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YESHUA
[JESUS]
Who Is He?


You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life;
and these are they which TESTIFY OF Me.
John 5:39  (NKJV)



"These are the generations of the heaven and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven." Genesis 2:4 Tanakh Text
 
YHWH Elohim
The LORD God

Throughout the Old Testament this is the personal Name God used to identify Himself to humanity.
Hebrew Tetragrammation Transliteration
(with vowel points)
English
YHWH Yahweh Jehovah
The divine name Yahweh is usually translated LORD in English versions of the Bible, because it became a
practice in late Old Testament Judaism not to pronounce the sacred name YHWH, but to say instead "my
Lord
" (Adonai) - a practice still used today in the synagogue. When the vowels of Adonai were attached
to the consonants YHWH in the medieval period, the word Jehovah resulted.
(from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

Here is a quote from Rabbi Hertz (with the name Adonay substituted for YHWH).

Lord God. Hebrew Adonay Elohim. The two most important Names of the Deity are here used. ‘Lord’ is the usual English translation of Adonay. Adonay is the prescribed traditional reading of the Divine Name expressed in the four Hebrew letters YHWH – which is never pronounced as written. This Divine Name is spoken of as the Tetragrammation, which is a Greek word meaning ‘the Name of four letters’. The High Priest of old pronounced it as written, on the Day of Atonement during the Temple Service; whereupon all the people fell on their faces and exclaimed, ‘Blessed be His Name whose glorious Kingdom is forever and ever.’
The Hebrew root word of that Divine Name means ‘to be’; Adonay thus expresses the eternal self-existence. A possible rendering, therefore, for Adonay is ‘The Eternal’, and this has been adopted in some Jewish versions of Scripture. The other and more general Divine Name is Elohim. Whereas Adonay is used whenever the Divine is spoken of in close relationship with men or nations, Elohim denotes God as the Creator and Moral Governor of the Universe. The Rabbis find a clear distinction in the use of these two terms:
1. Adonay (Lord) describes the Deity stressing His loving kindness, His acts of mercy and condescension and revelation to mankind; while
2. Elohim (God) emphasizes His justice and ruler ship.
The Midrash says, ‘Thus spake the Holy One, blessed be He; If I create the world by Mercy alone, sin will abound; if by Justice alone, how can the world endure? I will create it by both.’ In the first chapter of Genesis, which treats of the Universe as a whole, Elohim (God) is used; but in the second chapter, which begins the story of man, that Divine Name is no longer used alone, but together with Adonay (‘Lord God’). There was soon need for the exercise of the Divine mercy.
In the sixth day of creation in verse 26 it says, ‘Let us make man.’ Mankind is described as in a special sense created by God Himself. To enhance the dignity of this last work and to mark the fact that man differs in kind from the animals, Scripture represents God as deliberating over the making of the human species (Abarbanel). It is not ‘let man be created’ or ‘let man be made,’ but ‘let us make man.’ The use of the plural, ‘let US make man,’ is the Hebrew idiomatic way of expressing deliberation, as in Genesis 11:7; or it is the plural of Majesty, royal commands being conveyed in the first person plural, as in Ezra 4:18.
In our image, after our likeness.’ Man is made in the ‘image’ and ‘likeness’ of God: his character is potentially Divine. ‘God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of His own eternity’ (Jewish work Wisdom of Solomon 2:23). Man alone among living creatures is gifted, like his Creator, with moral freedom and will. He is capable of knowing and loving God, and of holding spiritual communion with Him; and man alone can guide his actions in accordance with Reason.
‘On this account he is said to have been made in the form and likeness of the Almighty’ (Maimonides). Because man is endowed with Reason, he can subdue his impulses in the service of moral and religious ideals, and is born to bear rule over Nature. Psalms 8:5, 6O Lord…Thou hast made him but little lower than the angels, and has crowned him with glory and honor. Thou hast made him to have dominion over the works of thy hands.’
(Pentateuch & Haftorahs by Dr. J. H. Hertz  The Soncino Press)

From these statements we have learned:
 
1. God created all things
2. God’s image is like mankind

Now another thought on this subject:

1. Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father.
John 6:46
2. And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. John 5:37
3. So I believe that God, who is invisible and a Spirit and fills the Universe, created a being who we call The Word of God. [Revelation 3:14].

These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God.

And then the Father [WHO IS THE ONLY GOD THERE IS] used this ‘Word of God’ to create everything else as these Scriptures state, John 1:1-3;

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

Colossians 1:16

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

and Hebrews 1:1,2.

