Behold I Come
It cannot be denied that the abundance of information handed down from the minds of the great scholars of the past have opened before us vast treasures of knowledge. This enormous bulk of data, once available only to members of higher degrees of learning, is presented in forms easily comprehended by those of the most humble birth, those who were unable to attend schools of religious training. Because of these great labors of love, we are now far distant removed from the religious bondage of the dark ages, or are we?
Some Christians are satisfied to blindly cling to the convictions of their forefathers or to their church dogma. Can our loyalty and dedication to our religious environment and customs hold us captive as strongly as the cords that bound our progenitors during the medieval darkness? We know that it can, and it often does.
We are facing a time when humanism has spread its delusions, saying, that truth is arbitrary and not an essential ingredient to happiness and survival, and that one has the right to believe what he or she chooses to believe in spite of opposing evidence. This theory is running rampant through the, so-called, sons of God movement. But is what we believe important to us and those we influence? Of a surety, it is.
We are living in a time when the Church is sliced into numerous denominations. This division weakens the force of its power on earth; it will remain weak as long as the division exists. Only truth can liberate and unify it! What we believe about ourselves, our destiny, our environment, and our Creator creates and controls our character and attitude. It dominates our judgment and reaction to others. What we believe creates the environment where we live and it cultivates the soil from which our seeds are nourished. What we believe takes preeminence over all other things.
Yasha’s message was about believing the power of the revealed Word. But says some, “Unity looks too far away; we will never see eye to eye.” If this is your opinion, read these scriptures in Ephesians 4:11-16. “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the has of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of Yahweh, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: from whom the whole Body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplied, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the has unto the edifying of itself in love.”
There is no doubt in my mind that Paul came into the unity of the faith some two thousand years ago. He did nothing to hinder me from coming in now. We will not hinder those who still must come in later, but we will all come in the unity of the faith. Too many Christians think we all must be on the face of the earth at the same time if we are to be numbered with those in unity with Christ; that is not so.
“Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself: that in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will,” Ephesians 1:9-11.
“For by him (the Word) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the Body, the Church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all (things) unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven,” Colossians 1:16-20 (The word, “things” in the above scripture, was added by the translators).
“Then said Yasha to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” John 8:31-32.
Truth has the power to liberate us from death. It is the only weapon to tear down the walls of discrimination, but rejected Truth has no strength.
The theory that the world is soon to end is a side effect of the misunderstanding of the prophecies of Christ and is, at this time, the most popular teaching among Christians. The root of this theory runs deep through many of the most predominate and influential denominations and dictates every vein of their theology. Could it be founded upon a mistranslation of the Holy Writ? Gifted and knowledgeable Christians of the past clearly refuted the doctrine by presenting a solid foundation that cannot be refuted by Scripture.
If the scriptures we have used in the past to promote the soon-coming second advent of Christ speak of another time and another situation, where are we today? What do the scriptures say of the future of our globe? What is our expectancy of future events?
To allow thoughts to lodge in our minds that rule out the possibility of a soon-coming Savior who will rescue us from a dying planet is frightening, to say the least. It is like suddenly finding ourselves “lost in space” with the Robinson’s family. The question that looms before us is: if we are not to be rescued, then what of our destiny?
Can we allow the idea to enter our heads that we, the creation, alone are the reapers of what we have sown? Were we truly given dominion (Gen. 1:26)? Do we still have dominion? Is this mess that’s lying on our doorstep to be swept away by our own hands or will it be left to fester and expand while it is being revitalized daily by more ignorance? The answer to this age-old mystery must be found in rightly dividing the word of truth.
When the Savior spoke of the destruction of Jerusalem in Matthew chapters 23, 24, and 25, Mark chapter 13, Luke 19:41-44, and in many other scriptures, to whom was he speaking? Was he addressing the people on earth today, a people that is yet to be born, or was he addressing his contemporaries?
This question is answered by one of two opposing theories that are of the greatest importance to the sincere believer. These theories are equally popular with the most learned and brilliant Bible scholars and former church leaders of great renown. The debates between the opposing factions have supplied us with sufficient material to research the division and make stable judgment if we are truly concerned.
The fact that thousands of outstanding Bible scholars have debated this subject throughout Church history should inspire us to ask questions and open our Bibles and our minds to find answers.
