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What Is The Mystery?
Most of those in churchianity believe that we are right now being given our only opportunity for salvation. Their goal is to help save the world’s population through the Savior Yahshua. From time to time we learn some dedicated Bible believers tell how they were able to proclaim Yahweh’s truth to someone just before he left the land of the living. Their concept seems to be that simply knowing the true names of Yahweh and His Son Yahshua or just believing He exists will put one in good standing with Saint Peter or in the coming resurrection.
There are many Bible truths we can know and understand but most of churchianity does not grasp or understand. Comprehending a simple truth often is difficult for them to believe. Take as an example the following statement: “Yahweh is not desperately trying to save the entire world now.” Paul referred to this program as a “mystery.”
It is a mystery to many that Yahweh continues His calling out of a special group of believers as He has down through history. It all began with Abraham and continues until the final “living stone” has been called, chosen and made ready. These will be the first-fruits who will be raised to spirit beings in the first resurrection,
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of Yahweh and of the Messiah, and shall reign with Him a thousand
years, Rev. 20:6.
The Apostle Paul frequently refers to this program of Yahweh’s as a “mystery.”
Who Are Today’s Majority?
If Yahweh’s goal was to save as many as possible from the clutches of the devil, it is clear He is losing the race, for there are more sinners in the world today than ever. In trying to explain this, we are often told: “Others have just as much opportunity as we do, for they can hear the same message.” The Bible does not tell us that everyone has an equal chance for salvation today. Yahshua Himself said He deliberately clouded the minds of some who, because of His love for the human race, He did not want these to understand or learn from Him. Is today’s majority the Silent Majority, or should they be called the Ignorant Majority? More on this later.
Yahshua often spoke to the people and many neither comprehended His message nor understood what He meant, for He spoke to them in parables so they would not understand. It is not uncommon to have TV and radio evangelists allege the Savior spoke to us in parables to make His message more sure, clear and important. NOT true! Yahshua spoke in parables to confuse those skeptics who reject His message of truth:
And the disciples came, and said unto Him, “Why speakest thou unto them in parables?” He answered and said unto them, “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, ‘By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: for this people’s heart is waxed gross, and [their] ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and should understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them,’” Matt. 13:10-15 AV.
Seek Yahweh’s Truth
You and I can learn the deeper truth of Yahshua’s words if we seek the truth and follow by putting into practice that which we have learned so that we may be like Him in all things. As the days and years go by we often look back at our life and wonder where the time has gone. We continue seeking Yahweh’s truth, realizing there is more to our present existence than the physical realm. We want to follow in the footsteps of the Savior and seek His higher plane of living, for we understand He promises there is a greater purpose in life that most readers ignorantly overlook and fail to grasp:
But blessed [are] your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, “That many prophets and righteous [men] have desired to see [those things] which ye see, and have not seen [them]; and to hear [those things] which ye hear, and have not heard [them],” Matt. 13:16-17 AV.
Oh, To Be Called And Chosen
We are given deeper understanding when we are called and chosen by Yahshua as were the Apostles who accepted the challenge to be worthy of that call to become a chosen vessel: a follower of Yahshua. We also search the Scriptures to find the deeper spiritual understanding of Yahweh’s promises. The Bible has given us a deeper spiritual meaning through Messiah. Yahweh is calling a few today to become a cadre of inspired personnel to finish the work so Yahshua can return...
For many are called, but few [are] chosen, Matt. 22:14 AV.
Oh, To Desire To Learn
If you have a sincere hunger for the word and want to learn more of the deeper things of the Scriptures, there is no doubt that you are being called to attain a special position and responsibility in the coming Kingdom under Yahshua! The fact you are reading this article indicates you have a special interest in what the Bible really has to say! You did not come up with this desire to learn more of Yahweh through His word by yourself. You were drawn by Yahweh’s Holy Spirit!
But, as it is written,
Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which Elohim hath prepared for them that love Him. But Yahweh hath revealed [them] unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of Yahweh, 1Cor. 2:9-10 AV.
