Since I became convinced that the Bible is supportive of regenerative birth (spirit transmigration), I have wondered why so many people who accept this concept turn from the Bible to the pre-Christian philosophers and their carnal understanding of the subject for further revelation. Many people have gone so far as to consult the occult in their search for deeper enlightenment. Christians should never do this (see Matt. 19:28 and Titus 3:5).
When I heard the expression “Christian reincarnation,” I immediately tuned my ears expecting to hear a clear-cut Bible-based revelation founded on Christ’s teaching (is not this the meaning of the word Christian?). But after looking into it, I wondered how the word “Christian” ever got attached to it. To my dismay, I was introduced to the confused remarks of some pre-Christian philosophers who attempted to influence their listeners by using mystic and illusive expressions that were supposed to explain what happened trillions of eons (ages) before Adam came into existence.
When we go beyond the Bible with our theories, we certainly should leave the word “Christian” out of our title, for we are obviously basing our theory on the unscriptural and unproven opinion of the carnal mind.
In First Corinthians 2:4-5, Paul said, “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: So that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of Yahweh.” He warns us to depend not on empty words of man’s theory but on the manifestation of the power of the Living Word.
Certainly all this absurd pre-historic speculation cannot ignite a spark of Spirit-energy that activates heaven-born righteousness in the heart of the listener; this contradicts the teaching of the one who does have that power.
Sin, the side effect of spiritual ignorance, is inherited in Adam’s race; denial of this fact cannot short-circuit sin’s power nor generate the energy that is needed to help its victims escape its death-producing effect. The Spirit of Truth is the only antidote for sin.
No theory has the power to produce righteousness in mankind unless it is charged with the energy of the Living Word of reality. When it is, it produces the fruit of peace, love, and spiritual righteousness. A word, or revelation, capable of producing a true Christ-like conversion of the spirit, must be based on the principle of righteousness. This is the one element that separates the teaching of Christ from man’s theories.
At the age of twenty-seven, I was totally empty, miserable, and spiritually alone; I accepted Christ’s provision for the redemption of my soul and received an instant transformation in my spirit. I knew almost nothing about the message of deliverance that Christ taught, certainly not enough to initiate a conscious change of my thought pattern; therefore, I must conclude that it was the Holy Spirit that brought the change.
I was converted on my first visit to church; hence, it cannot be said that my conversion came about gradually through the brainwashing of the clergy. That particular congregation did not believe in or practice conversion.
One can read every word that the world-renowned philosophers, such as Confucius, Socrates, and Plato, have written, and pray unto them from sunrise until the dawning of a new millennium without receiving an instant rejuvenation and a heartfelt conversion of their spirit.
Perhaps some people have received a gradual conversion; I do not dispute this possibility. But my instant conversion is a reality that stands as a living witness to me that Yahweh is alive and powerful. The moment I received Christ, a dramatic change took place in my mind, spirit, and body. I have witnessed this same instant change in the lives of many others. I am not suggesting I received instant maturity; this did not happen, but there was a dramatic change in my appetite and attitude. For months I had experienced weakness and feverish chills in my body due to a lung disease, while my spirit remained slumped in despair and fear for my children’s welfare after my death. Suddenly I became jubilant; I was bursting with energy, both in my spirit and in my body. The chills, fever, and weakness vanished, never to return.Our faith must stand in the demonstration of Yahweh’s power. At the time of my conversion, I was powerless to affect the needed transformation. Those who knew me will bear witness that his power was immediately demonstrative in my life. My potential to produce the changes that took place in my life, was non-existent. For this reason alone, I embrace the teaching of Christ and reject all opposing philosophers before him.
I will not attempt to create a half-breed philosophy by trying to weave the godless illusions of the unconverted mind with Bible truth. We should either denounce the Bible completely or accept it as the history of mankind. Where the scriptures are silent, we should remain silent and where they reveal let us speak.
The pre-adamic hypothesis adopted from the platonic theory strikes at the very heart of redemption and distorts Yahweh’s purpose in creation. This unreasonable theory, handed down to us by primitive thinkers, also refutes the creation story as recorded in the book of Genesis. It captures the mind of its readers by going back into pre-creation time and uttering mysterious and illusionary sayings that sound lofty and intriguing to the carnal ear. Through natural reasoning, people can be deceived. I will admit that in the use of their incomprehensible speeches and lofty utterances, they appear to have the ring of great and lofty wisdom. But this so-called deep wisdom is impossible to be understood, even by the author. After exerting great effort to comprehend the concept, we find no foundation on which to build our hope for the future. There is neither rhyme nor reason in the platonic or pre-adamic hypotheses and certainly no demonstration of Life-producing energy. Each soul is left to struggle along, fighting a never-ending battle against the sin of the flesh.
The moment we predate scriptures to present a religious philosophy, we are on our own and stand as the god, or creator, of our theory, and the strength of our spirit is the strength of our theory. Where there are no higher powers to support it, we must stand responsible to the people we victimize.
