Is Yeshua the Son of G-d?

Jews are some of the most astute scholars of the world. They’ve accumulated thousands of historical writings going back 3,500 years, from some of the most inspired and learned rabbi and sages in history. Consequently, for a rabbi like Paul to put to parchment something that is sure to live on for centuries following his death, it much stand the test of time.

The following is the opening remarks of Paul’s letter to the Romans. I left many of the Hebrew words to capture exactly what rabbi Paul conveyed in his greeting:

“Paul, a servant of HaMashiach (Messiah) Yeshua, called to be an emissary and set apart for the Besuras HaGeulah (announcement of redemption) of G-d, which He announced beforehand through His prophets in the Tanakh (scripture). Concerning H-s Son, He came into being in the flesh from the seed of David. He is appointed Ben-HaShem (the Son of G-d) in power though the Ruach (spirit) of holiness, when He was resurrected from the dead. He is HaMashiach (Messiah) Yeshua our L-rd (Ad-nia). Through Him we have received grace and the office of emissary, to bring about obedience of faith among all the nations on behalf of His name. And you also are called to Yeshua the Messiah. To all those in Rome, loved by G-d, called to be kedoshim (holy ones). Grace to you and shalom from G-d our Father and the L-rd (Ad-nia) Yeshua the Messiah!” –Romans 1:1-7Romans 1:1-7
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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans 1 1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 2 3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: declared: Gr. determined 5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: for obedience...: or, to the obedience of faith 6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: 7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.  

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#1. Public proclamation that Yeshua is Messiah

This is significant! Paul goes to great length in his letters annotating salvation by faith, the nature of sin, and the fact that salvation is not in conflict with the Torah (law). But he never makes any effort to explain or defend that Yeshua is Messiah or the Son of G-d. Why? I believe that by the time Paul wrote his letters, the argument over Yeshua as Messiah was settled. It was a moot point.

Paul wrote his letters decades after the resurrection of Messiah, sometime between 50 – 60 CE. By then all the research into Yeshua’s heritage and fulfillment of Messianic prophecy had been completed. Most Jews had come to accepted that either Yeshua was Messiah, or were agnostic to the claim. There was no need for Paul to dwell on who Yeshua was, especially since Yeshua didn’t change the nature of the Torah, or Judaism.

#2. Judaism was unchanged

Throughout the book of Acts and in Paul’s letter’s he makes it abundantly clear that his letters are directed to Gentile believers. His letters make it clear that Gentiles were not to act like Jews as pertaining to the Law unless they intended to convert. Most Jews had come to understand this and took no issue with what he wrote.

#3. The following point is by far the most controversial for modern Christianity. Paul wrote, [Yeshua Messiah] is appointed Ben-HaShem (the Son of G-d) in power though the Ruach (Spirit) of holiness, when He was resurrected from the dead.” – verse 4.

Throughout New Testament writing we find this theme repeated: G-d demonstrated that Yeshua Messiah is the Son of G-d when He raised Him from the dead. Examples:

“Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Yeshua Messiah, and G-d the Father, who raised Yeshua from the dead) …” –Galatians 1:1Galatians 1:1
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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians 1 1 Paul, an apostle,  

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“…because we know that the G-d who raised the L-rd Yeshua will also raise us with Yeshua …” –2 Corinthians 4:142 Corinthians 4:14
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14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.  

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“But with the precious blood of Messiah, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who by Him we believe G-d raised Him from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in G-d.” –1 Peter 1:19-211 Peter 1:19-21
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19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.  

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Dozens of times throughout the New Testament, virtually every author declares that Yeshua Messiah is the Son of G-d because G-d raised Him from the dead. Why would a man who was conceived by G-d, and born of a virgin birth needs to prove He is the Son of G-d because G-d raised Him from the dead? Continue reading

The Torah and the Quran

The truth is, there is no Quran without the Torah.
The Torah and the Quran

The Quran is an interesting book. It was written over the course of more than two decades by a single man, the Islamic prophet Muhammad, who claims it represents the words of Gabriel, that Biblical messenger who delivered to Daniel the interpretation of his prophetic dreams (Daniel 8:15Daniel 8:15
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15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.  

