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From the Editor Our Thanks to You All
What is Forgiveness—Part II by Johnny McCarty
Messiah Is the End of the Law by Donald Adkins
Who Is Santa Claus? By Jerry Healan
A Short Story of Christmas Customs by Thomas "Arkie" Hobbs
Yahshua in the Torah (in the beginning) by Jerry Healan
Spiritual Equation by Dave Ganton
From the Editor
Our Thanks to You All
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For Messiah is the
end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
By Donald M.
What did the Apostle Paul mean by this statement to the assembly in Rome?
There are varied interpretations to this verse of Scripture. Let us study deeply
the Scriptures and learn the truth once and for all so that we need not be
divided anymore. Let us be one united people in spirit and truth.
Only then will we be pleasing to the Master Yahshua. Let us start by
looking at this verse of Scripture in the Greek Language for a deeper insight.
4 For <gar>
5547 is the end <telos> 5056 of the law <nomos> 3051 for <eis> 1519 righteousness <dikaiosune> 1343 to every one <pas> 3956 that believeth <pisteuo> 4100.
Due to this Scripture many Christians
believe that the law has been abolished completely. Is this what this verse
really means? Let us investigate for a deeper meaning.
The Greek word for end is telos.
But just what does telos really mean?
Does telos mean that something is abolished or done away with or does it
have a deeper meaning we have not understood in the past? Understanding the word
will give us a proper understanding of this verse of Scripture the Apostle uses
here. Let us look deeper into the Strong’s Greek Dictionary to reveal the true
meaning of telos.
telos, tel'-os from a primary
tello (to set out for a definite point or goal); properly, the point aimed at as
a limit, i.e. (by implication) the conclusion of an act or state (termination
(literally, figuratively or indefinitely), result (immediate, ultimate or
prophetic), purpose); specially, an impost or levy (as paid):--+ continual,
custom, end(-ing), finally, uttermost. Compare 5411.
Notice that telos comes from the primary root word tello which means to set out for a definite
point or goal i.e. the point aimed at as a limit.
In the above Scripture it means that the
Messiah Yahshua was the definite goal or point aimed at by the law (torah). The
Messiah Yahshua was the goal or reality of the Law for righteousness to everyone
who believes. Yahshua has imparted His righteousness to those who believe.
The standards of righteousness come to us from within by the Spirit which
writes the Law upon our hearts. Notice how this principle works according to the
1 Do we begin again to
commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you,
or letters of commendation from you? 2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts,
known and read of all men: 3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the
epistle of Messiah ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit
of the living Elohim; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
4 And such trust have we through Messiah toward Elohim: 5 Not that we are
sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency
is of Elohim; 6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not
of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth
life. 7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was
glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of
Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: 8 How
shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? 9 For if the
ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of
righteousness exceed in glory. 10 For even that which was made glorious had no
glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. 11 For if that
which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious. 12
Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of
Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: 14 But
their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken
away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Messiah. 15
But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 16
Nevertheless when it shall turn to Yahweh, the vail shall be taken away. 17 Now
Yahweh is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of Yahweh is, there is liberty. 18
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of Yahweh, are
changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of
Yahweh. II Cor. 3: 1 - 18
Notice that we are supposed to be the
epistle of the Messiah read of all men. What is supposed to be written upon our
hearts? Well what was written on the tables of stone? It was the Ten
Commandments! Notice the following Scriptures:
4 Yahweh talked with you face to face in
the mount out of the midst of the fire, 5 (I stood between Yahweh and you at
that time, to shew you the word of Yahweh: for ye were afraid by reason of the
fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying, 6 I am Yahweh thy Elohim, which
brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
7 Thou shalt have none other Elohim before me. 8 Thou shalt not make thee
any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that
is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: 9 Thou
shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I Yahweh thy Elohim am
a jealous Elohim, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto
the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, 10 And shewing mercy unto
thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments. 11 Thou shalt not take
the name of Yahweh thy Elohim in vain: for Yahweh will not hold him guiltless
that taketh his name in vain. 12 Keep the Sabbath day to sanctify it, as Yahweh
thy Elohim hath commanded thee. 13 Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy
work: 14 But the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahweh thy Elohim: in it thou
shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant,
nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy
stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may
rest as well as thou. 15 And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of
Egypt, and that Yahweh thy Elohim brought thee out thence through a mighty hand
and by a stretched out arm: therefore Yahweh thy Elohim commanded thee to keep
the Sabbath day. 16 Honour thy father and thy mother, as Yahweh thy Elohim hath
commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with
thee, in the land which Yahweh thy Elohim giveth thee. 17 Thou shalt not kill.
18 Neither shalt thou commit adultery. 19 Neither shalt thou steal. 20 Neither
shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour. 21 Neither shalt thou
desire thy neighbour's wife; neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his
field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing
that is thy neighbour's. 22 These words
Yahweh spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire,
of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no
more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.
