Let Not Man Put Asunder

All BecauseThe question has been asked:  Why is it ok to have so many wives back in the day?

Is polygamy a sin?

What is a sin?  The definition of sin is written at 1st John 3:4 ¶ Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 

Whosoever <pas> committeth <poieo> sin <hamartia> transgresseth < hamartia > <anomia> also <kai> the law: <anomia> for <kai> sin <hamartia> is <esti> the transgression of the law. <anomia>

Poieo – abides, agrees to, performs,

Hamartia – offence

Anomia – violation of law (Torah), wickedness, iniquity, unrighteousness

We also know from John that all unrighteousness is sin. The word “sin” literally means to “miss the mark”. Sin is the violation of the Torah.  Unfortunately, even though it is written, not many are able to accept it.

eighth dayDid the Law provide for polygamy and if so how could it be a sin?

Deuteronomy 17:14-20 ~  ¶ When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me;

 15 Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.

 16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.

 17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.

 18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:

 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:

 20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.

In Torah we read that the kings were not to have to many wives because doing so tends to turn the heart away from Elohim which we know was certainly the case of King Solomon . Since this was written in Torah can we safely assume that Yahwey allowed polygamy? No because He said,  ‘Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.’  The kings were not supposed to have an abundance [rabah] of wives.  However,  by saying they should not multiply wives, implied that they could have more than one but not an abundance.  We do not know what He meant by ‘multiply’,   even though they clearly did.  However,  not necessarily did He intend for it to continue.

The reason I suggest this is because it was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, “Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see. Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD’S servant? Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.  The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable. “~ Isaiah 42:18-21

Knowing that Yahwey is well pleased for His righteousness sake, (Yahushua) would magnify the law and make it more honorable, spoke to the people saying:

MKWeddingMatthew 19:4-6  ~ And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Here we see that even though the first Adam had established a marriage bond by extension (Genesis 2:23-25), Yahushua thereby is reiterating and upheld what we now call the marriage vow.

Genesis 2: 23-25 ~ And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. {Woman: Heb. Isha} {Man: Heb. Ish} 

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

My BoquetNevertheless,  in Torah we know that Yahwey made provisions for at least the first wife in that if her husband took another wife, the first wife was rendered what Paul later upholds in the law (1st Corinthians 7:3) and terms, ‘due benevolence’; that the first wife’s food, her clothing and her duty (ownah) of marriage (sexual cohabitation) did not diminish unless also according to Torah, he or she were un-clean.

1st Corinthians 7:3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

Elohim made this provision for the sake of a woman who might otherwise been left out in the cold should her husband take on other wives.  (Exodus 21:10)   I think this is way cool that our Creator would do such a thing, knowing that a man would have many wives even though He specifically said that the kings were not to have many wives. But even the word many could be descriptive of one or two, yet He never forbid more than one.   Even though He allowed this practice back then, He governed justly so that a woman and possibly women slaves were not treated unfairly.  He made provisions for them (slaves) as well so they were not treated the same as a man slave.

Exodus 21:10 If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.

If the Law (Torah) provided for polygamy, how could it be a “sin”?

Why did Yahwey allow polygamy back then?  We don’t know.  This could be one of those things that He winked at (Acts 17:30) and now expects people to repent of or it could also be just one of those things that He keeps as a secret from us.  (Deuteronomy 29:29)

ring pillowI recently mentioned at our ladies  Bible study that the marriage ceremony was not performed in the Bible; however we know that it is in a sense implied because divorce is mentioned.  The word marriage is actually only mentioned twice in the OT.  Also we have this from Solomon: He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from YHWH. (Proverbs 18:22)

Now having said all of this, I personally believe there is a bigger teaching here that is often overlooked.  I won’t go into it too deeply but suffice it to say, that in order for Yahwey to give Israel a bill of divorce that He had at some point made a proposal of marriage.

I believe this was done at Mt Sanai when The God of Israel sent Moses down the hill and asked the Hebrew nation (Jew and Gentile alike that came out of Egypt),  if they would keep covenant with Him. [Exodus 19: 1-8]

Their answer was,” All that the LORD hath spoken we will do.”  Yahwey said that these people would be a peculiar treasure unto Him above all people only on the condition that if they obey His voice, and keep His covenant.  The people vowed to do all that Yahweh had required.  According to the law (Torah, Teachings of Yahwey), if a man made a vow unto Yahwey, he could not go back on his word.  (Numbers 30:1-2, Deuteronomy 23:21-23 and also reiterated in the Writings found at Ecclesiastes 5:4-5) A covenant is more than a simple contract; a covenant is based upon solemn promises (vows) of loyalty and faithfulness. This covenant relationship is designed and governed by the God of Israel, Who has declared the terms, responsibilities, and conditions.

The whole reason Yahwey did give Physical Israel a bill of divorce is because according to His own teachings in Torah, He had to uphold His own word.  They went a whoring (uncleanliness) with other gods and He couldn’t stay married to them any longer.

When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife. And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife;  Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance. (Deuteronomy 24:1-4)

So here we find three stipulations that a man must do regarding a lawful divorce.

1) The husband must write out a certificate of divorce.

2) He must deliver the certificate to his wife.

3) He must put her out of his house and send her away.

According to Yahushua who also upheld the Law, (Torah) said,  “Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:   But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. “Whosoever shall put away his wife, and shall marry another, committeth adultery against her”   See how He magnified the Law and made it more honorable?

Wine glassYahushua knew that Yahwey cannot become the husband of the bride of Israel (The called and the chosen) because adultery is dealing treacherously with the wife of the covenant even after He divorced her; she is still a divorced woman.  Whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery if either of them, before Him, has a marriage covenant with another living spouse.  This is why the divorced woman would need a bill of divorcement to show that she is put away.

We do know that Yahwey did give His bride of the covenant, a bill of divorcement through the prophet Jeremiah.  ¶ They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.  Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.  ~ Jeremiah 3:1-2

And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also. ~ Jeremiah 3:8

This is extremely important because in order for Yahushua to take upon Himself the new bride of Israel (The called and the chosen), she would have to be cleansed of all sin, be reborn as a virgin.  Israel’s first husband had to die because according to Yahwey’s own Law (Torah) He could not re-marry her because she had become unclean (defiled) and thereby could not gain the inheritance because the land was defiled that was promised as the inheritance. Therefore, Yahwey had to comply with all the requirements of His own Law. He sent Israel away; He wrote, gave and delivered her a bill of divorce.

