"It is Written"* - Download PDF Article
The very foundation of an orderly society is the written word. The United States Constitution is the bedrock upon which the U.S.A. lives. In like manner, the written Word of Yahweh is the solid rock upon which all order, justice and truth is derived. Anarchy and confusion result when the written Words of Yahweh are no longer our foundation. Our beliefs should always begin with the three words, 'It is Written.' If we can not do so, our beliefs are not part of the foundation of the Word of Yahweh but rather are like icebergs ever adrift on the seas of uncertainties. With no rock beneath our feet, we drift with the never-ending doctrines of men. Their visions and revelations steer our lives away from our Rock of Salvation. As messengers of light, these individuals actually become the blind leading the blind as we both fall into the ditch. Their apparently innocent, sincere, corrupting, revelations lead us away from the truth of Yahweh into the lies of the adversary. We then become their disciples, such as were Jews of the Pharisees and Sadducees. We become disciples of men; disciples of Jeroboam, Athanasius, Basil, the Pope, Luther, Joseph Smith or Joyce Meyers, rather than the disciples of Yahweh. We are adrift because our anchor is not the Word of Yahweh, as "It is Written."
When tempted by the slanderer, the first thing Yahshua said was, "It is Written!" 'It is Written' is to be our absolute anchor in this world of deception. It will keep us fastened to the Rock. Yahshua, as the rock from which comes the spiritual drink, only spoke the Words of Yahweh, the words the Rock gave him. He did not speak of himself. Yahshua said, "…I, out of myself, spake not, but, the Father who sent me, hath, himself, given me commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak" (Jn. 12:49). He was not drawing disciples after himself but rather drawing people to the Father through himself. The Apostle Paul, in like manner, did not speak of himself but rather said, "For I make known unto you, brethren, as to the glad–message which was announced by me, that it is not after man; For neither, from man, did I accept it, nor was taught it, ––but through a revealing of Yahshua Christ" (Gal. 1:11-12). We are encouraged to be imitators of Paul because he was an imitator of Christ who was an imitator of Yahweh. Paul warned us saying, "I, know, that there will enter, after my departure, grievous [violent, cruel, unsparing] wolves into your midst, not sparing the little flock; and, from among your own selves, will arise men speaking distorted things, to draw away the disciples after themselves" (Acts 20:29-30). We have been warned that 'from among your own selves, will arise men speaking distorted [to turn aside from the right path] things, to draw [tear away] away the disciples after themselves.' This can only occur to individuals who are not anchored to the written Word of Yahweh.
The phrase, "It is Written in the Law," is used twelve times throughout the Word of Yahweh. The phrase 'It is Written,' is used thirty times in the epistles of Paul, twenty-five times in the Gospels and five times in the book of Acts (See Appendix A). Once we abandon the parameter of, 'It is Written,' the doors are opened wide allowing in seducing ruahs (spirits), and the teachings of demons. For example, the Apostle Creed states that I believe, that Jesus Christ "…descended into hell" and in "the resurrection of the body." These statements are 'Not Written' in the Word of Yawheh. There are no verses that say such things. The phrase, "resurrection of the dead" is used ten times but nowhere is the phrase, "resurrection of the body" used. These statements do not pass the "It is Written" test but never-the-less they are widely excepted by Christians.
Doctrines of Men
The Nicene Creed states, "I believe…in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made." We must ask ourselves, "Where is It Written:"
The above statements are 'Not Written;' they are not in the Word of Yahweh; they are not part of the Rock but rather they are the creations of men. People who build their house upon these creations are building their foundation upon sand.
The Constantinopolitan Creed states, "We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son], who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified." We must ask ourselves, "Where is It Written:"
The above statements are 'Not Written,' in the Word of Yahweh but rather are the creations of men. Other such examples would be, "Is there a God the Son or God the Holy Spirit" and if so, "Where is it Written in the Word of Yahweh?" Is there a Trinity or an Incarnation and if so, "Where is it Written?"
If we can say, 'God the Son,' which is 'not written,' then why can't a Catholic say that Mary is the, "Holy Mother of God, the new Eve, Mother of the Church?" If we can say, 'Christ is fully God and fully man,' which is not written, then why can't a Mormon say his Book of Mormon is the truth? Are we allowed to leave Yahweh's parameter, 'It is Written,' but they are not? All beliefs should only come, word for word, from the written Word of Yahweh.
