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The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

Who is God? If you ask ten people, you can get ten different answers. How we define God is a foundation of how we define ourselves. This isn’t a complete definition by any means of who God is because I don’t believe that any web page could fully describe Him. However we have a foundation from which we can understand the core of who God is. My source of understanding comes from the Bible and without this foundation of God defining for me who He is I would probably have ten different answers myself.

Every person falls into one of two camps, either humankind and the universe in which we live were created by a Creator or random chance and evolution from one kind to another brought us to the point we are at today. While this is a big debate in the world today, this page focuses on the belief in a Creator and is my answer to who God is.

From the Biblical perspective defining who God is can be somewhat confusing at first because He has revealed Himself in three ways, but ultimately God defines Himself as simply - Love. Being created in God’s image, we can associate with God by the way He has presented Himself to us. The question is, why not just show Himself outright to us rather than through the thousands of years of glimpses? This brings us to the fundamental problem facing humanity, the fall.

Originally God created man and woman and they were in direct relationship with their Creator and knew Him face to face. In the beginning they were innocent, not knowing the difference between good and evil. Good is defined by the characteristics of the Creator. It is the Creator who designed the creation for His purposes just like a watchmaker designs a watch to tell time. Evil is simply defined as that which is not good. This is why God, being good, cannot be evil because evil is whatever is not of God. So it is that sin is transgression from God’s ways of love, in our fallen state, we enact evil when we are in opposition to God.

Not knowing good from evil, Adam and Eve had no separation from God. God did not want mindless servant robots out of His creation, and so we were created with free will, the choice to obey God or not and with that the responsibility for the consequences of our choices. God warned them of one fruit in the garden of Eden that they were not to eat from and told them the consequences of doing so would be death, this was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. When deceived into eating it when the serpent called God’s Word into question, Eve and then Adam both ate and their eyes were opened. From this choice they and all their offspring then have been suffering the consequences of using their free will to disobey God’s warning. They sinned and from that point humanity has been separated from their Creator by their sin.

This is all important because our choice to align ourselves with God or not determines our eternal destination. Who we are is not defined by our physical bodies, but rather by our spirits dwelling within these “temples,” or bodies. What kind of spirit, or person, we are is expressed to the world through the use of our bodies for communication with each other. Who we are does not die with our bodies, rather it is either reunited with God forever or it is not. That is completely up to each of us individually.

So who is God, how does He define and reveal himself to us? This is important in determining whether you want to be with Him forever or not. There are some who willingly desire to be separate from Him because He has standards, but I want to share Biblically just what those standards are and how they express God’s heart of Love. One example is the Law, which I call shadows of Love. So who is God? Let’s take Him at His Word.

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The Holy Trinity?

This concept is much debated amongst Christians to the point of division many times. It is my desire here to share the scriptures God has used to define the reality of who He is and share my perspective on their meaning. As this is a charged topic among the Christian community I will post the scriptures that have led me to the conclusions I have in hopes of bringing the clarity God’s Word has revealed to me for those who may not yet understand. As stated earlier, I don’t claim to know everything about God, but I look forward to learning more daily.

Throughout scripture there are three distinct characters referenced in relation to God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In addition there are many clear statements that God is One. How can this apparent contradiction be reconciled? I believe the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob chose to reveal Himself in this way to express His nature of love and to do so in a way we could relate to from our own life experiences in our families.

I will first go through each of the identities separately and then address how there are three distinct “Godheads” yet there is only One God.

Father | Son (first coming) (second coming)| Holy Spirit
The LORD Is One

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YAHWEH - God the Father

YAHWEH is the giver of power and light as the Father is head of the house, so our heavenly Father is the head of all that is. Just as an earthly father gives to his son what he has, so our heavenly Father has given all to His only begotten Son. In fact, our relationship with the Father is only through our relationship with His Son until that time we are all together in heaven.

John 3:16-19
For God [the Father] so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, [Yeshua] that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

John 6:44
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Luke 11:11-13
If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

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Yeshua - Only Begotten Son

John 14:6,7
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

The name ???????? (Yeshua) appears multiple times in Ezra and Nehemiah and once in each of the books of Chronicles. In the English, you can usually find it as “Jeshua.” To arrive at the correct pronunciation, however, you have to accept the Masoretic vowel pointings. The name begins with a ? (yud), which carries with it the sound of our English “Y.” The vowel point associated with the yud is the ? (tsere), which makes the vowel sound “eh” in sephardic/modern Hebrew (“ey” in Ashkenaz). So the first sound is ?? “yeh.”

