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  Who Did Jesus Claim To Be?

Of three major Abrahamic world religions, each hold a different viewpoint of who they believe Jesus is.  I've heard that in the Jewish Talmud, Jesus was a false prophet who deserves to be in hell.  According to Islam, Jesus was nothing more than a prophet and didn't die on a cross or raise from the dead.  According to Christians, most believe Jesus to be God manifest in the flesh who came to die in their place - to take their punishment upon himself - even the sins of the whole earth.  Perhaps no other figure in history has such a wide varience of what people believe or don't believe about him.  Judaism has  judged Jesus upon the words of Paul, Islam has taken the account of Jesus life and ministry from a much later source that varies wildly from what came before, and Christians continue to follow the accounts as altered by Rome in the first two or three centuries - rather than going back to the Hebrew Scripture to identify the deliberate alterations foisted upon them and their fathers before them.  God seeks those to worship Him that do so in spirit and truth - and Jesus identified truth to be the word of God.  This is why Jesus taught those without, or against, the instructions of God in the Torah (Law) will be told "Depart from me, I never knew you", even though they believed they were doing great works in his name.  Truth matters, and truth can only be known by observing the word of God to do it.  It appears that someone altered the record in their attempt to cause others to defame themselves by rejecting the Instruction, Commandment and Everlasting Covenant of Jehovah (YHVH).  If, as the record of the Hebrew Scripture says, men of all nations are blessed through observation of the word of God as given at Mount Sinai to the children of Abraham, and the Teachings of Jesus (Y'shua) in Matthew reflect the proper interpretation and application of the manner of life that God will bless - it's about time we set aside man made alterations that can be proven to be falsehoods.  Record appears that the Jews invented the "Seven Laws of Noah" about the time of Rambam in the 13th Century CE.  In direct oposition to this is that YHVH said He loves whoever observes His word to do it - not just Jews - and there is the fact given in the Torah itself that a "multitude of nations" left Egypt with the children of Israel to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  The Jews seem to have been so filled with self admiration as to ignore their duty to YHVH regarding showing His Gracious Instructions in Righteousness to the world that this is the very reason Jesus came - to warn the Jews to repent of the scribes, pharisees, rabbis, false prophets and lying scribes = to then give the same Instruction of God to men of all nations - that whosoever believes and does the will of God will partake in the Kingdom of God and remain in the Kindness and Blessing of God - as Israel rejected the truth of God that Y'shua taught.... restoration to their God by doing as He said to start with.  However, YHVH said to be very  careful to note the distinctions He gave in His Instruction and to not get casual in observing those things.  Forget the "613 Commandments" of Rambam - they only provide confusion and deal scantly with the manner of life God instructed of the Jews and those of all the other nations.  Jesus opened up the Law so that those of ALL NATIONS find it honorable to keep the Law (Isaiah 42) = which is to observe the word of God to do it = which is why God said His enemies don't do as He said - and as He said at the beginning - tests in life are to see if we will do as He instructed - or not.  Pure and simply put - we've been lied to and it is time to wake up and repent to do the will of God as given from Sinai by YHVH Himself.

Through study of what Jesus (Y'shua) taught, as recorded by his original disciples, much conflicting information can be set aside, to then have the clearest view of who Y'shua claimed to be.  We have the records of prophecy which foretell of the Anointed One who was to come and speak the very words of God that whoever would not hear whatever he had to say would be "cut-off" from the brethren.  We have his words on the subject, we have the words given by the original disciples (Matthew), and we also have words from Paul and his disciples - Mark and Luke.  Setting Paul, Luke, Mark and the unknown author of Hebrews aside for the time being, if we pay close attention to prophecy and his testimony about himself, and the testimony of his disciples and the words of God the Father and the holy prophets, we should arrive at the best understanding of who Y'shua claimed himself to be and what he actually taught.  With all the alterations of men, some digging and disposal have to be done to reveal the foundation we are to build our house upon - plus the fact that what we build is according to the manner of life God instructed - that He will be able to bless all those who observe His Instruction and are wholehearted towards Him and that their love of God is reflected towards others - given the distinctions He gave - and not thinking love is without parameters or definition given by God and exampled throughout the Holy Scripture and gospel of Matthew.

