The Original Nazareans
The Original name of the Israeli followers of “the Lord Jesus Christ” were called, in Hebrew: the Netsârím/Netzârím (translated into Greek and English Nazoraios/Nazoræan/Nazorean). Their core members were Jewish Essenes, but others were gathered from the various Jewish sectors during the 1st Century A.D. They, as Jews and Israelites, and Gentile Proselytes, embraced Yahwshúa ha’ Natsrí (Jesus the Nazarene) as “the coming one” as his mission and ministry unfolded before them. This leader was expected to arise in their own generation as was foretold by the prophets. The truth of his Anointing (his Messiahship) was demonstrated–with an undeniable pedigree, clear testimony and miraculous works. They were the sect of the Netsârím, Nazarean Jews/Israelites/Hebrews. They were not broadly nor primarily called by the Greek title, Christianos, until later, probably in the early 100’s AD. In modern English vernacular, scholars call them, “Christian” Jews. But, that is anachronism. This type of anachronism was first read/translated back into texts after the Bar Kokhba War of 132-135 AD. The Netsârím were a Torah Observant Jewish Sect among other Jewish Sects, with their own distinctives.
Yahwshúa ha’ Natsrí and the early Netsârím were from a variety of Essene groups, and some were first disciples of Yoḥanan Ben Zaḳaryáh (John the Baptist). They lived according to the “Torah/Law of Moses” as they preserved and understood its original form. The Prophets, and other Writings were also used variously. In addition to these, the Netsârím, 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, 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. This original Hebrew/Aramaic Gospel is reflected in the later redacted books of Matthew, Mark, Luke/Acts, and John, and is preserved for us in the most authentic copies, quotations, and proper translations of the ‘New Testament’; And these, sadly, have been grossly misinterpreted, mistranslated, and misrepresented by various Jewish, Messianic, and Christian groups throughout history. There are also other Gospel Writings that have been recovered that are aiding in the restoration of the original ideology and beliefs of the Netsârím. And, thus, with our own writings, we are attempting to re-orient them within their original Hebraic context, with proper coherence, continuity, and order, as many others are doing.
The High Priest, and certain other elders said of the Apostle Sha’ul/Paul,
“We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Yahudim/Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Netsârím sect.”Acts 24:5
The Netsârím were mocked, persecuted, murdered, first by some of their Jewish brethren in the Government of their day, then by idolatrous Romans, and then by a later a hybrid-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.
Hebrews 1:1-4; 4:14; 12:23 The ĔL of YISRA’EL, “who spoke to the fathers by the prophets in times past—in many and varied ways, has spoken to us in these last days by the son, 2 whom HE has appointed heir of all things, in view of whom, also, HE crafted the ages of the world; 3 he being “the Branch” bearing HIS glory and HIS engravement and foundation stone, and bearing also, all of HIS power for the sake of the word of the prophets. Having made a purification of our sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty On-High, 4 having become greatly superior to the angels, as he has inherited a name/designation more superb than they. …So, since we have a Great Chief-Kohen who has traversed the shamáyim, Yahwshúa Ben Elohíym, let us hold fast our confessional-oath… Though he were a son, yet he learned obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the cause of eternal salvation unto all those that obey him; Called by YHWH, “a Kohen ha’Gadol after the order of MalkiTsedéq.” …We draw near to YHWH, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Yahwshúa, the Mediator of the New Covenant…Hebrews 1:1-4; 4:14; 12:23 1)*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’Mashíakh” 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, and writing it as Yahshúa or Yahwshúa or Yahushúa, visually connects it with the sacred name of YHWH, as it is in Hebrew. He is the Firstborn of YHWH among many sons and daughters, and the embodiment of His Salvation / Liberation from sin and sinfulness into faithful obedience. (See Articles: “The Names” for details on the names.)
He was born in ≈ 7 BC, in Bethlehem and raised in Egypt and Nazareth/Nazara in Galilee, near Mt Carmel; a Galilean Jew, distinct from a Judean Jew. And, there is other testimony that he ministered in Egypt and in the East, during the so-called ’18 silent years of his life’. Contrary to lies later told about him, Yahwshúa was conceived, and birthed like all humans, from the the seed of his father and mother–Yoséph the righteous, and his pure and legitimate wife, Miriám. He was a true descendant and heir of King David, and was raised as an Essene Galilean Jew. Many have the suspicion that he was married to Miriam of Magdala, which, if true, would not be a problem for anyone except later Christianity. He was foreordained and predestined by his God, YHWH; He was born, trained, called, and chosen; He was consecrated and anointed as the King-Priest–the Messiah of Israel, by the Aharonic/Zadokite 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 the first to be resurrected into immortality, and exalted over all.
