In the Beginning

In the beginning, "God created the heavens and the earth.”

This seems an appropriate place to start. For me this is the beginning of a new chapter in fulfilling the commission that I have been given announcing the coming Kingdom.

I am an ordinary man. There is nothing special about me. I have lived a good life. I have some regrets, I have some successes, but through it all there has always been this nagging feeling that I am not fulfilling my purpose. Then one day all that changed. The Creator spoke to me. I do not want to fill this space with my own Testimonial, there are things one must take on faith, but suffice it to say, my life has never been the same.

I am writing to you now because of this change. This Article is intended to teach, inspire, and fulfill my duties. I can only pray that I am able to provide these things to anyone who wishes to hear.

So with no further ado I would like to begin. I prayed to the Creator. I asked Him what this first article should be about. The answer I received was simple and to the point, "Start at the beginning." So I shall.

Let's begin with the title "The Gospel of Yahoshua". Why did I pick this title and what do these words mean?

I picked the title because this is what I have been told to do; preach the Gospel of Yahoshua. Now there are many things that must be understood. First and for most; who is Yahoshua, and what is this Gospel I speak of. I shall start first with the Gospel. What is it?

You will find that throughout these articles, I shall refer to the Bible for the majority of my answers. I shall also be referring to Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of The Bible. This book is one of the most important study guides for anyone who truly wishes to understand the scriptures. I highly recommend any reader of this work to invest in one. You can find it at almost any Book Store, religious or otherwise. At times, I shall refer to some outside secular material, but it will not be often. I find that when it comes to understanding the Word's of the Creator, it is best to hear it from the horse's mouth. Also it must be said that the majority of references that I use from the Bible will come from the New King James Version, and all added emphasis on a word or topic will be mine. At times I may use a different translation of the Bible, when this occurs it will be noted. During this writing I shall be referring to the Man called Jesus, as, Yahoshua.  The reason will be made clear later.

 What is the Gospel?

Well let us see what the Bible says. The first time the word Gospel is used is in Matthew 4:23:

"Now Yahoshua went all about Galilee teaching in their Synagogues, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom..."

So the first time we hear about this word Gospel is through the preaching of the Yahoshua. Let's see what else the Bible has to say. 

Let us turn to Matthew 9:35:

"And the Yahoshua went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom...." [Emphasis mine] So Yahoshua has gone from preaching this gospel in Galilee, to all the cities and villages. Whatever this message was, it is obvious that it is the message Yahoshua was trying to get out. How important was this message? 

Turn to Matthew 24:14:

"And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations....”

He said that it will be preached in the entire world. Yahoshua did not say he wanted it to be preached in the entire world, but that it would be preached in the entire world.

Mark 1:1:

"The beginning of the gospel of Yahoshua, the son of the God."

The book of Mark makes a point of letting the reader know that in the beginning of His ministry He preached this gospel.

Let us turn to one more scripture; speaking of Yahoshua.

Luke 20:1:

"Now it happens on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and preached the Gospel...”

There are many more references to this in the Bible, but I believe my point is clear, whatever this gospel is, Yahoshua preached it. He also proclaimed that it would be preached throughout the whole world.

So what does this word gospel mean?

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible defines the word gospel as:

Good news or to announce good news.

Well that is a relief. Yahoshua was not bringing a doomsday message, but a message of Good News a message of hope, and what is this good news you ask? Well I am glad you did. 

Go back to Matthew 4:23:

".... preaching the gospel of the Kingdom....".

Matthew 9:35:

 "....teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the Kingdom...."

Mark 1:14:

“....then Yahoshua came to Galilee, preaching the gospel [or good news] of the Kingdom of the God."

The good news Yahoshua brought to this world was of a kingdom that was to come. The Kingdom of God; this what He preached.

A person cannot turn on the television, pick up a paper, listen to the radio, or access any type of medium without being bombarded with bad news. The state of the world today is one of turmoil. The economic crises, war, disease, famine, are all too common place. With today's twenty-four hour news cycle this message of strife is shown around the clock. Is it any wonder that people are depressed, confused, angry and fearful of the future? Yet here in this book, the bestselling book of all time, is a message of hope. Good news of the future. A future that will usher in a new era for mankind, “The Kingdom of God”.