The question then, is, What about Christian reincarnation? Can we truly create a link between these two thought patterns and show them to be compatible without doing violence to the Spirit of Truth? If we are speaking of reincarnation, as is taught outside of Christianity (that is, the principle doctrine of the Bible), we cannot. But we can if we are bold enough to defy tradition and seek the Holy Spirit for the answers to certain questions arising from those statements that lie undisturbed in the Book of Life. These passages are neglected and are forbidden subjects because they clash with religious opinions, even though they are in the Bible. If we dare try, we can, of a truth, reconcile spirit transmigration, or regenerative birth, with all Bible-founded revelation and doctrine, including conviction, confession, repentance, conversion, Spirit baptism, and even the born- from-above experience. In fact, we can accept all the vital Church ordinances and dogmas without controversy or without conflicting with truth.
Though a staggering percentage of the population has had vivid memories of a past life, few Christians are bold enough to confess it. The moment we do, we are accused of sinning against Yahweh and instantly excommunicated from church fellowship. I had memories of a past life for years before I communicated with others about them. But if we have past-life memories, is it not just as sinful to have them, as it is to confess you have them? I did not ask for my past life memories; they came uninvited and without warning.
The reason so many Christians are excommunicated for believing in soul transmigration is that most people erroneously believe that to accept the teaching of regenerative birth, is to deny the divinity of Christ and his teaching. They are also persuaded that you must be involved in the practice of witchcraft, occultism, hypnotism, communication with the dead, and/or the system of Hinduism with its carnality. There is absolutely no truth in this assumption.
Christians are prone to look upon witchcraft with an unequaled disdain, and they should. But why do so many churches accept adultery and perversion with so little resistance, even though the scripture condemns them equally with witchcraft. They are all branded as works of the flesh.
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Yahweh,” Galatians 5:19-21.
Many modern churches stand so firmly against witchcraft that they choke the Spirit out of the Body, yet many of these same people allow their children to be entertained by witchcraft orientated entertainment on television and are amused when very young children display a strong rebellious trend toward authority. In First Samuel 15:23, we are told rebellion is as (equal with) the sin of witchcraft.
Witchcraft presents a dangerous threat to the mind and body. But why should I reject regenerative birth on the grounds that many people who believe in it also believe in witchcraft? I do not reject the five-fold ministry because many ministers in the church practice adultery, fornication, idolatry, licentiousness, emulation, and other works of the flesh. I have the same option to accept regenerative birth and reject occultism and witchcraft as I have to accept any Bible based truth and reject other fleshly traits.
Some people will say that the Messiah did not teach regenerative birth, but can they honestly prove that statement? Many of the people that our Savior and his apostles ministered to believed in regenerative birth, yet he did not refute the doctrine, neither did his disciples. In fact, on more than one occasion the Messiah made statements that very strongly supported the belief with no attempt to modify his remarks. If the doctrine of spirit transmigration is so offensive to truth and if it did not support his message, it seems he needed to clarify his statement to avoid being misunderstood.
Before I quote the scripture I have referred to, I would like to call to memory an Old Testament prophecy from Malachi 4:5-6, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of Yahweh: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”
I will send you Elijah the prophet! No statement could be made clearer. Elijah the prophet was to reappear on earth before the great and dreadful day of Yahweh. The fulfillment of this declaration could be satisfied with nothing short of the return of Elijah the prophet. It gives no place for a substitute or for a company of people who call themselves the Elijah Company. The return of Elijah in person is demanded to fulfill this declaration. The people of that time period believed this prophecy and fully expected Elijah’s return to earth in spite of its connection with regenerative birth. In fact, according to Peter, many believed that Christ was this prophet reincarnated.
Yasha declared himself to be the fulfillment of the following prophecy: “So he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And he was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written (Isaiah 61:1,2), ‘The Spirit of Elohim is upon me; because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of Yahweh and the day of vengeance of our Elohim; to comfort all that mourn,’ ” Luke 4:16-22 (NKJ).
We go now to the scripture referred to above, “Yasha answered and said to them, Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer (be killed) at their hands. Then the disciples understood that he spoke to them of John the Baptist,” Matthew 17:11-13 (NKJ).
Let us go back a few chapters, to Matthew 11:12-15 (NKJ). Here our Savior stated, “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, ‘he is Elijah who is to come.’ He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Can anyone deny that the Messiah was asking his disciples to accept the regenerative birth of at least one person when he made this statement?
Was Yasha unaware that many of his followers believed in regenerative birth when he made the statement found in Matthew 16:13-16? “When Yasha came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, ‘Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?’ So they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.’ (Did these people believe in reincarnation?) He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God,’” (NKJ).
Please consider the implication of regenerative birth found in the above text. How often do we hear anyone in the church asking, “Who do you think Billy Graham or Oral Roberts is?” Of course we don’t hear anyone asking such questions; we are not accustomed to thinking on these terms because regenerative birth has not been taught in our churches since it was removed by the Nicenes in A.D. 325.
