast away forever by God after their use, or will the Master Potter reshape them into holy vessels at some future point?”  By recognizing the scriptural doctrine of universal salvation, we can see that YHVH has committed to eventually remake those common vessels into holy vessels.

PHILIPPIANS 2:12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed — not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence — continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. (NIV)

Paul tells us that we are to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling.”  However, he goes on to show that it really isn’t us who does the work, but YHVH.  It is the heavenly Father who causes us to “will” (want to do something) and to “act” on those desires.  This is according to His purpose, which ultimately is for our good.

Paul clearly teaches predestination.  What Calvin, Luther, and others who recognized this teaching missed was that Paul also taught universal salvation.  They did not understand the timing aspect of Paul’s teaching.  Yes, some were predestined to be saved in this age.  However, this did not mean that the rest who are not saved in this age are forever lost.  God will save all mankind, but He will do so in the way and at the time He decides.  Each person will be saved when it is his or her time (I Cor. 15:22).

Predestination – Does the Rest of the Bible Support Paul’s Teaching?

There are very few today who accept the doctrine of predestination.  Most steadfastly assert that humanity has free will, and that YHVH does not limit the will of man, but allows him to exercise that will even to the point that it overrides His own.  But what do the rest of the Scriptures have to say about YHVH’s will and the fulfillment of His purpose?  Let’s examine some passages from the Old Testament to see if this teaching was a new innovation by Paul, or if it had its roots in the Hebrew Scriptures:

JEREMIAH 10:23 You know, O LORD, that man is not master of his way; man’s course is not within his choice, nor is it for him to direct his step. (NAB)

This is a very straightforward and direct statement from Jeremiah.  He clearly states that man does not control his destiny, does not choose his own path or direct his own steps.  The clear implication is that it is Yehovah Elohim who does these things.

PROVERBS 16:9 In his mind a man plans his course, but the LORD directs his steps. (NAB)

The Artscroll Tanach Series is a set of Jewish commentaries on the Hebrew Scriptures from talmudic, midrashic, and rabbinic sources.  Here is what the commentary on Proverbs says about this proverb and its companion statement from Jeremiah:

Like many other verses in Scripture, this verse teaches that man is not in control of his own destiny.  He can only make plans; the ultimate outcome, however, is in the hands of Hashem.  The prophet Jeremiah also proclaims that (Jeremiah 10:23) . . . a man’s path is not his own.  Accordingly, we must learn to place our trust in Hashem and fervently pray that He set us on the path of success so that we may see our plans reach fruition (Meiri). (p. 301, vol. 2,Mishlei / Proverbs)

Similar comments are found elsewhere in the psalms of David, as well as in the proverbs of Solomon:

PSALM 139:16 Your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. (NIV)

PSALM 37:23 The steps of a man are established by the LORD, and He delights in his way. (NASU)

PROVERBS 20:24 Man’s steps are ordained by the LORD, how then can man understand his way? (NASU)

The Artscroll Tanach Series commentary on Proverbs ties together the theme of these final two verses:

This oft-quoted verse (similar to Psalms 37:23 . . . By Hashem are a man’s footsteps established) expresses the limited extent of our ability to understand Divine Providence.  Man is a puppet in the hands of Hashem and as such often has no comprehension of the circumstances of his mortal existence.  But this itself can be a source of encouragement, for we trust that whatever our condition, Hashem has our best interests at heart. (p. 408, vol. 2,Mishlei / Proverbs)

Notice how similar this rabbinic view is to that of the apostle Paul, who stated that YHVH causes everything that happens to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called in accordance with His purpose (Rom. 8:28).

PROVERBS 19:21 The human mind may devise many plans, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will be established. (NRSV)

PROVERBS 16:1 A man may arrange his thoughts, but what he says depends on the LORD. (JPS Tanakh)

These two related statements from Solomon indicate that the mind of a man does have some ability to formulate independent thoughts and schemes.  However, when it comes to actions and spoken words to express those thoughts, man is dependent upon YHVH.  There is no such thing as “chance” or “luck”; YHVH ELOHIM is in control of all things:

PROVERBS 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD. (CSB)

Numerous stories from the Old Testament show the hand of YHVH in planning and carrying out His will through the actions of men.  Let’s look at some of them to see how YHVH guided events to fulfill His purpose.