The question often arises, ‘doesn’t Yahwey hate divorce?’ Yes, it is written that He hates divorce. He must have known that divorce was inevitable, therefore He made provisions for this as well as we have found by reading in Deuteronomy Chapter 24. Just because He made the provision, doesn’t imply that He still does not hate divorce (putting away), because He does.

Malachi 2:14-16 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.  And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.  For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

Here we also learned through the prophet Malachi the proof that Yahwey does see Israel as His wife of the covenant. Also, had He not married her,  then how could He divorce her?

Paul comes along and explains Torah:  Romans 7:3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

Did you catch that? Paul is explaining Deuteronomy 24.

If, while her husband (Yahwey) is living, she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress”.

But if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

Now Israel is free to marry.

Jesus BowedHere is yet another one of those stipulations in Torah that Yahushua has saved us all from what Paul terms as ‘that law’ of sin. Yahushua, by joyfully going to the cross has died.  Now Israel (The called and the chosen) is free from the law and is now free to marry her first husband.  She is no longer bound in a marriage covenant with a spouse already and may now marry without committing sin, without violating the Law (Torah, the Teachings of Yahwey).

Pretty spectacular huh?

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Lights in the Firmament of the Heaven

In 1948 Israel became a nation.  That following year there was a blood moon. The war of independence ended a month before the first of the 1949 eclipses that occurred that year.  The next time a blood moon occurred, there were actually two that occurred in 1967 after the Jewish nation regained Jerusalem during the six day war and then again in 1968 there were two more. Were they even visible in Israel at the time, I do not know. Did they even see them as signs, I do not know that either.

There are supposed to be two blood moons this year (2014) and then two again next year which is a bit odd considering there hasn’t been four blood red moons occurring together since 1967 and the following year in 1968. Including the blood moons in 2014 and 2015 there will have only been 13 tetrads in the last 500 years.  Two of those have previously come at the time of the feast’s designated by Yahwey. Many people think of the holy days as the feasts of the Jews but Yahwey says differently.  He told Moses, “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Adonai, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are My feasts.” ~ Leviticus 23:2

We know from the scriptures that the lights in the heavens are to be for signs and for seasons. Genesis 1:14-15 ¶ And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

Seasons in Hebrew is mow`ed meaning a festival, an assembly, an appointed time.

Three times in the year all the males were commanded to appear before Yahwey. To learn about when Yahwey [God] set up certain festivals that He expected His children to attend at an appointed time,  they are the weekly Sabbath, The Feast of Unleavened Bread, Passover, Feast of Weeks, which became known later as Penticost, Feast of Ingathering or Feast of Harvest at the end of the year also known as Feast of Tabernacles. [Exodus 34, Deuteronomy 16 and Leviticus 23]

The two blood moons that are supposed to occur in 2014 are supposed to be on or near both Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles. Even the word feast in Hebrew is chag, means a sacred assembly that stems from the word chagag, meaning a time of celebration. In 2015, the spring solar eclipse will take place on the first day of the new  year (Nisan 1) fourteen days before Passover, and the one in the fall will come on the first day of the civil year (Tishri 1) six months later, which is Rosh Hashanah, or otherwise known as the Feast of Trumpets.

In the Tankah {Old Testament} , the prophet Joel states, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.” ~ Joel 2:31

Yahushua said “Immediately ‘after’ the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light … And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” (Matthew 24:29-30)

Often when people read this text they think of some astronomical catastrophe but in reality, Yahushua could be discussing an occurrence such as an eclipse which doesn’t actually occur that often. But when we read the text, the sun goes dark at the same time that the moon does, so we really cannot be sure. Not to mention that the moon does not give any light of her own. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon where as a solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. In a total solar eclipse all the sun’s light will be blocked and both the sun and the moon will appear to have turned black.

The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it (Rev. 21:23-24).

From what I have learned is that at any given location a lunar eclipse can only happen at night while a solar eclipse can only happen during the day.  It seems unlikely that we would experience a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse at the same time, however we never want to say that this is impossible because  with Elohim, we know that all things are possible.

What we will be experiencing this year and next year in witnessing the four consecutive blood moons is a rare phenomenon known as a tetrad.  So far, during this century there have been six of these but what people are all hyped up about this time is because they will occur on the Holy Days which I think is pretty significant myself beings the lights in the heavens are for signs and seasons, in that these will be both a sign in the heaven during the seasons that both begin and end the Holy Days. A blood moon is total lunar eclipses but I think the more contaminated the atmosphere on the night of the eclipse, the ‘redder’ {If that is a word} the moon appears.

The last time the four consecutive four blood moons occurred on the Holy Days was way back in 1949 and 1950. If a blood moon were to fall on the Feast of Trumpets I might be a bit more excited because that would be something because that would be a first time ever having a full moon exposed on this feast.

The reason I say this is because the Feast of Trumpets begins at the first sighting of the new moon. In Matthew 24:36 when Yahushua was discussing the signs of His “coming, and of the end of the world, He said,  “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” When He (Yahushua) says you won’t know the day or the hour, He is telling His audience that it’s the Feast of Trumpets because that was known as the feast where no one knew the day or the hour that it would begin because it didn’t begin until the sighting of the new moon. His audience completely understood Him.

We also gotta remember when He said something similar in the parable of the virgins.  He said, “Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”,   He was speaking to the foolish virgins not the wise ones. Remember, the wise ones knew exactly what to do to prepare for the bridegroom. He has given us many signs to look for so it isn’t like it should be a huge surprise, that is unless people are not paying attention to the signs and the season’s;  His holy days.

The Feast of Trumpets is the holy day that begins the Fall Feasts of Adonai. I compare the Feast of Trumpets to Matthew 24:31  ~ And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The next consecutive holy day is Day of Atonement, which I think of as when our High Priest Yahushua will come out of the heavenly Sanctuary just like the High priest did on the Day of Atonement letting Israel know that her sin had been atoned for.

