Finding God's will for HOW we are to live our lives does not have to be found through some personal mystical or mysterious 'spiritual' process or through prayer.
Rather, it was clearly given to mankind about 2,000 years ago by God's only true Messenger, Joshua of Nazareth
and is freely available to all who are willing to listen to Joshua. Sadly, few people are listening. In short, God's will
for HOW we are to live our lives is to be caring for each other (this is what loving each other means) on a daily basis. For people who have faith in Joshua and the
Creator/Father he reveals, the HOW we are to live our lives is clearly given in his teachings...there
is NO need to 'find God's will' for HOW we are to live our lives. He leaves the WHERE to live our lives up to us...and He leaves the lesser
work we do with our lives up to us...but depending upon HOW we
choose to live our lives and whether we engage in the greater work we are to do we, we will set our
own eternal destiny...
The title of this article is of primary importance to many hundreds of millions of people. Perhaps billions of people think it is important to know God and His will for their
lives. All those people have many different ways to try and achieve this, but there are some commonalities across religions ("religion" is all the things people believe and do
that have no basis in the teachings of Joshua of Nazareth, the one true Messenger of the Creator to mankind).
Most religions have their "holy scripture" or sacred writings of people who claim God communicated with them, or they knew God, or had experiences with God, and wrote those
communications, thoughts and/or experiences down. Those writings were passed down from generation to generation in written form and are now many people's "holy scripture" or
"sacred writings". So for hundreds of millions of people, reading their holy scripture is their primary way of hearing from, and knowing about God.
Another popular way people use to try and know God or to hear from God is from other living people. Thus, each religion and/or sect has its living "oracles" - men and/or women
who supposedly know God well (or have figured him/her out better than others) and tell or teach other people about God. Many religions have their holy men, priests, religious
gurus, enlightened one(s), anointed leader(s), prophet(s), popes, patriarchs, or most popular bible teacher, preacher, pastor, elder, etc. These people are looked up to as a
person who is closer to God than the person looking to them as their spiritual leader and thus they are looked to, to understand God and His will for their life. This method
appeals to those people who are not particularly reading oriented and who prefer to listen to other people tell them how to know God or God's will for their lives. Of course,
many religious leaders point to the scripture and use the scripture and say the scripture is the best way to know God, but they usually also teach that you need them to understand the scripture.
third most popular way for people to seek to know God or his/her will for their lives is by personal experiential "revelations". This method can take many forms. From three or
four experiences (or "coincidences") taking place in a short period of time, and trying to piece together the "message" of those experiences; to having a dream; to seeing a vision;
to seeking how a piece of toast took the form of "the virgin Mary" and what that sign means to them. Many people use various methods to receive "revelations" from God. These
methods include prayer, meditation, drug use, food and water fasting, hypnotic chanting or other means.
Finally, some believe a combination of the above methods will yield the best results for knowing God or His will for one's life.
Since the author of this article is a follower of Joshua of Nazareth, the focus of this article will be on what HE teaches is the way to know God and His will for a person's
life. Or, in other words, what does Joshua say is the way that God will communicate with people.
An important focus of this article will be the third method mentioned above, to see what
Joshua teaches about "revelations, visions and dreams" - in other words, does
Nazareth teach that one way he or his Father will use to communicate to people is through visions, dreams or revelations. There are MANY people who say, 'the Spirit revealed this
to me'; or, 'the Holy Spirit came upon me and showed me'; or, 'I went through the refining fire with the Spirit and he showed me'; or, 'God showed me in these dreams', etc.
However sincere these statements might be, or however real those experiences are for an individual, the question must still be asked, are those communications from God? Can a
person know for sure if they are or are not?
The Three Main Ways People Try to Hear From God:
Joshua does address all three of the ways listed above which people use to try and hear from God or to know God.
The Scripture or Sacred Writings:
There are many millions of people who look to their scripture in order to know God and/or to hear from God. The Muslims have the Quran
and a few other books. The Jews have the Tanakh. The Christians
have the bible. The Buddhists have the Sutras (Sanskrit) or Sutras (Pali). Just those groups alone account for several billion people,
and there are dozens more religions each with their 'sacred
scripture'. Each religion has their leaders whose job often includes
studying the scripture in order to pass what they learn onto people
less concerned about reading the scriptures themselves. The basis
for believing (or trusting) the scripture in each religion is
essentially the same. That basis is the belief that people who lived
in the past, often long ago, were somehow fundamentally different
than contemporary people - usually more morally pure or 'holy' and
thus closer to God. Or, that God somehow worked differently in the
past than today. Thus, many believe the people who lived long ago
had communications from God, or believed they heard from God or had
experiences with God, that they wrote down. There is no objective
basis for believing that 'scripture' contains authentic
communications from God (except perhaps fulfilled prophesy, and then
only prophetic scripture). It is merely people choosing to believe
or trust what their scripture says for various reasons, usually
because their religious leaders tell them they ought to, or because
they find some truth in the scripture that is meaningful to them.
While Joshua' Words are found in what many people call 'the
scripture' or 'the christian scripture' or the bible or the new
testament - his Words are only a small part of that 'scripture'. This
author would estimate that out of the entire protestant bible,
Joshua' Words probably make up less than five percent of that
scripture. For the disciples of Joshua, we are only interested in the
Words of Joshua for he is our Master and the only one we listen to
and follow - please listen to him:
"If you continue in
my word (not 'the bible' or Moses' or Paul's, etc.), then you are truly disciples of mine; and you will know the truth, and the
truth will make you free."(John 8:31-32)
Please note he says, "my word", not 'the scripture' or any other
source of spiritual truth. Here is a saying to help you understand
this important distinction. All of Joshua' Words are found in what
bible believing people call 'the scripture', but not all of the
scripture is Joshua' Word. Joshua' Words are preserved in the first
four books of what people label the New Testament - those four books
are often called 'the gospels'. Now, the bible believers will claim
that all of the bible is 'God's Word' (a teaching of Paul, not
Joshua - see Will Not
Follow a Stranger), and thus, they deduce that all of the bible is Joshua' word.
