The Cup of the Lord

The Cup of the Lord

What is the cup of the Lord? Luke 22:20, says, “…This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” This cup was the new agreement. It was a new will according to the nature and principles of Christ, which was poured out upon all flesh. It was their responsibility to put on the mind of Christ and to fulfill all righteousness. (See Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17.)

To get a better understanding of the cup of the Lord let us read the words of Christ in Matthew 20:20-22:
“Then came to Yasha (Jesus) the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons worshipping Yasha and desiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, “What do you want?” She said, “Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on your right hand, and the other on the left, in your kingdom.”

Those on the right side of Christ knew right from wrong and could make righteous judgment. (See Matt. 26:64.)
Those on the left side of Christ did not have the ability to produce righteousness, but still associated themselves with him. Those on the left were those who functioned under the “gift” realm; those who were not yet in the image of the Father. In pagan reasoning, the left side was the lucky side. You were there by luck, not by rights.

Yasha answered and said, “You know not what you ask. Are you able to drink of the cup that I shall (future tense) drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am (present tense) baptized with?” They said unto him, “We are able.”

What Yasha was saying to the sons of Zebedee, was, To be in my kingdom and on my left hand, you must follow me and learn from me. You must be washed in the water of baptism—as in making an agreement with me that gives me permission to cleanse your heart and mind regardless of the fretting of your flesh. To be on my right hand, you must know and love righteousness, thereby, having the power to judge right from wrong.

Yasha was asking the sons of Zebedee if they were willing to prepare themselves for such a position. Were they willing to crucify their fleshly nature and be filled with the principles and character of the Father so they could make righteous judgment?

In Mark 10:40, Yasha explained, “But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.” The words “it is prepared” is from one Greek word meaning “to prepare.” If we want to sit with Christ, we must put on the mind of Christ. (See Phil. 2:5 and Rom 13:14)

The Kingdom of Heaven is not a physical kingdom, it is a spiritual kingdom. This kingdom is a principle, and this principle is a power, and this power is superior to all others. We are not given this kingdom as a gift—we enter into this kingdom. This is a place of having dominion over the works of the flesh. “For the kingdom of Yahweh is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit,” Rom.14:17. If we do not love righteousness, we cannot function in the Kingdom of Heaven. We cannot sit on the right or the left hand of our Savior.

Colossians 3:1-4 tells us how we can take this position, saying, “If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of Yahweh. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in Yahweh. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory.” By the power of the Anointing, we will be manifestations of righteousness—of our Heavenly Father.

This cup represents Yasha’s (Jesus’) life, his way of life, his separation, his crucifixion, his goal, his purpose. When we drink of his cup, we are rejecting our fleshly nature and accepting his nature. We are accepting the Spirit of Righteousness.
In Matthew 26:39, when Yasha was on the mountain praying, he said, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as your will.”  You might be able to identify with Yasha’s struggle while in his flesh by remembering those days when you made yourself get up early on a cold winter day to go to work. Or, if you had to get up in the middle of the night with a sick child—your flesh was not willing, but your spirit was. Your spirit was in control while your flesh was not considered.

Yasha’s cup was to fulfill prophecy. Yahweh’s will was to dwell in mankind and Yasha was going to make it happen. He said, “… It is expedient for you (to your advantage) that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment,” John 16:7-8.

First Corinthians 10:16-17 speaks of “The cup of blessing (speaking life) which we bless (that which we speak), saying, “Is it not the communion (partnership, participation, joint venture) of the blood (nature, genes, life) of Christ? The bread which we break (share), is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.”

Just as Jacob (Israel) blessed his sons and grandsons with a blessing that literally changed their lives, we too, have the power to bless. It is our “cup”; our ability in life. You could say that it is our lot in life. Just as sure as the Holy Spirit dwells in us, we have the ability and power to bless those we come in contact with.

As Christ and his disciples were eating the Passover Supper, he said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” He was instructing them to feed from each other; to learn from each other. They were his body (Matt. 26:26 and 28).
Christ took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves” (Luke 22:17). “For this is my blood of the new testament (new witness), which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matt. 26:28).

In the past, many people had become drunk with wine and they knew its ability to change their thinking and actions, as well as a healing agent. Christ used the wine for a reason, he was telling them that inasmuch as the natural wine changes one’s way of thinking and acting, the spiritual wine will change a man in his thinking and actions. This was a new way of living; it was the anointing that was poured out upon many to stop sin.

Yasha told the disciples about the New Wine at the Passover Supper. This wine was going to change the way they thought and acted. This is why, when the Holy Spirit fell on the day of Pentecost, Peter said, “These are not drunk with wine as you suppose, but they are filled with the Holy Spirit.” These Spirit-filled believers had a new lot in life; they were now lights that would shine in the darkness of ignorance.

After the same manner, also, Yasha took the cup after he had finished eating, and said, “This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do you, as oft as you drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show (you proclaim by faith) the Lord’s death till he come (till Yahweh is formed in you. (See Galatians 4:19.)

“Whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord,” 1 Cor. 11:25-28. In 10:21, Paul explains how one can eat and drink unworthily, saying, “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: you cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.” In verse 28, Paul adds, “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup.”

As we gather-to-gather for Communion, that which replaces the lamb sacrifice, let us fellowship with others, share the Word, be good listeners, live in righteousness, and overcome sin in the flesh.

If we are to examine ourselves, we need the Body of Christ. This body is the bread, the Anointed Christians, from whom we feed. We are to eat of each other and drink of the Anointed Word.

Yahweh loved the world so much, that he gave his born-from-above Son to “live” in flesh. He was the manifestation of righteousness to those in sin. Those who believed in him would not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
Those who loved evil more than good mocked the Spirit of Righteousness, spit at and destroyed the temple that was in the image of the Father.

Though the Father sent his Son to be a “visible” manifestation of righteousness, he knew the beastly nature in mankind would reject and crucify him. Christ also knew the beastly nature of those whom he came to save. In John 10:17-18, he said, “… I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again….”  Here, Christ was laying the foundation for mankind to receive his spirit after they have destroyed his flesh. (Read all of John chapter 16 and 2 Cor. 5:16)

Yahweh planned for his born-from-above Son to make his abode in us, to comfort us, to bring us unto him. He does not want us to worship the “flesh-Man,” he wants us to worship the Spirit that was manifested through that Man.
The Savior came to finish the work of his Father. For he said, “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work,” John 4:34. The Savior is very capable of completing his work.

