The Greatest Lie Ever Told?
by Bob & Suzanne Hamrick
NOTE: We use the Father’s original Self-given Hebrew Name, YHVH, instead of the rabbinic substitution “the LORD”, and the original Hebrew name given by the angel Gabriel (Matthew 1:21) to be the Messiah’s name, Yeshua (“he will save” – Strong’s H3442). Details on request.
Most Christians – or members of any other religion for that matter – believe that what they have been taught is the truth. But, since all religions are founded on clear-cut “Statements of Faith” which are at odds with what all of the others teach, it is simply not possible that they are all telling the complete truth. The problem for us is that they all claim to be telling the truth.
It is far beyond the scope of this small article to unmask all of the religious lies there are, so we have started with what we consider to be the BIGGEST lie of all, one which is believed by MOST of those who believe themselves to be Christians, i.e., disciples of Jesus of Nazareth, called “the Christ” in the Christian New Testament.
According to the Christian Bible itself, both the “Old” and “New” Testaments, if you get this one thing wrong, you have NO HOPE of attaining the ultimate promise of Christianity, which is eternal life in the coming Kingdom of God on earth. In fact, this is the Satanic PURPOSE of the lie, to separate all mankind from the loving provisions of the God of the Bible. Anyone who dies believing this particular lie will have given the devil another victory, small for him, enormous eternal loss for the deceived.
This issue is emphasized by our Lord himself, in speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well. [John 4:19-24] She symbolizes the ten lost tribes of Israel, and the so-called “Gentile church”, which is us:
19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.
20 “Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, but you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”
21 Yeshua said to her, “Woman, believe me, an hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor even in Jerusalem.
22 “You do not know what you are worshiping; we worship what we know, for salvation (yeshuah- Strong’s H3444) is from the Jews.
23 “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.
24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
So, according to our Lord Yeshua, anyone who is worshiping a God who has characteristics which are not true according to the Bible is worshiping a false god, and is committing the sin of idolatry. Unless such a person repents, they will die in their sin. They will share the fate of all other sinners who may have been saved once, but who have since separated themselves from the Covenant of grace by their willful, continuing disobedience. If you want to know how one can lose one’s salvation, there it is.
We pray that you will read this article through to the end, and find the courage to deal with whatever issues it may raise for you, regardless of the consequences to your life. And there surely will be unpleasant consequences if you both: (a) believe yourself to be a Christian; and (b) have believed this central lie of modern Christianity.
Concerning the true natures of God and of “Jesus Christ”. . .
According to the Bible, YHVH Elohim said, “Remember the former things of old: for I am God (Elohim/deity) , and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me” (Isaiah 46:9)
He also affirms that He alone is the Creator: “Thus says YHVH, your redeemer, and He that formed you from the womb, I am YHVH who makes all things; who stretches forth the heavens alone; who spreads abroad the earth by Myself;” (Isaiah 44:24)
He even used the prophet Balaam to deny that He was a man, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: has He said, and shall He not do it? or has He spoken, and shall He not make it good? “ (Numbers 23:19)
But Yeshua called himself“the son of man”eighty-five times in the New Testament (King James Version)! So if YHVH Elohim states that He is NOT a “son of man”, but Yeshua states that he IS a “son of man”, what should this tell us about the true nature of Yeshua Messiah (“Jesus Christ”)? Why has it not so informed us?
We suggest that it is because the apostle John (Yochanan) knew whereof he spoke: “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world:” (Revelation 12:9)
This all started in the Garden of Eden, and has worked out exactly as prophesied in Genesis 3:14-15, where Father YHVH is addressing Satan:
14 And YHVH Elohim said unto the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed beyond all creatures, and above every beast of the field; upon your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life:
15 “And I will put enmity between you (Satan) and the woman, and between your seed and her seed (the Messiah); he shall crush your head, and you shall wound his heel.”
The significance of these symbols for Christians and Jews alike has unfortunately been either generally misunderstood or ignored for millennia, despite being obvious to anyone with an understanding of poisonous snakes. They seek to kill their prey by injecting them with their poison. What is Satan’s “poison”? THE LIE! Our Father is here warning us that the devil will seek to inject his LIES into the Body of Christ, which is “the Church”! Has he succeeded? Look around you. How many different “Protestant” denominations are there? Can they even be counted?
And even this aspect of fallen man’s nature is clearly revealed in the account of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:4), wherein men “sought to make a name for themselves” by building physical monuments to themselves, and to impress other men. The only difference is that the various self-named “Christian” denominations, from Roman Catholicism to the myriad “Protestant” denominations, are all building their pyramids “in the name of Jesus”, which is not even his name!
The take-home message of all this is that Satan’s lies are ETERNALLY FATAL to anyone who believes them and lives by them, because the lies of Satan replace God’s truths in the life of the believer. And our Lord tells us that no one can serve two masters. (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13) We MUST CHOOSE which one we will follow. Being a disciple of our Lord Yeshua absolutely requires obedience to his commandments and the commandments of his Father, YHVH Elohim, as is stated repeatedly throughout the New Testament.
The FIRST KEY to the avoidance of Satan’s LIES is an understanding of the TRUE IDENTITIES of the Father YHVH and of our Lord Yeshua. And Yeshua confirms that having an understanding of the true natures of him and his Father is essential to attaining salvation itself! He says,
“And this is life eternal, that they might know You (Father) the only true God, and Yeshua Messiah, whom You have sent.” (John 17:3)
And Paul is in total agreement with his Master Yeshua, as always: “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him;” (1 Corinthians 8:6)
Paul also said, “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” (Ephesians 4:6)
Paul also said, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Yeshua Messiah;” (1 Timothy 2:5)
And Yeshua affirmed to one of the Pharisees who was questioning him as to what THE MOST IMPORTANT commandment was. Please note that Yeshua did NOT respond with one of the Ten Commandments, but with what is the central commandment of Mosaic Judaism, what is called the Shema (pronounced Shma), which is a reference to the first word of the command from Moses to the children of Israel as they received the Torah at the foot of Mt. Sinai:
Shema Yisrael, YHVH Eloheinu, YHVH echad.