This is a very popular belief/claim these days, but it is false.
Please see the article, 'Does Joshua Teach the Bible is Inspired of
For the disciple of Joshua, 'the scripture' is only the
place where Joshua' Words are found, since it is NOT the
book or the classification of content ('scripture') we care about,
but rather the Person who spoke what was recoded!
Joshua mentions 'the scripture' a
few dozen times in his teachings (see
Hebrew-ism?) , but the context
is almost always to get the Jews to listen to their scripture (see
John 8:17 and 10:34 for his references to "your law") in order to
know that he is/was the promised Messiah of Israel. In other words,
Joshua used the Jewish scripture to assist in his trying to get the
people living in Israel to see that he is/was their Messiah and thus
they should listen to HIM!
understand another important distinction in this regard.
Joshua did NOT teach that his followers ought to study/read the
scripture in order to hear from or know God. Rather, he taught that
those people who were hearing HIM ought to believe what HE said
about HIMSELF, his Father (the true and living God) and God's
purpose for their lives.
Yes, Joshua did say that the
scripture contained some important truths from God, and thus some
sayings in the old testament to the descendants of Jacob were the
Word of God. Yes, Joshua did fulfill the Jewish scripture's Messianic
prophesies. However, he also taught that the most important truth
from God is that a person listen to God's Son, which is himself. It
is important that the reader understand that while Joshua' Words are
found in what people call 'the scripture' or 'the bible', he himself
does not say that reading people's words in that scripture, other
than his own, will help them hear from God or know God. In fact,
Joshua says in regard to the scripture:
"You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about me;
and you are unwilling to come to me so that you may have life."
"All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone
know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him."
"This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God,
and Messiah Joshua whom You have sent."
These three sayings lay out one of the most important truth's that Joshua teaches in terms of knowing, and hearing from, God. First, he says that people would 'search the
scriptures' because they think they will find eternal life through
knowledge of the scriptures. Yet, this practice would be error in as much
as they would not turn in faith to the Person of Joshua as their new Truth above the scriptures. He says the scriptures "testify about me", NOT, 'they are to be used to know God'. Furthermore, he says
the scriptures (old covenant) testifying of his being God's Anointed One should cause a person to "come to ME" (not 'remain in the scripture') in order to have "life".
Please read the above paragraph again,
slowly, and seek to understand what is being said for what is being
said is critical.
important to understand that Joshua never says that a book would be
compiled, after he left, that would contain His Father's Words.
Rather, he said that he was the Father's perfect Word to men. Please
listen to him:
And Joshua cried out and said,
"He who believes in me, does not believe in me but in Him who sent
me. He who sees me sees the One who sent me. I have come as Light
into the world, so that everyone who believes in me will not
remain in darkness. If anyone hears my sayings and does not keep
them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world,
but to save the world. He who rejects me and does not receive my
sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will
judge him at the last day. For I did not speak on my own
initiative, but the Father Himself who sent me has given me a
commandment as to what to say and what to speak. I know that His
commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak
just as the Father has told me."
Why, dear reader, would you listen to other people try and tell
you about God when the Light says what he says above? He says that
all who do not "believe in me" are in darkness. That includes people
who whole heartedly believe the old testament scriptures but who
reject Joshua. Thus, we can conclude that the old testament
scriptures cannot take a person out of the darkness - that they
offer so little light that a person who only looks to them will be
So why would a person who knows the Light want
to go to the darkness and shadows to understand the Light?
Joshua said much about the future as it pertains to the kingdom of
God, and to provide his disciples a framework of understanding
future events. Again, he never mentioned anything about a book being
compiled, nor did he say that other people after him would reveal
his Father more completely than he did, let alone write down his
Father's will/thoughts in writings. In fact, Joshua says that he
alone is the perfect revelation of the Father, and that his Words
alone should be fully trusted in order to know God (see Matt. 11:27
Joshua very clearly warned his disciples that many
would come in his name and deceive many.
What more could he
And yet, his teachings remain largely ignored by those
claiming he is important to them, while those same people spend much
time trying to find God's will "in the scripture".
while Joshua' Words were preserved and placed in 'the bible' or the
'christian scripture', he says that he alone - not the other
people's words/thoughts in the scripture - is the one sure Way to
hear from, and know, the Father.
"This is eternal life, that
they may know You, the only true God, and Messiah Joshua whom You
have sent." (John 17:3)
The Main Objection to this Simple Truth:
Many people who have been exposed to, and
subsequently believed the falsehood that the bible or the scripture
(other than Joshua' teachings) is the best way to hear from God and
know God, object to the simple truth that the one who calls himself
the Truth is to be the only authoritative and sure way to know God
and his will for a person's life. The most effective objection is to
claim that Joshua himself teaches that his followers are to look to
the scripture in order to know God and his will for a person's life.
Joshua does not teach this. What he does teach is:
- Some sayings and writings in the Jewish scripture (old covenant) contain truth;
- Some sayings and writings in the Jewish scripture contains his Father's thoughts and thus are his Word;
- He implies that many, perhaps most events recorded in the Jewish scripture were accurate historical accounts of events, although he often does not directly address the
cause of the event, and if you know the Father by the Son, then one would know certain events were not caused by the Father;
- He, in his role as the Messiah of Israel, fulfilled prophesies recorded in the Jewish scripture thus validating his Messiah-ship for those needing that type of
validation in order to believe.