 

First, in Matthew's account Y'shua (Jesus) never claimed to be God or Divine or equal with God.  Most Christians believe in the Trinity Doctrine, which equates the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to be one in purpose, but three Persons of the "Godhead" (a strange belief as men don't have three heads, and Adam was created in His image) - this is a gross over-simplification, but is the general belief of many Christians today.  The Trinity Doctrine traces its roots back to the councils of men in Roman times of the first few centuries of Christianity when pagan god beliefs were interjected into the "official church of Rome", but it was not explicit in any prophecy or teaching of God or Y'shua or disciples of Y'shua that I've been able to find.  Doctrines that have been added by men are not the teachings of God any true prophet or apostle.  If Christianity is compatable with the word of God, and Jesus claimed to have been spoken of in the Jewish Holy Scripture and to have been fulfulling that which was spoken of him - we should first investigate unaltered accounts of prophecy in the Hebrew Holy Scripture.  By checking the Scripture of Jesus' day, we can know what he was talking about, and we can know if we have been lied to about what it said.  The truth or error of the matters will be exposed - and as we might also see, the Jewish translations from 900 AD onward may well have altered their account to cause Jews to disbelieve Jesus and think their Scripture didn't foretell of him as the first disciples of Jesus believed and taught.

 

Looking to the source should be the best place to consider such vital information.  The gospel accounts under review indicate that Yeshua was conceived of a virgin and the Holy Spirit - a sign unto itself as to the Divine and human nature of Yeshua, and a common term in the gospels as "the Son of man", and a less used term "the Son of God."  Neither says he was God Himself, but Yeshua did claim to directy speak the very words of God, as Moses also spoke the words of God to Pharoah and Aaron.  Another fact is that Israel was said by God to be His son.  The plain truth fact is that Israel has yet to be the light to the world that God commanded they be, and that those of other nations have yet to grab a Jew at a rate of ten to one because they see that YHVH is with them, or that their observation of His instruction and righteousness has impacted the world as they pretend to be.  The "learned elders of Zion" have failed to treat others as God commanded.  Many Jews leave Judaism to join Messianic congregations because they are starving for relationship to their Creator and God - even though it is as devoid of understanding His ways as Evangelicals, Calvinists, Pentecostals and Calvinists are.  The fact is that "the sum of Thy word is truth", not "some of Thy word is truth."

Rather than gloss over the clear words of Y'shua, we need to stop and pause long enough over them to understand and grasp the depth of what he actually said.  Along with this distinction is to note the prophecies claimed for Y'shua in the Old Testament by various authors - all too often the claims are based on altered Scripture - lies.  An often quoted passage is from Isaiah that says that "the virgin shall conceive" - which directly opposes what even the Dead Sea Scrolls said from Isaiah.  One of the instructions of God to know who speaks His truth is if they teach the same God that Israel and the multitude of nations experienced at Sinai to be as important as keeping any of His commandments and partaking in the Everlasting Covenant that God established that day.  God made the point that He alone is God and that there is no other God besides Him.  The Jews who unjustly condemned Jesus said he claimed to be equal to God, and per Matthew's account this was as false a charge made against him.  If Yeshua never equated himself to be God, why do so many Christians continue in this matter of the "once for all" delivered faith?  I've heard it said from Jewish scholars that the first commandment leterally says "though shalt not put another god on my face" - and this is exactly what Trinitarian Christians are actually doing - violating the greatest commandment of God - which was totally uphelf by Y'shua to be true.

 

As has been shown in "One Disciple To Another, the Original Jesus,"  the teachings of Jesus (Y'shua) were based upon the Torah, Prophets and Psalms.  To say otherwise is to ignore the evidence from the words of Y'shua (Jesus Christ) and God (Jehovah) and the Holy Scripture.  To date, I'll have to agree that God does uphold His word higher than any name, and He is not going to go back on His instructions in righteousness or any of His promises to those who seek to worship Him in spirit and truth. Where do we find words from the Bible that equate Y'shua to be God?  To date the only sources I've found are from Paul and his disciples.  If I'm wrong on this, please do drop me an email with some references so I can see it for myself.  The first Christian heretic was Marcion, and it was his heresy that divided the Testimony of Jesus from the Scripture before him - to create an "Old Testament" and a "New Testament" and set aside the Instruction of God to be a curse.

