Q & A
I‘ve noticed the increased spike in google search results for “what does Christianity believe?” since Kanye has been making news with his gospel music at churches. I assumed, like many out there, that the news of Jesus Christ has permeated most of society. Clearly this is not true with the youth and those who follow Kanye. Of course, with search results in bing and google you’re going to receive a ton of different results, as different denominations believe in different things, but the message is generally the same.
Jesus is the Messiah and was crucified for the sins of mankind on Pesach (Passover), was resurrected on the 3rd day, Easter, and if you call upon His name to save you and redeem you from sin and death, He will. Jesus will also send the Holy Spirit, which we call the comforter, to rest upon your being, and guide you through life. That is how we also know Jesus sits at the right hand of YHWH as scripture foretold and is King and Lord of all mankind and angelic beings.
Unlike other major religions out there, Orthodox Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hindu, those who ask for the Holy Spirit, which is Ruach HaKodesh in Hebrew, will come upon you through Jesus’ name – that is the difference between us and them. We receive the Spirit of God through the son of YHWH, Jesus HaMashiach, or the anointed of God. You will feel this power come on you and speak in different languages or “tongues” as it says in the book of Acts 2 found within the New Testament of the Bible and known as the Day of Pentecost.
Jesus promised He would send the Holy Spirit after He ascended to the Father, who is God, YHWH, we say in hebrew as an abbreviation of His name, for God’s name is holy. Through Jesus, the anointed of YHWH, God becomes your Father, again with proof from the Holy Spirit.
Many denominations do not believe in Ruach HaKodesh today, but believe this was simply for those 2,000 years ago and the apostles, which is absolutely untrue. I attest to Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit does come upon you, and does cause you to this day to speak in “tongues” as written in Joel 2:28,
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions”
Questions & Answers
Q: Have there been times where God’s spirit has come upon other people rather than Christians?
A: Yes. The Nevi’im, or prophets of the Bible received God’s spirit which allowed them to record the words of YHWH throughout history. Even King Saul received the Holy Spirit as it is written,
“And it will happen, when you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with a stringed instrument, a tambourine, a flute, and a harp before them; and they will be prophesying. Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.” 1 Samuel 10:5-6
Q: What does this Spirit feel like? Is this like a possession?
A: No. Possession, as seen in movies or read in books, generally refers to evil spirits or fallen angels that harm people, or control people for diabolical purposes. The Holy Spirit is a feeling of utmost love and joy – so powerful it’s hard to describe. The opposite of this is the feeling of terror, dread, and paralyzing fear. The love of YHWH feels like ocean waves of peace and love flowing over your whole being, and you will speak different languages, fluently, as you praise God.
Scientist and secular who question the validity of God and Jesus do so out of ignorance. Those who do not believe Jesus is the Messiah are simply deceived by angelic beings and those who teach lies in order to keep you from receiving the Holy Spirit. For through Jesus the Messiah our sins are no longer remembered before YHWH and we receive eternal life with Him who made us.
Q: My rabbi said that Jesus was not the Moshiach as He didn’t fulfill the required prophecy to be Messiah.
A: Depending on what sect of Judaism you belong to will determine what is taught by your rabbi as he understands Tanakh and Talmud. Orthodox Judaism see the Messiah as a conquering King, who comes to power through one of the leading Tzadik. This is a modern concept taught during diaspora and is an incorrect understanding of scripture. Again, the Holy Spirit is proof that Jesus is the actual Messiah as told through prophecy, regardless of commentary by sages, or argument by rabbi, or Tzadik.
An example would be like a student or a professor. The student seeks to attain the knowledge of the professor, but this can only be granted by YHWH – no human can achieve this – the Holy Spirit is only granted to those through Jesus HaMashiach, of which grants your doctorate.
Anyone who argues this must answer whether they have the Holy Spirit or not, which is very dangerous in Judaism, as you cannot lie or deceive YHWH. We can deceive man, but we cannot deceive YHWH nor mock His Spirit.
