Table of
Contents.

"But the Helper, the Ruach ha Qodesh, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you" (John 14:26).

Concordance.

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The
Letters:

# 1.  Faith,
Discipleship &
Spiritual
Warfare.

# 2.  Prayer,
Judgmentalism
& Forgiveness.

# 3. The
Ekklesia
(Church) -vs-
Religion.

# 4. Elohim,
His Love &
His Discipline.

# 5.  Spiritual
Gifts, Humility
& Elohim's
Power.

# 6.  The
Ruach ha Qodesh
and Elohim's
Word.

# 7.
Reconciliation
& Sin - The
curse and our
need.

# 8.
Reconciliation
& Sin - The
consequence
of the curse.

# 9.
Reconciliation
& Sin - Sin's
cure.

#10.
Reconciliation
& Sin - Our
Choice.

#11.
Discipleship.

#12.
Works of Faith.

#13. The
Gifts of the
Ruach ha Qodesh
- and a Test.

#14.
The Sign Gifts.

#15.  The
Support Gifts.

#16. The
Service Gifts.

#17.  Living
as Disciples.

#18.
The Snatching
(Rapture) &
Tribulation.

#19.
Prophesy & a
Closing.

#20.
Beware the
false prophets
and teachers.

#21.
The Signs
of Messiah's
Return.

#22. Oneness
& The Trinity,
and the Names
of Elohim!

#23.
Understanding
Righteousness,
While
Acknowledging
The enemy.

#24.
The Matter of
the Sabbath.

 

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Letter 6 - The Holy Spirit (Ruach ha Qodesh) & God's Word.

My Dear Zeteo;

It seems as if a long time has passed since we've exchanged letters, yet I know only a short period has gone by since I last heard from you. Such is my anticipation! I was delighted to receive your latest note, however, and was encouraged once again by your response. It appears that your search for the truth is progressing in our Father's grace, and I notice a new peacefulness in the presentation of your arguments and questions. I think I like it!  Your questions are as insightful as ever though, and the Holy Spirit (Ruach ha Qodesh) is indeed a worthy topic.  I only hope I can do Him justice. As always, I insist that you compare everything I present to you with the Word of God... My thoughts are irrelevant, His truth must prevail!

So then, about the Holy Spirit (Ruach ha Qodesh), let me begin by saying that many religious institutions deny the existence, relevance or even Deity of this Third Person of the Trinity. His being, importance and position within the Trinity is enormous, however, and every seeker of the truth needs to know about the Helper sent to, "guide...in all truth" (John 16:13). This is important, Zeteo, because knowledge of Him is not only for the defense of our faith and victory in the spiritual battle, but for our daily communion with God as well. Although books have been written about Ruach ha Qodesh, I want to offer a Scriptural introduction to Him that is brief, yet relevant to everyday life. Through this introduction, I hope you will see that from the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, to the last chapter of the Book of Revelation, Ruach ha Qodesh is presented in an indelible portrait of unity with the Father and Son. And in all love, revelation and regeneration, His existence, relevance and Deity is proven.

Every adjective used to describe God the Father and God the Son, must also be used to describe God the Holy Spirit (Ruach ha Qodesh), because Their essence is identical. The personalities, duties and responsibilities within the Trinity may be different, but the essence that makes them God, and is only of God, belongs to the Father, the Son and Ruach ha Qodesh - individually and collectively. Adjectives like loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, compassionate, truthful, merciful, gracious and powerful, describe the very essence of God, and it is Their essence which makes Them One.

In an earlier letter I said that even though God desires for us to grow, "in all aspects unto Him" (Ephesians 4:15), we each possess and retain our own personality. In order to grow "unto Him" we surrender our will to Him, and take on His essence, but we are not meant to be clones. We are not machines.  Just as the personalities of our children are different from us, our personalities differ from our Heavenly Father. Amazingly, however, it is in surrendering our will to God now, that our individual personalities will find eternal life (Matthew 10:39).  We must never loose sight of the fact that we are here to glorify God. In surrendering ourselves to Him in this life, however, He is able to live through us. As we take up our cross daily, He is able to take up residency within our hearts. And just as the essence of God is collective, we too, as God's children, will ultimately possess that collective essence. The leadership provided us in this life by Ruach ha Qodesh, will reflect the totality of God the Father and God the Son, because just as They are love, so is He. Just as They are truth, so is He, and so shall we be, if we remain faithful and obedient to our call.

Unity with God, and among ourselves, as Yahshuah prayed for in John 17, comes when we submit our lives to God. And the Word found in Galatians 5:16-26 points toward the Spirit filled life, and shows a portion of what is attainable by us - now! While there is much to learn about living as disciples, it is natural that once we find Yahshuah in our hearts, that we would begin to put the worldly aside, and put on that which is of Yahshuah. The power, majesty and dominion of God are ours, not only in the future kingdom, but now, because eternal life really does begin the moment we accept Yahshuah as Master and Messiah! Ruach ha Qodesh is our instructor and guide in the comprehension of these things though, and if we faithfully submit and earnestly desire to grow "unto Him", He will insure that we will attain the unity, power and authority that Yahshuah prayed would be ours.