God ... has in these last days spoken to us by His Son ... through whom also He made the worlds

4. ‘Among the momenta of the Targums there is one of such great importance to the Christian theologian; that it would be unpardonable to omit it in these brief notices, I allude to the remarkable use in them of the title, MEMRA DA-YEYA, “the Word of the Lord.”
(The Targums on the Pentateuch by J. W. Etheridge KTAV Publishing House, Inc. New York 1968)
5. So all of the manifestations in the Old Testament of God was really that of the Memra or Word of God who we now call Yeshua [Jesus].
6. The visible manifestation of the Divine presence known in Hebrew by the name of the Shekinah is not infrequently identified in the Targums with the term Memra. Some examples:
(a) Numbers 21:5 it says ‘the people imagined in their hearts, and spake against the Word of the Lord, and contended against Moses,” Now looking at Numbers 21:7 they confess, ‘We have sinned because we imagined, and spake against the Glory of the Shekinah of the Lord, and contended against Thee.’
(b) Genesis 16:7 Hagar sees the angel of the Lord; in the Targums, she sees the Memra; and after ward says that in Him she had beheld the Shekinah.
7. In the eighteenth and nineteenth chapters of Genesis, Jehovah appears to Abraham, and reveals His purpose to destroy the guilty cities. The Targum says, “The Word of the Lord appeared.” So every time we read of God appearing to mankind in the Scriptures it is the Word of the Lord.

Is it then any wonder that this manifestation of God known in the Targums as the Memra and to the Jews as Adonay, and to the Christians as Jesus of Nazareth appeared to Abraham, Moses, Israel in the wilderness, to Joshua and many other times, was our Lord and Savior who came to earth as a man and paid the price for our salvation.

Some of the Prophecies fulfilled by Jesus:
 
  OLD TESTAMENT
REFERENCE
PROPHECY NEW TESTAMENT
FULFILLMENT
1. Genesis 49:10 Descend from Judah Luke 3:33
2. Isaiah 49:10 David’s Heir Matthew 1:1
3. Micah 5:2 Place of birth Matthew 2:1
4. Daniel 9:25 Time of birth Luke 2:1,2
5. Isaiah 7:14 Born of a Virgin Matthew 1:18
6. Jeremiah 31:15 Massacre of Infants Matthew 2:16
7. Hosea 11:1 Flight into Egypt Matthew 2:14
8. Isaiah 9:1, 2 Ministry in Galilee Matthew 4:12-16
9. Deuteronomy 18:15 As a Prophet John 6:14
10. Psalms 110:4 Priest like Melchizedek Hebrews 6:20
11. Isaiah 53:3 Rejection by Jews John 1:11
12. Isaiah 11:2 Characteristics of Jesus Luke 2:52
13. Zechariah 9:9 His Triumphal Entry John 12:13, 14
14. Psalms 41:9 Betrayed by a Friend Mark 14:10
15. Zechariah 11:12 Sold for 30 pieces of silver Matthew 26:15
16. Zechariah 11:13 Money returned potter’s field Matthew 27:6, 7
17. Psalms 109:7, 8 Judas’s office taken by another Acts 1:18-20
18. Psalms 27:12 False Witness accuse Him Matthew 26:60, 61
19. Isaiah 53:7 Silent when Accused Matthew 26:62, 63
20. Isaiah 50:6 Beaten, Spit on Mark 14:65
21. Psalms 69:4 Hated without a cause John 15:23-25
22. Isaiah 53:4, 5 Suffered in our place Matthew 8:16, 17
23. Isaiah 53:12 Crucified with Sinners Matthew 27:38
24. Psalms 22:16 Hands, Feet Pierced John 20:27
25. Psalms 22:6-8 Mocked and Insulted Matthew 27:39, 40
26. Psalms 69:21 Given Gall and Vinegar John 19:29
27. Psalms 109:4 Prays for His enemies Luke 23:34
28. Zechariah 12:10 Side to be Pierced John 19:34
29. Psalms 22:18 Cast lots for coat Mark 15:24
30. Isaiah 53:9 Not a bone broken John 19:33
31. Isaiah 53:9 Buried with the Rich Matthew 27:57-60
32. Psalms 16:10 His Resurrection Matthew 28:9

In the section of the book of Exodus called ‘The Bush’ we find an interesting section in the life of Moses. Remember he had been raised in Egypt and knew nothing of his heritage as an Israelite. This means he worshiped the gods of Egypt as this was the only thing that he knew growing up. Now we find him running from Egypt because of murder and for approximately forty years tending sheep for his father in law.