His Baptismal Consecration and Coronation
At the time of his baptismal consecration and coronation, he began a three year ministry. Yahwshúa was anointed by YHWH, the Most High, with His seven-fold spiritess2)the Hebrew word, ruach, is feminine word (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 of God “became flesh…”. He predicted the eventual success of his mission, his own betrayal, execution and resurrection, the outpouring of the spiritess, and the coming invasion and destruction by Rome and the reasons for it… and he wept over its inevitability; He died and was buried, and was raised from the dead by YHWHthe Father; He ascended to His Throne at the Father’s right hand/his bosom; From thence he came in the glory and agency of the Father and resurrected the dead saints into his kingdom. Judgment fell upon the unfaithful of the Land and City of Jerusalem in 70 C.E., 3)In the Book of Revelation, Jerusalem is described as spiritual Egypt, Babylon, and the Harlot!! Such was the degradation that the seduction and provocation of the Romans, the Herodians, the Sethian Priesthood along with collaborators from among the Scribes, Pharisees, and the Zealots, plunged our nation into!!
In the invisible realm, Yahwshúa descended upon the Mount of Olives and the Heavenly Jerusalem descended.
And I looked, and behold, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him one hundred forty-four thousand: who had his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads.Revelation 14:1
But these things were seen only by those whose eyes and understanding were opened to see that which was occurring within the invisible realm around them. Note how Elisha prayed.
Then Elisha prayed and said, “O YHWH, please open his eyes that he may see,” and YHWH opened the eyes of the servant, and he saw, and look, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.II Kings 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 outside, 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 Yahwshúa was raised bodily from the dead and his body was transformed further afterward. He appeared to hundreds of his fellow Jews. He was made the firstborn son of the new creation. He and his emissaries, proclaimed his message to their own transitional last days generation of 30-70 AD. 4)“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 Titus and recorded it for us. In summary, this is what they proclaimed:
1) —The (Messianic) Kingdom of YHWH is near! about to be founded upon a New Covenant, as was prophesied by the Prophet Jeremiah. It is being established–and, the time of fulfillment is near; However, that kingdom would not be as they interpreted and expected, at least, not until the end of the following age;
2) —Yahwshúa was the prophet “like unto Moses”, and “David” through whom that New Covenant Age with “Israel and Judah” is being established, as the prophet Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel, had many years before 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” (30-70 AD); All previous covenants had served as the ‘scaffolding’ for the construction of these ultimate purposes;
4) — The commandments of YHWH, in their international applications, will remain binding until the end of the coming new age which will begin when the Temple in Jerusalem is destroyed (This occurred in 70 AD, and it is when our own present age began);
5) —All the righteous and perfected dead from Adam and Eve forward will be resurrected out of She’ol where they were safely held and will be transformed and translated into the Highest of Heavens – into the New Jerusalem as it descends from the Heavens; while the wicked will be punished; The new age was about to be inaugurated (70 AD) and would last a ‘symbolic 1000 years’– “until his enemies are made a footstool for his feet.” Death is the last enemy that will be destroyed with a final judgment.
Yahwshúa gave a prophetic sign before he died, and this “Revelation” was made known to all and would confirm these new covenant realities that he (and they later understood and) 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 would be long-term, 1000’s of years to complete, and obviously, are yet to be realized, maybe generations away. As it was said:
“Here is the endurance of the qedoshím (saints; Essenes): 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.”Revelation 14:12
The Kingdom of Messiah: “..is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.”Matthew 13:33
Yahwshúa 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 YHWH 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, YHWH 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 YHWH, 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.”
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 YHWH. So also Yahwshua 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, Yahwshúa 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 Yahwshúa, 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 YHWH, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous who have been made perfect, and to Yahwshúa, 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, YHWH Elohéynu is a consuming fire. Rev 21:1; 22:1;
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|1.||↑||*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|
|2.||↑||the Hebrew word, ruach, is feminine word|
|3.||↑||In the Book of Revelation, Jerusalem is described as spiritual Egypt, Babylon, and the Harlot!! Such was the degradation that the seduction and provocation of the Romans, the Herodians, the Sethian Priesthood along with collaborators from among the Scribes, Pharisees, and the Zealots, plunged our nation into!!|
|4.||↑||“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 Titus|