Upon a confession of faith in Yahshuah as personal Messiah and Master, or at the time of ones immersion baptism, or upon a laying on of hands by disciples already filled with the Spirit, a promise made by Yahshuah is fulfilled, and Ruach ha Qodesh is given to the newly born child of God. The ability to comprehend Scripture is greatly increased once He is received (John 16:1-15), adding significantly to the Spirit's importance in our life. Without the Helper however, we are incapable of knowing the mysteries of God, and without this knowledge we are helpless in the war against the enemies of God. Without Ruach ha Qodesh in our lives we are incapable of fighting the spiritual battle that is raging about us, against us and for our very souls.  With Him, though, we can know all mysteries, as He reveals them to us, and we will have His power and authority for use in the glorification of His name. And, with Him in our lives, we can "Put on the full Armor of God" (Ephesians 6:10-18).  As you read your Bible, Zeteo, and come to an area that you do not understand, ask God for guidance. Ask the Holy Spirit to instruct you as you continue your studies. He will provide the understanding [tc] you faithfully seek. Although God can grant an outpouring of wisdom, knowledge or understanding, it is our responsibility to pray for these attributes; it is our responsibility to study His Word. Ruach ha Qodesh will impart the abilities as required - and as we are able to receive them.

The presence of the Spirit is evidenced in the lives of God's children in numerous ways, my friend, but the most recognizable confirmation of His presence should be through His fruit; especially His love (and our love for one another). Other evidences include the acquisition of discipline, which we have already discussed, and the spiritual gifts, which He immediately imparts. All these then, working within us, grow in ever increasing abundance, thereby making the disciples of Yahshuah distinguishable in the world.

Sadly, I have taught classes where people have walked out of the room at the mere mention of the Holy Spirit (Ruach ha Qodesh). And I have seen folks literally run at any hint of the gifts being discussed! Many professing 'Christians' are sincerely petrified about receiving Him into their lives, because of the false teachings, false practices and false dogma that have permeated the religious institutions. Unwilling to know Ruach ha Qodesh though, and therefore unwilling to be known by Him, many of these souls are lost in a maze. Although they may sincerely desire to please God, they are blind, and unable to comprehend why God is not working in or through their lives. My prayer, therefore, is that you will know Him, and be at peace with Him.

Additionally, many 'Christians' are frustrated because our natural man and our spiritual man are in constant opposition. While our spirit desires to glorify God, we are incapable of accomplishing this without Ruach ha Qodesh. Denying the Spirit access to our life denies God His glory. And denying God His glory, denies our own life purpose, which produces our frustration. There is hope, however, and tremendous gratification, because God's love prevails when we submit to Him.
Genesis 1:2 tells us that Ruach ha Qodesh was involved in the creation, and from Numbers 11:16-17 we know He was the indwelling power and authority given to Moses and the elders assisting him - in judging the tribes of Israel. This same power and authority is ours today, because the same Ruach ha Qodesh is our gift from God today, given as a deposit/pledge (Ephesians 1:14), for fellowship (2 Corinthians 13:14). He is to be prayerfully sought  and openly received (Acts 2:38, 8:14-17), but also know, we can resist Him, not allowing Him to function through us (Acts 7:51).
Psalms 51:10-13, teaches that the Old Testament Prophets were aware of their need for Ruach ha Qodesh in their lives, in order to effectively fulfill their duties. We need to acknowledge this same truth, because He is our indwelling helper (1 Corinthians 3:16; John 14:26), comforter (Acts 9:21), director (Acts 16:6), teacher (1 Corinthians 2:13), intercessor (Romans 8:26), witness (Acts 5: 32), provider of power (Romans 15:13), revealer of knowledge, understanding and wisdom (Acts 4:8; 1 Corinthians 2:6-12), Spirit of prophecy (Acts 1:16-18), bearer of love (Romans 5:5), giver of life (Romans 8:11), distributor of gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1-11) and producer of fruit (Galatians 5: 22-23). But we must also know that we can grieve Him (Ephesians 4:30), lie to Him, and improperly test Him (Acts 5:3-9).
His presence and identification with the children of God is foretold and verified (Joel 2:28-29; Revelation 1:10-20; Zechariah 4:1-6). And just as He is acknowledged as the One who inspired the prophets (Zechariah 7:12; 2 Peter 1:21), He is our Bible teacher and inspiration today (1 Corinthians 2:12-13). It is He, the indwelling representative of the Father and Son, who leads the children of God on level ground (Psalms 143:10), calling and sending them out for work (Acts 13:4). And it is He who speaks to the prophets and teachers today (Acts 13:2). But we are commanded not to quench Him (1 Thessalonians 5:19).
He is the washer, regenerator and renewer (Titus 3:5), as well as the ever present, "Convictor of the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment" (John 16:7-11). But He can be sinned against and spoken against in such a way that is unpardonable (Matthew 12:31-32).

These verses are being provided so you can study the Holy Spirit's all encompassing mission, my friend, but in understanding His mission, be certain of Him with regard to one thing: He works in and through the lives of the believer, to the glory of our Heavenly Father thru Yahshuah ha Mashiach. He will never do anything to detract from God's majesty, dominion or glory, and He will never endorse an act that violates the Law of God. He will not act on your behalf only for the purpose of your personal gain or glorification, but He will establish, comfort, teach, enable and abide within you, and bless you and bear fruit in and through you, for the glory of our Master, Messiah and King. He will work miracles in your life, but you must also know that you have a free will, with regard to your work with Him, and whether He can work with you.

