About Prophecy


PROPHECY IS SACRED

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20-21

Greek – prophéteia: prophecy – communicating revealed truth, particularly truth concerning future events. The scriptures tell us true prophecy comes from God and is infallible.

BOOKS OF PROPHECY 

Major Prophets/Books of Prophecy (writer)

Minor Prophets/Books of Prophecy (writer)

New Testament book

PROPHECIES CHRIST JESUS LITERALLY  FULFILLED

Christ sufferings and crucifixion were prophesied and we are told plainly in the scriptures that Christ would come and die for the sins of mankind. We are told that he would be resurrected to make intercession for us.

 “...seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Hebrew 7

Well-known prophecies fulfilled were Micah 5:2:

But thou Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Isaiah 7:14

“For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. The dominion will be vast, and its prosperity will never end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from now on and forever. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will accomplish this.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭9:6-7‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Isaiah 53 ends with the words:

For he bore the sin of many,  and made intercession for the transgressors.

There are far too many to list them all here this morning and that isn’t necessary because many others have done this. Here are a few sites that tell us just how many prophecies were fulfilled by Jesus Christ at Passover a little over two thousand years ago.

Messianic Prophecies

Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus

Tenakh/Hebrew Scripture

Bible Probe has some listed I have not seen before. I did not and cannot check out the codes for accuracy, but it is interesting.

The many fulfilled prophecies point to Christ and his resurrection power. The empty tomb gives hope to a dying world. Men and angels proclaim, “Hallelujah, He’s alive!”

WARNINGS CONCERNING FALSE PROPHETS 

We are sternly warned by Almighty God of the penalty that will be imposed upon those who usurp God’s authority and prophecy without having a revelation from Him.

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2 Peter 2:1

“But the prophet who dares to speak a message in My name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods — that prophet must die.’ You may say to yourself, ‘How can we recognize a message the Lord has not spoken? ’ When a prophet speaks in the Lord’s name, and the message does not come true or is not fulfilled, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭18:20-22‬ ‭HCSB‬‬ 

Seeing that true prophecy results only when the LORD (YHWH) God Almighty speaks and that prophecy is true and fulfilled, we must respect and honor god’s prophets, acknowledge when prophecy is fulfilled and worship God.

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About the Word…


 ABOUT THE WORD

The word of God is mentioned 45 times in the KJV. The word of the LORD (YHWH) is there 241 times and the word of the Lord, 23 times with variations of ‘the word’ many more.

Hebrew – דָבָר – dabar SEE DABAR

Greek -λόγος Logos SEE LOGOS

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

IN THE BEGINNING 

The first account of the Word of God coming to mankind is found in Genesis. God spoke all things into existence but in chapter 15 we read…

“After these events, the word of the Lord (YHWH) came to Abram in a vision: Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield; your reward will be very great.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭15:1‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Only the Holy Bible contains God’s Word! The God who created all things speaks to mankind if we will but read His Word! 

THE WORD IS CHRIST…

The Word of God is crucial and critical to knowing Him and the power of God. Three passages are especially informative!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created….The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
‭‭John‬ ‭1:1-3, 14‬ ‭HCSB

There is a judge for the one who rejects Me and does not receive My words: The word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. John 12:48

“For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart. No creature is hidden from Him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:12-13‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

THE WORD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT 

Christ was in the beginning and present.

 “Now I want you to know, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, all passed through the sea,…They all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from a spiritual rock that followed them, and that rock was Christ.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:1, 3-4‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

“Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105…Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, “I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12

WHY THE WORD?

God came as the Word, the Light, because He loves us and wants us to have light and life. As stated earlier, The Word became flesh and took up residence among us.” Jesus tells us that He came for a purpose..

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Messiah has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of Him.

