Of Prophets and Teachers

10644477_10204218552538825_5590522221304830397_nProphet, navi in Hebrew has two meanings, one is a person who fore-tells future events, the other is a person who forth-tells God’s instruction. One who stands and read from the Bible in public is operating in the office of a prophet, they are imparting God’s instructions. So your average spiritual leader is a prophet.

Far too many are unaware that there are rules to being a prophet of God.

The Test of a Prophet

But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has taught rebellion against the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to make you leave the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from the midst of you. Deut. 13:5

But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ Deut. 18:20

. . . when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you need not be afraid of him. Deut. 18:22

Examples of False Teachings

Those that preached on the Blood Moons, which was nothing more than astrology posing as Christianity.

Then there are the name it and claim it people, It is only in fairy tales and mythology that words and wishes have transforming energy.

Then the tithers, who think giving will get them great riches. God cannot be bribed or bought off.

The dispensationalist yell at the top of their collective lungs, “the law has passed away,” as if they are quoting a Bible verse. The teaching that one can willfully break the Law of God is nowhere stated in the Bible. In fact it states the exact opposite.

Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. Rom. 3:31 KJV

It is a false teaching by false prophets that the law can be cast aside. Rather we are to cast aside such teachers.

Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law. Prov. 29:18

We need to carefully examine the spiritual leaders that teach.

Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, for you know that we who teach shall be judged with greater strictness. James 3:1

All these should all be put out. However the people are more emotional attached to these men than they are to God. These spiritual leaders have become like little gods taking the love of the people, instead of leading them to love God above all others.

True faith seems to be rigid and inflexible to those on the outside. However truth is truth and can never have fellowship with error. One must never amalgamate truth with anything earthly or of man’s creativity. To often these false teacher adopt anything or everything to fascinate the people, and to bring more people into their churches they have turn their churches into nothing more than circuses. Just like the pagan temples of the ancient world.

If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth; 1John 1:6

False Plague is Constant

There is nothing new under the sun. God’s people have aways been plagued by corrupt spiritual leaders.

. . . the elder and honored man is the head, and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail; Is. 9:15 c.f. Rev. 9:10, 19; 12:4

These also reel with wine and stagger with strong drink; the priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, they are confused with wine, they stagger with strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in giving judgment. Is. 28:7 

. . . the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes? Jer. 5:31

Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, says the LORD, who steal my words from one another. Jer. 23:30

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 2Cor. 11:13

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2Pet. 2:1

“‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear evil men but have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, and found them to be false; Rev. 2:2Amerling, Friedrich Von (1803-1887) -The Oriental

In this last church age we have locked Messiah out of the churches. The only hope to achieve a personal authentic relationship with Him, is to not to rely on the congregation. Only ONE can open the door. It is not the congregation, not the group, just ONE, that can have an intimate relationship with our Lord. The congregation is quite happy with Him outside the door.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Rev. 3:20

For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matt. 22:14

Open the door by opening your Bible.

Messiah is Sinless

second-coming2For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, Rom. 8:3

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2Cor. 5:21

FYI: When the first English translators came to the word sarkos they were not sure how to translate it, as there was no equivalent word in the English. They decided to follow the Greek example of taking the root of the word sarx with mean living body both animal and human. So they choose the second word for meat or flesh as the translation. Before it was used in the Bible in this way the English word flesh was just another word for meat. Stew pots at the time were called flesh pots. But because of it use in the Bible in this way the Bible forever changed the English language. In modern English we occasionally use flesh to mean meat, but more often than not we only use flesh when referring to an injury,  as in flesh wound, and we certainly don’t cook in flesh pots any more. Flesh means to us exactly what sarkos means in Greek, our fallen human nature.

Because of our weak flesh we cannot stand before a holy just God. There is no amount of effort on our part that can overcome this fault. We need a mediator who’s flesh is not weak. He looked like us in our sinful flesh bodies, but His nature was sinless.