We must never forget though, that our enemy has the capacity to appear as a spirit of light (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). We are responsible to test the spirits for authenticity, therefore, and have been provided the means to do so (1 John 4:1-6;  1 Corinthians 12:3). The effectiveness of these tests is proven, Zeteo, and Ruach ha Qodesh will always pass every test. Conversely, the demons of destruction always fail. Understand, however, that confessing Yahshuah, as Messiah, is more than merely wording a phrase - it is a lifestyle confession of faith. Is Yahshuah ha Mashiach confessed as having come in the flesh or not? Is Yahshuah ha Mashiach reverently confessed as Master, or is He cursed? Every spiritually relevant thought must be brought captive to the Word of God, my friend, and if a revelation defies Scripture, it then defies Yahshuah. If it magnifies the Word of God though, then it magnifies and glorifies our God in heaven. If Yahshuah is confessed and glorified, the revelation is worthy of note, and can be shared. If not, the thought must be rebuked as false. Ruach ha Qodesh is given to assist us in this process.

Ruach ha Qodesh will reveal the will of our Father to us in such a way that confirmation is obtainable (primarily through the Word of God), and this confirmation is essential to the law of testimony and witness (Deuteronomy 19:15; Matthew 18:16). The assembly of the Ekklesia is important to this matter also, because we frequently receive confirmation through other believers. It is also acceptable to verify a direct revelation from God, as did Gideon, by placing a fleece before the Master (Judges 6 & 7). God was not angry with Gideon when he lay down the fleece - twice - and He will not be angry with us if our search is sincere. We have been commanded to test the spirits, Zeteo, and because God commands this testing, He will not be angered when we obediently seek His confirmation.

Testing the spirits must also be applied when dealing with people, but with people it is possible to witness the fruit of the Spirit, or see the discipline of God in the life of the person. Together, these tests unite into a fortified barrier, providing every disciple a method of discernment - both spiritual and personal. While we discern in love, however, we must, nevertheless, discern at every level.

As we consider these things, Zeteo, it is relevant to note that communication [tc] with God occurs through His Word, by dreams / visions [tc], by angelic visitation or through direct communication. The method of revelation, as you can see, is significantly diverse. Our method of testing though, remains gloriously constant. I think we are to have peace in this knowledge, because if we remain alert, we will not be deceived.

I had occasion recently to debate a pastor over his denomination's stand on the use of the gift of tongues. It is their belief that speaking in tongues is the proof of the baptism of Ruach ha Qodesh. They contend that without this ability, the Spirit is not present in the life of the believer. Although I occasionally pray in tongues, which supposedly verifies my spiritual baptism in their sight, I refute the teaching that this gift must be evidenced in every Disciple.

1 Corinthians 12:27-30 clearly teaches that we are individually members of the body of Messiah, and each is gifted differently. This is strenuously upheld in Romans 12:4-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 and Ephesians 4.  I contend that any teaching which demands we all speak in tongues is an unscriptural and satanically inspired approach to the Word of God.  Why? Because it attempts to:
Dictate to Ruach ha Qodesh which of the gifts He must give to God's children.
Magnify in importance one gift over another.
Destroy the faith of any who have not received this particular ability.
Force those who are not gifted with tongues to fake their experience, thereby cheapening whatever relationship they may have with God, in order for them to fellowship within an institution.

As I prayed in preparation of the debate, to insure that my understanding was accurate and my approach was in the love of our Messiah, I heard an extremely soothing voice pray deep within my soul. Beginning in a chorus of praise to Yahshuah, the words turned to an emotional prayer in tongues that I was unable to interpret. The prayer concluded in English, as I heard, "do not fret, I am here. Do not be swayed, you know what I have given you. Have peace in your heart and be certain of your gifts. More is coming. Use what you have to glorify Yahshuah. Praise God!" In the quiet of His presence, I had peace.

That is one way God speaks to His children.

About twenty years ago I was in a restaurant in a Denver suburb, when a young lady, perhaps in her early twenties, burst into the building proclaiming, "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." She got very specific about the date and time when a flood was supposed to engulf Denver, and upon completion of her message she ran from the building and down the street. The event never occurred.

Due to the crush of the restaurant, I was unable to catch her. My spirit cried out to her, however, because she needed to be discipled. She needed to know Satan was attacking her, to discourage her and turn her love cold. The deceiver was causing her to prophesy falsely in his attempt to make her doubt even the salvation provided for her by our Messiah. Her zeal [tc] for Yahshuah was obvious, as was her courage and love, but her mannerisms defied the peace of God, which would accompany such a prophetic message. My heart ached for her, because this child of God was going to approach the time of her prophecy with much prayer and fasting, but she was headed for a spiritual calamity. When nothing happened that day, she would become disillusioned, and perhaps even turn from following her Master. I prayed for an outpouring of the grace of God upon her, knowing only He could save her from Satan's grasp. Her message was false; even though she believed in her heart she was right. She sincerely wanted to proclaim God's word, but her frantic actions defied everything that Scripture has told us about Ruach ha Qodesh - Who would have inspired such a prophecy. She did not have the peace of God, because she did not test the spirits; Satan had a foothold in her life.

Another example of the Spirit's communication happened as I began preparing for these letters. Although I have compiled extensive notes during my years of teaching about Yahshuah, I wanted to construct a topical concordance to furnish with each letter. My desire was to impart an understanding for the Word of God in such a way that you could quickly substantiate the data being presented, thereby expediting the results of your search. My goal was simple: Help you find the truth quickly, so you could begin to live the truth. After praying, I began a study of the New Testament, often looking at the original Greek, in order to gain the knowledge [tc] I desired. While it was labor intensive, it was also an amazingly fruitful endeavor. Nevertheless, it was in the Old Testament that Ruach ha Qodesh really spoke to me.

