The Original Nazareans
The Original name of the followers of “the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth” were called, in Hebrew: the Natsârím (or, Nazoraios/Nazoræan/Nazarean). Their core members were Essenes, but others were gathered from the various Jewish sectors during the 1st Century A.D. They, as Jews and Israelites, embraced Yahshúa ha’ Natsrí (or, Jesus of Nazareth, or Jesus the Nazarene) as his mission and ministry unfolded before them. They embraced him as “the coming one” foretold by our prophets, with undeniable proofs and miraculous works. They were not called by the Greek title, Christianos, until later. In modern English vernacular, they would be called Nazarean Christian Jews.
Hebrews 1:1-4; Elohíym, Who spoke to the fathers by the prophets in times past, in many and varied ways, has spoken to us in these last days through the Son, whom HE has appointed heir of all things; in view of whom, also, HE crafted the ages of the world: He being “the Branch”* bearing HIS kavód and the true reflection of HIS character, and confirming all the word of HIS power while in the flesh, he made a purification of our sins by himself. He sat down at the right hand of the MAJESTY ON-HIGH, having become greatly superior to the angels, as he has inherited a designation [as Malki-Tsedeq] more superb than they. *The Peshitta reads – Tsemáḥ – Branch – which is a synonym of Nĕtsér. See Is 4:2; Jer 23:5; 33:15; Zech 3:8; 9; 10; 6:12;13;
The Hebrew name of “ha’Adón Yahwshúa ha’Mashíach” evolved into “the Lord Jesus Christ” in English. The popular form of “Yeshúa” came from an abbreviated way to write the original name. It was still pronounced as, YahwShúa (accented on Shú) and later anglicized as Yoshua/Joshua, but is better written as “Yahshúa” because it visually connects with the name of Yahweh. The first syllable in YahwShúa is a short but slightly fuller rounded sound, but it looks more cumbersome, so we write it as Yahshúa. However, the “Yah” utilizes all three of the dual consonant-vowel letters of the divine name YHWH/IAUE/IAOE as a triphthong. (See in Articles, The Names)
He was born in Bethlehem and raised in Egypt and Nazareth/Nazara in Galilee; And, there is other evidence not mentioned in the canonized New Testament that he ministered in the East, in Assyria, India, Tibet, Persia, and Chaldea, in the so-called ’18 silent years of his life’. Contrary to lies told about him, Yahshúa was the bodily offspring of both his father and mother, Yoséph and his pure and legitimate wife, Miriám. He was a true descendant and heir of King David, and was raised in a particular sect of the Essenes. He was foreordained and predestined by his God, the LORD God of Israel – Yahwéh Elohey-Yisrael; He was born, trained, called, and chosen; He was consecrated and anointed as the King-Priest–the Messiah of Israel, by the Aharonic Priest and Prophet, Yoḥanan Ben Zaḥaryâh – (aka, John the Baptist, who was identified as the coming “Elijah”; Mt 11:13-14; Lk 1:17; Malachi 3:1; 4:5). With perfect fidelity, he carried out the will of his Elohíym even to the point of betrayal and death by execution. Because of this faithful obedience, he was resurrected into immortality and exalted over all.
His Baptismal Consecration and Coronation
At the time of his baptismal consecration and coronation, Yahwshúa was anointed by Yahwéh, the Most High, with His seven-fold spirit (Isaiah 11:1; 2; 3; 4;), and, his Kingly-Messianic-Sonship was audibly proclaimed from the Heavens: “You are My son, this day have I begotten you.” and, “This is My beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.”” The “word/logos/mind/plan became flesh” at this time. He predicted his own betrayal, execution, and resurrection; He died and was buried, and raised from the dead by Yahwéh the Father; He ascended to His Throne at the Father’s right hand; From thence he came in the glory of the Father in judgment upon the unfaithful of the Land in 66-70 C.E., and resurrected the dead saints into his kingdom. But some of these things were viewed only by those whose eyes were opened to see that which was occurring within the invisible realm around them, even as Elisha prayed in 2Kings 6:17. Yahwshúa told his disciples, “To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to them that are without, all these things are done in parables (Mk 4:11).” All this was in accordance with the Father’s eternal plans to carry out His eternal purposes and establish His eternal kingdom.