Deut. 5:4 – 22.
THE NEW COVENANT
Notice that it was
the Ten Commandments that were written upon the tables of stone. It
is the same Ten Commandments that are to be written upon our hearts by the
Spirit of Yahweh. When that happens the Scripture says that we are changed into
the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of Yahweh. In fact
this is what was prophesied in the Old Covenant Scriptures:
31 Behold, the days come, saith Yahweh,
that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of
Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the
day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which
my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith Yahweh: 33
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After
those days, saith Yahweh, I
will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be
their Elohim, and they shall be my people.
Jer. 31:31 – 33, cp. Heb. 8: 6 – 13, 10: 16 - 17.
Yahweh revealed this also to the prophet
19 And I will give them one heart, and I
will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their
flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: 20 That they may walk in my
statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people,
and I will be their Elohim. Ezek.
11: 19 – 20.
26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I
put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I
will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you,
and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do
them. Ezek. 36: 26 – 27.
So what of the Torah (five books of
Moses), the prophets, the Psalms and the writings today? How do they apply to
us? What is their purpose of our lives? The apostle Paul wrote that:
5 Now the end of the
commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of
faith unfeigned: 6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain
jangling; 7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they
say, nor whereof they affirm. 8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use
it lawfully; 9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but
for the lawless and disobedient, for the un-Elohim like and for sinners, for
unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for
manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind,
for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other
thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11 According to the glorious gospel of
the blessed Elohim, which was committed to my trust. I Tim. 1: 5 – 11.
Notice that the apostle Paul wrote that
the law (Torah) is good, if a man use it lawfully. The word for lawfully is
3545 nomimwv nomimos,
nom-im'-oce adverb from a derivative of 3551; legitimately (specially,
agreeably to the rules of the lists):--lawfully.
So Paul is saying that the law (Torah) is good if we use
it legitimately or according to the rules. But what are the rules? How do we use
the law (Torah) legitimately? What is the purpose of the law (Torah)? Does law
keeping (Torah keeping) save us or make us righteous? No for the Scriptures
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the
gift of Yahweh: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his
workmanship, created in Messiah Yahshua unto good works, which Yahweh hath
before ordained that we should walk in them. Eph. 2: 8 – 9.
21 But now the righteousness of Elohim without the law is manifested, being
witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of Elohim which
is by faith of Yahshua Messiah unto all and upon all them that believe: for
there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of
Elohim; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in
Messiah Yahshua: 25 Whom Elohim hath set forth to be a propitiation through
faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that
are past, through the forbearance of Elohim;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be
just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Yahshua. 27 Where is boasting
then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 28
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the
law. Rom. 3: 21 – 28.
But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the
gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after
the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles
to live as do the Jews? 15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the
Gentiles, 16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by
the faith of Yahshua Messiah, even we have believed in Messiah Yahshua, that we
might be justified by the faith of Messiah, and not by the works of the law: for
by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Gal. 2: 14 – 16.
We are made righteous only by grace through the redemption
that is in Messiah Yahshua. It is
only through faith in Yahshua’s shed blood that we receive forgiveness of our
past and future sins. Yahshua
is Yahweh’s Righteousness. Thus Yahweh can be just and the one who justifies all
those who exercise faith in Yahshua and His shed blood! But what is the purpose
of the law (Torah)? What say the Scriptures? Notice how clear the Scriptures
reveal the lawful, legitimate purpose of the law (Torah) is:
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are
under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all
the world may become guilty before Yahweh. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there
shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the
knowledge of sin. Rom. 3: 19 – 20.
that the first purpose of the law (Torah) is to reveal that we are sinners in
need of the Savior Yahshua! Yes, by the law (Torah) is the knowledge of sin.
By it also the whole world is revealed to be under the power of sin! Law keeping
(Torah keeping) cannot bring righteousness or salvation! Only Yahshua can!
What is the second purpose of the law (Torah i.e. five
books of Moses), and all of the prophets (i.e. the Old Covenant or Scriptures)?
Yahshua reveals this Magnificent Truth in the following Scriptures in the
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are
they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have
life. Jn. 5: 39 – 40.
Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the
prophets have spoken: 26 Ought not Messiah to have suffered these things, and to
enter into his glory? 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he
expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
Lu. 24: 25 – 27.
second purpose of the law (Torah) and all other Scriptures is to testify about
Yahshua and all the things concerning Him written in them!
entire Bible (The Holy Scriptures) is a revelation of Yahshua Messiah: His
Person, His Character, His Mission and His Purpose. Let us study the Holy
Scriptures and learn of Yahshua for they testify of Him and all that He is to
us! We are each one of us to grow up into the fullness of Him into a perfect man
just like Yahshua was.