Aim To Be Without Blame
Most of us can recall having aversions to ideas and events which are not proper or good, and we continue our attempt to avoid them. Risqué jokes are an example of things we should avoid and not be a participant. We find ourselves becoming more serious about life and the purpose for which we are alive. Whether we make the change over a long period of time, or a sudden turnabout, it is evident Yahweh’s Spirit is calling many today. We pray you have answered your call to be a child of the King and now realize your life has a greater purpose that you never considered before!
According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, Eph. 1:4 AV.
The calling you now have is not just happenstance. Yahweh calls those in our generation who qualify for the task He has prepared for this age. The calling is by Yahweh the Father of those He knows have the where-with-al to fill the high calling open to them. It is difficult for some to believe that their calling was planned years and years ago. Yet, here we are studying the Scriptures with a whole new and deeper perception! Each one is called to be part of much bigger program than ever even considered before:
But we are bound to give thanks always to Yahweh for you, brethren beloved of Him, because He hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth, 2 Thess. 2:13 AV.
Be An Example To The World
Yahweh continues His selection of candidates to become teachers and carry out the Melchisedec priesthood under the Messiah. These will be given the task of teaching and guiding others in the Kingdom much like the apostles under Yahshua’s guidance and tutoring. Yahweh gave us life to spend and not to keep. There are those who always think first of their own profit, ease, comfort, and security, but are losing life all the time. Those who spend their lives for others, forgetting health, wealth, and comfort will gain great rewards in the Kingdom.
We are to be an example to the world even now because we are presently in training for the work and calling we will have in the Kingdom. History reveals Yahweh has been calling certain ones to walk on higher ground, and it all began with Abraham.
But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light, 1 Pet. 2:9 AV.
We who have committed our future to be with Yahshua can expect to be the first to suffer the attacks by Satan and his henchmen. Satan will battle furiously because he now realizes Yahshua is soon returning to earth to put down all rebellion and opposition. A greater number will not understand the Deceiver will strive to convince the world his program is the right one and will betray many.
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Sovereign of rulers, and King of kings: and they that are with Him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful, Rev. 17:14 AV.
Desire To Be The Standard Bearer
In each generation Yahweh has those He calls to be His standard bearer, to His way of life. Yahshua chooses those He wants to be His followers. Many scholars feel that this calling out a special people to comprehend and live His way began with Abraham in Genesis 12. The Scriptures follow closely the progeny of Abraham, especially Isaac and Jacob’s line which take up the entire chapters and book of Genesis.
The people called Israel were brought out of Egypt (which is a type of the world). We are to live in the world but not to be a part of the world, nor are we to take up the world’s customs and habits. The calling continues today, as we study Yahweh’s Word to incorporate His spiritual lessons into our life. When the final one is chosen to fill out
|the spiritual Temple, then Yahshua can come,1 Peter 2:1-10.
So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen, Matt. 20:16 AV.
The Mystery Begins
The final two verses ending chapter 11 of Hebrews have been a mystery for many. They did not realize the resurrection was unclear to those in the Old Testament. We are blessed above measure to be living in the times of the New Testament. We have the words of Yahshua the Savior and the evangels of Paul and Peter and John. We are to have part in the program in helping to perfect others:
And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: Elohim having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect, Heb. 11:39-40 AV.
Abraham was prepared to sacrifice Isaac (Genesis 22) for he knew Yahweh would resurrect Isaac (verse 5). Ezekiel writes of the resurrection of dry bones and bringing them back to life, chapter 37. Job believed in a resurrection,
And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see Yahweh, Job 19:26.
The Old Testament is not clear in explaining Yahweh’s Set-apart (Holy) Spirit is given us in measure (earnest down payment). It was not until Yahshua paid the price for redemption of the world that the Spirit was allowed to remain on earth.