Messiah is the Firstborn of the Dead

Our culture has little left of the honor and respect that used to be bestowed on the first-born. In past generations they were highly respected in the family. They were often given a double portion or the lions share of the inheritance. They were given the responsibility for aging parents and indigent siblings. All this began to change with the discovery of the New World, as non-first-borns could easily move farther west and make their own way in life. Wealth and position could be earned rather than granted. However in the ancient world everything was under the first-borns control. And so our Savior is the First-born.

Firstborn from the Dead

He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything he might be pre-eminent. Col. 1:18

In the congregation we get used to hearing these terms and sometime we don’t give them a second thought. But the dead do not give birth. The dead do not bring life. Our Messiah came out of the tomb as if it were a womb, the first to be born in this manner. From time to time the prophets and Messiah Himself raised the dead, however this was the first time ever that a dead person walked out of the tomb by He own power.

Firstborn of all Creation

He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; Col. 1:15  

This is not that He is a creation, but rather it is by His authority as the first born that all things were created.

The Destroyer of the First-born

We tend to get our understanding of the Exodus from movies and children story versions, However The Angle of Death or The Destroyer of the first-born of Egypt was the Lord Himself. As the first-borns of Egypt were an honored class, and the son of Pharaoh destined to be a god, they were wiped out to make the point that the god’s of Egypt were impotent in the face of the God of the Hebrews.

By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the first-born might not touch them. Heb. 11:28

For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD. Ex. 12:12

Messiah as Teacher

second-coming2And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Matt. 9:11 

The Greek word didaskalos means teacher, and it is where we get our word didactic, or to give moral instructions in a pleasant and entertaining way.

A teacher of this kind is by definition effecting change in the student behavior, and are presenting their lives for emulation.

“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master; Matt. 10:24 

Who your teacher is will greatly effect ones behavior.

. . . it is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Be-elzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household. Matt. 10:25

. . . in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’” Matt. 15:9 

Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Matt. 16:12 

Although many teach there is really only one Teacher, and it is His teachings that we all strive to emulate.

But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren. Matt. 23:8 

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Saviour (Savior)

second-coming2. . . for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

Messiah is a helper, not your best buddy, not a sugar daddy, but a savior.

Our Savior was from the very first Christ the Lord or Messiah HaAdon. He was anointed as our Lord, as the only one who could “save us” from our condition as slaves to sin or fallen. See Also: In the Garden

Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned — Rom. 5:12 

21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 1Cor. 15:21-22

We cannot rid ourselves of this condition. It is far beyond our abilities. Only a sinless man, a spiritual man, could make the sacrifice necessary.

45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual which is first but the physical, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. 50 I tell you this, brethren: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable 1Cor. 15:45-50

FYI: For those who think that it works to believe in evolution and be a Christian take a hard look at those verse. Without creation being exactly they way it is described in Genesis you don’t have a spiritual condition i.e. “The Fall” to be saved from. Please take a look at the information provided by The Institute for Creation Research.

Daniel 9: Proof that Yeshua/Jesus is the Messiah

The Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem 1867 by Francesco Hayez

The Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem 1867
by Francesco Hayez

Many long years ago when I was in Bible college, I asked the Old Testament professor how we knew that Jesus was the Christ. He told me that I already believed, or I wouldn’t be at a Bible College. I pressed him on the point, and he became angry with me. This really threw me for a loop, as I couldn’t understand why asking a question so important would be treated as if I were rebellious. It was years later, I figured out that his anger was because he didn’t know a good answer and I had embarrassed him in front of the whole class. He was a Dispensationalist, and therein lies the problem.

The Dispensationalists destroyed Daniel 9. They have incorrectly positioned their views of a future tribulation and antichrist in the Seventy Weeks prophecy. All is a muddled confusion when one does this. It is so pervasive throughout the Church, we need to address what it has done to our sure foundation. (Not to mention Jewish Evangelism.) Continue reading

Emmanuel

“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel” (which means, God with us). Matt. 1:23

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanu-el. Is. 7:14

In times past God would be with a person, tribe, or nation.

They said, “We see plainly that the LORD is with you; so we say, let there be an oath between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you, Gen. 26:28

Only, do not rebel against the LORD; and do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us; their protection is removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them.” Num. 14:9

The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Psa. 46:7 

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