- To reject the Messiah is to renounce and reject HaShem
- There are eight resurrections
- Messiah’s will is only to do the will of HaShem
- The contrast between the first and last Adam
- The Glorification of HaShem’s Obedient Son
- Witness of the Prophet Yochanan
- Witness of the Works of Messiah
- Witness of the Father
- Witness of the Tanakh
- Witness of Moses
To reject the Messiah is to renounce and reject HaShem:
כִּי כַּאֲשֶׁר הָאָב יָעִיר וְיחַיֶּה אֶת־הַמֵּתִים כֵּן גַּם־הַבֵּן יְחַיֶּה אֶת־אֲשֶׁר יֶחְפָּץ׃ כִּי הָאָב לֹא־יָדִין אִישׁ כִּי אִם־נָתַן הַמִּשְׁפָּט כֻּלּוֹ בְּיַד הַבֵּן לְמַעַן יְכַבְּדוּ כֻלָּם אֶת־הַבֵּן כַּאֲשֶׁר יְכַבְּדוּ אֶת־הָאָב׃ מִי אֲשֶׁר לֹא־יְכַבֵּד אֶת־הַבֵּן גַּם אֶת־הָאָב אֲשֶׁר שְׁלָחוֹ אֵינֶנּוּ מְכַבֵּד׃ אָמֵן אָמֵן אֲנִי אֹמֵר לָכֶם הַשֹּׁמֵעַ דְּבָרַי וּמַאֲמִין לְשֹׁלְחִי יֶשׁ־לוֹ חַיֵּי עוֹלָם וְלֹא יָבֹא בַּמִּשְׁפָּט כִּי־עָבַר מִמָּוֶת לַחַיִּים׃ אָמֵן אָמֵן אֲנִי אֹמֵר לָכֶם כִּי־תָבוֹא שָׁעָה וְעַתָּה הִיא אֲשֶׁר יִשְׁמְעוּ הַמֵּתִים אֶת־קוֹל בֶּן־הָאֱלֹהִים וְהַשֹּׁמְעִים חָיֹה יִחְיוּ׃ כִּי כַּאֲשֶׁר לָאָב יֵשׁ חַיִּים בְּעַצְמוֹ כֵּן נָתַן גַּם־לַבֵּן לִהְיוֹת־לוֹ חַיִּים בְּעַצְמוֹ׃ וְאַף־שָׁלְטָן נָתַן לוֹ לַעֲשׂוֹת מִשְׁפָּט כִּי בֶּן־אָדָם הוּא׃ אַל־תִּתְמְהוּ עַל־זֹאת כִּי הִנֵּה בָּאָה שָׁעָה וְיִשְׁמְעוּ כָּל־שֹׁכְנֵי קֶבֶר אֶת־קוֹלוֹ׃ וְעָלוּ עֹשֵׂי הַטּוֹב לָקוּם לַחַיִּים וְעֹשֵׂי הָרַע לָקוּם לַדִּין׃
For just as the Father awakens and revives the dead, so the Son also will revive whomever He desires. For the Father does not judge anyone. Rather, He has given the judgment entirely into the hand of the Son so that all may give honor to the Son just as they give honor to the Father. Whoever does not give honor to the Son also does not give honor to the Father who sent Him. Amen, amen, I say to you, one who hears My words and believes the One who sent Me has eternal life and does not come into judgment, for he has passed from death to life. Amen, amen, I say to you that an hour will come and is now here in which the dead will here the Voice of the Son of HaShem (the NAME), and those who hear will surely live. For just as the Father has life in Himself, so He has also granted the Son to have life in Himself. He has even given Him authority to execute judgment, for He is a Son of Man. Do not be amazed at this. For the hour has come when all the tomb-dwellers (those who are dead) will hear His Voice, and they will come up: those who do what is good will arise to life, and those who do what is evil will arise for the sentence.
The Son in no way acts independent of the Father. The Relationship of the Father to the Son is One of continuous unity (אֶחָד-echad) in the bond of love. “He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.” Those who have renounced and rejected the Son have renounced and rejected the Father who has sent Him. However, those who have professed and honored the Son have accepted and honored HaShem who has sent Him. Therefore, those who “hear” the Word of Messiah and have believed in HaShem who sent Him have been given the gift of eternal life. These persons will “never come into judgment,” but have already “passed out of death into life.”
There are eight resurrections:
“Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.”