Prior to this trip through the Old Testament, certain areas of the Word of God held little meaning to me. For example, to this day, I have no comprehension for the revelation of the Temple given in Ezekiel 40-48. I have prayed to understand this part of God's Word, but I have no idea what the Author is talking about, cannot for the life of me envision what the Temple looks like and am genuinely confused by the dimensions and placement of gates, walls and rooms. I do not know why this vision is given, but I trust God to enlighten me when it is important for me to know.  (What I do know though, is that the Temple in heaven is an inverted pyramid which just goes to show the lengths that Satan will go to, to distort the truth).

Likewise, portions of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel are exceptionally interesting and loaded with quotable passages, but some of their work has eluded me as well. I have a grasp for much of the end time prophetic writings, as the Master has allowed, but this particular reading was different. As I read through Isaiah, I was impressed by the way the prophet used the names of Jacob and Israel [tc]. Although both names refer to the same historical person, the spiritual implication of their use appeared different, and not meant to be interchangeable. Unless the historical person was being discussed, it appeared that God desired for us to understand a difference in the use of the names Jacob and Israel. I prayed, and I continued reading!

When I began reading Chapter 48 of Isaiah, Ruach ha Qodesh opened my eyes to His Word in ways that I had never before seen. What I finally saw was that Jacob was the patriarchs name before he wrestled with God - before he repented. If you study the person, Jacob was, among other things, a thief (he stole his brother's birth-right), a deceiver (he cheated his father-in-law in the way he handled the flocks), and a liar (he constantly told people that his wife was his sister to protect himself). In the original language, the name Jacob means SUPPLANTER, and a supplanter is one who takes the place of another through scheming and treachery. Prophetically, Jacob is the spiritual equivalent and symbol of the false and deceptive religious institutions; the unrepentant supplanter.

Israel, on the other hand, is the name given to Jacob after his repentance, and this name - in many Prophetically spiritual applications - speaks of the repentant EKKLESIA, the body of our Messiah.

The significance of this revelation is immense (At least to me). The Old Testament has taken on a new dimension, because a spiritual passage was opened to me. While not every use of the names Jacob or Israel can be interpreted as false religion - vs - true discipleship or true faith, because each passage of Scripture must be read and understood in context, the primary key is in the historical application; in its relationship to the actual person. 

Judah, I also learned, spiritually refers to the Jewish Nation.

Now, in a very interesting book entitled, "The United States and Britain in Prophecy", a much maligned (and occasionally erroneous) author, Herbert W. Armstrong, unravels a tremendous mystery of the Prophetic Word, and shows quite clearly that Britain and the United States are not only discussed in Prophecy, but that much of the end time Prophetic Word evolves around these two nations: Britain being spoken of as the Tribe of Ephraim and the United States spoken of as the Tribe of Manasseh, and together these two nations represent the lost tribes of Israel.  (See Genesis 48 and 49).

Regardless of what we may think of Armstrong's dictatorial approach to 'Christianity', or his erroneous position on salvation, we must nevertheless respect the fact that Ruach ha Qodesh moves mysteriously in this world, and that this writing by Armstrong may very well be an inspired interpretation of a "Mystery" of the Prophetic Word.

Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet because of the nature of his prophecy, the faithlessness of the people he prophesied to, and because of the times in which he lived. Yet, Jeremiah's prophecy evoked little emotion from me personally in the past. As I studied Jeremiah this time though, I was unable to complete a chapter without falling on my face before God in tears, for the faithlessness of ISRAEL. Jeremiah knew the condition of the people of God during his day, and the destruction that was to befall them because they had turned from God. What Ruach ha Qodesh was showing me in my reading, however, was the condition and faithlessness of Israel, the EKKLESIA, TODAY, and the suffering that is going to befall it because of its faithlessness.

God speaks to His children today, Zeteo. It is our responsibility to test the spirits, and rebuke the evil. Revelation is pouring forth and we must listen.

Another point to remember, my friend, is that Ruach ha Qodesh is not going to stray from the Word of God in any new revelation, ever! New revelation will enlighten and enhance what is written, but He will never distort, deny or defy what has already been given. God does not change, and neither does His Word. Throughout Scripture, we are commanded to remember what has already been done, so we can compare it to what we see today (Psalms 105). And those who KNOW the truth must recognize and deal with every deviation from His Word. We are commanded to abide in His Word [tc], so we will not be deceived, and so we can rebuke the false teachers, based on that Word (John 8:31). His Word is tested, and is a shield, "to those who take refuge in Him" (Proverbs 30:5), and these warnings are not new revelations, but old truths which have long been ignored. Ruach ha Qodesh is our Teacher, and we must turn to Him in trust, faith and obedience.

I realize how difficult it is to submit to Someone you don't really know or trust yet. So I wanted to remind you that your submission is a free-will choice, to be made by you alone. Ruach ha Qodesh is a Gentleman. He will never intrude, and He will never force Himself upon us. Ruach ha Qodesh is also organized and orderly. It is important, therefore, that as we walk with Him, and as we approach God in prayer, that we maintain an organized and orderly manner. He is not interested in needless repetition, but He does desire the fullness of our hearts. If we seek His guidance before we pray, He will assist us and intercede with our Father on our behalf (Romans 8:26-27). If we submit, He will come.