Jesus Christ — He is the One who came by water and blood, not by water only, but by water and by blood. And the Spirit is the One who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. The one who has the Son has life. The one who doesn’t have the Son of God does not have life. I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭5:1, 6, 11-13‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

 

 

 

 

 

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About the Gospel…


THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST 

Gospel – εὐαγγελίζω – euaggelizō – preach, preach the Gospel, bring good tidings, show glad tidings, bring glad tidings, declare, declare glad tidings, misc – found 101 times in the New Testament KJV

Some things are essential to salvation. We can’t afford to get them wrong. One of those teachings is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is found only in the New Testament and concerning it Paul wrote…

“Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father. To whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from Him who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are troubling you and want to change the good news about the Messiah. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than what we have preached to you, a curse be on him! As we have said before, I now say again: If anyone preaches to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him!”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1:3-9‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

So what is this gospel or good news?

“Now brothers, I want to clarify for you the gospel I proclaimed to you; you received it and have taken your stand on it. You are also saved by it, if you hold to the message I proclaimed to you — unless you believed for no purpose. For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:1-5‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

In today’s English, the good news, gospel is that Christ has come into the world and after having lived a sinless life He died on the cross, was buried, and on the third day he rose again, overcoming sin, death, and the grave to redeem the lost.

THE GOSPEL IS VERY GOOD NEWS

Prior to the coming of Christ, YHWH, who never changes, revealed Himself in His fullness, but He was primarily known through His relationship with His chosen people Israel. They were led and provided for just as we are today. They were, however, required to offer animal sacrifices as atonement for their sins. Those who believed God obeyed Him. Foreigners and strangers could also serve the God of Israel if they believed in Him, trusted Him, and were willing. He promised to Redeem and Save and that there would be a New Covenant

BIBLICAL INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING THE GOSPEL

““The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe in the good news! ””
‭‭Mark‬ ‭1:15‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

“Just as Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness, then understand that those who have faith are Abraham’s sons. Now the Scripture saw in advance that God would justify the Gentiles by faith and told the good news (gospel) ahead of time to Abraham, saying, All the nations will be blessed through you. So those who have faith are blessed with Abraham, who had faith.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭3:6-9‬ ‭HCSB

“Then He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭16:15-16‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

There are at a minimum 16 commands or verses teaching us to preach the gospel to others.

WARNINGS CONCERNING THE GOSPEL

But if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but glorify God that you bear that name. For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God? And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” 1 Peter 4:16-16

“I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from Him who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are troubling you and want to change the good news about the Messiah. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than what we have preached to you, a curse be on him! As we have said before, I now say again: If anyone preaches to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him!”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1:6-9‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

HOW LONG AND TO WHOM IS THIS GOSPEL PREACHED?

“Then I saw another angel flying high overhead, having the eternal gospel to announce to the inhabitants of the earth — to every nation, tribe, language, and people. He spoke with a loud voice: “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. Worship the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.””
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭14:6-7‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are present as Maker of heaven and earth. All things were created for and through Christ (the Word) and without Him was not anything created that was created and the Holy Spirit was an agent in creation (Genesis 1:2, John 1:3) Since the Hebrew word for “spirit” is often translated as “wind” or “breath,” we can see the activity of all three persons in one verse: “By the word of YHWH the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth” (Psalm 33:6). SEE – Is Jesus the Creator?

The gospel is preached to the inhabitants of earth and is eternal.

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Matthew 24:14

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About Worship


WHAT IS TRUE WORSHIP?

“(for you shall worship no other god, for YHWH, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), Exodus 34:14

προσκυνέω – proskyneō – Worship – Bowing and humbling of self while lifting up and adoring the One who is above all others.

SEE – HOW DOES THE BIBLE DEFINE WORSHIP

Worship requires that our Creator/Redeemer God revealed in the Bible must have first place in our hearts and in our lives. We are to lift Him above all others, acknowledging that He is worthy of all glory and honor and praise, while acknowledging our own lack of worthiness .

“And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, you are God, which have made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is…” Acts 4:24

WHO IS WORTHY OF WORSHIP?

Recently I had a person who is close to me say this: “ I, personally, believe it is blasphemy to give anyone the place of God but YHWH.”

Certainly this is biblical, however, one must correctly identify YHWH to get it right. We are told to worship the Father and that God is Spirit. We are to worship in spirit and truth. Christ is Truth and He sent Holy Spirit!