Regarding Messiah’s power over life and death and His authority to “execute judgment” we have already said much about this in this document. Therefore, no more need be said for now (specifically regarding the resurrection of the dead read chapters 9-11 of this document). In summary there are eight (eternal-immortal; not just physical) resurrections from the dead:
Resurrection #1. On HaBikkurim Messiah, as the Suffering Messiah ben Yosef, was resurrected from the dead as the “firstfruits” of all who are blessed to be included in the eternal family of HaShem, who is our Father in heaven.
Resurrection #2. With Messiah there was a small, select group of Jewish righteous ones of old who were resurrected. These resurrected-glorified persons went into the city of Jerusalem and bore witness to several individuals that the Messiah had died to atone for sin and that He had been resurrected so that all who believe on Him might receive the gift of eternal life.
Resurrection #3. On an unknown yet future Rosh HaShanah the followers of Messiah will be resurrected and miraculously translated alive into heaven.
Resurrection #4. Approximately three and one-half years after the resurrection of the followers of Messiah two slain prophets (whose ministries will be like that of Moses and Elijah) will be miraculously resurrected and ascend into heaven. These two prophets, slain by the anti-messiah, will be resurrected and ascend into heaven (while the entire world looks on) at the middle of the seven years of Jacob’s Trouble (prophesied of in the Book of the Prophet Daniel). This event will occur in the sacred Jewish month of Nisan. I expect the resurrection of the two prophets to be on the same day as Messiah’s resurrection, on HaBikkurim.
Resurrection #5. On Yom Kippurim those martyred for the faith during the seven years of Jacob’s Trouble will resurrect (beta search Jacob’s Trouble). These believers are those who will be martyred (execution by beheading) for their faith in Messiah and for resisting the rule of the one world government of the anti-messiah; who will come in his ‘own’ name and rule according to his own self-initiative and not according to the will of HaShem.
Resurrection #6. On the same yet future Yom Kippurim, at the return of the Conquering Messiah ben David to earth, all the righteous ones of old (Gentiles and Jews from the time of Adam on) who lived and died before the firstfruits resurrection of Messiah will resurrect here on earth. For those holy ones who are of Jewish origin they will resurrect to greet the Messiah upon His glorious triumphant return to earth. These holy ones will assist Him in His restoration of Israel. In other words, all of the resurrected Jewish people (of all time) will be privileged to serve HaShem and the resurrected-glorified Messiah in the land of Israel; irregardless of the location where we had previously died. This means that the ancient Jewish immortal ones like fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will one day be ministering in the Eretz Israel to all of their own mortal Jewish descendants; also the fathers will be acting as honored hosts to the converted gentiles who will be visiting Eretz Israel (the mother nation of the Commonwealth of Israel; cf. the Messiah in Sukkot).
Resurrection #7. At the end of the thousand years reign of Messiah, over all the nations and peoples of the world, those mortals who have believed in HaShem and His Messiah will be given the gift of eternal life and will be resurrected-translated in immortal bodies. This will be the seventh and final resurrection of the righteous (that occurs at the end of the thousand years reign of Messiah ben David).
Resurrection #8. At the end of the thousand years reign of Messiah, over all the nations and peoples of the world, the unrighteous (of all human history) will be resurrected on the day of the final Yom Kippur (at the final Closing of the Gates ceremony). The unrighteous ones, along with all of the fallen angels, will then be judged before the Great White Throne. Then will the unrighteous and the fallen angels be sent into their place (the Lake of Fire) while we shall be sent into our place (the new heavens and the new earth).
For a thousand years the judgment that is symbolized by the closing of the “Gates of Prayer” ceremony at the end of the Yom Kippurim high holy day services will be “suspended.” The final (eternal) sealing of the Books of Life and Death will only be effected at the ‘end’ of that period of time. In this way, quite literally, a thousand years will become as “one day.” One Yom Kippur (the day of Messiah’s return), therefore, will become in its effect as if it were a thousand Yom Kippurim, for all of the observances will add up into one day of final (eternal) vindication or judgment. In this regard: The choice is entirely ours as to what our final disposition with HaShem will be. The prophetic conclusion (in the Yom Kippurim liturgy) when the Gates of Prayer will be closed: The service concludes with the Ne’ila (“closing”) prayer, which begins shortly before sunset, when the “Gates of Prayer” will be closed. Yom Kippur comes to an end with a recitation of Shema Yisrael and the blowing of the shofar, which marks the conclusion of the fast and, might I say, of all human history as we know it (for more info cf. the “Messiah in Yom Kippur.”
Messiah’s will is only to do the will of HaShem:
I am not able to do anything of myself.
