YAHSHUA at Thirty Years Old

Monumental for YAHSHUA was the age of thirty, because it was when the reason and reality of His coming into this world started to take shape in the eyes of the people. He was revealed to John the Baptist as the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world, when he came to him to be baptized. John testified by saying, Look! There is the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world; this is He of Whom I said, after me comes a Man Who has priority over me, because He was before me and existed before me; and I did not know Him and did not recognize Him; but it is in order that He should be made manifest and be revealed to Israel, that I came baptizing in water; He gave further evidence saying, I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven and it dwelt on Him. He Who sent me to baptize in water said to me, Upon Him Whom you shall see the Spirit descend and remain, that One is He Who baptizes with the Holy Spirit; I have seen and my testimony is that this is the Son of God! (John 1:29-35).

John’s testimony leaves no doubt in our minds Who YAHSHUA was. Obscure to many, the truth was clearly revealed to the world, and in particular to Israel: “The Son of God, the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.” Powerful words that shone the light for all to see and receive YAHSHUA as the Messiah- the Savior, the Redeemer. He was then thirty years old, entering the time that would change the hearts of many, when seeing the evidences of Whom He was by miracles performed before all to see. He was until then, the Son of Mary- His human connection. She allowed God to use her for the purpose to bring His Son into the world, and for a time, she would shine as an important part in His life. But the time came when He had to disconnect Himself from the human connection and follow His heavenly Father’s purpose, for which He had come into the world.  At the wedding at Cana of Galilee, when they lacked wine, and His mother told Him about it, His response was one that sealed His position between them. Not in a disrespected term did He addressed her as “woman, what is that to you and to Me”? [What have we in common? Leave it to me.] My time has not yet come. In response, His mother said to the servants, Whatever He says to you, do it (John 2:4-5). By saying that, Mary surrenders her position of earthly authority of a mother. She realizes that aspect of her role, had come to an end. He enters into a new phase to perform that which He came to do, and under the authority of His heavenly Father. No longer was He identified as her Son, but the Son of God. An agreement happened that day between the two of them, that Mary’s role of a mother in every sense of the world had been finished. To prove that, one day when He was very busy, healing all who had come to Him, with no time to eat, His mother and brother concerned for Him, came looking for Him. Hearing that, He said, Who is My mother and who is My brothers? And stretching out His hand toward [not only the twelve disciples but all] His adherents, He said, Here are My mother and My brothers; for whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother! (Luke 12:47-50)

For I Know Whom I Have Believed

This phrase confirms the credibility of the pronoun Whom. It is essentially good for one to know the source in whom he puts his trust and reliance.  Faith in money or positions seemly stable, faith in politicians representing government is to be up for big surprises. Putting faith in anything pertaining to what the world offers is without a doubt, foolish and disappointing. History frequently shows us humanity’s failure in delivering the promise. In the political world, they come with promises and they leave without fulfilling them. Job positions are relevant only upon success one has achieved. It is all circumstantial and transitory, together with what we as humans are. Friends often betray each other’s confidence and the bridge of relationship destroyed. Even the closest to us, as in family, has failed many times causing family to break up. Where then can one go to find the assurance and the certainty he is looking for? The Apostle Paul gives us the sure answer that will never frustrates, neither fails us. In His words, “For I know Whom I have believed,” with these words, he establishes a firm foundation and pillars that will not collapse our faith and belief in time of trials. Amidst Paul’s suffering persecution for the Gospel, he never gave up, because he knew Whom he had believed. I know He is able to guard and keep that which has been entrusted to me and which I have committed until that day (II Tim. 1: 12). Faith is not blind; it does not walk with a stick for guidance; it is not ignorant. Instead, Faith is knowing, although not seeing, it is sure, although not touching. Faith is hope, it is proof of things we do not see, it is the assurance of their reality; faith perceives as real of things not yet revealed. Believing in God it is for knowing Him; it for having a relationship with Him. It is to disregard everyone else and everything else in order to embrace His words of promises, especially in our most trying times. “Be still and know that I am God!” The stillness of the soul rests on Him Who can calm the storm and rage of the sea. He rushes the storm to a calm and to a gentle whisper, so that the waves of the sea are still (Ps. 107: 29). That’s our only true God. In Him we can put our trust in confidence. “I believed; therefore, I have spoken.” Words from the Psalmist, who after great time of suffering anguish and grief, said, Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore will I call upon Him as long as a Live; the cords and sorrows of death were around me, and the terrors of Sheol had laid hold of me; I suffered anguish and grief; then I called upon the name of the Lord, O Lord, I beseech You, save my life and deliver me! I believed, and therefore Have I spoken (Ps. 116:3-4.10).