Sadly, so many cannot see the simple truth that while
the above four points are true, they DO NOT say that the follower of
Joshua needs the old covenant Jewish scripture in order to
successfully follow him. Joshua does not say, 'read the Jewish
scripture (or old covenant scripture) in order to know God and his
will for your life', nor anything to that effect. Instead, he simply
and plainly says:
"If you continue in my word, then you are
truly disciples of mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth
will make you free." (John 8:31-32)
The real Joshua wants us
to be free...
...from the bondage of sin...
the darkness of religion, "religion being the things people believe
and do which have NO BASIS in the teachings of Joshua of Nazareth...
...from fear and pride which prevents
...loving he and his Father and thus be enabled to
love all other people without fear.
Joshua does say that the
"law" recorded in the Jewish scripture was good and binding on the
Jewish people, but he also says that the law while good, is
imperfect, and that to love your neighbor as yourself "is the law
and the prophets". For a more detailed look at this issue, please
see the article, "Follow Joshua, Not Moses."
Spiritual Leaders, Prophets, Oracles, etc.:
Looking to other living people is perhaps the second most popular way that people use to
hear from God and to know what God is like. (It is often closely
tied to the first way, the scripture, since most of the people who
claim to be hearing directly or clearly from God reference the
scripture to some degree in order to bolster their authority.) There
is no shortage of people who claim to hear directly from God or to
be some kind of spiritual leader or who claim to know God and are
willing to share that with others - usually for something in return,
even if just to be recognized as someone hearing from God. From the
pope in the Vatican to the village shaman to the local pastor,
people are quick to claim to represent God and the masses are quick
to look to other people to hear from God. There is a tendency in us
to look to others for help, and spiritual guidance is certainly not
exempt from this tendency. In fact, it is extremely common.
There are hundreds of thousands of books written by christian
authors, leaders, authorities, ministers, preachers, pastors; and at
least as many bible-based leaders on the earth today. From the
hugely popular television evangelist who speaks to millions at a
time, to the president of some influential christian "ministry", to
the local pastor at the small religious organization in the country
- each of these people have one thing in common. They are claiming
to represent God - or know some important communication from God -
and thus people ought to listen to them in order to know God and His
will for their life.
However, there is a major flaw with this
method. That flaw is that all people are imperfect and have faults,
including those who claim to have some special knowledge of God that
they want to impart to others. Thus, it seems unreasonable that a
perfect God could communicate perfectly through imperfect people.
What does Joshua say to his followers about this? Does he address
who his disciples are to look to, and listen to, in order to hear
from God and know God? Yes, he does very clearly. Please listen to
"All things have been handed over to me by my Father;
and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the
Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal
Him." (Matthew 11:27)
"For not even the Father judges anyone,
but He has given all judgment to the Son, so that all will honor the
Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son
does not honor the Father who sent him."
do not be called Master; for One is your Teacher, and you are all
brothers. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your
Father, He who is in heaven. Do not be called leaders; for One is
your Leader, that is, Messiah." (Matthew 23:8-10)
"You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so
I am." (John 13:13)
"No one can serve two masters; for either
he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to
one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."
and any other master](Matthew 6:24)
"I have other sheep,
which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will
hear my voice; and they will become one flock with one
shepherd/pastor." (John 10:16)
Calling them to himself, Joshua
said to them, "You know that those who
are recognized as rulers of those who have no knowledge of my
Father (Gentiles) lord it over them; and their great men exercise
authority over them. But it is not this way among you, but whoever
wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all." (Mark 10:42-44)
Joshua of Nazareth
leaves no doubt as to whom his followers are to listen to in order
to know God and His will for their lives. Let us review his words
above again in a summary format:
Joshua' Father, the true and
living God, is only known perfectly by Joshua and whomever Joshua
wills to reveals his Father to...
...and that Father has
given Joshua all judgment, and thus all people will stand before
Joshua as the sole judge of the life they lived on earth...
...and Joshua tells his followers that he is to be their only Master,
Teacher, Shepherd/Pastor, Leader...
...and to make it
perfectly clear regarding how his followers/disciples are to view
other disciples of his, he says that we are to consider each other
as equal brothers who have no authority over one another but instead
seek to be each other's servants.
Are you, dear reader,
unclear as to what Joshua teaches in regard to the source of
knowledge and understanding of his Father? If you are confused or
unclear, it is only because you are not listening carefully to the
Therefore Pilate said to Him, "So
you are a king?" Joshua answered, "You
say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for
this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone
who is of the truth hears MY voice."
Can YOU hear his voice, dear reader, truly? Or are you
listening to many other voices who say they represent his voice?
Have you been deceived into believing that Paul's voice or Moses voice
or Preacher Popular's voice are the same as HIS voice? Or
are you listening to the many Joshua' created by the thousands of
bible believing leaders or even your own imagination?
write to this author and say, 'well, why should we listen to you?
Aren't you asking people to listen to you, and thus making the same
error you are accusing others of making? My reply is, 'don't listen
to me unless I accurately repeat Joshua's truths, and better still, listen to
the One I am pointing you to'. That should be the reply of every
true disciple of the Light. Again, please listen to him, for he
claims that he is the perfect manifestation of the true and living
Joshua said to him, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know me, Philip? He who has seen
me has seen the Father; how can you say, 'Show us the Father'?"(John 14:9)
"I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but He who sent me is true; and the things which I heard
from Him, these I speak to the world."(John 8:26)
So Joshua said,
"When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and I do nothing on my own
initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught me. And He who sent me is with me; He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to
"I speak the things which I have seen with my Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your
"For I did not speak on my own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent me has given me a commandment as to
what to say and what to speak. I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told
"Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on
my own initiative, but the Father abiding in me does His works."(John 14:10)
"This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Messiah Joshua whom You have sent."
