Who was Lucifer?
Lucifer was the Anointed Cherub. To be Anointed means to be set apart for Gods Divine purpose. It also means "bestowal of Gods divine favor", and "appointment to a special place or function."
God has given Satan a certain amount of power and authority. But he lusted after that power. Lucifer wants to exalt himself above God... rather than remaining the Angel of God.
Why Create Satan?
Lucifer was created perfect in all his ways, but iniquity was found in him. It was not put there by God. Lucifer created it. (This is found in Ezekiel 28 15 )
Like man, the angels are created perfect, and with freedom of will.
Satan was lifted up because of his beauty, he corrupted the wisdom by reason of his brightness (This is in Ezekiel 28 17)
Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus said the Lord GOD; Thou sealed up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the Sardis, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold, the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou was created.
Thou art the anointed cherub that covered; and I have set thee so, thou was upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Ezekiel 28 12-14
This is not an earthly king, as the word "cherub" is only used in references to angels.
Thou was perfect in thy ways from the day that thou was created, till iniquity was found in thee.
By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned, therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God, and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Ezekiel 28 15-16
The word "covering" is from the Hebrew word cakak, and means, to entwine, to fence in, cover over, protect, defend, hedge in, (source, "The complete word study Old Testament"
Was Lucifer’s job to protect the very earth he corrupted? Was this one of his duties that gave him so much pride?
Your heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness, I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. Ezekiel 28 12
"How are thou fallen from heaven. O Lucifer, son of the morning! How are you cut down to the ground..." ( Isaiah 14 12)
For you have said, "I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High God." ( Isaiah 14 13)
Satan wanted to be God. The Bible tells us in 2nd Corinthians 4 4 that Satan has become the "god of this world". And Revelation 20 10 tells us that he will be eternally punished for it.
"Yet, thou shall be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. (Isaiah 14 15)
When Lucifer was cast out of Heaven, one third of all the angels were cast out with him. (Rev.12 4,9)
Lucifer became Satan, and the fallen angels (may have) became Demons.
Why Not Destroy Satan?
Because sin had entered the world, and into the very nature of man through Adams transgression, then for God to destroy Satan, he would also have had to destroy the man he loved. But God had a better way. A way of Redemption.
And Christ the Redeemer was on His way !
We've all seen pictures of Satan portrayed as a hoofed creature, red in color.. with little horns on his head.
But this description is not Biblical. The hoofed being we usually see is actually closer to that of "Pan" from Greek mythology.
Perhaps Satan wants this image of himself to be used, because of its absurdity. Knowing that the day would come when God and the Devil would both be dismissed as "mythical"
Revelation 12 3 speaks of the red horned dragon. This is not Satan himself, but a reference to him from where these physical attributes possibly originate.
There are references in Rev 12 3 of a horned red "dragon", used as a symbol for Satan himself. "then another sign appeared in Heaven; an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads" (Revelation 12 3).
Lucifer’s Prior Looks
Lucifer was a being "of perfect beauty". He was covered in every precious stone. He had pendants and jewels of gold...
Lucifer was beautiful before he sinned. An expression of Gods own beauty and power. But like man, Lucifer’s very nature changed when he sinned. His (Lucifer’s) physical appearance may have as well.
When did Lucifer fall from Heaven? It was not before day 6 like many people believe (those who ascribe to the "Gap Theory" wrongly claim this). The Bible tells us that Lucifer was in Eden (which was created on day 6) and was still without sin on that day.
"You have been in the garden of Eden. Every precious stone was your covering, the Sardis (ruby), topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold, the workmanship of your pipes was prepared in you the day that you were created." Ezekiel 28 13
In the literature of our society, Satan is almost always shown in robes of red. Some believe that the color of an angels robes are symbolic of their rank in heaven.
"God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell ( the Greek word here is "tartarus"), putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment." (2 Peter 2 4) For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down o hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be
reserved unto judgment;
"And the angels which did not keep their first estate (in heaven), but left their own habitation, he has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day." (Jude 1 6)
In the day of judgment "the Devil that has deceived them" will be "cast into the lake of fire and brimstone; where the beast and the false prophet are and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever." Rev 20 10
John 12 31 talks of the time of judgment, the prince of this world will be driven out. Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
Hell Not For Man
Hell was prepared for the devil and his angels. But those who do not receive Christ as their Lord and Savior will be sent to Hell, and have their part in the lake of fire.