There are many Christian ministers and lay people who, like Joseph Smith, say they have had supernatural experiences. Kenneth E. Hagin says he went to Hell a couple of times. Jesse Duplantis says he went to Heaven in 1988. His new revelation, which is 'Not Written,' answers such questions as: What is Paradise? Are their children in Heaven? Will I recognize family members? Will I really have my own mansion in Heaven? What is God's great Throne Room like? These people write books describing their experience (a new revelation) of these places and the people they have seen and talked to. The problem with these testimonies is that the Word of Yahweh says there are no human beings in heaven, except for Christ, the first born from among the dead. All human beings who have died are asleep, awaiting the resurrection of the dead or awaiting the Parousia of the Lord. Also there are no such places as hell or purgatory in the Word of Yahweh. These testimonies and books are contradicting as well as adding information to the already complete Word of Yahweh. These testimonies are no different than the testimonies of Mohammed or Joseph Smith, who both said they were also visited by a messenger of God. The above individuals have added information to the already complete Word of Yahweh. We must remember that Paul said, "…But, even if, we, or, a messenger out of heaven, announce a glad–message aside from that which we announced unto you, accursed, let him be." Can we agree upon the fact that the above examples are a glad-message aside from that which Paul announced to us? Yes we can!
These people may have had good intentions but never-the-less they are disobeying the commandment of Yahweh. They might have even experienced supernatural events but these events were not from Yahweh because they contradict His Word. These leaders may be fruitful Christians but they have been deceived. Why can we say this? Because:
It is Written, "even if, we, or, a messenger out of heaven, announce a glad–message aside from that which we announced unto you, accursed, let him be (Gal. 1:8);"
Experiences are no guarantee for truth. Truth issues forth from the already completed written Word of Yahweh, which begins in Genesis and ends in Revelations. Any additional information such as the doctrines of, the God-man, Trinity, Incarnation, God-bearer, Moroni, Allah and adventures in Purgatory, Hell and Heaven are all additions to the Word of Yahweh inferring that the Word of Yahweh was not a complete work but rather is a compilation of never ending experiences and teachings of men.
The slanderer sphere of influence
It is not without significance that the first Ministerial words of "the second Man" were "It is Written," three times repeated; and that His last Ministerial words contained a similar threefold reference to the written Word of Yahweh. The former temptation succeeded because the Word of Yahweh was three times misrepresented; the latter temptation was successfully defeated because the same Word was faithfully repeated.
The history of Genesis 3 is intended to teach us the fact that Satan's sphere of activities is in the religious sphere, and not the spheres of crime or immorality; that his battlefield is not the sins arising from human depravity, but the unbelief of the human heart. We are not to look for Satan's activities to-day in the newspaper press, or the police courts; but in the pulpit, and in professors' chairs. Wherever the Word of Yahweh is called in question, there we see the trail of "that old serpent, which is the slanderer, and adversary"…The slanderer himself could say "It is Written" (#Mt 4:6) so long…as it is misquoted or misapplied."
When the slanderer say, "It is Written"
Enemies of righteousness and deceived believers will say, "It is Written," and they are right but like the slanderer, they are also absolutely wrong. For example, most Bibles translate Psalm 116:15 as, "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints." The Rotherham Emphasized Bible translates this verse as "Costly in the eyes of Yahweh, is, death, for his men of lovingkindness." As you can see, the translation of this verse makes a huge difference in what it actually means. This article is not meant to deal with the above issue, which has been handled previously in the article, "Difficult Verses of Scripture Used to Produce Doctrines That Men Want to Believe." The lesson being taught by Yahshua in Matthew four is that when someone says, "It is Written," and quotes a difficult verse, implying an incorrect doctrine or a verse out of context we must imitate Yahshua by saying, "Again, it is written, (Mt. 4:6-7)," and quote the verse in context or quote many clear verses that establish the correct doctrine. Truth is always our pursuit and not the vain glory of winning an argument.
For who is a El, save Yahweh? And who is a Rock, save our Elohim? (Ps. 18:31)
(For footnotes and appendix, see PDF file)
(*When quoting scriptures, from the Rotherham Emphasized Bible New Testament, I will substitute the Hebrew word Yahshua for Jesus, Yahweh and Elohim for God and the LORD and Anointed for Christ.)
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