The second letter is the ?? (shin), which makes the “sh” sound. The ?? is followed by a ? (vav) with the ?? (shuruk) pointing, which makes an “oo” sound. (The ? alone makes a “v” sound, but when it appears as ?? the ? functions as a vowel.) Together, ?????? makes the sound “yeh-shoo.”

The final letter is the ? (ayin). By itself, the ? is a silent letter, however, it appears as ?? with the ? (patakh) vowel pointing, which adds the “ah” sound to the letter.

Together, the three syllables of ???????? are pronounced “yeh-shoo-ah.” We transliterate this in English as “Yeshua.” In Hebrew Yeshua means both “Salvation,” and the concatenated form of Yahoshua, the “LORD who is Salvation.”


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What Has He Done?

Yeshua: Creator of the Universe

John 1:1-14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 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.

This passage clarifies that the Word (logos) was with God and was God. Logos in Greek means something said, including the thought - also reasoning or motive. We know that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth speaking them into existence. It is clear from the passage above that Yeshua created the world into which He came to save the lost. This passage equates the Word of God with the Creator of the world and with Yeshua, the only begotten Son of God.

God’s intentions and motives existed prior to and outside of His creation, with a particular plan and design for that creation. The physical Bible didn’t yet exist, but God’s design that the Bible relays always did. That ultimate design was the creation of man in His image, the redemption of man who applied their free will to follow after His Spirit, and the expression of His character in the selfless sacrifice of His only begotten Son for the redemption of man. This Son, Yeshua existed prior to being born of a virgin by the Holy Spirit.

John 17:1-8
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

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Yeshua: Savior of Mankind (First Coming)

Matthew 1:20-23
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Yeshua came almost 2,000 years ago the first time, exactly as prophesied, to take the sins of the world on himself as the perfect and sinless sacrifice. He showed the greatest love by giving His life for His friends. He has given His life willingly so that you and I can be forgiven of our sins and spend eternity in His presence, the only place where love and life exist. Luke 24:34-47

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Fingerprints of prophetic fulfillment

Fingerprints identify each particular person by the unique pattern on the tips of the finger. Old Testament prophecies work as fingerprints because they were written long before their fulfillment. In the case of Christ, these prophecies were written of Him and hundreds were fulfilled by Him in His first coming. There are hundreds more yet to be fulfilled by Him in the end times. The fulfillment of these prophecies by Yeshua identify Him as the promised Messiah written of by the prophets of the Old Testament. If fulfillment in the past points to future fulfillment coming to pass, we can expect the same precision.

At the same time, those prophecies already fulfilled identify Yeshua as the Messiah. Given the importance of this, I wish to cover some of those fulfilled prophecies here. That one man could fulfill hundreds of diverse prophecies is a testimony to Him being who He says He is. Many of these prophecies, such as the location of His birth, were outside of His control as just a man and when put together define Him as prophesied, matching the fingerprint defined by the prophets hundreds and thousands of years before. But He is not just a man as I pray this website will assist in discovering if you have not already. Most importantly, read the Bible and discover the details from His Word for yourself. Acts 17:11

Messiah will be born of a virgin
Messiah will be born in Bethlehem
Messiah will be called Immanuel
Messiah will be a prophet
Messiah’s ministry begins in Galilee
Messiah will perform miracles
Messiah will rise from the dead
Messiah will be betrayed by a friend
Messiah will die a violent death
Messiah’s hands and feet will be pierced
324 Messianic Prophecies

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Yeshua: Returning King (Second Coming)

John 14:1-3
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Before He left, Yeshua promised that He would come again to gather those that love Him to Himself. Israel is the apple (lens) of God’s eye and also the key to understanding God’s prophetic plans that He told us He would let us know about. Our understanding was only sealed up to the end, and while we don’t know the day or hour of His coming, God promised we would not be in darkness about it. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

John 16:1-11
These things [John 15] have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

This is the importance of understanding Bible prophecy, because we’re waiting for His return! He’s given us detailed information in the Bible about these coming times, and I believe we’re the generation to see it come to pass! If you are interested in learning more about how God has written these things into His Word, visit my Watchman Bible Study Guide. Start with the definitions and work into the other Bible studies. I solid foundation in the Word is necessary and a willingness to drop all pre-conceived notions for a Bible-based and interpreted look at Bible prophecy.

