How we prove Christ was Resurrected - Download PDF Article
Why should people believe us when we tell them that Yahshua was raised from among the dead, never to die again and is sitting at the right hand of Yahweh, awaiting his return to rule his future earthly kingdom. What evidence do we have? Are people suppose to take our word for it? Is there a witness, living today who can testify to Christ's resurrection? Yes there is! The witness is the ruah (spirit) that abides within every believer. The Apostles, who were witnesses of Christ's resurrection are no longer alive to testify to this event but now it is our turn to witness to this extraordinary event that occurred thousands of years ago. We have living evidence that Christ was raised from among the dead and is ruling at Yahweh's right hand.
Living evidence of Yahweh and Christ is so very important in our lives because our lives can be so very hard. We all desire to hear from our Heavenly Father and our Lord; to be touched from heaven; to witness the supernatural; to be wrapped in the arms of our Father; to be praised on a job well done; to be encouraged to carry on. At times in our lives we have all felt alone, rejected, despised, without Yahweh and without hope, wondering whether we were deceiving ourselves concerning our beliefs. The Apostles probably felt this way after Yahshua was murdered. What turned them around? Witnesses that proclaimed that Christ lives. A physical manifestation of their Lord brought them back into the contest, refueling their souls to carry on their mission. What recharged Paul when he was in prison? The Lord, standing over him, saying––Be of good courage (Acts 23:11)! The living evidence that manifest our living Father and our Lord is ruah.
The witness of ruah, as a whole, has been stolen from the Church for centuries, locked away to the advantage of our enemy. As a whole, the Church has quenched (extinguish) ruah, as they were commanded not to do. We have also been commanded, "prophesyings, do not despise," but prophesy is rarely heard in the Church. Each individual has the key to unlock this witness, allowing it to testify to the truths that Yahweh and Christ live. Each of us has received the witness, when we were saved, and now it is up to us to unleash this witness, Yahweh's free-gift of ruah, that is to say, let us release the power of Yahweh into the natural world.
First we must address those who professing to be wise, are made foolish; those individuals that behold the workings of the human body and say that it evolved from nothing; those that are stiff neck and have chosen to have a heart of stone; those individuals who know there is a Creator but refuse to acknowledge his existence and his commandments (Rm. 1:19-32); those that witnessed the signs and wonders that testified to Yahshua being the Son of Yahweh, but who, never-the-less, had him murdered; those individuals, who will be thrown into the Lake of Fire, which is the Second Death. No witness or evidence would ever be accepted by these rejecters of Yahweh, an example of which would be Pharaoh. To these people, we must bid them adieu. The truths I am about to present are for those who humble themselves and bow before the Creator; those who have an open heart; those who when witnessing the unseen world will "fall down upon their face, doing homage unto Yahweh, reporting that, in reality, Yahweh is, among you" (1 Cor. 14:25). Nathanael was one of these people.
The story of Nathanael goes as follows; "On the morrow, he [Yahshua] desired to go forth into Galilee. And Yahshua findeth Philip, and saith unto him––Be following me! Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip, findeth, Nathanael, and saith unto him––Him, of whom wrote Moses in the law, and the Prophets, have we found.––Yahshua, son of Joseph, him from Nazareth! And Nathanael said unto him––Out of Nazareth, can any good thing come? Philip saith unto him––Come, and see! Yahshua saw Nathanael coming unto him, and saith concerning him––See! Truly, an Israelite, in whom is no guile. Nathanael saith unto him––Whence, dost thou, know, me? Yahshua answered, and said unto him––Before Philip called thee,––when thou wast under the fig–tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered him––Rabbi! thou, art, the Son of Yahweh: Thou, art, King, of Israel. Yahshua answered, and said unto him––Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig–tree, believest thou? A greater thing than these, shalt thou see! And he saith unto him––Verily, verily, I say unto you: Ye shall see heaven––when set open, and, the messengers of Yahweh, ascending and descending unto the Son of Man" (Jn. 1:43-51). The witness that told Nathanael that Yahshua was the Son of Yahweh were the words that Yahshua spoke. Yahshua relayed information to Nathanael about his life that was impossible for Yahshua to have known; words of knowledge that came from the unseen world, where Yahweh abides. This experience testified that Yahweh, who knows all, gave this information about Nathanael to Yahshua in order that Nathanael would believe that Yahshua was sent by Yahweh. The witness, the ruah of Adonai Yahweh, was upon Yahshua, enabling him to receive information from Yahweh.
The witnesses of the resurrection of Christ were the Apostles and about five hundred brethren (1 Cor. 15). These all have fallen asleep. The witness today that Christ is Lord is the ruah of Yahweh abiding within us.