Confidence That Demands Assurance

(I John 5:14-17)

Confidence is the anchor that leads one to success. The winds of life will not overcome it, because it is based not on the tangible, but on the assurance of one’s belief. Confidence is a result of faith, believing in the unseen, when many cannot see. Confidence demands assurance to sustain it; they walk hand in hand; One cannot be confident without being sure. Paul assured the Philippians His confidence on God’s ability to finish the work He started in them, saying: I am confident of this very thing- that He Who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Messiah YAHSHUA (Phil. 1:6). When God saves the sinner, He starts the work of sanctification, a process before glorification. Confident on God’s work, we Christians are sure in the midst of our trials, that He is performing the work of sanctification, for the Bible tells us that He has given us the Spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind (II Tim. 1:7b).  Paul, in his assurance of faith, suffered much persecution, confidently of God’s plan for his life. Writing to Timothy, he said, for this [Gospel] I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher of the gentile. And this is why I am suffering as I do. Still, I am not ashamed, for I know Him Whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that He is able to guard and keep that which has been entrusted to me and which I have committed [to Him] until that day (II Tim. 1:11-12). For the believer to have spiritual confidence in the promises of God, and assurance of His love, he must know Him through a relationship with Him.  

Two by Two

(Genesis 6-7)

The beautiful relationship between God and man before sin entered into the Garden of Eden, was perfect and pure, for He had made man in His likeness -the only creation to have been created in the likeness of God Himself. He and not the animals could have a relationship with God in the level of understanding and through reasoning he could communicate with God. But Satan had to interfere by planting sin in the hearts of Eve and Adam. The Bible says when men began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were fair, and they took wives of all they desired and chose…. There were giants on the earth in those days- and also afterward- when the sons of God lived with the daughters of men, and they bore children to them…. The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and the that every imagination and intention of all human thinking was only evil continually… So the Lord said, I will destroy. Blot out and wipe away mankind from the face of the ground, whom I have created. Not only men, [but] the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air- for it grieves Me and makes Me regretful that I have made them (Gen. 6: 1-7).

The Lineage of the Antichrist

This writing can be very controversial, but also very insightful. I hope you will take the time to consider the facts presented in this study.

Will the antichrist be Jew or Gentile?

“And the people of the prince who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary” (Daniel 7:27). We know through history that the Romans were the people that destroyed Jerusalem and the sanctuary. Therefore, we understand from Scriptures that “the prince who will come” will be from Rome. Does it imply any nation from the Roman Empire of those days, since the Roman Empire included all the nations that bordered the Mediterranean Sea, Britannia and more, or that imply only to Rome of today in its revived stage?

According to the teachings of Hippolytus, the most important theologian from the third century, the antichrist would be a Jew. He based his teaching on Deuteronomy 33:22, where Moses described Dan as a lion’s whelp that leaps forth from Bashan; Bashan was a place where the flock of sheep would feed. Let’s look at the meaning of a whelp according to Webster’s dictionary. It is the young of any of various flesh-eating animals; name that defines voracious animals. Micah 5:8b describes a whelp this way: like a young lion among the flocks of sheep which, when it goes through, treads down and tears in pieces, and there is no deliverer.  This is how Daniel describes the fourth beast: terrible, powerful and dreadful, and exceedingly strong, and had great iron teeth; it devoured and crushed and trampled what was left with its feet (Daniel 7:7). When Moses identified Dan as a lion’s whelp, was he prophesying about Dan’s position in the far future?

In the words of Jacob before he died found in Genesis 49:16-17, he said of Dan, Dan shall judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel. To judge according the Webster’s dictionary is, to hear and pass judgment on people and in Jewish history is to govern; they ruled for over four centuries after the death of Joshua.  Dan shall be a serpent by the way, a horned snake in the path that bites at the horse’s heels, so that his rider falls backward. A serpent carried the devil’s plan and became the symbol of Satan, the deceiver. A serpent is therefore the symbol of the devil and his craftiness; a deceiver of mankind, as we see in Genesis 3:1, Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made.

A Watchtower and a Flock

What links these two in their commonality? I would like to bring to you the most amazing story known to the entire world, not like you have heard before, but according to facts hidden from translations. When we hear about the Birth of Christ story we think shepherds, star, manger, sheep, goats, donkeys, the three wise men, and their gifts. It is a story of light and angels singing; a story of hope of salvation. We understand that and we rejoice that our Savior has been born. “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). However, there are specific insights missing in this wonderful story hidden from us in the past, but now revealed. Thanks to those dedicated students of the Bible. These are specifics of great significance that confirms the divinity of our Savior, YAHSHUA, and His role as the Lamb of God. I have written about this before just in passing, but now I want to bring this story to you in its entirety and meaning. Perhaps you will never celebrate the birth of Christ the same way as before.