The next fall holy day is the Feast of Tabernacles.  I tend to think of this as the time when we will all be gathered together by the angels.

You can read about blood moons in the following text, Joel 2:31, Acts 2:20 (Peter basically quoting Joel), and Rev. 6:12. However, they all refer to the same event, which is a great earthquake that accompanies the opening of the 6th Seal (Rev. 6:12-17).

All we know for sure is that on the day of Pentecost, in Acts 2 starting in verse 14-21, Peter stands up to give a speech.  In that speech, ‘He says this: Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

The point I’d like to focus on is that Peter declared that this prophecy written in Joel was fulfilled in his day. His words were, ‘But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel’. What did the day of Pentecost have to do with the blood moon? There were wonders in the sky and signs on the earth associated with Yahushua’s death and resurrection. There was an earth quake that day as well.

There is a good indication of a full solar eclipse with earthquakes and even numerous graves opening up surrounding His death and resurrection. With all that happened between those days and the days at hand in this passage, Peter may have been looking backwards at the crucifixion and the resurrection as well as what was happening on the day of Pentecost. I will take Peter’s word for it that the prophecy of Joel was fulfilled on this notable day when he declared, ‘But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel’.

Also the text does not reveal a series of blood moons prior to the return of Yahushua, so we have to be careful and of course be watching. I tend to think that somehow, the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory will be somehow unmistakable.

And we also must remember: Surely the sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets.~ Amos 3:7

Personally I am not all that hyped up about these blood moons because I believe that the signs from heaven are supposed to tell us that things are about to happen, not that things already have happened. However, I will be observing the holy days and I will be watching to see what might happen as a result of these upcoming blood moons.  I have observed His holy days since 2005 so this year will be no different.

On a side note: If the Blood Moons of Sept. 2015 mark the beginning of Yahwey’s  reconciliation with Israel like some folks do suspect,  it would mean that Daniel’s 70th week will have begun.  In that case, the Battle of Ezekiel 38 will have already been fought.  I believe that Ezekiel’s battle is Israel’s call back into covenant with Him, which would be necessary for the 70th week  of Daniel to begin as is written in Ezekiel 39:22 when He will make His holy name known in the midst of His people, Israel.

We will have to see if there is a battle going on with the nation of Israel between now and then or a battle going on within the body of Israel. The “woman that is with child, clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet” that is described in Revelation is something we cannot discount, although the last time that we know of occurred was in five BC around the birth of Yahushua the Messiah, as was proved on the video “The Star of Bethlehem.

Another thing to consider is that there is a moon that becomes as blood when the sixth seal is opened. > Revelation 6:12-13 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

This is a clear indicator to everyone that this will occur in the middle of the day because the sun will be out and because of a great earthquake, the sun will become black and that evening the moon that shines will appear as blood and the stars will fall from the skies.

Now, according to Yahushua who was quoted by Matthew in chapter 24, (Vs 29) this will occur Immediately after the tribulation of those days

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

This is the day that I will be looking for more than any other day. It won’t be a random blood moon or even a set of them.  It will be a blood moon because of the great earthquake that will shake the entire world and everyone who is alive will know it.  Hallilu-Yah!

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The Fivefold Witness to Yahushua

In this study, touring through the testimony of John the Beloved, we will discover Yahushua pointing to five witnesses of Who He is.

John 5:31-35 ¶ If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. There is another that beareth witness of Me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of Me is true. Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

If Yahushua were the only one bearing witness of the claims that He was making, His testimony would not have been accepted. He opens this portion by discounting His own self as a witness.

Yahushua said that there was another who bore witness of Him and that witness did bare truth. He readily admits that John the Baptist is a truthful witness and gives truthful testimony.  We know from other text that John the Baptist also testified that Yahushua is the Lamb of Elohim Who takes away the sin of the world.  By this claim, we can believe that John the Baptist is a faithful witness because he did not point to Himself, he pointed to Yahushua.

Yahushua is the Light and John was a lamp. John’s lamp by this time had been dimmed because he had already been incarcerated in prison. This is why Yahushua spoke of John in the past tense saying that John ‘was’ a burning and shining light and that people were willing for a season to believe him. Ergo, John the Baptist is the first of five witnesses that Yahushua is discussing in this passage.

John 5:36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given Me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of Me, that the Father hath sent Me.

Yahushua is saying here that the second witness is even greater than the witness of John the Baptist. Why?  Yahushua is telling us that the ‘works’ that the Father gave Him to finish, to complete and accomplish are the ‘works’ that bear witness that He was sent from the Father.

The prophet Isaiah said that ¶ Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. ~ Isaiah 35:5-6

And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. ~ Isaiah 29:18

Isaiah 32:3 And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.

Isaiah 42:7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

Isaiah prophesied that the eyes of the blind would be opened and the ears that could not hear would be opened. He said that those who saw and those who heard would harken, they would pick up their ears, attend to and mark well in regard to what they saw and heard. He also said that those who sat in darkness would be set free from their captivity.

John the Baptist didn’t perform any signs that Isaiah had prophesied. These specific works were however performed by Yahushua giving manifested revelation to the testimony of the prophet.

Matthew shares with us in his testimony that Yahushua did perform these miracles. [Matthew 9:33-35]  Matthew stated that a dumb man was brought to Yahushua that was possessed with a devil and that once the devil was cast out that the man who once could not speak began to speak and that the multitudes who witnessed this miracle, marveled.  It was the Pharisees that said that Yahushua only performed this miracle because He had cast out the devil through the prince of devils. This kind of thing had never been seen in Israel according to Matthew. Their accusations didn’t bother Yahushua.  He just kept right on going to the cities and the villages teaching in their synagogues preaching the gospel of the kingdom of Elohim, healing every sickness and every disease among the people. There are other similar testimonies among the writings of Mark and Luke.  So the ‘works’ that Yahushua did are the second to witness that Yahushua was Who He claimed to be.