These false identifications were evidently discussed among Peter’s contemporaries, and Peter had obviously given the matter some thought. By asking the question, Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am? Yasha indicated he knew the people were identifying him with someone from the past. He didn’t answer Peter by saying something like, “You’re kidding me! How did they come up with a demonic idea like that? I am sure you rebuked them for believing in reincarnation, didn’t you?” Instead he questions Peter to get his reaction, “But who do you say that I am?” Yasha and his disciples had ministered together for some time, and he obviously knew his disciples were aware of who his relatives were. If Peter was not aware of the true nature of the question, why did he not say something like, “Master, we know your mother and your siblings and that you are the son of Mary the wife of Joseph, the carpenter, but you claim to be Yahweh’s Son?”
Would I be considered presumptuous if I say that Yasha, who sought a verbal confession from his disciples, was capable of reading their thoughts and knew not only what the people were thinking but also what Peter thought? If we believe the Bible testimony of his abilities, we will believe that he did. And if he did know his followers believed in regenerative birth, why did he not correct them as he ministered to them? Could it be that the doctrine was not offensive to our Savior?
There is sufficient proof that regenerative birth was acceptable in the days of our Savior’s earthly ministry without resorting to common fantasies that are not Bible-supported.
Feeling that the above scripture violate other scriptures, many Christians refuse to believe that Yasha affirmed that Elijah and John the Baptist was one and the same person.
Malachi 4:5 leaves no doubt that Elijah was to return to the earth in a flesh body as the forerunner of the Messiah. We are not told that someone with the same ministry or with a like spirit as Elijah would come to restore all things, yet the Bible plainly states that the forerunner of Christ was to be Elijah. “And Yasha answered and said unto them, Elias (Elijah in Hebrew) truly shall first come, and restore all things,” Matthew 17:11. Christ affirms that John the Baptist fulfilled that scripture. The plain truth is, either John the Baptist was Elijah reincarnate or Yasha was not the Messiah. If John the Baptist was Elijah, then regenerative birth is recognized in the Bible.
Most of the Israelites received John the Baptist as a prophet. Evidently most of the rejection of the prophetic ministry of John was not based upon a disbelief of soul transmigration, but rather upon fear that the Old Testament prophecies were about to be fulfilled and the impending judgment found in those prophecies were soon to fall on that nation. If they had accepted John as the forerunner of the Messiah, they would have been forced to acknowledge that Christ was the Messiah. In that case, the next event would have been Yahweh’s rejection of the Mosaic covenant, because Kingdom principles would be established on earth. This particular controversy presented a more complex problem in the minds of the first century Jews than is suspected by most twenty-first century Gentiles. It is apparent that the implication of regenerative birth was not even a side issue in the day in which Christ lived upon the earth.
Because of the carnal understanding of the Kingdom of Yahweh on earth, the scriptures concerning the coming of the Messiah are projected to have their fulfillment some time in the future—in spite of the fact that the Gospel writers quoted more than forty scriptures from the Old Testament saying they had been fulfilled in Christ.
Today the average Christian reads these statements without being disturbed, but that threat struck a bolt of fear into the hearts of the Judeans, for they knew the consequences of their fulfillment. This issue alone nailed Christ to the cross. The Jews placed the fulfillment of these scriptures in the future in spite of the evidence that they were fulfilled in the century in which our Savior lived on earth. This was to justify their rejection of Christ as the Messiah. But throughout the Church age, most Christians have done the same thing out of lack of knowledge. When prophecy is misappropriated, confusion reigns.
The false concept that was built on the misunderstanding of prophecy has confused multitudes. When we add to this the practice of turning symbols and parables into realities, we have created an illusion that leaves no place for the truth of Christ to surface.
Many scriptures can substantiate soul transmigration, but they must come after we have dealt with the one scripture that is so effectively used against this doctrine. It is found in Hebrews 9:27: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” This scripture clearly states that we only die once. But, when did this death take place? “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive,” 1 Corinthians 15:22. “For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead,” 2 Corinthians 5:14.
“For as by one man’s (Adam’s) disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one (Christ) shall many be made righteous,” Romans 5:19.
If we look closely at Hebrews 9:27 and connect it with its full context, we will get a better understanding of its meaning, “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of Yahweh for us: nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest enters into the holy place every year with blood of others; for then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world has he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. (v. 27) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation,” Hebrews 9:24-28.
Let us understand that the judgment for sin fell on Christ. Though death is the result of sin, Paul carefully points out that mankind’s appointment with death was not the result of an individual transgression; our appointment with death was made when Adam died. Since the death of the first man, every one of his progeny has been born dead. But because Christ Yasha offered to become our sin bearer, he took our place in judgment. This scripture has nothing to do with natural death. We are separated from truth by our carnal thinking, “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace,” Romans 8:6.