JOSEPH

First, let’s look at the story of Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob by his beloved wife Rachel.  Because of the special treatment that Joseph received from Jacob, the rest of his brothers hated him (Gen. 37:3-4).  Eventually, this hatred caused them to plot to kill Joseph.  Reuben, the oldest son of Jacob, was able to keep the other brothers from slaying him.  However, they did sell Joseph into slavery and deceive his father into believing that he had been killed by a wild animal.

Joseph ended up as a slave in Egypt, but YHVH was with him in everything that he did.  Thirteen years after being betrayed by his brothers, while Joseph was being held unjustly in prison, YHVH gave Pharaoh a prophetic dream that he did not understand.  But YHVH also gave Joseph the ability to accurately interpret that dream for the ruler of Egypt of the famine that He was about to send upon the land (Gen. 41:25, 28).  Because of the wisdom and discernment that Joseph displayed in regard to the dream, Pharaoh elevated him to the second highest position in all the land.  He also placed him in charge of the effort to prepare the land for the famine that was coming after seven years.

When the prophesied famine struck, Jacob heard that there was food in Egypt.  He sent his 10 oldest sons down from Canaan to Egypt to purchase grain.  Joseph immediately knew them when they arrived, but they did not recognize him.  After testing his brothers to see if their hearts had changed since their earlier actions against him, Joseph revealed himself to them.  In doing so, he stated that everything that had happened to him was predestined by God:

GENESIS 45:4 And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.”  So they came near.  Then he said:  “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt.  5 But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.  6 For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.  7 And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.  8 So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.” (NKJV)

Joseph realized that everything he had suffered was part of the plan of YHVH.  Therefore, he didn’t hold his brothers liable for what happened to him, but rather understood that YHVH the Father was responsible.  This realization was what allowed Joseph to forgive his brothers for their plot against him:

GENESIS 50:18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him.  “We are your slaves,” they said.  19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid.  Am I in the place of God?  20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (NIV)

Although his brothers acted against him out of hatred (motivated in large part by divinely-inspired events such as his dreams), Joseph did not hold them accountable for their actions.  He forgave them because he realized that YHVH accomplished His will through them.  In this, we see that Joseph was a type of the Messiah, who also forgave his brothers the Jews for their persecution and crucifixion of him (Luke 23:34).

The Jews of Yeshua’s day did what they did because YHVH blinded them to His plan (John 12:37-40; Rom. 11:7-10), in order for His atoning sacrifice for mankind to be successfully offered:

ACTS 3:13 “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus.  You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go.  14 You disowned the holy and righteous one and asked that a murderer be released to you.  15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead.  We are witnesses of this.  16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong.  It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.  17 Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders.  18 But this is how God fulfilled what He had foretold through all the prophets, saying that His Christ would suffer.” (NIV)

I CORINTHIANS 2:7 But we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 8 the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; (NASU)

By understanding that YHVH ELOHIM is ultimately responsible for all things, it is possible to see why YHVH commanded us to forgive those who oppose, oppress and attack us:

MATTHEW 5:44 “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (NKJV)

To really forgive our enemies, it helps for us to recognize that YHVH’s blinding has caused them to be against us.  They are “vessels of wrath” which YHVH is using to make known to us “the riches of His glory” (Rom. 9:22-23).  This realization of YHVH’s sovereignty and His control of events was why Joseph could truly forgive his brothers of their transgression against him.