"And, we, are witnesses of these things,
Yahshua told the Apostles, " But ye shall receive power when the holy ruah cometh upon you, and ye shall be my witnesses, both in Jerusalem and all Judaea and Samaria and as far as the uttermost part of the land (Acts 1:8); And, with great power, were the apostles giving forth their witness of the resurrection of the Lord Yahshua..." (Acts 4:33). Power issuing forth from the activation of ruah gave the witness that Christ is risen.
Ruah (spirit, wind, breath, blast) is the Hebrew word for an invisible force or power. It represents the world of the unseen or what we would call the supernatural. The word supernatural is not in the Word of Yahweh, so I will use the word ruah or pneumatikos (spiritual) instead of supernatural. The ruah (spirit) that abides in every believer, when manifested or operated in the natural realm is evidence that Yahshua is no longer in the grave but is sitting at the right hand of Yahweh. Why can we come to this conclusion? The Word of Yahweh tells us that we can do the pneumatikos. When we act upon these instructions and the pneumatikos occurs then the words of Yahweh are true. Peter illustrated this point by walking on the water after Yahshua told him he could. The witness that the words of Yahshua were true was Peter doing the pneumatikos. This pneumatikos result manifested into the natural realm, is evidence that the words of Yahweh are true. One of those truths is the resurrection of Christ from among the dead, who was then given a pneumatikos body, which is age-abiding. He was exalted by Yahweh to sit at his right hand, becoming Lord of all. Why can I believe all of this? I can do the pneumatikos, after I was saved, which is impossible for a natural man, testifying to the fact that I have something that is pneumatikos in me, which is ruah.
People can attempt to discredit the Word of Yahweh all they want with science and philosophy but this does not shake my foundation because I have living evidence that the Word of Yahweh is truth. I audibly hear from the Creator each day by individuals prophesying to me or I to them. How can a scientist tell me there is no Creator when I hear from him daily. Why not also tell me there is no sun, which I also witness every day. When a person has living evidence abiding in them, they are rock solid on the foundation of Yahweh.
Today, the ruah of Yahweh, which is given to every person who obeys Romans 10:9, has nine different manifestations (manifestation). The manifestation of ruah is making the invisible ruah, visible. For example, magnetic energy is invisible to the eye but when you place a magnet under a piece of paper and place metal filings upon the paper, you will see the invisible magnetic field become visible because of the metal filings. The witness to this invisible energy is the metal filings arrangement on the paper. In like manner, the operations of ruah, such as acquiring information that is impossible to have known, is a witness that people have ruah (invisible force), as was illustrated in the story of Nathanial.
Abraham and Sarah were proclaiming the commandments of Yahweh in the land of Canaan. What validated their proclamation? Sarah gave birth, as foretold by Yahweh, at an impossible age. This miracle testifies that the Creator is involved in their lives, testifying to what they were proclaiming. Moses was given a proclamation from the Creator to proclaim. Why should people believe him? Moses asked the same question; "Then responded Moses, and said, And lo! they will not believe me, neither hearken to my voice,––for they will say, Yahweh, hath not appeared unto thee" (Ex. 4:1). Yahweh gave him three witnesses; a staff that turned into a serpent; a hand that became leprous and water that turned to blood (Ex. 4:2-9). These signs testified or were witnesses that Yahweh was with Moses. As Moses had three witnesses of Yahweh's presence, today we have nine witnesses that Yahweh in Christ abides in us.
The nine fruits (fruit) of ruah are the foundation for the nine manifestations of ruah. The nine fruits are not an absolute witness to Christ's resurrection because an unbeliever can also bear these nine fruits, such as it appears did Mahatma Gandhi. What Mahatma Gandhi could not do was prophesy for Yahweh or receive a word of knowledge or a word of wisdom from Yahweh, neither could he do might works or heal someone. It appeared that he was loving, joyful, peaceful, longsuffering, kind, good, faithful, gentle and had self–control but he could not make the invisible ruah of Yahweh, visible, because he did not have the ruah of Yahweh. You can not manifest something that you do not have. His religion was empty, as all other religions are because they lack the living evidence that the Creator is with them. These religions are manufactured gods, "...the works of the hands of men,–– A mouth, have they, but they speak not, Eyes, have they, but they see not; Ears, have they, but they hear not, A nose, have they, but they smell not: Their hands! but they feel not, Their feet! but they walk not, No sound make they in their throat. Like unto them, shall be they who make them, Every one who trusteth in them" (Ps. 115:4-8). We have an Elohim that speaks through us!