This is a new day, and the vast accumulation of Bible helps presents us with an opportune time to confront the mystery. Is it the appearing of the Lord on a cloud, or is it to be the manifestation of the sons of Yahweh and the king-priest ministry that will dominate the future? If we can dig down through all of our preconceived ideas and confront the Biblical facts, we can find a solid foundation on which to build.
Someone might suggest that I leave this issue to be explained by the scholars and educators. I was tempted, but then the Father revealed his purpose to me. The brilliant scholar speaks the language of a scholar. I am a layperson and speak the layman’s language in its simplicity, but, I have searched the scriptures and have observed the work of a multitude of scholars throughout many years. What is more important, I have sought the Spirit concerning this subject, and on many occasions I have heard his voice leading me on into this query.
Now, let us deal with those numerous quotes from the Messiah himself that has aroused so very much contention.
“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is nigh: So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled,” Matthew 24:32-34.
How could any statement be clearer of its meaning? Yet this and the many other clear statements concerning the second coming of Yasha to establish his Kingdom “in that generation” has been the generator of many heated debates. Some folks that oppose the simplicity of this statement attack the word generation and apply various meanings to the Greek word genea, mainly that it can and should be in this text translated race or nation. We cannot dispute that the word genea, has in time past, been translated race and nation. But it is unreasonable to translate it race or nation in this particular setting. This would have the Messiah saying, “This race or nationality shall not pass away until all these things are fulfilled.” That would be such a ridiculous answer if you take into consideration that these people never expected their nationality to vanish off the face of the earth. In fact, they expected to populate the whole earth. But before we consider such a preposterous interpretation, let us examine the facts more closely.
First, we will look at other scriptures that deal with this subject. Matthew 16:24-28: “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels (messengers); and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.” Many who oppose me refute the notion that our Savior was speaking of his contemporaries that were present that day by suggesting that our Savior did not specifically state it was the individuals of his day that would be standing there, but would be those of another age standing in the exact same spot when he appeared. This again supplies an answer that would be meaningless.
Mark also has something to say on this subject: “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. And he said unto them, verily I say unto you, That there be some ‘of them that stand here,’ which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of Yahweh come with power,” Mark 8:38-9:1.
Mark pinpoints the people that he referred to in the statement, “… there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death.” This quote eliminates any doubt that Christ addressed any other than those of his race in his day, when he spoke of the nearness of his return.
We have established our point, but for the words of another witness let’s read Luke 9:26-27: “But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of Yahweh.”
The word “this” always accompanies the word “generation” when Yasha speaks of his return being before the passing of a generation as is in the following passages.
Matthew 24:34: “Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”Mark 13:30: “Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.”Luke 21:31-32: “So likewise you, when you see these things come to pass, know you that the kingdom of Yahweh is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.”
To say that when Yasha said “this generation” he was speaking of a generation that would be living more than 2000 years in the future, is preposterous. This is to accuse the Messiah of a deliberate deception. But what is more, such an interpretation is a corruption of the English language.
Visualize, if you will, Christ suddenly appearing to rapture the Church, and then fit the statement “this generation will not pass away” into the scene. Why would he need to say that some of the people living on earth at the time of the rapture would not die before he returned being as he would have already returned by that time? That is saying, “There will be some people living on earth at the time of Christ’s second coming that will not die before Christ’s second coming.” This is a senseless statement.
There is yet another opposition standing to refute the immediate return of our Messiah in that day; namely, that his promise to return was “spiritually” fulfilled on the day of Pentecost and shall be “naturally” fulfilled at a later date. There is no scriptural support for this assumption. If it is the truth, why did he not tell them something that indicated his second coming would be within a few weeks and the third would be a millennium after they were dead. Jerusalem was not destroyed before Pentecost. Yasha explanation stated that first the city was to be destroyed and then the coming of his Kingdom.
To address Yasha’s discourse squarely, one must first consider what was to accompany his coming, and what evidence would there be that he had come to fulfill his prophecy? But first let us consider his audience to which he uttered these dark sayings. The book of Matthew is literally brimming with rebukes and warnings to that generation. On more than one occasion he addresses them as a generation of vipers. He bluntly stated that they were murders, children of the devil, an evil, adulterous, wicked, and a perverse generation. He spoke to them in parables and pleaded with them in tears to no avail.
