Friday, April 1, 2011

Good News

The Good News (Gospel) originated in Gan Eden when YHWH introduced Adam and Chawwah (Eve) to the “Tree of Life” and revealed to them that the fruit of that Tree would cause them to live forever. That Tree, of course, represented the Malchut Elohim (Kingdom of Elohim), which has no beginning or end, the Netzer (Branch or sprout) which was spoken of in Isaiah 11:1 is the prophetic birth of  this Tree of Life through Mashiyach and which is the foundation of the Good News, but clearly the Good News did not originate at the coming of Y’hoshua: “Because Elohim knew beforehand that the Gentiles would be declared righteous through faith that he first preached to Awraham, as it is said in the Set Apart Scriptures, “In you shall all the Gentiles be blessed”” (Galatians 3:8). The KJV and other translations read, “preached before the gospel unto Awraham,” plainly teaching us that Awraham responded to the Good News about 2,000 years before Y’hoshua’s sufferings!

Most Christians believe that Mashiyach is the Word of YHWH who existed before the foundations of the world. Wherever Mashiyach is, there is Good News; the two are inseparable. Mashiyach has always been intimately connected to his people. He was and is the right Hand of YHWH and every blood sacrifice that was ever made in the name of YHWH for any purpose, past, present of future, was done “through” Mashiyach. Faith in YHWH provided forgiveness and it was that same faith in YHWH that provided the complete confidence that our sacrifices and prayers would be accepted. But the sacrifice itself is only a token of kippur (covering); in itself a sacrifice could do nothing unless the intent of the heart was right with YHWH. Without faith it is impossible to please YHWH. The ancients, our forefathers knew very well that their sacrifices by faith were demonstrations of their obedience, and all point to the greater and more perfect offering.

And they searched for the time which the Spirit of the Mashiyach dwelling in them did show and testify when the sufferings of the Mashiyach were to occur, and his subsequent esteem. And it was revealed to them (in regard to) all they were searching that, not for themselves were they inquiring, but for us they were prophesying of those things which are now manifested to you by means of the things we have announced to you by the Ruach haKodesh sent from heaven; which things the Messengers also desire to look into” (1 Peter 1:11-12). The Spirit of Mashiyach dwelling in our forefathers is the good News received: Adam, Noah, Awraham, Yitzkhakh, Ya’akov, Mosheh, Yehoshua, King Dawid, Daniel and all the Prophets of YHWH knew the Good News and responded with all their hearts, souls, might and minds. Daniel, for instance, saw Mashiyach in visions: those who were cast into the fiery furnace were joined by “one like the Son of Elohim” (Daniel 3:25) who is Mashiyach. Most Christians and Jews know very well that the Tanakh is all about Mashiyach.

For to us also is the announcement, as well as to them: but the Word they heard did not prophet them because it was not mingled with the faith of those who heard it” (Hebrews 4:2). Again the KJV inserts, “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them:” Rav Shaul makes it clear that it’s not good enough to hear the Truth and accept it intellectually; the Good News is activated only when we exercise Faith, which means we observe Torah and live according to the Word of YHWH. This is the requirement on our part to participate in the Good News.

The majority of Christians are aware of the vital importance of a mikveh (ritual cleansing bath), which is a total immersion of the physical body in living water. This is an outward sign that is made after there is a change to the inner man. Once he has repented of his sin and dedicated himself to Mashiyach, there is no other action that is more indicative of one who has received the Good News than to be immersed into the Kingdom of Elohim. “And, my Brothers, I would have you know, that our fathers were all of them under the cloud, and they all passed through the sea; and they were all immersed by Mosheh, in the cloud and in the sea; and they all ate the same spiritual food; and they all drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that attended them, and that rock was the Mashiyach” (1 Corinthians 10:1-4). All the Israelites who passed between the parted waters were immersed into the Good News. They had returned to their ancestral spiritual heritage of Awraham through the leading of Mosheh Rabbeinu. “Your father Awraham did long to see my day, and he saw it and rejoiced!” (John 8:56). The Israelites were given every advantage to know and understand the Good News; their own deliverance after participating in the Passover lamb gave them a blood covering which was accepted before YHWH and a substitute for the life of their own first-born sons.

The Scriptures indicate beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Good News originated at the very beginning of time. The True “gospel” has always incorporated YHWH’s Torah (instruction in righteousness) in building a relationship between YHWH and humankind. “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit in you, and cause you to live by my Torah, and ye shall keep my statutes and judgments, and do them” (Ezekiel 36:26-27). Here we clearly see the basis of the Good News, that YHWH Himself shows favor and mercy to His people who will live according to His Word. The Good News is the revelation of YHWH’s Eternal Favor that saves and empowers His people to be able to stop transgressing (breaking Torah) against Him. Torah is YHWH’s blueprint for moral, righteous living. To attempt to annul Torah is to teach a different “gospel” than what the Talmidim (disciples) and Shlichim (Apostles) originally taught.

False "gospels" preach that Y’hoshua is “the gospel” and/or that belief alone in Y’hoshua brings salvation. However, Adam and Chawwah (Eve) “got saved” long before Y’hoshua came to earth because YHWH is Salvation. Y’hoshua is the door to salvation but belief in his covering blood is utterly futile without being “re-born” spiritually and keeping His Father’s Commandments (becoming Set Apart). Even the demons believe in YHWH and the fact that there is only One Elohim; but demons are certainly not Set Apart unto YHWH, and therefore belief in itself without a righteous lifestyle is simply false religion. The false gospel has removed the TERMS & CONDITIONS of salvation, covenant and kippur (covering of sin) and replaced them with a cerebral belief system or Christian religious label (identity); whereas the Renewed Covenant demands a complete change of lifestyle once Torah (instruction in righteousness) is written upon the heart.

Increased popularity of a false gospel will in no way make it acceptable to YHWH or His Mashiyach. Even if every soul on earth put their faith in a false gospel, it would not cause YHWH to change His Word to comply with man’s opinion. YHWH Is His Word and His Promise and He cannot change Who He Is! The false gospel is a theology that pits Y’hoshua (Favor) against the Word of YHWH (Torah). Those who lead the charge of the false "gospel" adamantly speak against the terms and conditions of the Renewed Covenant. The Good News is that YHWH our Creator is a Loving, Merciful and Forgiving Father, which is why “the sacrifices of Elohim are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart.” This Love of the Father is clearly demonstrated in Y’hoshua Mashiyach as an offering for all souls to turn to YHWH, to enter His Kingdom and turn away from transgression of His Word.

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