The book entitled The Life and Times of Jesus Messiah by Alfred Edersheim (1899) reveals that the Jewish belief and conviction were not only that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem, but that He was to be revealed from Migdal Eder- the Tower of Flock. This tower was not a watchtower for the ordinary flocks, which pastured on the barren sheep ground beyond Bethlehem, but these lay close to town, on the road to Jerusalem. They were destined for temple sacrifices and those shepherds who watched over them were not ordinary shepherds either. These watchtowers were like forts from where the shepherds would observe their flocks from the second floor. In the occasion of births, the shepherds would wrap the newborn lambs in swaddling clothes for their protection, keeping them without blemish and then laid them in a manger.

The beauty of this story reflects the report of YAHSHUA’S birth, which we read in Luke 2: 6-12: And while they were there, the time came for their delivery, and she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room or place for them in the inn. And in that vicinity there were shepherds living in the field, watching over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone all about them, and they were terrible frightened. But the angel said to them, do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people. For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord! And this will be a sign for you: you will find a Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. This language was familiar to those shepherds. But they did not associate the Messiah to be the Sacrificial Lamb of God for the sins of the world.

A Lamb Among the Lambs

A decree from Caesar Augustus which was sent out to the entire Roman Empire to have all registered, caused Mary and Joseph to go to their own town. They went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the town of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David (Luke 2:4).

What seemed a problem to them, supposedly, when there was no room anywhere else for them to lodge, it was providential for them to lodge at a place where sacrificial lambs were cared for. These lambs were without blemish, perfect for the atonement of sin at Passover time. That was the place where only these types of animals were found. Joseph and Mary were not aware of the deep meaning of that place in relationship with their new-born Son- the Lamb of God.

Thirty years later, John would shout in the wilderness introducing Him to the world: Behold, the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world!

Not far away there were shepherds tending their flock by night. That night of October became the most significant night in the history of humankind. No one knew what was happening that night. The world was asleep, while the Son of God came in the form of a baby. That was not just a baby, but no one knew, except His mother and Joseph. That quiet night soon became festive with celebration from angels. They were an army of the troops of heaven praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased (Luke 2). The shepherds were the first recipients of the hidden message of salvation found in the new-born Baby. “For you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Messiah the Lord!” God’s providential purpose of His Son to have been born in that place served as a sign to the shepherds. The angel told them: This will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]; you will find a Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger (Luke 2:13).  Sure that any other baby born that night was found wrapped in swaddling clothes. The clue was He was to be found “lying in a manger.” This unusual way to find a baby certified the message and sealed the truth the angel had told the shepherds. Identifying Himself with the sacrificial lambs, YAHSHUA took His position of a lamb in a symbolic way and was born among them.

God Is Working Salvation in the Midst of the Earth

“Timely spoken words are like apples in the platter of gold!” Invisible, but certain, is the work God is performing to save us. Faith applied in these days, when confusion has taken its seat with loud noises, leading many astray, is the most necessary feeling for peace. The tangible things we embrace, hoping to bring relief to the mind of our troubled soul, is just transitory in its existence, they are just things; not able to bring the spiritual comfort and hope we long for. Our cries increase while turmoil continues day by day. We ask, “O God, why do You cast us off forever?” In a desperate cry, with sobs that reached the soul in our anguish for deliverance, we remain in the presence of our God.  The invasion of demons has taken over the earth, engulfing many with fear and terror; no longer a comfortable world to live in. The end, perhaps. The end has come and we are not prepared to believe the truth. Longing for the old times, when there were peace and order, and respect for others; when fear laid low, when oxygen was what we breathed in and carbon dioxide was what we breathed out, when we laughed and sang and danced to the tune of the songs we liked; when children were desired and protected; when the food we ate was natural and GMO free.  In these thoughts we remain solitary pondering the outcome of all things.

Like the Psalmist however, when his nation was going through difficulties, we must find a song in our darkest night in remembrance of God’s goodness and faithfulness in the past. He said, I will earnestly recall the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember the wonders of old; I will meditate also upon all His works and consider all His deeds (Ps. 77: 11). Therefore, the soul of men must rest in the fact that God is consistently faithful to His Words and will perform that which He promised. Valleys and deserts are places to connect with God in faith and hope, and not to connect to fear and despair. We will see “the light at the end of the tunnel” when our eyes will be directed to God’s promises and strength, even in face of a storm.  As the psalmist says, Yet God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth (Ps. 74:2). Many a night we will still face troubles that will make us scared and fearful; many days will come with trouble beyond our control; that will be our way of life until the consummation of all things takes place. However, there is a place of sure peace and security right now near to the heart of God, where we will remain emotionally stable and secure; where we will not be afraid of the terror of the night, not of the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday (Ps. 91).