What Is the Cup?
“When he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me,” Mark 8:34.

Carnality and how it Operates

Carnality and How It Operates

As I was reading a lesson on “Satan and How He Operates” that was put together by my sister Beverley Holzkamper, I noticed that all the information given fit the spirit of carnality, the energy force of the unconverted man.

I thought of Peter, when Christ said to him, “Get thee behind me satan.” Peter was encouraging Christ against his purpose, he was being an adversary. Peter was not converted, for after this time Christ told him (Luke 22:32)“…when you are converted, strengthen thy brethren.” In Luke 9:54-56, when Christ was not received by the Samaritans, his disciples said, “Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?” But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, “You don’t know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” The Holy Spirit had not come into them yet and they were seeing the situation through their own carnal understanding.

Carnality is animalistic, unregenerate, and unable to produce life. Satan is an opponent, an adversary, the accuser, and also called the devil. An adversary can be someone that is working against Christ, but it can also be someone working against evil. It is a force that is opposite of another force.

The Holy Spirit is Life and stimulates to life and is able to produce life. The Holy Spirit includes the expression and functions of the God Yahweh.

Christ said to those Jews which believed on him, “If you continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). But these Jews felt like they were already free, because they were of Abraham’s seed (John 8:37). Christ explained to them that his word had no place in their hearts and went on to say (John 8:44), “You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” Now this seems like pretty harsh words in the minds of those who see the devil as an entity, especially since Christ was speaking to the Jews that believed on him. These people, like all other people, were created by the Creator of the world. There was no other force capable of producing life than that of the God Yahweh for he was the creator of the “whole” world. But if we recognize the carnal mind as an adversary, a devil, a satan, then we can see why Christ brought their sins and lack of knowledge to their attention; why he said, “If you continue in my word.” As long as they were not free from ignorance, they were not of his substance; they were products of their own carnal reasoning.

James1:14-15 tells us that “every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” There is no mention here of an outside entity named satan that is responsible for the condition of the carnal man. He continued, saying, “Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.”

To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against the living God, it is an adversary against God: for it is not subject to his law, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please him (Rom. 8:6-8).

These believing Jews had to be born again to have the nature of the Holy Spirit. This is why Christ said to Nicodemus, in John 3:5-7, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, You must be born again.” These Jews were functioning with their five senses and did not have spiritual ears to hear the Spirit. They were created but not born again of the Spirit. “Flesh” is the term used to identify the human nature, the beastly nature, the nature that is controlled by the five senses.

Carnality is an adversary of God (Yahweh), it is satan. Carnality sets on the throne (in the rulership position) of the house of those who have “not” been reborn of the Spirit. Carnality was that darkness that was upon the face of the deep that we read about in Genesis 1:2.

In 1 Cor. 3:3, Paul said, “For you are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are you not carnal, and walk as men (human, mortal, worldly, temporal)?” His ministry was to not only give them the milk of the word; he wanted them to receive the meat of the word. These people did not have ears to hear the Spirit; they were not born from above, they needed a born again experience.

If we are born of the Spirit, then the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, our weapons are mighty through Christ and able to pull down strongholds (2 Cor. 10:4). Our weapons are love, gentleness, wisdom, kindness, etc.

Carnality is an adversary to Truth. Carnality stimulates and strengthens the unconverted to support carnal ideas. Those who are controlled by their carnal minds put out great effort to support those who are like minded. Carnality is blindness. The carnal mind has never abode in the truth and cannot, because it opposes the truth. The carnal mind judges according to the five senses instead of by the Holy Spirit, which is the power of the Anointing that dwells in the converted. Carnality parades around as an angel of light. The carnal mind imagines it to be a messenger of truth, but in reality it is deceived and therefore deceives others.

2 Cor. 11:13-15, “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan (carnality) himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” Let me paraphrase this, “…such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ, and it’s no wonder because it is cause and effect. It’s the principle of carnality to think it is a messenger of truth; therefore, if you are carnal minded your actions will show it.”
In John8:34, Christ said, “Whosoever commits sin is the servant of sin.” Notice, it doesn’t say that one who sins is the servant of a force separate from himself and ultimately not responsible.

In Romans6:16, Paul writes, “Know ye not, that to whom (that, which, what) you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”

Carnality whether in the body or out of the body is a tempter to the unconverted to do those things that are wrong and forbidden. It is as a restless lion that is constantly on the move looking for someone to take power over. It centers around “self” so confident that it attacks those who are led by the Holy Spirit. It demands judgment to be made by the five senses and the beastly nature.

Carnality “is” the beastly nature. Many people are powerless to overcome their beastly nature because they do not connect that nature to themselves. Because they do not take the responsibility to overcome sin, they take no control over their actions or emotions, and they give in to their pernicious ways and bad habits. Because their minds have been so overtaken by the spirit of carnality, they do not see the need for deliverance. They know they have a Savior, but he only has the power to save them from the consequences of sin after death.

First Peter 5:7-10 instructs the believer: “Cast all your care upon him (Love, Life, Righteousness); for he cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about (is occupied with), seeking whom he may devour: resist the adversary, be steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions (influences) are accomplished ‘in’ your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who has called us unto his eternal glory (made glorious) by Christ Jesus (the Anointed Savior), after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect (repair, adjust), stablish (to turn determinedly in a different direction), strengthen, settle you (make single minded so you are not the adversary sometimes).”

Carnality is the god of this world. It is the prince of the power of the air. It is an energy force; like a magnet, it draws likeminded people to it; therefore, carnality is their god. This force is powerful enough to go out and strengthen, or reinforce, those in its path. It creates worldly pleasures to stimulate the desires of the flesh. The carnal minded recreate their corrupt imaginations so those who are not born of the Holy Spirit can be entertained by them and pulled away from the Holy Spirit by the lust of their flesh.

The carnal mind imprisons the “created,” those who have not been born from above. Yahweh has been the blame many times for the work of carnality, because carnal minded people are not willing to recognize that they have been given dominion over their own lives. As they believe so shall it be. They are known by their fruit, and from the abundance of their hearts/minds their mouths speak; they have the creative word.

