The beginning of The Good News Series may seem oddly familiar and at the same time a bit different from what you are accustomed to reading. These studies are direct translations from the older Greek and Hebrew versions of the Good News that are re-translated to provide the fullness of meaning as it would have been known to the people who lived during that time period.
The Good News:
“The beginning of the Good News of Yahushua Messiah, the Son of Elohim.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was toward Elohim, and mighty was the Word.
This was in the beginning toward Elohim.
All came to being through it, and apart from it not even one thing came to be which has come to be.” (John:1)
In it was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not grasped it.
It was the true light that comes into the world, it enlightens every man. It was in the world, and the world was made through it, and the world did not know it.
He came to His own, and those who were His did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of Elohim, those who believe in His name. Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of Elohim.
And the word became flesh and tabernacled among us. And we saw His brightness, bright as the only begotten beside the Father, full of kindness and truth.
For His fullness we have all received kindness upon kindness. For the Torah was given by the hand of Mosheh and kindness and truth came by the hand of Yahushua the Messiah.
No one has ever seen Elohim at any time; the only begotten Son who is in bosom of the Father, that One declares Him.
Since many have indeed taken in hand to knit together a narrative of the matters completely confirmed among us, as those who from the beginning had seen and servants of the word committed them to us, it seemed good to me as well, having followed up all these matters exactly from the beginning, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent T’ophiylos (friend of Elohim), that you might know the truth of the words which you were taught.
If you look carefully and prayerfully, you will recognize that the beginning of this study begins in the Gospel of Yochanan (John) 1:1-5, 7-14 and finishes in the Gospel of Luços (Luke) 1:1-4. Here is an example of the texts as they currently exist in the Scriptures for your comparison (The Scriptures 2006 version):
Yochanan (John) 1:1-6,8-14:
(1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim.
(2) The same was in the beginning with Elohim.
(3) All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made.
(4) In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
(5) The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome it.
(6) The same came as a witness, that he might testify about the light, that all might believe through him.
(8) He was not the light, but was sent that he might testify about the light.
(9) The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world.
(10) He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world didn’t recognize him.
(11) He came to his own, and those who were his own didn’t receive him.
(12) But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become Elohim’s children, to those who believe in his name:
(13) who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of Elohim
(14) The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Luços (Luke) 1:1-4:
(1) Since many have undertaken to set in order a narrative concerning those matters which have been fulfilled among us,
(2) even as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us,
(3) it seemed good to me also, having traced the course of all things accurately from the first, to write to you in order, most excellent Theophilus;
(4) that you might know the certainty concerning the things in which you were instructed.
– Now that we have an understanding of what the has been translated and what the common looks like, let’s address the mysteries therein. Yochanan (John) 1 is pointing us back to Beresheit (Genesis) 1:1 – the beginning of creation.
– Genesis 1:1 in Hebrew reads: Beresheit bara Elohim et(את) Ha shamayim v’et Ha eretz. Mechanically it reads – In the beginning created Elohim (Aleph-Tav) the heavens and the land! Aleph-Tav is in parenthesis because it is not translated, and yet there is significant spiritual meaning in it. Aleph is the beginning letter and Tav the ending letter of the Hebrew Aleph-beyt. It stands for each and every Hebrew letter and their combination to make words! In the beginning Elohim created “the Word,” just like Yochanan tells us.
– The Aleph-tav is also symbolic for the Messiah Yahushua. He was the first of all creation and was spoken into being, and thus became the “Mighty hand” by which Yahweh created. Everything, as Yochanan surmised, was created by the Word and nothing existed without it because Creation was spoken into existence.
– “In it was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not grasped it.” Yahushua refers to himself as the “light of the world” –
Yochanan (John) 8:12: Again, therefore, Yahushua spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”
– And again: Yochanan (John) 9:5: “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Very clearly, our Messiah is the light of the world and those that “follow” Him will not walk in darkness because the darkness cannot “grasp the light.”
– Yochanan 3:16-18 further speaks to Yahweh creating the son to save the world –
Yochanan (John) 3:16-18:
(16) For Elohim so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
(17) For Elohim didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him.
(18) He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn’t believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only born Son of Elohim.
– “He came to His own, and those who were His did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of Elohim, those who believe in His name. Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of Elohiym.” This is referenced several times by the emissary Sha’ul (Apostle Paul), most notably in Romans and Galatians:
Romayim (Romans) 8:14-17:
(14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of Elohim, these are sons of Elohim.
(15) For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
(16) The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of Elohim,
(17) and if children, also heirs – truly heirs of Elohim, and co-heirs with Messiah, if indeed we suffer with Him, in order that we also be exalted together.
Galatiyim (Galatians) 3:26-27:
(26) For you are all sons of Elohim through belief in Messiah Yahushua.
(27) For as many of you were immersed into Messiah have put on Messiah
– “And the word became flesh and tabernacled among us. And we saw His brightness, bright as the only begotten beside the Father, full of kindness and truth.” The overall picture here is pretty self-explanatory. The Messiah did “tabernacle” with us, in fact it is an allusion to a feast that believers in other religions may not know – The Feast of Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Booths or the Feast of Tabernacles. Messiah was not born in December, he was born during the Hebrew month of Tishrei which is approximately mid-September to mid/late October. He was born on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles and then circumcised on the eight day, as was custom, which is the “Last Great day” or Simchah Torah. The brightness is referred to as the “shekinah” or the “glory” of Yahweh. It is referred to in Revelation:
Chazon/Hitgalut (Revelation) 21:23: And the city had no need of the sun, nor of the moon, to shine in it, for the esteem of Elohim lightened it, and the Lamb is its lamp.
– “For His fullness we have all received kindness upon kindness. For the Torah was given by the hand of Mosheh and kindness and truth came by the hand of Yahushua the Messiah.” This is one of the final veils that need to be removed before your eyes because of the Dispensationalist movement in the church. We are taught in the Christian church that “grace” came into the world after the page titled “New Testament” during the “dispensation of grace.” Unfortunately none of it is scripturally true! Favour/grace has been poured out since the Garden of Eden and every age after that – i.e. Adam should have died for his transgression in the garden but he was saved; Noah received favour/grace for the world as it exists today; Avraham received favour from Yahweh and through Avraham we are co-heirs to the seed of promise; and etc.
I know that this is a lot to digest, so I will stop for now. Please diligently study the scriptures and realize that there is much more to be gained than what has been brought forth in the study. Be good Bereans, look up topics, search out the scriptures for truth, pray to the Almighty, and seek out like minded brethren to sharpen your knowledge. Also remember, the Word was created in the beginning use all of the text to get the best understanding you can. May Father Yahweh bless you and keep you.
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