So, for the disciple of Joshua, we have one person
we look to in order to both know God and to hear from God. And we
have a perfect person through whom a perfect God can speak through,
and thus we can be assured that there is no corruption in the words
of the one who calls himself the Light of the world. Please listen
"But because I speak the truth, you do not believe me. Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I speak truth, why
do you not believe me? He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God."
When a bible believing person hears these truths,
they often respond with, 'well, your position is contradictory or
self defeating because imperfect people wrote down Joshua' words'.
While it is true that imperfect people wrote down the Perfect One's
Words, the issue is did the Perfect One's perfect
words/teachings/concepts get recorded accurately - is it possible
that imperfect people could accurately write down what they saw and
heard? Stated another way, could imperfect people (people with
character flaws and moral faults) hear a perfect person's words and
accurately record them? The answer is yes, it certainly is possible.
And if the imperfect ones did accurately capture the Perfect One's
Words, then we have a standard without error. (Please note, what is
it about bible people that they resist listening only to Joshua who
they claim they are following? Why is it that they are largely
ignorant of Joshua' core teachings?)
To illustrate this
important point from a different perspective, let's ask: is it
possible for a young or immature mathematician to write down the
basic teachings of Einstein which they heard him teach, even if they
did not understand all the concepts he articulated? The answer is
yes. So, while only Einstein may have had perfect understanding of a
particular mathematical concept, others who knew very little about
his advanced math could successfully record what he said if he used
terms they could understand. The same is true of the Light of the
world. Joshua of Nazareth used simple, understandable terms/words to
tell the world who he is, why he came, and what he wants, and
imperfect men were able to capture and preserve his perfect
teachings/commands/words in what men call the four gospels.
Revelations, Visions and Dreams:
The third primary
way people claim to hear from God is directly through visions,
revelations or dreams. This is an extremely popular claim, and in
fact, many religions are based on this. A person, the founder of the
religion, supposedly has a vision/revelation/dream from God, and
then either shares it with others verbally, and/or writes down their
vision/r/d, and that vision becomes their future follower's holy
scripture or sacred writings and thus the basis of another religion
or sect within a religious system - the Mormons within Christianity
would be such as example of the latter (Joseph Smith's writings).
Islam would be an example of the former (Mohammed's writings).
Perhaps the main reason this method of trying to hear from God,
and thus know God, is so popular is because it cannot be proved to
be wrong - unless a person has a standard against which to judge its
content/message as true or false. Unfortunately, when a person is in
the realm of 'only-I-experienced-it', typically the only standard
that person will submit to is the "I" - they are the only standard
to judge the message or the experience (vision, revelation, dream)
as true or false. And of course, this is also true of those who
listen to and/or follow them. This method/claim of hearing from God
has always been popular, but is particularly popular in this age of
relativism, where each person makes up their own reality. The other
side of that coin - that which is very unpopular - is believing that
absolute truth exists (has been given to mankind) to which all
people will be held accountable - the very claim of the One who
calls himself "the truth" by which all things will be judged.
Perhaps the second most popular reason for believing that God
communicates directly to individuals through means other than
prayer, is because it removes faith from a relationship with God.
You see, if God communicates directly with me, I don't need any
faith to believe and trust in Him. By definition, faith requires a
person to trust in God with no physical/direct/personal evidence to validate
that God exists.
For the follower of Joshua, the only
exception to this was when Joshua visited the earth the first time
and performed miracles so as to prove who he was. Those who
saw/experienced his miracles had evidence on which to base their
faith. However, in regard to signs from God, Joshua said:
"This generation is a wicked generation; it seeks for a sign, and
yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah."
"We must work the works of Him who sent me as
long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. While I am
in the world, I am the Light of the world."
Therefore, once the Light left the world and went back to the
Father, no more signs would be given. He concluded this line of
thought by saying:
"Joshua said to him,
'Because you have seen me, have you believed? Blessed are they who
did not see, and yet believed'." (John 20:29)
In other words, those who have a
faith that trusts with no evidence are in a better potential place
of blessing than those who had evidence.
Please don't confuse
prayer and a vision. Prayer, as Joshua of Nazareth teaches, is simply
a person speaking to/communicating with God with no physical
evidence that God is listening (unless the prayer is answered in a
manner consistent with how Joshua teaches God works). Prayer
involves a personal communication with God, NOT new information
(revelation) of who God is, or what He is like, or how He worked or
is going to work - prayer has no such 'new information' aspect in
this regard - it is purely present tense relational.
vision, revelation or dream, on the other hand, is a real or
perceived real spiritual/mental event where new information or
insight is created or understood (or perceived as 'given by God') by
the person experiencing the event...new information or insight
regarding who God is, what He is like, or how He worked (past) or is
going to work (future). While the information created or understood
in the event is metaphysical (no physical evidence can be offered to
support it), it is none-the-less perceived and understood by the
person as 'evidence' to them of the genuineness of the new
information - in other words, the experience itself validates the
content of the new information. Of course, this is circular (and
thus erroneous) reasoning to use the event to validate itself - in
other words, 'because I had a vision, revelation or dream about the
kingdom of God, it must be true'. Not so - this is a false
statement. If you come to believe something that the Light of the
world validates as true by his recorded teachings, then it is from
Finally, this method is very popular because it is easy
to get other people to listen to YOU, perhaps the Only Person in
your area who is having such communications from God. This reason is
closely associated with the first reason, as it is virtually
impossible for other people to discern whether the claim is true or
not because they themselves often have no standard to judge claims
as true or false. They must rely solely on the word or testimony of
the person who claimed to have the vision, revelation or dreams. And
if they are drifting about spiritually - if they have no standard to
judge such claims - then they are very open to believing such
claims. I hope the reader can see the effectiveness and popularity
of this method of trying to hear from God, from those who want other
people relying upon (or even just listening to) THEM to hear from
This author would suggest that listening to the one who
defeated death would be the best One to listen to.
