Spiritual Transformation, Jewish style
Spiritual transformation, awakening and renewal is very much a part of our modern world. Many people are searching for this transformation. That makes us Jews question… what was Adonai’s plan for Jewish spiritual transformation? Is it possible to really experience the God of Israel “in the now” as a Jew? Or is Adonai far away and no longer listening?
Most Jews believe in Adonai (God), but we ask ourselves: If Adonai is real and still alive for the Jewish people… wouldn’t he provide for us also a way of spiritual transformation? A way for humans to connect with him and talk to him like in Eden? A return to that which was lost in the garden of Eden? In the Torah HaShem made a plan for renewal and spiritual transformation of human souls. His plan was perfect… and he did it through Messiah. Messiah came to the Jews first and taught spiritual transformation according to the Torah. However he knew the Jews would reject him, and that was part of his plan. For because he was rejected the message of Messiah was able to go to the gentiles and Adonai was able to save them too. Adonai’s plan to restore Eden was that the Ruach ha Kodesh would dwell in all people so that everyone could communicate with him.
What was Messiah’s teaching about spiritual transformation?
Messiah taught that to be transformed our souls must be reborn, cleansed and filled by the Ruach ha Kodesh. To do that we have to go through the cycle of the tree of life. We must be born of spirit and come out of the darkness. So that the light can be turned on and we can shine. In this way Adonai reconnected our souls with his light. The light of Adonai’s seed in us must go through darkness to reach the light and live. But to be reborn one has to go through the darkness first, through the winter to the spring. This is the secret of Jewish wisdom which was lost for a long time. The secret of the spiritual world.
Messiah’s secret teachings about the tree of life
Many of Messiah’s teachings are actually about rebirth and transformation. He was teaching us the secret of the tree of life and gave it back to us humans. There are many examples. Here are a few:
Example 1: “Verily, verily I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit….. He that loveth his life must lose it.” (John 12:24-27). Here Messiah was teaching us about the tree of life, the cycle of death and rising, and he was talking about his own part in it.
Example 2: John 3:3 “Messiah answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Messiah answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? 10 Messiah answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?” In this part Messiah was teaching that the secret to the kingdom of God was to be reborn, transformed of spirit. Note that Messiah assumed that Nicodemus should know these things as a master of Israel. This concept was already well known in Israel at that time.
How to be transformed?
The wonderful thing is that Messiah went though the cycle of the tree of life for us. He went through the darkness so that we could live and be restored to God. Messiah died for us and rose from the dead so that we could eat from the tree of life and our souls could reconnect with God. For through him we can now live and are released from all agreements we have made with evil. By believing in him and confessing our sins we are reborn. We have to literally pray out loud and call on his name. By calling on his name, he will come, and we can have a relationship with him. The Torah is the law, but we cannot be connected to God through it. This is very clear in ancient and modern Israel. The Torah is very hard to keep and many young Jews are looking for a real deep spiritual experience in knowing God. Most Israeli’s know that keeping the torah perfectly does not get you closer to a spiritual experience. Neither does following the rules of a pastor or priest. For coming to God does not go by works or law, but by faith. We must believe in the Messiah and follow him. The reason that we must believe is that we have to know that he exists in order to pray to him and we have to understand our real reality. “To all who believed in him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are REBORN, not a physical birth resulting from human passion, but a birth that comes from Adonai.” John 1:12
Who is Messiah?
As prophesied the messiah would come twice: once as the son of Joseph, the suffering servant, who came to set us free and defeated evil. And secondly as a king, son of David, to return later when the time of the gentiles is fulfilled. Messiah is the visible manifestation of Adonai’s word: The torah in the flesh. The Torah come to life. He is also called “The son” (although “son” has to be properly interpreted). The son is part of Adonai who came and manifested on earth. Even in Jewish mysticism the concept of the “Son” is well known. The truth is, one cannot reach Adonai without the “Son”. He is the first son of Adonai and paved the way for us all to become sons of Adonai. All the teaching of Messiah are Torah. Every word he spoke was of the Torah. He literally fulfilled every prophesy of Torah and also fulfilled the Jewish holidays. The Messiah gave the keys to the tree of life back to humans and restored our relationship with Adonai. He conquered the fallen angels, and the evil one. Messiah is what we see of Adonai in the physical world (remember Adonai made us in his image… so if he came to earth he would look like a man). He is and was the first seed of Adonai, the eldest son, who was there from the beginning. Through his conquest of the darkness we were able to reconnect to become sons of Adonai. Yeshua fulfilled everyone one of these things. According to Daniel the Messiah had to come before the destruction of the second Temple. There are 456 prophesies of the Messiah that he fulfilled. What are the chances that one man could fulfill all these prophesies from the prophets to the end of the second temple? It is astronomically small. Jews know that “coincidence” does not exist, and that Adonai plans everything. The chance that one man could fulfill 8 of these prophesies is: 1 in 100.000.000.000.000.000. That is not coincidence!
The Ruach ha Kodesh working in you
Our body is a vessel and can be filled by the Ruach ha Kodesh. God’s spirit. Once the soul is transformed and cleansed from evil, the Ruach Ha Kodesh can come and dwell inside you. With the Ruach ha Kodesh you can communicate with God again. He speaks to you and you can hear him. You can also really experience his presence. You feel the Schechina come upon you! Miracles will happen. It is real. God is alive and so is the Messiah. God longs for everyone to have this experience. It was never his plan to have rabbi’s, pastors or teachers in the way… everyone can have the relationship with God. Through the Ruach Ha kodesh you can shine.
The message of Messiah Yeshua:
Love Adonai and love one another. Be the light of the world. Let the Ruach ha Kodesh dwell in you and flow like a river to others. You are the place between heaven and earth. You are the gate; the door between the spiritual and the physical world. Let Adonai shine through you and spread his spirit of love.