Anyone who mocks the Holy Spirit or speaks a word against YHWH spirit is in jeopardy of eternal damnation, or an unforgivable sin. Thus, the difference between those that HAVE Ruach HaKodesh, and those that have not.
It’s up to each individual to believe what you are told either at the salvation or damnation of your soul. Those who believe in Jesus as Messiah receive Ruach HaKodesh – those who do not believe in Jesus as Messiah, do not receive Ruach HaKodesh, so it’s a simple choice, but yet very difficult to accept as logic by many.
Q: Can’t someone just fake having the Holy Spirit and speaking in Tongues?
Yes of course this has been done many times. Again, faking the Holy Spirit is at the detriment of the wrath of YHWH and eternal destruction. There is great judgment for those who pretend they are prophets, are men of God, spiritual leaders, or Tzadik, and those manipulating truth about the Holy Spirit of YHWH. For those who have received Ruach HaKodesh there is no need to question or fear as we are ordained by YHWH Himself, sealed by His spirit, of which no man can say otherwise and would do well to listen. And of which we shout, Jesus is HaMashiach the lamb of God who has taken away the sin of the world! For only through the Spirit of YHWH can one say such a thing. All frauds will deny HaMashiach.
Q: How does Jesus get rid of my sin?
A: You first need to understand there is no getting rid of sin. When we sin as humans, it is willed into existence. In Torah we are given mitzvot (commands) as given by YHWH, and we are taught how to live through karbanot, a sin removing system through offerings. The simplest way to explain karbanot is that there are different sins and commands that determine what you offer for propitiation, or appeasing YHWH, so you can remain in His blessing and covenant. Types of offerings are:
- peace offering
- burnt offering
- guilt offering
- sin offering
- food and drink offerings
- the red heifer
Every year we are commanded by YHWH on Yom Kippur,
“Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering, which is for the people, bring its blood inside the veil, do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and before the mercy seat. So he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions, for all their sins; and so he shall do for the tabernacle of meeting which remains among them in the midst of their uncleanness.”
Of course it is much more complicated than this and you can read Leviticus 16 yourself here: Leviticus 16
Today there does not exist a holy temple called the Beit HaMikdash. In Israel this is where karbanot will be performed on Yom Kippur when the the 3rd Temple is built. During diaspora in Europe descendants of Israelites came up with new beliefs of propitiating sin, and handed these sayings down as tradition through Talmud. These are man made arguments of how to “deal with sin” since we do not have a Holy Temple to perform Yom Kippur or any offerings for that matter.
YHWH removed the system of karbanot from all of Israel when He destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in AD 70 through Titus of Rome and then scattered Israel all over the nations as He said He would do through the prophets.
Jesus the Messiah, in whom YHWH is well pleased, is the forever lamb offering said by John the baptist, “that took away the sin of the world.”
Peter the Israelite and Apostle said, “but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”
Jesus and Torah were both formed before the foundation of the world and the HaMashiach is the fulfilling of all halakha or law as given by YHWH. Modern Judaism has yet to understand this reality, but they will after the 3rd Beit HaMikdash and the last Yom YHWH.
Jesus, “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
Now these things are hard to understand for those whose hearts and minds cannot hear. YHWH said through the prophet Isaiah,
“Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.”
So to those whom YHWH has redeemed they are saved and are His elect. Jesus said we must be born of water and spirit to enter the kingdom of YHWH.
Those who accept the certificate of propitiation, the removal of their sin as done on Yom Kippur, through the blood of the one true lamb, Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, these will receive eternal life in the kingdom of YHWH and receive the Holy Spirit as granted to all who are of YHWH through the redemption found in His Messiah Jesus.
“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
Ask YHWH, God, the creator of all things, to save you through the name of Jesus of Nazareth the anointed of God, and He will save you and bless you amen.