The Coming of Messiah
Part Five: Questions and Answers
by haRold Smith
a citizen of the Commonwealth
Many legitimate questions were raised by readers over the information provided in the Coming of Messiah series of articles listed at the bottom of this page. Here is a sampling of some of the concerns over some of the scriptures that were not able to be addressed in those articles.
Your last paragraph, "There are three things we must remember about Hebrew prophecy..." totally confuses me. If these things are so, then I do not understand why Messiah sent his apostles to spread the Good News to the WORLD. I apologize if I mis-understood the message, but why would HE (Messiah) then be Shepard also of other flocks? Yes, the Hebrews are the chosen people but I have been taught that His impalement was not limited to them." - Gideon
To properly understand the words of these Hebrew authors, we must begin to question everything we have been taught by others in favor of simply relying on what the words themselves say and actually mean. So, the first thing to ask is "just what is the gospel message" according to scripture (not the tradition of religion) and what did it mean to those Hebrews that message was directed to? Words mean things and if the Life of Yeshua is the benchmark (click on highlighted words to view content) by which all things are measured, including other scripture - then what do the words on the pages of the Book reveal to us about the gospel? They say that Yeshua went about preaching the "gospel of the Kingdom". Not one time does scripture ever say that He preached the "gospel of salvation" as Christianity teaches - neither from Yeshua nor from the disciples. So, then, just what is this Kingdom that Yeshua proclaimed? This discussion is continued in the Scriptural Gospel.
Preaching to the Gentile world about Yeshua is not mentioned in scripture. In reading the entire chapter of Acts 17, one cannot help but notice that the only place Sha'ul (the apostle Paul) speaks about Yeshua haMashiach (the promised Messiah of Israel - not the Greek "Christ") is in the synagogues to Hebrew audiences - the faithful in YHVH who understood the role of the prophesied Kinsman Redeemer to the nation of Israel, the family of YHVH. Who does Paul speak about when addressing Gentile members of the Areopagus of Athens - Yeshua? No - he speaks of the One True Holy Elohiem of Israel Who "created the world and everything in it." NOT ONCE does he mention Yeshua to these Gentiles. NOT ONCE does he proclaim or insinuate Yeshua to be that God - and, yet, at the end of the chapter we are told that "...some men joined him and believed..." What did they believe in? It could not have been Yeshua because He was not even mentioned in that entire encounter. "Christianity" would tell us that Paul was speaking of Yeshua because of the doctrine of a triune godhead which tells us, that since Yeshua IS the Father, the words "God" and "Jesus" now become interchangeable. But that would be an assumption - a rationale overlaid upon these words from a perspective we have already concluded in our minds to be appropriate.
The same Greek word translated as the English "nations", ethnos, in Matthew 28:19 is also used in Luke 7:5, 23:2, John 11:48, 18:35, Acts 10:22, 24:2 and 26:4 to refer to the Hebrew nation. Yeshua is telling them to go the tribes of Israel where they have been scattered into all the Gentile nations and verse 20 says literally, "teaching to them to keep unto to all to which I finished in you", meaning to "make disciples" of what Yeshua taught them. Because of Yeshua's sacrifice, that Kingdom that was present in the Garden with the first Hebrew, Adam, has now been restored to any who would embrace the Words of YHVH (John 14:23-24). By simply reading these words at face value, just for what they say and originally meant - the purpose of Yeshua's Blood takes on an entirely different meaning from what most have been taught to believe.
"If what you say is true, then why did Paul expect the Lord to return physically and in person? Paul assured the Corinthians they would all receive their immortal bodies when the Lord returns. Paul assured the Thessalonians their dear departed dead would rise from the graves to meet the Lord as He descends, and escort Him back to earth." - Pete
|"For as in Adam all die, so also in the anointed shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: the anointed the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Him." 1Corinthians 15:23|
The Greek word translated as the English "coming" in this verse is parousia and in its usage literally means, "unto-a-being-beside-unto" - or more accurately, "His presence beside". Where is Yeshua's "presence" today? If Yeshua has come to live and abide in you - has He not come to the earth today in you (John 14:23-24)? YHVH told Adam in the Garden that in the day he eats of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge between what is good and what is evil - he would die. The blood covenant that had existed between YHVH and Adam dissolved that day when Adam died (Hosea 6:7). But Adam did not physically die on that day. In fact, scripture tells us he lived for another 930 years with he and his family having interaction with the Present Presence all during that time. Since we know that YHVH is not a liar, then, in what sense did that dying occur? There are only two places in scripture where Spirit breathed upon men. The first was in the Garden where scripture tells us that the breath of YHVH became Life to Adam, the first of the Hebrews.