1) Coming With Sudden Destruction To Gather His Bride

Matthew 24:36-39
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

The flood was the destruction of God’s wrath that came suddenly and unexpectedly. When Christ first comes, it is with sudden destruction beginning the day of the Lord and bringing the wrath of God on the children of disobedience that dwell on the face of the earth. Ephesians 5:1-8 Just like at the time of Noah and of Lot, Luke 17:26-33, the majority of the world will be completely caught off-guard by the sudden destruction that comes with Christ.

But we are not children of darkness, but of light and God promised that He would tell His friends, those that obey Him, what He is doing. John 15:13-16 For these, His bride, He is coming again to gather us and we will escape the wrath because we are not children of disobedience. Luke 17:34-37 And just as God told Abraham in Genesis 18:17-33 that He will not send His wrath on the righteous, neither will the day of the Lord come before He gathers His bride from the earth. Since it is coming on all them that dwell on the whole earth, the righteous (made so only by accepting the sacrifice of Yeshua on the cross for the remission of sins) must be removed prior to it’s arrival.

Luke 21:34-36
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Revelation 7:9-17 points out this very group in heaven standing before the throne and before the Lamb before the wrath of God begins in Revelation 8 with the trumpets. That this wrath is for the children of disobedience and the seat of the antichrist, Revelation 16, then it follows that this cannot be when Christ returns in glory at Armageddon because that is what ends the 3½-year reign of the antichrist for whom God’s wrath is for.

2) Coming In Glory To Take The Kingdoms Of Earth Followed By His Wife

Revelation 19:7-14
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Here we can see that the bride of Christ, now the wife, is returning with Christ following the marriage of the Lamb. I also believe that the angels will be returning with them as well. The wife is given to wear a particular attire signifying the righteousness of the saints that is seen on the army returning with Christ.

So the bride of Christ, who is not appointed to God’s wrath “coming on all them that dwell on the whole earth,” escapes earth at the harpazo to attend the marriage of the Lamb in heaven while God’s wrath is poured out on those who refused to humble themselves and accept Yeshua’s sacrifice to save them too from their sins. Christ is only going to marry those who love Him and show it by their obedience. John 14,15

Once the marriage and wrath are over Christ, followed by His wife and 10s of thousands of His angels, will return in glory and Yeshua Himself will defeat the armies at Har Megiddo gathered at the 6th bowl. After that point the dead in Christ from after the resurrection/harpazo of the bride of Christ will be resurrected, this is the first resurrection.

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Are Father and Son separate?

1 Corinthians 8:5,6
For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

John 3:16-19
For God [the Father] so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, [Yeshua] that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

John 8:49-58
Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

John 10:27-38
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

Acts 17:22-31
Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Should we worship Yeshua?

Matthew 18:16-20
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

In the Greek, the word worship is proskuneo¯, meaning prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore). It is clear that Yeshua didn’t stop those worshipping Him. Indeed it is His sacrifice that has saved us from eternal separation from God and Himself. Personally I believe that deserves our reverence and adoration prostrate before Him. Who He is is one in the same with Who our heavenly Father is. Everything that we have is because Yeshua made it and has been given all power over it. I don’t worship Yeshua over the Father, but rather as part of worshipping my heavenly Father, who sent His only Son to save me and whose Son chose to make that sacrifice for my sake and yours.

Do you have doubts as to Yeshua being who He said He was? If you’re truly interested in the answers, I would recommend reading Lee Strobel’s book, The Case For Christ. He has also produced a DVD, which you can purchase here, addressing the contents of the book, which is his research as an atheist who came to accept Christ.

Ruach HaKodesh - The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost, is the Spirit of God, His character that indwells all those who believe and accept Yeshua’s sacrifice and turn from their sins toward God.

Matthew 1:20-23
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Luke 3:21-23
Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph,...

John 14:25-31
These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

Matthew 3:11
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghostt, and with fire:

Acts 2:1-4
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Luke 12:10
And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth [speaks evil against] against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.