The book of Matthew gives greater details of Yasha’s final warning (quoted from the literal translation—the Greek Interlinear:
“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the graves of the prophets, and decorate the monuments of the righteous, and say, if we had been in the days of the fathers of us, we would not have been sharers of them in the blood of the prophets. So you witness to yourselves that you are the sons of those murdering the prophets and you fill up the measure of the fathers of you. Serpents! Offspring of vipers! How do you escape the judgment of Geenna? Therefore, behold, I send to you prophets and wise ones and scribes; and of them you will kill and crucify; and of them you will scourge in the synagogues of you, and persecute from city to city, so comes upon you all the righteous blood being poured out on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel, to the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Truly I say to you will come all these things on this generation. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one killing the prophets, and stoning the ones sent to her, how often I desired to gather together the children of you, in the way gathers together a bird the young of her under the wings of her, and not you desired. Behold is left to you the house of you desolate,” Matthew 23:29-38.
In the above discourse, Matthew identifies the subjects as scribes and Pharisees. Their thought patterns and actions are pinned down; they were hypocrites. They were not harmless hypocrites; they killed to protect their flimsy covering. Yasha’s desire was to reach them; he had their conversion and deliverance at heart. Jerusalem was about to be destroyed. The Mosaic order was winding down, and Yasha was warning them of the end of that age. He knew the prophecies concerning the end of that dispensation marked the beginning of his Kingdom. It was to be a holocaust, and he came to save as many from the disaster as possible.
Listen now as Yasha sends the twelve disciples forth:
Matthew 10:5-6: “These twelve Yasha sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter you not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Matthew 10:23: “But when they persecute you in this city, flee you into another: for verily I say unto you, you shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.”
Matthew 15:22-28: “And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she cries after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Then Yasha answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as you will. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.”
There was an action taking shape, a plan being carried through. The twelve were not sent to the Gentiles, but Saul (Paul) was.
“Yasha said unto them, Did you never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of Yahweh shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof,” Matthew 21:42-43.
It is obvious that Yasha had announced the end of something; this scripture certainly indicates he did not believe it to be the end of all action. Please allow me to point out that the above statement announced a change in the priesthood and in governmental control. Judaism was then and is now a religiously controlled government.
Some people think Yasha said that the nation of Israel lost their salvation, but he said that the natural mind cannot comprehend the things of the Spirit. We know that Israel is not exempt from salvation through the new covenant, for in Ephesians Paul, speaking of the Gentile (heathen) nation, explains: “For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these (Israelites), which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this ‘mystery,’ lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer (Yasha Christ), and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins,” Romans 11:24-27.
In John 1:29, John said, “…Behold the Lamb of Yahweh, which takes away the sin of the world.”
In another place, Paul expands the subject concerning the salvation of Israel and includes both the Jews and Gentiles, saying, “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of Yahweh: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Yasha unto good works, which Yahweh has before ordained that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember, that you being in time past ‘Gentiles’ in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time you were without Christ, being ‘aliens’ from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without Yahweh in the world: But now in Christ Yasha you who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who has made ‘both one,’ and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile ‘both’ (Jews and Gentiles) unto Yahweh in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off (Gentiles), and to them that were nigh (Jews). For through him we ‘both’ have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of Yahweh; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Yasha Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom you also are built together for an habitation of Yahweh through the Spirit,” Ephesians 2:8-22. Please notice that there is one Corner Stone, one Building, and one Body.
Though most of the warnings in Matthew chapters 23, 24, and 25 were the Messiah’s rebuke to the scribes and Pharisees, his discourse on the Mount of Olives was spoken to his disciples privately: “And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the world?” Matthew 24:3.
The disciples knew more about what Yasha was talking about than most of us do today. This was not a new subject; they did not ask him about the end of the earth, or world, as it appears here. He had taught them that the righteous would inherit the earth: “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth,” Matthew 5:5.
The word translated “world” in Matthew 24:3 comes from the Greek “aion” and speaks of age, or dispensation. They asked, “When is the end of this administration?”
When Yasha told them the temple would be torn down, it inspired their questions. There was no doubt that they heard what he had told the scribes and Pharisees and the remark he made about their house being left desolate. We must understand what effect this had on the ones listening. He was addressing the ruling government of that city and country. When he said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that killed the prophets, and stoned them which are sent unto you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate,” Matthew 23:37-38.
