Dear precious Grandchildren,
I’m writing this in light of the questions you may be struggling with when someone you know dies: how do we know what is True, what is Reality, who is God, what is hell, where do people go when they die, who is the devil, who are the angels?
Truth can withstand scrutiny; it invariably hangs straight, the way a plum-line hangs in gravity and as level as the surface of still water.
We have been instructed to test everything to YHVH’s, (Yah for short) Perfect Word Truth.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1
In the beginning of our Spiritual growth we are like babies, we need spiritual milk and depend on the guidance and encouragement from people. We mature Spiritually by spending time in prayer and reading God’s Word for ourselves.
I hope you can find a globe or a map of the world to examine for awhile. Have you ever wondered why we believe what we believe? Imagine if you had been born in a different part of the world? All people develop their own private logic depending on their cultural and family influences.
We all have presumptions about God, but we can push past them as we explore the difference between what man says and what God says.
How Hellenization Affected Our English Bible Translations
The Bible was originally written in the Hebrew language, having some Aramaic in Daniel and Ezra. It is important to remember the “New Testament” writings were not compiled into the book we have today until 4 A.D.
Yehoshua is the full Hebrew Name of Jesus. It was shortened to Yeshua, meaning Salvation but originally it meant, YHVH Is Salvation.
Every 1st Century Disciple referred to God’s Word as the Torah, Prophets and Writings. It was referred to by the Hebrew acronym TaNaK.
The Hebrew contains figurative language, phrases, word puns and poetic patterns, many of which do not carry over in translation.
The original Hebrew Scriptures were translated into Greek, 4th century B.C. The New Testament was also translated into Greek about the 4th century A.D.
The first British English translation originated from these translations, unknowingly incorporating Westernized or Hellenized, Greek and Roman Latin influence.
This mix is called syncretism and this is why we we’re warned ahead of time that those who add or take away from God’s original Word are false prophets, Proverbs 30:6; Deuteronomy 4:2; Deuteronomy 12:32; Revelation 22:18.
“These were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” Acts 17:11
Here is the original Hebrew meaning along with added or subtracted translation:
Who is God?
1. YHVH was taken away and LORD was added. YHVH is the only Name our Creator referred to as His Name forever, Exodus 3:15. It means, I Am Who I Am, He was, is and always will be, or He Exists. It was replaced by the capital LORD over 6,830 times, not including the New Testament.
The term God was used to describe all pagan deities in Greek. Later Teutonic mythology adopted the same word god, referring to all pagan gods and the Creator God alike.
What is Hell?
2. Sheol is the Grave. There is no teaching of eternal Hell fire in Hebrew, it was added. There is no flesh burning fire, god of the underworld or any other pagan mythology, just misunderstood metaphors and bad translations like the Greek word Hades and the Latin word Inferno.
What is the original definition of Wicked and Evil?
3. Ra is Every Bad thing. This includes adversity, calamity, stumbling, obstacles; not limited to wickedness, although it is most often translated into English as evil.
In Hebrew there is simply good or bad. The straight, right or good path leads to Life but the crooked path is bad because it leads to death.
Who or What is the Devil?
4. Yetzer HaRa- The evil or bad inclination of our flesh. Most often translated Devil; the word evil with the letter D. The term Demon does not exist in the original Hebrew. Check New Testament phrases like, “He casts out demons,” in Hebrew it would be interpreted, “He restores sanity.” To cast out sickness (Ra) is to restore Good (Tov).
“The One forming light and creating darkness, Causing well-being (Tov) and creating calamity (Ra); I Am YHVH who does all these.” Isaiah 45:7
Who are the Angels?
4. Malak is a Messenger of YHVH. Translated angel and messenger, all angels are messengers of YHVH and do His will. He Is Sovereign over All, including both good and bad. Angels are sent to test, discipline, guide, guard, protect, destroy, etc….Isaiah 37:36;1 Chronicles 21:15; Galatians 1:8.
Origin of the name Lucifer
5. Helel-Shining one, translated into Latin as Lucifer. Lucifer was a common name until it became associated with evil. This name means shining one but also carries with it the Roman pagan meaning of Morning star and Son of dawn. See Mythology; Jupiter and Venus.
Original Hebrew has no teaching of a beautiful choir leading angel named Lucifer. Although English translations insert Lucifer, Satan, the Devil, the Serpent and the Dragon as the name for this angel, it is an angel of YHVH and under His complete control.
(In complete contrast to the Hebraic view, the Westernized idea of Lucifer is that of an almost equal power to YHVH. This is the story I grew up believing. After deceiving a third of the angels into overthrowing their Creator’s heavenly Kingdom these revolting angels were cast to the earth to have a try at deceiving mankind. Their only goal is revenge, knowing their fate is eternal hell-fire. This is the reason they work day and night against YHVH, in order to take as many of us as possible with them, Isaiah 14:12; Revelation 12:9.)
There are a mess of names in the New Testament describing Nachash, the “dragon or serpent called the devil or satan, will be bound for a thousand years.” Revelation 20:2
The Hebraic View of the Serpent, Devil or Satan
6. Nachash-Serpent. An external influence or temptation.. The Nachash or Serpent is what we read about in the story of Adam and Eve. When they ate from the Tree of the knowledge of Ra and Tov and were given knowledge and awareness of bad and good. Although we now all face these external influences it is first our, internal inclination to do bad, that we battle against.as we learn to overcome, Revelation 3:21.
“Each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust (or inclination to do bad.)” James 1:14
Why does Satan exist?
Would it be possible to understand good without bad? No, because we cannot judge something to be good if we cannot compare it to something bad.
If we were never tempted to do the things that we are not supposed to do, then not doing them would be of no value to us.
It is only in coming up against a desire to do what is wrong and overcoming this that we grow spiritually mature.
If there is no resistance to overcome, we have no environment for growth.
By climbing over these obstacles in life, we develop our spiritual muscles, becoming complete, whole, lacking nothing, James 1:4.
In conclusion, I know you will come across many teachers who use the same math to come up with the same answers. I hope this letter has given you new questions and God’s formula for checking Truth.
Seek the original Hebrew Scriptures for yourself and never be swayed by the additions, subtractions and opinions of anyone, not even your loving grandmother.
“I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Jeremiah 31:33
“Whoever does not love, (mercy, compassion,) does not know God, Yah, because God, Is love.” 1 John 4:8
“For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” Matthew 5:18
We are here for a purpose that will one day be revealed. When we take the effort to know YHVH (He Exists) and find that He is Good, we can trust Him fully in the midst of Ra. We can overcome every fear, even our fear of death. Hebrews 2:15
With all my love, Joy and shalom aleichem,