PHARAOH

The story of the Pharaoh of the Exodus is of great benefit in understanding how YHVH brings events to pass in order to fulfill His will.  As quoted earlier from the 9th chapter of Romans, Paul clearly stated that YHVH hardened Pharaoh’s heart in order for Him to prove something to the world (Rom. 9:17-18).  Let’s start the story with YEHOVAH’s words to Abram 430 years prior to the Exodus:

GENESIS 15:13 Then the LORD said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years.  14 But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions.” (ESV)

This prophecy from YHVH to Abram specifies an exact time period – 400 years.  According to the cantillation signs in the Hebrew text of Genesis 15:13, the phrase “400 years” refers back to the words, “your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs.”  The years of Abraham’s offspring being strangers in a strange land began with the birth of Isaac, NOT with the Egyptian enslavement.  Therefore the text ought to be understood as follows:  “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs . . . 400 years.”  It was 400 years from the date of Isaac’s birth until the Exodus, and 430 years (Exo. 12:40-41; Gal. 3:17) from the time of YHVH’s covenant with Abram.

Notice that ELOHIM pronounced a very specific time period for these very specific events.  YHVH didn’t just allow them to happen or foresee them happening.  He directly acted to cause them to happen at a precise point in time.  In his commentary on the Exodus, the Jewish sage Rashi wrote that the covenant of the pieces (Gen. 15:13), the angelic announcement of Isaac’s birth (Gen. 18:10), his actual birth (Gen. 21:2), and the Exodus from Egypt (Exo. 12:41) all took place on exactly “the selfsame day” on the Hebrew calendar:

On the fifteenth of Nisan the ministering angels came to Abraham to announce (it) to him, and on the fifteenth of Nisan Isaac was born, and on the fifteenth of Nisan there was decreed the decree “between the pieces.” (p. 121, vol. II, The Pentateuch and Rashi’s Commentary)

Clearly, the fact that all these events occurred on the same date was not coincidence, but part of the design of YHVH’s plan.  For that plan to be fulfilled precisely as YHVH desired, Pharaoh had to do exactly as YHVH intended.  When Moses first received instructions from the Angel of YHVH from the burning bush, a brief outline of the events that would occur during the Exodus was given to him:

EXODUS 3:16 “Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt, 17 and I promise that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey.” ‘  18 And they will listen to your voice, and you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; and now, please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.’  19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand.  20 So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go.  21 And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty, 22 but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing.  You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters.  So you shall plunder the Egyptians.” (ESV)

YHVH ELOHIM later added some additional details about the reaction of Pharaoh to the miracles ELOHIM would grant Moses to perform:

EXODUS 4:21 And the LORD said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power.  But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.  22 Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, Israel is My firstborn son, 23 and I say to you, “Let My son go that he may serve Me.”  If you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son.’ ” (CJB)

Here we see the first mention of YHVH hardening the heart of Pharaoh.  For the will of God to be carried out according to His plan in this matter, all 10 plagues (culminating with the death of the firstborn) had to occur.  By hardening his heart, YHVH ensured that Pharaoh didn’t abandon his rebellion before YHVH ELOHIM accomplished His objectives.  He specifically tells Moses His plan shortly thereafter:

EXODUS 7:1 And the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet.  2 You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of his land.  3 But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply My signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, 4 Pharaoh will not listen to you.  Then I will lay My hand on Egypt and bring My hosts, My people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment.  5 The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them.” (ESV)

The first time we specifically see it stated that YHVH hardened Pharaoh’s heart is after the 6th plague of boils:

EXODUS 9:11 The magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils were on the magicians as well as on all the Egyptians.  12 And the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not listen to them, just as the LORD had spoken to Moses. (NASU)

After hardening his heart to ensure that the punishment would continue, YHVH then threatened Pharaoh and Egypt with another horrible plague:

EXODUS 9:13 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning, confront Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says:  Let My people go, so that they may worship Me, 14 or this time I will send the full force of My plagues against you and against your officials and your people, so you may know that there is no one like Me in all the earth.  15 For by now I could have stretched out My hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth.  16 But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you My power and that My name might be proclaimed in all the earth.  17 You still set yourself against My people and will not let them go.  18 Therefore, at this time tomorrow I will send the worst hailstorm that has ever fallen on Egypt, from the day it was founded till now.’ ” (NIV)

