Have we lost Jesus?
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Have we lost Jesus, in our "Divine Romance"?
Do not get me wrong. I love Jesus, (Y'shua the Messiah that is) and desire to be part of the bride, that says "Come Lord Jesus", but something is wrong in the body of Christ, if we cannot see that He is returning, not only to fetch a bride, but as the conquering King, to set up his kingdom upon this earth, and who will rule his kingdom with a rod of iron, and judge the living and the dead. If this seems foreign to you, you need to read the scriptures for yourself!
Are we losing the real Jesus and and the real good news of the gospel that he taught and paid for with his blood?
These words appear at the very end of the Gospel of Matthew, and are referred to as:
THE GREAT COMMISSION
Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given
Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
The last verse of The Great Commission includes teaching WHATSOEVER I HAVE COMMANDED YOU.
If you do a word study using "COMMAND" you will find that the book of Matthew is clear. These commands certainly include, at very least, the TEN COMMANDMENTS. If anything Jesus, in his earthly ministry, only pointed out that most of these were lightly understood by us. If we thought killing was bad, he warned us not even to be angry with our brothers and so on. People lightly call others morons today. Jesus said that could carry the penalty of hell!
If we are not seeing the teaching of his laws, as a serious part of our gospel message, we are missing something that was intended to bless and keep us safe.
What did John teach before the first coming of Christ?
John, who heralded the first coming of Jesus the Messiah, baptised, with a BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE, saying that one was coming, whose sandal he was not worthy to untie. Jesus referred to John's spirit as that of ELIJAH the prophet, whom He also said would come again, no doubt to prepare people for the 2nd coming. John said to the crowds in Luke and and Pharisees and Sadducees in Matthew (i.e. both in some way) :
Mat 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
WHAT DID JESUS TEACH?
Well many things, of course. When Jesus began his ministry he spoke of the gospel of the Kingdom, and declared that the Kingdom of heaven was at hand, teaching things like the verses that follow, which perhaps are not taught too much today:
Mat 5:20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven Mat 5:30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go
Now does that not sound a little more in keeping with the God of the Old Testament? And so it should. Because they are one and the same God. You see, he paid for your sin, but it does matter how you live! What is he saying here? You are not going to cut off your hand or pluck out your eye, so just STOP SINNING? Because, as Paul says, if you continue to sin that grace may abound, you are in danger. If you bring up thorns and thistles, you are near to being cursed! Why? Because it cost his blood and suffering to buy you back from hell and place his spirit inside you, that he might write His law upon your heart. Let him do that, by believing that he can and responding to what you read in scripture. Your life will go from glory to glory until you rest in the noon day sun, where their are no more shadows. He promises, that.
So, what happened to this Jesus, who is both merciful and yet, according to scripture, will also judge and rule with a rod of iron?
He seems to have been replaced, by a Jesus, who is lot less like the God of the old testament, even though scripture teaches us that they are ONE and a lot more like Marcion the Heretic, who taught a gnostic Jesus, who was the opposite of the God of the old testament! Yet, was it not the God of the Old Testament that was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself?
IS THE CULPRIT THE MISUNDERSTANDING OF PAUL?
And does this not all perhaps come from a misunderstanding of Paul, whose teaching have bee twisted, even as Peter in fact warns:
2Pe 3:15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 2Pe 3:16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which
the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the
2Pe 3:3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 2Pe 3:4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the
beginning of creation.”
2Pe 3:5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 2Pe 3:6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.
2Pe 3:7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
NOTE: "The patience of our Lord as salvation", referred to in the above scripture, is clear from the context, which shows that He wants as many people as possible to be saved from the judgement which is to come, so He is "slow" in coming as he waits for them.
THESE FALSE OR CONFUSED TEACHERS HAVE A FALSE FOUNDATION.
Peter tell us clearly that teachers are going to twist Paul's letters, because they are ignorant. Another translation says they are unlearned. Regarding what are they ignorant or unlearned? This is an important question to ask, and has likely one logical answer. They are ignorant regarding the truth of the scriptures, which at the time of writing, were what we know as the Old Testament. So in the end, a twisted Paul is presented, who is at odds with the words of Jesus and the revelation that is clear to those who are learned in the Old Testament scriptures, as in fact Paul was. These false teachers have a false foundation. One needs a HEBREW mindset and understanding of the OLD TESTAMENT, to be able to understand the GREEK of the NEW TESTAMENT, otherwise it will be "greek to you", as the saying goes!
Lets look at one or two more scriptures:
Rom 1:18 For the wrath (Strong's # G3709) of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Words like these are not popular anymore, and in some Bibles, they are completely removed or changed from their original meaning.
For example, the Mirror Bible, which may have a lot of beautiful thoughts, uses possible Strong's alternatives or other greek alternative meanings, to paraphrase the meaning of the above Rom 1:18 in this way.
"The righteousness of God that is endorsed in the heavens is in such contrast to the counterfeit earthly reference that blindfolds people in their own unrighteousness."
The idea of God having wrath is completely removed from this scripture. But is this true to the rest of scripture and accurate to this scripture itself? I am not a theologian, but it seems to me that we should be able to use the same Greek word translation, in other scriptures, and they should make sense, don't you think? And they should all make sense to the context in which they are found.
Here in Matthew and in Hebrews, the latter being another of Paul's letters, can one really honestly remove the meaning of wrath, where the same greek word, translated wrath by the KJV (Strong's # G3709) is used and translated as wrath by the King James? The answer is no, as you should see.
Mat 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath ( G3709) to come?
This verse is simply not saying something like: who has warned you to flee from God who endorses you and desires you so much, that there is nothing you need worry about.
It is really a warning of the wrath to come.
Heb 3:11 So I sware in my wrath, (G3709) They shall not enter into my rest.
And here in Hebrews, that would be an absolute contradiction, to treat "wrath" here, in a positive sense, rather than the judgment interpretation, as translated fortunately, by most traditional Bibles. Wrath actually meant to the Israelites, that they would die in the wilderness because of their unbelief, which if you read the text reveal also disobedience, inextricably linked to that unbelief.
Why are we finding confusing scriptures and interpretations these days?
This move away from the concept of a God of mercy, as well as wrath, is clearly part of the problem. Today, people only want to hear about GRACE. As scripture also says they will have itching ears for this sort of teaching and so it appears that if it fills the pews, this is what the people will also get. I believe this is half the gospel and will rob the sheep of protection and blessing.
Here are more such scriptures:
Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
2Pe 3:4 ... “Where is the promise of his coming? ...
And it says that they deliberately ignore the judgment of the flood, even though the world is reserved for fire:
2Pe 3:5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God,
2Pe 3:6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged
with water and perished.
2Pe 3:7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored
up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
They seem to me to preach a gospel where man is glorified more that God. It is all about how special man is, instead of awesome God is. No wonder it does not matter whose feasts we keep or whether we keep all his laws, or only some of them. Yet, he says that we should baptise in the name of the Father the son and the Holy Spirit and teach them "all things whatsoever I have commanded you."
So lets get back to the real Jesus. Let us teach his mercy and teach his laws, that all who believe, both Jew and Greek, may be one in the commonwealth of Israel, and "Rule with God" (Hebrew for Israel), not instead of him.
by Raven Rain
Final Track from the album: Awaken the Seed
When Jesus came to town, everyone was laughing
When Jesus came to town, everyone was having a good time
Drinking blood red wine
And they cry "Speak to me Jesus won't you speak to me
My heart is acking....
As always, please feel free to tell me what you like and hate about this message, by commenting below. Convince me from scripture. I am always ready to learn, with child like humility, by the grace of Yahshua..