Satan is "the god of this world" he " has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the Gospel of the Glory of Christ" ( 2 Corinthians 4;4)
Satan is a liar. The Bible tells us he is the father of all lies (John 8 44???). He will deceive man in any way he can. Some are deceived by the New Age Movement, others are deceived by Humanists, Evolutionary lies, etc.. Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own, for he is a liar, and the father of it. John 8 44
Spontaneous & Inevitable Events
The Theory of Evolution AND the Creation Account of the Bible
An Alternate Theory By Rev. Matthew H. Dunham
When scientists try to explain how the origin of the Big Bang (formation of the universe) as well as how the first microbiological organisms formed on earth they use the term "Spontaneous and Inevitable Events". These are code words that mean they can't explain it". For centuries there has been continuous debate regarding the creation account of the Bible and the fossil facts. These facts regarded by many as the conclusive evidence that God does not exist. The stories found in the Bible, on the surface, seem to conflict with the facts. Scientists point to the Theory of Evolution. Preachers avoid the subject of evolution and the fossil evidence. This paper shows the direct relationship of the fossil record to the Biblical account. What we all should realize is the Bible was written before these scientific theories. The more scientists discover, the more they prove God's hand in all creation. Especially when they refer to them with the term Spontaneous and Inevitable Events.
The following is really an outline that as one college professor once said “You could write your doctoral thesis from this”. It is placed here not to offer a concise explanation of the correlation of the facts of science and the accounts of the Bible. For Without FAITH it is impossible to please God so this is just offered as what it is., , But without faith it is impossible to please him, for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. HEB 11 6, If it has to be proven to you then you are not qualified to be a ‘Believer’.
1. Billions of Years of Fossils and a Day of God
2. Big Bang Theory and Creation by God's Voice
3. Evolution of Life and the Biblical Account
4. DNA of Clay and God Forming Man from the Dust
5. Humans Evolving and Eve being the Mother of All Humans
6. Mythologies of Great Flood and Noah's Flood Account
7. Prehistoric Life and Lucifer Creates Life in His Image, Fails
8. Parallel Universe, 11 Dimensions
1. Billions of Years of Fossils Vs. a Day of God
Fossils are remains of prehistoric organisms. Preserved by burial under countless layers of sedimentary material, they are a record of the history of life beginning approximately 3.5 billion years ago, the study of which is called PALEONTOLOGY'
Psalms 90 4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
II Peter 3 8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Note, is in the original language is 'is Like Unto'. Taken figuratively one could imagine this verse illustrating a difference between they way we track time and how God tracks time. Man had no concept of Millions or Billions until centuries after these words were written.
2. Big Bang Theory Vs. Creation of the Universe by God
In 1922, Alexander FRIEDMANN derived a set of general cosmological models from Einstein's theory; it included Einstein's static model and de Sitter's model as particular cases. According to these mathematical solutions, the universe originated in and expanded from a single body of infinite density. Georges LEMAITRE (1927) and Arthur EDDINGTON (1930) put forward a physical theory, later known as the BIG BANG THEORY"
Genesis 1 3 And God said, Let there be light, and there was light. The Verbatim translation is "Let Light Be."
3. Evolution Vs. Creation
Ciliate is a class of unicellular aquatic organisms, the ciliates, belonging to the subphylum Ciliophora, kingdom PROTISTA. They are named for the many hair like cilia projecting from their bodies, which beat rhythmically and drive the cell through water. The ciliates are the largest and most complex of the PROTOZOA, and some biologists believe they represent the zenith of evolution."
Genesis 1 6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
Genesis 1 9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear, and it was so.
Genesis 1 20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
Genesis 1 21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moved, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind, and God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1 22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
The problems arise when scientists try to explain how creation went from chemicals to live beings.
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. heb 11 3
Only recently have scientists discovered that the universe is made up of sub-atomic particles that are indeed invisible to the naked eye. Science is just now catching up with what is written in the Bible. There are no scientific errors within the Bible and science always the Bible.