John 5:37-39 And the Father Himself, which hath sent Me, hath borne witness of Me. Ye have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His shape. And ye have not His word abiding in you: for Whom He hath sent, Him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

This is pretty condemning  evidence isn’t it?  Yahushua is saying that His audience had not heard the voice of Yahwey or seen His shape. They hadn’t heard His sound or seen His appearance nor did they have His word abiding in them and this is why they didn’t believe Him.

The Father Who sent Yahushua had testified on His behalf but these Judeans couldn’t believe Him because they had not kept the word of Yahwey in their hearts. A person with love for Yahwey would receive Yahushua Who preached the same as is written in Torah and the Tanakh as a whole.

We know that Yahushua is not referring to the voice that was heard at His baptism because He invited them to search the scriptures. They might have professed to have searched the scriptures but for some reason they did not see Yahushua as the Messiah and they certainly didn’t believe Him now.  They had completely missed the prophesies of Who He was, right there in front of them. What is even more convictive is that due to their hardened hearts they couldn’t receive Yahushua because the main element of Yahwey’s witness was not in them; His word that was written in the ‘scriptures’.

I am reminded of what Moses said: The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto Him ye shall hearken; According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. Deuteronomy 18:15-16

The people then were afraid to hear the voice of Yahwey at the base of Mt Sanai. Moses said that when the prophet {Yahushua} would come, ‘like unto him’ that the people shall harken [shama: diligently, discern, give ear, obey, publish proclaim].

Even though this same prophet would come Moses said that Yahwey would put in His mouth all that Yahwey had commanded.

{Deuteronomy 18 19-22} Moses went on to say that whoever did not harken, [shama: diligently, discern, give ear, obey, publish proclaim] the words of Yahwey that He would put in this prophet’s mouth Who would speak in Yahwey’s name that He commanded Him to speak;  that Yahwey would require [darash diligently, inquire, make inquisition]  of him.

In other words, those who did not diligently, discern, give ear, obey, publish and proclaim; Hear that prophet; that is believe and obey him would be sought out and questioned.

Luke later on reiterated the same: And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.

Moses also said in this same passage that if the words of that prophet [Who would come speaking in the name of Yahwey], did come to pass that the people should not be afraid of Him. (VS 22)

I find it interesting that the people way back then said, “Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.”  They didn’t want to hear His voice again. Is this possibly why not many hear the voice of truth that Yahushua spoke?

Nonetheless, Yahushua shares with His audience then and His audience now who read this text in John chapter 5, that the Father is the third witness of Who Yahushua is in verses 37 and 38.

Were it not for Yahushua telling His audience to ‘search the scriptures’ the fourth witness might have been overlooked. Isaiah specifically spoke to the scriptures as giving evidence.

To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. ~ Isaiah 8:20

If Yahushua had not spoken to the law and the testimony thereof, no light would have been seen in Him.

Yahwey spoke through the mouth of the prophet Isaiah saying, “Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.   And he hath cast the lot for them, and his hand hath divided it unto them by line: they shall possess it for ever, from generation to generation shall they dwell therein. ~ Isaiah 34:16-17

It is the breath of the word of Yahwey given by the Ruach that gathers those who will read and not fail. They will be gathered in sacred assembly. They will not be affected by the prophecy spoken by Isaiah in verse 1-15 regarding the day of the LORD’S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion. The fourth are a witness conclusion of all the prophecies spoken of Yahushua that are written in Tanakh.

John 5:40-44 And ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life. I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in My Father’s name, and ye receive Me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

The love that Yahushua speaks of here is not the love of Yahwey but the love ‘for’ Yahwey. He spoke to His audience that day and He is still speaking to His audience the very same words. If we do not have love for Yahwey, we are seeking the honor from men and each other rather than the love of Yahwey. Yahushua wasn’t looking for their respect. They refused to come to Him because they preferred to honor themselves who came in their own name, not in the name of Yahwey. They respected themselves and their own word.  That is why they had made the claim that when He did heal the people of their blindness and their lack of hearing that He must have done so by the prince of devils.  They sure couldn’t heal themselves or anyone else for that matter because they were the blind, leading the blind. They couldn’t speak the word of truth because the love of Yahwey was not in them nor was His word apparent upon their lips.

Yahushua did come in the name of Yahwey, thereby showing His love of the Father both with-in and spoken through Him.  The people rejected Yahushua because they had rejected the love of Yahwey. They still did not want to hear His voice. They did not seek to honor that which only comes from the mouth of Yahwey.

Yahushua saves for the last of His argument His fifth and final witness.

John 5:45-47 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me: for he wrote of Me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?

Yahushua says that He will not accuse them to the Father because they have already been accused by Moses, in whom they trust.  However, He does not say that they had Moses. In fact He says that they do not have Moses. The implication of Yahushua’s statement and question is profound.  These ‘religious leaders’ did not believe Moses to begin with.  They didn’t follow what Moses had said.  Instead they had violated Torah, adding to and taking away from it.  The end result was ‘un-belief’ in the greatest prophet of the Torah – The Messiah.

By following their own way and their own man-made traditions, they had substituted their thinking and practices for what Moses had written; they found themselves locked out of the goal of Torah.

The word trust here isn’t trust by the way that one might think. The Pharisees obviously did not place their trust in what Moses taught otherwise they would have recognized Yahushua as the Messiah and they would not have rejected Him and His words would have been familiar to them. The word trust here is elpizo to expect or confide:–(have, thing) hope(-d) (for), trust. Yahushua wouldn’t have to accuse them before the Father on the Day of Judgment because the one in whom they placed their expectation and hope will – Moses.

Moses wrote about Yahushua who would become Messiah through the institutions of Torah, the promises to the Patriarchs, his own prophecies of the prophet who would be like him and in the history of the deliverance from Egyptian slavery. Over three hundred prophecies alone were fulfilled when Yahushua came to earth through the womb of Mary, yet the Pharisees who claimed to teach them; didn’t recognize the very One Who stood in front of them on the day that He brought fourth His five witnesses that testified of Who He is.

As the fifth and final witness, Yahushua’s question about believing what Moses has written and linking His words to believing in Him are words that are still just as applicable to the believer today. While virtually all believers today confess Jesus as their LORD and Messiah, it is a much smaller group who also believe what Moshe wrote about Yahushua HaMashiach.

