Knowing Him: From the BeginningLet us observe a very interesting item in the following verses:
Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. (John 8:25)
I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. (1John 2:13)
I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. (1John 2:14)The phrase from the beginning is a very interesting phrase in Scripture. It occurs fifteen times in the Old Testament, 25 times in the New Testament, for a total of forty times in Scripture. The number 40 in Scripture speaks of testing of the Saints. This little phrase is not only prophetic, but is a very important loose thread to many of the mysteries that Yahuweh has laid up and hidden, which He desires to reveal to His people.
We might add, incidentally, that it is not possible for one to understand Yahuweh’s will, until the mystery of His will is completed in that one, by the doing of His will first! The revelation of all things, including mysteries, has been made known unto us as a body in general, but each one of us must seek Him for the revelation, so that each one of us might be included in the us. But let us proceed.
We see from some of the New Testament passages that the phrase from the beginning refers to the time of the Creation, or more specifically, the Book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. We recall that the first word in the Bible is the Hebrew word B’reshith, meaning "in the beginning." Indeed, even the Jewish Scholars call the Book of Genesis The Beginning, taken from its first word.
Thus when we see the phrase from the beginning, we should remember the meaning of this phrase. Thus when we read all the New Testament passages containing this phrase, we have a clue to what it may be referring to. The result is that an avalanche of revelation and understanding will be unlocked, and will fall upon the seeking one.
Let us also note that the words shown in brackets or in italics in the Bible, indicate that they were added by the translators, sometimes hiding some possible meanings from the reader. The Greek text in 1John 2:14 reads known Him from the beginning. We could speculate that from this verse that our search might start in the Book of Genesis, but we have been trained to think, 'That is Old Testament, and we are looking only for New Testament, kingdom truth.' So, is there additional witness of Scripture to lead us to the Old Testament to find truths of Yahushua’s Kingdom?
Knowing Him: Things New And OldTo begin our search for Scripture witness, let us look into the following passage:
Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. (Matthew 13:52)This is another parable, as Yahushua had just explained, that has to do with the end of the Age (notice the word therefore relating this to the context of the previous verses).
A scribe’s treasure consists of his writings – the Word of Yahuweh! He is likened here as a householder, or master of his house – he keeps his soul and body under subjection to the Spirit of Yahuweh. If he is instructed (discipled) unto the Kingdom of Heaven, he will bring forth something from among his treasures [treasures speak prophetically of the Fear of Yahuweh].
Thus we see in the above passage, that the one who is instructed brings forth from his treasures, the writings of Yahuweh – writings both New and Old – writings of both the New and Old Testament writings.
There are at many additional verses that show us the proper perspective we should have regarding the things of the Old Testament. Note carefully the following verse:
And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new. (Leviticus 26:10)Here we are told that we are to eat, to feed upon the Old Covenant writings, and that we will bring forth, bring out into the light, the food from the Old Covenant, because of the New Covenant. We know looking backward in time, that the New Covenant Life and understanding has been given to us in Yahushua, and as a result, the meaning of the New Testament has been revealed to us by the Holy Spirit.
It is thus the Holy spirit who also illumines the Old Testament to us, and makes it understandable, so that it will nourish us, and become food for us. In the above passage, we see there is a second course to this meal – the understanding and nourishment we receive from the Old, because of the New.
Now let us look carefully at another passage that gives us a companion message:
The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant <04022> fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved. (Song of Solomon 7:13)The above passage is addressed to 'My Beloved,' meaning it is addressed only to those who dig deeply, and who will be a part of the Bride Company. This passage reveals several things.
First, the Hebrew word for Beloved is 'dowd,' and is mentioned 39 times in Song of Solomon. The number 39 is 3 x 13, and speaks of the resurrection [number 3] of Love, for it is the Beloved [number 13], which identifies the Bride. Thus we see this message is for the Bride Company.
The word 'dowd' used for here Beloved marks this verse as special, in that this verse is the 37th of the 39 occurrences of the Hebrew word 'dowd' in Song of Solomon. The number 37 speaks of the Word of Yahuweh, so we see this passage makes prophetic reference Yahuweh's Word. For more detail on prophetic numbers in Scripture, see Prophetic Numbers in Scripture.
Next we see that the Hebrew word for pleasant fruits, 'meged,' Strong’s Number <04022>, means "precious things." We are told that these precious things, both new and old, have been laid up by Yahushua for His Beloved.
This Hebrew word 'meged' is a direct reference to the things of heaven, and in this passage speaks of the words or sayings He has spoken to us, in both the New and Old Covenant writings. The word meged appears eight times in Scripture. The number eight in Scripture speaks generally of new beginnings, new life, and more particularly, of Yahushua Himself.
Thus we see that this Hebrew word meged reveals aspects of life, and of Yahushua, and His Word, and His sayings; thus we now have another link to New and Old.
Now let us look again at the passage in John:
Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. (John 8:25)In the above passage, the phrase "the beginning" is used. As hinted to above, this phrase is a prophetic phrase used throughout Scripture to identify the Book of Genesis, whose name in Hebrew is "In the Beginning."
Now we see that the words Yahushua said to us from the Beginning are words Yahushua said to us from 'the beginning,' starting in Genesis 1:1. Now we may conclude that our search for New Covenant, Kingdom Truth, and even our knowing Yahushua, must begin in the Book of Genesis, in the Old Testament. Thus the words of the above verses (John 8:25 and 1John 2:13-14) give us a magnificent, new understanding of Yahushua's true identity.
We may briefly summarise, by saying that in order to truly know Yahushua, we must search for Him, and search out His will for us – not only in the New Testament, but also in the Old Testament! In fact, we may see Yahushua hidden in every book of the Bible, disguised here and there in various personages, prophetically revealing Himself in the activities and sayings of various characters.
Continue to Messiah In The Wilderness.