Our warfare with death is waged in our mind. Yasha said, 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.
Christ abolished death! “Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Yasha before the world began, but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Yasha Christ, who has abolished death, and has brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel,” 2 Timothy 1:9-10.
Look carefully at the word “immortality”, the restoration of eternal life. This is the final consummation of the work of Christ Yasha; he purchased our redemption before the world began, and through him all is made alive. But what about the souls that perished in their unbelief and carnal-mindedness? “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming,” 1 Corinthians 15:22-23.
We are all to be made alive, but each in our own order. This is a thought that is foreign to most Christians because they have not considered that their own redemption is not the results of merit. We are told that it is the result of a decision and commitment that was made before the ages. If provision was made for my full salvation before I was born, why should I think it strange that others were not left out? They, too, will come forth, but each in their own succession or series (see Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Greek #5001).
Some folks protest on the grounds that Yahweh will not save us against our will. I answer that no person has ever rejected Christ after his or her intellect became fully knowledgeable of the benefits Yahweh offers. Yasha said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free,” John 8:32.
I was bound in sin before I received evidence of my potential in Christ. As soon as sufficient evidence of the Kingdom benefits appeared and I became aware that I could choose either life or death, I jumped at the chance to better myself.
I am fully persuaded that a soul would never reject Christ and accept death, providing that person’s intellect had developed to the degree that they fully understood the consequence of their choice. What educated inmate would choose to stay in a dark dungeon after he had received a full pardon for his previous lack? Actually, after we have truly been enlightened sufficiently to open our blind eyes, the inherent nature of that action lifts us above the darkness.
Blind religion has complicated the issue of salvation until very few people actually understand its principle. When we are only practicing religion, it is nothing more than fantasies and illusions created in the carnal mind, an attempt to appease a mythical god that exists in the realm of darkness of the mind.
Yasha never presented himself as a religious leader; he held himself aloft from the religious systems of his day and declared himself to be the “Way, the Truth, and the Life.” And so he is. He did nothing more than to present the way of Life, but man conceived it to be a religious order of inconveniences. If “life after death” is properly perceived, it will fully embrace the teachings of Christ.
In defense of my conviction that when we speak of our death in Adam we are not speaking of the spirit leaving the body, but we are speaking of carnal-mindedness that prevents us from having union with our Creator—this death shall be swallowed up in victory. When this comes into focus, we will have become a perfect expression, or manifestation, of our Father. This leaves absolutely no need for further leaving the body.
The scriptures tell us that we have the option to be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Rom. 12:2). “But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him,” Colossians 3:8-10.
“That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that you put on the new man, which after Yahweh is created in righteousness and true holiness,” Ephesians 4:22-24.
“So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to Yahweh, which gives us the victory through our Lord Yasha Christ,” 1 Corinthians 15:54-57.
According to the following scriptures, all things were made by and for Christ Yasha. “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created,” Revelations 4:11.
“According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Yasha Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 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” was added) 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:
“That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom you also trusted, after that you heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that you believed, you were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. “Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Yasha, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Yasha Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world (age), but also in that (age) which is to come: and has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all,” Ephesians 1:4-23.
Thanks to the iron-fist rule of the dark ages by 1611, when our authorized version was completed, the acceptance of regenerative birth was far removed from the mind of the translators. And so it was that a word of correction here and there sufficiently removed any indication that the Jews in the time of Christ believed this theory without rebuke or contradiction from the clergy.
According to Second Timothy 3:13-17, a Bible-supported revelation is sufficient to bring us into maturity: “But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Yasha.
“All scripture given by inspiration of Yahweh is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of Yahweh may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
We need not manufacture theories about the numbers of revolutions a soul must make to reach maturity in an attempt to sound wise. No one knows for sure!
Psalms 139:1-16 appears to speak of more than one embryo, but is very difficult to translate. Here we will need to deal with several verses: “O Yahweh, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; you understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
“For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Yahweh, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it.
“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell (sheol, grave), behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.
“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall fall on me,’ even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You.
“For You formed my inward parts (reins, my mind, intelligence); you covered (wove) me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance (embryos), being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them,” (NKJ).
We leave this as is and go on to another Hebrew scripture, where Moses is praying to Yahweh, saying, “You turn man to destruction, and say, ‘Return, O children of men. For a thousand years in Your sight is like yesterday when it is past, and like a watch in the night. You carry them away like a flood; they are like a sleep. In the morning they are like grass which grows up: in the morning it flourishes and grows up; in the evening it is cut down and withers,’” Psalm 90:3-6 (NKJ).
Another Old Testament scripture, which has been sleeping for the past several centuries and requires a better translation than the King James Version before it can be fully understood, is First Samuel 2:6-8.
The problem that confronts us here comes from the Hebrew word “sheol,” translated grave in this text. “Yahweh kills, and makes alive: he brings down to sheol (grave, hell, pit), and brings up. Yahweh makes poor, and makes rich: he brings low, and lifts up. He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars (Galatians 2:9) of the earth are Yahweh’s and he has set the world upon them.”