Yahushua stated that one cannot believe and understand His words and teaching without first believing in the words of the fifth and final witness. Based on this principled requirement for proper belief and the foundation that Yahwey provided to Moses, how could anyone defer to the word of man over the word that Yahwey gave to Moses and then to Yahushua Who would speak what Yahwey commanded and put into His mouth?

For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me: for he wrote of Me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?

Let us follow the instructions of Yahwey in the example of His only begotten Son Who followed in the path of the Kingdom of Elohim and His righteousness.

Offered by  Eudora  ~ 02-15-2014

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Declaring the End From the Beginning

end from the beginning Isaiah 46:5-13 ¶ To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?

They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: they fall down, yea, they worship. They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble.

Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.

Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness: I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.

During the time of Jacob’s trouble Israel shall again be sorely oppressed and afflicted.

Jeremiah 30:5 For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.

Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:

They will cry unto Yahwey and He will hear and answer.

Jeremiah 31:8-9  Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.

10-17 ¶ Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.  For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.

Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.

Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD.

Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.  And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border.

18-20 ¶ I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God.

Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.  Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the LORD.

my daughters Yahwey will command the oppressors to ‘let them go’.

Isaiah 43:5-9 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.

Yahwey will send two witnesses to work miracles before their enemies.

two witness Revelation 11:3-6 ¶ And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

Their enemies will also preform miracles.

fire 3 Revelation 13:13-15 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.  And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

Yahwey will execute sore judgements upon the world.

Jeremiah 25:15-16 ¶ For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it. And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them.

Revelation 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

woman fled Yahwey will protect His own people from them.

Revelation 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Revelation 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Revelation 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

water to blood Water will again be turned to blood.

Revealtion 8:8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

Revelation 16:4-5 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.

Satanic ‘like’ frogs come from the dragon, beast and false prophet.

Revelation 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

A plague of locust will be sent.

locust Revelation 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.  And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

Yahwey will send boil like painful sores.

Revelation 16: 1-2 ¶ And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore (ulcer) upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

Terrible hailstones will descend from the heavens.

Revelation 8:7 ¶  The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

 There shall be a time of awful darkness upon the earth.

darkness

Isaiah 60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

Revelation 16:10-11 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

Just as Pharaoh hardened his heart so will the wicked in the day to come.

Revelation 9: 20-21 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:  Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Death will consume the multitudes.

Revelation 9:15-18 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.  And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.  By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

All Israel shall be delivered.

Isaiah 601 Zechariah 14:3-4 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when He fought in the day of battle. And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

Isaiah 59:20-21 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. As for Me, this is My covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and My words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.

All Israel

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Humility of Mind

Paul had been with the Ephesian elders for three years. {Acts 20:31} They knew him well enough to know that he was not into undue praise or un-due modesty about himself. His physical circumstances and what little possessions he had, did not affect the humility of his mind.

Paul was simply not a man who indulged in self -praise. Paul had been accused of pride in his accomplishments. His rebuttal can be read in 2nd Corinthians 10:1- 13: 10

To the folks at Philippi Paul said, “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” ~ Philippians 4:12 We likewise must continue to keep pursuing the goal by always trusting in the person and power of the name of the Son of God. If we take John the beloved at his word, we know that we have eternal life when we believe on the name of the Son of Elohim. {1st John 5:13}

Paul said that he treated his body hard and made it his slave. 1st Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. He didn’t allow himself to be ruled by his own impulses and counseled the folks at Corinth to do likewise. Paul even tells them to run in such a way that they may obtain the prize. This required action on his part. His encouragement is to run harder and fight temptation with a passion to overcome ones old nature.

The common factor is that believers cannot rest on his or her laurels. We just cannot sit around and expect that we can ride into the kingdom of Elohim on the shirt tails of Yahushua. This in itself is pride and lacks humility. It is pride to say that we do not have to do anything, when we know better. When Yahushua said to Peter, “If you love me keep my commandments, was He toying with Peter? Did He really think that Peter could keep His commandments? There must be some part that we have to play in keeping His commandments. If we love Him, it certainly sounds like we gotta do something to prove it.

We are in a sense commanded to let the peace of Elohim rule in our hearts. When we do this, through the Spirit, the Messiah’s wholeness or oneness, He does the judging, deciding and ruling in our heart. By faith, we trust the Spirit’s guidance to lead us; humbling and harnessing our own self will. The more we trust in the Spirit to lead us into all truth, the more equipped we become in our faith to trust.

The Proverbs tell us “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” {11:2} Humility leads to wisdom, with a focus on submitting to Elohim rather than building up our own ego. When we submit to our own ego, pride gets in the way and the voice of the Holy Spirit becomes weak.

Before man’s downfall, a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor according to Proverbs 18:12 ¶ Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility.

Pride keeps us focused on ourselves and our afflictions and it becomes all about us. When we turn that focus around, taking hold of it and bringing it captive unto the same obedience to Elohim that Yahushua did, having faithful trust in Elohim, then He can fight our battles for us while we keep our mind focused on Him and His strength and power; rather than our own.

Paul said, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves” ~ Philippians 2:3.

This isn’t an option. This is sound advice. Even when we are in the presence of someone who doesn’t even know Elohim in an intimate way, we should consider that person better than our self. This is humility. Having Elohim on our side or even His peace that passes all understanding doesn’t give us the right to be selfish or conceded as if we have some super power over others. In fact it is the opposite. We rest in Elohim’s knowledge and strength, not our own.

There isn’t anything about us that makes us better than anyone else. Our only hope of glory is Christ in us. What this means is that our hope and glory only remains on the fact that we are in union with Yahushua, receiving every promise to those who are of the faith. When we are in union with Yahushua, His attitude of humility can be ours according to Philippians 2:5 which reads Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.

Elohim rewards such obedience. Yahushua humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Elohim then highly exalted Yahushua and gave Him a name above all names.

We are nothing in ourselves, yet Elohim has chosen to use us for whatever reason, to His glory. Peter wrote a letter basically to all Yahwey’s chosen people everywhere. He said, “ Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for He careth for you.~ 1st Peter 5:5-7

All of us are to be subject to each other, clothed in humility. There is so much that we can learn about humility throughout the text of the Bible, but it all boils down the mere fact that Yahwey is humble and we are created in His image. In order to become a mirror like reflection of the humility of Elohim, then we really have to strive to listen to that still small voice rather than make a conscience decision to scream, run away from confrontation or subject ourselves to any type of affliction from anyone who might try to dominate us.