לֹא אוּכַל לַעֲשׂוֹת דָּבָר מִנַּפְשִׁי כַּאֲשֶׁר אֶשְׁמַע כֵּן אֶשְׁפֹּט וּמִשְׁפָּטִי צֶדֶק כִּי לֹא אֲבַקֵּשׁ רְצוֹנִי כִּי אִם־רְצוֹן הָאָב אֲשֶׁר שְׁלָחָנִי׃ אִם־אָנֹכִי מֵעִיד עָלָי עֵדוּתִי לֹא נֶאֱמָנָה׃ יֵשׁ אַחֵר הַמֵּעִיד עָלָי וְיָדַעְתִּי כִּי נֶאֱמָנָה עֵדוּתוֹ אֲשֶׁר־הוּא מֵעִיד עָלָי׃
“I am not able to do anything of myself. Just as I hear (שְׁמַע-“shema”-hear, understand and obey), so I will judge; and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will, but the will of the Father who sent me. ‘If I (alone) testify about myself, my testimony is not true (trustworthy). There is another who testifies of me [HaShem], and I know the testimony of the One [HaShem] who testifies about me is true” (trustworthy).
The Messiah explained that everything He does is according to the will of the Father (HaShem). The name Yeshua literally means the “Salvation of HaShem.” The first Adam ben Elohim acted independent of His Father in heaven when he listened to the words of the evil one and he ate of the fruit that contained the knowledge of evil (created by Satan) that was wrongfully mixed-in with the knowledge of good (created by the Holy One). The first Adam exercised self-initiative that was in rebellion to the Holy One. The first Adam ben Elohim disobeyed HaShem his Father and as a consequence he brought sin, death and separation into the realm of human experience.
The contrast between the first and last Adam:
In contrast the second and the Last Adam ben Ha-Elohim, the Messiah Yeshua, has done absolutely nothing on His “own initiative.” In perfect (sinless) submission the new and final Adam, who is beloved of the Father, only does what He “sees” and “hears” from the Father. There is no disobedience because the Messiah reciprocally loves the Father with all of His being. The Messiah desires only to be indwelt with the beautiful life, will, emotions, thoughts, and Spirit of His Father. The Messiah has chosen most wisely. Unlike His disobedient brother (the first Adam) He has, of His own free-will, chosen forever to be and do only that which pleases the Father.
The Glorification of HaShem’s Obedient Son:
Due to this great love, the One who always hears, understands, and obeys the Righteous Father (even obedience unto death) has been elevated above the highest heavens and made to sit at the right hand of the Majesty of the Holy One. Therefore, the Father has sworn that ‘He’ will not rest until He has made all of the Son’s enemies His footstool. So is the entire world system and its religious and secular leaders presently at war with the Spirit of the Holy One. This war will continue unabated until every knee bows and every tongue confesses that the “Salvation of HaShem” (Yeshua) is Lord. So it is written in Psalm 2 about the Gentile-run world in these last days (cf. the Asrei-Man of Psalm 1-2, found in the “Messiah in HaBikkurim,” Chapter 70):
“Why are the Gentiles in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against HaShem and against His Anointed One (the Messiah) saying, “Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!”
“He who sits enthroned in the heavens laughs, HaShem scoffs at them. Then He will speak to them in His anger and terrify them in His fury, saying, “But as for Me, I have consecrated and installed MY KING upon Zion, My holy mountain.”
“I will surely tell of the decree of HaShem: He said to Me, ‘you are My Son, today [on the day of HaBikkurim when Messiah was resurrected from the dead] I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession. You shall break and rule them with a rod of iron. You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”
“Now therefore, O kings, show discernment. Take warning, O judges of the earth. Serve and worship HaShem with respectful fear and reverence. And rejoice with trembling. DO HOMAGE TO THE SON, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way. For His wrath may soon, quickly, and suddenly be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”
Especially pay attention to the last sentence of the Psalm:
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him.
This mirrors the verse, Proverbs 18:10:
The name of Adonai (the LORD) is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe.”
In this way we see that those who take refuge in the Messiah (instead of rejecting and opposing Him) are “blessed.” The Messiah Yeshua who comes in the Name of HaShem, who is a perfect reflection of the Holy One’s conscious life, is the “Strong Tower” that the righteous run in to and are eternally “safe.”
