JESUS – NOT A COMMIE, NOT A MUSLIM / Exclusive: Joseph Farah explains, ´Yeshua did not come to start a new religion´ (WND-WORLD NET DAILY COMMENTARY) by JOSEPH FARAH 04/06/12)
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What has become known throughout the world as “Good Friday” seems
like as good a time as any to set the record straight on who Jesus
really was and what He did.
Despite the fact that His life is the most famous of anyone who ever
lived, that the world’s calendars were reset as a result of His birth
and that those called by His name represent the biggest religion in
the world today, there seems to be more than a little confusion about
Some today, like the man in the White House, suggest Jesus was an old-
fashioned “progressive” – someone who wanted to spread the wealth
around. Some Communists, the world’s worst butchers, even claim Him
as one of their own. Muslims, who call Him Issa, claim Him as a
prophet second in status only to Muhammad.
But Jesus is not a progressive or a Communist. Nor is He a Muslim. I
dare say He is not even a Christian.
The word “Christ” is the Greek word for Messiah, the Anglicized term
for the Hebrew “Mashiach.” No one even called Him “Jesus” throughout
His entire life, because it wasn’t His name. His name was and is
still Yeshua. That’s because He came first for the Jews and later
offered the message of “salvation” (the precise translation of the
word Yeshua in Hebrew) to the non-Jews.
Furthermore, Yeshua did not come to start a new religion.
His true followers understand that He is more than their Savior,
their Lord, their King. He is the only eternal Son of God – the One
who walked with Adam and Eve in the Garden, visited the prophets,
appeared to Joshua, wrestled with Jacob and wrote the Ten
Commandments in stone tablets with His own finger.
If you believe God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, you
cannot believe that Yeshua came to start a new religion called
His ministry on Earth – everything He said and did – was in total
harmony and fulfillment of all that came before, including the
covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, David and so on.
Each covenant was built upon the previous ones. They all required one
thing – faith and obedience.
That is true today of what we call the “New Covenant,” though I don’t
believe we have actually experienced it yet. What do I mean?
There are only four references to the New Covenant in the entire
Bible. The first is in Jeremiah 31:31-34: “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: 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: But this
shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel;
After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward
parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they
shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his
neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they
shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them,
saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will
remember their sin no more.”
Has this happened yet? Do we live in a time when it is no longer
necessary to teach about knowing the Lord? I don’t think so. This is
still a future event.
The second and third references are in Hebrews 8:8-13: Read this
first century writing and it is clear the New Covenant had not yet
taken place then, either.
And the last is in Hebrews 12. All of these references appear to
suggest the New Covenant is still a future event.
It will come with His return, when Yeshua rules over the entire Earth
as King from His own beloved and rightful kingdom in Jerusalem.
Followers of Yeshua are too caught up in the tradition of men, just
as the Pharisees He came to dispute.
Take “Good Friday,” for instance. It’s tradition that tells us it was
the day he was crucified for our sins. But that’s impossible –
especially if He rose three days later on a Sunday. More likely, he
was crucified on a midweek sabbath (he was the Passover lamb slain
from the foundation of the world) and rose before the light of day on
the weekly sabbath.
Matthew records: “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn
toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other
Mary to see the sepulchre.” (Emphasis added.) They traveled to the
tomb while it was still dark, before the sun rose – in other words,
during the last hours of the Sabbath. They discovered the empty tomb,
which suggests He had already risen before the dawn, sometime during
This weekend, the followers of Yeshua will celebrate “Easter,” which
is an ancient pagan holiday that only later became associated with
the Resurrection during the reign of Constantine.
If you want to know the real Yeshua, the real Savior of the human
race, our real king and Lord, you can read about Him in the Bible.
But be sure you have the proper perspective before beginning. It’s a
very Hebrew-centric book. And there are a lot of bad translations and
paraphrased versions out there that can add to the confusion.
Baruch Hashem Adonai. Or, as we say in English: Blessed be the name
of the Lord. (© 2012 WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 04/06/12)
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