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of
Messiah. 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity
captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that
he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended
is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all
things.) 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some,
evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the
saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Messiah:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son
of Yahweh, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of
Messiah: 14 That
we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with
every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby
they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into
him in all things, which is the head, even Messiah: 16 From whom the whole body
fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth,
according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase
of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. Eph 4: 7 – 13.
us hold on to our head – Yahshua! The
apostle Paul exhorts us:
As ye have therefore received Messiah Yahshua the Sovereign, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been
taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you
through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the
rudiments of the world, and not after Messiah. 9 For in him dwelleth all the
fulness of the Deity bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of
all principality and power: 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the
circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the
flesh by the circumcision of Messiah: 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein
also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of Yahweh, who
hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the
uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having
forgiven you all trespasses; Col. 2: 6 – 13.
FALLING FROM GRACE
If we seek to go back under the law (Torah) then we
regress and fall from grace and Messiah Yahshua becomes of no effect to us.
So says the apostle Paul:
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Messiah hath made us free, and be
not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2 Behold, I Paul say unto you,
that if ye be circumcised, Messiah shall profit you nothing. 3 For I testify
again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
4 Messiah is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the
law; ye are fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of
righteousness by faith. Gal. 5: 1 – 5.
us not fall from grace and tread under foot the blood of Yahshua and lose out on
eternal life just because it appeals to our fleshly carnal nature to go back
under the weak and beggarly elements of the law (Torah) and not fully understand
that Yahshua is the reality of all that the law (Torah) taught. In the book of
Hebrews it is written:
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the
heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the
good word of Yahweh, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall
away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the
Son of Yahweh afresh, and put him to an open shame. Heb. 6: 4-6.
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth,
there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for
of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He
that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of
how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath
trodden under foot the Son of Yahweh, and hath counted the blood of the
covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite
unto the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth
unto me, I will recompense, saith Yahweh. And again, Yahweh shall judge his
people. 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living Elohim.
taught us that the law (Torah) was only our schoolmaster that was to lead us to
the Messiah Yahshua. Once Messiah came we no longer need to be under the
19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions,
till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by
angels in the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one,
but Elohim is one. Is the law then against the promises of Elohim? Elohim
forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily
righteousness should have been by the law. 22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Yahshua
Messiah might be given to them that believe. 23 But before faith came,
we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be
revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to
bring us unto Messiah, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that
faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the
children of Yahweh by faith in Messiah Yahshua. 27 For as many of you as have
been baptized into Messiah have put on Messiah. 28 There is neither Jew nor
Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye
are all one in Messiah Yahshua. 29 And if ye be Messiah’s, then are ye Abraham's
seed, and heirs according to the promise. Gal. 3: 19 – 29.
are to live by faith through the Spirit. We are to walk in the Spirit and not
after our own fleshly carnal nature. Paul
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth,
before whose eyes Messiah Yahshua hath been evidently set forth, crucified among
you? 2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit
by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the
flesh? 4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. 5 He
therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you,
doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to
the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one
word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 15 But if ye bite
and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 16
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the
flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the
Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that
ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are
not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;
Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft,
hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 1 Envyings,
murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before,
as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not
inherit the kingdom of Yahweh. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance:
against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Messiah's have crucified the
flesh with the affections and lusts. 25
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Gal. 5: 1-25.
Let us who are mature continue to live by faith and walk in the Spirit
and be led by the Spirit to fully understand all these awesome things that
Father Yahweh desires us to learn. May
Father Yahweh open your eyes to see and your hearts to hear His Word as He
reveals Yahshua to us each day and may we walk in love as Yahshua walked. Shalom
in Yahshua our Savior.
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He is called Santa Claus, Old Saint Nick, SaintNicholas, Kris Kringle, a jolly old Elf and other acronyms. He lives at the North Pole, rides in a sleigh drawn by 8 tiny reindeer and visits every home in the world on Christmas Eve bringing gifts to all, especially children. Just who is this jolly little fat man? The answer is surprising!
By Jerry Healan
Santa Claus is a name that
is riveted in the heart of the great overall majority of young children in the
United States and many other parts of the world. Children love him, they write
to him, they sing of him. When Christmas time nears there are many men who don
Santa Claus suits and appear in parades, shopping malls, toy stores, etc., all
over the country. Many, many of the little children are taken for a visit to
these men so that they can put in their special request for their Christmas
On Christmas Eve, the trees are all trimmed and stockings are hung. The
children are generally nestled in their beds as early as possible in anxious
anticipation of the soon coming visit. Some leave food, snacks and pastries out
as a treat for Santa.
Just who is this little fat
elf in the red felt suit? Does he really exist? Many have written of him. There
are songs and movies that portray him as being real, but he isn’t!
Do you remember when you
discovered that Santa wasn’t real? Do you remember how much of a let down that
was? One man once told me that when he finally found out that his parents, whom
he loved and trusted very much, had lied to him about Santa Claus, then he was
also going to look into this J-sus Chr-st thing and see if that was also real.