1. Witness of the Prophet Yochanan:
אַתֶּם שְׁלַחְתֶּם אֶל־יוֹחָנָן וְהוּא הֵעִיד עֵדוּת אֱמֶת׃ וַאֲנִי לֹא אֶקַּח לִי עֵדוּת מֵאָדָם אַךְ אָמַרְתִּי זֹאת לְמַעַן תִּוָּשֵׁעוּן׃ הוּא הָיָה הַנֵּר הַדֹּלֵק וְהַמֵּאִיר וְאַתֶּם רְצִיתֶם לָשׂוֹּשׂ כְּשָׁעָה לְאוֹרוֹ׃
“You have sent word to Yochanan (ben Zechariah), and he presented true testimony. Now I will not accept for Myself testimony from a human, but I have said this so that you may be saved. He was the lamp that kindles and illuminates, and you wanted to rejoice for an hour in his light.”
2. Witness of the Works of Messiah:
וְלִי עֵדוּת גְּדוֹלָה מֵעֵדוּת יוֹחָנָן הַמַּעֲשִׂים אֲשֶׁר נָתַן־לִי אָבִי לְהַשְׁלִימָם הַמַּעֲשִׂים הָאֵלֶּה אֲשֶׁר־אֲנִי עֹשֶׂה מְעִידִים עָלַי כִּי הָאָב שְׁלָחָנִי׃
“But the testimony which I have is greater than the testimony of Yochanan (ben Zechariah); for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish—the very works that I do—testify about Me, that the Father has sent Me.”
3. Witness of the Father:
וְהָאָב אֲשֶׁר שְׁלָחַנִי הוּא מֵעִיד עָלָי וְאַתֶּם אֶת־קוֹלוֹ לֹא־שְׁמַעְתֶּם מֵעוֹלָם וּתְמוּנָתוֹ לֹא רְאִיתֶם׃ וּדְבָרוֹ אֵינֶנּוּ שֹׁכֵן בְּקִרְבְּכֶם כִּי אֵינְכֶם מַאֲמִינִים לִשְׁלוּחוֹ׃
“The Father who sent Me testifies about Me, and you have never heard His Voice or seen His Image. His word does not reside within you, because you do not believe in the One He sent.”
4. Witness of the Tanakh:
דִּרְשׁוּ בַכְּתָבִים אֲשֶׁר תֹּאמְרוּ שֶׁיֵּשׁ לָכֶם חַיֵּי עוֹלָם בָּהֶם וְהֵמָּה הַמְּעִידִים עָלָי׃ וְאַתֶּם אֵינְכֶם רוֹצִים לָבוֹא אֵלָי לִהְיוֹת לָכֶם חַיִּים׃ לֹא־אֶקַּח כָּבוֹד מִבְּנֵי אָדָם׃ אָכֵן יָדַעְתִּי אֶתְכֶם כִּי אֵין־אַהֲבַת אֱלֹהִים בְּקִרְבְּכֶם׃ אֲנִי הִנֵּה בָאתִי בְּשֵׁם אָבִי לֹא קִבַּלְתֶּם אֹתִי וְאִם־יָבֹא אַחֵר בְּשֵׁם עַצְמוֹ אֹתוֹ תְקַבֵּלוּ׃ אֵיךְ תּוּכְלוּ לְהַאֲמִין אַתֶּם הַלּקְחִים כָּבוֹד אִישׁ מֵאֵת רֵעֵהוּ וְאֶת־הַכּבוֹד אֲשֶׁר מֵאֵת־הָאֱלֹהִים הַיָּחִיד לֹא תְּבַקֵּשׁוּ׃
“Search the Scriptures in which you say you have eternal life. They testify about Me. Yet you do not want to come to Me to have life. I will not accept honor from sons of men. I certainly know you—that you do not have the love of HaShem within you. I have come in the name of the Father but you have not accepted Me. If another comes in his own name, you accept him. How are you able to believe—you who accept the honor from one another but do not seek the honor that is only from the only Almighty One?”
5. Witness of Moses:
אַל־תַּחְשְׁבוּ כִּי אָנֹכִי אֶטְעֹן עֲלֵיכֶם לִפְנֵי אָבִי משֶׁה אֲשֶׁר־לוֹ תְיַחֵלוּ הוּא הַטֹּעֵן עֲלֵיכֶם׃ כִּי לוּ תַאֲמִינוּ לְמשֶׁה גַּם־לִי תַאֲמִינוּ כִּי הוּא כָּתַב עָלָי׃ וְאִם־לִכְתָבָיו אֵינְכֶם מַאֲמִינִים אֵיךְ תַאֲמִינוּ לִדְבָרָי׃
“Do not think that I will make a claim against you before My Father. Mosheh, in whom you hope, will make the claim against you. For if you would only believe Mosheh, you would also believe Me, for He wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
[This is the conclusion of our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Teruah study for this year. Four more chapters will be added regarding the five witnesses above, Lord willing, next year.”