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The Name Jesus

The following post is in reference to Pastor John’s book titled: After Jesus Died.

Hi Pastor Clark,

Just wanted to say thank you for your information. I have a question tho. I noticed that you had the star of David on your envelope, but that you are not using Yahshua’s real Jewish (Hebrew) name that Yahovah gave to him. You are still calling him by his catholic given nick name Jesus. He is our Savior and only his real name has power in it. Pray in the name of Yahshua and you will be blessed. His given name by the Father means Yahovah’s Salvation. Jesus has no meaning because it is not his real name. Your information is good, but call our Savior by His true and God given name.

In Yahshua’s name, be blessed and Shalom,

Diane B.

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Thank you for your letter, Diane. It is a blessing to hear from you.

It is understandable why the pronunciation of some names change as they pass from one language to another. It would be difficult, for example, for us who speak English to pronounce many Chinese names and words. As for other names, however, I don’t know the reason for changing the pronunciation. For example, how in the world did the Jacobus of the Greek NT text become “James”? As far as I can tell, no one really knows. At the same time, the God of the Bible revealed Himself to be a God concerned more with the heart than of proper form, with character rather than education. God suggested as much when He foretold through Isaiah of the day when “all have been cut off who look for wickedness, who make a man a sinner because of a word” (Isa. 29:20b–21a).

There is no sin, Diane, in using the English name Jesus Christ, or the name Yēsū Jīdū if one is Chinese, or Hisus K’ristos if one is Armenian. I know many people whom God has washed from sin and baptized with His blessed holy Spirit as they called on the name of Jesus. Real sin is to refuse to repent and receive the baptism of the Spirit, and instead, just claim to belong to God without His seal of approval, the holy baptism which Jesus purchased for us with his blood.

The disciples were born again on the day of Pentecost, not before. That is the point of the little book you received, After Jesus Died, and that knowledge is critical to a right understanding of this wonderful new covenant God has established through the death and resurrection of His Son. I pray that you will think on that, pray about it, and receive your own Pentecost if you have not done so already, because until that happens, Diane, you are not born again, either, your sins are not washed away, and you are not yet a part of “the Israel of God”, as Paul called the body of Christ. “One is a Jew” you will remember Paul saying, “who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart, by the Spirit” (Rom. 2:29).

May God bless you richly as you seek to know Him more perfectly. We are praying earnestly for you.

Your servant in Yeshua haMessiach

Pastor John

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Sadducees and Pharisees

Pastor John,

I was reading in Acts 23 last night and after reading verse 8, it left me with a question.

What were the differences in beliefs between the Sadducees and the Jews regarding the resurrection (resurrection of the dead. Afterlife?) Who are the Sadducees?

Seems like such difference beliefs would make it very difficult to sit and judge together in the first place. Unless of course, it was never really about their belief or God but about power and pride?

Act 23:8. “The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit, but Pharisees acknowledge them all.”

I have felt such love for Paul reading in Acts again. I also read this and it went in a little deeper that, Jesus is not worried about you being uncomfortable, to get His will done.

Jesus gave Paul the wisdom and words to stir up that room full of Sadducees and Pharisees, to the point of violence, just to get him to Rome.

10. “And when the dispute grew violent, the tribune, afraid lest Paul be torn apart by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and pull him out of their midst and take him back to headquarters.

11. The following night, the Lord stood by him and said, ‘Take courage, Paul. For as you have testified of things concerning me in Jerusalem, likewise you must also bear witness in Rome.’”

Beth Durham

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Hi Beth.

My impression of the Sadducees is that they were the more sophisticated, upper crust religious sect, like the Episcopalian or Catholics sects, while the Pharisees were the fundamentalist, Bible-thumping Baptist of their time.

They had major theological differences, yes, but they were very capable of working together to suppress and persecute the truth whenever God raised up men to speak it.

Nothing has changed.

Pastor John

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Dead Saints Rising after Jesus Died

Hi Pastor John,

I love the new book “After Jesus Died”. What a precious thing. It just makes so much sense. And, wow, the disciples were clueless! I love that we know that! I love it!

One of the things that astonished me when I read it is at the very beginning. After Jesus gave up his spirit and died, dead people came up from the dead and were seen walking around in Jerusalem!!!!!! I read that and was like, “WHAT IN THE WORLD!” What an astonishing thing! Corpses don’t just get up from their graves and just walk around!! And it really made me wonder a lot about it. What is the spiritual significance of Jesus just having given up his spirit, gone down to the place of the dead, and then dead people get up and walk about, before Jesus even rose again himself? What does it mean? Is it some kind of parable to what Jesus was about to do? I really wonder about this.

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The information about some dead saints rising is given to the readers of the Bible after it tells of Jesus dying, but that event did not take place until after Jesus rose from the dead:

“And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose and came out of the graves AFTER HIS RESURRECTION, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many” (Mt. 27:52-53).

Still, who those saints were and why the were brought back from the dead at that time, we do not know. Those two verses are the only time they are ever mentioned.”

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The other astonishing thing is that the people were just looking on! I’d be running away!

Jenny

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A few souls loved Jesus too much to run away from him when he was dying on the cross after they had traveled with him so much, felt his sweet spirit, and seen him do so much good. I suspect that you might have stayed nearby, too, under those circumstances.

Thanks for the question!

Pastor John

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“Saint” Patrick

Pastor John, is “Saint Patrick” a patron saint of Irish-Catholic heritage?

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Yes.

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Is that one of those identities that a demon from Roman Polytheism religion would have taken over, after Rome made the transformation to Roman Catholicism?

Thank you.

Jerry

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Patrick was a Christian who evangelized Ireland and was deified after his death by Christian leaders, the way the Roman Senate used to deify their emperors.  He was not ancient god who was taken into the pantheon of Christian patron saints.

