Context Is Key

In order to know God we must spend time in his word. We read to gain wisdom but in all wisdom we are asked to gain understanding. Our hope is to look at some of the more challenging biblical topics and provide clarity as much as the Holy Spirit grants us knowledge.

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What was the language of the bible?

The first author of the bible was Moses as commanded by God (Exodus 34:27). He wrote in his native language, Hebrew, which is one of the Semitic languages. The Hebrew alphabet consists of 22 letters written right to left. Another language was used in the prophecies of Ezra, Daniel and Jeremiah known as Aramaic. This was the most commonly spoken language in Israel during the days of Jesus Christ. The New Testament was written in Greek. After this, the entire bible was translated into Latin and all the other world languages we know today. 

Is Jesus Christ God?

Yes. God Almighty took on the likeness of sinful flesh in the form of his son Jesus Christ the man. While in his human body, he laid down his life to pay the wages of a sinful mankind. He rose from the dead on the third day, after which he was carried up into heaven. 

Where did the Trinity come from?

The trinity doctrine was not followed in the Old Testament but came about through interpretations of New Testament verses. One example is 1 John 5:7. While it states three here, if we compare to John 1:1 we understand the word is God. Furthermore if we compare to John 4:24 we can see that God is a spirit and we know that he is indeed holy. Thus the three mentioned in 1 John 5:7 all refer to the one true living God. 

Is God black or white?

God is a spirit. There is no biblical evidence to support why the most well known image of Jesus Christ was created. This image was based on man’s idea of what he should look like. Throughout the bible, God granted men the privilege of witnessing his likeness. Not his truest essence but something similar. Revelation 1:14 is most often used to point to his true image of hair and skin tone. This was not the first time this type of description of was used. It was also seen in Daniel 7:9 and Isaiah 1:18. We get the understanding from Isaiah. He uses color in reference to the item not the texture as wool is commonly white. Wool was used in relation to a lamb as Jesus Christ is the lamb of God. We simply don't know what God looks like and  our idols of worship should not have been created (Exodus 20:4).

Jesus? Yeshu'a? Immanuel? Which name do I use?

Our Lord has many names because he is many things but there is one name above all names and that name is Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:9-11). Matthew 1:21-23 fulfills the words of prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 7:14. Immanuel means “God is with us”. Jesus or Yeshu’a in Hebrew, means “Jehovah is salvation”. When God is with us, there is salvation. Hebrew is the original language of the bible. If you desire to know God as best as you can, then knowing the Hebrew meaning of words will aid to open up your understanding. The Holy Spirit or Ruach Ha-qodesh teaches us all things so whatever your speaking language, pray to the Lord that he opens up your understanding.

What does Galatians 4:26 mean?

Some have used this verse among others to suggest the existence a “mother God”. If we look at this verse in context, we see that Paul was using an example of the bondwoman and freewoman. He even injects himself as a surrogate type of mother in Galatians 4:19 in case there is any doubt. Abraham was labelled the “father of many nations”. Hence his wife or whomsoever he had a child with would be a “mother of many nations”. Jerusalem means “teaching of peace” in Hebrew. The teaching of peace from above came to us via an earthly “mother” giving birth. She herself was also “free” via her faith in God. A freewoman can only bring forth a gospel of freedom which is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What is the Parable of the fig tree?

When Adam and Eve transgressed against God, their error made them aware that in a place created good it was still possible to do wrong. After realizing they disappointed God they sought to cover themselves with fig leaves. They had not yet known how to make up for their mistake so they sought their own means of recapturing the nature they had lost. God then came and offered a sacrifice that would re-cover them. This was a foreshadowing of their spiritual re-covering to come in Jesus Christ. A fig tree takes some time to grow and does so in seasons. When planted, it’s roots grow in the winter, leaves begin to appear in spring and by the third season it’s branches thicken as it becomes ready for fruit bearing. The children of God are the branches of that fig tree (John 15: 5-8). You can’t bear good fruit unless you’re covered by Jesus Christ. When we begin to re-cover ourselves in his holiness, his time will draw near.

Did Enoch and Elijah escape death?

It is widely accepted that both men were caught up and escaped death. If we search the scriptures, we find that this is only half true. Romans 5:14 states that “death reigned from Adam to Moses” so this already eliminates Enoch. Hebrews 11 describes all those that died in faith, among which Enoch is listed as well. As for Elijah, he appears with Moses in Matthew 17:3. Jesus lets us know in principle that the spirit of a man cannot come to us to us unless physical death occurs first in John 16:7. Isaiah 57:1 tells us that the righteous die and are spared from wicked to come on the land by being taken away or in Hebrew "acaph". Mark 13:20 relays the same idea. The word acaph is also used in Genesis 25:8 when Abraham gave up the ghost. No man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven (John 3:13).

Will there be a rapture?

God works in times and seasons. Applying this, we should be able to reference a rapture type event in the old testament. Most point to Elijah’s translation. What should be noted here is that the sons of the prophets knew the day of Elijah's departure (2 Kings 2:3). In contrast, Jesus Christ tells us that no man knows the day or the hour of his coming. If this is a similar event, there would be no contradiction. The coming of the son of man is also described like a thief in the night. Who is described as a thief? The devil (John 10:10). Have we seen God act like a thief in the night before? Yes, in 2 Kings 19:35. During this time, a quite boastful King and those serving him arrogantly opposed God. They thought they had things under control until sudden destruction came upon them (1 Thessalonians 5:3). The day of the coming of the Lord will be a joyous day for those who follow The Way but a dreadful one for those that have rejected his word.

The whiteness of the bible

The word used for white in the bible is “laban”. The meaning is actually “to make white” rather than simply “white” as interpreted in English. If we look at Genesis 11:3 the word white is used in reference to burning bricks and doing so thoroughly. When you burn bricks in an around 1300 degrees C they turn to a shade of grey in the colour spectrum of white. The same word is used in Psalm 51:7 as well. Is there any colour whiter than white? No. Daniel 12:10 is where we get the understanding of the term “white” in the bible. To make white refers to the purification of man. With purification comes brightness due to our bodies taking on a new glorified form. The glorified presence of The Most High has always been described with his brightness (Psalm 18:12).

Where did the New Age religion come from?

In Genesis 32, Jacob found himself in great fear of his brother Esau. Some might say he was wrestling with his fears. Genesis 32:30 is where we see the “genesis” of the movement. Jacob said he saw God and called the name of the place Peniel. The Hebrew word for place is “maqowm” and actually means standing place. Moses also “saw” God on holy ground for reference (Exodus 3:4-5). No man has physically seen God at any time (John 1:18). They have seen the likeness of him in the form of glorified bodies but not God himself. God is a spirit. Christ consciousness claims that finding God lies within us and in attaining this man can make himself like God or perfect. The Peniel gland lies within the body and Jacob had “seen” God so you can see where this false belief stemmed from.

Where did Buddhism come from?

Genesis 3:3 refers to the tree in the midst as having the knowledge of good and evil. Another word for midst is middle. The middle path is the concept that Gautama Buddha discovered which he claimed leads to man's liberation. It suggests being neither good nor bad but neutrality leads to enlightenment. The middle is where God is and where he alone belongs. Jesus Christ is the mediator or "middle man" between man and Holy Spirit. Buddhism is an attempt of man to become "as gods" and attain righteousness through self. Our destiny as man, lies to the right or to the left of God Almighty. The sheep of Christ are on the right hand path while the wicked are on the left (Matthew 25:33). Neutrality is a dangerous place to be. God told us we would surely die and Christ died in the midst (John 19:18) to pay for our transgressions.

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