YHVH clearly stated through Moses that He had raised up Pharaoh for the very purpose of revealing His power and glorifying His name through him.  Could Pharaoh have stopped the plagues by giving in to YHVH’s demand to let His people go?  No, we see from the very words of God that this was not an option.  YHVH’s plan required that all 10 plagues be poured out on Egypt, and nothing (not even Pharaoh himself) could have been allowed to stop that from happening.  YHVH the Father clearly and unambiguously states this fact over and over in the Exodus narrative:

EXODUS 10:1 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these miraculous signs of Mine among them 2 that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed My signs among them, and that you may know that I am the LORD.” (NIV)

Again, after the 8th plague of locusts, Pharaoh seemed ready to give in (Exo. 10:16-17).  However, we see that YHVH once more intervened and hardened the heart of Pharaoh to stop him from accepting Moses’ demands:

EXODUS 10:20 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the Israelites go. (CSB)

Likewise, after the 9th plague of darkness, Pharaoh was ready to acquiesce to Moses’ request (Exo. 10:24).  But once again, YHVH did not allow him to do so:

EXODUS 10:27 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let them go. (JPS)

In Exodus chapter 11, Moses told Pharaoh of the 10th and final plague that would fall upon Egypt:  the death of the firstborn.  Hot with anger at Pharaoh’s refusal to let the Israelites go, Moses left Pharaoh’s presence:

EXODUS 11:9 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh will not listen to you, that My wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.”  10 Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh, and the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go out of his land. (ESV)

Did Pharaoh have free will in this incident?  A literal reading and acceptance of the biblical account at face value shows that the intervention of YHVH was what caused Pharaoh to reject the requested release of the Israelites numerous times.  YHVH’s hardening of Pharaoh’s heart was the reason that the Egyptian firstborn died, and the reason that the Passover sacrifice was ultimately required.

Clearly this episode was NOT primarily about getting His people freed from slavery.  Rather it was about establishing a literal salvation from Egypt for the Israelite firstborn that would symbolize the later salvation the spiritual firstborn would have through the sacrifice of Yeshua the Messiah, our Passover (I Cor. 5:7).  The original was necessary to foreshadow the future.  Consequently, YHVH made sure that Pharaoh reacted in such a way that allowed that first Passover to occur as He had planned.

Now, back to the question Paul raised in Romans chapter 9:  Was YHVH unjust to punish Pharaoh after causing him to rebel against Him?  Paul initially deflected this question by saying that the created have no right to question what the Creator does (Rom. 9:19-21).

However, the apostle to the Gentiles then went on to explain that YHVH is using most in this age simply as “vessels of wrath” (Rom. 9:22) in the process of showing mercy to His “assembly of the firstborn” (Heb. 12:23).  Through these spiritual firstborn, YHVH will eventually have mercy on all (Rom. 11:30-31).

SENNACHERIB

For another example of predestination in the Tanakh, let’s look at the story of Sennacherib, the king of Assyria.  Sennacherib came against Jerusalem during the reign of Jewish king Hezekiah.  His envoy proclaimed to the Jews that they should not look to King Hezekiah or to YHVH their ELOHIM to save them.  After putting on sackcloth, King Hezekiah sent Eliakim, Shebna, and the senior priests to the prophet Isaiah for God’s input on the matter.  Here is the message from YHVH that Isaiah sent back to the king:

ISAIAH 37:21 Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent a message to Hezekiah:  “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says:  Because you have prayed to Me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22 this is the word the LORD has spoken against him:  “The Virgin Daughter of Zion despises and mocks you.  The Daughter of Jerusalem tosses her head as you flee.  23 Who is it you have insulted and blasphemed?  Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted your eyes in pride?  Against the Holy One of Israel!  24 By your messengers you have heaped insults on the Lord.  And you have said, ‘With my many chariots I have ascended the heights of the mountains, the utmost heights of Lebanon.  I have cut down its tallest cedars, the choicest of its pines.  I have reached its remotest heights, the finest of its forests.  25 I have dug wells in foreign lands and drunk the water there.  With the soles of my feet I have dried up all the streams of Egypt.’  26 Have you not heard?  Long ago I ordained it.  In days of old I planned it; now I have brought it to pass, that you have turned fortified cities into piles of stone.  27 Their people, drained of power, are dismayed and put to shame.  They are like plants in the field, like tender green shoots, like grass sprouting on the roof, scorched before it grows up.  28 But I know where you stay and when you come and go and how you rage against Me.  29 Because you rage against Me and because your insolence has reached My ears, I will put My hook in your nose and My bit in your mouth, and I will make you return by the way you came.” (NIV)