We belong to Elohim. Can anything really hurt us? Is there any weapon stronger than love? Can any weapon formed against us prosper? The answer is no. If we have any cares in this world, all we gotta do is cast it into His lap. Cry on His shoulder. Let Him handle it. We stand in faith and humility, trusting that He is faithful to those who keep their minds focused on Him.

By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life. ~ Proverbs 22:4

This is the reward of humility, riches, honor and life. And what is it that Zephaniah said?

Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger. ~ 2:3

When I quoted Peter earlier, he was quoting a proverb that says that Elohim opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. {Proverbs 3:34}

I believe that there is great power in humility. When we are humble we are free from pride and arrogance simply because we are completely in adequate without the Spirit of Elohim. We don’t even need to defend ourselves because we know the true Peacemaker. Although we can be comfortable in who we are, we do not have to boast about it. Yahushua was gentle and humble in heart. He is our mirror. This is the reflection that is our goal, our aim.

Even when someone harms us or hurts us with a very deep wound, we can show the love of Elohim better by forgiving, being kind and compassionate in the face of evil just as Elohim forgave us in the day of our meeting. We all gotta admit that we were a whole lot dirtier when we first met Him than we are now. But the fact remains, no matter how much filth He peels away, we are still dirt and He loves us. But we keep pushing on, reaching for the prize, walking in obedience, with all humility of mind.

According to the following text, we are not to let any unwholesome talk come out of our mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen .

Ephesians 4:29 ~ Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

We must always examine and cross examine or motives and attitude that we have towards others. I am not saying that we need to be everyone’s door mat for their dirty pile of laundry. However we can walk in humility, in quiet gentle ways, showing others the discipline of humility; in the power of He Who is humble, graceful and forgiving.

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‘Is’ Obedience Better Than Sacrifice?

Foster Bible Pictures 0073-1 Offering Up a Bur...Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. Let’s look at the word ‘do’ in the Greek.

That word is poieo, pronounced poy-eh’-o apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct):–abide, + agree, appoint, X avenge, + band together, be, bear, + bewray, bring (forth), cast out, cause, commit, + content, continue, deal, + without any delay, (would) do(-ing), execute, exercise, fulfil, gain, give, have, hold, X journeying, keep, + lay wait, + lighten the ship, make, X mean, + none of these things move me, observe, ordain, perform, provide, + have purged, purpose, put, + raising up, X secure, shew, X shoot out, spend, take, tarry, + transgress the law, work, yield.

The Destruction Of Sodom And Gomorrah, a paint...

The Destruction Of Sodom And Gomorrah, a painting by John Martin (painter), died 1854, thus 100 years. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaiah 1:10 – 14 ¶ Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.

Yahwey spoke through the prophet Isaiah that He wanted these wicked people to give ear to His Torah. Their offerings (sacrifices) were in vain and just as wicked as the sin filled cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. In the beginning of chapter one, Yahwey is mourning over the predicament of Israel. He says He has done so much for the children of Israel, and that even He brought them up. Yet they were a sin filled nation, laden with iniquity.  It doesn’t make any sense that Yahwey would say that  their offerings were in vain.  Isn’t that what he required of them?

Yahwey had brought them out of slavery to their captors in Egypt and gave them His Torah,  His Teachings.  He gave Moses very intricate details as to how He wanted His people to serve Him.   In verse three, Yahwey spoke of how the donkey knew his Master and the ass knew His crib but for some reason, the people of Israel continued to ignore their one true Master, Yahwey.  They still turned away from Him and continued to rebel against Him.

Their plight because of their rebellion was horrific.  The countryside where they lived had been reduced and deposed to rubble because of war and the cities were burning as a result of these wars. They and their land were being pillaged and devoured by strangers, all because they had turned away from Yahwey. This sounds much like the future described in Revelation doesn’t it? 

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English: Reading of the Torah, Aish Synagogue, Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They had been treading His courts. Treading means to walk abusively.

It wasn’t just the people but the priests were doing evil as well in His sight. It wasn’t that they were lacking in what they were commanded to do because they were commanded to offer sacrifices during the assemblies, on the new moon and the Sabbath. (Verse13)

So what was the problem? They were just not ‘doing it’ with true repentance in their hearts for all their sin, with faith in His promises.  They did not offer Him the same hearty love that He offers all mankind. Their devotion in serving Him in the way that He required was not sincere.  They were offering only a dead carcass instead of a living sacrifice  They were not conforming to the values that are found in Torah.

This is basically the same thing that the Pharisees asked Yahushua in Matthew 22:23: ¶ And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? This is why He went on to discuss the parable about the man and his two sons working in the vineyard.

The father called them to work in his vineyard and the first one said no and the second son said that he would and never did. The first son later repented and did go to work. The first son later made a choice to listen and heed the word of His father while the second son said that he would work in the vineyard and never did anything worthy of producing new fruit. This is a sample to us that when we are called into service by our Abba, we must first repent for our lack of giving ear to His word and then get busy in the vineyard.

The vineyard is a type and shadow of our own lives, surrendering our lives to the Vineyard Owner, Who then prunes and cleanses us so that we are able to produce more fruit that is worthy.

This is exactly why Yahwey went on to speak through the mouth of the prophet Isaiah, the following words: Isaiah 1:15-20 ~ And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

To sacrifice means to give up. In order to sacrifice, we must relieve ourselves of ourselves and submit to Him being the ruler and leader of our life.  He does this through the Spirit.  When we make a sacrifice to Yahwey, we are just returning to Him what was His in the first place. I am not saying that sacrifices are not important, because they are. However, sacrifices only represent that we acknowledge Him and trust Him and this is the way in which He commanded that His people serve Him.  However, obedience is something different.