We Are Given A Measure
A portion of the Spirit is given us following baptism (Acts 19:2-6) to see what we will do with it. We are told not to quench the Spirit, but to elevate our thinking and seek spiritual truth. The indwelling Spirit needs to be nurtured and our fleshly, carnal desires restrained. Yahshua brought the Holy Spirit to earth on Pentecost and remains here even now. The Holy Set-apart Spirit was given to certain people in the Old Testament for a purpose, and then taken away when completed. Now the Spirit is here to stay! Apostles John and Peter elaborated on the glory and power of Yahweh’s Spirit in giving us eternal life.
Paul reveals that the mystery of the first resurrection will be the change from physical bodies to spiritual bodies when Yahshua returns. Paul also includes in his teaching that believing Gentiles will be accepted in Yahweh’s promise made to Israel if Gentiles accept and follow Yahshua. Paul became the Apostle to the Gentiles as Peter was to the Jews:
[Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints: to whom Elohim would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Messiah in you, the hope of glory, Col. 1:26-27 AV.
The ancient worthies did not have as clear an understanding as we have today. Very few Bible readers today linger over 1 Corinthians chapter 15 which gives a detailed account of Yahweh’s plan of redemption. Those born after Yahshua’s resurrection are indeed more blessed with opportunities of understanding beyond those who once were teachers. The New Testament reveals and clarifies much that puzzles us today:
Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my evangel, and the preaching of Yahshua Messiah, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, Rom. 16:25 AV.
Yahshua gives credit to the Father and thanks Him for His prudence in hiding deeper truth from those who might not cherish the fuller depth of new revelation. Deeper truth is withheld from those who are not handling truth wisely, but is revealed to those who have ears to hear and believe and act on His word. Not everyone will understand the deeper mysteries that Yahshua reveals to us. It is through Yahshua we come to a deeper comprehension of Yahweh’s program for mankind.
At that time Yahshua answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Sovereign of heaven and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in Thy sight. All things are delivered unto Me of My Father: and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father, save the Son, and [he] to whomsoever the Son will reveal [Him], Matt. 11:25-27 AV.
Simon Peter’s understanding was through Yahweh’s Spirit. We cannot fathom or come to an understanding of Yahweh’s truth by ourselves. A soft and compliant heart is required to grasp the deeper truths of His word. Not everyone will humbly seek the blessed truth and follow it. Yahweh allows certain ones to grasp the true meaning and sense of His truth,
And Yahshua answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed [it] unto thee, but My Father which is in heaven, Matt. 16:17 AV.
Have You Been Called?
Throughout the New Testament are reminders that we in the New Testament are called by Yahweh to represent Him and learn of His ways. There should be no question about whether Yahweh has His hand on your shoulder and is calling you to have a part in His program to represent Him and teach others who have ears to hear! It makes no difference whether you are an Israelite born or a Gentile seeking truth, we all want Yahshua as our Redeemer!
You, as one who values Bible truth, know there is more to Yahweh’s master plan for those who seek Him and have accepted His Son, Yahshua. In our wildest dreams we cannot fathom the things Yahweh has prepared for those that love Him (1 Cor. 2:9). Our mind collapses in trying to comprehend the things Yahweh has prepared for us now and in the world to come.
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in, Rom. 11:25 AV.
The fullness of our present life depends upon the value we place on promises of a future time to come. We learn of the Bible’s characters presented to us with complete candor. Their human frailties and weaknesses show they were not all perfect before Yahweh, but overcame and are faithful representatives and our example:
But we speak the wisdom of Elohim in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which Elohim ordained before the world unto our glory, 1 Cor. 2:7 AV.
|Answer The Call
We in the New Testament era are blessed above measure. We have the Dead Sea Scrolls plus a growing number of proofs that the Bible has all the attention needed for our salvation. Computerized Bibles and Bible Helps bring us to an understanding not seen or clearly available in the Old Testament:
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Messiah, and stewards of the mysteries of Elohim, 1 Cor. 4:1 AV.
|May Yahweh’s Spirit move you, our dear reader, to consider the opportunity that awaits those who answer the call and are chosen by Yahshua to be a First-fruit in the coming Kingdom.|
-Elder Donald R. Mansager (deceased)
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