Through Isaiah, YHVH told Hezekiah that He had long ago planned that which was then happening.  YHVH clearly stated that He had predestined and raised up Sennacherib and He had given him his victories over the nations he had conquered.  To punish his impudence, pride, and lack of recognition of YHVH’s hand in his successes, YHVH told King Hezekiah that He would drag Sennacherib back to Assyria in shame.

That very night, YHVH fulfilled His word regarding King Sennacherib:

II KINGS 19:35 And that night the angel of the LORD went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians.  And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies.  36 Then Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went home and lived at Nineveh.  37 And as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, struck him down with the sword and escaped into the land of Ararat.  And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place. (ESV)

Clearly portrayed in this story is the fact that YHVH alone is sovereign and that He organizes the rise and fall of world leaders which includes Trump, and all before him not only in America, but leaders worldwide. (cf. Jer. 27:5 below).

NEBUCHADNEZZAR

In the prophecies of Jeremiah and Ezekiel, YHVH shows that Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar was His servant, used to accomplish His divine will.  In addition, YHVH stated that the Babylonian kingdom would continue under Nebuchadnezzar, his son (Nabonidus), and his grandson (Belshazzar).  It was under the rule of Belshazzar that YHVH would raise up Cyrus the Persian to conquer Babylon:

JEREMIAH 25:9 “I will summon all the peoples of the north and My servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,” declares the LORD, “and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations.  I will completely destroy them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and an everlasting ruin.” (NIV)

JEREMIAH 27:5 “It is I who by My great power and My outstretched arm have made the earth, with the men and animals that are on the earth, and I give it to whomever it seems right to Me.  6 Now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, My servant, and I have given him also the beasts of the field to serve him.  7 All the nations shall serve him and his son and his grandson, until the time of his own land comes.  Then many nations and great kings shall make him their slave.  8 But if any nation or kingdom will not serve this Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and put its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, I will punish that nation with the sword, with famine, and with pestilence, declares the LORD, until I have consumed it by his hand.  9 So do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your dreamers, your fortune-tellers, or your sorcerers, who are saying to you, ‘You shall not serve the king of Babylon.’  10 For it is a lie that they are prophesying to you, with the result that you will be removed far from your land, and I will drive you out, and you will perish.  11 But any nation that will bring its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and serve him, I will leave on its own land, to work it and dwell there, declares the LORD.” (ESV)

EZEKIEL 29:18 “Son of man, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon made his army labor hard against Tyre.  Every head was made bald, and every shoulder was rubbed bare, yet neither he nor his army got anything from Tyre to pay for the labor that he had performed against her.  19 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:  Behold, I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and he shall carry off its wealth and despoil it and plunder it; and it shall be the wages for his army.  20 I have given him the land of Egypt as his payment for which he labored, because they worked for Me, declares the Lord GOD. (ESV)

JEREMIAH 43:10 “Then say to them, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says:  I will send for My servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and I will set his throne over these stones I have buried here; he will spread his royal canopy above them.  11 He will come and attack Egypt, bringing death to those destined for death, captivity to those destined for captivity, and the sword to those destined for the sword.  12 He will set fire to the temples of the gods of Egypt; he will burn their temples and take their gods captive.  As a shepherd wraps his garment around him, so will he wrap Egypt around himself and depart from there unscathed.  13 There in the temple of the sun in Egypt he will demolish the sacred pillars and will burn down the temples of the gods of Egypt.’ ” (NIV)

YHVH gave Nebuchadnezzar victory and used him to afflict those nations He purposed to punish.  This Babylonian king was predestined by YHVH ELOHIM to accomplish His purpose during a critical period of Judah’s history.