Yasha announced the overthrow of the Mosaic priesthood and his immediate return to replace it. The disciples knew the meaning of his speech. He carefully told them what to expect in their lifetime. The language he used definitely included their involvement. He then answered their question concerning the end of that administration (v. 34), saying, “This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”
Yasha’s concern was to see that the nation of Israel was properly warned and given a chance to repent before the end of that administration went into effect and Jerusalem was destroyed. The statements he made in Matthew 24 certainly do not describe a rapture scene: “When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso reads, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray you that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day,” Matthew 24:15-20.
The rapture, as it is commonly taught, would not be hindered by the Sabbath, because very few people keep the Sabbath now and most women of our generation do not allow their babies to breast-feed. Neither would there be a necessity to flee into the hills of Judaean or any other hill if the world was ending. Our housetops are not flat, nor are they used for guard duty.
According to Flavius Josephus, a Jewish historian of that day, Jerusalem was destroyed in AD 69, 70, and 71. He described the destruction and told of the incomprehensible suffering that the starving Israelites were subjected to before they were destroyed and their carcasses were thrown into Geenna, just as Yasha had predicted. See The Works of Flavius Josephus, volume one, chapter nineteen, page 200 in the Wars of the Jews.
Luke 21:20-24 gives a clue to Yasha’s coming that Matthew failed to give, which was to destroy the hypocritical system and establish Yahweh’s kingdom (this did not to end the world): “And when you shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter there into. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” He continued in verse 27, saying, “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”
Flavius Josephus tells us that Titus waited to attack until the Israelites had gathered into the city of Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. When Titus withdrew his Army for a short period of time (for some unknown reason), many of the Israelites remembered the warning given by the Messiah and escaped, but the rest perished.
To do justice to this subject, there are many other scriptures that must be dealt with, such as Revelation 10:6-7, “And swear by him that lives for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he has declared to his servants the prophets.” In the mouth of the doom’s day prophet, this scripture can send cold chills streaking up and down your spine and make your hair stand on end.
What? No more time? Common sense should tell us that if our universe exploded this second it would not stop time, not even for us.
But the angel said, “There should be time no longer.” Is this statement in harmony with the other scriptures? Certainly it is, if we are thinking on terms of finishing the mystery of Yahweh. There would be no more waiting for the mystery to be completed. What was the mystery that was to be revealed?
Paul said,“Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you (Gentiles), and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his Body’s sake, which is the Church: Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of Yasha which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of Yasha; Even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom Yahweh would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Yasha: Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily,” Colossians 1:24-29.
Remember, the time Yasha spoke of was not to be in the immediate future; the tone of his suggestion leaves us visualizing only some of the people yet living when the prophecy was fulfilled, but neither was it to be such a long time that all would be dead.
The administration of the law ended when the temple was destroyed; the Ark of the Covenant disappeared and the brazen altar was polluted by the sacrifice of a pig. The manna, rod, and commandment plates vanished. They could not make sacrifices or do their ritual. The law dispensation was over. The sons of Yahweh were manifest. The dispensation of the previous age was under the administration of messengers, in the hands of a mediator—the Mosaic priesthood. We have no need for a mediator now that we are joined to the indwelling Christ. The Mosaic priesthood is not standing between man and Yahweh anymore. Their time ended; there would be time no longer.
If you are reluctant to agree with this reasoning, read down a few verses to see what more the angel had to say.
“And he (the angel) said unto me (John), You must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings,” Revelation 10:11.
Did the Apostle John, the old Israelite disciple and prophet, prophesy before nations, tongues, and kings? Had not Yasha told him, “Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter you not”?
This is not a contradiction; time had run out for Israel. It was time for spiritual Babylon to fall and the new covenant to be put into effect. Though this is wonderful news to the nations, it was not good news to the Israelites if they remained carnally minded.
There is something else I would like to point out, especially to you that are in your golden years. Tradition tells us that Saint John was on the Isle of Patmos as a prisoner, but the Bible tells us that he was there to hear the words of Yahweh and was in the Spirit, not chains. Tradition tells us he was old and beat and died there. The Bible tells us that he would be prophesying before nations, tongues and kings. I believe the Bible.
If you are reading this, you are searching for truth. I beseech you in the name of our Savior, do not look at your age, your situation, or your limitations—look to the power and strength of the mighty Christ within. In Christ, age is not a negative factor.