When most people think of the word obey, they think of slavery or perhaps something negative or evil. Obeying Yahwey isn’t wrong. If it were, why is it so oftend spoken of, like when Yahushua said,  If ye love Me, keep My commandments. ~ John 14:15    If He didn’t think that man was able to keep the commandments,  why would He say this?  Was He just toying with man?  Just because one does not choose to obey doesn’t mean that it can not be done.

The definition of obey is as follows: 1. To give ear to; to execute the commands of; to yield submission to; to comply with the orders of; 2. To submit to the authority of; to be ruled by; 3. To yield to the impulse, power, or operation of; as, a ship obeys her helm.

Perhaps this is why Yahwey say’s, “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken.” Heaven and earth have often been used as a witness to what Yahwey speaks. If we remember correctly, in the beginning Elohim created the heaven and the earth, before He even spoke a word.

Look at Earth from the Heaven

Look at Earth from the Heaven (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

Deuteronomy 31:28 Gather unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven and earth to record against them.

Deuteronomy 4:26 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.

We say we are willing to follow the word of Yahwey, as long as it does not upset our comfort level. However, we need to recognize a simple fact. The word of the God of Israel ‘is’ the word of the God of Israel, and we must be consistent in that.

It isn’t our word and it surely isn’t anything that we should be in rebellion too when we know that His word is healing to our ailing bodies. The act of submission is just not something that we can get away from nor should we run from it either. When we are fully submitted to Yahwey, we do not control our destiny, He does.

We have to trust Him. Our life is literally in His hands. This means relinquishing all power, knowing that His will supersedes that of our own. We are bound by His promises if we expect to receive all that He offers us;  just as He is bound to keep His promise to those who obey Him and receive His blessings. In the same token, we are to be committed to preaching, teaching, learning, understanding and internalizing the word of the God of Israel.

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English: New York, NY, September 12, 2002 — Two women stop to remember and read passages from a bible along the fence surrounding Ground Zero. Photo by Lauren Hobart/FEMA News Photo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These are not things that are optional or debatable. These are things that Yahwey has commanded us to obey. When we view these things as sacrifices, often we view them as a means to gain something in return. We love Him and obey Him, simply because He first loved us. Once we can wrap our brains around this fact, we begin to see things so much differently.

We see the truth in that He chose us rather than us choosing Him. We only responded to His calling.

He is the One Whom has chosen us and when we trust in Him, we are also trusting in His love.

The people of Israel did not fully comprehend Yahwey’s instruction,  His teachings. They thought that by their doing what they were called to do, that they would somehow gain His obligement just because they gave their sacrifices.  The minimum of the law is what they thought that they were required to do,  if even that, would somehow show their holiness and righteousness.

We must know His love toward us so that we can respond to His love.  No amount of us doing His commandments or offering our lives as a living sacrifice is going to make any difference if we do not do these by faith, because we love Him and want to please Him.

Yahwey didn’t bring them out of slavery and bondage just to make them slaves and in bondage to His Torah.

Sometimes I think that it is completely the opposite, in that we should make His word slave to us and bend to our will towards obedience. This is how we honor Him by keeping and ‘doing’ His commandments, because we love Him.  We do not do what Yahwey commands, sacrificing our own will to do as we please but to please Him by our faithful trusting that He knows what is best for us.

We need to be obedient as we work in the vineyard of our master, paying due diligence to the One who has given so much for us, providing us breath and equipping us with His Spirit to do so. Obedience ‘Is’ Better Than Sacrifice I consider this a promise because it relates to life eternal.

We just cannot enter through the gates of the city unless we are ‘doing‘ what is commanded of us. Exercising, preforming on a daily basis, purging out those things that are not His will, working out our own salvation with fear and trembling are all part of the ‘doing’ of His commandments. Even the obedience to present our bodies as a living sacrifice is our reasonable service, holy, acceptable into Elohim, all by the compassion of Yahwey Whom has given us His Spirit to guide us. We are indeed blessed.

And what does Isaiah say later on? “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” ~ Isaiah 5:20-21 What man calls evil, Yahwey planned for our good.

Romans 7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

Romans 7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

1st Timothy 1:8-11 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

What good is a sacrifice if we do not obey the word of Yahwey? If we are willing and obedient we shall eat of the good of the land, beyond the gates of the city.

 

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Where should I begin reading the Bible?

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People often ask me this question:  Where should I begin reading the Bible? My answer is always going to be, “Start at Genesis”,  and I will tell you why.

The Bible is full of awesome stuff but there are two passages in the Bible that most folks do not know of, simply because they do not read the Bible.  However, I am going to share something else first, so you might understand why you are being drawn to search out God.

First of all, you need to know that just like you have a name, the God of creation also has a name.  His name is Yah.  How do we know?  It is a bit complicated but you need to know so let’s get started. There is a fella named Moses who  was chosen to help a bunch of people get out of the bondage and slavery (Just like us) , so the Creator called upon this fella by the name of Moses.  Before Moses could even begin his quest, (Just like us) he wanted to know the name of the person who called him. So he asked.

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And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? ~ Exodus 3:13

The Creator’s reply was this:   And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.  And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. ~ Exodus 3:14-15

The God of Creation who has always been, am, and shall always be: The God Almighty, by whom all things have their being, and the God of Mercy, mindful of His promise.

What does His name look like?  I AM THAT I AM = (ey’yah asher ey’yah) or, I am He who exists, The Eternal, who passes not away. If we look at this scripture with the interlinear (Something man has created and uses to transliterate the Hebrew and the Greek) in Exodus 3:14 where He reveals His name  we see this: And God <‘elohiym> said <’amar> unto Moses, <Mosheh> I AM <hayah> THAT I AM: <hayah> and he said, <’amar> Thus shalt thou say <’amar> unto the children <ben> of Israel, <Yisra’el> I AM hath sent <shalach> me unto you.

God (Our Creator and Ruler) is Elohiym

I AM is Hayah pronounced ‘Haw-yaw’ meaning I am He who exists, The Eternal, who passes not away. I AM  has always been and will always be I AM.

However, many people argue over knowing His name because honestly, unless we were there when He spoke these words, we really do not know for certain what His name is, but we do know that it isn’t just ‘God’. I call Him Yah. But the truth is that the name of the Most High, may be that we cannot find the name until the most high Yah reveals it to us. So much is unknown to us at this time.