Assemblies led by Ruach ha Qodesh will also be organized in a purposeful manner. This does not eliminate gala celebrations, but ensures that God is the focus of those celebrations. I have been in gatherings where someone is asked to pray, and during the prayer, everybody else talks in tongues or simply injects "amen's" or "hallelujah's", throughout the prayer. Spiritually, it was impossible to add an "amen" at the end of the prayer, because I was unable to hear what was prayed for or said, "in the name of Yahshuah". If you do not understand what is being prayed for or sought from God, DO NOT add your amen. Satan will use our prayers against us whenever an opportunity is presented, and we must guard against these attacks. Nonetheless, Spirit led assemblies are purposeful.

As for the unpardonable sin [tc], Scripture clearly tells us what it is, even though many have difficulty acknowledging God's truth today. In Matthew 12:22-32, a situation and subsequent teaching reveal the offense that is unpardonable:

Yahshuah, in the power of Ruach ha Qodesh, healed a demon-possessed man who was blind and dumb. The Pharisees, not wanting to acknowledge the presence of God, credited Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons, with the healing. That is the unpardonable sin! To blaspheme means to: 1. Harm the reputation of. 2. Speak of irreverently. 3. Make inferior. 4. Slander.

By crediting Beelzebul with the healing, the Pharisees violated everything we know blasphemy to be. And blasphemy is not restricted to miracles, either. The Word of God says, "whoever shall speak against Ruach ha Qodesh, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age, or in the age to come" (Matthew 12:32). See also Luke 12:8-10.

I have a friend who is an unbeliever. Upon learning of my being 'born-again' - of my acceptance of Yahshuah into my life, this friend went into a tirade against Yahshuah that was so uncharacteristic of his personality that I was left speechless. He called Yahshuah names that even in my faithless years, I would never have uttered. I know his outburst is pardonable though; Yahshuah said so! If his rage had been directed at the Person of Ruach ha Qodesh, however, I believe that his sin would be unforgivable. He would be eternally dead. The Word of God tells us, "Any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against Ruach ha Qodesh shall not be forgiven" (Matthew 12:31-32). The fact that this sin against Ruach ha Qodesh is unpardonable, however, should tell us something about His existence, relevance and Deity, because Ruach ha Qodesh is God.

In addition to understanding the Holy Spirit of God, Zeteo, I am compelled to discuss what I believe is true about the Word of God [tc], because we are told that it is Ruach ha Qodesh Who inspired the authors of the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16), and it is He who leads us today in comprehending His Word.

In contrast to the new theological teachings of our day, which promote relativism in relation to life and the Bible, God says that society finds favor or disfavor with Him, by adherence to His standards; by upholding His truth (Genesis 19; Isaiah 58-59 and Jeremiah 11:1-17). While adherence to God's truth is important to humanity in general, it is monumental for the Disciple who desires to live a life pleasing to God. This applies particularly to end time disciples, because only a faithful walk with God will sustain us throughout the tribulations of life.

Before attempting to discuss spiritual disciplines, therefore, it is important that we first agree that God has communicated His truth [tc] to mankind. And along with His truth, we need to agree that He has also revealed His will. Before anything else, we must KNOW that objective and absolute truth exists, and we must acknowledge that contained within His truth comes the very purpose and method for life.

As we enter a bookstore, the overhead signs direct us to various sections: fiction, western, cooking, religion, etc. When we arrive at those sections though, we find a variety of topics available from which to choose. The cooking section is replete with culinary styles from around the world, and differences can be found within like ethnic styles, based upon region and methodology. Fortunately, our individual tastes are such that we can always find something we like. Unfortunately, the religion section is no different.

Unlike cookbooks though, the religion section has a standard - a ruler to which every offering must be upheld. This standard places a burden on the writer and the reader, which all too often is ignored, because it deals with accountability. And because we have ignored the standard, writers take liberty with God's recipe, and readers, hearing a misconception frequently enough, accept the error as truth. Yahshuah prayed that His disciples would be sanctified in the truth, and then said of God's Word, "Thy Word is truth" (John 17:17). This statement about the Word of God, made by God, cannot be found in any other writing in the world, and should have tremendous significance for us.

Elsewhere, Scripture says, "The words of YAHUAH are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times" (Psalms 12:6). New Age Relativism speaks toward situational ethics, cultural diversity and humanism; toward the belief that man is capable of good, in and of himself, and that there is no absolute moral truth. The Word of God, on the other hand, speaks of man's natural tendency toward evil; speaks of objective and absolute moral and ethical truth; and speaks of societal and cultural restraint and conformity - within the freedom of faith in Yahshuah ha Mashiach. If the words of YAHUAH are pure, as silver tried in a furnace, then this must have significance for us as well, and those who seek Him must uphold everything to His standard.  Every spiritual teaching MUST BE held to the standard established in Scripture, and if it fails to meet that standard, it must be disregarded.

In Proverbs 2, God expresses His desire that we receive His sayings, treasure His commandments, attend to wisdom, cry for discernment and lift our heart to understanding, seeking her as silver... "Then you will discern the fear of YAHUAH, and discover the knowledge of God" (Proverbs 2:5). In Isaiah 40:6-8, God adds that mankind is like the grass which withers and burns when His breath blows upon it, but that His Word "Stands forever". True to form, however, mankind, including the religious institutions, is placing humanity over the Word of God, and our current societal morass is the result. Compared to God, humanity is absolutely insignificant, yet the theological teachings of our age have placed mankind over God and His Word (Humanism). We manipulate His teachings to suit our purposes, misapplying or ignoring His standards, because the "times have changed", and we wonder why we do not really know God today.