Prophesy, as recorded in 1 Corinthians chapter fourteen, does testify that Yahweh is in you, which testifies that Christ is risen; "So that, the tongues, are for a sign [transcending the common course of nature] not unto them that believe, but, unto them that believe not; whereas, prophesying, is not for them that believe not, but, for them that believe...But, if, all, be prophesying,––and there come in one who is unbelieving or unskilled, he is convicted by all, he is searched by all, the secrets of his heart, become manifest, And, so, falling down upon his face, he will do homage unto Yahweh, reporting that, in reality, Yahweh is, among you" (1 Cor. 14:22-25). Yahweh gets the glory when one prophesies because there is no natural way that the person who is prophesying could know the secrets of another's heart. These must be revealed by Yahweh to the speaker through ruah, which then testifies to the truth that the scriptures are the words of the Creator.
Yahshua's supernatural works testified to the words he was speaking. The witnesses to who he was and what he was proclaiming were not his words but rather his pneumatikos works:
Yahshua's words and works bore-witness to the fact that Yahweh had empowered Yahshua with ruah:
King Nebuchadnezzar would say of Daniel, "... I know that, the ruah of the holy gods, is in thee..." (Dan. 4:9). Why, because Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar what he could not possibly know. How did he do this? Yahweh revealed to Daniel by the ruah of Yahweh these truths. Today, the ruah of Yahweh is in us. Joel proclaimed, "And it shall come to pass, afterwards, I will pour out my ruah upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters, shall prophesy,––your old men, shall dream, dreams, your young men, shall see, visions" (Joel 2:28). Daniel manifested what Joel prophesied; "Then, unto Daniel––in a vision of the night, the secret was revealed,––whereupon, Daniel, blessed the Elohim of the heavens: Daniel responded, and said, Let the name of Elohim be blessed from age to age,––in that wisdom and might, to him belong; And, he, changeth times and seasons, removeth kings, and setteth up kings,––giving wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to them who are skilled in understanding: He, revealeth the deep things, and the hidden,––knoweth what is in the darkness, and, light, with him, doth dwell. Unto the, O Elohim of my fathers, do I render thanks and praise, in that, wisdom and might, thou hast given unto me,––yea, already, hast thou made known to me that which we desired of thee, for, the matter of the king, hast thou made known unto us" (Dan. 2:19-23). Daniel gave this information to the King; "Then, King Nebuchadnezzar, fell upon his face, and, unto Daniel, paid adoration; and, a present and sweet odours, gave he word to pour out unto him. The king answered Daniel, and said––Of a truth, your Elohim, is a Elohim of elohims, and a Lord of kings, and a Revealer of secrets,––seeing thou wast able to reveal this secret" (Dan. 2:46-47). Did King Nebuchadnezzar read the Torah? Probably not. What testified to Nebuchadnezzar that Daniel's Elohim was the Creator was Daniel manifesting ruah, which witnessed to the heart of Nebuchadnezzar the truths of his dreams, thereby making manifest the secrets of his heart. Daniel's demonstration of ruah unveiled Yahweh thereby making Nebuchadnezzar a believer in Yahweh, the living Elohim.
Paul was called to be a witness to the truth that Christ was the Messiah and that he was raised from among the dead. The Apostle Paul, who did not physically witness the resurrection of Christ, witnessed to the resurrection of Christ by saying, "And, my discourse, and what I proclaimed, were not in suasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of ruah and power" (1 Cor. 2:4) or it can be said, "in demonstration of ruah, that is to say, power." Christ made the same statement in Acts 1:8; "But ye shall receive power when the holy ruah cometh upon you, and ye shall be my witnesses..." Listed below are other verses that connect ruah, that is to say, power, together:
The ruah of Yahweh bearing Witness
"Whensoever the parakletos [advocate] shall come, whom, I, will send unto you from the Father, the ruah of truth, which, from the Father, cometh forth, he, will bear witness concerning me" (Jn. 15:26). The ruah of Yahweh is invisible, which is why ruah also means wind and breath. Fire, as on the day of Pentecost, a mighty wind (breath (pnoe)) also on the day of Pentecost, a dove, as on the immersion of Yahweh were symbols that one received the invisible ruah from Yahweh, which is power. The prophets manifested the ruah of Yahweh into the natural realm by pneumatikos power, foretelling the future, pneumatikos wisdom or craftsmanship etc. We also have been given holy ruah, which is power. The ruah we have received does bear witness that Christ lives when manifested into the natural world as Acts 5:30-32 states. Peter and the Apostles said, "The Elohim of our fathers, hath raised up Yahshua,––whom, ye, got into your hands, suspending him upon a tree:–– Him, as Princely–leader and Saviour, hath Yahweh exalted unto his right hand,––to give repentance unto Israel, and remission of sins. And, we, are witnesses of these things,––also the holy ruah, which Yahweh hath given unto them who are yielding obedience unto him."