Even though most of us may
not have reacted in such a distrusting manner, it certainly is a big let-down
when one discovers that a being that he has been taught to look up to and love
very much doesn’t even exist! What’s more, one does learn that one’s
parents haven’t been on the up and up and are, therefore, capable of lying to
Everyone, except for the
little children who are purposely deceived, knows that Santa is not real. Little
children are so open, honest and naive that they will believe just about
anything their parents will tell them. For parents to purposely mislead their
children is damaging, to say the least.
Where do lies come from?
Yahshua said, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father
ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth,
because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his
own: for he is a liar, and the father of it,” Jn. 8:44.
Satan the devil is the father
of lies. Have any parents ever thought that when they are deceiving, lying to
their children about Santa Claus,
that they are following in the footsteps of and mimicking the father of lies,
Satan the devil? Believe it or not, such is the case.
Satan lied to Eve in the
garden of Eden. Yahweh had told the man Adam that he could eat of every tree of
the garden, but he was not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
(Gen. 2:16-17). Notice that He told the man that if he took of that tree he
would die (v. 17). Satan lied to Eve and said, “Ye shall not surely die...,”
Eve may have believed the
serpent because she wanted to, but he contradicted Yahweh’s word through lies,
deceived the woman into taking of the tree and her husband, Adam, followed suit
bringing the penalty of sin and death on every man (Ro. 5:12-19; 1 Cor.
Such is the power of lies.
Lies kill, lies murder, lies are of Satan the devil. Satan, through his lies,
has deceived the whole world (Rev. 12:9).
Santa is called a jolly old elf.
His supposed helpers are elves.
Just what are elves anyway? The Encyclopedia
Britannica, 14th Edition,
Vol. 8 has this to say about elf, “a diminutive supernatural being of Teutonic mythology, usually mischievous,
causing diseases and evil dreams, stealing children and substituting
changelings.” (p. 353.)
Webster’s New World Dictionary
gives the etymology of the word elf
as coming from the German word alb
It gives the definition as; a tiny, often prankish fairy, supposedly exercising
magic powers and haunting woods and hills; sprite. The Consolidated-Webster Comprehensive
reveals that an elf
are one and the same thing. A goblin
is described as an evil or mischievous sprite.
Elves are generally depicted
as tiny woodland entities that are very similar to the Greek God Pan and the
Roman God Faunas in other words they have the legs, ears
and beard of a goat.
What does the name Santa
Claus mean and where does it come from? Santa Claus is simply another form for
the name Saint Nickolas. Nickolas is a Greek name. Nickolas is a name that is a
compound of two words Nike
Nike is a primitive Greek word meaning victory, conquest, to
means people. Nickolas, therefore, means Victor, or Conqueror of the people.
We read in Rev. 6:1, “And I
saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of
thunder, one of the four beasts saying, ‘Come and see.’ And I saw, and
behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given
unto him: and he went forth conquering and to conquer.” The words conquering
both stem from the Greek word Nike.
Yahshua explained the first
seal in Mat. 24:4-5, “And Yahshua answered and said unto them, ‘Take heed
that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My name, saying, ‘I am
Messiah;’ and shall deceive many.”
The one sitting on the white
horse, going forth to conquer (nike) the people (laos,
is doing so in deceit. The one on the white horse is not the TRUE Messiah but a
false messiah. He conquers the many with deceit.
Santa Claus (Saint Nickolas)
is a conqueror of the people. He is used to conquer the hearts of our children
at their youngest and most tender age. He conquers their hearts through deceit
for he is not real. The sad thing is the lie comes through the child’s closest
living relatives, his parents.
Santa Claus is also
associated with the time of the year that is supposedly the birthdate of the
Savior. But this is yet another lie that is foisted upon an unsuspecting public.
Santa Claus is a character of
mythology, falsehood, fables. He is called an elf and elves are
supernatural beings. This places him in the realm of idolatry. Of course, it
would take a great supernatural being to be able to deliver gifts to children of
the whole world in one night.
speaks of a woman who has a golden cup in her hand filled with the abominations
and filthiness of her fornication. She is called Mystery Babylon, the Great, the
Mother of harlots and Abominations of the Earth (Rev. 17:4-5). This woman is
nothing more than a great church who, like her predecessor Israel of the Old
Testament, is not serving the One Who is supposed to be her husband. She has
instead, turned to serve the deities of paganism and heathenism.
had warned Israel not to serve Him as the nations that they were displacing had
served theirs, “When Yahweh thy Elohim shall cut off the nations from before
thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest
in their land;
Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they
be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their elohim,
saying, How did these nations serve their elohim? even so will I do likewise.
Thou shalt not do so unto Yahweh thy Elohim: for every abomination to Yahweh,
which he hateth, have they done unto their elohim; for even their sons and their
daughters they have burnt in the fire to their elohim.
