Some people claim that our Lord should not be referred to as “Jesus.” Instead, we should only use the name “Yeshua.” Some even go so far as to say that calling Him “Jesus” is blasphemous. Others go into great detail about how the name “Jesus” is unbiblical because the letter J is a modern invention and there was no letter J in Greek or Hebrew.
The revelation really begins in the last verse of Revelation chapter 11.
And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
Before we continue we need to understand that God’s way (and the Hebrew way of thinking) is very different to what we are used to, which has been heavily influenced by Greek thought. God describes events as though they have already happened because He sees all of time; He is outside of time.
Is Jesus Jewish? That is an interesting question. To what extent is Jesus Jewish? Do those who follow Him need to understand Hebrew and/or do they need to become Jewish? I believe, from the written Word of God, we can answer these questions.
Jesus Christ is God and therefore is self-existent. He said of Himself “Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58). Jesus is the Great I AM (Exodus 3:14).
And God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and He said, Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.
Here God is simply saying “I AM”. He means He has always existed; He is uncreated. The Hebrew word הָיָה (meaning ‘to exist’) used in the verse is transliterated as hayah (pronounced haw-yaw). God is saying He has always existed.
Jesus repeats this many times in the New Testament. (See list here)
Is the celebration of Christmas pagan? What about the celebration of Easter, is it pagan too? Certainly, the celebration of Halloween must be pagan, right? How about worshiping God on Sundays? Surely that is pagan, no? Is it all some big conspiracy? Are the historical churches of Christendom secretly trying to simulate ancient Pagan worship, while fooling us all into believing this honors Jesus Christ? These are the sorts of questions that permeate our modern culture, and what they amount to, collectively, is an outright and direct assault on Christianity.
The objective behind these attacks is to undermine our Christian culture, fracture it, balkanize it, and then replace it with something more distinctively “Jewish” in appearance. While I could go into the errors behind every specific attack on each individual subject, as I have in the past, I think there is a much bigger or, overarching, problem in play here. What all of these individual attacks really amount to is Judaizing. I submit to you that the modern Church, much like the early Church, has a significant problem with Judaizing. And we are seeing it play out here with each and every attack that is made against traditional Christianity and traditional Christian culture.
A very great delusion has entered the Christian churches. This is related to the teaching that the saved born again believers will be “raptured” from Earth and taken to heaven before the rise of the AntiChrist and the global beast system develops. They teach that believers will avoid any widespread persecution, tribulation, or afflictions.
I do believe that the Lord will return for the believers but in the Day of the Lord, at the end when Christ returns to judge the living and the dead. What I am talking about here is the timing of the “rapture” of the church, which will not be secret, but “every eye” shall see Christ’s coming. (Revelation 1:7)
Recently a brother in Christ told me about his pastor preaching a sermon where the pastor claimed those who teach that the church will go through tribulation are ‘doomsy’ preachers. I never had heard that word before. From numerous scriptures and from church history it is plain to see that the believers have suffered enormously under persecution. Hebrews chapter 11 alone teaches us that.
I was recently reading Health Impact News Editor Brian Shilhavy’s excellent article “Are Your Friends and Family Mocking You for Building an “Ark” in Preparation for What is Coming?” and I was reminded of the fact that Christ said:
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Matthew 24:37-39 KJV
This is the opening point that Brian makes in his article .
When Jesus walked the earth he warned his followers that the same thing that happened in the days of Noah preceding the flood, would be happening just prior to his coming back to earth to judge the world, where people would act as if tomorrow would be the same as any other day, failing to recognize the times and season they were living through.