|...the covenant disobeyed|
|"But we don't want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, so that you don't grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Yeshua died and rose again, even so those who have fallen asleep in Yeshua will YHVH bring with Him. For this we tell you by the word of YHVH, that we who are alive, who are left to the coming of YHVH, will in no way precede those who have fallen asleep." 1Thessalonians 4:13-15|
Are you aware that the Name of God, YaHoVeH, appears over 2,500 times in scripture - yet, not once does His Name ever appear in any of our "modern" translations? It has been replaced in these translations by the names Jehovah, Adonai or LORD - none of which has any equivalency to what appears in the original Hebrew those scriptures were written in. Wherever you see the capitalization of "LORD" or "GOD" in the scriptures, that is where the Name of YHVH appeared in the original manuscripts (refer to Deuteronomy 6:4). Why do you think that is? Did that just happen by accident - a quirk? Or was it by design? Does the term replacement theology come to mind? Things became really muddled with the translation of the Messianic Writings because of the carry-over of this agenda of the translators to enhance the doctrine of a triune godhead which tells us, that since Yeshua IS the Father, the words "God", "Jesus" and "Lord" now become interchangeable. But, for these Hebrews writing these letters from a Hebrew perspective formed out of a Hebrew mindset that was influenced by Hebrew culture and were addressed primarily to a Hebrew audience which understood the nuances of the Hebrew language, there is only one "coming" - the Day of Judgment. The Greek word translated as the English "Lord" is kyrios which means "supreme in authority". Yeshua said in John 14:28 that YHVH was "greater" than He was and, while YHVH has given Yeshua all authority to complete the task He was given, Paul says it is plain that YHVH is excepted from that authority. So, these Hebrew authors were well aware that there is only one "coming" mentioned in all of scripture - the Day of YHVH and that is what all of these words are alluding to.
Throughout the Tanakh (OT) events and circumstances are often described using a form of phrasing called "figurative imagery" - language used to represent objects, actions and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical senses. Since the word "imagery" is associated with mental pictures, imagery makes use of particular words that create visual representation of ideas in our minds. Yeshua frequently used this Hebrew technique in His parables to illumine a particular truth He was trying to convey. So it is we find the continued usage of figurative imagery in the Messianic Writings (NT) of these Hebrew authors who understood how wording could invoke a mental image to convey the sense of what they were writing about. We find this type of imagery in the phrase, fallen asleep, which is used throughout scripture to describe those who have died in anticipation of the Day of YHVH. Since there is no "time" in eternity, consequently, there is only a split second between a person's death and their resurrection. This is why scripture describes those who have died as being "asleep" because when you are asleep, there is no conscious awareness of the passage of "time". Events that may be separated by hundreds or thousands of years in our time frame can pass in eternity "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye" (1Corinthians 15:52).
Stephen wrote to ask, "...what is the Hebraic view of Luke 17:23-24?"
|"...for AS the lightning, when it flashes out of the one part under the sky, shines to the other part under the sky; so will the Son of Man be in His day." Luke 17:24|
The scriptures do not teach the immortality of the soul; rather, they reveal, "...it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment; so Yeshua, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to rescue from death those who are eagerly waiting for Him." (Hebrews 9:27, Matthew 16:27). Neither do the scriptures reveal that when one dies, the soul goes to heaven or hell leaving the body behind. Rather, it clearly shows that when one dies they await the resurrection of the dead - both of the righteous and of the wicked (Daniel 12:2, John 5:25-29, 1Corinthians 15:24-28, Revelation 20:14-15, Revelation 21:8). The apostles were witnesses that Yeshua was resurrected from the dead, fulfilling the promise of YHVH that is vital to others within His Family having the hope of also being raised from the dead just as He was. Simply put, the "second coming of Yeshua" occurred at Yom Shavu'ot (Pentecost) and we are living in the "millennium" right now. The only other "coming" expected in scripture is the day of judgment - the Day of YHVH which will be that time when His Spirit will prevail over the spirit of man. The Spirit of YHVH and those who have become Him, Yeshua and the saints, will be manifest on that Day (Zechariah 14:5, 1Corinthians 6:2, Romans 8:19). Yeshua is our visible, tangible hope of Glory manifested in us to this world.
Part One: Daniel 9
Part Two: Ezekiel's Temple
Part Three: Matthew 24:1-30
Part Four: Matthew 24:30-51
Part Five: Questions and Answers
|"For YHVH Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the chief angel, and with the blast of the shofar. The dead in Messiah will rise first, then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet YHVH in the air. So we will be with YHVH forever. Therefore comfort one another with these words." 1Thessalonians 4:16-18|
Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. While not claiming to have all the answers, it would be an honor to partake with you of what the Spirit is uncovering.