CYRUS

Pharaoh, Sennacherib, and Nebuchadnezzar were not the only ancient rulers used by YHVH to further His divine plan.  The Persian king Cyrus was specifically named by YHVH through the prophet Isaiah as one who would be given victory by YHVH and then be used to fulfill His will:

ISAIAH 44:28 “It is I who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd!  And he will perform all My desire.’  And he declares of Jerusalem, ‘She will be built,’ and of the temple, ‘Your foundation will be laid.’ ” (NASU)

ISAIAH 45:1 “Thus says the LORD to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held — to subdue nations before him and loose the armor of kings, to open before him the double doors, so that the gates will not be shut:  2 ‘I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron.  3 I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.  4 For Jacob My servant’s sake, and Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me.  5 I am the LORD, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me.  I will gird you, though you have not known Me, 6 that they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me.  I am the LORD, and there is no other;’ ” (NKJV)

EZRA 1:1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying, 2 Thus says Cyrus king of Persia:  All the kingdoms of the earth the LORD God of heaven has given me.  And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. (NKJV)

Yehovah Elohim raised up Cyrus for the express purpose of bringing about the downfall of Babylon and allowing His people, the Jews, to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple there.  Cyrus was predestined to accomplish a specific task for Almighty Yehovah, and the Eternal Father ensured that he successfully completed His purpose.

JEREMIAH

The prophet Jeremiah is one of several people mentioned in the Scriptures who was known by YHVH before they were born:

JEREMIAH 1:4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”  6 “Ah, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.”  7 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’  You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.” (NIV)

According to the very words of YHVH, Jeremiah did not have the free will to do anything other than what He told him to do.

Who I am and my calling not of my own decision:

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/what-compelled-me-to-write-message-for-this-entire-human-race/

Now let’s move on to the New Testament to see others, both good and bad, who were predestined to fulfill God’s purpose:

JOHN THE BAPTIST

The story of John the Baptist is generally well known to most Christians.  The words of the angel Gabriel to his priestly father, Zechariah, plainly show that John was predestined from before his birth to be the prophesied messenger announcing the first appearance of the Messiah:

LUKE 1:13 But the angel said to him:  “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard.  Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.  14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord.  He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth.  16 Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God.  17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous — to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (NIV)

John was a relative of Yeshua due to his mother Elizabeth being kin to Mary (Luke 1:36).  He had no say in how his life would turn out.  John was selected by YHVH before his birth and tasked with a particular mission (the preaching of repentance in preparation for the kingdom of God) that ended with his death at the hands of Herod Antipas.  From before his conception until his death, John’s path was charted by Yehovah Elohim.

THE BLIND MAN AT THE TEMPLE

JOHN 9:1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.  2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (ESV)

According to the words of the Messiah himself, this man had been born blind in order for Yeshua to bring praise to YHVH’s name by giving him sight.  This man’s entire life, including the years of suffering he experienced due to his blindness, was a prelude to Yeshua’s miraculous healing.  He was predestined for just that moment and just that miracle, so Yeshua could glorify YHVH through him.

JUDAS ISCARIOT

The eternal fate of Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of the Messiah, has long been debated in the Christian world.  However, what does not appear to be debatable is whether or not Judas acted of his own free will when he betrayed Yeshua.  The Scriptures clearly indicate that Judas was preordained to be a traitor to Yeshua’s cause, leading to his crucifixion:

JOHN 6:64 “But there are some of you who do not believe.”  For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray him. (NKJV)

JOHN 17:12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.” (ESV)

ACTS 1:16 “Friends, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus— 17 for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” (NRSV)

GENTILES IN ANTIOCH IN PISIDIA

Are there some who are destined by the Eternal Father to be in the millennial kingdom of YHVH?