The apostle Paul stated that, “If our gospel is hid, it is hid to those who are lost: In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of our Heavenly Father, should shine unto them.” (2 Cor. 4:3-4).

Ephesians 2:2-3, says, “Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit (mental disposition) that now works in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath (a reaching forth, excitement of the mind), even as others.”

The carnal man must put on the mind of Christ (the Anointing), he must be born again. Mankind must be transformed by the renewing of his mind by the washing of the water by the Word into the image of the Father.

Philippians 2:5-6, says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in the Anointed Savior (Christ Jesus): Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:…”

Paul said, in Romans 12:1-3 “…be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of Yahweh.”

When we read James chapter four, we read of “submitting” to Righteousness and “resisting” the devil (the energy force of the carnal mind), and in so doing that force vanishes away. (The words “he will flee” is from one word that means “vanish.”) If we draw close to Truth, Righteousness, and Love, then Truth, Righteousness, and Love, will draw close to us.

Sinners are commanded to cleanse their hands and purify their hearts. They were called double minded. They, like many people today, could not accept the idea that the Savior could truly save them from their sins while they were in the world. They did not believe that they could be in the world but not of the world.

Paul, in Ephesians 4:17-19, commanded the believers, saying, “Don’t walk as unbelievers, for they walk in the vanity of ‘their mind.’ They have their understanding darkened, and are alienated from Life, from the Spirit of Righteousness, through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart. They feel no shame or guilt, because they have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.”

Paul continues, saying, “You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus (Savior). You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God (your heavenly Father) in true righteousness and holiness.” (This paragraph is taken from New International Version.)

The power of the “new man” (the spiritual man) surpasses the power of the “old man” (the carnal man) which is satan, the adversary of Yahweh.

“When this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory!’” (1 Cor. 15:54)

 

The Called Out

The Called Out
Being a Light in the Darkness

“I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me’ ” (Isaiah 6:8). “Who will go for Us?” Who will manifest Us? The “Us” is the Spirit of Life, of Righteousness, and of Love and wisdom, it is the Anointed Word of Life.

The call requires us to “Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion (partnership) has light with darkness? And what concord (agreement) has Christ with Belial (worthlessness, an nickname of satan—adversary)? or what part has he that believes with an infidel (without Christian faith)? And what agreement has the temple of God (Supreme Holiness) with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be separate (be set off by a boundary), saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and I will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty,” 12 Cor. 6:14-18.

The voice of Yahweh which Isaiah heard was not just to Isaiah—Isaiah was hearing the Spirit of the Father in the spirit of his day. All those who had ears to hear the Spirit of Righteousness could have answered His call. The call was for any one that was drawn to the Spirit of Righteousness. The goal is to be manifestations of righteousness in the earth.

To hear the call of the Holy Spirit depends on the condition of one’s spiritual ears, and exactly what one hears depends upon their spiritual appetite.

Matthew 22:14 says, “Many are called, but few are chosen.” At the time these words were spoken many people heard the call to righteousness but few were selected because most of the people did not have the desire to have a relationship with the Spirit of Righteousness. They were in love with the fleshly nature and their desires were to satisfy the lust of their flesh. Carnality controlled their minds because the Holy Spirit had not yet been made manifest in flesh. The Savior had not come; the Holy Spirit had not fallen upon them. They were not able to even glimpse into the realm of the Holy Spirit.

Those of us who have come into a relationship with the Father, through the Anointed Word making His abode in us, have had our spiritual condition changed and our ears opened. There are many Christians scattered all over the world who are hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit; the voice of Righteousness and Love. They are laboring in many different ways to “save” the world from evil, ignorance, poverty, depression, anger, sadness, and sicknesses (fulfilling Neh. 9:27 and Obad. 21). They are recognized by many different doctrinal names and on many different levels of maturity, but they are called and they are manifesting measures of Love and Righteousness.

Look at the life of Isaiah in Isaiah 6:8; he was no different than those of us who are striving toward spiritual maturity today. He was ready to “let go” of his own carnal reasoning and follow the voice of the Holy Spirit in as much as he could see. At this time many Christians have let go of their own carnal nature and are learning to function righteously in the midst of spiritual storms, the darkness of ignorance, and in times of despair.

The Holy Spirit does not force or plead with the mind of man. Just as one is pulled away from Righteousness by the lust of his flesh, so, also, are they drawn toward the Spirit of Righteousness by their desire for Righteousness. As the manifestation of Righteousness is made manifest through Christians, it not only reveals the man of sin but it gives hope, it reveals new options and brings solutions in view.

We cannot strengthen others without a conversion, that is, without a transformation from the old carnal nature to the nature of our Heavenly Father. Only the Spirit of Love and Righteousness can save people from their beastly nature. Only the voice of the nature of the Heavenly Father can “draw” those around us toward Him. If the call one hears isn’t the nature of Righteousness, then it is not the Holy Spirit calling. Man’s fleshly desires, talents, and temperament have no power to draw one into the Spirit of Righteousness.

The call of the Holy Spirit is a call to serve in the Spirit of Righteousness. My contact with the nature of my Heavenly Father has shaped my understanding of His call and has helped me realize what is honest, pure, lovely, of good report, and virtuous. I am “being” transformed into the nature of my Father, and the Christians that I hear and see on my journey are some of the little manifestations of my Heavenly Father that help teach and guide me.

In most cases, the Holy Spirit does not call us away from our jobs in which we support our family, but he calls us into Righteousness while we are supporting our families. If I trust in my own carnal qualities and traits and think about what I am suited for, I will never hear the call of my Father, for my call is spirit related regardless of my chosen profession or my talents.

We have come to the time that Christians are not just “waiting” for that change from the nature of the old man, to the new man—the righteous manifestation of the Father. We need to recognize the masses of people that are being called out. We need to recognize the positive work of the Holy Spirit. We, as Christians, should always draw attention to the strength of our fellowman and leave the accuser’s position to the unbelievers. We should always draw attention to the light so those in darkness will turn toward the light of the Holy Spirit. We need to draw attention to the righteous motivations and the good deeds that come out of the hearts of so many good people.

Surely we’re not always going to be “sinners” saved by “grace”; that is, one that sins (falls short of the image of the Father) and is covered over by the blood of the Savior. There must be a time that we can say as Christ did: When you see me you see the Father. We don’t want to always be servants, we want to be sons—son-placed sons. But first we have to believe we can be, and that we have the right to be, and that we were created to become sons.