Joshua address visions, revelations and dreams? Yes, he does,
sometimes directly, but mostly indirectly. You see, Joshua could not
address every possible spiritual claim that people in the future
would make. But he did leave his followers principles and teachings
that address people claiming to have special insight into God by
whatever means, including visions, revelations and dreams. Here are
the relevant teachings of the Light in this respect. After each
teaching, I will make a brief comment about the teaching and the
underlined section as it relates to the topic of visions,
revelations and dreams.
Addressing the 'New Information from
"All things have been handed over to me by my
Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone
know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to
reveal Him." (Matthew 11:27)
The saying, "nor does anyone
know the Father except the Son" makes Joshua of Nazareth the only
reliable source of knowing God, period. He does say further that he
will reveal his Father to whom he chooses, and he makes it clear in
other teachings that he would only reveal his Father to his
disciples (see John 15:15; Matt. 13:10-12 where he says regarding
non-disciples, "to them, it has not been granted to know the
mysteries of the kingdom of heaven"). Unlike their Master, however,
Joshua's disciples are imperfect and thus they cannot do better than
their Master. Therefore, only the Son can accurately reveal the
Father, and thus no accurate new information is possible unless he
said that he would appear to people after his ascension, in visions
"No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave
does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you
friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made
known to you." (John 15:15)
Joshua plainly says, "all
things", and so we understand that he revealed everything about the
Father that he heard from the Father. One could argue that the
Father would tell more things to others who came after Joshua.
However, someone claiming they had new information from God should
be very suspect given that Joshua said that no one perfectly knows
the Father except himself (Matt. 11:27; John 3:13); and that many
would come in his name after him, and would deceive many.
is a true statement that a perfect God could not reveal his truths
more accurately and clearly through an imperfect person than He
could reveal through his only Perfect Son. God did speak through His
Son, and that Son spoke much about the future. Therefore, since the
Son heard directly from the Father, and he taught his followers what
the Father said, we can conclude that the Son conveyed all the
important things that his Father wanted Joshua and his followers to
know, including regarding the future. It is possible that those who
wrote down Joshua' Words did omit some of his teachings regarding
future events. However, there would be no way to verify that and
thus that speculation leads nowhere. In conclusion, no new
information would be necessary for the follower of Joshua of
Nazareth in regard to the fundamental teachings of the Kingdom of
God, since the Son/King perfectly revealed the Father and His will.
Christ's and false prophets will arise, and
will show signs and wonders, in order to lead astray, if possible,
the elect. But take heed; behold, I have told you everything in
advance." (Mark 13:22-23)
This teaching and warning from the
Light provides two points which directly speak to the 'new
information' aspect of communication from God by personal visions,
revelations and dreams. First, he warns that people will make claims
about personal knowledge they have about or from God and will
perform fake miracles in order to deceive people into listening to
their message. This point needs to be taken very seriously, but
sadly is not as people are lining up by the millions to listen to
people claiming to speak new truths from God, but who are not. And
what defense does the real Messiah give his followers against such
powerful deceptions? Simple -"I have told you everything in
advance". So, the Light of the world told his first followers all
the information they needed to know in order that they not be led
astray by others claiming to speak for God. If he told them
everything in advance, and the gospel writers included all the
salient points he gave them, then no new information would be
forthcoming regarding the kingdom of God.
came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear
them." (John 10:8)
This saying eliminates all people who came
before Joshua and who claimed to be God's spokes person to mankind -
who claimed to be God's Anointed bearer of Truth.
The Role of the Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit is referred to by
the vast majority of people claiming to have revelations from God.
From popular christian leaders who have millions of people listening
to them, to the individual who has few people listen to them, to say
'the Holy Spirit revealed this to me' is one of the most popular
validation claims used to get people to believe that they are
getting special communications from God. But is the claim, 'the Holy
Spirit showed me' a true claim? How can we know? Fortunately, Joshua
of Nazareth does give us some guidelines to judge people's claims
regarding things they supposedly received from God or the Holy
Spirit. Let us take a look at the Son's Words in this respect.
"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will
send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your
remembrance all that I said to you."
teaching simply says that the role of the Holy Spirit will be to be
the enabling teacher of the disciple, enabling them to receive the
TEACHINGS OF Joshua, "all that I said to you
". This would have a very
important function for the first disciples as they remembered Joshua'
Words and wrote them down. It would also have application on later
disciples as we hear Joshua' Words (that which was written down in
the four gospels) and need to remember them. In the context of this
article, please note that the Holy Spirit will bring Joshua' words
and teachings to the followers of Joshua, and NO OTHER person's
"I will ask the Father, and He will give you
another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit
of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him
or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be
in you." (John 14:16-17)
Here Joshua calls the Spirit, the
"Spirit of truth". Thus, anything attributed to the Spirit would be
true, and thus would not contradict what Joshua says in the four
gospels (nor would it contradict itself). Therefore, if any person
says, 'well, the spirit revealed this to me' and it runs contrary to
what Joshua teaches (or the message contains contradictory
statements), then it is false and not from God.
the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but
through Me." (John 14:6)
"When the Helper comes, whom I will
send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who
proceeds from the Father, He will testify about me."