Hear O Israel, YHVH is our Elohim (God); YHVH is one.
Moses prophesied that the Messiah would be “like unto me” (Deuteronomy 18:15). Was Moses God?
Yeshua is called “the last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45). Was Adam God?
Paul expressly confirms the perfect parallel between the impact that the man Adam’s sin had on the world, and the redeeming impact that the sinless life of another man, Yeshua Messiah, would have:
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the likeness of Adam’s transgression, who is the prototype of him that was to come.
15 But not as the offense, so also is the free gift. For if through the offense of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Yeshua Messiah, has abounded unto many. (Romans 5:12-15)
And Paul also warned the end times church that many of them would “perish because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12)
Did you get that? The Bible states that if one doesn’t love God’s truths – even above one’s own self interests (!) – you are doomed. This is what Yeshua’s parables about “the treasure hidden in a field” and “the pearl of great price” (Matthew 13:44-46) were trying to teach, that one’s access to “the kingdom of heaven/God” is worth whatever you have to give up in order to acquire it, and having a love of the truth is absolutely indispensable in that quest.
44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man has found, he hides, and for joy thereof goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
The Bible absolutely and unequivocally states that the penalty of sin is death (Romans 6:23), and since God is immortal and cannot die, He could not personally pay the penalty for the sins of mankind. But His Shaliach ( Hebrew: sent one – the fully-empowered agent of a powerful person) could and would die as His proxy, thereby redeeming mankind and also allowing the prophecy of the redemption of Ephraim (Jeremiah 31:20) to be fulfilled. This would take a sinless man, and only ONE of those has ever existed or will ever exist, our Lord Yeshua HaMashaich of Nazareth, alias “Jesus Christ”.
The term “THE son of God” was universally understood by the Jews as being a reference to the prophesied Messiah. They never understood it to mean “God the Son”, as most of “Christianity Today” believes and teaches. And the gospel of Luke clarifies this point precisely, that it was NOT because he was some “pre-existent second Person” of an impossibly pagan “trinity”, but solely because of his miraculous conception in Mary’s womb that he was to be called “the son of God”, and for no other reason:
Luke 1:35 The angel answered and said to her, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.
The one recorded instance of Yeshua actually being addressed as “god” was when Thomas did so in John 20:28: “My Lord and my god”. Unfortunately for us in the English-speaking nations, it is not generally known that this was a common Hebraic figure of speech, used when referring respectfully to one who is being acknowledged as one’s great superior. But even fallen angels are referred to as “gods” by “the LORD” (YHVH Elohim), as in Psalm 82:6! And, speaking to Moses, YHVH also says: “See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.” (Exodus 7:1)
The Greek word “theos”, translated as “god” in the New Testament, may or may not refer to the one true God, YHVH Elohim, as explicitly clarified for us by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 8:5-6:
“For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Yeshua Messiah, through (Greek: dia – “through”, not “by”) whom are all things, and we through him.”
Concerning “through whom are all things” above, Yeshua was an absolutely essential part of the Father’s plan (Greek: logos). The sense is that, if Yeshua had not existed and lived as he did, the entire creation would have been pointless, and we along with it, since our salvation would have been impossible!
So, despite the clear testimony of the Father YHVH Elohim, and of Yeshua Messiah, and of all of his disciples that he was not God (capital “G”, i.e., deity), and that the Father alone is God (capital “G”, i.e., deity), the overwhelming majority of traditional “Christian” churches today still cling to their UN-Biblical belief – hatched by the POST-Apostolic Councils under the pagan Roman emperor Constantine – that “Jesus” HAD to be God (Who cannot die) to pay the price for mankind’s sins, which the Bible states is impossible. In addition, it is never our judgment of the value of any sacrifice that matters, but what YHVH Elohim deems it. If He states that it is acceptable, we had better believe that it is.
So, according to the Bible, anyone who chooses to believe that that “Jesus Christ” IS God, and who worships him AS God, is committing IDOLATRY, and is therefore violating the First Commandment (Exodus 20:2-3), the penalty for which is annihilation in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:15; 21:8).
So when the Apostle Paul tells us (2 Thessalonians 2:2-12) that “the anti-Christ” will work miracles for all to see, will seat himself in the Holy of Holies in a rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem and claim to BE God, is this not exactly what most “Christians” EXPECT of their version of “Jesus Christ”?
But the REAL Messiah is not God. In 2 Thessalonians 2:2-12, Paul was surely NOT showing us that the Anti-Christ would be deceptively LIKE the real Savior, but how he would be OBVIOUSLY DIFFERENT from the Savior that he knew! He was giving us ways to positively identify the Anti-Christ. Paul knew, believed, and taught that Yeshua is NOT God/Deity, but that the Anti-Christ WILL claim to BE God/Deity, and THAT is how we will know him.
Since millions of Christians today believe that “Jesus Christ” IS God,
how is this not the greatest lie ever told?
And the prophecy of Genesis 3:15, the very first prophecy in the entire Bible, is seen to be already fulfilled:
I will put enmity between you (Satan) and the woman (Eve), and between your offspring (those who choose to obey Satan) and her offspring (Yeshua and all who obey the commandments of YHVH); he (Yeshua) shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
Bob & Suzanne Hamrick
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