It is different now than it was when Isaiah 6:8 was written; the Holy Spirit has come to us. The Holy Spirit is guiding and teaching us all righteousness. The Holy Spirit is bringing us into the image of the Father. There are those who are answering the call to righteousness. It is important that we not only recognize this but draw attention to it if we are going to see the Kingdom of Heaven in action, or if we are going to draw others into the Kingdom.

It is important that we learn how to make up the hedge. First Chronicles 16:18-24 gives us an example of making up the hedge. Here David writes concerning the way Yahweh worked and his instructions to those who served him, saying: “Unto you will I give the land of Canaan (the land of plenty), the lot of your inheritance; When you (your ancestors) were but few, even a few, and strangers in it. And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people; He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes, Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; show forth from day to day his salvation. Declare his glory (splendor) among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.” The word “declare” is to score with a mark as a tally or record, to inscribe, and also to enumerate (to count); intensively, to recount, i.e. to celebrate. Though there were faults, Yahweh wanted the people to focus only on the positive.

Christians are of all ages and we need to make up the hedge for each other (Ezekiel 13:5-9). We should give credit where credit is due, encourage, love, and endure all things. Above all we should be the greatest light that we know how to be where ever we are. We need to praise the good and learn how to ignore the lack in those around us. We need to focus on the positive.

Christians should never draw attention to the weakness of other Christians nor should they attack the group they have joined to (Baptist, Pentecost, Assembly of God, Catholic, etc.) . We should attack ignorance with truth, attack false doctrine with the doctrine of truth, attack evil with good, attack hate with love. We don’t want to, as they say; throw the baby out with the bath water. We don’t want to be accusers of the brethren. All darkness will dissipate in the presence of the Light.

Baptism, Tested, and a Forty Day Fast

Baptism, Tested, and a Forty Day Fast

It is thought by many that our Savior, while in the flesh, was “tempted” by the devil, which, in our time, means to be drawn to that which is unacceptable. They believe that he ultimately had the strength to resist. Let us consider this thought and see what the scriptures reveal.

The word “tempted” in the following passages means “tested, proved,” while “tempted” in our time means “drawn to, attracted to.” These two words are completely different. Tested comes from an outside force, while tempted comes from an inside force. So when we read these verses let us replace “tempted” with the “tested” that we might have a better understanding of the Son of our God, Yahweh.

Let us compare Matthew 3:13 through 4:11, Mark 1:10-13 and Luke 3:22 and 4:1-14 with John 1:31 and down that we might learn the events that followed Yasha’s baptism; his 40 day fast and those present who had to be the ones that tried him to see if he was truly the Son of Yahweh.

Matthew 3:13-17, “Then Yasha came from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, ‘I have need to be baptized of you, and you come to me?’ (This statement proves that John knew before he baptized Christ that he was the greater of the two, but he had no witness to prove that he was the Son of Yahweh.)
And Yasha (Jesus) answering said unto him, ‘Suffer (to send forth, allow) it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.’ Then he suffered him.

And Yasha, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him (John), and he (John) saw the Spirit of God (Yahweh) descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: and lo a voice from heaven, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’” (In some translations you will notice that “him” and “he” is capitalized which causes the reader to believe it is speaking of Yasha’s eyes being opened to who he was. But he knew who he was and he did not need to have a witness. It is recorded in Luke 2:47-52 that at age twelve he knew exactly who he was and what he was about.)

John 1:31-34, “And I (John) knew him (the Son of Yahweh) not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, ‘Upon whom you shall see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizes with the Holy Ghost.’ And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of Yahweh.”

The people at his baptism had to know that if Yasha (Jesus) was the Son of Yahweh, he was also the Lamb that was to be slain, and he was the Savior they had been waiting for. This revealing must have stirred the hearts of those who loved him. How would we respond today if we were to learn this about our friend, brother, or son?

Matthew 4:1-11, “Then was Yasha led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tested of the devil (adversary, satan). (This “wilderness” was the same lonesome, wasted place that John was crying in, saying, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” Desert-dwellers, nomads, lived in this wilderness. They were lost in sin and our Savior was just as alone as you would be if you were in a room full of atheist.)

And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tester came to him, he said, If you are the Son of Yahweh, command that these stones be made bread.” (This verse makes it appear that the tester came “after” the forty day fast, but Luke 4:1 says differently.)

Mark 1:10-14,  “And straightway coming up out of the water, he (John) saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him (Yasha/Jesus): And there came a voice from heaven, saying, You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And ‘immediately’ the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tried of satan (notice here that satan and devil are interchanged, they are one in the same); and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him. Now after that John was put in prison, …” (This word “ministered” is the same in Philemon 13 where Paul said that Onesimus ministered (friend, wait upon—opposite of adversary) unto him in his bonds. Paul said, “If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus” (1 Cor. 15:32).

Luke 3:21-22, “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Yasha also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, ‘You are my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.’ (Notice now that verse 23, immediately begins to show the genealogy of Joseph. This was the first time that it was revealed to the public that Yasha was really the “Son” of “Yahweh”.) And Yasha himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, which was the son of …” (Luke continues in chapter four).

Luke 4:1-2, “And Yasha (the Christ) being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan (to Galilee), and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being forty days tried of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.” (Luke does not mention the wild beasts and the angels ministering unto him.)

Now let us go back to John 1:34. Where John baptized Yasha and was given proof that he was the Son of Yahweh. John 1:35-43, “Again ‘the next day’ after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Yasha as he walked, he said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God!’ And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Yasha. Then Yasha turned, and saw them following, and said unto them, ‘What seek ye?’ They said unto him, ‘Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?’ He said unto them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first finds his own brother Simon, and said unto him, ‘We have found the Messiah, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.’ And he brought him to Yasha. And when Yasha beheld him, he said, ‘You are Simon the son of Jona: you shall be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.’ The day following Yasha would go forth into Galilee, and found Philip, and said unto him, Follow me.”

Now we could continue reading where Christ spoke to Nathanael and so on, but it would take too much time. My point is that this is the events of the 40 days that Yasha/Jesus was fasting. These are the people who tried the Son of Yahweh, those who proved to their satisfaction that he truly was the Lamb that would be slain for them.