Example of Atomic Fusion, But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the, which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the, elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 2PE 3 10
Ocean Currents, The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passes through the paths of the seas. PSA 8 8 and Thus says the LORD, which makes a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;
Hydrologic Cycle, For he makes small the drops of water, they pour down rain according to the vapor thereof Job 36 27 and It is he that builds his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out upon the face of the earth, The LORD is his name. Amos 9 6
Jet Stream, Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Ecc 12 7
The likelihood that chemicals in the primeval soup could create life is 1 40,000 thousand WITH 100/places after it is highly unlikely for one of God’s Creations, let alone the Billions upon Billions of creatures great and small.
4. DNA of Clay Vs. God Forming Man from the Dust
Gen 6 1 Gen, 7 8-22 Scientist Graham Caims-Smith has found the origin of biologic life may have come from kaolinite clay, a hydrated aluminum silicate. Large deposits of this mineral occur in China; central Europe; Comwall, England; and several states of the United States.''
Genesis 2 7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
5. Humans Evolving from Lucy an APE Vs. Eve
The physical anthropologist Donald Carl Johanson, b. Chicago, June 23, 1943, stirred a debate among paleo-anthropologists in 1978 when he suggested that the skeleton known as Lucy, which he had discovered at Hadar, Ethiopia, in 1974, and other fossilized bones found both at Hadar and at Laetolil, Tanzania, belonged to a single hominid species that he called Australopithecus afarensis, Identifying the species as a common ancestor of both humans and australopithecine, Johanson dated A. afarensis from 1-2 million years after humans and apes diverged or about 3.5 million years ago. Johanson maintains that A. afarensis represents a missing link in human evolution. His single-species theory contradicted the existing theory that these fossils represented two genera of hominid-one (Australopithecus), which became extinct, and another (Homo), which evolved into humans. Most scientists have abandoned this “theory”. We believe Lucy could have been an attempt by Lucifer to create Life in the image of a humanoid, which failed. If it didn't fail then where are the rest of the examples? In every so-called Evolution there is always NO transitional species between the Prehistoric and present no matter what Plant or Animal they study.
Genesis 2 22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Genesis 2 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh, she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man.
6. Mythologies of Great Flood Vs. Noah 's Flood Account,
Gen 6-1 7 Almost all known civilizations have in their mythology an account of a great Flood.
Paleoanthropology originated with the recognition that the oddly shaped stones found in the 18th and 19th centuries in certain ancient river gravels of Europe were in fact artifacts-tools made by humans-rather than natural phenomena. In the early days of Paleoanthropology, during the 18th century, a literal interpretation of the Bible was generally accepted. Theologians calculated that the Earth was created about 6,000 years ago and geological features such as ancient gravels were interpreted as evidence for Noah's flood. Some interpreted the stone artifacts as the work of antediluvian (pre-flood) humans."'
Genesis 6 17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
7. Prehistoric Life Vs. Lucifer Creates Life in His Image & Fails
Genesis 1 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. NOTE, How can anything that has been created be without form and void? cre•ate,, To cause to exist; bring into being. 2. To give rise to; produce.
Genesis 1 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. void (void) adj. Containing no matter; empty.
The space between the first and second verses of the Bible was Lucifer's attempt to imitate God. Here you place the prehistoric ages of beings, which from today's view are distortions of nature as we now know it. From evolution from mud to beavers nine feet tall with buck teeth three feet long, to reptiles as big as buildings. There is no record of a missing link between apes and man except 'Lucy' who's DNA has been described as the Mother of all Life. BUT Still there is one chromosome difference between Man and Apes.