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto,
nor diminish from it,” Dt. 12:29-32.
in the latter days when Yahshua the Messiah came to serve the purpose of
fulfilling the Father Yahweh’s will to submit Himself as a living sacrifice
for mercy, His so-called followers have done the same thing to Him as Israel did
Instead of upholding the law as Paul,
Himself wrote, “Do we then make void the law through faith? Yahweh forbid:
yea, we establish the law,” Ro. 3:31.
see, the law describes exactly what sin is (1 John 3:4). We are not to sin (1
Jn. 2:1). Paul also writes that we should not serve sin (Ro. 6:6).
commands us to flee from idolatry (1 Cor. 10:14).
Santa Claus and Christmas are a
merchant’s dream. Merchants love this time of the year and advertise
continually, making it look like the only thing to do. The sales at Christmas
time generally either make or break the merchants. The news forecasts
breathlessly await the opportunity to declare the amount of spending at the end
of the year. The applause is great when the spending increases over the previous
year. The merchants have fought the battle and generally won. All is right with
thing to keep in mind is that the merchants are out to make a buck and it
matters not to them how they make it. They will sell the world down a primrose
path to destruction for a profit.
The Apostle Paul had a great problem with
merchants in his day, “And the same time there arose no small stir about that
For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for
Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;
Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye
know that by this craft we have our wealth.
Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all
Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be
no gods, which are made with hands:
So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that
the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence
should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.
And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out,
saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and
Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one
accord into the theatre.
And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him
And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him,
desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre.
Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused;
and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.
And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And
Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the
But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two
hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians,” Acts 19:23-34.
Notice that the merchants didn’t care
for the truth. They only wanted to continue to make their good living promoting
the Hebrew word for merchant is “kenananiy” which is generally translated as
“Canaanite.” Thus, to merchandise the idolatrous Santa Claus and Christmas
is nothing more than following the Canaanites, the people who lived in the
promised land before the Israelites entered into it to possess it.
The Apostle Paul warned,
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after
their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and
they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables,”
2 Tim. 4:3-4.
Satan is the one who loves
lies. He is the father of lies. Paul warns that one is coming, “Even him,
whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying
wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;
received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause Yahweh shall
send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
that they all might be damned (judged) who believed not the truth, but had
pleasure in unrighteousness,” 2 Thes. 2:9-12.
Santa Claus may not be the
one that this Scripture is speaking of, but he is a part of the system of lies,
falsehood, fables, etc. which is used to sow the seeds of deceit and
The prophet Isaiah was
inspired to write, “Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may
be for the time to come for ever and ever: That this is a rebellious People,
lying children, children that will not hear the law of Yahweh. Which say to the
seers, ‘See not;’ and to the prophets, ‘Prophesy not unto us right things,
speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: Get you out of the way, turn
aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before
us,’” Isa. 30:8-11
Many people argue that Santa
Claus is harmless. After all he is just for the children. They worry about what
people would do without Christmas and old Santa. But the truth is, things would
be much better for them if they would only serve and worship Yahweh according to
the way that He has commanded.
It seems hard to believe that
men love lies, but the Scriptures are replete with the revelation that such is
the case. They are full of warnings against going the wrong way while those to
whom the warnings are spoken and written, continue to go on heedlessly against
Satan is a very subtle
deceiver. He makes his false ways to appear as if they are the way of light.
Even though they look beautiful and harmless, the intent behind it all is very
evil indeed. Satan’s purpose is to glorify himself and his ways. He wants to
keep people from having a good and truthful relationship with our Heavenly
Father Yahweh and His Beloved Son Yahshua.
Admittedly, it is very
difficult to go against the grain. After all, the great overall majority are in
favor of Santa Claus and do observe Christmas. But, remember that Yahshua said
that it would be the many that go the broad way to destruction (Mt. 7:13). He
also said that many are called, but few are chosen (Mt. 20:16; 23:14).
Don’t let the majority
persuade you to lose out on your calling. The Apostle Peter cried out, “Repent
and be baptized every one of you in the name of Yahshua Messiah for the
remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,” Acts
2:38. The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth, “Howbeit when he, the
Spirit of truth, is come He will guide you into all truth,” Jn. 16:13. The
world cannot receive this Spirit, “Even the Spirit of truth; Whom the world
cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him;
for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you,” Jn. 14:17.
Don’t be foolish and let a
deception like Santa Claus conquer you.
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IN THE TORAH
Yahshua in the Torah is a series that we are beginning with this issue. It will be the purpose of this series to go through the Torah, step by step, in order to reveal how Moses wrote of Him as Yahshua Himself declared in John 5:37-47. We pray that we all will be blessed by this series.
I recently came
across a Messianic Jewish website entitled “First-Born.com.” They, as the
rest of the Jewish communities, read a portion of the Torah (the first five
books of Scripture) on each Sabbath. This portion is called a “Parasha.”