But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him. God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”…John 4:23-24

YHWH then is Father and Spirit. Also, the New Testament fully introduces Jesus, who is Truth, who first appears in the Old Testament.

We should look at an important question and answer.

WHAT IS THE FOUNDATION OR BASIS FOR CHRISTIAN FAITH?

For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11

During the days of the early church, believer’s had a strong faith. The Romans  allowed the Jews to practice their religion until Christ came, preached, was crucified and resurrected. At this time, because Christians worshiped Christ, persecution began and the apostles were ordered not to use the NAME of Christ or speak in His name. Acts 4 The Spirit  was not quenched and in spite of the orders and persecution, the church grew.

Many people still live by faith in the only Begotten Son of God. Some, however, question His deity and even the identity of Christ.

We will consider the worship of YHWH here in light of the revelation given to us from God’s word of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!

We read, concerning Christ who is called the Lamb in the book of The Revelation…

Saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.” Revelation 5:12

Jesus said…

Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Matthew 4:10

Satan sinned when he sought to unsurprisingly God and receive worship in heaven. It is written concerning Christ Jesus…

And again, when he brings in the first-begotten into the world, he said, And let all the angels of God worship him. Hebrews 1:6

The thing that caused Satan to be cast from heaven is ordered as a command for Christ. It is YHWH who will one day require those who now refuse to worship Jesus Christ, to do so:

For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth…Philippians 2:10

SO WHY IS THERE EVEN A QUESTION?

Why would anyone question the deity of a person who is worshipped by men and angels and that Person was conceived by the Holy Spirit when incarnation occurred. The most direct answer is that there are questions because there is an enemy of Christ (Satan) who goes about accusing the brethren. We know there are many today who question the Holy Bible and the accepted translations preserved over the centuries. More than a few people deny the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Some go so far as to say that a “lie” was deliberately perpetrated to cause people to believe something that the early Christians never taught. Even as Christians know that God is in control and He has preserved His word and sent His Son, we also know that we should be ready to give an answer and we should search to see if these things are true so that we can give truthful and correct answers.

“Hear, O Israel! The LORD (YHWH) is our God, the LORD (YHWH) is one! “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:4-5It is the LORD (YHWH) your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. Deuteronomy 6:13“…‘You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.’” Matthew 4:10

Christ Jesus, who spoke the words in Matthew 4:10 received worship on many occasions. This reminds us that YHWH, Who is One, is a plural God. (Thus, the statement, “Let us make man in our image.)

When we worship our One God we are worshiping YHWH, (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). There is an excellent description of how we know the Trinity is true found at Hebrew Names for God and written by a Hebrew. The author has a PhD in Semitic languages and is able to explain how we know from the language of the original manuscript of the Bible that the Father, the Messiah, and the Holy Spirit are One.

While there are many scriptures which refer to Christ as God, one that is very clear on the issue is:

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. 1 Tim.3:16

According to scripture true worship is directed to Father, Son, and Spirit.

 Bible Passages Teaching Jesus Christ is God

Jesus was rightly called Immanuel, God with us.

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About Righteousness


Righteous- ἔνδικος, ἔνδικον (δίκη), according to right, righteous, just: Righteousness-  δικαιοσύνην (dikaiosynēn) – behavior that is morally justifiable or right; perfection found only in God’s character, ie, godliness, virtue, quality of being just.

“He is the Rock, His work is perfect;
For all His ways are justice,
A God of truth and without injustice;
Righteous and upright is He.” Deuteronomy 32:4

WHO ARE THE RIGHTEOUS

As it is written:
“There is none righteous, no, not one…Romans 3:10

Although the word of God teaches there are no righteous people, the word also has many statements about the righteous and often compares the wicked to the righteous. This indicates that while sin has corrupted all flesh, there is a way to be considered righteous in the eyes of God.