King Messiah Yahshúa, was raised bodily from the dead and his body was transformed. He was made the firstborn son of the new creation. He and his emissaries, proclaimed his message to their own transitional last days generation1)This generation was in the 1st Century from 30-70 AD “The last/latter days” refer to that final 40-year generation that has now long passed. Those “last days” began with John the Baptist and culminated with the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in AD 70 by the Roman Army under Titusand recorded it for us. In summary, this is what they proclaimed:
1) —The Kingdom of Yahwéh is near! The Messianic Kingdom based upon a New Covenant is being established as He had promised–and , the time of fulfillment is near; However, the kingdom would not be as they expected;
2) —Yahshúa was the prophet “like unto Moses”, through whom a New Covenant Age with “Israel and Judah” is being established, as the prophet Jeremiah and Ezekiel had announced; Their Age was culminating and the next Age was on the verge of beginning — all of which was to occur within their own terminal and transitional generation known as “the last days”; All previous covenants had served as the ‘scaffolding’ for the construction of these ultimate purposes;
4) — The commandments of Yahwéh in their international applications will remain binding until the end of the coming new age (our own present age);
5) —All the righteous and perfected dead from Adam and Eve forward will be resurrected out of the underworld where they were safely held and will be transformed and translated into the Highest of Heavens – into the New Jerusalem; while the wicked would suffer a different destiny; The new age was about to be inaugurated and would last “until his enemies are made a footstool for his feet.” Death is the last enemy that will be destroyed with a final judgment.
Yahshúa gave a prophetic sign before he died, and this “Revelation” was made known to all and would confirm these new covenant realities being proclaimed. He prophesied that there would be a future invasion of Judea and Jerusalem within a generation and that the Temple would be destroyed. His words came to pass in 66-70C.E., just as he had spoken them. And, in symbolic language, the Book of Revelation describes this period of “great tribulation” with its underlying invisible events, realities, and aftermath. Accordingly, we now live within the age of this new reality; But, its full effects are yet to be realized. As it was said:
“Here is the endurance of the qedoshím (saints): here are they (the Netsârím) that keep (nâtsár) the commandments (mitswóth) of Elohíym and the faithfulness (emunáth) of Yahwshúa (the Nĕtsér). And I heard a voice from the Heavens saying to me, “Write: Blessed are the dead which die in the Master (ha’Adon) from now on.” Rev 14:12
Yahshúa is the Nătsér and his followers
are the Natsârím of whom it was prophesied:
Is 11:1; 10; “But there shall come forth a shoot (choter) from the stock of Jesse, and a sprout (Nĕtsér) from his roots (sheresh). 2 And the spirit of Yahwéh will rest upon him…10 It will happen in that day that the nations will seek the root (shoresh) of Jesse, who stands as a banner of the peoples; and his resting place will be glorious.”
Is 42:1; 4; 6; 7; “Behold, my servant, whom I uphold; my chosen, in whom my soul delights— I have put my spirit on him… 4 He will not fail nor be discouraged, until he has set justice in the earth, and the islands will wait for his Torah.” … 6 I, Yahwéh Elohíym, called you in righteousness, and I shall hold your hand, and I will strengthen you; and I gave you for a covenant of a people, for a light of nations; 7 to open the eyes of the blind, to lead out of bonds ones being tied; from out of the house of prison also ones sitting in darkness.
Is 49:6 “Is it an small matter to be a servant for me, to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved [natsarí] of Israel. I will give you as a light to the nations, to be my salvation [yeshuah] to the end of the earth.”
Isaiah 52:13 “My servant prospers and will be exalted and extolled, and be very high”… Is 53:1; 2; 7; 10; 12; “Who, believed what we have heard? And, the arm of Yahwéh, to whom was it revealed? 2 When he came up as a sapling before him, And as a root–sprout (shorésh) out of dry ground… 7 as a lamb to the slaughter (EBR)… 10 whose soul will be made a guilt offering for our sin… 12 in death…and then prolong his days…and make intercession for the transgressors.”
