The Ascension


by D. J. Love, Minister, TSN, SBC

26 May 2009


The Mystery of The Ascension

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Ascension; a word filled with mystery for most folks, but should it be? An understanding of "The Holy Spirit" is a prerequisite to understanding this message.

The real answer to this mystery lies in the analysis of the Greek word (Strong's G354) "Analempsis", which is used only one time in the Gospel of Luke, and nowhere else. "Analempsis" is a noun that has been translated by christopagans to mean "Ascension", and while there is nothing actually wrong with that, the error arises when it is taken out of context; both chronologically and, also, its original intent. Hopefully, this message will demystify the christopagan (hellenized) version of "The Ascension of The Greco-Roman Christos", and clarify the Gospel of "The Ascension of The Hebrew Messiah". You see,"The Analempsis" can only occur once, and it only requires "Self-sacrifice". See "What Is Sin?".


Note: The Greco-Roman Christos and the Hebrew Messiah are not actually one in the same, and the deception of "The Ascension" is only one reason why. The Ascension has absolutely nothing to do with a physical body being levitated into heaven (the clouds or the 3rd heaven). And while climbing up a mountain or stairway into the heavens is a physical form of ascending. Ascension is purely Spiritual (personal character or mental state), and has nothing to do with physical ascending.



Luke 9:51When the days were approaching for his ""Analempsis" (ascension or lifting up), he (Messiah) was determined to go to Jerusalem;


In order to best understand this situation, we have to place everything in context. The single use of the word "analempsis" occurs prior to Messiah's going up to Jerusalem, and his subsequent crucifixion, resurrection, and mountain ascents. Therefore, "Analempsis" (ascension) does not mean "Rising Up into the Clouds or Sky or Heaven". Analempsis actually describes Messiah's rise to "Spiritual Perfection", and this "Rise to Perfection" is the same "Perfecting" that is described in the book of Hebrews (written after the analempsis occurred at Messiah's sufferings).


Hebrews 2:10 For it became him (Messiah Y'Shua), for whom [are] all things, and on behalf of whom [are] all things, in bringing many (future) sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation (Messiah) perfect through sufferings.


Did you see that? "To make Messiah perfect through sufferings." Messiah was not born or created perfect ! Messiah had to Spiritually ASCEND into PERFECTION, and he did so through sufferings, as a perfected example for "US" (you & me) to emulate. All of YHVH's future children (Chosen Sons or Chosen Few) must go through a similar form of "Analempsis" to become perfected as "Sons of YHVH" (elohim). In other words Messiah's ascension or "Analempsis" is nothing more than the process of being Spiritually perfected through the total rejection of SELF (True Repentance) at ones own personal expense (True Sacrifice) even unto death. See "Sacrifice of Messiah".


Hebrews 5:9 And being made (not created) perfect (through personal suffering or analempsis), he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him (follow his directions);


YES
, Messiah ascended to the throne
(on the Spiritual right hand of YHVH), but his was not a physical ascension into the clouds of heaven, but a process of being Spiritually perfected in character. See "Who Sits on YHVH's Throne?"


So what about being taken up into the clouds?


Apparently this is where the confusion is the greatest. Just because two words are similar in English or in Greek does not mean they have the same meaning nor does it mean they should be associated. However, if a hellenized (pagan by choice) translator is following his own preconceived pagan agenda (belief system, bias, etc.), that translator will associate his/her pagan culture into the translation. After all, pagans (christopagans, pagans or neo-pagans) will never have Spiritual "Ears to Hear" or Spiritual "Eyes to See", because those are traits that are only given to those with YHVH's Holy Spirit to guide them.

As for disappearing into a low level cloud bank, while ascending a mountain, that is a reasonably common occurrence for Messiahs (The Anointed). Yes, Messiahs, because Messiahs haven't been limited to just one. Messiah (Christos in Greek) is simply a word that means "Anointed of God", and there have been more than a few, who have been anointed of God (YHVH). Even so, one has also been appointed the "Eldest Son"; not because he was physically and-or chronologically born first, but because he has been given the position of inheritance to the throne of David in "The Coming Kingdom of YHVH on Earth". Making him (Y'Shua) the "Heir Apparent" or "Crown Prince".


Note: An "Heir Apparent" is an heir who (short of a catastrophe) cannot be displaced from inheriting; the term is used in contrast to heir presumptive, the term for a conditional heir who is currently in line to inherit but could be displaced at any time in the future.
Today these terms are most commonly used for heirs to hereditary titles, particularly monarchies. It is also used metaphorically to indicate someone who is the apparent "anointed" successor to any position of power.


Here is a look at a few others who are or were "The Anointed of YHVH", and are, therefore, each a Messiah (H4899; Mashiyach); and rightly so, because of their leadership
(pivotal roles) for "Righteousness Sake". By the way being "Anointed" is actually an anointing by YHVH's "Holy Spirit" in which oil was sometimes (not always) used for symbolic purposes; Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (Israel), Joseph, Moses, Aaron and his sons, Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, King David, King Solomon, Daniel, Isaiah or Esaias (Isaiah 61:1 & Luke 4:16-17); there were others.