The Holy Spirit does the following in scripture:

relays to us God’s Word 1 Thessalonians 1:5
baptizes us Matthew 3:11 | Mark 1:8 | Luke 3:16 | John 1:33 | Acts 1:5 | Acts 10:38 | Acts 11:16
seals us Ephesians 1:13 | Ephesians 4:30 | Romans 15:16
comforts us John 14:26 | Acts 9:31
renews us Titus 3:5
shows God’s love in our hearts Romans 5:5
brings us joy Romans 14:17 | 1 Thessalonians 1:6
brings us hope Romans 15:13
speak for/through us Mark 13:11 | Luke 12:12 | Acts 1:16 | Acts 21:11 | Acts 28:25 | 2 Peter 1:21 | Jude 1:20
in other languages Acts 2:4
speaks to us 2 Corinthians 13:14
reveals to us Luke 2:26 | Acts 7:55 | 1 Corinthians 2:13 | 1 Corinthians 12:3 | Hebrews 3:7
sends us Acts 13:4
guides us Acts 16:6 | Acts 20:28 | 1 Peter 1:12
gives us gifts Hebrews 2:4
approves us as ministers of God 2 Corinthians 6:6
witness with us Acts 5:32 | Romans 9:1 | Hebrews 10:15

Oil and the Holy Spirit

Hebrews 1
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 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; 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: Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 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? And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 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. But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

The New Testament has all through it the idea of anointing with oil.

Mark 6:13 - Apostles anointing sick with oil and they’re healed
Luke 7:38 - Woman anoints Yeshua’s feet with oil when disciples failed to anoint His head.
Luke 7:46 Christ told her, “Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.”
John 12:3 - Mary anoints the feet of Yeshua with oil.

Then there’s also the anointing of the Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit.

Luke 4:18 - Yeshua anointed by Holy Ghost
Acts 10:38 - Yeshua anointed by Holy Ghost
Hebrews 1:9 - Yeshua anointed by Holy Ghost
2 Corinthians 1:20-22 - After Pentecost, the apostles anointed by Holy Ghost

I believe this is apparent in the kingdom parable of the 10 virgins.

Matthew 25:1-10
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: [Didn’t have the Holy Spirit] But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made,

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18] Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Breaking down purchasing or bartering, we give what is of value to someone else and in turn they give us what we value. I believe we “buy” the oil through offering what God wants, a relationship with Him. In return, we gain the anointing of the oil of the Holy Spirit. Like I pointed out before, if we love Yeshua, then we must obey Him. If we don’t obey, then we don’t really love Him. To remain in His love, we must remain in His ways which He explained to us in the Bible.

We cannot give the Holy Spirit (oil) to anyone else. It is gained through a personal relationship with Christ. If someone asks me for the Holy Spirit, I must direct them to Christ who will give the Holy Spirit to them. If they’re unwilling to go to the source and trade their obedience for His Holy Spirit, then they will not get the oil for their lamps. In that same way, they will not have flame and their lamps will not produce light. It’s interesting given that the Word is a lamp unto our feet.

Psalm 119:97-105
O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me. How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Defining the Unity of God

Deuteronomy 6:1-5
Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

The question arises after seeing how the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are identified distinctly in scripture, how can God be One? Yeshua is God in Spirit and Truth, yes. What does that mean? Scripture is clear that the Son and Father are two distinct entities. However it is also clear, as Yeshua said, that if you have seen the Son, you have seen the Father.

Isaiah 9:6,7
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

John 10:27-30
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.

1 John 5:1-13
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

It should be noted that the underlined section above does not appear in the NIV. Understand the differences of the modern translations and what else is missing from them at: trusting the source, the Bible. Since this is the origin of what we believe, we must first trust the Word of God. After my research into the Bible versions I have come to the personal conclusion that the KJV is the most reliable for the reasons laid out in the link above.

We know who someone is by the way that they act, what someone believes and what someone does defines that person. God is no different, God is defined by His actions and His Word. He defines Himself for us from the history of His interaction with mankind as laid out in the Bible. These are His actions and the Spirit of God is described in great detail for us.

It’s also important to understand the difference between the spiritual and the material, this is the meat and milk of the Word. Thought is the voice of the spirit realm. When we receive in God’s Word by reading the Bible, we gain insight into our real existence as spiritual beings dwelling in temples of flesh. In this way, we can see how the Spirit of God is always the same and is One. Manifest in the flesh by Yeshua, it is the full thoughts of God, the wholeness of Him, and direct connection with the Father. What the Father is, Yeshua is. We have the Holy Spirit that dwells within us when we allow Him to. This is our Comforter, who teaches us and instructs us in all things God has said, our conscience of sorts.