HOW DOES ONE BECOME RIGHTEOUS

Isaiah spoke of a future time when…

Also your people shall all be righteous;
They shall inherit the land forever,
The branch of My planting,
The work of My hands,
That I may be glorified. Isaiah 60:21

Prior to Isaiah we see that trusting God, (the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, YHWH or ‘I Am’),  was counted as righteousness.

For what said the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness. Romans 4:3

Today, in this age of grace, faith in God is still counted as righteousness. Faith in the person of Jesus Christ is required to be counted as righteous in God’s eyes. 

But to him that works not, but believes on him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Romans 4:5

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. Romans 5:19

For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength…It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:25, 30

WHAT PROMISES APPLY ONLY TO THE RIGHTEOUS 

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6

When Jesus spoke the above words, Paul had not yet explained that Christ is our righteousness, but the Old Testament makes clear that only God is righteous. Seeking righteousness means seeking God.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

“Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them,
For they shall eat the fruit of their doings.” Isaiah 3:10

““The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear! Matthew 13:41-43

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. 1 Peter 3:12

Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.Revelation 19:7-8

So we see that it is in Christ we are able to be declared righteous.

 – God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God”  2 Corinthians 5:12

 

 

 

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About Redemption…


REDEMPTION 

Redemption- Greek – ἀπολυτρώσεως (apolytrōseōs) – the purchase back of something that had been lost, by the payment of a ransom

“For the redemption of their soul is precious…” Psalm 49:8

WHO NEEDS REDEMPTION 

The word of God teaches that we all are lost due to our sins. We will have to pay the same price Adam and Eve paid unless we are redeemed.

There is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  Romans 3:23

(Some Christians believe redemption means that Jesus Christ, through his sacrificial death, only purchased believers from the slavery of sin to set us free from being slaves to sin. From What Does Redemption Mean)

WHO IS OUR REDEEMER?

Being set free from the bondage to sin is a part of what Redemption includes, however, when Christ redeemed us from the bondage of sin, He also redeemed us from the sentence of death. 

“We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:3-4, 13-14‬ ‭KJV

But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name. ‬‬John 20:31

CONSIDER THAT WHICH WAS LOST

In Genesis we learn that Adam and Eve sinned by disobedience and lost eternal life. They broke the commandment God gave and did not heed His warning. Judgement was swift.

“The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’ ” “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman.

Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

You will eat bread by the sweat of your brow until you return to the ground, since you were taken from it. For you are dust, and you will return to dust.””
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3:2-4, 6, 19‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

The Bible speaks of our lost condition, yet promises a Savior who can redeem us.

What did we lose and how? Jesus spoke of our lost condition in the gospel of Matthew and in these verses it is clear the lost have gone astray.  Sin is the result of going astray. Christ is the Way. We either walk in the Way, or we wander. The lost are wandering and if not recovered, will perish.

“… For the Son of Man has come to save the lost. What do you think? If a man has 100 sheep, and one of them goes astray, won’t he leave the 99 on the hillside and go and search for the stray? And if he finds it, I assure you: He rejoices over that sheep more than over the 99 that did not go astray. In the same way, it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones perish.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18:10-14‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Paul explains that those under the Covenant have safety, but those without Christ have NO hope. Jesus went first to the Israelites and later the gospel was carried to the Gentiles. Both are lost and condemned.

Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: “Don’t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans, but only to the people of Israel—God’s lost sheep. Matthew 10:5-6

So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh–called “the uncircumcised” by those called “the circumcised,” which is done in the flesh by human hands. That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: Ephesians 2:11-12

“… but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:16-18‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

REDEMPTION PRICE – CHRIST’S BLOOD

The ransom price, or price to repurchase God’s creation, to pay for sin, was blood. Justice demands payment.

Jesus paid – He paid it all..