Moses sees a bush that is burning but not being consumed by the flame, so he goes to see what is going on. Now, Moses is meeting the only God of the Universe and hearing His voice, which means that He was hearing the voice of ‘The Word of God’ who was the manifestation of the true God of all mankind. So having worshiped all of these false gods, he now asks this question ‘When I come to the Israelites and say to them ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” Exodus 3:14 (Torah)

For over 400 years they had not heard that name Yahweh or Elohim. So what does God tell Moses? ‘And God said to Moses, “Ehyeh – Asher – Ehyeh.” [Meaning of the Hebrew is “I Am That I Am”; “I Am Who I Am;” “I Will Be What I Will Be;”] He continued, “Thus shall you saw to the Israelites, “Ehyeh” sent me to you.” Exodus 3:14 (Torah [Hebrew Text Page 102 according to the Masoretic Text]) So according to the Masoretic Hebrew Text we could say that God said that His name was not according to the Egypt understanding of the godhead but He is the ‘I AM

Now we find Yeshua [Jesus] of Nazareth who is teaching the multitudes of Israel and now He is using this word ‘Ehyeh’ [I AM] Jesus is giving a further commentary on this name that He gave to Moses in Exodus 3:13, 14:
 
1. "I AM the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst."  John 6:35
2. "I AM the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." John 8:12
3. "I AM from above. You are of this world; I AM not of this world. John 8:23
4. "...for if you do not believe that I AM HE, you will die in your sins." John 8:24
5. Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM." John 8:58
6. "I AM the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture." John 10:9
7. "I AM the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep." John 10:11
"I AM the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own." John 10:14
8. "do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I AM the Son of God'"? John 10:36
9. Jesus said to him, "I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6
10. "I AM the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit." John 15:1, 2
11. "I AM the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."  John 15:5
12. "I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I AM not of the world."  John 17:14
13. "Whom are you seeking?"  They answered Him,  "Jesus of Nazareth."
Jesus said to them
,  "I AM HE."  And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them.
Now when He said to them
, "I AM HE," they drew back and fell to the ground.  John 18:4-6
14. Pilate therefore said to Him, "Are You a king then?"
Jesus answered, "You say rightly that
I AM A KING. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."  John 18:37

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the father?’"  John 14:8, 9

"Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works."  John 14:10

Could a man do the following things?
A. Open up Hell for man to see Paradise 
So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Luke 16:19-31
B. Who walks on the wings of the wind  Psalms 104:3 and
The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea. Psalm 93:4
Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea   Matthew 14:25
C. Control the Wind and Waves
"Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?" Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Pease, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” Mark 4:38, 39, 41
D. Control Gravity and Space
So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.  John 6:19-21
E. Control over Death
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I AM [Ehyeh] the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.” John 11:23-26; 43-44
F. Control over His own Life and the Grave
“I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one 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. This command I have received from My Father.” John 10:17, 18
 
1. The message to the disciples
"But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee."  Matthew 25:32
2. Judas failed in Identifying Jesus see - Jesus had to do the job
Jesus said "Whom are you seeking?"  They answered Him, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus said to them, "I am He."  John 18:3, 4
3. Caiaphas could not condemn Jesus see Matthew 26:63, 64 Jesus again had to condemn Himself.
4. The Roman soldiers could not kill Jesus see Matthew 27:50 again Jesus gave up His spirit and died
5. The Roman guards could not keep Jesus from rising from the tomb see Matthew 28:6
6. The Earth could not hold Him see The Acts 1:9 Jesus went home.

THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST
WHICH
GOD GAVE HIM [John] TO SHOW HIS [Jesus'] SERVANTS
(Revelation 1:1)

Fourteen Manifestations of Jesus in the book of Revelation

First The Ancient of Days Revelation 1:14-15
[Daniel 10:6, 9, 10]
Second The Judge of the church Revelation chapters 2, 3
Third The Lord God Almighty Revelation 4
Fourth The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, The Root of David Revelation 5
Fifth The Lamb that was slain Revelation 5
Sixth Our High Priest Revelation 8
Seventh The Mighty Angel Revelation 10
Eighth The Man Child who will rule all Nations Revelation 12
Ninth The Great Reaper Revelation 14
Tenth The Word of God Revelation 19
Eleventh The King of kings & Lord of lords Revelation 19
Twelfth The Great Judge Revelation 20
Thirteenth The Tabernacle of God with Men Revelation 21
Fourteenth The Manifested Creative Force of God Revelation 22


AND THOMAS ANSWERED AND SAID TO HIM,
MY LORD AND MY GOD!"

(John 20:28)
 
YESHUA IS INDEED GOD


 

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