and they that murmured shall learn doctrine. — Isaiah 29:24
So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense,
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Volume 9 Number 16
He Will Not Fail You, Nor Forsake You
As Yahshua (Jesus) was preparing His disciples for His impending death and resurrection, He reminded them that He would not leave them comfortless. He said that the Father would send the Comforter, which is also called the Holy Ghost, in His (Yahshua’s) name:
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you. -John 14
Later, however, Yahshua said that He would be the one to send the Comforter from the Father:
26 But when the Comforter has come, whom I will send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father, he shall testify of me: -John 15
Again, Yahshua said that He would send the Comforter:
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send him to you. -John 16
Who will send the Comforter, Yahweh (the Father) or Yahshua (the Son)?
The relationship between the Father, the Son (the Word), and the Holy Ghost (the Comforter) has been hotly debated, and widely misunderstood, for centuries. Understanding this relationship is summed up in the verse of Scripture that has been hated by the world and stricken from the Scriptures in the fourth century[See K. Fannin, While Men Slept... A Biblical and Historical Account of the New Universal Christianity, 2nd ed., Addison, Michigan: Life’s Resources, Inc., 2002, pp. 265-267]:
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. -1 John 5
The Word wasn’t created or born, He was with God and was God in the very beginning:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. -John 1
Therefore, when the Word was made flesh He was God, living among men:
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. -John 1
If the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost are one, then all three must be God. As Yahweh explains, however, there are not three Gods. He says that there is only one God and one Savior, which is Him:
10 You are my witnesses, says Yahweh, and my servant whom I have chosen: that you may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
11 I, even I, am Yahweh; and besides me there is no savior. -Isaiah 43
Yahweh repeats this statement again, saying that He is the only God and He is the only Savior:
21 Tell you, and bring them near; yes, let them take counsel together: who has declared this from ancient time? who has told it from that time? have not I Yahweh? and there is no God else besides me; a just God and a Savior; there is none besides me.
22 Look unto me, and be you saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. -Isaiah 45
The angel of the Lord, however, declared that a Savior was born on earth!
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is the Messiah the Lord. -Luke 2
The angel gave the child the name of the Savior before He was even born. He was named Yahweh is salvation because He would save His people from their sins. His name is translated directly from Hebrew into modern English as Yahshua:
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name YAHSHUA: for he shall save his people from their sins. -Matthew 1
This child fulfilled the prophecy which said that Yah, which is the short form of the name Yahweh, would become the Savior (my salvation):
14 Yah is my strength and song, and has become my salvation. -Psalms 118
As prophesied, the Savior came in the name of Yahweh:
26 Blessed is he that comes in the name of Yahweh: we have blessed you out of the house of Yahweh. -Psalms 118
Many Samaritans believed in Yahshua as the Messiah, the Savior of the world:
42 And said to the woman, Now we believe, not because of your saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Messiah, the Savior of the world. -John 4
Paul confirmed that Yahshua, born in the family lineage (seed) of David, was indeed the Savior:
23 Of this man’s seed has God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Savior, Yahshua: -Acts 13
Paul also reminded us that the Savior is God:
10 For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those that believe. -1 Timothy 4
Then Paul again clearly stated that Yahshua is the Savior:
10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Yahshua the Messiah, who has abolished death, and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: -2 Timothy 1
There is, therefore, one God. He is the Father, He is the Son, and He is the Spirit of God, the Holy Ghost, which is the Comforter.
The Comforter gives us the peace in our hearts that can only come from God:
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. -John 14
This peace is not determined by the absence of tribulation or external conflict. It is the peace that He gives us in our hearts and minds, even in the midst of turmoil, knowing that Yahweh has everything under control. The world cannot understand the kind of peace that comes with the full assurance that Yahweh answers our prayers, knowing that He will somehow work all things out according to His plan and for His purpose. It will be in His timing and in His way:
6 Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through the Messiah Yahshua. -Philippians 4
The key to this peace is to believe Yahweh. If we believe His Word is true, then we will know that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him:
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. -Hebrews 11
Peter explained that there is only one name, Yahshua the Messiah, that can save us:
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. -Acts 4
Those who believe in His name are given the seal of His promised Holy Spirit, which is the Comforter:
13 In whom you also trusted, after that you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that you believed, you were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, -Ephesians 1
Those who are sealed are those that have the name of Yahweh "written in their foreheads." In other words, they know and believe in His name:
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. -Revelation 9
1 And I looked, and, behold, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him a hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. -Revelation 14
4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. -Revelation 22
Paul’s life was full of physical tribulation (see 2 Corinthians 11:22-28). Nevertheless, he says that he was filled with comfort and exceedingly joyful:
4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation. -2 Corinthians 7
As Yahshua promised to send the Comforter, He said that even though we would experience tribulation in the world, we will have peace in Him. Regardless of our physical circumstances, He promises us peace in our hearts:
33 These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. -John 16
As Israel was about to face fearful enemies, Moses said:
8 And Yahweh, he it is that does go before you; he will be with you, he will not fail you, neither forsake you: fear not, neither be dismayed. -Deuteronomy 31
If we trust in the name of Yahshua, then we have His promise that the Comforter, which is the Spirit of God, will live in us. When our world starts shaking and we are in the midst of our tribulation, we can count on His promise of peace, which the world cannot understand. Remember, He that lives in us has overcome the world.
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