We, the Body of the Christ, are supposed to be witnesses to the resurrection of Christ by performing works that are beyond the natural, which is accomplished when we operate our gift of ruah. He that speaks in tongues is "...not unto men, doth speak, but, unto Yahweh,––for, no one, understandeth, although, in ruah, he is speaking sacred secrets" (1 Cor. 14:2). He that is prophesying "...and there come in one who is unbelieving or unskilled, he is convicted by all, he is searched by all, the secrets of his heart, become manifest, And, so, falling down upon his face, he will do homage unto Yahweh, reporting that, in reality, Yahweh is, among you" (1 Cor. 14:24-25). Both of these operations of the ruah give testimony to the truth that Yahweh and Christ live; bearing witness that the Word of Yahweh is from the Creator, making the other religious books and religions meaningless.
The witness that the Apostles received the ruah on the day of Pentecost was that they spoke in unknown tongues. This was also true with the house of Cornelius and the about twelve men who Paul laid his hands upon. Casting out demons, healing the sick, telling someone the secrets of their heart are all witnesses that proclaim Christ lives. Yahweh was in Christ and people knew it. The man born blind said, "If this man were not from Yahweh, he could have done nothing" (Jn. 9:33). Yahweh is in Christ and Christ is in us. We also are from Yahweh, meaning that people should be witnessing the power of ruah in their lives, as they witnessed the power of ruah in Christ's life.
People are not receiving these witnesses because they have been instructed that these witnesses do not exist. So when troubled times come, such as a child dying, they can begin to doubt their beliefs; their Creator. Some have fallen away from the faith because they have never had a pneumatikos moment, a touch from heaven, which they should be having every day. A person can and should be audibly hearing from Yahweh each day by receiving a prophesy (words of edification, and exhortation, and comfort) from another believer (1 Cor. 14:3). In troubled times, these words are especially paramount to a believers stand upon the truth. When one feels forsaken, Yahweh, through prophesy, will reassure them that he is their Father, who will always be with them. When Elijah felt all alone and wanted to die, Yahweh encouraged and exhorted him, fueling Elijah to finish his course (1 Kgs. 19). When David's wives had been taken captive he was in sore distress, "...for the people had spoken of stoning him, because the souls of all the people were embittered, every man for his own sons and for his own daughters,––but David emboldened himself in Yahweh his Elohim. Then said David to Abiathar the priest, son of Ahimelech, Do bring near me, I pray thee, the ephod. So Abiathar brought near the ephod, unto David. And David enquired of Yahweh, saying, Shall I pursue this troop? shall I overtake it? And he said unto him: Pursue, for thou shalt, overtake, and thou shalt, rescue" (1 Sa. 30:6-8). Words of Life filled David because he heard from his Creator.
We do not believe all signs because our adversary can also produce, in this age in limited degree, signs and wonders, as was done by the magicians of Pharaoh, the woman who had the spirit of Python and Simon of Samaria (Acts 8). Phillip, who was manifesting the ruah of Yahweh that abode in him, by far out-did Simon, revealing that Simon was a counterfeit. Simon was not operating through the Creator but was rather receiving power from another source. Simon also came to this conclusion and changed his ways, making Yahshua his Lord. Simon became a believer because he witnessed the manifestations of ruah demonstrated by Phillip and Peter.
The witness of ruah occurs when we walk out in faith. Prophesy allows Yahweh or Christ to speak through us words of edification, and exhortation, and comfort to all who will listen, presenting evidence to all who desire to believe. Christ, who is our Head, is alive and well. He is passionate to make whole the lost and to nurture his brothers and sisters, who are his Body. Nebuchadnezzar, Nathanael and Simon all believed because of the manifestation of ruah by a believer. Their hearts sprang to life knowing that the Creator had contacted them through his servants. Yahshua poured out the ruah on the day of Pentecost on all who believed, enabling his servants to become his mouth, hands and feet. Now it is up to us to walk out in faith, manifesting ruah, witnessing to Christ's very existence. Let us be like Elijah who proved that Yahweh lives, while Baal was a creation of men. Praise and Glory be to our Heavenly Father, Yahweh, Elohim of Host for his wonderful gift!
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(When quoting scriptures, from the Rotherham Emphasized Bible New Testament, I will substitute the Hebrew words Yahshua for Jesus, Yahweh and Elohim for God and the LORD and ruah for pneuma (spirit).)
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