So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of His own blood. Hebrews 13:12

Keep watch over yourselves and the entire flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood. Acts 20:28

And they sang a new song: “Worthy are You to take the scroll and open its seals, because You were slain, and by Your blood You purchased for God those from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. Revelation 5:9

CHRIST PROVIDES LIFE AND FINDS THOSE WHO HAVE GONE ASTRAY

““For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:16-18‬ ‭HCSB

‬‬“This Jesus is the stone rejected by you builders, which has become the cornerstone. There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it.””
‭‭Acts‬ ‭4:11-12‬ ‭HCSB

‬‬“For if the message spoken through angels was legally binding and every transgression and disobedience received a just punishment, how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was first spoken by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭2:2-3‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Christ came to sinful earth, bled, and died so that we may have forgiveness and life. There is life in no other Name. Trust Him!

SEE – ABOUT RESURRECTION

SEE – ABOUT CREATION

 

 

 

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Why I Question Calling God By the Name, Jehovah


A group of people out of an organization called Watchtower state emphatically that God’s name is Jehovah. 

God says in the Old Testament…

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”  God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. Exodus 3:14-15

God spoke further to Moses and said to him, “I am YHWH and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name, YHWH I did not make Myself known to them. “I also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they sojourned.…Exodus 6:2-4

I am YHWH [the LORD]; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.” –Isaiah 42:8

What Is the Name of God the Father?

Why I Think the Pronunciation ‘Jehovah’ Could Be Wrong!

Almighty God reveals truth to mankind. He allowed the pronunciation to be lost. Men decided to put the vowels in, rather than use the name I Am, or God, Father, or Lord.

Man really does not know if the pronunciation of YHWH  should be Jehovah, Yahweh, or maybe something else. God did not preserve that information for us. I can’t help but remember that…

Watchtower organization has a track record for getting things wrong. God doesn’t get anything wrong.

Christ told us to pray to our Father in heaven! Since God allowed the pronunciation of YHWH to be lost, but  gave us the name of Christ and exalted Christ Jesus name above all names, we must consider why. 

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given Him a name which is above every name: Philippians 2:9

And when you pray say, ‘Our Father who is in heaven..’ Matthew 6:8

God’s name and Christ’s new name will be revealed when New Jerusalem comes down.

‘He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name. Revelation 3:12

EXAMPLES OF WATCHTOWER GETTING THINGS WRONG

1. Watchtower has given six different explanations of the word “generations” found in Matthew 24:34, changing it each time to correlate with their teaching at the time based on when they say this present “system” will end. In 1914 Watchtower taught that “this generation applied to worldly people. They have switched back and forth six times and now say it applies to “the anointed class.” 

2. They at one time taught this current system would end in 1914 and that generation would not pass away.

3. Prior to 1914 they published, “

“within the coming twenty-six years all present governments will be overthrown and dissolved … ” The 1889 edition of Studies In the Scriptures – The Time Is At Hand pp.98-99.

4. They have published what they prefer to call many predictions that never occurred. Among them were these statements…

“If you are a young person, you also need to face the fact that you will never grow old in this present system of things. Why not? Because all the evidence in fulfillment of Bible prophecy indicates that this corrupt system is due to end in a few years. … Therefore, as a young person, you will never fulfill any career that this system offers. If you are in highschool and thinking about a college education, it means at least four, perhaps even six or eight more years to graduate into a specialized career. But where will this system of things be by that time? It will be well on the way toward its finish, if not actually gone!” Awake! 1969 May 22 p.15

But bear in mind that the end of 1914 is not the date for the beginning, but for the end of the time of trouble.” Zion’s Watch Tower 1894 Jul 15 p.226

“Our thought is, that 1925 is definitely settled by the Scriptures. As to Noah, the Christian now has much more upon which to base his faith then Noah had upon which to base his faith in a coming deluge.” Watch Tower 1923 Apr 1 p.106

“… the remaining months before Armageddon.” Watchtower 1941 Sep 15 p.288

“Shortly, within our twentieth century, the “battle in the day of Jehovah” will begin against the modern antitype of Jerusalem, Christendom.” The Nations Shall Know That I Am Jehovah p.216 Quotes found at JWFacts.com

