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In my previous article, entitled “Truth versus Evolution,” we discussed how the Theory of Evolution is the antithesis to Scripture. In other words, the Theory of Evolution is in rebellion against the Word of Yahweh. Evolution seeks to destroy the power and glory of Yahweh AND Yahshua in the primary, Hebraic, 7-word foundational premise of Scripture; which is, (see Menorah insert below, remember that Hebrew is read from right to left)
In the beginning Elohim created the Heavens and the Earth, Genesis 1:1
In English, we count 10 words, but in Hebrew, we count seven: B ª r e s h e e t bara' Elohim et has
h a m a y i m wªet ha'rets. One word is not translated – not in English nor in Hebrew. It’s the Hebrew word “et”. What does “et” mean? Well, it’s not a word, per se. It’s more like a SIGN. It is spelled Aleph-Tau, the first and last letters of the Hebrew alephbet. Bªresheet bara' Elohim et. The Aleph-Tau comes right after one of the titles of Yahweh, the word “Elohim.” “ET” is WITH Elohim. Wait a minute; that sounds familiar.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with ton Theon [literally, THE Almighty], and the Word was theos [meaning a Mighty One]. He [that is, the Word, a Mighty One] was in the beginning with ton Theon [again, THE Almighty]. All things were made through Him [Him who? Him, the WORD], and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it, John 1:1-5. (see John 1:1 insert above)
So, who is this Mighty One referred to as “the Word,” this “Aleph and Tau”?
Aleph and Tau
Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Yahshua the Messiah, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed [or freed] us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His Elohim and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes [all the offshoots] of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amein. “I am the Aleph and the Tau, [to which some texts add: ‘the Beginning and the End’] I am the Aleph and the Tau,” says the Master, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty,” Revelation 1:4-8
So, this Word, spelled Aleph Tau, is Yahshua Himself. Aleph Tau, therefore is His signature, His SIGN. Going back to Genesis 1:1, perhaps we should read it,
In the beginning Elohim the ALEPH and the TAU [the Sign of Yahshua] created the Heavens and the Earth.
It turns out that there are a number of places in Scripture where we find this Aleph-Tau written, and not translated. (See NUMBERS 25:8 insert below)
(I’m going to present the following section of Scripture, adding the Aleph-Tau where it is found in the Hebrew text).
So Moses said to the judges of Israel, "Every one of you kill his men who were joined to Baal of Peor” [which translates , “Lord of the Opening”, a reference to the sexual practices of pagan worship and why Scripture refers to such worship as harlotry]. And indeed, one of the children of Israel came and presented to his brethren a Midianite woman in the sight of Moses and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. Now when Phinehas [Pinkas] the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose from among the congregation and took a javelin in his hand; and he went after the man of Israel into the tent and thrust both of them through, ALEPH TAU the man of Israel, and the woman through her body. So the plague was stopped among the children of Israel. And those who died in the plague were twenty-four thousand. Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying: "Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned back ALEPH TAU My wrath from the children of Israel, because he was zealous ALEPH TAU for My sake among them, so that I did not consume ALEPH TAU the children of Israel in My jealousy. Therefore say, 'Behold, I give to him ALEPH TAU My covenant of peace; and it shall be to him and his descendants after him a covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was zealous for his Elohim, and made atonement for the children of Israel.'" Numbers 25:5-13.
Now, WHO is this story REALLY about? Here are the clues: It is about “the Man of Israel”, who “turned back the wrath of Yahweh from the Children of Israel,” because he was “zealous for the sake of his Elohim – that Israel not be consumed,” who was “granted Yahweh’s covenant of PEACE,” to whom “shall be an everlasting PRIESTHOOD,” and who “made atonement for the children of Israel.” The ALEPH TAU , the sign of Yahshua, appears five times in the text here, pointing directly, though hidden in the Hebrew text, to Yahshua Ha Mashiach.
I wanted to present this amazing truth before we begin our discussion about the Seed. If you remember, in my previous article, we discussed how the theory of evolution works against the truth that Elohim created the heavens and the earth. Can you see, now, that Satan not only sought to destroy the power and glory of Yahweh, but he was aiming directly at Yahshua in the middle of the first sentence of Scripture? I submit to you that Satan knew that if he could convince the world that our very existence is NOT by the work of our Heavenly Father and His Son, but through the evolution of nothingness, then he could bring many into his world, the valley of Gehenna, the Lake of Fire. He could, through the wrath of Yahweh, destroy the people of Yahweh. Here he is again, using evolution to destroy the people of Yahweh.
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which Yahweh Elohim had made. And he said to the woman, "Has Elohim indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, Elohim has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'" Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. For Elohim [referring to Yahweh] knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like Elohim [mighty ones], knowing good and evil," Genesis 3:1-5.