The very first “Parasha” was, of course, on the books of
Genesis chapter 1 through chapter 6:8. The heading read, “Hebrew
Insights into the Weekly Parasha: B’resheet—Genesis 1:1-6:8.”
Here is what they stated, “The Hebrew language is
characterized by remarkable conciseness,
which allows information
to be conveyed in very succinct forms. Along with that, it is also a very
picturesque language, and often content and form (in the Tanach, especially) are
congruous. Thus, this first Parasha, being as it is, a narrative of
the origins, is replete with information, eternal patterns and principles, yet
all are communicated very briefly, with matching terminology. In fact, the latter
deserves individual attention. Although this time we will not be able to cover
the full gamut of terms included in Parashat ("Parasha of") B'resheet,
in the weeks to come several of the others will 'pop up' in other Parashot, and
it is then that we will try to do them justice.”
Notice that it says that the Hebrew language is not only very
concise, but is able to be conveyed in very succinct forms. One thing that this
author has realized for quite a number of years now is that Yahweh’s word, the
Holy Scriptures, is eternal and if we continually study it on a daily basis, it
will open new doors of understanding, new frontiers of exploration and
information that one simply does not get by just reading it for its face value.
Let me explain it this way. We who are living in this world go
about our daily lives looking at what we see on the surface (face value) taking
it for granted. But the scientists are busily studying into this marvelous
creation in depth. Through their careful study of the heavens and the earth,
many, many, many awesome things are revealed. They have learned that what we see
is made up of compounds, cells, molecules, atoms, quarks, etc., etc. They have
learned much about specific laws that regulate the creation.
They build extravagant devices;
microscopes, telescopes, space centers, rockets, etc., in order to explore the
depths of the earth and the vast expanse of the heavens. They may postulate and
theorize concerning the way things are and how they work, but they have never
been able to reach the ends of the microscopic world nor the telescopic heavens.
New things are brought forth on a yearly, monthly, weekly, and even daily basis.
But they simply can’t get to the beginning or the ending of it all. How
This is the way Yahweh’s word is! It is eternal. We are
finite in nature. That which is finite simply can’t measure nor come to the
total in-depth understanding of that which is eternal. But we can be given the
Spirit of the Creator which leads us into so much awesome understanding which
should cause us to desire to look into what the Scriptures say about His Son,
because the Son is the image of the Father Who is hidden from view.
Yahshua told the people of His day, “Search the Scriptures;
for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of
Me,” Jn. 5:39.
Furthermore, He declared, “Do not think that I will accuse
you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you even Moses, in whom ye trust,
for had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me: for he wrote of Me,” vv.
The purpose of this ministry is to primarily focus on Yahshua
and how the Scriptures speak of Him;
for if we can come to a more clearer understanding of Him, Who He is, where He came from, what His
purpose was, how the Scriptures speak of Him, etc., and
also how science itself reveals Him, then we can have a much
greater understanding of the Father. When we forget this and begin to look to
men then we take our eyes off of Him and get stuck in a rut.
Moses wrote of Yahshua according to Yahshua’s own words and
witness. Thus, when we search the Torah, we should be seeking to understand how
Moses wrote of Him.
The Parasha goes on to say, “B'resheet
is both the name of the first Parasha, and the (Hebrew)
name of the book of Genesis. "B'resheet bara Elohim..." At the first -b'resheet
- created - bara - Elohim - God. The meaning of r'sheet
and it stems from the root r.o.sh (the letters are resh [r], alef [a],
being the word for ‘head’.
The usage of this phraseology, therefore, establishes a foundation that the prime, first and foremost cause is
Elohim and it is He who is the initiator of everything.”
words and letters have been inserted by the author of this article. Also, some
To further analyze this beginning of Scripture, we read, “In
the beginning God created…” The Hebrew reads thusly, “myhla arb tySarb.”
(Remember that Hebrew reads from right to left.) “In the beginning” is translated from the Hebrew tySarb.
“God” is translated from the Hebrew myhla. While created is translated from arb.
The English also changes things around in order to supposedly
give a better understanding, but translating directly from the Hebrew we would
render it, “In the beginning (tySarb) created (arb) Elohim (myhla).
Interestingly, many of the Hebrew letters serve as whole
words. Take, for example, the (b) which is the very first letter of Scripture. This letter is equivalent to
our English “B”. But it serves the purpose in this instance to give us the
word “In.” (In the).
I have italicized the word “the”
because the English has to insert it in order, once again, to clarify. However,
if the word “the” were supplied in the Hebrew, then the Hebrew letter h (“hei,” equivalent to our “E” or “H”)
would have been supplied. For instance, we read in the English, “In the
beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth.” The Hebrew word for
“heavens” is “MymS”
(shamayim) while the Hebrew word for earth is “xra” (erets). In order to supply the word “the” the letter
“hei” is added to the front of the words. Thus, “the heavens” is
rendered as “MymSh”
and “the earth” is rendered as “xrah.”
