God the Father/ The Most HighYHWH, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of Moses, and the prophets, and the God and Father of Yahshua the Messiah is the one true God. He is the Highest God. He is the creator of heaven and earth, and everything that is not evil. He personifies all that is good, holy, and righteous. In Him is the pure light of truth.
1. As being the one who personifies righteousness, righteousness defines Him, for He is righteous. He does not define righteousness. Simply asserting that because God is God, what He does is therefore righteous is a serious mistake. God never acts in unrighteousness. Righteousness is a standard apart from Him that He holds Himself to. For instance, two plus two will righteously equal four with or without God, and God will never answer the equation with anything other than four. If God were to say the answer is five, this would not make five a righteous answer. It would make God unrighteous.
a. This makes it possible for man to comprehend the beauty of righteousness as well as make it possible to understand God and grow in love with Him as He calls man to do. (It is virtually impossible to love someone you cannot understand. To the degree that a person is able to understand another being will be the degree to which that person is capable of loving that being.)
b. This also makes righteousness a standard man can expect God to live up to. Abraham understood this when he said to God...
"Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" Gen. 18:2
2. God is Holy. He is to be held in the absolute highest respect. He is never to be treated or taken lightly. Under no circumstances should one attempt to approach Him presumptuously.
a. He may be petitioned to come near to us, but when His presence dwells in the Holiest of Holy places in His house in Jerusalem, (as He will again in the coming Messianic age), one must approach Him on His terms alone.
The Son, Yahshua
Yahshua was "begotten" as a Son of the Father sometime before this creation. Possibly long before. He is a lesser god* as are many of the beings the Most High God has brought into existence. (see Psalm 82:6) He is one of many beings also known as "sons of God". (see Job 1:6) I believe he has pleased the Father more than any other and so has attained the status of being the highest of all lesser gods. He is second only to the Father. The Father loves Yahshua more than any other and possess him by His Spirit so that Yahshua is a perfect reflection of the Father. The Father can be seen and heard in Yahshua. Yahshua is not the Father. He calls the Father his God, and said the Father was greater than he. He existed with the Father before this current creation and was with the Father during the creation process. He became incarnate in this world when born of the virgin Miriam (Mary). His physical bloodlines are identical to his mother's. She was a half-breed descendant of both David, through her father, and Aaron the priest, through her mother. (For more on this click here) Yahshua was adopted before his birth by Joseph who was also a descendant of David and heir to the throne. Yahshua is therefore the prophesied Messiah King/Priest and heir to the throne of Israel. His sacrifice on the cross made it possible for man to have eternal life by purchasing for himself (from the Father) salvage rites to mankind from which he will gain a bride. He is very much alive and is soon returning to earth to claim his prize. He will ascend the throne of his earthly father David and begin his high priestly ministry in the Temple in Jerusalem. He will rule over the entire world for a thousand years as a righteous dictatorial monarch. At that time he will also usher in the "New Covenant" (Jer. 31:31-40) with Israel which was also paid for with his blood.
* Contrary to popular Jewish and Christian tradition, there are many gods. (See John 10:32-36 & Psalm 82:6). YHWH The Father is the "Most High" God, from whom all others owe their existence. We are to have no "other" god "before" (above) Him.
His name was and is most likely pronounced Yahshua, or Y'shua for short. For more on this see, How "Yahshua" became "Jesus".
Ruakh haKodesh/Holy Spirit
Unlike Yahshua, the Holy Spirit is not a separate person or individual from the Father as Christian trinitarian doctrine asserts. The Holy Spirit is the Father. He can also be seen as an extension of the Father Himself. Yahshua said he cast out demons by the "finger of God" in Luke 11:20, and in Matt.12:28, after he was accused of casting out demons by the prince of demons, he said he did it by the "Spirit of God". Yahshua goes on to say...
"Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men, Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him: but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come." Matt. 12:31,32 NKJV
When Yahshua said every blasphemy (even those against him) will be forgiven, are we to assume that a person can blaspheme the Father as well as the Son, but not the Holy Spirit? Absolutely not. See what happened to those who blasphemed the Father (YHWH) in Isa.37:6,7 and 65:7.
The heavens and the earth were created as recorded in the book called Genesis no more than six thousand years ago. These will last little more than another thousand years for a total of seven thousand years at which time all will be destroyed. Then there will come a "New Heavens", a "New Earth", and a "New Jerusalem" (The Bride) which will last for eternity..
Man was created by God in His image. He was given a free will with which to choose. The first man chose to sin and he and all of his descendants are fallen.
Word of God
The infallible Word of God consists of the words of Yahshua as found in the Gospels, (This means only what he is quoted as having said), the book of Revelation, and all that Yahshua endorsed as the Word of God. (Moses and the prophets). All else in the Bible may legitimately be questioned. (especially Paul)
As Yahshua stated in Mat. 5:17-20, every jot and tittle of the Law remains in effect until this heaven and earth passes away. It has not been nullified or superceded. The evidence from the prophets that the Law (including burnt offerings) will be in full effect during the thousand year Messianic age to come is overwhelming. This does not necessarily include the Law from the Talmud. At the time Yahshua spoke the words, "jot or tittle" there was a great deal of 'oral law' that was not written but well known which later was written and is today known as the Talmud. Yahshua had many disagreements with the oral traditions of the Pharisees. (Mar. 7:5-13) His specific words "jot" and "tittle" were directed toward the 'written' Law at that time.
Time and Eternity
Time is linear an unalterable forward progression. It has no substance and was neither created, nor will it cease to exist. Only one time, the present, exists at any given moment. (Sorry Einstein!) It is this fact that makes eternity possible, for eternity is time without end.
1. It does not require the existence of matter for time to
exist. Consciousness alone may observe the
experience of time, for time is demonstrated in the passing of events even if the events are only one's thoughts.
2. God Himself, a spirit apart from His creation, is passing through time. He is subject to the same permanency of passed events as is His creation. In other words, He has a history. This He also speaks of through His Son "I am He who is, who was, and who is to come." Rev. 1:4,8.
3. Time may be divided and marked. God has established segments of time and marked them. Some of which are days, weeks, months, and years. These existed before the creation, and will exist after the creation. Our solar, lunar, stellar, and seasonal events were created as a virtual clock to "mark" what had already been established. Notice in the creation account that "there was morning and evening" for three days before the sun was created on the fourth day to "mark" them. Also after the creation has passed away such as "day and night forever and ever", and " twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month.", in Rev. 20:10, and 22:2 respectively.
4. A conscious beings perception of what is considered a long or short period of time is an arbitrary and relative observation that is directly proportionate to the amount of that beings experience with time. Example; A thousand years to us is as a day to God.
5. An event happens in time simultaneously in the space where it happens. All distant observations made by man of an event are delayed playback recordings of that event.
6. Events in future time may be planned in advance, (prophecy, blueprints, etc.), and passed events may be recorded on a variety of format media, (light waves, sound waves, written history, memory, video recordings, etc.), but various observations made of future plans or past recordings in no way demonstrates an alterability of time. For more on Einstein's general relativity see, Was Einstein right?7. Created time, and variable time theories are nothing new but are at least as old as Greek philosophy. It is clearly seen in writings of first century Hellenistic Jews who were endeavoring to morph Greek philosophy with their understanding of God and creation. See Philo, "On the creation" ch.1 verse 26.
8. It is the appeal to the human desire for non-accountability for ones actions that has and continues to make timeless destiny a highly marketable proposition.