ACTS 13:44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.  45 When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and talked abusively against what Paul was saying.  46 Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly:  “We had to speak the word of God to you first.  Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.  47 For this is what the Lord has commanded us:  ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ”  48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed. (NIV)

Clearly, the Scriptures teach that those Gentiles in Antioch in Pisidia who believed the preaching of Paul and Barnabas were preordained by YHVH to enjoy age-lasting life during the millennial reign of Messiah Yeshua.

PAUL THE APOSTLE

After his conversion, Paul understood YHVH had predestined him from the time that he was born for the work of taking the gospel to the Gentiles:

GALATIANS 1:15 But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by His grace, was pleased 16 to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, (NIV)

Paul knew that this preordained responsibility was not due to anything he had personally done.  Rather, it was that Elohim showed him unmerited favor (“grace”) in calling him.  Paul’s letters indicate that he fully realized just how personally unworthy he was for the task that God assigned him:

I CORINTHIANS 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. (NASU)

EPHESIANS 3:8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, (ESV)

Paul was the most prolific writer in the New Testament regarding the doctrine of predestination.  Having been personally instructed by the glorified Messiah, he understood YHVH’s plan.  Paul knew Elohim had charted out the path of his life, and that he was destined to run the race on the course God had laid out for him:

ACTS 20:22 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.  23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.  24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” (NIV)

HEBREWS 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (NIV)

At the end of his life, Paul recognized that he had successfully completed the race YHVH had set before him to run:

II TIMOTHY 4:6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure.  7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that Day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. (NIV)

At the end of his life, after he had successfully completed that which YHVH had assigned him to do, Paul realized that he would be one of the few chosen from among the many that YHVH calls (Matt. 20:16; 22:14).  He understood that because he had faithfully carried out YHVH’s will, he would be rewarded with a place in the coming kingdom of God.

The “many are called but few are chosen” principle is YHVH’s counterbalance to an understanding of predestination.  Even Paul, who was aware that God had predestined him to take the gospel to the Gentiles, did not know for sure if he would finish his race successfully (I Cor. 9:24-27).  YHVH only chooses a few from among the many that He calls in order to conceal from those who are now called their immediate fate.  If He didn’t do this, being called by YHVH during this age could be absolutely equated with qualifying for a position as a priest/king in the coming Messianic kingdom.  Since YHVH doesn’t want His saints to be complacent, the “many called/few chosen” formula is a way to introduce uncertainty into the equation.

More about those predestined:

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Is YHVH Responsible for Man’s Suffering?

“OK,” some will say, “there appears to be biblical evidence that some people are predestined by Elohim for certain things.  But surely that can’t mean that He involves Himself in the lives of every single human being on the planet, can it?”

Well, let’s see what the Messiah has to say about the extent of God’s control over the physical world in the fulfillment of His divine will:

MATTHEW 10:29 “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.  30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (NIV)

If not one single sparrow falls to the ground apart from the will of Yehovah the Father, how much control do you think He exercises over mankind?  We don’t have to wonder, because the Messiah clearly tells us that WE are much more important to YHVH than many sparrows.  If He has numbered the very hairs of our heads, does YHVH care enough about us to be intricately involved in our everyday lives?  The scriptural and logical answer is “Yes.”

Most cannot fathom the idea that ELOHIM has preordained the destinies of billions of people.  Despite numerous Scriptures to the contrary, the concept of free will is so deeply ingrained in the religious beliefs of most that they cannot accept that Yehovah Elohim has predestined the lives (and ultimately, the salvation) of all mankind.

Many will object that YHVH cannot be in charge of every detail of each person’s life, because if He was, then He would be directly  responsible for all human suffering and pain on the earth.  Most cannot accept that YHVH would cause the horrific misery that is evident in this world.  Therefore, they rationalize that God doesn’t specifically cause what happens, but rather He simply allows it to occur because He has given His sentient creatures free will, and many of them have chosen to do evil.

Unfortunately, this rationalization doesn’t let YHVH off the hook.  If He truly is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent, He has the presence, knowledge, and power to stop the suffering that happens.  To have that power and not make use of it to end human misery means YHVH is complicit in the suffering.  Either way it is viewed, YHVH bears responsibility for the suffering that humanity endures.