But now, the word “and” must also be supplied between
“the heavens” and “the earth.” The Hebrew word for “and” is rendered
by the single Hebrew letter “w” (waw/vav). Thus, “and the earth” is rendered as “xrahw.”
= and; h
Hence, the first sentence in Scripture reads thusly in the
myhla arb tySarb”.
In the beginning (tySarb)
the heavens (MymSh)
and the earth (xrahw).
There is also one other Hebrew word or idiom that is added to Scripture which
has never been translated into the English which we simply will not address at
this time under this heading.
The main thing that needs to be pointed out presently for the
sake of this article is that the first two English words we read from Scripture
“In the” are supplied from the single Hebrew letter “beit” (b)
while the word “beginning” is supplied from “tySar” (resheet).
The Hebrew word “resheet” (tySar) is number 7225 in Strong’s
Exhaustive Concordance and is defined as; from the same as 7218; the first, in place,
time, order or rank (specifically, a firstfruit). It is variously translated
throughout Scripture as; beginning, chief (-est),
part, time), principal thing.
It is derived from another Hebrew word, #7218 as stated in the
article. This Hebrew word is “rosh” (Sar) and is defined as; from an unused root apparently meaning to
shake; the head (as most easily shaken), whether literal or figurative (in many
applications, of place, time, rank, itc.). It is variously translated as; band,
beginning, captain, chapiter, chief(-est place, man, things), company, end, X
every (man), excellent, first, forefront, ((be-))head,
height, (on) high(-est part, (priest)), X lead, X poor, principal,
The Apostle Paul writes, “Giving thanks unto the Father,
which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in
13 Who hath
delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom
of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have
redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the
image of the invisible Elohim, the firstborn of every creature:
by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth,
visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all
things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he
is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the head
of the body, the assembly: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things
he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased
the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
20 And, having
made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto
himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven,”
Note the words “head” and “the beginning” in verse 18.
If we converted these words from the Greek or English to Hebrew, then we would
read, “And he is the “rosh” (Sar = head) of the body, the assembly: who is “Resheet” (tySar
the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
The Greek word for “head” is “kephale,” while the
Greek word for “the beginning” is “arche.” This is important to
understand because they are also utilized to describe Yahshua’s role
elsewhere. Take, for instance, Colossians
2:8-10, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit,
after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after the
9 For in him
dwelleth all the fulness of the Deity bodily.
10 And ye are
complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.”
Again, the Greek word for “head” is “kephale,” while
the Greek word for “principality” is “arche.” Since “arche” has been
principally translated as “beginning” in Col. 1:18, it certainly could be
translated as such here. If we do so, then the scope of Yahshua’s office and
importance in creation is truly magnified for we discover, “And ye are
complete in him, which is the head (kephale/rosh) of all beginnings (arche/resheet) and
Don’t the verses in Colossians chapter 1 declare that He
(Yahshua) created all things? “Who is the image of the invisible Elohim, the
firstborn of every creature: for BY HIM WERE ALL THINGS CREATED, that are in
heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones,
or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and
for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist,” vv.
Notice that I have highlighted the word “principalities.”
Once again, this word is translated from the Greek word “arche” which is
also translated as “beginning” in verse 18.
The Greek word “arche” is defined as; from 756; (properly
abstract) a commencement, or (concretely) chief
(in various applications of order, time, place, or rank). (Strong’s Exhaustive
Notice that it is defined as “a commencement.” This is
where the translators get the idea of “beginning,” of course. But it also
has to do with being “chief” of order, “chief” in time, “chief” in
place, or “chief” in rank.
While this is the definition of “arche,” it is variously
translated as; beginning, corner, (at the, the) first (estate), magistrate,
power, principality, principle, rule, etc. in the Scriptures.
“Arche” comes from another Greek word which is “archomai.”
It is #756 in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance
and is defined as; middle voice of 757 (through the implication, of precedence);
to commence (in order of time). According to Strong’s, “archomai” gives us the idea of; (rehearse
from the) begin(-ning).
Wow! Do you get that! Something is rehearsed from the
beginning. Did you know that we get that idea of rehearsal by observing the
seven day week which culminates with the seventh day Sabbath of rest? Did you
know that Yahshua is the One Who began the creation and is the One Who will
finish it bringing in rest? Are you beginning to understand the most powerful
testimony or witness that these words and Scriptures give of Yahshua?
Number 756, “archomai,” in turn, comes from #757 which is
the Greek word “archo.” “Archo” is defined as; a primary verb; to be
first (in political rank or power).
Now isn’t that interesting!? Here is Yahshua, Who is first
in political rank or power, yet, who, in this world, is submitting themselves
to Him? Don’t all nations of the earth have someone who is the first in
political rank or power over that nation? Is Yahshua the political head or power
the people look to? Don’t the Scriptures proclaim, “The kings of the earth
set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against Yahweh, and against
His Anointed (the Messiah), saying, ‘Let us break their bands asunder, and
cast away their cords from us,” Psa. 2:2-3.