                                          Why do you preach the Gospel

Like most people I do not like being the bearer of bad news. The old saying that no news is good news came about because most news is bad, but simply having the opportunity to spread a little joy is not the reason I spread this message. Turn in the bible to Mark 16:15. Before I go any further this scripture must be put into context. Yahoshua had already been crucified and had risen. He was among His disciples. He was rebuking them for their lack of belief. He then charged them with a mission,

Mark 16:15:

"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."

It was the duty of the disciples to spread this good news. It was his very first and most important order, after his resurrection, to all his followers. Spread the gospel of the coming kingdom for all the world to hear.

Mark 16:20:

“And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them....".

Like the disciples of old, those who profess to being followers of Yahoshua are charged with this responsibility. We must spread this news for all to hear.

This is not something that can be dismissed. The preaching of this message is so important that it was one the pieces of evidence Yahoshua used to prove who He was.

Beginning in Matthew 11:2 we read:

"And when John had heard in prison about the works of Yahoshua, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, 'are you the Coming One, or do we look for another?'"

These two disciples of John the Baptist were dispatched by John to see who this man was. So they found Him and asked Him If he was the person they had been waiting for. A simple yes might have sufficed, but that is not how Yahoshua answered them. Let us read what He did say.

Matthew 11:4:

"Yahoshua answered and said to them, 'Go tell John the things which you see and hear. The blind receive their sight and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up...' ".

Let's stop here for a moment. Now this easily could have been enough proof of this man's claim to be the Messiah. The sick are being healed; people are being raised from the dead. If this isn't proof enough that this man was the son of the Creator, what is? But Yahoshua gave these two men one more piece of evidence to take back to John.

Continuing in Matthew 11:5 He says:

“ and tell John "....'the poor have the gospel preached to them.'"

This was one of the proofs that He was the one. It was not enough that He performed all these astounding miracles to prove his identity, it was also the message; the message of the good news of the coming kingdom of God. It was not enough to see what He did; the message also had to be heard; the gospel of the Kingdom.

The gospel message was not only a proof as to the identity of the Savior. It was also a healing mechanism. Where ever this Gospel was spread it was accompanied with healing.

Go back to Matthew 4:23:

"Now Yahoshua went about all of Galilee ...preaching the gospel of the Kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people."

Matthew 9:35:

"And Yahoshua went about all the cities and villages ...preaching the gospel of the Kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Luke 4:18:

 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted...and recovery of sight to the blind."

Luke 9:2:

"He sent them to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick."

Later in the same chapter in verse 9 we read:

"So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere."

I could continue on and on showing you that where ever this gospel was spoken it came with healing, but we must move on. Let us recap. So far we have seen the gospel message comfort people, because, it is good news. It was to help prove the identity of Yahoshua, and it was to help heal those who were sick, but there was one more reason why this gospel of the Kingdom was to be preached. It was a sign.

Matthew 24:14:

 "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come."

The preaching of this gospel to all the world is a sure sign that this world will soon end and a new government, a new kingdom, shall be ushered in. This the importance of the gospel message. This is why I proclaim it.

 

Why the Name Yahoshua?

I have not used the name Jesus for many years. I do not go around preaching to people that they must use this name, it is a choice I made for myself. The name Jesus is not the true name of the Messiah. This name was given to Him by those who translated the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into English. 

Looking up the name Jesus in Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible we find the following, "ee-ay-sooce'" of Hebrew origin, Jesus ie: Yahoshua, the name of our Lord." 

The Messiah was Hebrew. He had a Hebrew name. That name was Yahoshua, not Jesus. Now there are those who may say big deal what is in a name, but I liken it to an immigrant who has come here from let's say, Mexico. This immigrant has the name of Juan. He moves to this country and people begin to call him John. It may be easier for them to pronounce, or maybe they want this person to sound more American. Regardless of the reasons the fact remains his real name is Juan. This man Juan knows his true name; it was given to him at birth, so I ask, who am I to change it? Juan may answer to the name John if called that, because he knows that there are people who know him by that name. He also may choose not to answer to it. Still the fact is his name is Juan and I choose to call him Juan, just as I choose to call the Messiah by the name that was given to Him at birth, Yahoshua. When I use the name of the Messiah in my writings I shall use the name Yahoshua. You may do as you wish.

Well my friends that is the end of today's message. I hope it gives you a better understanding of the mission that I am on. All my writings in the future will always lead back to the most important message of all, the announcement of the Good News of the coming Kingdom. Please take care.

Peace