The Lord, He is God

(I Kings 18)

The Prophet Elijah feared not the multitude of the false prophets he confronted at Mount Carmel. Israel, for the most of its existence, has been submerged in the worship of false gods from the beginning; today it is no different. One can witness the mason’s symbol at the border between Egypt and Israel. It is a sad representation of the spiritual decay the nation is suffering. All through the Old Testament we read about Israel’s stubbornness in heeding God’s call to repentance. Four hundred plus years living in Egypt, Israel was brain washed concerning their beliefs seemingly forever. Nothing has made her to turn around from idolatrous gods. And today, worse yet, Israel is leading the nations on its idolatrous practices. Kabala, mingled with masonic, and other religious practices, (which I will not mention here), has taken the world by surprise. Spread all over the world, Israel is one nation that has influenced the entire world in the name of religion. Such a small nation, with such influential power makes one to wonder. Anti- Semitism is rampart in the nations, for many understands Israel’s influence in the world and they do not like it. As fruits leave a permanent mark on one’s clothes, so the nation of Israel has stained the world; never to leave it.  

In the days of Elijah, drought came as God’s judgment on that land for three years. Not perceiving the reason why, they continued on their idolatrous ways. A nation now divided in two nations had lost the essence of their only true God. Embraced by the gods of the nations all around them, Israel became blind and forgetful.  Baal, considered a fertility deity, was worshipped in many middle eastern countries, especially among the Canaanites, which God clearly warned Israel against them. The land of Canaan was from the beginning a land rooted in evil. It took its name from Noah’s grandson, Canaan, whose father was Ham, the carrier of a curse for seeing the nakedness of his father (Gen. 9:20-27). Ham’s descendants constituted the roots of Canaan. The Bible registers Ham’s genealogy as follows: Canaan became the father of Sidon his firstborn. Heth [the Hittites], the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites, the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites. Afterward the families of the Canaanites spread abroad and the territory of the Canaanites extended from Sidon as one goes to Geerar as far as Gaza, and as one goes to Sodom, Gomorrrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha (Gen. 10:15-19). Canaan was also home for giants, descendants from Anak, and of the Nephilim. Little seems to be of importance to us today, for its ancient history. However, history has a way of showing us the roots where we all came from.

The Departure Withholds the Revealing of the Antichrist

(II Thessalonians 2)

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord YAHSHUA the Messiah, and by our assembling unto Him, that you be not suddenly moved from your mind, nor troubled neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter, as it were from us, as though the day of Messiah were at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come, except there comes a departing first, and that that man of sin be disclosed, even the son of perdition (II Thess. 2:1-3).

Paul’s reference to the term “that day” has to do with the tribulation. He begged the Thessalonians not to be troubled, disturbed with the news from some letter they had received that that day had arrived and they were found in it. Paul emphatically said, “Let no man deceive you.” For that to happen a departure must happen first and the man of perdition be revealed. Not until then. Don’t you remember that when I was yet with you, I told you these things? (Vs. 5) The departure will precede the revealing of the wicked man and the tribulation. This wicked man, the Bible says, is coming by the effectual working of Satan, with all power, and signs and lying wonders and in all deceivableness of unrighteousness, among them that perish, because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore, God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe lies (vs.9-11).

When Satan comes in a person of the wicked man or man of perdition, he will not come for the bride of Christ, but for those who have “received not the love of the truth.” It is not to the believers that God is going to send a strong delusion for them to believe lies; they are not the recipients of that, but of the blessed hope of salvation. The Greek word apostasia in verse three was transliterated in English as apostasy, or the falling away from the faith, from the truth, etc. The word apostasia in ancient Greek is made of two words, hence the Bible scholar Bullinger in his commentary on the subject explains: “apo governs only one case (the genitive). (Genitive is a word or construction case of origin, according to Webster’s dictionary; in the English language it corresponds to the possessive case) and denotes motion from the surface of an object; it is used of motion away from a place (e.g. Matt. 3:16; 8:1; Acts 15: 38). It marks the distance which separates the two places, or the interval of time between two events (e.g. Matt. 19:4; Acts 20: 18). It also marks the origin or source whence anything comes, such as birth, descent, residence (e.g. Matt. 2:1; 15: 1). Apo may consequently be used of deliverance or passing away from any state or condition (e.g. Matt. 1: 21; 14: 2; Mark 5: 34; Acts 13:8; Heb. 6:1). Apo would imply a cause virtually passive and more remote.