8. Theory Of Everything
The Theory of Everything (ToE) is a hypothetical theory of theoretical physics that fully explains and links together all known physical phenomena. Initially, the term was used with an ironic connotation to refer to various over generalized theories. For example, a great-grandfather of Ijon Tichy - a character from a cycle of Stanislaw Lem's science fiction stories of 1960s - was known to work on the "General Theory of Everything" (Polish, "Ogólna Teoria Wszystkiego"). Over time, the term stuck in popularizations of quantum physics to describe a theory that would unify or explain through a single model the theories of all fundamental interactions of nature. There have been many theories of everything proposed by theoretical physicists over the last century, but none has been confirmed experimentally. The primary problem in producing a ToE is that the accepted theories of quantum mechanics and general relativity are hard to combine. Based on theoretical holographic principle arguments from the 1990s, many physicists believe that 11-dimensional Alternate Parallel Universe’s M-theory, which is described in many sectors by matrix string theory, in many other sectors by perturbative string theory is the complete theory of everything. Other physicists disagree.
The Possibilities of Alternate Parallel Universes could explain a lot; Where God and Heaven are at this moment as well as allowing us to understand how angels appear and disappear.
Quantum mechanics is a highly successful theory that describes the motions and interactions of particles at a fundamental sub-atomic level. This means that it describes – mostly in a mathematical way – how particles such as electrons and photons (photons are basically particles of light) behave. In short, this description is unusual to say the least. One of its predictions is that particles can be in multiple places or multiple states of existence simultaneously. This is called superposition.
In fact this concept has been proved by the simple 'double-slit' experiment. This is where one fires individual electrons through a sheet of a material with two vertical slits in it, and onto a blank white screen. There is a 50-50 chance that the electron will go through any one slit.
When two electrons meet each other, you see, they stop behaving like particles and start behaving like waves. This means that they produce an 'interference' pattern. These interactions are analogous to those that occur between two water waves or two sound waves. When an individual electron is fired at the two slits, an interference pattern still emerges almost immediately on the screen.
If you have not heard of this experiment before, the result should be surprising. How can one electron produce a pattern that can only form when two electrons mix? The answer is that the electron interferes with itself – that is, it has existed in two places at the same time. But more precisely, what has happened is that the universe has given birth to a new universe, one where the electron goes through the other slit. The electron in one universe interferes with the electron in the other.
Of course, physicists cannot currently be certain whether this 'many worlds' interpretation of the double-slit experiment is correct. Many people - including the most esteemed scientists - have taken this as proof that an infinite number of worlds exist in parallel to ours, playing out all the possibilities. For example, there is a world where you are not reading this article, a world where the magnolia plant never evolved, a world where JFK was not assassinated, and a world where the Titanic didn't sink. And there would be worlds that have different laws of physics altogether.
The way to imagine these universes is to envisage the universe we are in at the moment as a two-dimensional sheet of paper. All the other universes exist likewise, and they are stacked on top of our universe like a pack of cards. So, if you assume the true definition of a two-dimensional entity - ie, one that has no thickness whatsoever - the sheets of paper are all no distance from each other at all. In other words, if the parallel universe theory is correct, all of the universes are existing right next to us now, and all around us, except that instead of being two-dimensional sheets, they are three-dimensional entities stacked up in a fourth dimension that we humans are incapable of imagining.
Coincidence Factor Throughout my life I have experienced occurrences commonly known as coincidence. In my growth in Yeshua’s Ways I’ve noticed my rate of experiencing coincidences to be at an abnormally fast speed. I don’t know if this is something I should let out as it is the method of living within the Grace of God. Things fall in place everyday after day. More than that I’m afraid I have to stop and hope that you one day experience the fluid warm life’s experience as long as you continue to learn and serve our Savior.
Concept of More Perfection
More perfection in as far as we new at one time the definition of ‘More Perfect’ means to constantly look for improvements which is better in this time of perfection. Surly that is obtainable.
As we search the scriptures we find much more than this! When you set aside the traditions that have grown out of the Christian faith as we know it today, You will also discover how man has distorted the original ‘Way’ of our Yeshua.
For further information concerning the theory of evolution and Creation visit http //www.discovery.org/a/3059
Personal Testimony of Brother in Yeshua. Matthew Dunham
Hello, My name is Matthew and I am a SINNER saved by Grace
MAT 23 8 But be not ye called Rabbi, for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
Yeshua Way Ministries
He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3 30
My name is Matthew Dunham a follower and disciple of Yeshua. If we meet lets just address each other as brothers do. If you’ve read the introductory notes first it will be of help understanding the following.