Joshua again calls the Spirit, "the Spirit of truth" and says
that the Spirit will "testify about ME" - which makes perfect sense
since Joshua called himself "the Truth". Please note that the Spirit
will not testify about any other person other than Joshua. So, for
all those people looking for some kind of 'testimony from the
Spirit' about some person, they will be waiting a long time since
the Spirit will only "testify about (Joshua)".
tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I
do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will
send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world
concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin,
because they do not believe in me; and concerning righteousness,
because I go to the Father and you no longer see me; and concerning
judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.(John 16:7-15)
have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all
the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever
He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to
come. He will glorify me, for He will take of mine and will disclose
it to you. All things that the Father has are mine; therefore I said
that He takes of mine and will disclose it to you."
Joshua provides more of the role of the Holy Spirit here in this
passage. He says the Spirit will do one primary thing regarding
people who do not believe the real Joshua (the world). He will
"convict the world", meaning he will use men's conscience to show
men that they are guilty regarding...
, because they do
not believe in me" - the one sin that people condemn themselves with
is of hearing of Joshua of Nazareth and his truths, and not
submitting to him for who he says he is, or stated another way, of
, because I go to the Father and you
no longer see me" - while Joshua was on the earth, he was the perfect
example of righteousness - the perfect Man without sin - in truth,
the Light of the world...but since he left to go back to the Father,
the Father now chooses to use His Spirit (perhaps through disciples
of Joshua) to show men their unrighteousness, and thus what true
righteousness really is;
, because the ruler of the
world has been judged" - the one who rules the world has been judged
as wanting, guilty, self-doomed. Joshua plainly teaches that men have
two choices in regard to whom they will listen to for ordering their
lives -either himself or the prince of the world. The King says that
he defeated the ruler of the world, and so now each person must
decide who they will submit to, either the King (of the Kingdom of
Heaven) or the prince (of the world). Sadly, the people (the world)
submit to the prince for the truth is that as long as a person
submits to anyone but the King, they are in some measure submitting
to the prince.
The latter part of the passage quoted above
starting with, "I have many more things to say to you" - is a more
difficult saying which does appear to open the door to new
communications from God, however, let us look closely at what he
As always, context is the most important factor in
understanding the Master's teachings. Please pay particular
attention to the first sentence in that latter paragraph, which
says, "I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear
them now." Joshua knew that his first followers at that time could
not bear some of the truths he would like to have told them, and so
he graciously decided to reveal those things to them later. In this
author's opinion, that "later" was after his resurrection during the
forty days he came to them after his resurrection and before his
Joshua says in the prior chapter:
do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is
doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have
heard from My Father I have made known to you."
First, the "all things that I have heard from My Father I have made
known to you" statement would contradict the contention that John
16:12-15 says that we now need additional or new information
(perhaps his sent one's (apostles) words as well) because Joshua
failed to make all things known to them. Second, the context of this
statement is Joshua teachings and commandments and how they need to
keep his commandments and teachings. Thus, it would mean that the
"all things" that Joshua heard from his Father was all the important
teachings of the kingdom of God as given by the King - all the
commands and teachings that his followers need to keep in order to
fulfill the "if you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love"
teaching in verse 10. There is no temporal context in John 15 about
the future - rather the context is pure relationship with the King
and the King's Father.
Even about end time events, Joshua
says, "Behold, I have told you in advance". (Matthew 24:25); and so
Joshua' Words in Matt. 24-25 contains all this author needs to know
about end time events.
Then, in John 16, Joshua turns to
specific future events they will personally experience. And in
verses 5-6, Joshua says something that fills their hearts with sorrow
- he tells them he is going to leave them. They just can't
understand that and it leaves them sorrowing.
"But because I
have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart."(John
Then in verses 7-11, Joshua tells them why it is to
their advantage that he goes, and he explains the role of the
Then, he returns to the same train of thought
he left off at in verse 6, when he says, "I have many more things to
say to you, but you cannot bear them now." Remember, their hearts
were sorrowing at that point, so what more could they receive about
what was about to happen? They already were not receiving that
Messiah had to physically die and go back to the Father somehow, so
how could they understand anything else about that event or the
teachings of the kingdom of God? All they could do at that point was
to sorrow and reject the concept of the Messiah dying, leaving them
alone on the earth and not restoring the kingdom to Israel. Even
after his resurrection, they were asking, "Lord, is it at this time
you are restoring the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1:6) Even after his
resurrection, they were not receiving Joshua' teachings (which he had
given them fully as he said in John 15:15) on how the kingdom of God
was going to manifest itself on the earth for a time before his
second return. Their religious baggage was in the way, just as for
millions today, our religious baggage can interfere or prevent our
receiving the truths of the Truth.
However, the Spirit was
about to come and start his role of "guiding them into all the
truth" that Messiah had already spoken to them.
Spirit can tell us what is to come for our individual lives if we
are willing to hear him. Joshua already gave them the picture of what
was going to happen in John 16:2, and the Spirit can help us know
what lies ahead of the fork in our road as we walk after the Master.
But the Spirit's main role from their individual perspective would
be to bring to their remembrance all that the King had already
spoken to them, for they had not received much of what he said in
their heart - it bounced off their hearts!
"But when He, the
Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He
will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will
speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. "He will glorify
Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.
16:12-14) & "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will
send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your
remembrance all that I said to you."
If you say
that "He will disclose to you what is to come" means some kind of
important end time truths that Joshua wanted us to know, then you
again have a contradiction when Joshua says, "Behold, I have told you
in advance". (Matthew 24:25) Thus, it appears the best understanding
of the "He will disclose to you what is to come" saying is that it
addressed the personal realm of each disciple's experiences. In
other words, the Spirit can show us what is to come regarding an
experience we are going to go through.
For example, Joshua
elsewhere says, "When they bring you before the synagogues and the
rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are
to speak in your defense, or what you are to say; for the Holy
Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say."
(Luke 12:11-12) Here Joshua says that the Holy Spirit will teach the
disciples what they ought to say at the moment they need it most.
