Okay, I can feel the fingers on the delete button and I know that I will lose some readers because of what I am about to write. For some reason, Christians find it hard to believe that they were chosen by Yahweh before they had a choice in the matter. Maybe it has something to do with the subject of predestination being associated with Calvinism. Many assert that Calvinism is evil because there have been a scant few Calvinists that have basically asserted that since people are predestined to become Sons of God then people don’t need to be witnessed to because Yahweh will eventually bring the Elect to faith one way or another. Calvinists are often seen as being uncaring because it is assumed that they do not care about the unsaved. Well, I hold to most of Calvin’s doctrine and I can attest that I have never run into that sort of person. All Calvinists know that we are charged by Yeshua to preach the Gospel to every creature. We know that Yahweh knows all of those who will come to Him, but we affirm that Yahweh is the only one that knows who the Elect are and that we’re supposed to present the Gospel to every “creature,” so that nobody will be without excuse. There is no better feeling than to know that our faithfulness in sharing the Gospel has brought a soul into the kingdom, or should I say have helped them to connect with what Yahweh has destined for their lives from before time existed.
I don’t mean to write much here. I just want to present the scriptures that state that the Elect is predestined to come to faith in Yahweh. I merely present the scriptures. If you still have a problem with the fact that predestination is real then perhaps you should have a good heart to heart with Yahweh. Jews have no issue with predestination, so I present these scriptures to a Christian audience, not a Messianic one. If you need to, after you read these few scriptures (there are much more) then I exhort you to take an extended prayer time to ask Yahweh Yeshua His take on the matter. Like I said, these are His scriptures, His words written through the inspiration of the Ruach Ha Kodesh.
I also ask that you consider that Yahweh exists outside of linear time, outside of His creation. Yahweh can see the beginning from the end and the end from the beginning. Time is inconsequential to Him. Therefore, it is possible that because Yahweh can see before history began and after history ends he, therefore, knows who will be saved because He knows them already because we exist in the Heavenly’s with Him already. Deep calls to Deep and we must consider that part of us is a spirit, therefore, we are partially linked to Heaven now, that is, those who are saved and those who will be saved. Although that is one way to look at it, I do believe that Yahweh had each and every person that would be saved in His plan (in lieu of knowing the end from the beginning), however we will not understand which concept is correct until we are in the presence of Yeshua and if he feels it necessary to address an important subject. Face it, when we get to Heaven, who really cares about theological debates anymore. I do feel that being predestined is a wonderful gift bestowed upon Yahweh’s Elect and I feel privileged to be one of the Elect.
As I said, if you have a problem with all of this, please seek out Yeshua in prayer and ask Him to reveal the truth to you, or to show me where I’m wrong if I err. That being said, I have to say that I take Yahweh’s Word seriously, and I have faith that Yahweh’s Word is truth, light, and life, there is no possibility that I am wrong because that would make Yahweh’s Word wrong, and that is impossible. I will not battle with anyone about the predestination of Yahweh’s Elect.
IF YOU’RE A TRUE BELIEVER IN YAHWEH YESHUA, AND YOU BELIEVE YAHWEH YESHUA, THEN YOU WERE PREDESTINED TO BECOME HIS. HERE’S PROOF:
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Ephesians 1:4-6
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. Ephesians 1:10-12
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. Romans 8:28-30
But we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory. 1 Corinthians 2:7
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:44
And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. John 6:65
So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. Matthew 20:16
For many are called, but few are chosen. Matthew 22:14
That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. 1 Thessalonians 2:12
Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2:14
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 1 Peter 1:15
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light 1 Peter 2:9
In regard to being “drawn by the Father,” it could be used as an argument against Predestination. Yeshua said:
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. John 12:32
The Greek for that scripture and the transliteration of the Greek are:
κἀγὼ ἐὰν ὑψωθῶ ἐκ τῆς γῆς πάντας ἑλκύσω πρὸς ἐμαυτόν
Kagō ean hypsoō ek ho ge pas helkō pros emautou
It should be noted that the word “men” in the Greek is not in the scripture. It is an assumption that it would be men because Yeshua died for mankind, however that word is not there. Thus it should be rendered:
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all unto me.
It cannot be denied that the crucifixion of Yeshua has drawn every man that has heard about His sacrifice on the tree. However just because someone is drawn doesn’t mean that they will stick around once they have seen or heard what they have been drawn to. Yeshua drew a lot of people during his ministry year(s). For instance, the rich man who wanted to follow Yeshua was drawn to Him because he loved the words that Yeshua spoke. However, when Yeshua explained to that rich man what would be required to follow Yeshua he went away sad because Yeshua told him to sell all that he had and only then could he be a disciple. Yeshua constantly drew Pharisee’s, Sadducee’s, and Scribes to his sermons but they didn’t come to follow Yeshua, they instead came to debate and harass him. Yes, the crucifixion of Yeshua has drawn vast amounts of men for the past two thousand years. Some were drawn to hear the message and they believed. Some were drawn and could not accept the message and some have been drawn so as to mock the work of Yeshua on the Tree. Drawing does not guarantee acceptance. Another good example is the parable of the sower of the seeds:
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Matthew 13:18-23
The crucifixion of Yeshua was the sum total of the Gospel. Every man or woman that has heard of the crucifixion story has been drawn to Yeshua. Many will claim to “believe” in Yeshua, that is true, but even Satan believes in Yeshua, but real faith comes in not just believing in Yeshua, but to actually believe Yeshua. Many are drawn to believe in Him, even some Atheists will agree that a historical Yeshua lived and some will even admit that he received capital punishment for being a rebel. The true test is becoming a servant of Yeshua, and servitude is a hard pill to swallow for most people and when they learn that obedience is required the vast majority walk away. So yes, all men that have heard about the crucifixion have been drawn, but most stop short of jumping aboard ship, so to speak. Those who do sail with the captain were preordained to do so, they were drawn and accepted their lot in life because they were meant to even before they were born.
So I will end this journal entry here. If you realize that you were picked from before the foundation of the world then you know the truth. If you deny predestination then you will someday realize the truth, even if you have to hear it personally from Yeshua as you join him in eternity. For me, I’d rather like to go through life with a knowledge that my salvation was not a work that I did, nor the work of someone else’s work, but a plan instituted by Yahweh Yeshua, the Lamb that was slain from before the foundation of the Earth.