These two verses of the Bible troubled me when I read them as a new beginner. I and my Father are one Joh 10 30, Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. MAT 7 21,22
The verse “I and my Father are one.” Cut quickly to the point of it all. We are told to strive toward our Messiahs mindset and willingness to sacrifice ourselves to get into heaven. And verses like it too numerous to mention such as, “Take up your cross and follow me”. Mat 16 24 point us to a commitment to stand for the truth no matter what. There are countless references admonishing us to continue to study the Word to look for areas we should improve as well. When I accepted Christ as my Savior I also chose to believe the recorded word of witnesses to His ministry over any other reference to the contrary. It makes no difference that the author did not record these events until at least 40 years after the fact. If I am going to believe I must have concrete references that I can believe in. Otherwise it’s just a superstition being practiced without commitment to anything definite, which is just plain silly and a terrible waste of time. He says Himself that many will be called and few chosen. Mat 20 16, So since I wanted to be chosen I had to make a commitment.
The story of the elementary school class telling a short story to each other around the circle actually happened to me. I was 9 years old in 1963 the year JFK was assonated. We lived in Derby Kansas and to this day I can see my whole class on the floor. You see I was the last person who had to tell the story to the class. Naturally every one of my peers was laughing and carrying on about how the story they heard had changed. Everyone but me that is. I was upset that even though I repeated exactly what I heard, I was the one being ridiculed. That the kids were laughing at me for getting it wrong even though I had no opportunity to get it right. That day the Lord showed me the rest of my life in a twinkling of an eye.
It only took another twenty-seven years of avoiding it until I submitted to Baptism in the Canadian River and started my Ministry. I have no church building but I am the pastor of a Yeshua Way house church. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. MAT 18 20 Let me begin by relating to you my walk with Christ., I had gone to church most of my youth. I attended first one denomination then another with my mother. By the time I was 14 I had been baptized 3 times. But I was a non-believer. In order to be a non-believer I had to have a reason. Besides being guilty in my sins of my youth, it seemed every time I heard a preacher, he was distorting the messages in the Bible. I would read along to see often he’d stop reading just as he was coming to a controversial topic. He would say only what he was trying to sell to his followers. I formed the opinion preachers, were only after keeping their congregation happy. Never saying anything too controversial to keep the cash flowing in.
In 1980 after many years denying the existence of God, I created a situation where I had to finally decide whether or not I was going to believe., I made this decision handcuffed in the back of a police car. I believe this was Gods plan. He had put me in an impossible situation where I had no choice but to turn to him, Praise His Holy Name. I was given an 18 month deferred sentence, which I faithfully completed and was discharged without any conviction appearing on my record. During this time I started studying Christ’s Message and I was baptized a new person in a river at age 27.
I imagine most everyone who gets in a situation they have no control over says a prayer to get out of it. Like they say, there are no atheists in a foxhole in combat. I have always believed in putting out 100% effort in every thing I did including being a non-believer. If I was going to believe in God I was going to do it right. Once I made the decision to believe I was led by the Spirit to find out what God and Yeshua were all about. I carefully read the Sermon on the Mount. In it there are several warnings to get it right. That saying you believe is NOT enough but doing and teaching what HE said is what is required. It turned out to be tougher than I thought. I found that Yeshua DIED for His beliefs and what He was teaching fellow Jews. I stuck to reading and understanding the Word of God in the Bible without listening to the doctrines of man. If I couldn’t find truth on my own then I wasn’t going to believe. I prayed to God to help me understand. While I was locked up in jail I started reading a King James Bible. For those of you who have read it, the Elizabethan English seems really hard to wade through at first. Many get tired of trying to read it and give up. Some turn to a different translation in plain English and some give up on religion all together. But most scholars agree the King James Version is the closet literal translation in English. It has words not common to today’s English. I obtained an unabridged dictionary and started looking up words I didn’t understand. I then started writing down the verses and looked up the chain references in the middle of the page. Later after using a chain reference Bible and a dictionary for many years I purchased a computer and a KJV Bible program and started putting what I read altogether. When I went back to read what I copied it seemed to explain itself. As I found pertinent references I added them to the study. This book is the result. As of July of 2008, it will be 28 years since I started Yeshua Way Ministries and this reference study.