If YHVH is powerful enough to stop all suffering (and the Scriptures assert that He is), then why does YHVH ELOHIM not end it?  Could it be because this suffering ultimately serves YHVH’s purpose of bringing many sons into His family?

ROMANS 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.  19 The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.  20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the One who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.  22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.  23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.  24 For in this hope we were saved.  But hope that is seen is no hope at all.  Who hopes for what he already has?  25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (NIV)

Paul states that YHVH subjected His creation to frustration and decay, but that He will liberate it from these impediments when His children are revealed.  While Paul doesn’t go into the details, he clearly conveys a certainty that the present sufferings of humanity will pale in comparison to the glory that will be manifested in mankind when this portion of Yehovah’s plan is completed.

The prophet Isaiah quotes a promise from YHVH that all the pain and suffering of this present world will one day be forgotten when He creates a new heavens and a new earth:

ISAIAH 65:17 “Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth.  The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.” (NIV)

Even the Messiah was required to suffer while he was on this earth.  This wasn’t suffering simply for the sake of suffering, but rather suffering with a purpose and goal.  This suffering contributed to Yeshua becoming complete, as the author of Hebrews tells us twice:

HEBREWS 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.  10 In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. (NIV)

HEBREWS 5:7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.  8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.  9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, (ESV)

If the Messiah had to suffer in order to learn obedience and be made “perfect” or “complete,” why should we expect anything different?  Is a slave greater than his master?  No, the best we should expect is to be like our Master (Matt. 10:24-25).  Since the Father decreed that our Master Yeshua had to suffer in order to be perfected, we too should expect YHVH the Father to put us through trials and tribulations in order for us to reach spiritual maturity and attain godly character (Jam. 1:2-4).

The primary difference between Yeshua and us is that he had a preexistent relationship with YHVH the heavenly Father and fully understood Elohim’s will and what was expected of him.  We, unfortunately, do not always know Elohim’s will for us.  We can only determine it by studying the Scriptures, developing a relationship with YHVH through regular prayer, and asking Him to reveal His will to us through His Holy Spirit.

Conclusion

The Scriptures portray YHVH the Father as being omnipotent.  Because of His incomparable power, there is nothing that YHVH cannot achieve.  Since He created and sustains all things through His Holy Spirit, no being within Yehovah’s creation is able to thwart His plan or purpose.  Several times, Elohim states in the Scriptures that His will is to eventually save all mankind.  His chosen vessel for accomplishing this salvation is His son Yeshua the Messiah.

Per His plan, YHVH has called many people now to worship Him.  However, from those many called, only a few will be chosen to be saved (Matt. 20:16; 22:14) in this age.  YHVH’s purpose in saving those few now is so that they can in turn help save others later.  Most are destined to be used by ELOHIM at this time to extend His mercy to those few.  YHVH’s plan calls for using most people in this age to show His wrath and to make His power and glory known to those on whom He is having mercy (Rom. 9:22-23).  Seeing and recognizing YHVH’s wrath and power causes those He has called and chosen to fear Him.  According to the Scriptures, the fear of YHVH leads to obedience, which brings us wisdom (Job 28:28; Psa. 111:10; Pro. 9:10; 15:33), knowledge (Pro. 1:17; 2:5), and life (Pro. 10:27; 14:27; 19:23; 22:4).

YEHOVAH ELOHIM planned in exquisite detail how to bring many sons into His family before He created the universe.  Unfortunately, as the apostle Paul stated, YHVH’s decrees are unfathomable and His ways incomprehensible to most of mankind (Rom. 11:33).  He has blinded the majority so that they cannot understand His plan or how it is being accomplished.  Even among believers, what YHVH is doing is not well understood.  However, when all is said and done, it will be recognized by everyone that YHVH alone is responsible for the salvation of humanity.  No one will be able to boast that they played any part in their own salvation.  It is by Yehovah’s grace alone, not our works, that our Father will bring us into His divine family.  In this way, Elohim the Father will receive all the praise and glory from His children for His merciful act of salvation.

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