Sheol is in the Old Testament sixty-five times; it is translated thirty-one times “grave,” three times “pit,” and thirty-one times “hell.” It is the only word that is translated “hell” in the Old Testament. In the Greek it is hades, and it appears in the New Testament ten times and is translated hell every time.
According to Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible “sheol” should be translated “unseen state.” It means neither a place of torment nor the grave. Jacob thought wild animals had consumed Joseph’s body, yet he said the boy was in sheol (grave, hell, pit, unseen state). He surely did not believe Joseph was in torment; if he did, I cannot imagine him expecting to go there (Genesis 37:35; 42:38; 44:29-31). The Hebrew number for a grave is #6913 and #7585 is the unseen state (sheol) in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible.
One can read his own thoughts into any scripture; the scripture above and the next one will not be an exception. It appears that the psalmist expected to reappear in a place where his greatness would be increased, but he would still need to be comforted.
“O Yahweh, you have taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.
“Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O Yahweh, forsake me not; until I have shown your strength unto this generation, and your power to every one (generation) that is to come.
“Your righteousness also, O Yahweh, is very high, who has done great things: O Yahweh, who is like unto you! You, which has shown me great and sore troubles, shall quicken (make live) me again, and shall bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
“You shall increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side. I will also praise you with the psaltery, even your truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel,” Psalms 71:17-22.
The word “again” (meaning to return) appears twice in this statement, and if we had been conditioned to believe in regenerative birth, we would certainly read it into this statement just as we would in Yasha’s words in this next text.
“So Yasha answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for my sake and the Gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundred-fold now in this time (occasion), houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions and in the age to come, eternal (age-lasting) life,” Mark 10:29-30 (NKJ).
If any of the disciples lived long enough to receive the abundance that our Savior promised them, we have no record of it. According to the historians, all of them, except John, were martyred early on. It is well agreed that when John wrote the book of Revelation he was on the Isle of Patmos. He was thought to be in exile from his country as a deserted and persecuted old man. The situation surely did not look very promising in regards to the promise given in Mark 10:29-30, or did it?
Let us look at another of those secret scriptures to add hope to John’s situation. “And I (John) took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. And he (the angel, messenger) said unto me, You must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings,” Revelation 10:10-11.
John received this prophecy shortly before an earthquake destroyed the Laodiceans church. We know the church was still standing at this time, because John addressed it in Revelation 3:14.
Shortly after the earthquake, Titus destroyed Jerusalem (AD 69-71). Considering the span of time from John’s early ministry until AD 65, it would indicate that John truly was reaching his golden years at the time he received this revelation.
Considering his age and the political conflict surrounding him at that time, then coupling that with the fact that John was considered illiterate (see Acts 4:13), it is hard to visualize John ministering before many people, nations, and kings after his Patmos experience. This would have demanded the use of many different dialects in the continuation of his life as John. We readily confess that with Yahweh all things are possible. We have no doubt that he received or is yet receiving the fullness of the promises given in these two prophecies after his Patmos vision.
If regenerative birth was not involved and John truly did minister before these foreign kings and nations in his extreme old age, we wonder why history neglects to inform us of these events. If I must choose between disbelieving prophesy or accepting regenerative birth, I have no problem with accepting the latter.
I have one more text taken from Psalm thirty that I would like you to ponder. “I will extol thee, O Yahweh; for you have lifted me up, and has not made my foes to rejoice over me. O Yahweh my God, I cried unto thee, and you have healed me. O Yahweh, you have brought up my soul from sheol (grave, pit, hell, unseen state): you have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit (hole or prison),” Psalm 30:1-3.
Revelation 22:7-9 confronts us with another of those secret scriptures that is a little difficult for those who promote the soul sleeping theory to explain. It says, “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book. Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel (messenger) who showed me these things. Then he said to me, See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship Yahweh,” (NKJ).
In examination of the subject of regenerative birth, there is a passage in Jeremiah 1: 4-5 that deserves notice: “Now came the word of Yahweh to me (Jeremiah), saying: before I formed you in the belly I knew you (to know by seeing, experimental knowledge), and before you came out of the womb I consecrated you a prophet to the nations.” We have a choice here; on the one hand we can believe that Jeremiah had lived a previous life and proven faithful, as did Elijah, that is, he had maturity and gained the capability of discharging this ministry. The other choice is that Yahweh preprogrammed Jeremiah with the ability to be ordained and consecrated him without any effort being made by Jeremiah toward righteousness.
The latter theory takes away the need of growth, initiative, or choice; it reduces Jeremiah to a parrot-being. It also does not take issue with the statement, “I knew you before.” This word “knew” designates experimental knowledge, having become acquainted with. We cannot say the Father looked ahead to see what Jeremiah would do in the future, without doing violence to the English language. “I knew you before” is a past tense statement. If he had said, “I know you,” we could say he was looking through the eyes of eternal vision, but “I knew ‘you’ before” states a pre-existence of Jeremiah. He was a “you,” that is, he was an entity before he was formed in his (then present) mother’s womb.