Why do We believe?
Please remember as you read this, ‘from Evidence comes Facts, Not Faith’. Yeshua teaches His directives to another beneficiary of His Blessing, And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy, who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will, be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him. And he charged him to tell no man, but go, and show yourself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. Luke 5 12-14 It’s the development of YOUR Faith that commences the blessings through these words of our Savior. And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. LUK 11 9
Not every one that calls to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is
in heaven. Mat 7 21
I hesitate relating this to others because I’ve discovered you can’t develop faith if you have evidence. Because without faith it is impossible to please him, for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Heb 11 6 My faith comes from listening to the voice within, that I believe the Lord is using to communicate with one and all.
From this voice I keep him on my mind throughout my day. Yes I am a sinner saved by grace but that doesn’t mean I am perfect. When I miss the mark it’s up to me to try to improve. The only way to do it is be honest with myself and open to correction. He wants to commune with us and this is how He does it. Sometimes we fail to hear for a variety of reasons but this is ‘They Way’ Yeshua is talking about. Studying, keeping an open mind and listen to the Words. Get it inside you and try to apply it to your life. I fully believe that if one could obtain the singleness of mind and Spirit He is teaching, There is No Thing we cannot do, including walking on water.
I’ve been totally wiped out to the clothes on my back four times in my adult life. I’ve been in Jail with no hope of walking away from it. I’ve been penniless, unemployed, without transportation of any kind every time. I’ve also bought property, built houses and gave it all away in a divorce. But every time I recover stronger than before. The last time I bought a group of rental property in an historic neighborhood and within 10 years sold it clearing nearly 4 times what I had in it and paid cash for my home and nearly everything I have. I know now He’s been watching me my whole life.
I find in my life, what most refer to as ‘coincidences’ are quite numerous and turn out to be very beneficial to me. These coincidences come in many shapes and sizes. Just the other day I saw a kid’s plastic tricycle with fat plastic wheels and an axle on the side of the road. As I passed it He reminded me it was just perfect for the cart for my wire welder I made that didn’t roll well on the sand floor in my garage. This is just one example of how the Lord supplies the desires of my heart. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you Mat 6 33 There are many, many more coincidental events since 1980 when I made the commitment to serve Him by keeping my faith focused on the Words in Red.
I’ve found that keeping the Words of Yeshua and building my belief system using them above any other, continues to bless me daily, so I try to keep Yeshua’s Words in my heart and keep the communication lines open and active, which in turn keeps the blessings rolling along.
Some may desire evidence before they believe. But I know from that voice, telling everyone all the many blessings in my life could damage my faith, and afterward, as evidence, could be a detriment to others in developing their faith. Besides the way He blesses me may be totally different than He blesses others. Keeping Hebrews 11 6 in mind, all I can say is you’ll have to experience it to understand it.
It’s like perpetual motion. You can’t have one without the other. Of course other things help convince me there is a God. Many including a majority of scientist’s that say “Unless I can see feel touch or smell or otherwise prove something, I don’t believe in it”; They also believe the only way to link Quantum Mechanics and the Theory of Relativity together is with an infinite number of Parallel Universes that can only be proven to exist with Mathematics. Right off of Star Trek!
Or When the Bible says And God said, Let there be light, and there was light. Gen 1 3 Doesn’t that sound to be the same thing as the Big Bang Theory? They still can’t answer what was it like the minute before the Big Bang? How about the day before? Where did the elements of the Big Bang come from? After all, Everything in the Universe from the oceans to the smallest particle of every atom, came from the Big Bang. There is nothing in the Universe now that was not here before in some other form. Did you know every electron on every atom on the planet are sometimes not here? The only way to explain where they go is into a Parallel Universe. I firmly believe Everything in Science is True.
Or how about Lucy, the so-called missing link between man and the ape, which was in all likelihood just a deformed ape. You notice they have not found hundreds of these so-called missing links? JUST ONE and in reality just a few bones of it. They’ve since disqualified this specimen to be the missing link. Besides Man, there is a missing link with every living being. That’s right there are no transformational fossils in every animal and mammal in our planets history. There is No conflict with belief in Yeshua and Science. If you give the Spirit the opportunity to teach you, all these things are connected.