Pastor John

 

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The Demons of Rome

Pastor John,

Brother Tom testified this evening to what a miracle it is that he is now able to serve the Lord in Spirit and in Truth, instead of in ceremony – as was required of him during most of his young life, as he labored to serve the Lord in the Christian institution – Catholicism.  He said that the ceremonies regularly observed in Catholicism were esteemed as highly as Jesus himself; that Catholic ceremonies were gods, inspiring the same fear and reverence, and manner of servitude from men, that only truly belongs to the Father and His sinless Son.

Tom was rescued by Jesus.

You then added that Tom had described the situation accurately, citing that the Catholic ceremony of communion, in which Catholics claim their priests turn ordinary wine and bread into the very blood and flesh of the living Christ, and therefore becomes God. 

All of this made me consider the gods/demons of ancient Rome.  Where did they go when Rome underwent its transformation into Christianity?  Knowing what we do about Rome, that the spirit of Rome remains alive and well to this day, effectively translated into the thriving institution of Christianity, I had to wonder, what happened to all of those Roman demons when Rome was transformed into Christianity?

When Rome underwent its changing-of-hats and started masquerading as the bride of Christ in the form of the Roman Catholic Church/Christianity, did those demons that embodied Roman religion, then change hats as well?  Did they begin occupying places within Christianity that also struck fear and reverence in the hearts of men, and likewise commanded obedience?  Did the demons that ruled in the hearts of Roman men, under titles such as: Jupiter, Mars, and Quirinus, dig around in God’s trash can and find new identities in the form of something that would also strike fear and command obedience from the hearts of men, in their new home within Christianity? Something that might have once had such awe-inspiring value, such as the now-worthless ceremonies, (or some semblance of them) that used to reign supreme under the law of Moses? 

Did those demons who once ruled Rome under the dread titles Jupiter, Mars and Quirinus change their methods and begin ruling hearts within Christianity under such new awe-inspiring titles as water baptism, foot washing ceremonies and communion?

Titles that, according to brother Tom’s account, occupy the place in the hearts of many men that belongs to no one but Christ himself?

Jerry

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Hi Jerry.

The demons of Rome did “change hats”, as you say, but they did not become Christian ceremonies.  They became the “patron saints” of Catholicism.

Pastor John

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Loosed Tongue

Pastor John, 

Is there another meaning to “loosed tongue”, other than the dumb being made to speak? 

Michelle 

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Not that I know of, biblically speaking. 

Pastor John

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Father and Son

Hi Pastor John, 
I was reading Gospel tract, “The Father and Son”.  I have a question regarding to this.

“All else was created by the Son: the heavens, the earth, humans and heavenly beings, animals and plants – everything, everywhere – was created by the Son. When, in Genesis 1:26, the Father said, “Let us make man in our image,” the “us” in that verse was the Father speaking to His Son, who then created man according to the will of his Father. By his Father’s power and wisdom, the Son created everything – except himself.”  

Did Jesus created everything except himself? What I understood that God was the creator but the Son was not co-creator. I believe that Jesus is the firstborn of all creation. Kindly help me to understand the excerpt in this tracts?  

Thank you, 

Leika

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Hi, Leika. 

The son credited the Father with creating all things because all things were created by the Father’s will, wisdom, and power.  “Of myself,” Jesus said, “I can do nothing.” 

However, with his Father’s wisdom and power, and according to his Father’s will, Jesus can do anything.  And the central revelation of this New Testament is that (1) the Son of God was with the Father from the beginning and (2) the Son was the Father’s agent in creating all things. 

Colossians 1:16-17 KJV

[16] For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: [17] And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 

John 1:1-3 KJV

[1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] The same was in the beginning with God. [3] All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 

So, the Son created all things except, of course, himself.  He created all things at the Father’s command, and he gives all glory and credit for creation to the Father.  At the same time, the Father points us to His Son, whom He has made the head of all things.  And He demands that we bow before His Son.  Otherwise, we will spend eternity in the horrible place of torment called the Lake of Fire. 

I hope this makes clearer what you have read in our gospel tract on the Father and the Son. 

Thank you for the question. 

Pastor John

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Pastor John,

It is clearer now.  Now, when someone will ask me about the Father and the Son when I give them the tracts, I can give clear answer to them. 

He kept all hidden for “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,”  but “He has revealed it to babes.”  Paul said, “to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, even of the Father and Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” and the Book of Psalms shows that “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SON!” 

Thank you,

Leika

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The Son is everything to the Father and to us.  He is the Mediator between God and man.

Pastor John

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I believe in that, Pastor John.  The Father sent His Son so that the Holy Spirit (His divine nature) will be available to us.  I believe that the disciple and prophets were ignorant before the Father sent His Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Indeed!  “The Father so love the world that He gave His only beloved Son.” 

Thank you,

Leika

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Hi Leika.

Jesus has given you a good understanding.

Pastor John

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The Old Covenant which are the laws, were written in the stone (Old Testament). The new Covenant which the laws are written in our hearts (New Testament).

“The holy Spirit also bears witness to us, for after having said, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and on their minds will I write them” (Hebrews 10:16), and “This is an everlasting covenant”, as what said in Jeremiah 32:40-41:

“And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them and cease to do them good, and I will put my fear in their heart so that they do not turn away from me. And I will rejoice over them, to do them good, and in faithfulness will I plant them in this land with all my heart and with all my soul.” 

This is the new thing in the book of Isaiah: “Behold, I will do a new thing! It is about to spring up! Will you not understand it?  I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

I love studying the Scripture, Jesus gives understanding indeed!

Thank you,

Leika

 

 

 

 

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