 

Amongst the teachings of Yeshua attributed to John we can find:

John 7:16,17;  "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.  If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority."

How could he have claimed to be God if he claimed what he taught was not his own doctrine (teaching), but the teachings are from God? 

 

John 16:28;  "I came forth, and am come from God."

John 8:58;  "Before Abraham was, I am."

John 16:28;  "I came out from the Father, and am come into the world; again, I leave the world, and go unto the Father."

John 2:15;  "Do not make My Fathers house a house of merchandise!" (Speaking of the Temple).

John 2:19;  "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up" (Speaking of His body).

John 3:13;  "No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven."

John 14:1;  "You believe in God, believe also in Me."

We need to realize that "John" came along much later in textual history, and that it is likely not written by the disciple John.  The book is reportedly written in a high level of the Greek language, which would not be likely from a fisherman of Israel, who likely spoke Aramaic and knew the Holy Scripture in the Hebrew.  Textual evidence could more likely attribute the book to have been written by Lazarus than the disciple John, as the book is called "John" by tradition, not textual evidence.  Another critical test of the text is to see if it varies from the account of Matthew, which was reportedly written by the disciples collectively while Peter was at Rome.  (Papias)  

John the baptizer, in what he testified of Jesus Christ, said:

John 3:27;  "A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. And what He has seen and heard is above all. And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true. For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has everlasting life, and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

(John 20:28)  Thomas, who upon seeing the risen Lord exclaimed "My Lord and my God!", and Jesus did not correct Thomas for this statement. Instead Jesus blessed him and added "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."  

There are many other passages to note, and everyone should be invited to carefully search the words of God, Moses, the Prophets, Psalms and what Jesus taught.  Jesus brought up the point about the Psalm that declares "ye are gods", but no one dared to answer him.  Also search the Torah and see that God told Moses that he was to be as God to Pharoah and Aaron - because what he said was the very words that God had given him to declare.  If such a thing was said to Moses by God, would it be any less true of the Anointed prophet spoken of by Moses?

The New Testament is plastered with false testimony if the gospel of Matthew is true.  Would the same person have given such wildly varient instruction as can be observed between the ending of Matthew and the ending of Mark?  In fact, by their conclusions we can observe that Mark is in error to the teachings of Jesus in Matthew and the Instructions of God in the Torah.  It's very simple to observe if one takes of their blind faith goggles to then observe the Teachings and Doctrine of God as given to men of all nations via Moses, the Prophets, Psalms and the gospel of Matthew (and correcting the deliberate alterations to Matthew that invented and inserted by Rome). 

Through careful study of the Sermon on the Mount anyone can see that the Beatitudes are founded upon the very words of God that He blesses those who love Him and wholeheartedly seek to keep His commandments and do His good will indeed.  We can also see that Yeshua taught keeping them to the least of the Commandments of God.  While the Torah is currently under review at this time, it is easy to see why many have had trouble with coming to terms with it because they believed Paul taught that to offend in the least of the Laws of God was equated to be guilty of breaking all the commandments - as Paul then introduced the doctrine that the Law was a curse or that the Law was done away with because it was against Israel and all men who would try to keep the Commandments of God.  But what does God actually say?  Why did God say it would be the righteousness of those who do His will?  Why did God say what He commanded was not too hard to do or to hard to understand?  If God told the truth, that doing His will is not beyond knowing or beyond our abilities - why would Paul say he was unable to keep His commandments and thereby salvation is by faith alone or belief alone or grace alone?   What principles and commandments should we know from the explicit Commandments of God?  Equally important is to note if God in any place said that these Commandments are to be in effect for only a certain time, or if they are to be in effect forever - that He will not go back on any of His Instructions of what He tells to be good or evil, or of His principles of justice, mercy, sin, or what is secular vs holy?  God has proclamed the end from the beginning. We can observe in His warnings to Israel of what He would do when they turned away from Him and practiced the abominations of the peoples in the land they were about to dispossess.  Through Moses we are also told of "that prophet" which was to come that all were to hear whatever he said, as his words would be the very words of God Himself speaking to Israel and all nations once more, as well as the signs of what "that prophet" would accomplish (which are also found throughout the Prophets and Psalms).