Thus, the Holy Spirit will assist them in the future when they are
in a situation of duress and possible persecution. In a similar way,
the Spirit can work to disclose to the disciple what lies ahead on
their personal journey following the Light.
(Please note dear
reader (especially if you are a person exposed to Pentecostal bible
religion) that Joshua no where says that the Spirit will cause people
to do most of the things that Paul attributes to 'the Spirit' in his
letters, especially his letters to the Corinthians. Make no mistake,
Joshua tells us much about the Holy Spirit and his role in the
disciples' life, and yet the Master never even comes close to
attributing to the Holy Spirit all the 'manifestations' that Paul
says the Spirit will cause. Please seriously ponder this dear
reader. See The
Stranger: The Apostle Paul
. One of the most
fundamental mistakes people make is listening to Paul rather than to
Joshua. To see why you should not listen to Paul, please see Are
Paul's Writings Flawless?
In addition, the Master never says
that his Father will communicate to people through dreams. If that
was going to be a mode of communication that God would use with His
children, then surely His Son would have mentioned it in his many
dozens of teachings regarding God's communications with His
children. The Father does give clear instruction on how to hear from
Him, but few are listening,
"While he was still speaking, a
bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the
cloud said, "This is My beloved Son,
with whom I am well-pleased; listen to him!" (Matthew 17:5)
For those not really wanting to "listen to
him", telling people about their dreams and revelations from 'God'
is a way to draw attention to yourself and make yourself seem more
important to God than those not getting dreams and revelations.)
How to Live our Lives Versus Guidance in Certain Circumstances:
After just reviewing how the Spirit can guide us in certain
circumstances, it is important to distinguish between that guidance
versus the plain teachings of Joshua on how we ought to be living our
lives. Perhaps the most important matter to consider is how should I
live my life in order to please God? This question is closely
related to the question, how do I know God's will for my life? The
answer is amazingly simple - listen to Joshua of Nazareth and he will
tell you. Sadly, very few people do this. There are many millions of
religious people claiming some type of association with Joshua of
Nazareth, but out of those millions, very few are actually taking
seriously the reading of, understanding of, and doing of the
teachings of Joshua. Joshua himself predicted this sad fact...
"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is
broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter
through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads
to life, and there are few who find it."
...few who find the narrow way or gate - Joshua says, "I am the Way";
and "I am the gate". It is much easier to hide in bible religion or
'church' traditions and thinking having bible knowledge or holding
the right 'church' doctrine or getting 'revelations from the holy
spirit' is the way to heaven.
A very important point that
must be emphasized is the difference between knowing the basics on
how we should be living our lives, versus God's guidance for an
individual in various circumstances. Sadly, since most bible people
are not listening carefully to Joshua, they are like lost sheep
without the Shepherd guiding them on the basics of how they ought to
be living their lives. Instead of listening carefully to the
Shepherd and living according to his teachings, they listen to all
the other voices telling them how to find God's will for their
lives! So, they reject the Light's teachings in terms of the basics
on how they ought to be living their lives and yet expect God to
guide them in various circumstances they find themselves in?! They
will read some of the hundreds of books on the theme of 'finding
God's will for their lives', all the while ignoring the teachings of
the Light who tells them how they ought to be living their lives.
Dear reader, please don't make the mistake of confusing the actual
guidance of the Holy Spirit regarding circumstances we might find
ourselves encountering, versus Joshua of Nazareth plainly telling
his disciples the basic daily pattern of how we ought to be living
our lives. Again, if we are not willing to listen to and obey the
only good Shepherd, why should we expect God to guide us in various
circumstances? When God says...
"While he was still speaking, a
bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the
cloud said, "This is My beloved Son,
with whom I am well-pleased; listen to him!" (Matthew 17:5)
...and we don't do what He
says, on what basis do we expect him to guide us on lesser matters?
For a brief article on the teachings of Joshua of Nazareth regarding
how his followers ought to be living their lives, please see, How
Should the Followers of Joshua of Nazareth Live our Lives?
us make this last point perfectly clear, as it is most important. We
must distinguish the difference between the basics of HOW we ought
to be living our lives VERSUS getting guidance from the Father
through the Spirit on the forks in the road we encounter while
living according to the teachings of Joshua. The heavenly Father has
given us all we need for understanding the basics of how we ought to
be living our lives, by graciously preserving his Son's teachings
for us in the four gospel accounts. In those teachings of the Light,
we ought to understand the basics of how we ought to be living our
lives, which basics are built on the foundational teaching of
looking to lose our lives in this world in order to gain Life
Everlasting (please see the article, "Essential
or Unifying Teachings of The Light of the World
"). Once we grasp the basics of how we ought to
be living our lives AND start applying them to our life, THEN we
should expect our Father to give us guidance on which fork to take
in the road we encounter.
As an example, let's say my passion
is to be a mountain climber - I consider mountain climbing the most
important thing in my life. There are many basic practices mountain
climbers need to learn in order to successfully climb a mountain.
They must learn about proper climbing equipment and how to use it;
how to handle changes in weather conditions; how to train for the
rigors of climbing mountains so they are physically fit; how to
evaluate and handle the risks they take and how to minimize them;
how to work as a unified team with other climbers; how to climb on
rock versus soil versus snow or ice; how to communicate if in
distress, etc. To learn all this, a person who wanted to be a
successful mountain climber would need to learn all the 'how to's'
in order to actually, successfully climb mountains. There would be a
good deal of discipline involved in educating, preparing, and
training oneself to actually climb mountains, and probably the best
way to do so would be to be trained by an expert, experienced
So sum up, there are basic skills that a
mountain climber would need to learn in order to actually,
successfully climb mountains. AFTER a mountain climber was duly
trained and PRACTICING climbing mountains, ONLY THEN would they be
in a position to look for guidance on WHICH mountain to climb or
which way to get to the top of the mountain.