The word, serpent, is the Hebrew word, nachash, meaning to hiss, that is, to whisper a magic spell, or to prognosticate, prophecy or divine. It pictures an enchanter or someone who uses enchantment. In Genesis 3:5, the serpent is enchanting Adam and Eve with the notion of evolution – he was casting a spell, a lie, that they could evolve into more than what they were. They could become mighty ones themselves. Satan continues to this day to deter people from understanding what he was doing back then. He does this by enchanting would-be believers to disregard the beginning of the Bible, or even the entire Old Testament, inventing the notion that the ancient ways are dead and have been replaced by newer ways. For example, enchanting people to believe that the Law of Yahweh is dead, that it was nailed to the tree, that we are “no longer under it” and that we can’t perform the works of the Law anyway. To worship Yahweh, we must become DIS-enchanted with these notions. Satan is a liar from the beginning.
Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it, John 8:43-45
Yahshua was speaking to the Pharisees, who made up their own laws, rebelling against the Word of Yahweh. They, and those today who make up their own laws and traditions that stand in the face of Yahweh, are exactly as Yahshua described them: They are murderers from the beginning, and they do not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in them. When they speak lies, they speak from their own resources, for they are liars and the fathers of them.
O Yahweh, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, "Surely our fathers have inherited lies, worthlessness and unprofitable things," Jeremiah 16:19.
The truth hurts when it comes in the form of discipline.
My son, do not despise the chastening of Yahweh, nor detest His correction; for whom Yahweh loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights, Proverbs 3:11-12.
Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. You shall beat him with a rod and deliver his soul from hell. My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will rejoice – indeed, I myself; yes, my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak right things, Proverbs 23:13-16.
Going back to Genesis 3:5, in the phrase, “knowing good and evil,” the English word, “knowing,” is the Hebrew word, yada, to know or to ascertain by seeing, and is used figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially, pointing to instruction and designation. To know something is to become intimate with it, to be instructed in it and to be designated by it. [Euphemistically means to use a word or phrase that is more neutral, vague, or indirect to replace a direct, harsh, unpleasant, or offensive term – for example, Genesis 4:1, 25 – “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived.”] To know good and evil means to become intimately familiar with good and evil. We are still eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But, what else is there?
So Yahweh Elohim said to the serpent: "Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field. On your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall crush your head, and you shall bruise His heel," Genesis 3:14-15.
Abraham's Seed and Satan's
"I know that you are Abraham's descendants [seed], but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father." They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father." Yahshua said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from Yahweh. Abraham did not do this. You do the deeds of your father." Then they said to Him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one Father -- Elohim." Yahshua said to them, "If Elohim were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from Yahweh; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. [And what IS Yahshua’s Word? It is the Word, the Law of Yahweh!] You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of Yahweh hears Yahweh's words; therefore you do not hear because you are not of Yahweh." Then the Jews answered and said to Him, "Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?" Yahshua answered, "I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. And I do not seek My own glory; there is one who seeks and judges. Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word [that is, the Law of Yahweh] he shall never see death." Then the Jews said to Him, "Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, 'If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.' Are You greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Who do You make Yourself out to be?" Yahshua answered, "If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your Elohim. Yet you have not known Him; but I know Him [By saying “I know Him,” Yahshua is saying here that “He is instructed by Him and designated by Him”]. And if I say, 'I do not know Him,' I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep His word. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad." Then the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?" Yahshua said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM." Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Yahshua hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by, John 8:37-59.
How could they be so blind and deaf to the Word of Yahweh? The same way people today listen to what is preached from the pulpit, but do not search out the Word of Yahweh for themselves, to work out their own salvation, with fear and trembling.
Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Messiah. And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by Yahweh in Messiah, that it should make the promise of no effect. For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but Yahweh gave it to Abraham by promise. What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, until the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but Yahweh is one [Yahweh is echad (O. T. Deut 6:4), Yahweh is unity]. Is the law then against the promises of Yahweh? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Yahshua the Messiah might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed [the New Covenant, Jeremiah 31:31ff – in which the Law of Yahweh is put into the hearts and minds of His Chosen]. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to the Messiah, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under [the guard of] a tutor [because we are given the Spirit of Yahweh – which now strengthens us to keep the Law of Yahweh], Galatians 3:16-25.
Now the parable is this: The seed is the Word of Yahweh [The Law of Yahweh]. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience, Luke 8:11-15.
They bear fruit because the Seed, Yahshua, the Word of Yahweh, has been planted in their hearts. It has sprouted and grown and now bears fruit containing the Seed of the Tree of Life. And, now they can offer the fruit containing the Seed to others.
Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 2 Corinthians 9:10.
And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. Consider what I say, and may Yahweh give you understanding in all things. Remember that Yahshua the Messiah, of the seed of David [who meditates on the Law of Yahweh day and night, Ps 1:2], was raised from the dead according to my good news, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the Word of Yahweh is not chained. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in the Messiah Yahshua with eternal glory, 2 Timothy 2:5-10.
Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the Word of Yahweh which lives and abides forever, because, "All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the Word of Yahweh endures forever." Now this is the word which by the good news was preached to you, 1 Peter 1:22-25.
Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of Yahweh was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of Yahweh does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of Yahweh, 1 John 3:7-9.
Next time, we will discuss the The Fruit of the Spirit. Until then, Yahweh bless you and keep you; Yahweh make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; Yahweh lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. May His name be placed upon you, the children of Israel.
-Elder John Fisher
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