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This is speaking of a time to come. When the word of Elohim (God). That is the true word of Elohim (God) will not be taught there will still be churches in existence, but the churches will be overrun by a false gospel, and you can go from church to church from the North even to the East looking for the true word of Elohim (God), and you will not find it being taught in any of the churches. While the true gospel is able to still be found in some churches it will still be the time of the day, but here Yahshua (Jesus) gives warning in the (fourth verse) he says, "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes when no man can work." So there will be a time when the true gospel of salvation will be overrun by a false gospel being taught in the churches. Now let's continue to this example of salvation that Yahshua (Jesus) is teaching in the gospel of John.
John 9:6, 7 6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, 7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
This man that was born blind can now see. Although, he regains his sight at this point I don't think he has come to salvation yet. The first step in Yahshua (Jesus) bringing someone to salvation, Yahshua (Jesus) opens the person’s spiritual eyes in order for them to begin to have an understanding of the gospel. And this is the way it is with everyone. We are all blind from birth; spiritually blind. When Yahshua (Jesus) brings someone to salvation. Because they are blind spiritually there is no way they would be able to understand anything about the word of Elohim (God) as we looked earlier it is a mystery.
Therefore, the first step in understanding the mystery of salvation is for Yahshua (Jesus) to open our spiritual eyes so we can see because there is no way in our unsaved sinful condition we would ever be able to comprehend anything about salvation. This is why I said, I don't think the blind man at this point in his life when Yahshua (Jesus) mixed the clay and anointed his eyes with it then had him wash the clay from his eyes. When he came back seeing I don't believe he was saved at this point. The reason I say that is because when someone is saved they know Yahshua (Jesus) the Messiah (Christ) and they know who he is; the Savior. But as we follow the steps of this blind man we see that he really does not realize Yahshua (Jesus) as his Savior.
John 9:16, 17, 24, 25 16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man [Yahshua (Jesus)] is not of Elohim (God), because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.
17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.
24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give Elohim (God) the praise:
we know that this man [Yahshua (Jesus)] is a sinner.
25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
We see in two places where the religious leaders were talking to the man who was born blind and the first time in (John 9:16, 17). He simply says the only thing he knows about him is that he is a prophet.
Then when the religious leaders questioned the man him again, and said they knew that Yahshua (Jesus) was a sinner, and to give glory to Elohim (God) for his sight, the man that was blind, said whether he's a sinner or not I don't know: one thing I know, whereas before I was blind now I see. Although his eyes have been opened, and he can see I don't believe the man at this point in his life has been saved.
The action of Elohim (God), when he brings someone to salvation is that he opens their spiritual eyes first so that they can see where they stand before Elohim (God), and realize they are in need of salvation and it's only when Elohim (God) opens the person’s eyes that they are able to realize this.
Otherwise, they have no knowledge of it whatsoever. Next we see Yahshua (Jesus) meeting with this man once again, and now I believe he brings him to salvation.
John 9:35-38 35 Yahshua (Jesus) heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of Elohim (God)?
36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
37 And Yahshua (Jesus) said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
We see from this passage in (verse 35) after Yahshua (Jesus) heard the man was thrown out of the synagogue and Yahshua (Jesus) found him. Now I need to make emphasis on one point right here.
Yahshua (Jesus) found this man. It was not the man found Yahshua (Jesus). Yahshua (Jesus) found the man and Yahshua (Jesus) confronted the man with himself; that is with the son of Elohim (God), and the man that was blind did not know who Yahshua (Jesus) was; he did not know who the son of Elohim (God) was, and Yahshua (Jesus) told him it was he who was speaking to him. Then the man confessed that he believed, and he worshiped Yahshua (Jesus).
We see from this example of the blind man, Yahshua (Jesus) is the one who takes the action to find the person and Yahshua (Jesus) is the one or you could say the Holy Spirit who opens the eyes of the individual that is the spiritual eyes of the individual so they can begin to see and understand their dilemma, then Yahshua (Jesus) finds them again and brings them to salvation.
We'll take a look at another example we are given in the Gospels of a person coming to salvation. For this we will go to (John chapter 11) and take a look at a man named Lazarus who was from a town called Bethany. He had two sisters named Martha and Mary; this was the Mary that anointed Yahshua’ (Jesus’) feet. These two sisters sent to Yahshua (Jesus), that Lazarus their brother was sick.
John 11:1-4 1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
4 When Yahshua (Jesus) heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of Elohim (God), that the Son of Elohim (God) might be glorified thereby.
In (verse 4) Yahshua (Jesus) says this sickness is not unto death. What Yahshua (Jesus) is telling them is there is a reason for the sickness Lazarus has and Yahshua (Jesus) continues in the verse to tell them the purpose Lazarus is sick and that is, "for the glory of Elohim (God), that the Son of Elohim (God) might be glorified." We see from this it is much like the man who was born blind, the sickness of Lazarus was in order to teach something for the glorification of Yahshua (Jesus) the Messiah (Christ).