5. It is reported that Watchtower has taught incorrect facts as factual. For example, they taught, in 1924. (References are given although I can’t find original documents.) An example…”The bobbed hair craze is sure to lead to baldness, sooner or later. The reason for this is that human hair is like a tube sealed at the free end. When the hair is cut, the oils which are the life of the hair become dissipated. The reason why men grow bald so quickly is that they have their hair cut so frequently and, in addition, wear tightly fitting hats, which cut off the circulation of the scalp.” Golden Age 1924 Nov 19 p.100

6. On their website, Watchtower actually teaches ‘re-creation’ rather than true bodily ‘resurrection.’ The word resurrection is used, but  they teach that even Jesus’s body remained in the grave and a god they call Jehovah destroyed it making it appear Jesus was resurrected, but they say only His spirit arose. Their teachings on resurrection have changed and many strange quotes have been published. See About Resurrection See “Who Does The Watchtower Say Will Be Resurrected.”

7. They currently teach Jesus is a son of Jehovah in some places, the Son of Jehovah in other places, Michael the Archangel, and a lesser god. They forbid worship of Christ. Yet prior to 1954, they prayed to and worshipped Christ. (Zion’s Watch Tower 1880 Oct pp.2-3, Zion’s Watch Tower 1892 May 15 p.157, Zion’s Watch Tower 1898 Jul 15 p.216, ) They changed this basic Christian doctrine and extremely important teaching in 1954. (Watchtower 1954 Jan 1 p.31) Yet the Bible teaches clearly that our Creator God who is Almighty never changes and Christ is the same today, yesterday, and forever! How does God’s organization get it wrong for centuries?

8. The gospel Watchtower  preaches is not the gospel Paul, John,  and Peter preached. In their own words, here is the gospel according to Watchtower: “Let the honest-hearted person compare the kind of preaching of the gospel of the Kingdom done by the religious systems of Christendom during all the centuries with that done by Jehovah’s Witnesses since the end of World War I in 1918. They are not one and the same kind. That of Jehovah’s Witnesses is really “gospel,” or “good news,” as of God’s heavenly kingdom that was established by the enthronement of his Son Jesus Christ at the end of the Gentile Times in 1914.”

 The true gospel according to Paul is: 1 Corinthians 15:1-5 “Dear friends, let me give you clearly the heart of the gospel that I’ve preached to you—the good news that you have heartily received and on which you stand. For it is through the revelation of the gospel that you are being saved, if you fasten your life firmly to the message I’ve taught you, unless you have believed in vain. For I have shared with you what I have received and what is of utmost importance:

The Messiah died for our sins,
    fulfilling the prophecies of the Scriptures.
He was buried in a tomb
    and was raised from the dead after three days,
    as foretold in the Scriptures.
Then he appeared to Peter the Rock
    and to the twelve apostles.

The gospel according to PeterActs 2:“Men of Israel, listen to these words: This Jesus the Nazarene was a man pointed out to you by God with miracles, wonders, and signs that God did among you through Him, just as you yourselves know. Though He was delivered up according to God’s determined plan and foreknowledge, you used lawless people to nail Him to a cross and kill Him. God raised Him up, ending the pains of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it…God has resurrected this Jesus. We are all witnesses of this. Therefore, since He has been exalted to the right hand of God and has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit, He has poured out what you both see and hear…“Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah! ” Acts‬ ‭2:22-24, 32-33, 36‬ ‭HCSB‬‬
https://www.bible.com/72/act.2.22-24,32-33,36.hcsb

John’s testimony concerning Jesus:“He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God. The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
‭‭John‬ ‭1:11-14‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Then Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.”Thomas replied, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”…

“Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” John 20:27-31

Perhaps Jehovah is the  proper pronunciation of YHWH, however…

Would YHWH reveal the pronunciation of His name to an organization that refuses to teach the gospel of life in Jesus name?

Obedience Requires Staying With What We Know

 I see no way to know for certain about Jehovah. Certainly Jesus said we should pray to, “Our Father” and be baptized in the NAME of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The names given to us are YHWH, I AM, Father, and Jesus. I really see no reason for going beyond what God has given to us.

 YHVH –  YHWH Is Not Jehovah 

Is Jehovah the true name of God?”

Names of God

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