We must confess, this scripture either teaches preprogrammed parrot-beings or regenerative birth. I hesitate to say that Yahweh looked ahead and said, “I see into the future and I know this man will make a faithful prophet. Therefore, I will exempt him from growth and trial. I will put him over all the learned men of Israel.” To believe this would raise the question as to why Yahweh puts any of us who are to be saved at the end of this dispensation through trials and temptations. He can look ahead, judge what we would have done if we had gone through trials, hardships, and persecutions and give us the needed credits.
If Christ was required to learn obedience by the things he suffered, we can surely believe that suffering to learn is necessary in men of lesser stature: “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;” Hebrews 5:8-9.
If we say Jeremiah 1:4-5 is dealing with regenerative birth, it would not present these problems. For we could assume that in the past Jeremiah had lived through different life spans that gave him the experience needed for this ministry.
Hebrews eleven tells us that all the Old Testament patriarchs died in faith, yet they did not receive the promise. The promise was the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which had not been given unto the sons of men until the First Begotten came into the world with the exception of John the Baptist and Elisabeth. We must assume, though Jeremiah had progressed to the realm of being a faithful instrument in Yahweh’s hands, he still needed the Spirit-birth from above to become a birth-son—a member of the new creation.
I had never given regenerative birth a second thought until I began to recall memories that I could not connect with this life. Because of the church’s opposition to regenerative birth, I was greatly troubled in my spirit; nevertheless, the uninvited memories continued to increase. Being convinced that hypnosis is unnecessary, detrimental, and very dangerous; I did not and will never submit to hypnosis to assist me in gaining more information. The part of the brain that is invaded by the hypnotist should never be contaminated by the thoughts of foreign spirits. Only the High Priest (Christ, the Anointed) is allowed to enter the Holiest of Holy.
I have many memories of my past life, but contrary to public opinion, I do not pretend to have memories of great events nor was I a noble character. I do not remember a death, nor do I remember my former name. I did not ask for the memories, neither do I meditate or probe my mind to enhance them; this activity produces a very uncomfortable experience. I am content to allow Yahweh to reveal what he will and trust him with the rest. I accept my memories as part of my life’s experiences, but I am convinced they would not edify the body of Christ; therefore, I prefer to speak only those things that will.
Yasha never taught great sermons on the subject of regenerative birth; nor did he forbid the doctrine. This should be a pattern for us. We are not instructed to make it a doctrinal issue. I rejoice that the scriptures allow me to experience my reality without condemnation. If I had not remembered my past life, I would not have accepted the possibility of regenerative birth. But accepting it has given me the greatest peace I have ever experienced. Having been taught the doctrine of eternal torment, I was greatly relieved to know that some of my unconverted relatives, who died instantly, were not doomed to endless torment.
I rejoiced when this revelation helped me to understand how Yahweh blesses and uses Christians from all denominations.
One denomination sees Yahweh as a selfish villain who tried and failed in his endeavor to create a sinless universe, and they limit his recourse to endlessly torturing the victims of his failure. Another helps Yahweh out of his dilemma by burning the evidence of his boo-boo. Yet others see him as the omnipresent and omnipotent Creator who is working everything after the counsel his own will (Eph. 1:11).
Through the wisdom of his omniscience, Yahweh can and will carry his original plan through to perfection. All these people are accepted and loved by a Creator who understands their stage of development.
Through regenerative birth, it is easy to understand how it is possible for Yahweh to bless people on different levels of truth. Though some have not accepted him and others have not yet heard of him, he reacts according to his substance and loves according to his righteousness. He does not abandon us to our own folly but allows us to reap our own sowing until, in wisdom, we are ready to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).
The restitution of all people (Acts 3:21 and Malachi 4:) has been accomplished; we will witness the evidence through ages of social development and growth. At this stage of development, certain wonderful individuals are too spiritually immature to comprehend the reality of the Kingdom within; this indicates their need to experience the Spirit-birth from above. I am delighted to pass my cup of fellowship to their lips and find their pockets are often filled with priceless little gems that they are anxious to share.
I never meet a hopeless case, nor do I feel my love is wasted when I reach out to the to the depraved and ignorant. I do not see my Father as an angry and vengeful God; I see My Father as a loving and teaching God.
We learn obedience to the laws of Love by the things we suffer. When John saw Yasha, he said, “Behold the Lamb of Yahweh, which takes away the sin of the world,” John 1:29.
There should be no doubt in the Christian’s mind that the Savior bore the penalty of sin. If any individual is punished for his sin, it would indicate that Yasha’s offering was insufficient. Yahweh does not have to punish us; he allows us to sow seeds of our choice and bids us to reap our own harvest.