In Hebrews 3:8-9, we are encourage also to withstand the testing of our adversaries, saying, “Harden not (be not stubborn in) your hearts, as in the provocation (irritation), in the day of temptation (putting to proof) in the wilderness (lonesome, wasted place—the same place where Christ was right after he was baptized): When your fathers tempted (tested, scrutinized, examined) me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.”

Adam, the Lamb, and the Tree

Adam, the Lamb, and the Tree

The invisible realm of the God Yahweh, is made clear by his creation, even his eternal power, his divinity, spirituality, and holiness. The universe with all its types and shadows play a part in opening the spiritual eyes of His children (Rom. 1:16-21).

From the creation of the world, the righteousness of the Father is revealed to his children. They go from confidence in their five senses to confidence in the Holy Spirit. The desire of the Father is to bring his children into full maturity, into the Spirit of Righteousness (Rom. 1:17-19).

Adam named the animals, but he didn’t create their natures. The animals were created to act instinctively with no possibility of ever being in the image of their Creator. On the other hand, Adam, as human, was to develop into the image of his Father. He was to learn from the animals and take dominion over them. He would see the peaceful and dependent spirit of the lamb, the prideful spirit in the peacock, gluttony in the pig, boldness in the lion, foolishness in the monkey, etc.

Adam became familiar with and was influenced by the animal kingdom. These natures were the only ways of life he knew by way of his five senses. His five senses were stimulated by these creatures. But the first couple had to learn they were spirit and was created superior to all the creatures around them. They had to learn to take dominion. They had to learn to worship their Father in spirit and be a manifestation of him.

The Father explained to Adam (the first human) that his adamic nature would die if he became one with the knowledge of good and evil. The Father knew Adam did not have spiritual eyes to see the Tree of Life and that he would not come into his image until he developed enough to see his need and desire to become one with Wisdom, Truth, and Love.

Yahweh allowed Adam (mankind) to act according to his own desires so he might learn by experience. He knew that when knowledge was increased, a desire for righteousness would stir in his heart, and then he could plant his seeds of Righteousness in him.

When the first man acted upon his own intuition—feelings, instinct, nature—he acted according to his level of maturity. When Adam “partook of” evil, he was being pulled by his own lower nature and, therefore, was made to face the condition of his own heart—he took action on an idea of his own mind and he preferred his own way, regardless of the consequences. When he partook of good, it was only for the benefit of himself, for Adam was “self-centered.” Adam could only bear fruit of his own nature.

James said, “For every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when his lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death,” James 1:14-15.

Once Adam partook of knowledge, he recognized his lack in comparison to the Father. He was immature and foolish and all he could think of to do was to hide from his Father who was all knowledge and wisdom. But unlike the animal kingdom, Adam was smart enough to recognize that he did not measure up to his Father. He had a feeling of lack.

The word “sin” means to miss the mark. When Adam acted according to his own instincts, he missed the mark of maturity. A child cannot perform equal to his parents until he has been taught by them. When immaturity acts, it produces something that can be compared to righteousness, thereby, exposing evil for what it is. When Adam took action according to his five senses, he was partaking of knowledge of good and evil. He was experiencing according to his own carnal thinking—he acted like the animals around him.

When the Spirit of Righteousness came to the carnal man, it demanded judgment, saying, (Gen. 3:9) “Adam, where are you?” Adam’s Father knew where he was, he wanted Adam to voice what he had learned by his actions.

Adam confessed that he had learned that he was naked, but he refused to take responsibility for his action. He said (Gen. 3:12), “The woman that ‘you’ gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.” First the man blamed Yahweh and then he blamed the woman.

The carnal man refused to take responsibility for his own actions; therefore, he continued in his ignorance, declaring that it was Yahweh’s fault—implying that Yahweh wasn’t too smart in creating the woman. In reality, Yahweh is the same as always, while man in his carnality is also the same. We still see this same scenario—people trying to justify their actions by saying statements like: “Everyone does it.” “I had to.” “I just don’t see anything wrong with it.” “If he hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t have acted like this.” We do not read of an apology given by Adam, just excuses and fear of being rejected by others.

Yahweh communicated to the first man just as he communicates with people today—through their thoughts, a voice in the wind, visions, dreams, ideas, angels, other Christians, and also through the written Word. Oftentimes people respond now just as the first man did because they do not have an appetite for Truth.

Adam saw a truth, because he recognized a lack. His Father dealt with his condition by drawing his attention to his lack and directing him to a solution. He comforted Adam with a temporary covering. Yahweh, being the Spirit of Love and Truth, gave the man something to cover his sins; his weaknesses and his lustful nature.  Adam had clothed himself with leaves, which was just as unacceptable as people who cover themselves with doctrinal titles thinking that will make them in the image of the Tree of Life.

Yahweh took from the best of the animal kingdom and made a covering for the man. This covering had the basic nature man needed to have. The lamb’s nature is to follow a shepherd and depend upon him for food, water, and protection, and in return he supplies the shepherd with food and clothes for his family.

In the natural scheme of things, I am persuaded that Yahweh drew Adam’s attention to the lamb, causing him to know what to do; that is, shear the lamb and make your clothes. The Father provided for and taught man how to clothe himself, just as he has continued to do down through the ages.
In the spiritual scheme of things, the Father was showing Adam a solution to his aggressiveness, his “I can do it myself” problem.  He drew his attention to the nature of the lamb, desiring Adam to be like the lamb. Adam’s Father wanted him to follow him, depend upon him, and eat what he provided and drink from his spiritual waters.

All through the scriptures we see lambs symbolized as people and the Shepherd as the Savior.  It would stand to reason that the lamb was the first covering as well as the second covering for man’s lack. The lamb represents a Christian that follows the true Shepherd—the SAVIOR. Mankind must have the nature of a lamb if he is to find green pastures.

In the story of the Garden of Eden, the serpent was that force in the mind of man—that nature that drives us to be independent and sure of “self” (humanism). Mankind acts upon lust and pride from within him. It was the same in the Garden as it was in Luke 6:45: “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

Mankind’s Creator, his Originator—the sub­stance of Love, Understanding, and all Knowledge—comforted his child with a temporary solution to his problem by covering him, just as water baptism does today.

Adam’s rebellious nature was no dif­ferent than the animals around him. Yah­weh’s nature was contrary to Adam’s nature. This covering was necessary until know­ledge could increase. For where much is known much is required, but where little is known little is required.