In like manner,
only after a person is understanding the MANY 'how to live one's
life' teachings of Joshua of Nazareth, AND PRACTICING those teachings
by living according to them, should a person expect God to show them
which path to take when encountering forks in the road, or in the
example above, which mountain to climb. Sadly, today's bible
people/christians largely skip over the 'how to live one's life'
teachings of Joshua and just look for guidance in decisions they
face, and sadly many of those decisions that are faced are contrary
to the 'how to live one's life' teachings of Joshua. In other words,
since religious people are not looking to lose their lives in the
world (a basic 'how to live' teaching of Joshua), the decisions they
ask God for help on, are decisions of one desire of the flesh versus
another. To put it another way, we need to make sure we are on the
narrow way before the Way can show us how to navigate the narrow
As a real world example of this, this author recently
saw a communication from christians asking people to pray over
whether the husband ought to go back into the U.S. Army or work at
some other job - they were 'seeking God's will for their life'. The
basic 'how to live one's life' teaching of Joshua of 'love your
enemy' would prevent a disciple from joining a world's military.
Thus, there is no need to 'seek God's will' on the matter of joining
a world's military since God's will is revealed in Joshua' teachings.
Another real example to illustrate the point happens countless
times each day, as people in the religious buildings (people call
'the church') hear a message from a preacher and respond in some way
indicating they 'want to follow christ'. Perhaps most are sincere in
their expressed desire to 'follow christ' yet do they diligently
study the teachings of Joshua of Nazareth? Not typically. Usually
they use one of the three methods addressed in this article to try
and 'follow christ' - they read their scripture, they listen to the
preachers and christian authors, and for many sects, they starting
looking for signs from 'the Spirit' to guide them into 'the
spiritual life'. A sad but clever way to reject the Light.
Therefore, these people are not significantly different from the
mountain climbing example above. These people are like a mountain
climber who only reads about how beautiful the top of a mountain is,
yet never actually prepares to climb a mountain by learning all the
how to's of mountain climbing and then putting the principles into
practice by training and practicing. The christians, having seldom,
if ever, trained/practiced what Joshua actually teaches (because they
are listening to other voices, and doing things OTHER THAN what
Joshua of Nazareth says), expect some direction from God on the life
decisions they face...
"For which one of you, when he wants
to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to
see if he has enough to complete it? (the christians caught up in
the grace teaching) Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is
not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him,
saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.' Or
what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not
first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten
thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty
thousand? Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a
delegation and asks for terms of peace. So likewise, whoever of you
does not forsake all that he has cannot be my disciple."
The primary purpose of
this article (and I hope all the articles on this web site) is to
turn people to Joshua of Nazareth. Sadly, the vast majority of people
who are involved in the bible and christian religious system have
very little knowledge of Joshua' teachings, and thus little knowledge
of his person and his Father. The bible religious system's purpose
is to keep people in the shadows and darkness by shielding them from
the true Light. And one of the favorite ways to do that (especially
among the sects influenced by Pentecostal teachings) is to teach the
people that they don't really need Joshua to hear from God because
they have 'the Spirit' who will guide them in their 'walk with God'.
This is just another way for people to not take seriously the
teachings (and thus the person) of Joshua of Nazareth. It is another
distraction and excuse for a person not diligently being a
student/disciple of the Light.
The purpose of this author is
not to dampen or hinder a genuine person of faith's personal
relationship with the heavenly Father - quite the opposite. The
author contends that if a person, who claims to somehow be following
Joshua, is not taking seriously the teachings of Joshua of Nazareth,
then they are in fact not a disciple of Joshua as he himself defines
it. Joshua makes it clear what a Master - student/disciple
relationship is, and unfortunately this relationship is what is
attacked most diligently by those who oppose the Light. And what
better way to attack this relationship than by getting those who
might be willing to "follow Joshua" to listen to people other than
Joshua himself. This article has endeavored to examine and point out
the most popular things which people use to REPLACE actually making
Joshua of Nazareth their Master. To recap, they are the scriptures,
popular bible/spiritual teachers, and personal experiences or
'insight from the spirit'. People use all three to keep away from
the Light of the world.
As this author pointed out in this
article, the teachings of Joshua looked at in this article do not
make a perfect logical case for the Holy Spirit NEVER communicating
something other than Joshua' teachings to a disciple. Unfortunately,
for many, this little crack in the door will justify all the rubbish
they claim comes from the Spirit. As we have seen, the Holy Spirit
can give guidance for a disciple's personal circumstances. Equally,
perhaps more, importantly, we also have seen that the Holy Spirit
will NOT provide new information regarding who God is or how he
wants His children to live their lives while on the earth. The
Father's Son has given all that is necessary for a person to know
God's general (the basics on how to live one's life) will for their
life, which is to DO WHAT Joshua TEACHES.
For the person
reading this article who is concerned about truth, I hope you will
agree that Joshua does put parameters on what the Spirit will
communicate. And if you are looking to visions, dreams, revelations
or 'the Spirit' for the basics on how to live your life, you are
guilty of ignoring the Light. In fact, even if you are not looking
to visions, dreams, revelations or 'the Spirit' for your life's
decisions, yet are not listening carefully to Joshua and living
according to his teachings, you are also guilty of ignoring the
Light. As was addressed earlier, Joshua teaches his disciples quite
plainly how we ought to be living/ordering our lives, and yet it is
much easier to ignore him (and his core teaching of losing our life
in this world in order to find Life everlasting) and instead look to
'the Spirit' to 'guide us' in the things of the world which we love!
May we see the compassion the Father has for us and may that
love help us to repent and start to actually live according to the Way.
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