To show he is the one to raise people from the dead, and that is spiritual. When Yahshua (Jesus) received the news of Lazarus he did not go directly to Bethany, rather he stayed in the place where he was for two days longer then decided to start his way back.
John 11:7-10 7 Then after that saith he [Yahshua (Jesus)] to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.
8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?
9 Yahshua (Jesus) answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.
10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.
We see also a similarity with Lazarus as with the blind man. When we look at (verses 9 and 10) Yahshua (Jesus) is again talking about the day and the night as he says, "if a man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him." Here again, Yahshua (Jesus) is making a distinction between day and night. He is not talking about the physical day or the physical night, but it is spiritual the day representing being with Yahshua (Jesus) the Messiah (Christ) and the night representing being without the Messiah (Christ). Being with the Messiah (Christ) is representing salvation and being without the Messiah (Christ) is representing spiritual death. So Yahshua (Jesus) is preparing to teach another lesson about salvation.
John 11:11-15 11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
13 Howbeit Yahshua (Jesus) spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
14 Then said Yahshua (Jesus) unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.
In (verses 11-13), When Yahshua (Jesus) is telling his disciples that Lazarus is asleep he is referring to his death, because when a person is secure in Yahshua (Jesus) death is not permanent. In fact, we find in the (23rd Psalm) it uses the word shadow in reference to death “yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” For those secure in the Messiah (Christ), death is merely a shadow, it is not the reality. However, the disciples thought he spoke literally of sleep until Yahshua (Jesus) finally told them plainly. He's dead.
The sisters of Lazarus, when Yahshua (Jesus) arrived were upset that he had not gotten there sooner because they thought Yahshua (Jesus) would have prevented him from dying. By Yahshua (Jesus) intentionally waited to give Lazarus time to die. Yahshua (Jesus) could teach them something about the resurrection of the dead.
John 11:17, 20-27 17 Then when Yahshua (Jesus) came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.
20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Yahshua (Jesus) was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.
21 Then said Martha unto Yahshua (Jesus), Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of Elohim (God), Elohim (God) will give it thee.
23 Yahshua (Jesus) saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
25 Yahshua (Jesus) said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he
were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Messiah (Christ), the Son of Elohim (God), which should come into the world.
When someone dies, there is a limited time after their death, that someone may be able to revive them if they work quickly. However, in the case of Lazarus it indicates in (verse 17), Lazarus has been dead and in the grave for four days. This is well passed the time anyone; even with our technology today could revive them. There is no way he could be revived. After a discussion between Yahshua (Jesus) and Martha about the resurrection of the dead, which Martha said, she knew Lazarus would rise again in the resurrection at the last day that is at the end of the world. But Yahshua (Jesus) assured Martha in (verse 25) that he is the resurrection and the life and if anyone believed in him even though he were dead, yet shall he live. Yahshua (Jesus) was speaking spiritually and this life they live will be an everlasting life, there shall be no end to it, and they shall never die. And again this is spiritually.
However, Yahshua (Jesus) is preparing to raise Lazarus from the dead physically also and as we recall toward the beginning of this chapter. The reason for the death of Lazarus is that the son of Elohim (God), Yahshua (Jesus) may be glorified. What Yahshua (Jesus) is doing, he is taking a physical event in order to teach a Spiritual truth or to say it in another way being we cannot see the spiritual. Yahshua (Jesus) is taking that which we can see that which is physical, to teach us of something that we cannot see that which is spiritual.
John 11:32 32 Then when Mary was come where Yahshua (Jesus) was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
When Mary saw Yahshua (Jesus). Her response to him was very similar to that of Martha, she said, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.” They are both unaware that Yahshua (Jesus) is preparing to raise him from the dead, and Yahshua (Jesus) asked where they have laid him.
John 11:34-37 34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
35 Yahshua (Jesus) wept.
36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!
37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?
In (verse 35) it says that Yahshua (Jesus) wept. In the Jews thinking as they said in the following verse see how much she loved him. They were assuming Yahshua (Jesus) was weeping because Lazarus was dead, and some of the others responded with, could he not of saved his life. I mean he opens the eyes of the blind could he not do this also. But when it says Yahshua (Jesus) wept. He was not weeping over the death of Lazarus, because he knew he was going to bring him back to life. He wept over those who are unsaved and looking on. They had no idea about spiritual life or spiritual death.
John 11:39-42 39 Yahshua (Jesus) said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
40 Yahshua (Jesus) saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of Elohim (God)?
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Yahshua (Jesus) lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.