After realizing that he was not like his Father, Adam did not glorify his Father as the Supreme Divinity, neither was he thankful; he did not have an appetite for the Tree of Life. He could not visualize the Kingdom of Righteousness as beneficial to his life.  His Father was spirit and he did not see his connection with his Father.

Adam did not wish to be joined with Life, he was the first to fulfill Romans 1:28: “And even as they did not like to retain Yahweh in their knowledge, Yahweh gave them over to a reprobate (worthless) mind, to do those things which are not convenient (right).”

The Tree of Life was, and is, the Way, the Truth, and the Life—it is the substance of the Kingdom of Righteousness. Mankind rejected Life; there he could not function in the Garden of Eden—Yahweh’s protected place.

In Genesis 3:22-24, Yahweh said, “Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the Tree of Life, and eat, and live for ever.” Paraphrasing the above scripture, it reads, “Though the man is one of us, knowing the difference between good and evil, if he doesn’t put his energy into taking from the Tree of Life to become one with us he will not live.” “Therefore Yahweh sent him forth from the Garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
“So he drove (to renounce allegiance) out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the Tree of Life.”

Adam was put in a place that he might learn by experience; thereby, he would see his need to partake of the Tree of Life. In his freedom, he will be able to act according to his own way of thinking, but he would suffer the consequences.

In Eden, Yahweh’s protected garden,  was knowledge—where there is knowledge there is a demand for judgment—where there is judgment, there must be government, rule, principle, law and responsibility—some­thing to compare to. Eden had laws, and Adam didn’t want to adhere to them.

Adam desired the realm where sin was not imputed unto him:  (Rom. 5:13) “For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.”

In Adam’s realm, the strong ruled according to the ways of flesh (Gal. 5:19-21) and oftentimes they were called gods, because they were the highest and strongest power they could see. They became vain (wicked, adulterous) in their conversation and reasoning, and their foolish hearts were darkened making no sense. They thought they were wise, but instead they produced foolishness. They changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. Natures of the animal kingdom were foolishly said to be the Father’s nature so they gave honor to those natures (Rom. 1:18-24).

The character and principles of Yahweh are revealed by the persuasion and influence of his Spirit of Righteousness. The passionate desire of our Creator is revealed from his exalted realm of love and truth. His very substance is in opposition to all ungodliness in those who, in their wickedness, repress and hinder the truth and make it inoperative. Yahweh is not against people, but he is against the lie that holds them in bondage, causing them to live as the beast.

When knowledge was increased in the mind of mankind, there began to be a cry for deliverance. Yahweh heard the cry of the Israelites and he sent them a savior—Moses—to take them out of bondage. Moses was a tree of knowledge to the Israelites. At this time, the law was put on stone. The stone represented their hard hearts—yet the law was there for those who had a desire for knowledge and a change of character (Eze. 11:19 and Heb. 8:10).  The Israelites carried this law with them, yet they still could not fulfill it. They too, just like Adam and Eve, were drawn away by the lust of their flesh. They could not enter the Garden of Eden—the Kingdom of Yahweh—a realm of control, a place of being in the world but not of the world. Those who cried for deliverance, learned by the things they suffered, by the things Yahweh made, through the process of living in the earth, tilling and planting, reaping and sowing according to the will of their own fleshly nature.

Good is represented by Able, and evil is represented by Cain. Cain, the rebellious one, presented the fruit of his planting and toiling and he was not accepted for he was offering that of his own nature. He could have presented the lamb’s nature, for it was within his rights and ability—he could have agreed to be covered by the nature of the lamb, being led, fed, and protected by the Shepherd. But Cain wanted his own way, which was not productive to life, so he presented that which came out of the ground, that which was earthy. That which the earth produced was not an acceptable covering for Adam and Eve and it could not cover Cain.

When confronted, Cain’s attitude was, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” An attitude that says, “I’m not responsible to put myself out for you or anyone else.” He did not desire to be a follower of the True Shepherd—he did not like the characteristics of his Creator.

Genesis 4:5-7, “But unto Cain and to his offering he had no respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And Yahweh said unto Cain, Why are you wroth? and why is your countenance fallen? If you do well, shall you not be accepted? and if you do not well, sin lies at the door ….”

Able, the good child, the child that felt connected to his heavenly Father and clothed with the lamb’s nature, sought the Father’s substance. His attitude was, I will follow you, depend on you, and I will feed and clothe others. The good child was connected to the Father even from under the ground. He too was covered by a fleshly nature, unable to be an expression of righteousness—like Paul, when he said, “I do that which I would not.”

In ignorance, the first couple desired evil more than good; therefore, they could not bring forth fruit of righteousness. The world could not kill Cain, which represents evil; because the world and Cain were of the same substance. (See Gen. 4:15.)

“Out of the ground made Yahweh God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the Tree of Life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil,” Gen. 2:9.

This garden, the Kingdom of Yahweh, still exists. We are still able to eat of the trees in the garden—the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the Tree of Life, which is in the midst of Yahweh’s garden. That which was available to the first man is still available to us.

What are the trees of the knowledge of good and evil?

It was said to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, in Ezekiel 31:9: “I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden that were in the garden of Yahweh envied him.” Here, the trees in the Garden of Eden are symbolic of those in authority. Eden was a spiritual place in the time of Adam and it existed in the time of Ezekiel (572 B.C.). This spiritual Eden still exists today.

Trees of knowledge would come, Seth would come, Abraham would come, Isaac would come; all these were trees in their day. (See Psa. 1:3 and Prov. 11:30.)

At the time of Daniel, which was 543 B.C., the people were still not ready for the new order, the new promise. Yahweh said to Daniel, “Shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end (of the Levitical order).” He went on to say, “many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (Daniel 12:4).

Then Christ came—the Tree of Life. We must partake of his fruit to have the seed, for the seed is in the fruit.  Our SAVIOR came as the greatest, tangible representation of the Father. Paul said that which may be known of Yahweh is manifest in those who are righteous; for Yahweh has showed it unto them (Rom. 1:19).

The lamb represented the Savior and the Savior represented the Tree of Life. Then Yasha (Jesus) came and connected the two together. The Tree of Life is our Shepherd; He is the Creative, Anointed Word that we are to partake of and become one with.