Here’s what the Bible says, … for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. MAT 10 26 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. MAR 4 22 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither, hid, that shall not be known. LUK 12 2
Some scholars say some or all of the Gospels were written possibly in the next generation after His resurrection. That is to say a book such as Matthew may have been written by a third person having been recorded after Matthew’s passing. or that the book itself may have more than one author. Sure People representing the Lord could be tempted to be creative when writing down sayings attributed to Him, Just as we have seen in one North American religion established in the 1800’s, and therefore the words attributed to Christ are potentially not fully correct. So here’s where Faith comes in. You have to pick something to believe in. Either you’ve been called to know Him or not.
People who doubt can think of many “reasons” not to believe. Nevertheless there has never been any evidence of collaboration nor are the dates of the writings at the same time. The similarity of the four Gospels, are just that. There is no evidence anyone copied one Gospel into another. The details of these books and especially the specificity of His sayings, give them credence. The four are specific enough to be acceptable as authentic alone let alone being witnesses for each other.
By believing and practicing the precepts taught to us through His Words and the references associated with them, above any other teachings, has in turn developed into a very beneficial relationship for me with the Lord. Fortunately for us all, this statement cannot be proven, but with the right effort it can be experienced.
Even so, Yeshua Teaches For many are called, but few are chosen. MAT 22 14
Our Savior warns
Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. MAT 7 21, He that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will go no more out, and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God, and I will write upon him my new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. These things said the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; REV 3 12-16, Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. MAT 24 35 I know thy works, which you are neither cold nor hot, I would have you either cold or hot. So then, because you are neither cold nor hot, I will spew you, out of my mouth. REV 3 15-16
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The following are a few of the authorities on the history of Christianity we have included and/or copied from without direct credit or notation. Some of their books are listed and we suggest these and any other books written by them to help understand the history of the early church. Nothing they have said has been used to interpret the doctrine/message of the Messiah. By no means do we endorse everything they have written because we have not read it all. This list may not be complete but is as accurate as our ability to keep track at the time.
Douglas K. Stuart, Professor of Biblical Studies, Gordon Cornwell Theological Institute, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, Ezekiel, Hosea-Jonah, Old Testament Exegesis, A Handbook for Students and Pastors
Paul L. Maier, Professor of History, Western Michigan University, The DaVinci Code, Fact or Fiction?, Martin Luther, A Man Who Changed the World, The Very First Christmas,, The Very First Easter, A Skeleton in God's Closet
Elaine Pagels, Harrington Spear Paine, Professor of religion, Princeton University Beyond Belief, The Secret Gospel of Thomas, The Gnostic Gospels, The Gnostic Paul, Gnostic Exegesis of the Pauline Letters,
Father John S. Bakas, Dean of St. Sophia Cathedral Greek Orthodox
Marvin Meyer, Professor of Religious Studies, Chapman University, The Gospels of Mary, The Secret Tradition of Mary Magdalene, the Companion of Jesus, The Gnostic Bible, Ancient Christian Magic, Coptic Texts of Ritual Power
Karen Jo Torjesen, Chair, Department of Religion, Claremont Graduate University When Women Were Priests
John Dominic Crossan, , , , , Professor Emeritus, DePaul University, Author “The Birth of Christianity” Jesus, A Revolutionary Biography,, In Search of Paul, The New Quest to Understand His World and Words, The Birth of Christianity, Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus
Jeffrey Burton Russell, , , , , Chair, Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University Lucifer, The Devil in the Middle Ages, A History of Heaven, The Singing Silence
Terence Murphy, Professor of History, American University
Bishop Kallistos Ware Spalding, Lecturer, Eastern Orthodox Studies, Fellow Pembroke College, Oxford, The Time of the Spirit, Readings Through the Christian Year, The Orthodox Way, In the Image of the Trinity, Volume 2
Dr. Bradley Nassif, Theologian of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Antioch, Syria
Karen L. King, Professor of New Testament Studies and the History of Ancient Christianity at Harvard University in the Divinity School., She has published widely in the areas of Gnosticism, ancient Christianity, & Women's Studies.