Note: Strong's Concordance Definitions:
H4886: mashach - (verb) Anointed, as with oil (ceremonial).
H4899: mashiyach - (noun) An anointed Messiah of YHVH
(a chosen human that has achieved a Righteousness Seeking Spiritual state of existence, character, attitude, mind set).


The following verses are self-evident as to the above definitions, and my previous statements.


Leviticus 4:16
And the priest that is anointed (H4899 - Mashiyach; English = messiah) shall bring of the bullock's blood to the tabernacle of the congregation:

1 Samuel 2:10
The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed (H4899 - Mashiyach).

1 Samuel 2:35 (Prophecy of Messiah Y'Shua with reference to the 24 Elders?)
And I will (future tense) raise me up a faithful priest, [that] shall do according to [that] which [is] in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he (Messiah Y'Shua) shall walk before mine (other) anointed (H4899 - Mashiyach) forever.

1 Samuel 16:6
6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab (David's eldest brother), and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed (H4899 - Mashiyach) [is] before him.
7 But the LORD YHVH said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for [the LORD seeth] not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD YHVH looketh on the heart.

1 Samuel 16:13
Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed (H4886 - Mashach) him (DAVID) in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD (Holy Spirit) came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

2 Samuel 23:1
Now these [be] the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man [who was] raised up on high, the anointed (H4899 - Mashiyach) of the GOD of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,

Psalms 105:7-15
7 He is the LORD YHVH: his judgments are in all the earth.
8 He hath remembered his covenant forever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.
9 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;
10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob (Israel) for a law, and to Israel (Jacob's seed) for an everlasting covenant:
11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:
12 When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.
13 When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;
14 HE (YHVH) suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;
15 (YHVH) Saying, Touch not mine anointed (H4899 - Mashiyach), and do my prophets no harm.


Could it be that these chronologically older Messiahs (Mashiyach) are among the "Twenty-four Elders"? Each one a Messiah in his own right, but none having been appointed to the Spiritual Position of "Heir Apparent" (Eldest Son). It just might be so, but that's another sermon-message.



So what about being taken up into the clouds?


Yes, the actual clouds. Okay, lets examine a few more verses. The next one is an example of how "The Anointed of YHVH" use figures of speech (not literal) when describing physical to Spiritual parallel occurrences. This is the reason Mashiyach Y'Shua spoke almost exclusively in "Physical to Spiritual parallels (parables, metaphors, allegories, anthropomorphisms, figures of speech). So that in doing so, only those with "Spiritual Ears to Hear" and "Spiritual Eyes to See", and a "Heart to Perceive" would understand what was being said. Why? Draw your own conclusion(s) . . .


The Prophecy of Esaias (Isaiah):

(The Modus Operandi for The Anointed)



Isaiah 6:9-12
9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
10 Make the heart of this (worldly) people fat, and make their (spiritual) ears heavy, and shut their (spiritual) eyes; lest they see with their (spiritual) eyes, and hear with their (spiritual) ears, and understand with their (spiritual) heart, and convert (reject SELF), and be (spiritually) healed.
11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,
12 And (also) the LORD YHVH have removed men far away, and [there be] a great forsaking in the midst of the land.


Deuteronomy 29:2-4
2 And (Mashiyach) Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, Ye have seen all that the LORD YHVH did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land;
3 The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles:
4 Yet the LORD YHVH hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.



Ezekiel 12:2
Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they [are] a rebellious house.


Ezekiel 40:4
And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall shew thee; as to the
intent that I might shew [them] unto thee [art] thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel.


Matthew 11:15
He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.


Matthew 13:9-14
9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them (the worldly) it is not given.
12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias (Isaiah), which saith (implies), By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:


So, now that you understand "The Modus Operandi" for all of YHVH's Anointed (Mashiyach), hopefully you now have "Eyes to See", "Ears to Hear", and a "Heart to Perceive". Read on . . . . .


Psalm 104:3
Who layeth the beams of His chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds His chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:


So, we are given a relationship between clouds and a chariot; very interesting !
Here are some more "Figures of Speech"! What do they really mean ?



Isaiah 66:15
For, behold, the LORD YHVH will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire.

Jeremiah 4:13
Behold, He shall come up as clouds, and His chariots [shall be] as a whirlwind: His horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.


It appears that YHVH's anointeds (Mashiyach) are describing a tornado, because a tornado appears from the clouds, and lifts things UP into the sky.
What are they really trying to say ? Read "Why Angels have wings", and "Angels" (What they really are).

And now the
intent behind the mysterious disappearances of key anointed Mashiyach leadership.