As we read the daily paper and watch the evening news, it is obvious that evil exists in the world. Yet as we examine ourselves, whether we acknowledge sin or not, most of us sincerely believe we are "good". Evil exists, but we are all good! Bells should be ringing. Humanism [tc] teaches that mankind is capable of good, while conversely teaching that the evil in humanity is a product of upbringing, genetic error or circumstance. This not only contradicts the Word of God, it stands in open rebellion against His Word. God says, "There is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins" (Ecclesiastes 7:20). In acknowledging the existence of good and evil, we must also acknowledge that they stand in opposition to one another (antithesis). Good and evil cannot co-exist peacefully. If we accept these facts, we can then turn back to the Word of God and realize that evil wishes to discredit good. If seeking an understanding of God produces a discernment of the fear of YAHUAH (reverence) [tc] and discovery of the knowledge of God, then evil will do whatever it must to distort the gaining of that understanding - prohibiting us from finding any revelation of good.  We are called to overcome, however, and overcome we shall thru faith in Yahshuah ha Mashiach, and with the abiding Comforter and Helper, Ruach ha Qodesh, sent from our Master!

Such is the overwhelming case that is being made today against the Names by which we have been misled in addressing our God...  Satan never wanted us to know these truth's!

And this also speaks toward the problem we see today in the various "translations" of the very Word of God that we are discussing. No one translation is pure, Zeteo! Some, like the (NIV - the New International Version) are not worth the paper they are printed on.  (Please do not write to tell me how much you disagree with this statement).  Instead, open a concordance, a Bible Word Study Dictionary and either the (NASB - New American Standard Bible) or the (NKJ - New King James) versions of the Bible, and do some comparing.  Compare words, sentences, paragraph's and complete passages, and see how the NIV has eliminated or completely changed the "Word of God".  Furthermore, as you compare these different "translations", investigate further by delving into the concordances and Word Study Dictionaries, and as you investigate these matters, ask yourself why so much has been eliminated from the NIV... Simply, Good and evil cannot co-exist.  Evil will do everything possible to discredit Good, and inasmuch as only Good (Truth) is found in the Word of God, evil has done everything possible to discredit that very Word.  The NIV is one of his primary tools today!

As I said though, no one translation is pure!  The NASB has problems too, which is why we need every available tool to search out and discern the Truth to be found in Scripture.  The original inspired writings of the Word of God are inerrant.  Sadly, those manuscripts are not available to the public today, and we must rely on the translation work of those who have come before us.  God says, "The Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow...able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). The reality and application of this passage is in the fact that as we dwell in God's Word [tc], pouring over and studying every word, passage and verse, His Word permeates and percolates throughout our thoughts and heart. The intensity of His Word living within us increases as the duration of our study increases. Minute by minute, hour by hour and day by day, the intensity of our study proportionately increases the livelihood of His Word within us.

It is understandable, therefore, why evil wishes to distract us from studying the Word of God. It is also understandable why evil would go to such great lengths to implant thoughts of God's Word being difficult to grasp, being insignificant in today's culture and being irrelevant in light of its historical or cosmic errancy (whether those errors actually exist or not). These are all significant issues that must affect our thinking. These are also significant matters when we discuss Ruach ha Qodesh, because in denying Him, it becomes impossible to grasp God's Word.

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Humanity is clambering to hear the diviners of our age, without regard for the message, the source or the accuracy of the word being proclaimed. At the same time though, the warnings issued by God through His prophets are being ignored. The ancient cry, "Thus says YAHUAH", has little meaning today, in spite of the fact that whenever His prophets uttered those words, truth followed.

The absolute significance (for us today) behind the words uttered by the Old Testament prophets, however, is that they were given short-term, mid-term and long-range prophesies. The accuracy of their short and mid-term messages should significantly impact our thinking with regard to their long-range predictions, because those long-range predictions speak of today. Ironically, those prophesies include numerous references toward the attitude of humanity, in regard to the Word of God, in the end time period; predictions that are being wholeheartedly upheld by every false practitioner of our day.

Our dilemma stems from the fact that false ministers have proclaimed a message of accommodation, while ignoring the warning to keep the sheep and the goats separate. Relativism and accommodation teach that sinful lifestyles are not really sinful, error is always forgivable and God loves the sinner. But they ignore God's commands that sinful lifestyles are to be confessed, error is to be shunned, and repentance and obedience are essential to maintaining His love. Evidence of this dilemma lies in the anarchy now confronting society. God declared His truth, warning humanity what would happen if His commands were not upheld, and fulfillment of His prophetic message abounds today. As disciples of Yahshuah today, we stand at the precipice of the return of our Messiah, knowing that the Ekklesia is literally losing the spiritual battle today, and is therefore totally unprepared for the fullness of the spiritual battles yet to come.  In our infidelity, many within the Ekklesia no longer accept the Word of God as truth.

Believing the inerrancy [tc] of the Word of God, historically, cosmically and spiritually, however, is fundamental to understanding God's purpose and plan. Every deviation from His absolute truth diverts humanity from the salvation offered through Yahshuah ha Mashiach. This is true, because evil cannot tolerate or accommodate the inerrancy of the Word of God, and attempts to defile it whenever possible. Many Christians readily tolerate Scripturally deviant teachings, and the unbelief and apostasy witnessed today is its product. As seekers, however, we must remember that, "every word of God is tested" (Proverbs 30:5). Sadly though, humanity, including many within the Ekklesia, has failed God in not testing every word of man against His standard. Justice is no longer administered, because we do not comprehend God's justice. Morality is no longer taught, because we deny God's morals. Love is thought to mean sex, when in reality, "God is love" (1 John 4:16). And the list goes on!