Mildred Garner wrote, “Christ, the Seed, is the Anointing, the unction, and motivation of Yahweh in us. That Seed is the Seed of Life that sprouts in our understanding.”

Yasha (Jesus) was the Tree of Life in human form—he produced fruit of the Father and the seed is in the fruit. He promised to plant his seed in us, earthen vessels, that we might produce fruit of the Holy Spirit. But the ground (mind) has to be prepared to receive this Seed. Much work has to be done in the earth before the true Seed can be planted. Once the seed of Righteousness is planted, there is still much to be done before it produces fruit.

The Anointed Word is the Tree of Life. We “will” eat of that Tree. The disciples ate of that Tree of Life, for Christ said, “Eat, this is my body”—“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Christ came as the Lamb that fed and covered the people. He came with a gentle nature. He said, “If you see me, you see the Father” and “I only do that which is of the Father.” He fed and clothed the people of his substance.

As Christ and his disciples were eating the Passover, He, the Shepherd, took bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my Body—I am the Lamb. Then he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink all of it; for this is my blood (nature, life, my genetic makeup) of the new testament (a new witness—evidence), which is shed for many for the remission (pardon, freedom from) of sins,” Matt. 26:26-29. They were going to fulfill Second Corinthians 3:2: “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men.”

Basically, what Christ said was, Okay, when you sin now it will not be covered because knowledge has increased in the earth and Truth has come to you. He said, (Matt.10:26) “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.” And at the same time he was giving them a new nature. The Way, the Truth, and the Life was available and where much was known much was going to be required—knowledge demanded judgment, judgment demanded a law, and the law produced cause and effect.

Christ continued, saying, “But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Here, the disciples were getting ready to enter into the Father’s Kingdom. Christ, the Anointed Word, was going to be there when they were filled with his Holy Spirit, which is the new Wine. Man was coming into a new day. The sheep had followed the true Shepherd long enough to learn of the Father, now they too were going to be shepherds. Christ, in the believers, was the only hope they had of manifesting the glory of the Father. By the anointing, they would cease to be sheep and become shepherds (see John 21:16).

What Is the Tree of Life?

“Happy is the man that finds wisdom …She is a Tree of Life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retains her,” Prov. 3:13-18.
“The “fruit” of the righteous is a Tree of Life,” Prov. 11:30.
“A wholesome tongue is a Tree of Life,” Prov. 15:4.
“He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; to him that overcometh will I give to eat of the Tree of Life, which is in the midst of the paradise of Yahweh,” Rev. 2:7.
“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of Yahweh and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the Tree of Life, which bare twelve fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of Yahweh and of the Lamb shall be in this Tree of Life; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads,” Rev. 22:1-4.
“Blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the city,” Rev. 22:14.

A Single Seed

A Single seed

The power of influence is one of the most unique powers that you can have. It’s not the power of controlling people. It’s developing a certain skill of communicating what you want to accomplish so that people will follow you.

In Galatians 3:8, Paul refers to the promise made to the single seed of Abraham, saying, “And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, ‘In thee shall all nations be blessed.’”

This four-fold promise is found in Genesis 22:17-18, saying, “I will bless you [Abraham], I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore [so many that they can’t be numbered]; and your seed will possess the gate of his enemies, and in your seed all the nations of the earth will be blessed; because you have obeyed my voice.”

This single Seed is to be multiplied and yet remain single. In Galatians 3:16, Paul explains, “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He said not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to your seed, which is Christ.” Now we see Christ as that single seed that will multiply as the stars of heaven and as the sand upon the sea shore.
Paul writes to the people in Corinth, saying (1 Cor.12:12), “For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”

Christ promised the disciples: “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. . . . At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you,” John 14:18 and 20.

Fifty days after the crucifixion of our Savior, Peter stands up in the upper room and says, “This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh,” Acts 2:16-17. These people were seeing and feeling the manifestation of the Savior being poured out upon, not only them, but upon “all” flesh. He joined himself to all people just as a sperm joins to the egg and becomes one with it. All the people of the earth are his children, his descendants, just as we are.

We are all made one with Christ through the pouring out of his Holy Spirit. If we are Christ’s, then we are Abraham’s seed, and we are heirs according to the promise (Gal. 3: 29). His Holy Spirit was poured out upon “all” flesh guiding, comforting, teaching and bringing our spirits into the image of our Father, into manifestations of love, power, and wisdom. This is his goal, his purpose of being, whether we believer or not, or whether we ask or not, he is still the Savior of sinners, the Savior of the whole world. We, in our sins, are not capable of making such an important decision as to whether we want to be saved from our sins – we don’t even recognize or sins most of the time. If it is up to the sinner to make such judgment, then he would have no need for a Savior to be his mediator between him and the Father.

The evidence of Christ’s Spirit being poured out upon all flesh was made evident through those in the upper room (Acts 2). This evidence was given for the unbeliever. They would not have needed proof in such a miraculous way if that pouring out was going to instantly transform them into the image of their Father. The Holy Spirit was the beginning of the new man in his many membered body.

Abraham’s single seed is to be multiplied as the stars of the heavens and sand of the seashore.  It is estimated that there are 200 Billion stars in our galaxy. There are so many other galaxies in outer space that they have not all been named, and they say that there are indications that millions of galaxies have not been discovered yet. Science says some of the galaxies that have been discovered have more stars than our galaxy. No one could possibly add up the grains of sand on the seashores. If the world should end today or in the near future it would not be possible for Abraham to have the quota of believers that were promised to his seed. I’m persuaded that this amount is a figurative statement to assure the listeners that he is able to do that which he came into the world to do.

The sands on the seashores and the stars in heaven could also refer to the process and the outcome of the work of the Holy Spirit. Christ said those who believe on him would have rivers of living water flowing out of them (John 7:38). These rivers of living waters eventually make up a sea of information from the Holy Spirit. These truths become the tide that breaks up the stony hearts, which create the sands of the sea. When this happens we become the lights of heaven in the world of darkness – allegorically speaking, we become the stars (see Rev. 1:20).

Christ, speaking to his disciples concerning that day and the people of that day, encouraged them to be strong in righteousness. Knowing the condition of the people of that day he told them to “enter into the kingdom of righteousness at the strait gate.” He said, “Wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it (Mat. 7:13-14).” Christ knew his disciples were going to be a part of the first fruits of the Holy Spirit that was going to be vital in him bringing in the new man in his many membered body.