Many of the Natsârím were first disciples of Yoḥanan Ben Zaḳaryáh (John the Baptist). They lived according to the Covenants, Commandments, and Promises recorded in the sacred Hebrew Scriptures. These have come down to us as, “the Torah, the Nevi’im, and the Ketuvim – the Law, Prophets, and other Writings” – The TaNaK. In addition to these, the Natsârím, and other Jews, embraced and used other writings that faithfully oriented, interpreted, and expounded upon those core documents, such as those termed, the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, and others, two of which, were Enoch and Jubilees. And of course, they provided their own testimony and instructions, the base of which was the original, but lost, Hebrew Gospel, reflected in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and preserved for us in the most authentic copies and proper translations of the ‘New Testament’ and other works; And these, sadly, have been grossly misinterpreted, mistranslated, and misrepresented by various Jewish, Messianic, and Christian groups throughout history. And, thus, with our own writings, we are attempting to re-orient them within their original Hebraic context, with proper coherence, continuity, and order.
The High Priest, and certain other elders said of the Apostle Sha’ul,
“We have found this man [the Emmissary Sha’ul] to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Yahudim/Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Natsârím sect.” (Acts 24:5)
The Natsârím were mocked, persecuted, murdered, first by some of their Jewish brethren in the Government of their day, then by idolatrous Romans, and then by later a hybird-Christianity. Those not murdered, were either exiled, hidden or absorbed into various Jewish and Christian Communities. One can sense within the emergence of various groups since then, the desire to find and return to the ancient paths. See Part Two.
Hebrews 1:1-2; 3; 4; Elohíym, Who spoke to the fathers by the prophets in times past, in many and varied ways, has spoken to us in these last days  through the Son, whom HE has appointed heir of all things; in view of whom, also, HE crafted the ages of the world: He being “the Branch”* bearing HIS kavód and the true reflection of HIS character, and confirming all the word of HIS power while in the flesh, he made a purification of our sins by himself. He sat down at the right hand of the MAJESTY ON-HIGH, having become greatly superior to the angels, as he has inherited a designation [as Malki-Tsedeq] more superb than they. *The Peshitta reads – Tsemáḥ – Branch – which is a synonym of Nĕtsér. See Is 4:2; Jer 23:5; 33:15; Zech 3:8; 9; 10; 6:12;13;
Hebrews 1:8; 9; Moreover, to the Son [Dawíḍ ha’Méleḳ says to his future offspring by the spirit of prophesy, in Ps 45:6; 7; ], “Your Throne O Elohíym [King/Judge/Magistrate] is forever and ever. A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your Kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness. Because of this, Elohíym, your Elohíym, has anointed you with the oil of exuberant joy beside your brothers.
Hebrews 5:4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; And no man takes this honor unto himself, but he that is called of Yahwéh. So also Yahshua ha’Mashíaḥ did not magnify himself to be made a Kohen ha’Gadól; but HE that said unto him, “You are MY son, this day have I begotten you.” Ps. 2:7 As he says also in another place, “You are a kohen forever after the order of MalkiTsedéq.” Ps. 110:4
Hebrews 4:14; 15; 16; So, since we have a Great Chief-Kohen who has traversed the shamáyim, Yahshúa Ben Elohíym, let us hold fast our confessional-oath. For we do not have a Kohen ha’Gadól unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who was tested in all respects as we are; [who, by resisting sin unto the shedding of his blood, was] without sin. Therefore, let us come boldly to the Throne of favor, that we may obtain mercy, and find favor to help in the time of need.
Hebrews 10:19; 20; 21; 22; Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Miqdásh by ‘the blood’ of YahShúa, by the new and living way that he inaugurated for us through the curtain, (that is, through the days of his flesh), and since we have a Kohen ha’Gadól over the House of Elohíym, let us draw near with a sincere heart in the assurance that emunáh brings, because we have had our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Cf., Ezekiel 36:25; 26; 27; Acts 2:38; 39; 1 Peter 1:2
Hebrews 12:22-29 By Faithfulness/Faithful-Obedience, we have drawn near to Mt Tsión—the city of the living Elohíym—the celestial Yerushalém extending-down to us (the stairway of Ya’aqóv), and to myriads of angels, to the Festive Gathering and Assembly of the Firstborn, who are enrolled in the shamáyim, and to Yahwéh, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous who have been made perfect, and to YahShúa, the Mediator of a New Covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than the blood of Abel. Take heed not to refuse the ONE speaking. For if those did not escape who refused the warning on earth, much less will we who turn away from HIM speaking from the shamáyim, WHOSE voice then shook the earth…Therefore, since we are receiving an unshakable Kingdom Dan 7:27; 12:1; 2; 33; let us embrace the favor by which we serve Elohíym acceptably with reverence and awe, for truly, Yahwéh Elohéynu is a consuming fire. Rev 21:1; 22:1;
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