In the past thirty years, Ruach ha Qodesh has shown me God's truth through His Word, and has allowed me to compare His reality against the backdrop of our declining 'Christian' nation. And as we consider the last ninety years of American history, we can see morality being discarded, as humanism came to the forefront. We have witnessed the disintegration of the family and the slaughter of nearly sixty million unborn babies in our abortion mills. We have observed the decline in understanding and rejection of the Word of God, and are watching anarchy and financial collapse dawn. The spirit of the Antichrist rules the land, yet we remain entrenched in a mind-set of acquiring worldly goods. Additionally, the martyrdom of the disciples of Yahshuah is happening throughout the world as Prophecy becomes a reality every day. In light of these revelations, the Word of God is found to be inerrant, and everything God has said to us in His Word has either come true, or is about to come true - literally, objectively and absolutely.

As I consider my walk with Yahshuah, I can also attest to His truthfulness on a personal basis. I have experienced tribulation and persecution because of my faith, but He has never abandoned me or tested me beyond what I was able to endure. I have sought guidance, direction, wisdom, understanding, insight and knowledge from Him in many areas, and although His response may be slow in coming (by my estimation), He has never failed to enlighten me when my search was sincere. I have poked and prodded, challenged and rebelled, searched, and at times even ignored the Word that I so dearly love, and His Ruach ha Qodesh has graciously instructed and revitalized me at every step. I have sinned and been forgiven, prayed and been answered, sought and found, and God has never lied to me. His Word says He cannot lie, and every seeker must know this fact.

I have also been disciplined.

The reality for anyone seeking to know God, or know about God, therefore, lies in accepting His truthfulness [tc]. Sincere seekers of God need only ask Him to reveal Himself, and then study His Word, the Bible, to find that revelation. In accepting that it is impossible for Him to lie, we can read His Word in the assurance that truth will always be found (Hebrews 6:18; 1 John 2:21). And, it is a simple matter to test His Word for accuracy. Where humanism is self-serving, man magnifying and inward looking, the Word of God always glorifies and magnifies God. He speaks of repentance from sin, while promoting hope, love, peace and salvation. He speaks of reconciliation through, and obedience to Yahshuah ha Mashiach, or eternal destruction for those who deny Him. Every deviation from His Word, and every false teaching that is allowed to permeate the ranks of the EKKLESIA, or civilization, causes doubt to surface, thereby blurring our ability to see God's truthfulness. Somehow, we must return to the fullness of His Word, and we must shun the deviates. Somehow, we must learn obedience once again!

The Word of God says, "Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it shall be opened" (Luke 11:9-10). Believing God to be true, therefore, is fundamental to living and abiding in His Word, and in this most base of all commands, God desires that we ask and seek for His truth; to seek for His revelation. If we can only believe that God cannot lie, His Word remains an open door to reverence, salvation and personal fulfillment. I know that you are discovering the truth of these matters, Zeteo, but I am compelled to present this reminder for your benefit.

As we acknowledge the existence of good, we must also acknowledge the existence of evil. If evil can be heard on every street corner, down every alley, and through every form of entertainment, a place must also be found where good can be heard. The only certain place is in the inerrant Word of God. And, as I have already stated, it is from this belief in His Word that I offer the topical concordance with every one of my letters, and urge you to compare these teachings, against the Holy Scripture, for accuracy and correctness. Without the standard of God's Word, our faith remains diluted, and we will not be prepared for the harvest to come.

Forgive me for repeating some of what we have already discussed, Zeteo. I wholeheartedly believe that Ruach ha Qodesh is directing your search for the Truth, and I wanted to make certain that you knew not only where that Truth was to be found, but to also feel at peace with the Comforter Who was guiding you.

May the peace and knowledge of God be yours abundantly through Messiah Yahshuah, and may your search result in your finding the perfect truth.

I remain faithfully yours in Yahshuah ha Mashiach, our Triumphant King.



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Topical concordance:

Communication, as found in the New Testament:
New Testament: Matthew 1:20-23, 2:12-13,19-22, 10:27*, 28:2-7; Luke 11:23; Acts 5:17-20, (B) 8:26, 29, 9:3-6,10-16, 10:1-23, 13:2, 16:7,9-10, 18:9-10, 23:11, 27:24; Revelation (all) see 1:9 ff.

Dreams:
Old Testament: Genesis 40:8, 41:16, 41:32; Daniel 2:17-30.

Humanism; revealed and contrasted against the Word of God:
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 18:9-14; Psalms 12, 66:5-7, 74; Proverbs 30:12; Ecclesiastes (all); Jeremiah 36; Hosea 4; Malachi 3:6.

New Testament: John 1:1,14, 3:16, 6:28-29, 15:6, 15-16(all); Acts 4:12; 1 Corinthians 1:18-21; 2 Corinthians 11:3-4,13; Ephesians 2:8-9, 6:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; 1 Timothy 4:1, 6:3-13; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; Hebrews 4:12, 6:17-18; James 1:9-11, 2:1-7, 3:14-18, 4:1-5,5(all); 2 Peter 1:20-21, 2:1-19; 1 John 4:1-3, 5:11-13; Jude 1:3; Revelation 12:9.