GreekIt is way more complicated than all this for instance: The elimination of pharyngeal articulation in the letters chet (ח) and ayin (ע) in the Hebrew letters that make up His name. The conversion of (ר) /r/ from an alveolar flap [ɾ] to a voiced uvular fricative [ʁ] or trill [ʀ] and the pronunciation (by many speakers) of tzere as [eɪ] in some contexts (sifrey and teysha instead of Sephardic sifré and tésha’).  See what I mean? It is also said to have been that the title “EL-O-HIM” is a false transliteration, according to the ancient Hebrew alphabet.  So what are we left with?

Calling Him ‘God’ even though He is The God of Creation, is not a real good idea because every religion has a god and all of their gods have a name. For instance, Islam uses Allah. There is Brahma, Ahura, Mazda, Buddha, Dagon, Moloch, Jupiter, Breged, and Zeus just to name a few. Why it is that Christianity is the only religion that doesn’t have a name for their god?

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In the Ten Commandments that Yah utters, He says this: “Thou shalt have no other god’s before Me.” ~ Exodus 20:3, so we really cannot use the name of other god’s when we call upon Him. The name that He Himself the MOST HIGH gave was ‘I AM that I AM’, Ahayah Asher Ahayah.  This is why I call Him Yah as do many others who care about His name and want to honor His name.   We can read in the scriptures where  Yahushua  (Yah’s only begotten Son whom many folks call Jesus)  taught His disciples,  how to pray.  You might even be familiar to these words: Our Father (Abba in Hebrew), in the heavens, hollowed be Thy name. Hollowed means to honor.

So in prayer (Conversation),  I will call upon Him as Abba but in the world I refer to Him as Yah unless folks do not know of whom I speak,  then I just say God because I know that they are believing in the same God of Creation,  The God of Israel.

 MOVING ON:

Most folks start to recognize that they are immortal and that one day they will die.  There are many reasons that folks begin their search for the God of Creation but I believe this is the biggest reason.  We humans have a hard time facing the fact that we are going to die and somehow want to hold on to the life that we have.  However, there is a reason.  It is because God placed with-in the human being, two different things.

# 1. He gave us a measure of faith so that we could believe in Him with all of our heart if we really wanted too and

# 2. He placed the desire in us to know Him.

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.

He has planted within humanity a measured portion of faith, enough faith to at least begin a relationship with the Creator.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 ¶ He has made everything beautiful in His time: also He has set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God makes from the beginning to the end.

The words, ‘He has set the world in their heart’, needs to be properly translated to understand it.  This is to understand that He has placed eternity in the heart, without which man could not find out the work which God has made from the commencement (of creation) to the end.”

The kingdom of GodYah has deeply rooted the idea of eternity in every human heart; and every considerate man sees that all the operations of Yah refer to that endless duration.  Everyone comes to the same conclusion that they must be here for a reason and that their life must therefore have a purpose. And it is only in eternity that man will be able to discover what Yah has designed by the various works He has formed.

Ecclesiastes 3:14. I know that, whatsoever God does, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God does it, that men should fear before Him.

Anyway, the only way to find out about the promise of a life here after is that one must accept that Yahushua has become the sacrificed lamb, confess that they have done wrong in Yah’s eyes (Repentance),  turn away from sin  and then begin reading the scriptures asking for His Holy and Spiritual vision to understand what you are reading . The next step would be to begin living your life accordingly.

Some begin their search by reading and they find Him through the scriptures.  This is how it happened for me. Even though most folks know nothing of the scriptures, they do know or have heard somewhere, that there is a God and His Son.

OK, so for the passage to help you to understand why I chose to tell you to begin at the book of Genesis is because if these two scriptures:

Isaiah 46:9-10 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

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Life is a precious gift. Don’t waste it being unhappy, dissatisfied, or anything else you can be (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

What God is saying through the Prophet Isaiah is that the end of time as we know it; was declared in the beginning of time.  He declared in the beginning of time, what He expected of His people and how He will go about bringing His plan into its fulfillment and manifestation.  If someone wants to know how it will all end, even their own life; they must read and accept how life began.  This is how we officially meet God is through His WORD.

PROMISES THAT HE CAN BE FOUND:

God spoke these words in the beginning to Moses to tell the children of Israel:   “But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find Him, if thou seek Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.”  ~ Deuteronomy 4:29

He said it again through His prophet Isaiah and the prophet Jeremiah.

Isaiah 55: 6-7  Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.

Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.

Yah even said it a different way again through the mouth of Jeremiah:  And I will give them an heart to know Me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto Me with their whole heart. ~ Jeremiah 24:7

He really wants us to know Him.  This is our purpose and the plan for our lives.  In what man has titled the New Testament; Matthew wrote the following words: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. ~ Matthew 6:33

To me, it’s like a proposal of marriage.  Its like Yahshua is saying,  “If you will come and live with Me and be part of my family, I will provide everything that you need.  I will bring you into My house but you just gotta remember and be respectful because it is my Father’s house and He has rules that we have to abide by in order to receive all the blessings that He offers.”  If we do not abide in Him, there will be consequences.  These are called curses. In order to receive the blessings, we first have to choose ‘life’.

Leviticus 26:40-42 ¶ If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.

Look at Earth from the Heaven

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou may love the LORD thy God, and that thou may obey his voice, and that thou may cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou may dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

So my final thoughts are this: It is a great book anyway you look at it.  In it we find all sorts of awesome things that tell us how we are created,  how life first began, how the God of the Universe, the Creator,  the great I AM, spoke to certain people so that they would get the message out that He loves us and wants to have a relationship with His created. He has  expectation’s on how we are to live our lives and this is how we learn about kingdom life and what it will be like in that future kingdom. He makes the offer and it is our responsibility to respond.

It’s like reading any other book, you start at the beginning and you read the book until you reach the end.

reconciliationMake a choice:

CHOOSE LIFE!

REPENT

And get busy reading The Bible.

Start at The Beginning:  Genesis

NOTE: The scriptures I have used in this writing are from the King James Version, except that sometimes I have exchanged a word such as hath for the word has, just to make it easier to understand.

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