Through a God-given insight, I understand the need for the world calamities and why we need to preserve the right for the underdeveloped countries to govern themselves even though they are suffering the pains of growth. We must allow them to experience the fruit of the stage of their development. We should leave no stone unturned in our effort to enlighten them and relieve their miseries; for through our outreach, love, and support, they are able to see a better way of life and desire growth.
Through the advancing influence of the Platonic theory, our educational system is introducing, not Christian regenerative birth, but reincarnation to our children, which is the strongest opposing threat to Christianity. It pretends to accept Christ as a good man, but sees no need for salvation, nor does it accept Christ as the Savior of the world; this cannot be. Either Yasha Christ was the Savior of the world, begotten of Yahweh and born to a virgin, or he was the most deceitful fraud that the world has ever known.
There have been, among Yasha’s sincere followers, millions of martyrs throughout the ages. Think! If these people sacrificed their lives under a delusion of hopeless expectations and empty promises promoted by the illegitimate son of a Jewish peasant woman, how could anyone say he was a good man?
History bears witness to Yasha’s claim that he was truly the Son of Yahweh. There is no reason why any thinking individual should question his identity.
Through the invoking of my Savior’s grace and power, I have personally witnessed many conversions, such as deliverance from habits, destructive life-styles, and vices, as well as instant changes taking place in human lives. I did not mention the innumerable instances of healings, miracles, clear directions for employment, career, and etc. that I have witnessed.
If one desires to become a Christian, they should not adhere to any teaching that opposes the inspiration of the Old Testament scriptures, nor should they ignore the revelation in the New Testament. There is living power in the words of the Bible that promotes spiritual growth and maturity.
Bible-supported Christianity (there is no other kind) reveals the reality of angelic beings, both good and evil. It proclaims the necessity of the operation of the spiritual gifts. It gives us the freedom to make decisions and demands that we stand accountable for the choices we make.
True Christianity will condemn witchcraft, hypnosis, mind control, incantations, and the use of relics—these are all works of the flesh. His written word introduces us to his principle of Love. His teachings are not compatible with the Eastern concept of reincarnation.
The tentative assumption that sin will be used to correct sin is the enlightened Christian’s main objection to the Eastern concept of reincarnation. The concept of karma, if it were true, would set off a chain reaction of endless evil. They believe a vicious and mean husband finds his karma in his next life through suffering as an abused wife. The evil spouse must always be present to effect progress. Salvation cannot come as the consequence of evil retribution. Punishment may affect a will to restrain evil inclinations, but the inclination remains. Only truth and love are effective in the development that is essential in procuring genuine conversion.
Paul’s revelation on the inability of our first nature to grasp reality (1 Cor. 2:14) should convince us of the need to receive the birth-from-above experience, which is accompanied by a new nature that supplies the ability.
The infallibility of the Bible supports the record of creation as is given in Genesis. Christianity is the only religion that teaches the born-from-above experience, which transforms its converts from the limitations of natural birth and elevates them to the position of birth-children of Yahweh. In this, the Father bore witness to the identity of his only begotten Son.
Christianity supports the concept that its converts will eventually be advanced to a future king-priest ministry that will affect the whole earth. It supports the authority of Church government, and its commandments are binding on those who seek her treasures. It demands the right to administer and partake of the divinely instituted church ordinances. It requires holiness through the power of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of Love.
Christianity introduces the five ministerial gifts and their continual administration (the Melchizedek Priesthood of Christ) in the Church as is affirmed in Ephesians 4:11-5:20: “And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of Yahweh, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into him who is the head, Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
“This I say, therefore, and testify in Yahweh, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles (heathens) walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of Yahweh, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard him and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Yasha: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to Yahweh, in true righteousness and holiness.
“Therefore, putting away lying, ‘Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,’ for we are members of one another. Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of Yahweh, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as Yahweh in Christ forgave you.
“Therefore be imitators of Yahweh as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to Yahweh for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and Yahweh.
“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath (reaching forth in excitement of mind) of Yahweh comes upon the sons of disobedience.
“Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.
“Therefore He says: ‘Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light (truth).’ See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to Yahweh the Father in the name of our Lord Yasha Christ,” (NKJ).
Many will reject this message because most modern religious leaders do not approve it. We can be sure that the people in high places have always supported the great spiritual moves of the past, or did they? They did not. In fact, I have not found one significant spiritual move that began with the approval of the popular religious leaders of their day.
There has never been a time in history that deceiving forces have not risen up against truth; this activity was reinforced after the death of the Church fathers and intensified beyond description until the reformation weakened its power in the fifteenth and sixteenth century. This ruthless and evil force blinded the eyes of the masses and held them in such fear of the truth that the restoration of Spiritual revelation appeared as an enemy.