Yahshua is the HEAD (Heb. = rosh; Gk. = kephale), the
BEGINNING (Heb. = resheet; Gk. = arche), the COMMENCEMENT (Heb. = resheet; Gk. =
arche) of all things, yet men who seek to establish their own political headship
over others whether it is as kings, presidents, rulers, judges, ministers (yes,
ministers) and whatever else, go about rejecting the true corner stone (Psa.
118:22) in order to build their own scope of power and influence.
The book of Hebrews witnesses, “Elohim, who at sundry times
and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these
last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by
whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the
brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all
things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat
down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
4 Being made so
much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent
name than they.
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art
my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and
he shall be to me a Son?
6 And again, when
he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the
angels of Elohim worship him.
7 And of the
angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of
8 But unto the Son
he saith, Thy throne, O Elohim, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness
is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
9 Thou hast loved
righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore Elohim, even thy Elohim, hath
anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
10 And, Thou, Sovereign,
(B’resheet) hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the
works of thine hands:
11 They shall
perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
12 And as a
vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the
same, and thy years shall not fail.
13 But to which of
the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies
14 Are they not
all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of
salvation?,” Heb. 1:1-14.
Who is He speaking of here that has laid the foundation of the
earth? The subject is the Son Who is the Messiah by Whom He has made the worlds.
He is called the express image of His person. He is worthy of worship. He is
called Elohim. He laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning and the
heavens are the work of His hands. Even though those things may perish, He will
Verse 10 is quoted from Psa. 102:25. The subject of this Psalm
is, of course, Yahweh. Yahweh proclaims that He made the earth and the heavens.
Even though they may perish, He will endure forever.
Hebrews 1:10-11 utilizes not only Psa. 102 to establish who
Yahshua is, but it also utilizes Psa. 110 which says, “Yahweh said unto my
Sovereign (Adonai), Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine
enemies thy footstool,” v. 1.
We understand that the Heavenly Father Yahweh is the central
figure sitting on the heavenly throne while the Sovereign Yahshua is at His
right hand. But the Psalm continues in verse 5, “Yahweh at thy right hand
shall strike through kings in the day of His wrath.” Thus, the one who is
addressed as Sovereign (Adonai) in verse 1 is called Yahweh in verse 5. Yahshua
is also Yahweh, the One Who made all things.
Please understand that in the modern-day Hebrew Scriptures,
the name Yahweh does not appear in verse 5. However, the original Hebrew
Scriptures utilized the name Yahweh in this verse, but the Sopherim (Scribes)
became confused because they understood that the one on the right hand was
called “Adonai” in verse 1, so they changed the Scriptures to read
“Adonai” in verse 5 rather than “YAHWEH.” This is known as one of the
134 emendations of the Sopherim. An “emendation” simply means to correct or
to improve. However, when it applies to men, instead of correcting or improving,
THE HEBREW WORD CREATED
Going back to the First-born.com
article, they write, “Interestingly, the very first 3 letters which constitute
the Bible's opening word, "b're(sheet)" are also the same as the ones that
make up the next word, "bara", which is "created"
(the letters being bet, resh, alef). Thus, "created" appears twice in
a row in the very beginning of the Holy Writ, as if to add an extra emphasis to
the fact that Elohim is truly the Creator. Note that the verb "bara",
to "create", refers exclusively to the Creator, and never to man.”
What powerful evidence! We learn from the Old Testament that
Yahweh is the Creator. We learn from the New Testament that Yahweh created all
things through Yahshua.
The Apostle John is utilized in a powerful manner to reveal
that Yahshua is both the Beginning and the Word, “That which was from the beginning
(resheet), which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have
looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
2 (For the life
was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew
unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto
3 That which we
have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with
us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Yahshua the
Messiah,” 1 Jn. 1:1-3.
What does John say here? That Yahshua was from the beginning,
that He is the “Word of life,” and that He is eternal life!
He essentially declared the same thing in the evangel account,
“In the beginning (B’resheet) was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim,
and the Word was Elohim.
2 The same was in
the beginning (B’resheet) with Elohim.
3 All things were made (bara/arb) by him; and without him was not any thing made (bara/arb) that was made (bara/arb).
4 In him was life;
and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light
shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not….10 He
was in the world, and the
world was made (bara/arb)
by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto
his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as
received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of Elohim, even to them
that believe on his name:
13 Which were
born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of
14 And the Word
was made flesh,
and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten
of the Father,) full of grace and truth,” Jn. 1:1-5, 10-14.
The Hebrew word
“bara/arb” can only refer to the Creator. However, when the Creator became
a man, then it certainly can refer to Him.
To be continued……………………..
in the Torah; In The Beginning, Part II
by David Douglas
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