Israel and Jacob:
Old Testament: Isaiah (all); Ezekiel (all); Jeremiah (all). + Throughout the prophets

Knowledge; (Especially as entrusted to His believers, the Church):
Old Testament: Exodus 4:15; 1 Kings 3:10-14; Job 28:12-28; Psalms 8:1-2, 16:5-7, 25:4-15, 27:11, 32:8-9, 71:17, 90:11-12, 111:10, 119, 143:10, 147; Proverbs (all), 1:1-7, 1:22-23, 3:1-26, 6:23-24, 8:12-21; Ecclesiastes 1:18, 7(all), 10:4; Isaiah 8:16-18, 30:20; Jeremiah 22:15-16, 30:24; Daniel 1:17-20, 2:21; Hosea 4(all), 6:6, 14:9; Amos 3:7; Malachi 2:7.

New Testament: Matthew 13:11-12; Luke 7:35, 8:18; John 3:11-12, 8:31-32, 16:13-15, 7:17-18; Acts 2:14-40, 3:12-26, 4:8-13; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, 2:12-16; Galatians 1:11-12; Ephesians 3:8-11, 3:19; Philippians 3:15; Colossians 1:9-12, 1:25-27, 2:2-3; 2 Timothy 1:13-14, 2:7, 3:14-15; James 1:5-6; 1 Peter 2:16; 2 Peter 1:2, 3:14-18; 1 John (all), 2:27, 5:20; Revelation (all), 17:8.

Reverence:
Old Testament: Psalms (all); Proverbs (all); Isaiah 45:9.

New Testament: 1Peter 1:17-19.

Ruach ha Qodesh:
Old Testament: Genesis 1:2; Exodus 20:1-7; Numbers 11:16-17; Deuteronomy 6:4-5, 19:15; 2 Chronicles 15:1-2; Psalms 51:10-13, 105, 143:10; Proverbs 30:5; Isaiah 63; Joel 2:28-29; Jonah 3; Zechariah 4:1-6, 7:12.

New Testament: Matthew 3:16-17, 12:22-32,43-45, 18:16, 28:18-20; Luke 11:13, 12:8-10, 24:49; John 14:16-18,26, 15:26-17, 16:1-17, 17(all), 20:22; Acts 1:4-8,16-18, 2:2-13,38, 4:8, 5:3-9,32, 6:1-6, 7:51, 8:14-17,21, 9:31, 10:44-47, 13:2,52, 15:8, 16:6, 19:1-7; Romans 5:5, 8:11,26-27, 10:9-10, 12(all), 15:13; 1 Corinthians 2:6-13, 3:16, 6:19, 12:1-11,27-30; 2 Corinthians 1:22, 11:13-15, 13:14; Galatians 3:2, 5:16-26; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4(all), 6:17; Philippians 1:19, 2:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 2:4, 6:4-6, 9:8,14, 10:15-17,26-31, 11:1; 1 Peter 1:10-12; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 3:24, 4:1-3,7; Revelation 1:10-20.

Scripture - the Word of God:
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 8:3; Psalms 12:6, 105, 119; Proverbs (all), 2:1-5, 4, 8:17, 30:5.

New Testament: John 8:31, 14:23-24, 15:11, 17:17, 20:31; Acts 18:28; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 2:15, 3:14-16; Hebrews 4:12; James 1:21; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Peter 1:12-21; 1 John 1:4, 2:26, 5:13.

Scripture - the importance of Memorization:
Old Testament: Job 22:21-30; Psalms 119; Proverbs (all), 2:1-5, 22:17-21; Jeremiah 15:16, 36(all).

New Testament: Matthew 4:4-10; John 15:7-11; Acts 8:35; Colossians 3:16; 2 Timothy 2:15.

Scripture - the importance of Reading:
Old Testament: Psalms 19:7-14, 77, 78, 106, 119; Proverbs (all), 2:1-5; Isaiah 45:19, 55; Jeremiah 7:23.

New Testament: Mark 13:29, 13:33-35; John 5:39-47, 8:31-32; Acts 17:11; Romans 15:4; Philippians 3:1, 3:15; Colossians 1:5, 1:25-26; 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 5:21; 1 Timothy 4:6, 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Peter 2:1-3; 2 Peter 1:12-21, 3:1-2; Revelation 1:3.

Sin, Unpardonable:
New Testament: Matthew 12:22-32; Luke 12:8-10.

Truth:
Old Testament: 1 Kings 8:56; Psalms 31:5, 86:11-13, 89:14, 111, 117, 119, 145:17-21; Isaiah 45:19; Jeremiah 23:28.

New Testament: Luke 1:4, John 3:2, 3:21, 3:33, 4:22-24, 8:31-32, 8:44, 14:16-17, 16:13-14, 17:17, 18:37-38; 2 Corinthians 13:8; Colossians 1:5; 2 Timothy 3:8-9; Hebrews 6:17-20; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 John (all); 2 John 1:4; 3 John 1:3-6; Revelation 3:7.

Understanding:
Old Testament: Job 12:12, 28:28; Psalms 119(all); Proverbs (all) see, 1:1-7, 2(all).

New Testament: Colossians 2:2; 1 Timothy 6:3-12; 2 Timothy 2:7; Hebrews 11:3; James 1:5-6, 3:13-18.

Zeal:
Old Testament: 2 Samuel 21:2; Psalms 119(all); Ecclesiastes 9:6; Isaiah 26:10-11, 59:17.

New Testament: John 2:17; Romans 10:2; 2 Corinthians 7:7-11.

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