The freedom of thought and reason that was gained through the migration of the truth seekers into the new world was absolutely profound, and the truth has accelerated its pace toward full restoration. However, the dogs are still barking; they affirm that the truth of this revelation hangs on the assumption that the scriptures that support it were completely removed from the Bible—nothing could be farther from the truth. We do not need to struggle or dispute over the actions of the Nicene Council or any other council. Enough scriptural proof is in the Holy Bible today to reaffirm this and all other truth. If it is not found in the Bible today, we should not teach it even when it is propagated by Hollywood and several noted historians.
Other attacks are made on this revelation by those who affirm that we must accept Hinduism and their false concepts of karma and soul migration into the animal and insect kingdoms if we believe in the Bible-revealed truth of reincarnation. As is to be expected, the opposite is true. If we believe in the Bible revealed truth, as all Christians should, we will oppose both these foolish and deceitful concepts as detrimental to soul-saving truth. Yahweh’s word is very clear on these issues from the beginning of the revelation in Genesis chapter one, and continues throughout the Bible and is plainly witnessed by Paul in First Corinthians 15:38-39, “But Yahweh gives it a body as it has pleased him, and to every seed his own body. All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.”
If father time has taught us anything through the recorded ages, the one lesson that dwarfs all others is that truth is progressive, whether scientific, spiritual, or of any other nature. Truth discloses itself only to those who seek earnestly for it and to those who esteem its worth far above all earthly treasures, for we must sell all to buy it. Strange as it appears, the world views truth as its enemy and is compelled to persecute its advocates. A few of the faithful who battled the winds of adversity to heed the call of the Spirit were: Noah, Abraham, Moses, Gideon, Isaiah, Elijah, Paul, Martin Luther, Amy Simpleton McPherson, William Brannon, Oral Roberts, Bill Britton, and many more. None of the modern denominational leaders of their day supported these people. Yet they had one thing in common—they knew in whom they believed and were able to suffer rejection and persecution to let the light of Life that they possessed shine through them.
If we do not understand that death is carnal mindedness and that truth is life, we will be unable to understand the truth of regenerative birth. Another reason this revelation is so difficult to understand is that so many Christians are unaware the Bible clearly teaches restitution of all things. It is generally misunderstood and unaccepted by most denominations; therefore, it is rarely introduced to the lay members. In closing this writing, I am leaving a few scriptures for you to ponder.
“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 (things is added by translators) 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.
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: for by him 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 1:12-20.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Yasha: who, being in the form of Yahweh, thought it not robbery to be equal with Yahweh: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore Yahweh also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Yasha every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Yasha Christ is Lord, to the glory of Yahweh the Father,” Philippians 2:5-11.
“Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever,” Revelation 5:12-13.
“Tell you, and bring them near; yes, let them take counsel together: who has declared this from ancient time? who has told it from that time? have not I Yahweh? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Savior; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be you saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am Yahweh, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear,” Isaiah 45:21-23.
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of Yahweh our Savior; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between Yahweh and men, the man Christ Yasha; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified (witnessed) in due time. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting,” 1 Timothy 2:1-8.
“For he has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither has he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard. My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise Yahweh that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto Yahweh: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is Yahweh: and he is the governor among the nations. All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul. A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he has done this,” Psalm 22:24-31.
“Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die,” John 12:31-33.
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to Yahweh, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he has put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he has put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that Yahweh may be all in all,” I Corinthians 15:22-28.
“I will ransom them from the power of sheol (grave, hell, pit, unseen state); I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O sheol (grave, hell, pit, unseen state) I will be your destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes,” Hosea 13:14.
The Greek words “aion” and “aionios” translated “eternal” forty-three times in the King James Version, troubled my mind until I learned that the words were also translated, “age, ages, world, worlds,” and actually means “age” or “age lasting.” Eternal is the antonym of age. Yahweh is eternal because he is unchangeable; we live through the ages as long as we are in our transition. If the translators were right in rendering the Greek “aion” as meaning eternal torment, our torment would have no beginning as well as no ending. It would be our unchanging state of existing. Our torment would have begun even before the earth was created. Yahweh is eternal; we are not. We were created.
There are three words for hell in the New Testament, hades (Hebrew sheol), Tartarus, and Gehenna (Hebrew Valley of Hinnom). Hinnom is a valley on the outskirts of Jerusalem where rubbish and animals’ bodies were burned. Carcasses of the rebellious Israelites were dumped there after Titus destroyed Jerusalem. This action fulfilled the statements made by Yasha, saying, that his generation would not pass away until the city would be destroyed and the Kingdom would be taken from Israel and given unto the nations. “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 (Israel), and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof,’” Matthew 21:42-43.
Tartarus is a Greek word found once in the Bible; the meaning is unclear. It is found in 2 Peter 2:4: “For if Yahweh spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to Tartarus, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.” Though it appears to be a place of gloom and darkness reserved for fallen angels, it is not connected with the punishment of man nor is it connected to fire. It evidently ends with the judgment of the angels, for there is nothing to indicate it is eternal.