In Luke 12:32, Christ assured his disciples, saying, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” This little flock was not only the disciples and the believers at that time, but the Israelites of the past. He later said (John 10:16), “Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” So here we see the Savior not willing that any should be left out. For we are all his children and he will not abandon any one of us to be left totally to our own discretion.

We can identify with our Heavenly Father’s concept when thinking of the good fathers around us. These fathers work hours to provide for their children – even their most rebellious child. They demand that they be educated. They love their children unconditionally and they never give up on them. They protect, guide, encourage and comfort at every opportunity. Their minds are set on their children’s best interest whether they agree or understand. They give them the freedom to express, to experience, and to judge, but when all is said and done they are still in control of their children. They are still directing them into maturity. They never reason within their minds that eternal torture would be a solution to their lack.

These good fathers are the stars mentioned in Genesis 22:17. They are those who have had their stony hearts broken and the Ten Commandments written in their hearts. They, as well as all others that are born in righteousness, are the evidence of that multiplied single Seed. They are rivers of living water flowing together, making up a sea of truth whereby all can learn from. They are those who are used to break up the stony hearts of those in which they flow out unto. They are the lights, the stars that reflect the light of truth in the world of ignorance.

The promise that Abraham would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law that said if you are related you come in under he who you are related to, but through the righteousness of faith. Faith comes by hearing and receiving the word of truth, so one must have faith in the Word before he can be made righteous, mature in the Father, son-placed to function equally with the Father.  For if they which are of the law [of descendants] be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect. See Romans 4:13-14.

In Galatians 3:14, Paul refers to the promises as being the Spirit, and in Romans 4:13 he appears to say it is land.  It is important for us to understand that the Holy Spirit came to restore life, the life that Adam rejected. Our Father made the earth to be inhabited by us and controlled by us, and in righteousness we will. We inherit this ability through the Holy Spirit; by receiving the Spirit of life we are enabled to take dominion over the land and natural substances.
The land given to Abraham was (Deut. 11:24), every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be. (The promised land in the natural.)

In Revelation 20:8, satan (the adversary of that day) shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog (a symbol name for some future anti-Christ) and Magog (foreign anti-Christian party), to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. (This has to be figuratively speaking, because Gog and Magog are people against Christ. You couldn’t put that many people in the four quarters of the earth – Deut. 11:24 and Rev. 7:1.)
Matt.5:5.  “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”

The Israelites could not be partakers of the promise given to Abraham’s seed without being partakers of Abraham’s faith? (See also John 8:34-39 and 44.)

Rom. 9:5-8, Paul and his kinsman according to the flesh are those “who are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. Not as though the word of God has taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh (and so was Yasha), these are not the children of God (this is not what makes them children of Yahweh): but [they are] the children of the promise [and] are counted for the seed. (See also, 30-31.)

According to Galatians 3:14,  the substance of the promise is the Holy Spirit, and the fruit, or  evidence, of the Spirit is (Gal. 5:22-23) love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.
Paul said (Rom. 8:20-21), “For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who has subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” Here we see all coming into righteousness because of the Creator’s hope, according to his reasoning and ability.

Galatians 3:6-9, “Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.”

John 12:31-33, “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.”

In the allegory of Sarah and Hagar, Hagar represents natural Israel. See Gal. 4:24-26. It was prophesied that her son, Ishmael, would be a wild man. His hand would be against every man and every man’s hand would be against him (Genesis 16:12), allegorically speaking Ishmael represent natural Israel. This allegory was given so the people could understand that their place in the family of Yahweh is not determined according to their physical birth – their connection to flesh.

If Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Hagar, Ishmael, Sinai, and Jerusalem are used symbolically, do you feel the land of Canaan is used symbolically also?  Yes
In Matt.1, the genealogical blood-line of the seed is given. Whose name is on the end of the record? Yasha’s

In 1 Tim 1:4, Paul writes, “Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.” Paul knew the importance of keeping genealogies until the Son of Yahweh was born into the world, but he also knew from that point on the natural bloodline ended because Yasha did not have children and he fulfilled his purpose in bringing all people unto the Father – he made all people descendants of the Father by pouring his Spirit out upon the whole world.

If the natural blood-line was important to keep after Christ, then he would have had to have natural children to keep the genealogical roll going. If it was important, then there would be no doubt of who is wife was and his children.
According to Eph 2:8-10, it is by grace that we are saved through faith; and that not of ourselves: it is the gift of God: it is not of works, lest any one of us should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. KJV

Ephesians 2:11-13 addresses the Gentile (pagan) nations. According to verse 14, Christ has broken down a wall of division. What two nations had been separated by this wall? Israel and Gentile
According to Ephesians 2:14-19; and 3:5-8, what two dramatic things happened to these two nations when the wall was broken down?  They became one new man in Christ.

Eph. 2:14-19: 14 For he is our peace, who has made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;15 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;16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.19 Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

Eph. 3:5-8: 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6 That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. 8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

Christ did not destroy the Ten Commandments, he destroyed the ceremonial laws that prevented the people from coming into maturity. The ceremonial laws “covered” the sins of the people and the people were left immature.
If the white people in America were truly the lost ten tribes of Israel, it would be impossible for the Father to restore them to their own land (natural Israel), seeing how they and their forefathers, unaware of their identity, have mixed and remixed with other nationalities until some of them would have no more that 1/1000 % of that nationality flowing in their blood? They have mixed and remixed with other nationalities. The promise is to the believers, or those who have faith

Genesis 16:12  Genesis 22:17-18
1 Cor.12:12),
Acts 2:16-17. Acts 2
John 7:38 John 8:34-39 and 44. John 10:16  John 12:31-33, John 14:18 and 20
Rev. 1:20  Rev. 7:1   Revelation 20:8
Matt.1, Mat. 7:13-14
Luke 12:32
Deut. 11:24
Romans 4:13-14 Rom. 8:20-21 Rom. 9:5-8, 30-31
Galatians 3:8, Galatians 3:6-9 Galatians 3:14  Galatians 3:16  Gal. 3: 29  Gal. 5:22-23
1 Tim 1:4,
Isaiah 53:10
Psalm 22:30.
Ephesians 2:8, 14, Ephesians 2:11-13 Eph. 2:14-19: Eph. 3:5-8: