Yahshua Christ, also known in more recent times as Jesus, is the Messiah promised in the Old Testament and a physical embodiment of Yahweh God on Earth. During his ministry in Judea, He taught many followers, selected twelve core students, and performed miracles for the remant Israelites in Palestine. His actions and teachings brought Him into conflict with the ruling class of Judea, particularly the Pharisees, many of whom were of Edomite descent by the time of His ministry. This tension came to a head when Judas Iscariot, an Idumean, betrayed Yahshua to the Pharisees, who subsequently put Him on trial and orchestrated His crucifixion.
The crucifixion of Christ was explicitly foretold in the Old Testament, and as Christ repeated several times it was a neccesary event for the fulfillment of scripture. Being Yahweh God incarnate on Earth as a man, the death of Christ on the cross released the wife (Israel) from the law of the Husband (Yahweh), allowing for a fruitful and eternal remarriage in fulfillment of several prophecies. Additionally, Yahshua's resurrection three days after His burial serves as a testimony that all Adamic men and women will also one day be resurrected and join Him in a glorified state. This time will come following the prophesied Fall of Babylon, when Christ returns to slay His enemies and usher in a Kingdom on Earth which He Himself will rule as King.
The length of Yahshua Christ's ministry can be measured through counting the passovers described in the Gospel of John, which amounting up to three and a half years coincides with the description given in Daniel's 70 Weeks. The feats and accomplishments of Yahshua's ministry are described in the four canonical Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Etymology of Name
Of the successor to Moses, Joshua of the Biblical book by that name, Yahweh says at Exodus 23:21
“Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.”
The name Ἰησοῦς being in the Greek Septuagint that same name which was translated from the Hebrew into English as Joshua, therefore the name of Christ is Yahshua – which means Yahweh Saves.
It is possible to see the Greek Ἰησοῦς derived from Hebrew words meaning simply “He Saves”, however this could only be a play on words.
Matthew 1:23 “Behold, a virgin shall conceive in the womb and she shall bear a son, and they shall call Him ‘Emmanouel’!” which is interpreted “God is with us”.
God is with us – Yahshua Christ is certainly Yahweh Himself come in the flesh, as so many other Scriptures attest! This is where Leviticus 26 is fulfilled, where it says:
“12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.” Also, Ezekiel 37, speaking of His second advent, “27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 28 And the heathen [or properly nations] shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.”
His tabernacle is the physical body of the Christ.
Life and Biography
See the article Race of Christ
During the time of Christ, many Israelites who were awaiting a Messiah were aware that his arrival was imminent due to the clear timeline outlined in the prophecy of Daniel's 70 weeks. This expectation is evident in the Gospels, as many believed John the Baptist to be the Messiah and the Samaritan woman also recognized that the Messiah "comes".
Star of Bethlehem
Whichever scripture which referred to the star has not apparently survived.
Visitation of Magi
See the article Geneaology of Christ
The geneaology of Christ is provided for in the accounts of Matthew and Luke which demonstrate His unadulterated and pure descent from David, Abraham, and Adam. The geneaologies which were available to the ambassadors were incomplete, largely because of the burning of the geneaological records by Herod. There are many diverse theories concerning the discrepancies between Matthew and Luke's geneaologies, with the most logical being that Matthew incorporated kinsman redemption in an officlal line to the throne of David, while Luke gave a more literal line of physical descent.
Very little is known of Yahshua's early life besides His being found by His mother and father in the temple at the age of twelve.
Luke's account provides information that Yahshua started His ministry at the age of thirty, which was the minimum age requirement for a man to begin teaching the children of Israel.
Remember the words of Yahweh in Malachi chapter 3, “and he shall purify the sons of Levi”:John the Baptist was also a Levite, so he could fulfill the priestly role of cleansing which Moses the Levite had done first, long before him. It is apparent, that Yahshua coming to be the final ritual sacrifice for the children of Israel, the prophecy and baptism of John – for the sons of Levi – was also symbolic of the Old Testament law. That is why John was sent to baptize the sons of Levi – so that Christ could be properly sacrificed. Now Israel has been cleansed of all their sins by Christ Himself, as foretold by the prophets, and they have no need of any further cleansing.
Matthew 3:13 Then Yahshua arrives from Galilaia by the Jordan to Iohannes for which to be immersed by him. 14 But Iohannes prevented Him, saying: “I have need to be immersed by You, and You should come to me?” 15 Then responding Yahshua said to him: “Allow it for now, for thusly it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.
The sacrifice was washed clean beforehand, as well as the priest. See Leviticus chapter 1:
KJV Leviticus 1:1-13 1 And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock. 3 If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD. 4 And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. 5 And he shall kill the bullock before the LORD: and the priests, Aaron's sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 6 And he shall flay the burnt offering, and cut it into his pieces. 7 And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire: 8 And the priests, Aaron's sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order upon the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar: 9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD. 10 And if his offering be of the flocks, namely, of the sheep, or of the goats, for a burnt sacrifice; he shall bring it a male without blemish. 11 And he shall kill it on the side of the altar northward before the LORD: and the priests, Aaron's sons, shall sprinkle his blood round about upon the altar. 12 And he shall cut it into his pieces, with his head and his fat: and the priest shall lay them in order on the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar: 13 But he shall wash the inwards and the legs with water: and the priest shall bring it all, and burn it upon the altar: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.
Matthew 3:16 And being immersed Yahshua went up immediately from the water, and behold! The heavens opened, and He saw the Spirit of Yahweh descending as a dove and coming upon Him. 17 And behold! A voice from out of the heavens saying: “He is My beloved Son, in whom I am satisfied!”
The declaration refers to Psalm 2:7, “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee”, and also to Isaiah 42:1: “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Nations.” Yet Yahweh and Yahshua are still one and the same. The voice was for the benefit of the people, not for Yahshua. Yahweh is omnipresent. Yahshua is the fulness of the Divinity in body.
Matthew 3:11 "Indeed I immerse you in water for repentance, but He coming after me is more powerful than me, of whom I am not worthy to carry the sandals. He shall immerse you in the Holy Spirit, and in fire! 12 Of whom the winnowing fan is in His hand, and He shall purge His threshing-floor and He shall gather His grain into His storehouse, but the chaff He shall burn with unquenchable fire!”
John says that he immerses in water, but that is not the mission of the Christ. This is also expressed in Acts chapter 1, verse 4 where it says “Iohannes immersed in water, but you shall be immersed in the Holy Spirit ”. This last statement is parallel to the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares found in Matthew chapter 13. The phrase “the winnowing fan is in His hand” means that judgement belongs to Christ, however that was not the purpose of His first advent. At Luke 12:50 Christ exclaims “Now I have an immersion to be immersed in, and how am I constrained until when it should be completed!”
He could not have been talking about the baptism of John, which had already transpired long before. Rather, He was talking about the baptism of His death. At Mark 10:38-40 we see this discourse between Christ and the apostles: “38 So Yahshua said to them: 'You do not know what you ask! Are you able to drink the cup which I shall drink or to be baptized in the baptism which I am baptized?' 39 Then they said to Him 'We are able!' So Yahshua said to them: 'The cup which I drink you shall drink and the baptism which I am baptized in you shall be baptized, 40 but to sit at My right or left land is not Mine to give, but for those whom it has been prepared.'”
Paul clarifies this, at Romans 6:3 where he asks “Or are you ignorant that as long as we are baptized in Christ Yahshua, into His death we are baptized?”
At Ephesians 4:5 Paul states that we have “One Lord, one faith, [and] one baptism”.
That baptism is in the death of Christ: in His Word and what He did for the children of Israel. Only the children of Israel are baptized – cleansed – in His death. It is the Gospel that cleanses, and therefore do not let any man pretend to baptize you in water. It took even the apostles some time to understand this. The Book of Acts describes a transition from the Old Covenant rituals to the New Covenant faith. Therefore Luke records this statement of Christ at the beginning: of the book of Acts: “Iohannes baptized in water, but you shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit ”
Nathaniel and the Fig Tree
Wedding Feast at Cana
Appearances to Paul
Appearance to John on Patmos
Message to the Seven Assemblies
John the Baptist's usage of the phrase “the winnowing fan is in His hand” means that judgement belongs to Christ, however that was not the purpose of His first advent.
Teachings and Parables
Root of David
Branch of David
Descent from David
Matthew 2:22 And hearing that Archelaos reigns over Judaea in place of his father Herodas, he feared to depart for there. But being warned in a dream he withdrew into the parts of Galilaia, 23 and coming he settled in a city called Nazaret, that that which had been spoken by the prophets would be fulfilled, that He shall be called a Nazoraian.
There are two different Greek words which are both said by Strong to mean “of Nazareth”: Ναζαρηνός (3479), always “Nazarene” here, and Ναζωραῖος (3480), always “Nazoraian” here. The A. V. often translates either word “of Nazareth”, and Ναζαρηνός is the more proper of the two forms for that. Thayer does not put “of Nazareth” in his definition for Ναζωραῖος. According to Moulton - Geden, which some mss. may vary from, Ναζαρηνός is found at Mark 1:24, 10:47, 14:67, 16:6; Luke 4:34 and 24:19, and Ναζωραῖος is found at Matt. 2:23 and 26:71; Luke 18:37; John 18:5 and 7, and 19:19; Acts 2:22, 3:6, 4:10, 6:14, 22:8, 24:5, and 26:9.
It is evident that the sect of Christians was called “Nazoraians”, and Josephus writes of the sect about this same time, which Whiston translated “Nazirites”, at Antiquities 19.6.1 (19:294), which can only be referring to Christians. For “Nazirite” in the Old Testament see Numbers chapter 6; Judges. 13:5 and 7, 16:17; Lam. 4:7; and Amos 2:11-12, where in the LXX Greek the word was translated from Hebrew as “consecrated ones”.
Before the Judaean followers of Christ were called “Christians” after Yahshua Christ, they were called “Nazoraians” after Yahshua the Nazoraian, evident at Acts 24:5. Initially the jews would not refer to the followers of Christ as “Christians”, nor would they call Jesus the Christ, because the very use of the name admitted the truth! This is why Paul is called in Acts Chapter 25 “a leader of the sect of the Nazoraians”.
That Christ was to be called a Nazarene, is a literal interpretation of the Hebrew word for branch, which is netzar, Strong's number 5342, which is translated branch at Isaiah 11:1. This word also apparently gave the town of Nazareth its name.
Mirrored Life with Israel
Matthew 2:13 And upon their withdrawing, behold! A messenger of Yahweh appeared in a dream to Ioseph, saying: “Arising, take the child and His mother and flee into Egypt, and you must be there until when I should speak to you. For Herodas is about to seek the child and to destroy it!” 14 And arising he took the child and His mother at night and withdrew into Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herodas, in order that that which had been spoken by Yahweh through the prophet should be fulfilled, saying: “Out of Egypt I have called My Son.”
The words are found at Hosea 11:1: “When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.” Matthew interpreted Hosea 11:1 as a dual prophecy, applying to Christ as well as the people of Israel. The things which Israel suffered during her national history, Christ also was to suffer. Going to Egypt to flee death was symbolic of the children of Israel who did likewise many centuries before. This further solidifies the bond between the Christ and His people Israel.
It says in Amos 3: “1 Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying, 2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. 3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
In this respect, Paul wrote at Hebrews 2:
“14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”
The Children of Israel escaped the slaughter of the first-born and the bondage of Egypt by the blood of a lamb. Now we need to escape the judgement of this world and our present state of bondage by the blood of The Lamb.