Deuteronomy 34:1-6
1 And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of [mount] Pisgah, that [is] over against Jericho. And the LORD YHVH shewed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan,
2 And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea,
3 And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar.
4 And the LORD YHVH said
(spiritually) unto him, This [is] the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see [it] with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither.
5 So Moses the servant of the LORD YHVH died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD YHVH.
6 And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.


Jude 1:9
Yet Michael the archangel (Strong's G743; chief pastor, high priest or prince of pastors), when contending with the devil, (SELF or a SELF-centered attitude in another person or persons) [in which] he disputed about the body of Moses, did not bring against him (that worldly person) a railing accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke thee."


Okay, what we are actually seeing here is that PEOPLE, will either dispute the body of Mashiyach Moses or they will do the opposite and worship the body of Moses. Just the way people today consciously or subconsciously worship their own personal idols; the modern term is "Idolize". Only YHVH must be worshipped (Thou shalt have no other gods before [more esteemed than] me).

So, now we have a reason for the disappearance of YHVH's "Anointed Mashiyach(s)", and why they have all managed to disappear. Not one of them had/has a desire to be worshipped ! Even Messiah Y'Shua had to disappear. Why? Because not even a tomb could prevent people from worshipping this man, and removing his body from the tomb to be put on display. So, what better way to vanish than to vanish into a cloud bank at the top of a mountain, and then descend down the other side into a new spiritual life. Not even the Apostles [disciples] fully recognized Mashiyach Y'Shua at first, so it is not likely that others would have either.


Matthew 28:16-17
16 And the eleven taught ones went away into Galil, to the mountain which Y'Shua had appointed for them.
17 And when they saw Him, they bowed to him (as to a King), but some doubted.


Acts 1:9-12

9 And when he [Y'Shua] had spoken these things, while they beheld [him], he was taken up (carried); and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Y'Shua, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount(ain) called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.


Who were the two men in white apparel in verse ten above? Looks like more information is needed to clarify what I call hellenized translator and scribal tampering or bias. The following verses use variations of the Greek to describe the very same ascending / climbing of Mount Olivet, and Messiah Y'Shua's ultimate disappearance, that is until he appeared unto Shaul [Paul] in the desert near Damascus (Acts 9), and wouldn't you know it, you have to go through mountains to get there.


Luke 24:51
And it came to pass, while he blessed them [disciples], he was parted from them, and [physically] carried (G399: carried) up into heaven (higher up the mountain into a cloud bank by men in white).


1 Corinthians 15:50
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God [YHVH]; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.


Ephesians 4:8-9
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended (G#305) up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9 Now that he ascended (G#305), what is it but that he also descended (G#2597) first into the lower parts of the earth?


Greek 305: anabainw, anabaino (an-ab-ah'-ee-no); to go up (literally or figuratively):--arise, ascend (up), CLIMB (go, grow, rise, spring) up, come (up) [physically].


Remember: "Ascend" does not mean to be Spiritually Lifted Up [perfected], that word is "Ascension".


Greek 2597:katabainw, katabaino (kat-ab-ah'-ee-no); (get, go, step) down, fall (down) [physically].


Apparently Messiah Y'Shua ascended or climbed a mountain more than once, and that was after he was resurrected from among the dead, and before he assembled with the disciples [Apostles] the second time; also, before he ascended mount(ain) Olivet and appeared to them no more (Acts 1:9-12). So how many times did he need to ascend (climb a mountain)? My point is this; Ascend and ascension are absolutely not the same thing, and Messiah's ASCENSION
(perfection) occurred at his crucifixion, but his ascendings were up a cloudy (foggy) mountain and not into the third Heaven.


John 20:15
15 Y'Shua saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him [Messiah Y'Shua] hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
16 Y'Shua saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
17 Y'Shua saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and [to] my GOD, and your GOD.
18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and [that] he had spoken these things unto her.
19 Then the same day at evening, being the first [day] of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Y'Shua and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace [be] unto you.
20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them [his] hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.
21 Then said Y'Shua to them again, Peace [be] unto you: as [my] Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on [them], and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit:
23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; [and] whose soever [sins] ye retain, they are retained.
24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Y'Shua came.
25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: [then] came Y'Shua, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace [be] unto you.
27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust [it] into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.


Well now, unless Mashiyach Y'Shua is mentally unstable, he must have ascended a mountain (just like Mashiyach Moses) did; otherwise, Thomas would not have been allowed to touch him. Therefore, I challenge you to "Listen with A Spiritual Heart, and Perceive The Gospel" of this message, because "The Ascension", and "The Resurrection", as told by the christopagans (
Christians), is purely myth, and based on pagan mythological gods and goddesses. However, this does not mean that there is no ETERNAL CREATOR or that we were created blindly and without a cause like the atheist believe. This beloveds is where True Faith comes into play. TRUE FAITH is not believing in the Christian myth and their mytholigical Jesus (IHSous), but having faith that "THE ETERNAL FATHER" had a really good reason for creating us in the first place. See: "The Meaning of Life".

 


Love & Blessings to all who believe!






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