So the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one in the same in thought, action and deed. Yeshua said in seeing Him we saw the Father because He only did His Father’s work. He was in all ways the same as His heavenly Father except that He is a distinct entity apart from His Father. A good analogy is a CD-ROM. You can have two physically different discs, but if you put the exact same information on both, how are they different except that there are two? Regardless of which one you place in the computer, you will get the exact same result, they are one in the same yet distinct.

The Spirit of God is love and He is the connection to God we have when we listen and obey.

1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your’s; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your’s; And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

God’s Law was given as a physical demonstration of a spiritual principle, Love. If you read the 10 Commandments for instance, they give actions we should not do, shadows of Love. All of these physical acts point to spiritual principles. Until we read these ideas in a Book, all we have is personal experience in a physical world where the spiritual cannot be perceived with our physical senses.

As Yeshua said, all the Law of the prophets rest on just two, love God, and love your neighbors as yourselves, Matthew 22:36-40, The Golden Rule. Matthew 7:12 We were created for communion with each other. The enemy introduces experiences and ideas, thoughts, into our life that degrades that communication and creates division. The enemy is at enmity with God as is the flesh with the spirit. I would recommend reading Deadly Emotions: Understand the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection That Can Heal or Destroy You, by Don Colbert, M.D. It brings to light the modern look at our spiritual connection to our physical temples. It shows that the less we imitate how the Bible says to live, the more diseases we manifest through our outward bodies.

Romans 7
Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Yeshua never sinned, although tempted as we are. Sin is transgression of the Law through disobedience. He was the only one without blemish that could take on our sins and He died on the cross to take the sins of those who would believe in Him. If you don’t know anything about Him, read the New Testament. Start at the beginning and head to the end. That is the best way to learn who He is. In this way, you make His Words your thoughts. When you accept them, you invite Him into your spirit when you ask and obey. If you don’t have the desire to read the Bible, ask God for the desire, I did that too. Request a greater hunger for His Word. It truly is an adventure, which I hope you will see from this website. You haven’t even imagined what is coming and the presence of God for eternity!

1 Corinthians 2:9-13
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

Think all this is nonsense? There’s a passage about you in scripture too! 1 Corinthians 1:17-31 Do you trust your own knowledge and understanding in the face of Absolute Truth? There is only one truth in all matters. The rest are lies or stories made up. History only happened one way, we may not always know the truth of what happened though. With hundreds of fulfilled prophecies written in the Bible and proven to have been written before their fulfillment, the Bible is also the most accurate Book with not one single error. (Supposed Bible Contradictions answered) I trust that the Bible is God’s Word given to us to guide us to follow His ways because in the end, all those without Christ covering their sins will be held accountable for those sins according to God’s Law, which is eternal. Therefore, we should take eternity into consideration when trying to make accurate choices about where we choose to spend it. With God, who is love, or away from God’s love completely. An absence of His love is exactly opposite of everything love is. It is hell. The choice is yours where you want to go, obey the Creator’s laws or be separated from His dwelling-place, heaven and His love. God loves you and wants you to choose Him.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Did God Create Evil?

The following fictitious conversation sums up the point I hold regarding the existence of evil, where it came from and God’s role.

A university professor challenged his students with this question: Did God create everything that exists?

A student bravely replied “Yes, he did!”

“God created everything?” the professor asked.

“Yes sir,” the student replied.

The professor answered, “If God created everything, then God created evil since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are, then God is evil.”

The professor was quite pleased with himself and boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.

Another student raised his hand and said, “Can I ask you a question professor?”

“Of course,” replied the professor.

The student stood up and asked, “Professor does cold exist?”

The professor replied “Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?”

The students snickered at the young man’s question. The young man replied, “In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat.

Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy.

Absolute zero (- 460 degrees F) is the total absence of heat. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat.

The student continued. “Professor, does darkness exist?”

The professor responded, “Of course it does.”

The student replied, “Once again you are wrong sir. Darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact we can use Newton’s prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color.

You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn’t this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present.”

Finally the young man asked the professor. “Sir, does evil exist?” Now uncertain, the professor responded, “Of course as I have already said. We see it every day. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence we see everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.”

To this the student replied, “Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.”
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