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–26 and 9:21–27) as well as the “angel of the Lord” that heralded the birth of Yeshua (Luke 1:11-38Luke 1:11-38
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11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. 16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. to the wisdom: or, by the wisdom 18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. 19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. 21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. 22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless. 23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. 24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, 25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men. 26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. highly...: or, graciously accepted, or, of much grace 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.  

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). To say that the Quran borrows heavily from Hebrew scriptures would be an understatement:

The Quran assumes familiarity with major narratives recounted in the Biblical scriptures. It summarizes some, dwells at length on others and, in some cases, presents alternative accounts and interpretations of events … [Muhammad’s] divine messages starts with the messages revealed to Adam and ended with Muhammad.” – Wikipedia

Many of the “heroes of the faith,” such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Yeshua, appear in the Quran as prophets of Islam. The conundrum Muhammad faced was that either Judaism is completely wrong, or that he and his people were outcasts. Muslims trace their history back through Abraham all the way to Adam. Consequently, they have no alternative to but to accept that events and people in Genesis are true. But if Muhammad agreed to the events “as written,” where would that leave him? The only way to show his people are not outcasts is to re-write history of those events. So that is exactly what he did.

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From Voluntary to Imposition…

From Voluntary to Imposition…

Jeremiah 31:30-32Jeremiah 31:30-32
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30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge. 31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: although...: or, should I have continued an husband unto them?  

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“Here, the days are coming,” says Adonai, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Yisroel (Israel), and with the house of Yehudah (Judah). It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, violated my covenant, even though I, for my part, was a husband to them,” says Adonai. “For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Yisroel after those days,” says Adonai: “I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

Gentile Christian use this scripture in Jeremiah, and where it’s later referenced in Hebrews 8 to say that the Torah no longer applies. It is “done away with.” But consider what has really taken place. In the original Covenant made with Avraham (Abraham) and Yisroel (Israel), the Torah was give on tables of stone. For Yisroel to understand the Torah, it took a deliberate effort on the part of each individual to listen and learn each Mitzvah and have it explained to them. In the new covenant described here, HaShem says that the Torah will be written on our “hearts.” Now, instead of a stone, which required us learn and understand, the Torah is now written on our hearts.

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Is the “Old” Covenant indeed “Old?” And just who was the Covenant made with?

Is the “Old” Covenant indeed “Old?” And just who was the Covenant made with?

Gentile Christians maintain that prior to Yeshua, humanity was locked under an Old Covenant. They claim that when Yeshua came, He brought the “good news” (‘the gospel’) and offered Salvation to all humanity. But does Sha’ul (or Paul) agree with this?

Galatians 3:8-9Galatians 3:8-9
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8 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. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.  

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The [Old Testament] Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and [so G-d] told the GOOD NEWS [or Gospel] in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”  So those who have faith [Gentile and Jewish alike] are blessed along with Abraham.

In an amazing revelation Sha’ul writes that the Good News (or gospel) was told to Abraham 1,500am 1,500
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years before the birth of Yeshua. He then explains that the gospel preached to Abraham was the same gospel repeated to humanity following the birth of Yeshua.

Genesis 17:7, 22:17-18Genesis 17:7, 22:17-18
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7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 22 And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.  

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And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee… That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed…

 We find here that the gospel preached to Abraham is that through his “seed [the Messiah], ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH would be BLESSED.”

Let’s compare this to the gospel preached following the birth of Yeshua Messiah.

Luke 2:8-11Luke 2:8-11
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8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. watch: or, the night watches 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  

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There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you GOOD NEWS that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

We find here that the “GOOD NEWS” of a promised blessing for “ALL NATIONS” had now been born “for ALL TH PEOPLE [of earth].”