The Temple was destroyed, as Yeshua said it would be.  Jewish claims that Jesus gave no prophecy is not true.   Historical records have shown that the signs of their sacrifices for the sins of Israel were rejected by God since Yeshua was crucified.  The scarlet thread no longer turned white to show God had accepted their sacrifice, and the scape goat returned to Jerusalem, indicating that their sins remained upon them and were not taken away.

Returning to the subject of Matthew, oldest textual evidence is that the virgin birth narrative was absent in the oldest records, which shows it was added later.  This evidence comes from accounts in Aramaic and Greek.  This quote from Matthew, which is not original, is cited by Jews to be proof of why they don't believe Christianity - because the quote from Isaiah has been altered from the Hebrew Scripture, and this is true - Isaiah said no such thing according to the current Hebrew Scripture - and according to the evidence provided by the Dead Sea Scrolls of what the Holy Scriptures said in Jesus' days.  In fact, Isaiah said the young woman was already pregnant, and the sign was not a prophesy for a later time, but was to soon be fulfilled as given.  This issue should raise huge red flags for Christians to consider:

Who has knowingly been publishing their Scripture accounts to perpetuate a known error and to teach believing a lie against the testimony given by God to Isaiah?!  Might I add that if the focus of Christianity is as Jesus taught in Matthew - to abide in the word of God and the teachings of Jesus - this should have no effect to take away anything we believe and do that we are abiding in the kindness of God by doing His will - it is merely something that needs to be exposed to be of no value and was added to confuse men away from the Instruction of God by casting doubt on the records.  We should demand of our "Scribes" that publish the Scripture that they practice due dillegence to be faithful to the word of God and the Holy Prophets testimony in the Hebrew Holy Scriptures.

Who did Jesus claim to be?  Which account does he say: "Unless you believe that I am he"?   This comes from the account of John - not Matthew.  In this same chapter of John, Jesus claim  was "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM" - indicating to many that he claimed to be God - the "I AM" of Moses.  But who did he claim to be in Matthew?  What does the oldest account of Matthew say? and is the claim compatable with the Hebrew Scripture he claimed: "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."?  There is no prophecy that ever says God will take on human form and sacrifice himself to set aside His everlasting covenant or any of His words of that lead to life eternal.  So we return to the account of Matthew to search this critical matter out:  Who did Jesus claim to be? and what should we believe and do as a result?  This will be covered shortly.

Then what of the other major religion that says they believe him to be a prophet, but nothing more than a prophet?  If they believe he was a prophet, then why don't they believe what he taught about repentance and doing the will of God is true?  Why do they not do "whatever that prophet shall say unto you"?  Are they known for their love of others as commanded by God and taught and exampled by Yeshua?  Some might say that Yeshua said the time had come to sell your coat and buy a sword - but as shown from review of the gospel of Matthew being the dependable resource to know what Yeshua DID teach - such a doctrine/teaching cannot be found from Matthew to direct compulsion to believe by the threat of sword.

Therefore, be strongly advised to learn of God and know that He is true, but that many have lied in His Name, and many have been ignorant enough about the truth of God so as to have foisted upon the nations books that testify against the very words of God and "that prophet" spoken of by Moses, the prophets and the Psalms.  The time has come that all who seek to save themselves from the coming wrath of God will repent and believe the unique "son", "that prophet" - and to stop believing all those who continue to preach false prophecy or doctrines in the name of God or Jesus (Y'shua). 

The time has come to spurn lies and repent to believe the plain truth of God as preached by those who told the truth of God.